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Making it in America

Antony Francisco

Marvel's Sr. Visual Development artist, Anthony Francisco was born in Quezon City and raised in Cubao, Philippines, Anthony Francisco migrated to America in his late teenage years with his family and settled in Los Angeles, California. As a young comic book fan back in the Philippines, Anthony aspired to one day turn his passion for art into a career. But, it took a stint in the Navy to fully realize that there was a long hard road ahead of this dream, and more than ever, he needed to focus on reaching that goal. Luckily Anthony met the love of his life, Analiza Francisco, who has been beside him throughout the journey, even before there was a glimmer of hope for a big break. Follow along as Anthony and Analiza reminisce on his journey from comic book fan to Senior Visual Development Artist for Marvel Studios, who is known as the ÒVisual Father of Baby Groot,Ó he has also designed iconic characters like the Dora Milaje, Okoye and Nakia, Loki for Thor Ragnarok , Tazerface and Teen Groot, to name a few

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S1 Ep 1: Ez Mil
Critically acclaimed artist/musician Ez Mil was born in Olongapo...

Making it in America

Ez Mil

Critically acclaimed artist/musician Ez Mil was born in Olongapo City, Philippines before migrating to the United States as a teenager. He recently went viral, performing ÒPanalo,Ó on the Wish USA bus. The memorable performance has garnered over 62 million views on YouTube, and has caught the attention of the Youtuber reaction community worldwide. Since then, he has signed with Virgin Music and continuing to make an impact in the industry with his many talents in writing, producing, directing, dancing and playing several instruments. Follow along asÊEzÊas well as his mother, Hazel Miller, who is also his FFP Records and Management Co-Manager, give us a behind-the-scenes look into his early life. From his humble beginnings making music in his bedroom, to performing on television with GRAMMY award-winning band 1500 or Nothin, to producing his own virtual concert watched by thousands, discover how EZ Mil is striving in America while never forgetting and always representing where he came from.

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S1 Ep 2: Chef Vallerie
Chef Vallerie was born in San Nicholas, Ilocos Norte,...

Making it in America

Chef Vallerie

Chef Vallerie was born in San Nicholas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, in her GrandfatherÕs 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 pallet 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.

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S1 Ep 3: DJ Icy Ice
Isaiah Dacio Jr. better known as DJ Icy Ice...

Making it in America

DJ Icy Ice

Isaiah Dacio Jr. better known as DJ Icy Ice was born and raised in Carson California. In this episode of #MakingItInAmerica, follow along as DJ Icy Ice and his immigrant parents from the Philippines, recollect IceÕs journey and see how their hard work and sacrifice paved the way for his success as a current member of the world famous @thebeatjunkies & @snapback_live crew. He has a strong community of fans behind him called #TheIcePack.

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S1 Ep 4: Antony Francisco
Marvel's Sr. Visual Development artist, Anthony Francisco was born...

Making it in America

Antony Francisco

Marvel's Sr. Visual Development artist, Anthony Francisco was born in Quezon City and raised in Cubao, Philippines, Anthony Francisco migrated to America in his late teenage years with his family and settled in Los Angeles, California. As a young comic book fan back in the Philippines, Anthony aspired to one day turn his passion for art into a career. But, it took a stint in the Navy to fully realize that there was a long hard road ahead of this dream, and more than ever, he needed to focus on reaching that goal. Luckily Anthony met the love of his life, Analiza Francisco, who has been beside him throughout the journey, even before there was a glimmer of hope for a big break. Follow along as Anthony and Analiza reminisce on his journey from comic book fan to Senior Visual Development Artist for Marvel Studios, who is known as the ÒVisual Father of Baby Groot,Ó he has also designed iconic characters like the Dora Milaje, Okoye and Nakia, Loki for Thor Ragnarok , Tazerface and Teen Groot, to name a few

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S1 Ep 5: Nelita V.
Nelita V. is a martial arts expert, weapons specialist...

Making it in America

Nelita V.

