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Mark your calendars because 88Rising's Head in the Clouds is coming in hot this summer. The annual music festival features musical artists across the Asian diaspora including some of your favorite Filipino artists. Part of this year's newly announced lineup are Fil-Aussie Ylona Garcia, Fil-Am Yeek, and London-based Filipino No Rome. The event is set to take the stage in Pasadena, California at Brookside at the Rose Bowl on August 20th - 21st.

Register now at LA.HITCFESTIVAL.COM for first access to 2-DAY passes and presale begins Thursday, May 26 at 12pm PT.

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Ylona Garcia: the Filipino-Australian actress, singer, songwriter began her career in entertainment at 13-years old. She currently is working on new tunes to showcase a different side of her musical journey and take her music global.

Yeek: the New Jersey born and Florida raised Fil-Am is an early adopter of the "genre-bending" space and breaking through as a DIY musician. He's a creative in every sense dabbling in music, film, fashion, and art.

No Rome: Born in Manila and now based in London began making music at a young age. His name is an ode for his laid-back electronic pop songs. Now signed with Dirty Hit Records also home to beabadoobee and The 1975, No Rome has collaborated with The 1975, Charlie XCX, and released his debut album It's All Smiles.

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We love when creatives collide and show each other their craft. Recently, Paradise Rising artist Ylona Garcia collaborated with parent label 88rising for Filipino-American History Month for a fun cooking lesson. Yes, we know Ylo is Aussie, but she couldn't pass up the opportunity to cook with Yamashiro Head Chef in Hollywood, Chef Vallerie. We all wish we could have an exclusive lesson with Chef Val on adobo 101.

Ylo's vlog gives us extra content and takes us behind the scenes at Yamashiro. Chef Val and her whip up a Filipino classic dish, adobo but they added a little twist by using ribs and pineapple juice. They make the semi-traditional dish with no other than it's partner in crime, some good old fashion white rice. And of course, Ylo and Chef Val measured the rice and water using their fingers as precise measurements.

Chef Val shared that all her recipes come from her grandfather. They had a pig farm in the Philippines and after closing their bakery, Chef Val's family would get to cooking Filipino pork recipes. She challenges Ylo to cook the adobo dish herself and we definitely feel her anxiousness. As Ylo said, it's like having your parents watching your every move when you're cooking because in Filipino culture, food is life. Ylo didn't disappoint though, her pork BBQ adobo looked so tasty and it's Chef Val approved because it's the first time she's combined ribs and pineapple juice now known as Ylo ribs.

After finishing up delicious meal, Ylo headed to Vista Hermosa Natural Park for location number two. She sings a couple songs like her single, "Don't Go Changing." Finally, Ylo answer what FAHM means to her. "It [Filipino-American History Month] means acknowledging who we are which is the best feeling in the world." To catch more BTS and the series, make sure to follow Ylo on social!

Cover Photo Credit: Ylona Garcia Twitter

Ylona Garcia takes on our MYXed Bag filled with her Fan Questions! We get to know Ylona even more, finding out who motivates her, what her creative process is like, and would she ever go back and stay in the Pinoy Big Brother House again? Check out her answers in the video below!

About Ylona Garcia:

Ylona Garcia is a Filipino-Australian singer, actress & television personality. Garcia rose to prominence after entering as a housemate on the first part of the second special season of ABS-CBN's reality show Pinoy Big Brother (2015), for which she received the title of "Daldal Darling ng Australia" (Lit. Talkative Darling of Australia) and finished first runner-up at the end of the reality show. Ylona Jade Garcia was born in Sydney, to Filipino parents, both of whom are practitioners in the medical field based in Australia. She is the third among five siblings. At a very young age, Garcia has performed as a front act for several Filipino singers and songwriters such as Martin Nievera, Sarah Geronimo, and Rivermaya's former lead vocalist Bamboo Mañalac during their Australian concert tours. Ylona has also participated in numerous singing competitions and won two notable competitions such as the Urban Star Sydney Championship in December 2014, for which she received the "Most Promising Talent" award in the same month; and Fast Track Australian Singing Competition as part of the junior division in March 2015. Garcia also finished third in the National Urban Star Competition reaping through the "Judges Choice" segment for the "Coolest Artist" and "the artist with the 'wow' factor." In 2015, Garcia auditioned to become a housemate for the first part of the second special season of ABS-CBN's reality television series Pinoy Big Brother, where she passed after showcasing her talents in singing, acting, and dancing as well for her "confidence and candid remarks.

