PRESS RELEASE: tfc_u Talks Kicks Off 2017 University Tour with “Breaking The Mold” in Long Beach on February 4; FilAm speakers AJ Rafael, Roslynn Cobarrubias and Chef Charleen Caabay to inspire, connect and empower college students with personal success

For Immediate Release   tfcu (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): FilAm musician and social media powerhouse AJ Rafael; co-Founder and CMO and one of Billboard Magazine’s “Top 30 Music Industry Professionals Under 30” Roslynn Cobarrubias; and the first FilAm female winner of Food Network’s “Chopped” Chef Charleen Caabay are all set to share their exciting stories at tfc_U Talks on February 4 at the Beach Auditorium of Cal State University, Long Beach, California.

tfc_u Talks Kicks Off 2017 University Tour with “Breaking The Mold” in Long Beach on February 4

FilAm speakers AJ Rafael, Roslynn Cobarrubias and Chef Charleen Caabay to inspire, connect and empower college students with personal success stories

DALY CITY, CA, Jan. 25, 2017 – Following the very enthusiastic reception from San Francisco Bay Area university students and the officers of the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco which hosted the first talk on November 12, 2016, the team behind tfc_U Talks revealed huge plans to reach out to Filipino American university students across the U.S. in 2017.

Starting February 4, Saturday, tfc_U Talks — a series of informative and interactive discourses and discussions organized by ABS-CBN International’s TFC that is designed to connect, inspire and empower Filipino American college students –- is kicking off its year-long, monthly series with a talk called, “Breaking the Mold” that will be held at the Beach Auditorium of Cal State University, Long Beach.  Admission to the event is free.

“We started the year with the topic of ‘Breaking the Mold’ because that’s exactly what we want to achieve with our university talk series,” said Troy Espera, tfc_U Talks team lead and executive producer of BA, a daily Filipino American TV news show shown on TFC. “We live in an age and culture where personal ethnic identity, racism, media-imposed pressure and social stereotypes all conspire to turn us into something that we are not.”

Espera continues: “’Why not conform,’ they’ll say.  ‘The mold is there for a reason.’  Well, guess what: Your mold doesn’t work for everyone. We hope that tfc_U Talks provides a safe, non-judgmental, innovative, relevant and positive hub of ideas plus people-to-people connections to college students that could change the way they are perceived, the way they do things and the way they pursue their lives that make a difference in society.”

The FilAm speakers for tfc_U Talks’ “Breaking the Mold”, February 4, at the Beach Auditorium of Cal State University, Long Beach

Connect.Inspire.EmpowerFor February 4, the tfc_U Talks team selected three Filipino American speakers who dared to do the unexpected in their respective fields, and thus stood out and made an impact.

AJ Rafael – A native of Moreno Valley, California, AJ is a singer-musician-songwriter-recording artist who is among the millions who have tried their luck in “American Idol”.  But while he had a good audition in 2005, he never progressed to the later stages in the competition.  A year later, he started posting his videos on YouTube.  To date, his videos have been viewed over 100 million times. He now has over 650,000 subscribers on the platform, over 400,000 followers on Facebook, over 183,000 followers on Twitter, over 147,000 followers on Instagram and is also blowing up Snapchat with his clips, making him a social media powerhouse.  He has also released original songs, EPs and one full album that was funded on Kickstarter. AJ has toured internationally.

Roslynn Cobarrubias – With about two decades of experience in the music industry and social media arena, Roslynn’s resume is highly impressive. She is the co-Founder & CMO of, a global talent discovery & video resume platform that cultivates discovery and collaboration by providing artists and creatives with a mobile portfolio to showcase their talent. Last year, engage:BDR, a leading cross-device advertising solution company, announced its acquisition of mydiveo for US $7.4 million. Roslynn was also Senior Director of Artist Relations at Myspace Inc., a company she helped market since its early stages and helped develop for close to 10 years. Billboard Magazine named her one of the “Top 30 Music Industry Professionals Under 30″ alongside professionals Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber’s manager) and Daniel Ek (Founder of Spotify). Roslynn was also featured in The Source Magazine “Power 30″ alongside notables Diddy & Russell Simmons with the Myspace co-founders. She has produced over 500 live events & editorial programs with artists and brands like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Drake, Miguel, AT&T and Wendy’s.

