Making A Difference: Filipino Talent Owning It In 2017

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I like to equate 2017’s Kong: Skull Island took a page from 1997’s Anaconda where in that film, a Puerto-Rican woman and an African American male were the only survivors. So, to see a majority of the PoC cast including the character of ‘Reles’ (played by our 2015 Hollywood Actors Panelist, Eugene Cordero) survived their escape from Skull Island.  I was secretly rooting for his character not to end up as a casualty.  Wiped my sweat off my brow.

Eugene Cordero as ‘Reles’ in Warner Brothers Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island

Netflix released Jo Koy‘s Live from Seattle comedy special.  Since then, he’s been selling out shows, most recently in Hawaii with a total of thirteen shows in Maui and Oahu.  He broke Honolulu’s record with over 23,000 tickets sold — and that was when he had eleven shows sold out!

Jo Koy in Netflix’s Live from Seattle

2017 celebrated the 20th anniversary of the made-for-television movie musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  It aired on ABC on November 2, 1997 and earned over 60 million viewers.  It landed on the Nielsen ratinged #1 spot for that week.  The TV movie starred Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, Victor Garber, Whoopi Goldberg, Bernadette Peters and introduced Paolo Montalban.

Paolo Montalban as ‘Prince Charming’ in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella 

Kimee Balmilero was upgraded from recurring to cast as ‘Dr. Noelani Cunha’ on the eight season of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0.

Jessalyn Wanlim as ‘Jenny’ on CBC’s Workin’ Moms.

Lexa Doig is one of many actors on this list who have appeared in more than one television show in 2017.

Lexa Doig as ‘Deann Anderson’ in E! Entertainment’s The Arrangement.

Lexa Doig as ‘Talia al Ghul’ in The CW’s Arrow.

Another Filipina actress joined the DC superhero fray was Vanessa Hudgens in Powerless. Here in this scene is where her character said she is half-Filipina.

Vanessa Hudgens as ‘Emily’ in NBC’s Powerless.

Jaime Barcelon (who starred in FilAm Creations‘ short film, Lolo Pepe) guest starred on Criminal Minds.

Jaime Barcelon as ‘Marcus Manning’ in CBS’ Criminal Minds.

Ginger Gonzaga is another actor on this list who have appeared in more than one television show in 2017.  She appeared in TBS’ Wrecked and Hulu’s Chance.  She even wrote, directed and starred in the film, Your Day.

Ginger Gonzaga as ‘Maggie’ in Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here.

Mig Macario as ‘Dr. Michael Bateman’ on CBS’ Criminal Minds.

Nico Santos as ‘Mateo’ in NBC’s Superstore.

Reggie Lee is another actor on this list who have appeared in more than one television show in 2017.  He guest starred on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine as ‘Dr. Ronald Yee.’

Reggie Lee guest starred as ‘Joey Kang’ on CBS’ Hawaii Five-O.

Aris Juson as ‘Aiden’ in the viral short Star Wars: The Force And The Fury

Our 2017 Hollywood Actors Panelist, Manny Jacinto is another actor on this list who have appeared in more than one television show in 2017.

Manny Jacinto guest stars as ‘Bobby Ato’ in ABC’s The Good Doctor

Manny Jacinto as ‘Jason Mendoza’ in NBC’s The Good Place

Josephine Leily in a Prego Spaghetti commercial

Sonya Balmores as ‘Auran’ in ABC’s Marvel’s The Inhumans

Darion Basco as ‘Javier’ and Maureen Sebastian as ‘Adele’ in CBS’ S.W.A.T.

Jacob Batalon as ‘Ned Leeds’ and Ethan Dizon as ‘Tiny’ (the latter not included in this clip) in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Hailee Steinfeld performed on NBC’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

Marc Fajardo as ‘Danny’ on CBS’ S.W.A.T.

Erin Lim hosts E! Entertainment’s The Rundown at Snapchat.

Liza Lapira as ‘Eve’ in CBS’ 9JKL

Alex Mallari, Jr. as ‘Ryo’ in SYFY’s Dark Matter.