On January 21st, 2016, Coca-Cola announced Ylona as one of the ambassadors for their "Taste the Feeling" campaign together with Bailey May, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Maine Mendoza, Alden Richards, Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Janella Salvador, and Enchong Dee. In January 2016, Ylona was announced as the "Celebrity VJ" for the month of February for the myx music television network. In 2018, Garcia became a member of the teen pop group ASAP G!. Other members of the group are Isabela Vinzon, Jayda Avanzado, Kyle Echarri, Jeremy Glinoga and Darren Espanto. The group formed in June 2018 and disbanded on November 2018, when the show was reformatted into ASAP Natin 'To. In 2019, Garcia transferred from Star Music to Homeworkz for her recording label.

Ylo is currently releasing new music under 88 Rising's Philippine imprint, Paradise Rising.

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Hey MYXers, the talented Ylona Garcia aka to fans across the world as "Ylo," will be performing on our new series "MYX Traks" and answering some of YOUR MYXer fan questions during her "MYXed Bag" interview from our studios in LA. Fill out the form below and see if she answers yours on camera! Check out our latest fan Q&A with BGYO here.

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Ylo just released her new music video out on 88Rising's Paradise Rising, watch it below:

She has also been vlogging in her new YT series "Day in the Life of Ylo," she's asking all fans to tune in to see exclusive behind the scenes of what she's been up to while currently living in Los Angeles.

ABOUT YLONA GARCIA:

Ylona Garcia, is a Filipino-Australian singer, actress & television personality. Garcia rose to prominence after entering as a housemate on the first part of the second special season of ABS-CBN's reality show Pinoy Big Brother (2015), for which she received the title of "Daldal Darling ng Australia" (Lit. Talkative Darling of Australia) and finished first runner-up at the end of the reality show. Ylona Jade Garcia was was born in Sydney, to Filipino parents, both of whom are practitioners in the medical field based in Australia. She is the third among five siblings. At a very young age, Garcia has performed as a front act for several Filipino singers and songwriters such as Martin Nievera, Sarah Geronimo and Rivermaya's former lead vocalist Bamboo Mañalac during their Australian concert tours. Ylona has also participated in numerous singing competitions and won two notable competitions such as the Urban Star Sydney Championship in December 2014, for which she received the "Most Promising Talent" award in the same month; and Fast Track Australian Singing Competition as part of the junior division in March 2015. Garcia also finished third in the National Urban Star Competition reaping through the "Judges Choice" segment for the "Coolest Artist" and "the artist with the 'wow' factor." In 2015, Garcia auditioned to become a housemate for the first part of the second special season of ABS-CBN's reality television series Pinoy Big Brother, where she passed after showcasing her talents in singing, acting and dancing as well for her "confidence and candid remarks.

On 21 January 2016, Coca-Cola announced Ylona as one of the ambassadors for their "Taste the Feeling" campaign together with Bailey May, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Maine Mendoza, Alden Richards, Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Janella Salvador, and Enchong Dee. In January 2016, Ylona was announced as the "Celebrity VJ" for the month of February for the myx music television network. In 2018, Garcia became a member of the teen pop group ASAP G!. Other members of the group are Isabela Vinzon, Jayda Avanzado, Kyle Echarri, Jeremy Glinoga and Darren Espanto. The group formed in June 2018 and disbanded on November 2018, when the show was reformatted into ASAP Natin 'To. In 2019, Garcia transferred from Star Music to Homeworkz for her recording label.

