The wait is over as the news of Fox‘s latest series, The Cleaning Lady is renewed for a second season. As the series was the network’s highest-rated drama premiere the last couple years, it is also one of the Top 5 new broadcast drama this TV season and Hulu’s most-streamed Fox debut. The drama series focuses on Thony, played by Elodie Yung, a Cambodian doctor who lived in Manila with her family, but came to the U.S. seeking medical treatment to save her son.
As much as Thony is a force of nature, a failing system forces her into hiding and becomes a cleaning lady for the mob. The drama begins as she starts playing by her own rules and refuses to be marginalized. Elodie is joined by Fil-Aussie actor, Martha Millan, Adan Canto, Oliver Hudson, Jay Mohr, Liza Weil, and Shiva Negar. The show takes on many social issues found today and brings a “sharp perspective brought on by the cast,” the President of Fox Entertainment, Michael Thorn explains (Deadline).
There are many mentions of the Filipino culture throughout the season as executive producer Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) not only wanted a diverse cast, but also to tell a story that’s familiar for many Filipinos. Other Filipinos who contributed include Ruby Ibarra who been partnered up with the network to create new songs for the whole series alongside Mark Isham and Nick Isham; Manila born and raised, writer-director Marie Jamora directed Episode 6, “Mother’s Mission” while actors and father/daughter duo Lou Diamond and Gracie Phillips guest stared on Episode 4 titled “Kabayan.”
It’s great to see more and more representation on mainstream media and the hope is that it continues. Until the next season premieres, binge watch or re-watch all 10 episodes on Fox or Hulu.
Cover Photo Credit: Martha Millan Instagram
This week’s MYX News Hot List, new episodes weekly at www.myx.global/myxnews.
1. MYX MUSIC: Thankful For A New SB19 Music Video – P-pop boy group SB19 dropped their latest “SLMT” music video shot in El Nido, Palawan.
2. MYX ENTERTAINMENT: Love at First Stream Scores 6 MMFF Noms – The comeback movie of Cathy Garcia-Molina, “Love at First Stream” celebrated a blue carpet premiere with 6 Metro Manila Film Festival nominations.
3. MYX SPORTS: Asa Miller Skiis Into Winter Games – For the second time, the 21-year old skier Asa Miller will represent the Philippines in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
4. MYX ENTERTAINMENT: Pinoy Stories Shine On “Cleaning Lady” – Fox’s new ground-breaking show, “The Cleaning Lady” is bringing Southeast-Asian representation to the forefront both on and off the screen. Ruby Ibarra was also featured on the show’s soundtrack!
5. MYX COMMUNITY: MYX Spins Odette Fundraiser – Over two days with 25 plus hours of music of 24 DJs and 1 singer streaming on twitch, “Operation Odette” powered by MYX has surpassed its goal in nearing 1 million pesos in donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this cause!
Donations are still being accepted. For more information, go to myx.global/operationodette.
Looking to freshen up your playlist or simply just looking for new music? We got you covered with a few remixes that’ll spice up your next road trip or kickback. We have tracks ranging anywhere from pop to EDM and even chill remixes of some of your favorite songs by Filipino artists.
Here’s only a few, so let us know what others we might have missed @myxnews on Twitter!
“Intoxicated” (Arthur Tan Remix) – Nadine Lustre, Arthur Tan
“Dance Like Nobody’s Watching” – Yuna, James Reid
“Catching Feelings” (Dennis Blaze Remix) – Inigo Pascual, Moophs, Ruby Ibarra, Dennis Blaze
“death bed” – powfu, beabadoobee, Blink-182
“Spinning” (A.G. Cook Remix) – No Rome, Charli XCX, The 1975
“Corner” (Subzylla Remix) – Kiana V, Subzylla
“How Many Remix” – Guapdad 4000, !llmind, Rick Ross
“Slide” (Remix Pop Smoke, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie & Chris Brown) – H.E.R., A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Chris Brown, Pop Smoke
Cover Photo Credit: No Rome Facebook
Island women rise! Ruby Ibarra is the meaning of female power. This month she makes her debut and graces the cover of NY Times Style Magazine. She’s featured on the article, The Asian Pop Stars Taking Center Stage alongside other Asian-American artists including: Thao Nguyen, the Japanese Breakfast band, and Audrey Nuna. These artists are challenging what it means to be a pop star in 2021. Ruby has been challenging the status quo with her lyrics all while being a mad scientist as her day job to help in fighting against COVID-19.
