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Yamashiro's Executive Chef Vallerie celebrated her birthday with a 70s themed birthday bash that brought out stars from all over the world from Hollywood to Manila. Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas led the "Happy Birthday" song remixed with his hit single, "Bebot" alongside Vallerie's life long friends, colleagues and supporters. DJ Butch played music from the era while guests dined on the best in Yamashiro's cuisine including Filipino specialty items like lechon and caldareta. Desserts were provided by Brown Baked Goods, Cafe 86 and Knead Eats. Guests were encouraged to come in their best 70s inspired outfits and the crowd did not disappoint.

The exclusive guest list of less than 100 included but not limited to James Reid, Ylona Garcia, Ramona Thornes, Ray Brown, JRey Soul, Jon Jon Briones, Teo Briones, Isa Briones, JayR & Mica Javier, Reggie Lee, Princess Punzalan, Will Devaughn, James Reid, Ivan Dorschner, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, DJ Virman, DJ Flict, Garth Garcia, Arci Munoz, Robin Nievera, Alex Wassabi, DJ Bella Fiasco and many more. The MYX & TFC team were onsite to celebrate the chef and the party was celebrated in the same Yamashiro's garden that her private MYX original series screening for her "Making it in America," episode aired. See photos from the event below & on our MYX Global Facebook by celebrity photographer, Sthanlee B. Mirador.

ABOUT CHEF VALLERIE:

Chef Vallerie was born in San Nicholas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, in her Grandfather’s Bakery. At an early age, her parents migrated to the United States in hopes for better opportunities, and later brought Chef Val to the states to raise her in Hawaii once a foundation had been built. A late start to her career has not stopped her from reaching the top. She began her career as a Pastry Chef and, in just a span of a few years, has become the first Yamashiro female Executive Chef at premiere Hollywood restaurant to the stars like Bruno Mars, Michael B. Jordan, H.E.R., Apl.de.ap (Black Eyed Peas) and many more.

Her gracious hospitality and her seasoned palate have created a new renaissance for this famed Hollywood establishment. Follow along as Chef Vallerie and her parents, Christopher and Elo Castillio, reflect on the early years of migrating to America in search of greater opportunities. Val has been featured on CNN, TFC, MYX, ABC, NBC, Spectrum and more as a trailblazer in the community.

Watch the full episode of "Making it in America" below:

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.

Ylona Garcia Interview

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.

Jessica Sanchez created a special song called and music video for APAHM Month and to raise awareness of stopping Asian hate. “Us” is out now on all platforms. The music video features Mark Cuban, Liane V., Apl.de.ap (Black Eyed Peas), Patrick Starrr, Ylona Garcia & AJ Rafael.

Jessica was excited to share news of the special new project on her Instagram below:

ABOUT JESSICA SANCHEZ:

Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez  is an American singer-songwriter. She rose to prominence following her finish as the runner-up on the eleventh season of American Idol. She is known as one of the American Idol favorites from the alumni and frequently guests on AI specials.

Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez was born in Chula Vista, California on August 4, 1995 to Edita Sanchez (née Bugay), whose family is from Samal, Bataan in the Philippines, and Gilbert Sanchez, a Mexican American originally from Texas and is an aviation ordnanceman First Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy Reserves. She is the eldest of three children, having two younger brothers. Sanchez was raised in EastlakeChula Vista.

Sanchez performed for the House of Bolkiah during the Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah's birthday celebration on February 18, 2019. Under the mononym Jes, she released a single titled "Love You" on April 22, 2019. In an interview with The Philippine Star on May 15, 2019, Sanchez revealed that she would be releasing her third extended play within 2019.As of 2021, the extended play has yet to be released.

She subsequently reunited with Leroy Sanchez for a duet of "A Whole New World", which was released on May 24, 2019 with an accompanying music video.[75][76] Sanchez released the single "Angels" on June 21, 2019.  She reunited with Matt Bloyd for a duet of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from his extended play King, which was released on July 17, 2019.[78] Sanchez performed "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" by Jennifer Holliday during the grand finals of the first season of Idol Philippines on July 28, 2019.[79] She became an ambassador of Frontrow on July 29, 2019 and performed at its thanksgiving event, "Frontrow All In", on November 9, 2019. Sanchez held concerts, which were billed as "In the Spotlight: Jessica Sanchez", on November 22 and 29, 2019, during which she was accompanied by Lance Busa and Lucas Garcia. 

