This week on the TAYO Hot List!
88 Rising radio becomes the very first Asian music channel on SiriusXM, AJ Rafael is serving up some pretty fun and viral Disney duets, plus we are recapping all of the impressive moves from our community over on the basketball court.
A big week for Asian music in North America with 88 Rising.
This past Wednesday, 88 Rising held its “Double Happiness Winter Festival” featuring a variety of Asian talents from throughout the world including Ylona Garcia, Careless Music’s Massiah, Kiana V, and Guapdad 4000.
If that wasn’t big enough, on Thursday, 88 Rising Radio became the first 24-7 Asian music channel on SiriusXM, with Inigo Pascual, Sosupersam, and Manila Grey taking part in a 24-hour radio takeover.
2. AJ & ALYSSA’S WFH DUETS GO VIRAL
AJ Rafael, along with his girlfriend Alyssa Navarro have been going viral for their Disney duets from home! Good Morning America recently highlighted the couple’s work from home performances including songs from High School Musical, The Little Mermaid, and Hercules.
You can catch more of AJ as part of “Crazy Talented Asians Holiday Edition” on December 13th taking place on East West Players’ Youtube and Facebook accounts. He can also preview his new song, "Miles Apart, Still Together" in collaboration with Xoom.
3. HIFI KITCHEN SERVES UP APL’s SECRET ADOBO
Here’s an opportunity for our L.A. fam to get some delicious adobo all while supporting a great cause!
On Saturday, the Apl.de.Ap Foundation International is partnering with HiFi Kitchen for “Unbreakable: Adobo in Action”.
This one day pop-up will sell special orders of Apl.de.Ap’s adobo family recipe which he’ll be serving himself.
Proceeds will go towards nonprofit group PeDRO, which helps with typhoon relief in the Philippines. View & share photos here from the event here by Sthanlee Mirador.
4. RMHC AMBASSADORS GET SURPRISE FROM JOHN & CHRISSY
Ever since the birth of their daughter Justine, who has a seizure disorder, the Jao family from Chicago had been raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
For their dedication, the family got a very unexpected surprise from one of Hollywood’s most iconic couples, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen!
In an effort to create awareness and support for the RMHC, McDonald’s will be donating $100 in your name for posting a supportive message on social media with #HereForRMHC through December 31. Visit myx.global/frontliners for more info.
5. COLLEGE HOOPS RETURNS, FILIPINOS SCORE BIG IN BASKETBALL
Lots of playmakers in our community took to the basketball court this week and made big waves on the NCAA D1 level.
Coach Mike Magpayo at UC Riverside became the first coach of Asian descent to coach in NCAA Division 1, and he scored his first win with a major upset over Washington State.
Arizona State University’s Remy Martin has embarked on his senior year with a big 26 point eruption.
Rutgers star Ron Harper Jr, son of former NBA champ Ron Harper, has started his junior season at Rutgers by dropping 21 points a game in his first three games of the season.
On the women’s side, freshman Vanessa De Jesus became the first Asian player at Duke University, and kicked off her career with a 13 point performance, followed up by a 17 point performance in her second game.
That’s a look at all the stories we have for you this week on the TAYO Hot List. Thank you so much for joining us. Be sure to follow us over on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for more content. Please take care of yourself and one another and we will see you right back here again next time!