The digital article is available now with a subscription, however catch the printed copy out in two weeks! Ruby also teases that she’s writing and recording music and to expect more in the fall!
Cover Photo Credit: Sthanlee B. Mirador Facebook
Ruby Ibarra is not only making waves in music, but also in science. Although her voice is to be reckon with as an emcee who speaks out her truth as a Filipina immigrant in the U.S, she also makes an impact in COVID-19 research. Craig Melvin from NBC’s Today Show shares Ruby’s story on “Generation Next.”
The Today Show asks Ruby, why science? She’s fascinated with knowing why things work the way they are. Science gives her a lot of those answers and provides the satisfaction in terms of the work she does and how it impacts people globally. Ruby mentions that her current work involves testing and finding and cure for COVID-19. While she looks for a cure through science, Ruby says that music is also a medicine. It provides people with hope and help us get through tough times.
She goes on to talk about her family’s move from the Philippines to the Bay Area. Her experience as an immigrant and Filipina impacted her identity and how she thinks. Musical influences that she looks to strive for includes Tupac, Lauryn Hill, and Wu-Tang Clan. Her journey in music started with poetry and performing at local shows. Now, she has tracks like 7,000 Miles and Someday that talks about her family’s story. Look out for more music as her sophomore album is in the works.
With her success, Ruby continues to give back, especially to her community. Pinays Rising is a scholarship program for young Pinays in the Filipino community. With work still to be done, Ruby hopes to continue the movement of normalizing Asian American stories.
ABOUT RUBY IBARRA
Born in the Philippines, Ruby spent the first 4 years of her life in Tacloban City before her family eventually settled in San Lorenzo, California. Submerged in the melting pot of the Bay Area, Ruby’s adolescent years introduced her to a wide array of cultures, experiences, and most importantly: hip hop, which resonated at every corner of her neighborhood.
Known for her sharp lyricism and rhythmic multi-syllabic flows, Ruby attributes her musical identity to being a child during the 90s– constantly hearing Tupac, Eminem, and Wu Tang Clan play on the radio and television, she instantly knew rap was the best way she could express herself. Witnessing the “golden era” of hip hop during her formative years, she has never forgotten the sounds that she was initially introduced to and quickly fell in love with.
As a teenager, Ruby began crafting her own rhymes until she began to develop her own style and became comfortable with sharing her story. She quickly picked up music production shortly therafter and eventually started performing publicly, starting in the college and local venue circuits.
Cover Photo Credit: Ruby Ibarra Facebook
While awards season is here, four Filipina American artists have an opportunity to break ground. Variety includes Eva Noblezada, Ruby Ibarra, H.E.R. and Cathy Ang in prediction talks. Predictions and nominations are regularly updated so we’ll have to be on the look out. These artists continue to make us proud so let’s continue to support them by listening and sharing their music! Congratulations to everyone!
The Best Original Song award is given to songwriters for an original composition written for a film. It is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to those part of the motion picture industry.
Check out the songs below and make sure to catch the films!
2. A Thousand Cuts performed by Ruby Ibarra for the A Thousand Cuts documentary. Watch it on streaming platforms: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and Vudu.
3. Fight For You performed by H.E.R in the film, Judas and the Black Massiah. The film initially premiered in the 2021 Sundance Film Festival with a U.S. release on February 12, 2021 in theaters and digitally on HBO Max.
4. Rocket to the Moon performed by Cathy Ang in the film, Over the Moon. Watch it now on Netflix!