Ivory Aquino as ‘Cecilia Chung’ on ABC’s When We Rise

Zedrick Restauro as ‘Street Vendor’ shared a scene with Vanessa Hudgens on NBC’s Powerless.

Eden Estrella as ‘Sam’ on Universal Pictures’ The Fate of the Furious

Kamran Lucas as ‘Harris’ on Disney XD’s Mech-X4

Anatalia Villaranda competed on NBC’s The Voice

Tia Carrere as ‘Chow Lin’ on CBS’ Blue Bloods

The question asked this year was, “Is Lars Barriga a Filipino?”  You be the judge.

Deedee Magno, Shelby Rabara, Jennifer Paz and Charlyne Yi voice the characters on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe

Conrad Ricamora as ‘Oliver Hampton’ on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder

Tamlyn Tomita as ‘Allegra Aoki’ on ABC’s The Good Doctor.

Rob Schneider as ‘Rob’ on Netflix’s Real Rob

Joel de la Fuente guest stars as ‘Datu Andrada’ on CBS’ Madam Secretary.

Jaclyn Aimee (of FilAm CreationsWhat You Don’t Say? and Uncle Eddy) has done two commercials.

Jaclyn Aimee in an Amazon Prime commercial released in December, 2016

Jaclyn Aimee in an ADT commercial released in November, 2017.

Mathew Belnas‘ web series, Sons of the Universe.

Our 2017 2nd Television Writers Panelist, Philip Buiser wrote an episode in 2017 for AMC’s Preacher.

Dean Devlin directed a feature and continues to produce his weekly television show.

Dean Devlin directed Geostorm released in October, 2017.

Dean Devlin‘s The Librarians returned to TNT in December, 2017.

Dave Bautista had three feature films released in 2017.

Dave Bautista as ‘Stupe’ in RLJ Entertainments’ Bushwick.

Dave Bautista as ‘Drax’ in Walt Disney Pictures’ Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

Dave Bautista as ‘Sapper Morton’ in Columbia Pictures’ Blade Runner 2049.

Our 2016 Television Writers Panelist, Ray Utarnachitt wrote four episodes in 2017 for the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in Seasons 2 and 3.  The first Season 3 episode he wrote titled Zari introduced the first television Muslim superheroine, Zari Tomaz.

Ray Utarnachitt wrote two episodes in 2017; Zari for the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow.

TJ Perkins wrestled against Lince Dorado on the WWE Network’s 205 Live.

Melanie Anne Padernal as ‘Celia’ in Dan Mirvish’s Bernard and Huey.

Bruno Mars performed live at the Apollo Theater

Our 2017 Hollywood Actors Panelist, Vincent Rodriguez III is another actor on this list who have appeared in more than one television show in 2017.  He guest starred on ABC’s Designated Survivor as ‘Owen Saldua.’

Vincent Rodriguez III as ‘Josh Chan’ on The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Our 2017 2nd Television Writers Panelist, Dennis Saldua wrote two episodes in 2017 for CBS’ Salvation.

The first female professional to win on the show, Cheryl Burke returned to Dancing With The Stars.  She also became the new instructor on Dance Moms.  And, her Love On The Floor Tour played in the U.S. after its run in Japan this year.

Our 2017 Hollywood Actors Panelist, Angela Relucio is another actor on this list who have appeared in more than one television show in 2017.  She recurs on History’s SIX as ‘Lt. Camille Fung.’

Angela Relucio as ‘Risa Park’ on CBS’ Code Black.

Matthew Libatique was the cinematographer for Paramount Pictures’ Mother!

Fallah Bahh wrestles at Pop TV’s Impact Wrestling.

Charlyne Yi is another actor on this list who have worked in more than one television show in 2017 other than Steven Universe. And, she is also in a film.

Charlene Yi as ‘Safoya’ on A24 Films’ The Disaster Artist.

Charlene Yi as ‘Ruby’ on Showtime’s Twin Peaks.

Sheaden Gabriel and Dante Basco star in Bangarang: The Hook Prequel.