Ylo is currently releasing new music under 88 Rising's Philippine imprint, Paradise Rising.

Pop & R&B Ylona Garcia is prepared to take the world by storm. The Filipina-Australian R&B-Pop singer partnered with another power house to take on the global stage. She is the latest signee for 88Rising's sub-label PARADISE RISING. Together, they released the single, All That. You'll hear the growth in her music and more of a dance track. With the song, Ylo's ready to leave "All That" Sh*t behind from the past year and tackle a new direction.

Check out what she has to say about the song, teaming up with PARADISE RISING, and her birthday greeting from Disney's Raya and The Last Dragon stars, Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran.

1. Ylona's been keeping her collab with 88Rising and PARADISE RISING a secret since last year
Last time she chatted with Dannieboi, the wheels were in motion for this insane collab. Holding out on us, this all came as a huge surprise. She was putting in the work, both working at McDonald's (aka Mackers in Australia) and going to the studio to record. Everything was set in stone last summer. After that, Ylona headed straight to the studio to listen to demos and record music.

2. All That became an outlet for Ylona to leave all the toxicity behind
Ylo explains the track is about "letting go of all the toxicity you’ve experienced, were exposed to, and you’ve produced yourself". She goes on to say it's also about starting new and fresh and leaving all the sh*t behind. It encourages someone to become the best version of themselves.

3. Partnering up with 88Rising and PARADISE RISING was an easy decision
When signing on with 88Rising, it was kind of a no brainer for Ylona. The reason she signed on with them was "because they're really cool." It was easy to work with their team and they're nice people. Some whom she says are also now friends. She worked with top producers who've worked with names like the Jonas Brothers and The Chainsmokers! "We just all vibe together and got along well."

According to Flaunt.com, "All That was created alongside Peter Hanna (Jonas Brothers, The Chainsmokers, Lindsey Stirling), and GRAMMY-nominated Michael Fatkin (Nathasha Bedingfield, Hillsong United) who helped shape the sonic landscape around the song." This song marks a new chapter for Ylona and her career.

“I’ve been doing well. Even though I’ve been going through a hard time, I made it through and left all that back there."

Ylona Garcia

4. Ylona looks to inspire others through her music
She explains that "sometimes it takes a while to write a song... but this session literally took 2 hours to complete over Zoom". Sometimes the best songs come really quickly for artist and this is the case for All That. When 88Rising asks her why she's doing this, Ylona didn't always have an answer. Then she remembers why she's a fan of other artists. They inspire her. So now, Ylona is looking to inspire others the way other artists have inspired her. She aims to help others get through and work hard to where they want to go.

5. Getting a birthday greeting from Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran is just as cool as dropping your own single on your birthday
MYX Global host Nico Blitz sat with Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran to talk about their latest film, Disney's Raya and The Last Dragon releasing on Friday! They both were quick to talk about their love for pancit and mention how talented Filipinos are at singing and dancing. So then we had to ask if they'd be up to sing Happy Birthday to Ylona. Ylo was shocked because she just saw Crazy Rich Asians the day before where Awkwafina was a lead and loved her character on screen & who she is in real life. Check out how they did below!

Tell us what you think of Ylo's latest track All That using #AllThatYlo on social!

About PARADISE RISING:

In July 2020, 88rising launched its first sister label PARADISE RISING, dedicated to establishing and promoting Filipino artists globally with partnership with Globe. Globe is a leading full-service telecommunication company in the Philippines. PARADISE RISING's debut release, semilucent EP, is a curated compilation album featuring the most promising Philippine acts. In 2021, PARADISE RISING is set to release new music and sign up-and-coming Filipino artists.

Cover Photo Credit: Ylona Garcia Facebook

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