Nelita V. is a martial arts expert, weapons specialist & actress. She was named after her Lola (grandmother), who immigrated from the Philippines along with her father Erwin, who first settled into America via North Carolina. Erwin studied martial arts and was a student under Dan Inosanto. While in North Carolina, he met NelitaÕs mother, Span, and they eventually headed out west to California so Erwin could pursue his dreams to work as a professional martial artist in TV & Film. With the apple not falling too far from the tree, Nelita began to train with her father from a very young age. SheÕs trained in several styles, including Eskrima, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, and Northern Shaolin, just to name a few. When Nelita turned 20, her father fell ill, and her life drastically changed, but her gift and passion for martial arts that she learned from her father helped turn the darkest and lowest times in her life around. Nelita is currently acting in commercials, TV & film while being an entrepreneur of her own brand and trailblazer within the industry. Follow along as Nelita, and her parents reminisce on the stories of her familyÕs sacrifices, all of which helped shape how she is ÒMaking it in AmericaÓ today.

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S2 Ep 1: Asia Jackson
Asia Jackson is a talented actress, producer, content creator...

Making it in America

Asia Jackson

Asia Jackson is a talented actress, producer, content creator & activist. Watch her MIIA episode as she takes us through her inspiring story as a Filipino and Black creative in the world of entertainment and media. See how Asia tackled colorism with the creation of #MagandangMorenx, watch her get vulnerable as she talks about the importance of mental health, and get a look into the business behind the influence. Watch this Making it in America special APHAM episode, presented by McDonalds.

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S2 Ep 2: Alex Wassabi
YouTuber, boxer & influencer Alex Wassabi looks back at...

Making it in America

Alex Wassabi

YouTuber, boxer & influencer Alex Wassabi looks back at his rise on YouTube, before he had 12M+ social media followers. Through his parents sacrifices and migration from the Philippines, he’s been able to accomplish his dreams and also give back to the family that help make him the man he is today. He details of his memorable trips to the Philippines and the process of how boxing brought him back to YouTube after taking a hiatus to focus on his mental health& overcoming burnout. His parents, the Burriss’ provide commentary on Alex’s inspirational story and why they are proud of him, currently living in a home that he helped buy for them in North Carolina. Watch this special Asian Pacific America History Month edition of “Making it in America” sponsored by McDonald’s, highlighting the next generation of leaders making history in America.

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S2 Ep 3: Jhoanna Alba
Fashion designer, Jhoanna Alba, & Alba Legacy Chief Visionary,...

Making it in America

Jhoanna Alba

Fashion designer, Jhoanna Alba, & Alba Legacy Chief Visionary, was born in Cardona, Philippines, and now is one of the most sought out bespoke clothing manufacturers in the entertainment industry. Earvin “Magic” Johnson is her mentor & one of her first clients, he encouraged her to start her own company at a young age. Jhoanna now has over 1,200 professional athletes, executives & celebrities as clientele, that include Terrell Owens, John Wall and Justin Turner to name a few. Her mom, Adeluisa San Juan, was reluctant to come to America at first, because she enjoyed her life there, but when she reflects back, realizes it was the best decision she could have made for her family. Now the duo work together to help people beyond fashion, to create “A Light Beyond Appearance.” Together with her team, they help each client define THE LOOK OF YOUR LEGACY. The company prides itself mostly on their philanthropic work, helping raise money for causes like the Big Brothers and Sisters organization Jho’s biggest accomplishment in life is her daughter Ashley, who helped raise thousands of dollars for various charity causes and the school named after their grandfather in the Philippines.

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S2 Ep 4: Adrian Per
Adrian Per is a self-taught music video director, photographer,...

Making it in America

Adrian Per

Adrian Per is a self-taught music video director, photographer, DJ, and co-owner of the production company Lumpia Watermelon. Watch as he reminisces on the journey that it took to get to where he is today. From living in section 8 housing in inner-city San Francisco to his Philippines immigrant parent's hard work and dedication to helping shield him and his sister from the struggles of the world they were living in, to now working with some of the biggest artists in mainstream entertainment like Lil Nas X, Kehlani, G-Eazy, E-40, P-Lo & GuapDad 4000. Catch his full episode and a BTS look into his recent “We Are Golden” gallery exhibits on this APAHM special episode of Making it in America, presented by McDonald's.

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