Last season on the Netflix series, Bling Empire viewers saw Dorothy Wang make the move to New York City in search for love. Bling Empire: New York follows another group of wealthy, socialite, and hilarious Asian-American from the Big Apple where real estates is based on address.
The empire expands and is ready for your viewing. This season, there’s more parties, fun, and new faces. One of the episodes you’ll want to catch is Episode 9 where a Filipino-inspired party is attended by Kane Lim and friends. A familiar face you might recognize is Filipina artist, vlogger, and influencer Heart Evangelista.
Her cameo on the show was first confirmed by Lim himself, “Philippines, you asked for it, you got it! Guess who will be [in] ’Bling Empire’ [season 3]. Tune in tonight!” he earlier said.”
The series is produced by Jeff Jenkins Productions with Jenkins, Russell Jay-Staglik, Elise Chung, Lenid Rolov, Ross Weintraub, and Reinout Oerlemans exec producing.
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Unwind from the week with Netflix with lots of laughs! Jo Koy is back with another Netflix special straight from Los Angeles with more jokes! With his fourth special, he tackles how to use tabos, the pandemic, fatherhood, living with sleep apnea, and of course stories about his mom.
If you remember, Jo Koy wasn’t given the chance to film for Netflix six years ago but he kept on grinding to get to where he is now. You don’t want to miss this as he talks about his other specials in context like why he chose to film in Hawai’i and the Philippines and spotlight the beauty of not only the islands, but also it’s people.
This special premieres just after the release of his film, Easter Sunday. It depicts a Filipino who get together for the Easter Sunday holiday and try to hash out family quarrels.
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Figuring out what to watch and binge or have a mellow weekend? We got you cover with these shows and Fil-Am actors that you have to catch. Check out these releases now available for you to stream and enjoy!
1. High School Musical: The Musical The Series
One of the biggest sensation right now, Olivia Rodrigo is back for Season 3 of the hit series, High School Musical: The Musical The Series. Although her character, Nini is a reoccurring character this season, we’re still excited to see her back on the show that helped her career skyrocket! The first episode is out now and catch new episodes on Wednesdays only on Disney+.
2. Fire Island
Catch Fil-Am Conrad Ricamora (How to Get Away with Murder) in this rom-com that’s inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The story follows a group of gay friends who go on vacation to Fire Island, only for things to become complicated by classism and romance. It also stars Bowen Yang, James Scully, and Margaret Cho and you can catch it on Hulu.
3. Street Food: USA
We love to find new and yummy new places to grab a bit to eat and Netflix‘s Street Food: USA edition will take you around cities and towns to show you where the best street food is at! Los Angeles has a large population of Filipinos and of course Filipinotown doesn’t disappoint when it comes to food. A restaurant featured, Dollar Hits will having you craving for fish balls, bbq, and all desserts you can imagine and also make you feel like you’re back in the Philippines. Just don’t watch the episode on an empty stomach!
The talented actor, Paris Berelc is on a roll. With her Prime film, 1Up just releasing, she announced another upcoming project coming soon to Netflix. Do Revenge is a dark comedy dark where two young women (Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke) join forces to take down each others’ bullies. Elle Magazine shared a first look of stills from the film and we spotted Fil-Am Paris Berelc in the photo gallery as she’ll be playing the character of Meghan.
According to Elle, the unlikely pair consists of queen bee Drea (Mendes), who wants to get back at her boyfriend for leaking her sex tape; and transfer student Eleanor (Hawke), who was outed by a girl who started a rumor that she tried to hold her down and kiss her, making her a social pariah. To take down their enemies, they team up to help with each other’s dirty work.
But it always isn’t as black and white when it comes to really finding who’s the “bad or good guy” in a situation. The director, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson wants to show that everyone can be a villain and hero in their stories. There’s so much that happens in high school that nothing is as clear cut as it seems. Check it out and get your revenge on starting September 16th!
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Ever wanted a catch up with friends on your favorite films, shows, music or entertainment in general? Netflix Philippines has you covered with their newest web series, Alas where fans can celebrate their beloved Netflix titles with their favorite barkadas. The show is hosted by besties, Jaz Reyes and Pipay where they’re joined by celebrity barkadas in K-variety show-inspired games to see who’s the biggest Netflix fan.
Alas will test teamwork and friendship, but also Netflix knowledge. The series is out with its very first celebrity barkada challenger – P-Pop royalty, BGYO featuring Gelo, Akira, JL, Mikki, and Nate. The pilot episode shows the beloved Aces of P-Pop breeze through their very first challenge. Note: Their performance will definitely BLOW you away. Exciting prizes (or hilarious penalties) await the contenders at the end of every episode.
Cheer on your favorites as they battle it out to determine if they have what it takes to emerge victorious from the exciting challenges that Netflix has in store. Watch weekly episodes of Alas Netflix every Tuesday at 7:00 PM only on Netflix Philippines’ Youtube channel.