Our 2017 Hollywood Actors Panelist, Aina Dumlao is another actor on this list who have appeared in more than one television show in 2017.  She recurred on HBO’s Ballers as ‘Natalie.’

Aina Dumlao as ‘Andi Lee’ on CBS’ MacGyver.

Teo Briones is another actor on this list who have worked in more than one project in 2017.  He starred in Wind River as ‘Casey’ with Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and Graham Greene.

Teo Briones as ‘Will Jin’ on Amazon Prime’s Will vs. The Future.

DJZ returns to Pop TV’s Impact Wrestling at AAA’s TripleMania.

Bob Morley as ‘Bellamy Blake’ on the CW’s The 100.

Charles Michael Davis as ‘Marcel Gerard’ on the CW’s The Originals.

World Wonder Ring Stardom’s wrestler Kris Wolf featured on CBS This Morning.

Nadine Nicole as ‘Casey’ in Hulu’s Casual.

Tess Paras and Vincent Rodriguez III in TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything

Marie Jamora‘s award winning film, Flip The Record stars Courtney Bandeko, Michael Rosete, Derek Basco, Olga Natividad, Jon Viktor Corpuz, JD Charisma and Sammay Dizon.

Gabe De Guzman, Jenna AlvarezLeanne Tessa and writer Nathan Ramos join Disney’s Club Mickey Mouse.

Angelica Hale on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Academy Award-winning songwriting duo of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote ‘Remember Me’ for Disney-Pixar’s Coco (by Pixar’s first female animation supervisor, Gini Santos).



Rachel Leyco – NBC’s Chicago Fire
Rodney To – CBS’ NCIS
Mig Macario – CBS’ S.W.A.T.
Alden Ray – ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat
Samantha Cutaran – ABC’s Scandal
Michael Galante – NBC’s Will & Grace
Ariel Felix -NBC’s Chicago Fire
Reggie Lee – Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Rain Valdez – TV Land’s Lopez
Earl Baylon in Seeso’s Bajillion Dollar Propertie$
J. Elaine Marcos – Nickelodeon’s School of Rock, Netflix’s Grace and Frankie
Cesar Cipriano – BET’s Being Mary Jane
Jane McLean – CBC’s Workin’ Moms
Marc Anthony Nicholas – Emmy winning producer of The Talk
Ellen D. Williams – FX’s Baskets
Lou Diamond Phillips – Final Season of Netflix’s Longmire
Derek Basco in Netflix’s Lady Dynamite
Nicole Scherzinger in Fox’s The X Factor, TBS’ Drop The Mic
Jason Rogel – NBC’s This Is Us, Netflix’s Lady Dynamite, Lifetime’s Love By The 10th Date 
Zaldy Goco (costume designer) and John Lim (editor) – 2017 Emmy winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race



Rachelle Ann GoHamilton
Ali EwoldtPhantom of the Opera
Christine AlladoHamilton
Don Darryl RiveraAladdin
Natalie ChuaBat The Musical
Karla Puno GarciaHamilton
Joan AlmedillaThe King & I
Jaygee MacapugaySchool of Rock
Eva NoblezadaMiss Saigon
Jon Jon BrionesMiss Saigon
Jose LlanaThe King & I
Adam JacobsAladdin
Jon Viktor CorpuzThe King & I
Lea SalongaOnce On This Island (this is her first time playing a Filipina on stage)


HOSTS IN 2017:

Katherine Iniba – KSCI-TV’s Generation NOW, Halo Halo with Kat Iniba
Yong Chavez – TFC’s BA Showbiz Tonight
Jessica Lesaca – MYX TV’s Week Sauce
Kylie Erica Mar – Yahoo Entertainment
Denny Directo – Entertainment Tonight Now
Maria Quiban – KTTV Meteorologist
Thomas Orlina – Afterbuzz TV
Cher Calvin – KTLA News
Nino Llanera – Conflux Conversation
Pablo S. Torre – ESPN’s Around The Horn
Sinead de Vries – Clevver News
Denise Dador – ABC-7 Eyewitness


Here is a list of Filipino American talent appearing in film and television in 2018:

 ~ LJ Batinas in Fox’s Lucifer on January 2, 2018.
 ~ Glenn Fernandez in Fox’s 9-1-1 on January, 2018.
 ~ Lou Diamond Phillips guest stars on CBS’ Criminal Minds on January 3, 2018.
 ~ Zedrick Restauro in ABC’s Speechless on January 3, 2018.
 ~ Ashley Argota in Go90’s Liberty Crossing on January 8, 2018.
 ~ Darren Criss, Jon Jon Briones, Carlin James, Zedrick Restauro and Isa Briones in FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story on January 17, 2018.
 ~ Carlin James in Criminal Minds on January 17, 2018.
 ~ Marc Fajardo in The Leisure Seeker on January 19, 2018.
 ~ Sonya Balmores in STX Entertainment’s Den of Thieves on January 19 and Fox’s Lucifer on January 22, 2018.
 ~ Michael Golamco wrote Magnolia Pictures’ Please Stand By on January 26, 2018.
Sari Arambulo in NBC’s A.P. Bio on February 1, 2018.
 ~ Jacob Batalon in Orion Pictures’s Every Day on February 23, 2018.
 ~ Deric McCabe in Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time from Ava DuVernay on March 9, 2018.
 ~ Sharon Leal in CBS’ Instinct on March 11, 2018.
 ~ Dave Bautista, Jacob Batalon and Ethan Dizon in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018.
 ~ Hailee Steinfeld in Paramont Pictures’ Bumblebee on June 8, 2018.
 ~ Patricio Ginelsa Jr.‘s sequel, Lumpia 2 starring UFC’s Mark Muñoz.
 ~ Amanda Joy for Season 2 of City TV’s Second Jen.
 ~ Kelli Breslin for Lifetime’s You starring Shay Mitchell.
 ~ Nadine Nicole in SYFY’s The Expanse
 ~ Paris Berelc in Netflix’s Alexa & Katie
 ~ Eric S. Garcia co-wrote the English-language script to Batman Ninja.

If you’re Filipino and have an upcoming project in 2018, whether it is in front of the camera or behind-the-scenes, let us know!


Compiled and written by:
~ Edwin Santos
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December 31, 2017


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FilAm Creative’s Notable Firsts of 2017

An argument or debate can be made how and when did it all began?  No, I’m not talking about the birth of FilAm Creative.  I’m talking about its … rebirth.

One can argue the rebirth began at our 1st Television Writers Panel in December, 2016 where we met the event’s new volunteers recruited by our former Membership Co-Director Meriden Villanueva.

2017 Review FAC

Or, one can argue it was the newly-formed FilAm Creations Filmmakers’ Challenge headed by writer/director Craig Obligacion Wilson [LINK] (2016’s Filipino American Hall of Fame web series director) in January, 2017 that opened the floodgates for young and emerging Filipino and Filipino American talent in Southern California both in front and behind the camera.

In any case, both had brought in two demographics FilAm Creative had struggled to attract. Already representing, showcasing and spotlighting established Filipinos to all of Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole to take notice, our next goals were to represent, showcase and spotlight both female Filipino talent AND the growing Millennial Filipino talent – who have not either been taken seriously or have been completely ignored.  A majority of them are our members yet many had not been very active…until FilAm Creations.  Our other programs such as our music showcases, our speed networking events … even our panel discussion events provided both social gatherings and networking opportunities with those who are established.  And, as important as those programs are, FilAm Creations provided collaboration in film projects for our members and venues to showcase their works on the big screen to mainstream audiences who thirst to watch original contemporary stories of Filipino and Filipino American experiences to genres of fiction in either celluloid or digital form. FilAm Creations made a difference this year.