Chef Charleen Caabay – Setting up a makeshift kitchen wherever she could, Chef Charleen started her colorful culinary adventures by opening her first pop-up restaurant in October 2012, building a solid following of foodies throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Shortly after, her Kainbigan Filipino Comfort Food, opened its doors in August 2013 in Oakland, California. She has been instrumental in introducing Filipino cuisine to companies such as Google, Zoosk, OkCupid and Eventbrite, to name a few. Chef Charleen also catered to such celebrities as Goapele, rapper Eve and famed poet Ursula Rucker.  In December 2016, Chef Charleen became the first Filipino American female chef to win in Food Network’s “Chopped” cooking show. She plans to travel to the Philippines with family in early 2017 to explore and get inspiration for her upcoming culinary programs and special event projects featuring Filipino cuisine. This will be launched this Spring and Summer upon her return to the San Francisco Bay Area.

There are more exciting speakers lined up when tfc_U Talks travels this year to San Diego, Seattle, Honolulu, Chicago, Virginia Beach, Toronto, New York, Sacramento and San Francisco. To join the February 4 event, register online now at .

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PRESS RELEASE: Cinematografo Originals Contest Announces Call for Entries New contest aims to discover, fund Filipino filmmakers in the U.S.

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New contest aims to discover, fund Filipino filmmakers in the U.S.

DALY CITY, CA,  January 10, 2017 – The year 2016 was a banner year for Filipino filmmakers.  Among those who made a big splash in the international scene last year was 2009 Cannes Best Director Awardee Brillante Mendoza whose gritty slice-of-life film, “Ma’ Rosa”, won the 2016 Cannes Best Actress Award for lead actress Jaclyn Jose. Meanwhile, Lav Diaz scored huge triumphs with the coveted Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival for his epic eight-hour obra, “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis” (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery). Diaz also scored with “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left) starring the esteemed Charo Santos-Concio in a vengeful tale of a woman wrongly imprisoned.  It won the Golden Lion Prize for Best Picture at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

Others who made entertainment headlines included Ralston G. Jover’sHamog” (Haze), a Cinema One Originals youth noir which won the Russian Film Critics’ Jury for Best Film Award at the Main Competition of the 38th Moscow International Film Festival.  “Toto”, a dark comedy drama about a nurse longing to chase the American dream, won for director John Paul Su the Best Foreign Film at the 19th LA Comedy Festival in Los Angeles and Best Actor for film lead Sid Lucero.  It also won the Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the 39th Asian American International Film Festival in New York City.  Today, Su is now among NBCUniversal’s Emerging Director’s Program finalists.

The list is long, but the point is made: the works of Filipino filmmakers are shining around the world.  This is the context in which CINEMATOGRAFO Originals Contest was born.  This new competition, which launches today, aims to foster and nurture new filmmaking talent from the Filipino diaspora.  It is a platform to tell new stories and hear new voices of this generation.

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CINEMATOGRAFO Originals Contest is a new annual competition that provides seed grants for full-length features, either documentary or narrative.  It is open to all U.S. citizens and/or U.S. permanent residents of Filipino descent, 18 years or older. 

And for budding filmmakers struggling to get funding for their projects, CINEMATOGRAFO awards more than $100,000 worth of production, marketing and distribution funds.  This is a path to have stories realized on the big screen.

The contest criteria are 40% Story and Premise, 20% Presentation, 20% Plot and Pacing and 10% Theme.

CINEMATOGRAFO Originals Contest winners will actually highlight the CINEMATOGRAFO International Film Festival to be held this October in San Francisco.  What we want to do is to provide a platform for a new generation of U.S.-based Filipino or Filipino American filmmakers to bring their films to the world stage.  CINEMATOGRAFO International Film Festival will be the premier event for that purpose,” said Film Festival Director John-D Lazatin, also the Global Head of Theatricals of ABS-CBN International.