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The upcoming Netflix series, Entergalactic inspired by Kid Cudi‘s latest album is an adult-animated music series. It’ll follow Jabari, a young artist voiced by the rapper who’s a creative visionary who doesn’t take himself too seriously and is the definition of cool. Kid Cudi is joined by a talented cast that includes many well-known actors and musicians like Timothée Chalamet (Dune), Ty Dolla $ign, Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jaden Smith, and Fil-Am Vanessa Hudgens. Check out the new teaser and get a feel for the series.
Deadline revealed the voice cast list and their roles. Jabari looks to balance his career and love life as he moves into a dream apartment and meets his new, cool-girl neighbor, Meadow played by Jessica Williams. With a new location, there’s new characters Jabari meets including Meadow’s trustworthy and pregnant BFF Karina voiced by Vanessa Hudgens.
Entergalactic will include music from Kid Cudi’s album of the same name, the series will be a cross of art, music, and fashion all set in the dynamic location of New York. Watch out as it premieres this fall on Netflix.
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Gearing up for their newest teleseyre, 2 Good 2 Be True coming soon, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla react to iconic scenes from their pervious work. The duo relive and share memories from filming their blockbuster hits like Barcelona and The Hows of Us.
Kathryn remembers specific lines and memories from the scenes they’re reacting to. She shared that during an emotional scene in The Hows of Us, before filming she was tasked to write down her feelings on what’s bringing her down so she can channel that energy. The cool part is some of the things she wrote down made it into the film’s dialogue.
As for Daniel, he vividly remembers shooting the rain scene in the same movie. It was shot in Tagaytay, Cavite with water effects and although the Philippines is known for its tropical weather, it was a colder night that had him pushing through the scene. He didn’t mind it though as it made it more realistic and gave way to more emotion.
Need to re-watch Kathniel before their teleseyre drops? Catch up on all things on Netflix and those in the Philippines can catch a first look of 2 Good 2 Be True, May 13th only on Netflix.
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One of Netflix’s currently trending show is the reality show, Ultimatum: Marry or Move On which is hosted by Fil-Am actress and past VJ Vanessa Lachey with her husband Nick Lachey. The 10-episode series follows 6 participants and their ultimatum to their partners to take the plunge to get married or break up. One of the participants being 23 year-old Fil-Am tech recruiter and influencer, April Melohn. Let’s get to know a little more about April and her background.
The show re-pairs the participants with new people to date and do a trial run of married life. The experiment lasts for 3 weeks then they all return to their current partners for another 3 weeks to see if the spark is still alive. Will they decide to tie the knot or pull the plug and move on from each other?
The California native, April Melohn takes her partner, Jake Cunningham along for the ride and gives him the ultimatum. Here’s a few things to know about this Filipina.
1. April joins the show to move on to the next milestone in her relationship
After 2 years of dating Jake, April wants to take the next step and get married along with starting a family. Does Jake feel the same and is it the right time for the both of them? Jake wants to travel and have financial stability before settling down, but April believes they’ll be able to cross the threshold together. “I just want a ring and I want a baby with you, now,” April tells Jake on the show.
2. She calls California home, but since then has moved to Texas
According to Marie Claire magazine, April is a tech recruiter and has relocated to Texas. Being a tech recruiter may be her day job, but she also hustles hard as a model, influencer, and previous pageant winner of Miss Florida Top Model 2014.
3. April loves to model and collaborate with brands
She’s modeled for local brands like FloGown and Earthbound Clothing and loves to network with other models, brands, and people in the industry. April tells Inscriber Magazine, “…I enjoy modeling for all kinds of clothing brands…You meet a lot of amazing models who all share this common hobby, career, and interest with you…photographer who have a variety of different styles of photography so you get to create and shoot different looks.”
4. She is close to her family, especially her grandparents
Although April doesn’t share personal details about her family, she is close to her mom and her side of the family. Her grandmother is from Manila and who currently resides in Iowa with April’s step-grandfather. April also has 2 half-siblings from her mother’s side.
5. April shared that going on the show was a fun and enlightening experience
Yeah, it was sad to see who she thought was her person get along really well with another participant on the show. April shared that watching the show back was tough at times because she saw Jake happy with someone else, but she also gets it. She thought the pairing of Jake and Rae was cute and she was able to form a strong friendship with Colby who showed her around Austin, Texas. He helped bring out the fun and exciting side of April so she’s still a winner at the end.
There’s only 2 more episodes left in the series so we’re close to finding out how her story pans out. In an episode where Jake is reunited with April towards the end of the series, Jake’s mom talks about her love for April and being their family’s “Filipino firecracker,” after April asks her not to speak about his recent trial marriage with cast member Rae.
Catch up now on Netflix to prepare for the finale or wait until all episodes are out and binge all 10 episodes at once! Watch the finale and reunion airing April 13.
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Straight from the new Golden Instagram and Twitter bios, Netflix says, It’s time to start “Celebrating the Asian diaspora on Netflix.” The streaming giant has officially launched a new audience-focused vertical to their social channels celebrating the beauty and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Golden joins Netflix’s other widely popular audience-focused verticals such as Strong Black Lead, Netflix Film, Con Todo, Geeked, Netflix Is a Joke, and Most. Strong Black Lead posted a clip of H.E.R. in support of Golden, welcoming the vertical to Instagram.