With FilAm Creations, we were seeking filmmakers to join us in creating a film festival circuit. We were programming a film program for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) in April, 2017 and in order to inspire our community, we put together a “72-hour film shoot” where we had teams shoot a short film on a weekend. And, the call for FilAms and Filipino projects to be produced. The first meetup was held at the Story Tavern in beautiful Downtown Burbank. [LINK]

In the February, 2017 at the FilAm Creations Meetup at Story Tavern, three special announcements from LAAPFF as well as from ABS-CBN and the Cinematografo Originals had contests and were made for only members of FilAm Creations can take advantage of! Plus, more filmmakers and new members showed up! [LINK]

As our FilAm Creations sub group increased, Story Tavern could not hold us so, one of our new members offered his home to our March Meetup and, 1st Potluck along with a surprise guest speaker, casting director Billy DaMota (our 2015 and inaugural FAC Actors Panel guest).  The invitation was so large that we spilled over to the backyard! [LINK]

Also in March, 2017 began FilAm Creative’s 2nd web series FilAm Creations: Behind-The-Scenes with hosts Maurus Dumalaog, Angel Qinan and Edwin Santos spotlighting the actors and filmmakers during the making of their films in 10 episodes culminating to the evening of the premiere at LAAPFF in May. [LINK]

At our April Meetup and Potluck, FilAm Creative found a home at the Pilipino Workers Center, our 1st home base for the rest of 2017 for our monthly meetups and potlucks, our monthly Board Meetings as well as some of our events.  It was a month before FilAm Creative’s premiere of the original twelve short films of the FilAm Creations Filmmakers Challenge Initiative at LAAPFF.  News related to the initiative were also announced. [LINK]

Three months later, the night arrived for the sold-out-in-one-hour event, FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement premiere at ArtShare LA at LAAPFF. [LINK] and [LINK]

The euphoria may have subsided, but the drive has not as the original 12 short films (plus a 13th short film added) were screened two more times in 2017 at both (1st time at) the Regency Theaters’ Valley Plaza 6 Cinemas in North Hollywood in the end of May, 2017 [LINK] and the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF) at the Cinemark Theaters in the South Bay Pavilion Mall in late October, 2017. [LINK]

FilAm Creations 2: A Filmmaker Movement brought in a Second Wave of Filipino talent with 14 new original short films with a new challenge.  They premiered at LAPIFF’s Opening Night at the Cinemark Theaters in the South Bay Pavilion Mall [LINK] and an encore screening in North Hollywood where we also had our 1st Film Awards Presentation! [LINK]

And, remember our former Membership Co-Director Meriden Villanueva?  Well, she took up the reigns as President / Executive Director of FilAm Creative in 2017.  It was the 1st time the organization was being led and represented by a woman. [LINK]


Many members who challenged themselves more than once in the filmmakers initiative took on Leadership positions at FilAm Creative.  Most notable were filmmakers Angela Paviera (Finding Ronwe) [LINK], Kaitlyn Fae (Madeira) [LINK] and Mara De La Rosa (I Don’t Love You) [LINK]. They brought their drive and their passion from FilAm Creations to help run and operate FilAm Creative in 2017.  So, the 2017 Leadership continued producing and promoting FAC events in between film projects at FilAm Creations.  Double duty, triple really to the point we had three events in one month!

Arlyn Dela Pena rounds out the women in leadership roles for FilAm Creative. [LINK]

Aside from FilAm Creations, we hosted our 3rd FilAm Creative Actors Panel & Networking at the Clubhouse where for the 1st time, the panel consisted of all Filipino actors in television today (Vincent Rodriguez III of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Angela Relucio of Code Black, SIX, Manny Jacinto of The Good Place and Aina Dumlao of MacGyver, Ballers)! [LINK] Created and produced by Edwin Santos [LINK] with a new moderator in FAC:BTS cohost and Leadership member, Maurus Dumalaog. [LINK]

We also hosted our 1st Filipino Americans in Comics and Animation Panel with Whilce Portacio of X-Men, Bishop, Leo Partible and Van Partible of Johnny Bravo, and for the 1st time at the Long Beach Comic Con! Created, produced and moderated by our Tech Guy and Leadership member, Rodney Cajudo. [LINK]

And, lastly we hosted our 2nd Annual Television Writers Panel and for the 1st time, welcomed a female writer, Kelli Breslin (LifeTime staff writer) to the panel. [LINK]. Rounding out the panel were Adam Higgs of Orphan Black, Scorpion, Dennis Saldua of Atypical, Deception and Philip Buiser of Bates Motel, Preacher. Created and produced by Walter Talens and moderated by 2016 Television Writers Panel guest Michael Golamco of Grimm, Please Stand By.