Sanchez collaborated again with Bautista who was one of the judges of the second season of The Clash on December 6, 2019 to reprise their Christmas single "Another Silent Christmas Song" before both of them perform with the seven remaining contestants singing "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey.

On May 8, 2021, she released a single titled "Us" as a response to the xenophobia and racism related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its music video premiered on the same day and featured guest appearances from Apl.de.ap and Mark Cuban.[83]

@RayaDisney stars sat with MYX @MYXglobal host @nicoakablitz to talk about their new animated South East Asian film, their love for pancit & in true Filipino fashion, sang happy birthday to @88Rising@ParadiseRising latest signee, #YlonaGarcia#Ylo releases her first single "All That" on her BDay 3/3, on all streaming platforms. Fans are encouraged to #AllThatYlo on TikTok, IG & Twitter of how they are leaving "All That" Sh*t behind from the pandemic, toxic relationships, limiting beliefs & more.

Stay tuned at www.myx.global/ylonagarcia for more updates & catch her @dannieboirnb LIVE interview today at 8P PST / 12P Manila on twitch.tv/myxglobal & @kumuph.

Our #MYXGlobal featured artist premiere launches tomorrow.

ABOUT #RayaAndTheLastDragon:
In theaters & on Disney+ with Premier Access 3/5, The film features a predominantly Asian American cast, including the voices of #KellyMarieTran as the titular #Raya & #Awkwafina as Sisu, the titular dragon, along with Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, Thalia Tran, and Alan Tudyk.

??Superstar @KZTandingan was chosen to sing the first-ever Disney track in Filipino! Tune in on March 5 as "Gabay" from Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon drops on Spotify. (The same day #BrunoMars drops his first track off his new album with #AndersonPaak.)

ABOUT #YlonaGarcia:
#Ylona Garcia is an international star in the making, and she’s beautifully talented while doing it. At only 19 years old, she has accumulated over 4 million global followers on Instagram and one million followers on TikTok. "Ylo" is a Filipina-Australian pop artist who sees herself taking over the music game on a global scale.

She is excited and now equipped with the right international marketing team and management to support her.
Fans have been asking for #88Rising & #ParadiseRising to collaborate with her since she performed at their #DOUBLEHAPPINESS music festival last year.

We are excited for the announcement of the 88 Rising DOUBLE HAPPINESS Winter Festival with amazing artists from around the world! TUNE IN on Dec 2nd 4PM PT https://easternstandardti.me ? @ESTpresents. Stay tuned for more details.

The artist billing includes all the artists featured on the 88 Rising, Paradise Rising Semiluscent EP like Kiana V, Leila Alcasid, Massiah, Jason Dhakal and Fern alongside other Filipino artists like Guapdad 4000, Ylona Garcia & headliners NXWORRIES (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge), ATEEZ, CHUNG HA & many more.)

@kianavee of Tarsier Records featured on “Safe Place” Paradise Rising semilucent EP

Guapdad 4000 announced earlier this year that they will be releasing an album together with GRAMMY award winning producer & 88 Rising, myx discussed with them the project on their recent Kollective Hustle launch party, airing soon on kollectivehustle.com.

Ylona Garcia shared on her social media that she will be "singing a lil smth smth, have loads of fun and talk a lot about my love for maccas !!" DEC 2 - 7PM (EST). Ylona currently loves working at her local McDonald's (aka Maccas) in Australia.

In this myxCLUSIVE interview, the beloved Ylona Garcia, with over 5M social media followers discusses why she decided not only to work at McDonald's during quarantine, but how she is posting about it on social media and loving it. One fan commented that she also worked at the fast food chain and happy that Ylo has been proudly posting about it.

She said "I remembered that even before I was in show business, I wanted to work at McDonald's aka "Macca's" in Australia. I decided that there is nothing wrong about posting about it, social media is a place to feel free to post whatever you want, that represents you and makes you happy. That's the vibe I wanted to create and share with people."

In the full interview with DannieBoi of Wave 89.1FM & myx, Ylona details that she is studying business and working at McDonald's has helped her the various tasks it requires to manage a successful business.

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.

For more follow @ylonagarcia on Instagram.

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