With this added push in API representation from one of the biggest streaming platforms worldwide, we are excited to see the shows and opportunities that come with this new vertical. Who’s ready to see a majority Filipino cast and Crew project trending in the top shows or movies section on Netflix Worldwide? We definitely are!
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Netflix have been bringing out great docuseries that highlights countries around the world. Some about its people, food, and culture. Now, a new series called, Midnight Asia brings out the playful side of Asia’s metropolises. Nighttime is the best way to explore a city’s adventure, go-to spots, and really learn about the culture you don’t see during the day. This docuseries captures the food, drink, music — and night owls who shine in the dark.
Manila comes alive at night as rappers battle, a queer techno party takes off, and rich and poor alike line up for crispy pork-topped rice porridge.
Manila is one of the highlighted cities and the last episode of the series. It takes you all over Asia from Tokoyo, Seoul, Mumbai, Bangkok, and Taipei. The melting-pot city of the Philippines is captured through through the eyes of the locals. We see rap battles, artists painting the famous Tenement basketball murals, and a great late-night lugaw (rice porridge) spot in Makati City that’s open 24-hours.
Here’s the list of spots featured that you’ll need to check out on your next trip:
The Fliptop Festival – Aseana City Concert Grounds to catch an epic rap battle
Alaric Yudson, Founder and CEO of Fliptop Battle League showcases a few battles that brought out crowds in the rain.
Lugawan Sa Tejeros – Makati City
This food joint is open 24/7 and will fulfill your late night cravings or hit the spot after a night out with friends. There’s a variety of choices in addition to their famous lugaw like arroz caldo, palabok, goto, sisig, and more. Best part is that almost everything is less than $1.
Philippine Wrestling Revolution – Power Mac Center Spotlight Theater
Catch a wrestling match that will for sure keep you on the edge of your seat. You may even see a re-match between Jake De Leon and Vernice Gabriel aka Crystal.
The Tenement – Taguig City
Catch street ball at its finest among who have a deep love for basketball. You could also check out the featured murals either on the court or somewhere along the buildings concrete walls created by artists and residents.
The Elephant Party – XX XX Nightclub
Wanna have fun and let loose? Check out the only underground queer techno party in Manila and some of Shanani Gania’s creativeness during theme nights at the club.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must see. Check out the trailer below!
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Who is ready to relive the Kilig? “On the Wings of Love” (OTWOL) is heading to streaming powerhouse Netflix in January of 2022! The James Reid and Nadine Lustre hit show which premiered in 2015, will now be accessible to check out on Netflix whenever you’re in need of a good Rom-Com series to dive into. Last year during the pandemic, OTWOL returned to TV screens appearing on MYX during the production halts due to COVID-19. With a great response from the MYX audience, we can’t wait for the rest of the world to get access to the hit series.
October is almost over and that means Filipino American History Month is rounding out as well, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep on celebrating us. However for now, let’s dive in with these last couple of FAHM Spotlight features. If you’ve seen the Netflix hit, Bling Empire and binged in basically a day, did you know the mind behind the show is Fil-Am Brandon Panaligan.
1. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brandon keeps his Filipino roots close
Brandon looks forward to spending more time in Manila when he can travel back. It’s been years since the first time he visited the Philippines. He remembered taking a side trip to Manila and meeting his dad there while filming Shahs of Sunset in Thailand. After traveling throughout Luzon, he now wants to see Palawan and hang out at some of the best beaches with his family.
2. Brandon enjoys his Filipino food, especially halo-halo
Listing off some of his favorite foods, Brandon is definitely a foodie! You can’t visit the Philippines without trying some of the most amazing food. He shared that he loves Filipino food like crispy pata, sinigang and anything with ube. Maybe he can link up with some of our favorite ube spots in LA. However he says his all time favorite is halo-halo. Same here!
3. Before becoming the Executive Producer and show runner of Bling Empire, Brandon worked in the music and film industry
According to an interview with Metro Style, Brandon worked with big names like Madonna and he always had a talent for storytelling. The passion for documentaries led him to taking on reality series. With the boom of reality tv, it was only natural for him to take on a new challenge of storytelling. He looked to increasing representation on television and he’s definitely doing that.
4. Bling Empire isn’t the first reality series, he’s produced
You’ve definitely seen some of the other shows Brandon has produced. Does Million Dollar Listing New York, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Big Rich Texas sound familiar? Yes, he’s also produced those too. He’s also taken space in the Netflix world with Made in Mexico and DeafU.
5. With Bling Empire, show creator Jeff Jenkins wanted an all-Asian cast and crew off and on camera
With Jeff Jenkins wanting to bring an all-Asian cast and crew, Brandon’s Fil-Am heritage helped in his role as executive producer. The series may seem like it’s all glitz and glam, but Brandon intended to share the “entire spectrum of life” and everything in between about the cast’s families and lifestyle. He tells viewers “don’t get distracted by the diamonds.” He wanted to tell an honest story and make sure he represents everyone as a full person.
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