We sponsored the 1st Filipino improv show, Asian AF’s Filipino AF created by FAC member Joy Regullano with Allyn Pintal and Erich Tamola at the Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset’s Inner Sanctum during Filipino American History Month in mid-October, 2017. Liason producer: Edwin Santos. [LINK]

And, for the 1st time, we had an exclusive session with NBCUniversal reps and their introduction of its Talent Infusion Programs (TIPS) thanks to the Manager of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives for NBC Entertainment Grace Borrero Moss (a former participant and guest panelist for FilAm Creative).  The group that showed up inside the Comcast Universal conference room were from FilAm Creations.  Plus other members outside the FilAm Creations Filmmakers Challenge.  We completely filled out the conference room. [LINK]

We continue to grow our membership with our Monthly meetups and potluck networking events now under the new name of the FAC Talent Network composed not just the original members of the FilAm Creations Filmmakers Challenge, but everyone of Filipino descent in entertainment and media or anyone who believes in our mission statement (below):

FilAm Creative is the premiere Filipino American creative organization that promotes a more culturally integrated and diverse entertainment industry.  By providing educational and community-oriented programming and resources, FAC aims to encourage and create leaders who share our vision.

FilAm Creative’s 4 Core Values in everything we do:

What shall 2018 bring us?  FilAm Creative owes a lot to the FilAm Creations Filmmakers Challenge.  With over 20 short films completed in its inaugural year, having them screened at TWO film festivals and many hitting other film festivals outside Los Angeles such as Pacific Arts Movement’s San Diego Asian Film Festival and FACINE’s 24th Annual Filipino International Cine Festival, what shall the new year bring?

Will FilAm Creations challenge members to submit a television pilot with hopes of getting it read by the powers-that-be in Hollywood, greenlight it for series production and view it weekly inside our living rooms while collecting various category awards and syndication?  Will FilAm Creations challenge members to produce a feature length film in hopes that it earns legit film festival recognition and see it acquired by a leading film distributor to be released in movie theaters, video-on-demand and digital streaming?

FilAm Creations also challenged our current programs as well as giving birth to new ones (such as our “Yes, and…” Improv Practice Group) and reviving previous ones (such as the Writers Group).

The sky’s the limit… But, it takes you to make that happen!

Only you – our members, our volunteers and anyone interested — can help determine what FilAm Creative can offer!  What ideas do you have?  What can you bring to the table?  We’re listening.  Let us know!  If interested, contact us at and let’s continue to uplift Filipino talent into the New Year!

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~ Edwin Santos
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December 27, 2017


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FilAm Creative Invites You To Its Holiday Party at Barkada Restaurant and Lounge, December 17th in Hollywood


SAVE-THE DATE:  December 17, 2017

FilAm Creative Holiday Party 

FilAm Creative invites you to celebrate the holidays on Sunday, December 17th in Hollywood and cheers to a successful 2017 filled with exciting panels and networking events!

Event Details:
Sunday, December 17th
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Barkada Restaurant and Lounge
1253 Vine St. Unit #1, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Online Presale Tickets: $25

Pre-sale begins Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 12:00am PST.
Pre-sale ends Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:59pm PST.

General Admission: $35

General Admission begins Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00am PST.
General Admission ends Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:59pm PST or until sold out.

Limited Seating!

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Food included with purchase of ticket.

Buffet Style Catering Menu: To Be Announced!

Thank you and see you all there!

Produced by Angela Paviera

FilAm Creative (FAC) is the premiere Filipino American creative organization that promotes a more culturally integrated and diverse entertainment industry.

More information to follow…SAVE-THE-DATE


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Winners from the “FilAm Creations 2: A Filmmakers Movement” Encore Screening & Awards Presentation


Five months after FilAm Creative’s first encore screening back in May, 2017 [link], its FilAm Creations Filmmaker Challenge returned to the Regency Theaters’ Valley Plaza 6 with a second slate of new short films under that initiative as “FilAm Creations 2.”