There are three deadlines for submission to allow ample time for filmmakers, including students, to submit the best versions of their entries: January 31, 2017, Early Bird; February 15, 2017, Regular; and February 28, 2017, Late Deadline.  For more information, please visit .






ABS-CBN International (TFC U.S.) is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2017, we shall be moving from our current office at 150 Shoreline Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065 to the address below:

2001 Junipero Serra Blvd, Suite 200
Daly City, CA 94014

 Beginning December 20, 2016, all mails should be sent to the aforementioned new address of our corporate office in Daly City.

We also have a new warehouse address below where ABS-CBN Star Kargo customers can drop off their cargo boxes for shipment to the Philippines starting December 27, 2016:

1142 Cherry Avenue
San Bruno, CA 94066

The email addresses of employees and our company website,, remain unchanged.  In the meantime, calls to  the trunk line (+1650-508-6000)  will receive an automated voice message regarding the ongoing migration to our new office telephone system.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to our new home soon.

ABS-CBN International
Home of TFC U.S.

PRESS RELEASE: Myx TV Joins #FF2060 to Help Mobilize AAPI Community to Support Common Agenda; Leading Asian American entertainment network reaches out to AAPI movers and shakers in Washington, DC

For Immediate Release MYX 1 PUSHING FOR THE RIGHT “MYX” IN 2060: (LEFT) Myx TV with TFC were among the major supporters of the recently held ‘FAST FORWARD 2060” in Washington, DC.   (CENTER) Actor Maulik Pancholy interviews Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos during the panel discussion on “Lifting Up AAPI Talent”.  (RIGHT) Filipino American singer-songwriter-producer Tim Atlas, who performed for Myx TV, wowed the crowd that packed the District Architecture Center with his acoustic numbers.  (Artwork/Photos by ABS-CBN Marketing Communications and ABS-CBN Global Corporate Affairs & PR)

Myx TV Joins #FF2060 to Help Mobilize AAPI Community to Support Common Agenda

Leading Asian American entertainment network reaches out to AAPI movers and shakers in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC, December 14, 2016 – “CELEBRATE. CREATE. CONNECT.” This was the theme of “Fast Forward 2060 (#FF2060): Highlighting Legacy and Action in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Under President Obama and Beyond” which was held recently at the DAC or District Architecture Center of AIA|DC (the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects).  The venue is located in the heart of Washington, DC’s vibrant and bustling Penn Quarter District, just a few minutes away from the White House. The energy inside DAC matched the energy outside even if the fall temperature in DC was at its 30s.  The premise of the event? Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are now the fastest growing racial group in the U.S., expected to more than double to over 50 million by 2060.  Aside from celebrating the accomplishments within the AAPI community under President Barack Obama’s Administration, the event asked how does the community create leaders from all sectors to mobilize itself in all relevant directions and how does it connect the progress with the upcoming Administration of President-elect Donald Trump? MYX 2CELEBRATING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF AAPIs UNDER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: (LEFT) Playfully showing affection for President Obama at #FF2060 are, standing from left, FilAm student filmmaker Gabrielle Berbey, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Communications Director Rebecca Lee, Advisor at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Justin Trinidad, ABS-CBN BA East Coast News Correspondent Don Tagala, Myx TV Community Manager Karmina Landicho, FilAm singer-songwriter-producer Tim Atlas, ABS-CBN Project Manager Allen Palos, Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos, and ABS-CBN Global Head of Corporate Affairs & Public Relations Nerissa Fernandez. At foreground is Myx TV host/producer Roslynn Cobarrubias, who is also the co-founder and CMO of mydiveo. (RIGHT) The Myx TV team of Allen Palos, Karmina Landicho, Tim Atlas, Roslynn Cobarrubias and Miguel Santos were also given a tour of the White House prior to attending FF2060. (Photos from Myx TV).

Hosted by Allyn Hoang, Emmy award-winning news anchor and host on “Eye Opener TV”, a nationally syndicated morning news show airing on The CW, the day-long pop-up exhibit and event boasted of AAPI speakers from government, media, entertainment, business and non-profit industries.  Myx TV, the only English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment network in the U.S., represented not only as a sponsor, but also as a key part of panel discussions and event entertainment.

Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos was interviewed by Maulik Pancholy, best known for playing Jonathan on the Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock, and Sanjay on Showtime’s dramatic comedy, Weeds.  The topic covered for this one-one-one was “Lifting Up AAPI Talent”. MYX 3AAPIs KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN: #FF2060 was also a platform for AAPIs to connect as they discussed and learned about how to move the community forward under the Administration of President-elect Trump. After their talk on “AAPIs in the Arts and Entertainment”, foreground from left, speakers Funny or Die Managing Director and Executive Producer Brad Jenkins, actor Maulik Pancholy of NBC’s “30 Rock” and Showtime’s “Weeds”, and actress Chloe Bennet of ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” did the traditional selfie with some of the attendees at the event. (Photo from #FF2060 Twitter).

“I think Myx TV’s role is really continue to do what we do, which is be a platform for Asian Americans in entertainment. And I think there’s not enough out there. We’re the only one right now that exists on linear to actually feature Asian American talents,” said Santos. MYX 4Part of Myx TV’s and TFC’s outreach in Washington, DC was also a courtesy call at the Philippine Embassy.  Shown from left are: first row – Myx TV Community Manager Karmina Landicho and ABS-CBN Global Head of Corporate Affairs & Public Relations Nerissa Fernandez.  From left, second row – Public Diplomacy Officer and Vice Consul Darell Artates, Charge d’Affaires ad interim, Minister Patrick Chuasoto, and ABS-CBN BA East Coast News Correspondent Don Tagala. From left, third row – Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos, ABS-CBN Project Manager Allen Palos and FilAm singer-songwriter-producer Tim Atlas. (Photo from ABS-CBN Global Corporate Affairs & PR)

Santos added that Myx TV could play a big role in the AAPI community as they look forward and beyond 2060.  “It’s fantastic to have forums like these that actually get people together to talk about issues, and hopefully come up with solutions for our problems in the future,” he said. MYX 5(LEFT) At the reception for FF2060 at the District Architecture Center of Washington DC are, from left, Angelo Dalmacio, Melody Caprio, Emil Trinidad and Belinda Lei, all active millennial advocates for AAPI causes. (RIGHT) Broadway performer Elena Wang regaled the audience with her version of “Higher” from the Broadway musical, “Allegiance”. (Photos by ABS-CBN Global Corporate Affairs & PR)

Prior to the one-on-one panel talk with Santos, Myx TV host/producer Roslynn Cobarrubias, who is also the co-founder and CMO of mydiveo, introduced one of the new talents being promoted by Myx TV: Filipino American Tim Atlas who caught the attention of America as a contestant on Season 9 of “The Voice”. Atlas received thunderous applause from the audience when he performed “Ten Goodbyes” from his EP Lost In The Waiting, and a cover of “Candles” by the indie folk English band, Daughter.

Also representing for Myx TV at the event are Project Manager for Millennials Allen Palos and Community Manager Karmina Landicho. MYX 6(LEFT) representing at FF2060 are, front row from left, Angelo Dalmacio, Belinda Lei and Emil Trinidad. Standing behind them is Jason Tengco, Hillary Clinton Campaign’s Asian American Pacific Islander outreach director; (RIGHT) Part of the organizing team for FF2060 are, from left, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Senior Adviser Bessie Chan, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Communications Director Rebecca Lee and OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates Director of Development Kendall T. Kosai. (Photos by ABS-CBN Global Corporate Affairs & PR)

Other speakers included: Katarina Berg of Spotify’s Global HR Department; U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng of the Sixth Congressional District of New York; Nisha Ramachandran of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans; Marita Etcubanez of Asian Americans Advancing Justice; Navdeep Singh of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; Rita Pin Ahrens of Southeast Asian Resource Action Center; Sarah Ha of Teach for America; Amina Abbas of Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum; Isha Weerasinghe of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations; Seema Agnani of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development; Katrina Dizon Mariategue of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center; Kham Moua of OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates; Congressman Ami Bera, M.D., representing Sacramento County; Dr. Franklin Odo, visiting professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy at Amherst College in Massachusetts; David Nakamura and Michelle Ye Hee Lee of The Washington Post; Indira Lakshmanan of The Boston Globe/Politico Magazine; Shefali Kulkarni of BBC News; Dr. Tung Thanh Nguyen and Dr. Mary Ann Young Okada of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; Esther Yu Hsi Lee, immigration reporter at ThinkProgress; and Kalwis Lo, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Scholarship America.
MYX 7FF2060 was a day-long pop-up exhibit and event that not only boasted of AAPI speakers from government, media, entertainment, business and non-profit industries, but also provided resources to the AAPIs. (Photos by ABS-CBN Global Corporate Affairs & PR)

PRESS RELEASE: ABS-CBN Sports + Action and Myx TV Air World-Class MMA Bouts Via “Brave 2 Dynasty”; Pacatiw, Bantiag from the Philippines in main and preliminary cards; Replay scheduled in 9 territories starting today

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ABS-CBN Sports + Action and Myx TV Air World-Class MMA Bouts Via “Brave 2 Dynasty”

Pacatiw, Bantiag from the Philippines in main and preliminary cards; Replay scheduled in 9 territories starting today


For those who missed the action-packed, very exciting LIVE telecast of “Brave 2: Dynasty” that took place in Bahrain early this morning Pacific time, MMA aficionados can catch the fights which will be replayed internationally on ABS-CBN Sports + Action in nine territories and on Myx TV in the U.S. as Brave Combat Federation President Mohammed Shahid continues his global promotional surge. Taking Bahrain to the world and bringing the world to Bahrain was his mandate when he started the organization.


Representing Bahrain is local golden boy Hamza Kooheji who faced off against Filipino adversary Jeremy Pacatiw. Troy Bantiag also represented the Philippines, whose supporters turned out in mass for the inaugural Brave 1 show.



Gadzhimusa Gaziev (77.4) vs Carl Booth (77.2) Kevin Koldobsky (77.4) vs Ottman Azaitar (77.4) Hamza Kooheji (61.6) vs Jeremy Pacatiw (61.6) Jjarrah Al Silawi (77.5) vs Erik Carlsson (77.2) Walel Watson (65.5) vs Elias Boudegzdame (66.2)

Preliminary Card: Daniel Swain (66.1 )vs Alex Da Silva (66.5) Gurdarshan Mangat (61.6) vs Troy Bantiag (61.5) Ben Forsyth (92.7) vs Tyree Fortune (93.4) Ahmed Faress (61.6) vs Cristian Quinones (61.1) Haidar Farman vs Jomar Paac

The event took place place Friday Dec 2, 2016 at Khalifa Sports City in Isa, Bahrain. Fighters from 15 different countries battled in the second installment of Brave Combat Federation.

Friday’s show aired on ABS-CBN Sports and Action Network aka S+A, a network targeted to male audiences which has coverage of major international sporting events like the NBA, UFC and the FIFA World Cup. Now “Brave” joins this illustrious list of sports to be aired on this highly regarded network, and depending on where you are, you will be able to watch it with your breakfast, lunch, dinner or perhaps your midnight snack. S+A can be found throughout Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

In the U.S. Brave 2 will also air on MYX TV, the only English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment network in the United States. Myx TV is broadcast in more than 15 million households on cable providers such as Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Bright House and DIRECTV. The network is also available on digital platforms, offering on demand content on and on OTT platforms such as Roku, Samsung Smart TV and Blu-ray and Sony Bravia and Blu-ray.

The Brave 2 Dynasty card was stacked with highly competitive bouts featuring fighters from around the globe, and the main event pitted Dagestan, Russia against Nottingham, England as two big hitting Welterweights, Gadzhimusa Gaziev and Carl Booth went toe-to-toe.

The co-main event featured undefeated German fighter Ottman Azaitar against Argentinian Kevin Koldobsky, who trains in Dublin, Ireland.  Also featured are two renowned fighters from the US, Walel Watson and Daniel Swain, which may persuade the U.S audience to wake-up early to catch the action live or replay. (