And, what was different in this second go-around was an awards presentation of five categories.  You can go to this [link] for the nominees, the jury and the judging criteria.

After the introductory welcome by our Executive Director Meriden Villanueva, the encore screening of the new short films as well as the Q&A with the filmmakers moderated by Angel Qinan, the FilAm Creative Board of Directors Walter Boholst, Edward J. Mallillin and Rex Sampaga were ready to announce the winners.

AND THE WINNERS ARE ………………………………………….

BEST SCREENPLAY was a tie!  The award went to both…


LULLABY written by Dale Fabrigar


The FilAm Creative Board of Directors present Dale Fabrigar with Best Screenplay for LULLABY



WHO TO LOVE written by Michael Kuya.


The FilAm Creative B.O.D. present Michael Kuya with Best Screenplay for WHO TO LOVE



BEST ACTOR went to … 

Michael Kuya in WHO TO LOVE


Best Actor & Best Screenplay went to Michael Kuya for WHO TO LOVE

BEST ACTRESS went to … 


Kara Lorenzana in UNDERSTANDING COLOR.  Accepting the honor was by the director of the film, Melanie Lim.  Kara sent her apologies as she wasn’t able to make it to the event.


The FAC B.O.D. present Kara Lorenzana with Best Actress for UNDERSTANDING COLOR. Director Melanie Lim accepts the honor for her lead actress


BEST DIRECTOR went to … 



Dale Fabrigar on the set of LULLABY

Dale Fabrigar for LULLABY


Dale Fabrigar won Best Director for LULLABY


Best Director & Best Screenplay went to Dale Fabrigar for LULLABY

And, lastly,

BEST SHORT FILM went to … 

Best Short Film FAC 2017


Out on a date with Adam, Tracy will decide if he is the one for her.

Starring: Aina Dumlao, Michael Kuya and Anna Pan

Written by Michael Kuya
Directed by Rommel Andaya
Director of Photography – Homer Dulu
Edited by Michelle Hsieh


The FilAm Creative Board of Directors present Best Short Film to filmmaker Rommel Andaya and executive producer and screenwriter Michael Kuya for WHO TO LOVE


Director Rommel Andaya for Best Short Film, WHO TO LOVE


Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Short Film went to WHO TO LOVE


Best Screenplay and Best Actor went to Michael Kuya and Best Short Film went to the Cast & Crew of WHO TO LOVE


Best Short Film went to the Cast & Crew of WHO TO LOVE

The after party took place at the Federal Bar in the NoHo District of Los Angeles.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners, but more importantly, everyone involved in making your films through blood, sweat and tears as completing a film is an award in itself.

Award photos by Sthanlee B. Mirador

Compiled and written by:
~ Edwin Santos


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November 21, 2017


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What Happened at Kuwento: 2nd Annual Television Writers Panel?

“This panel was so great!!!! Thank you for organizing it!!! I learned so much!!!” says Giovannie Espiritu


Kuwento: The 2nd Annual FilAm Creative Television Writers Panel at Pilipino Workers Center

On a brisk Sunday afternoon in Historic Filipinotown Los Angeles, FilAm Creative hosted Kuwento: The 2nd Annual FilAm Creative Television Writers Panel at Pilipino Workers Center.  This year’s special guest panelists stem between traditional broadcast and cable television to streaming and new media writers: Adam Higgs who is the creator, producer and writer for BBC America’s Orphan Black as well as CBS’ Scorpion, Philip Buiser who is the writer, producer and director of A&E’s Bates Motel and AMC’s Preacher, Dennis Saldua who is the writer and producer for Netflix’s Atypical and NBC’s Deception) and Kelli Breslin who is a Lifetime Television Staff Writer and has a television movie.  The #FACwriterspanel2 event was moderated by last year’s guest panelist, Michael Golamco who is the screenwriter of Please Stand By starring Dakota Fanning and a former executive story editor and writer for NBC’s Grimm.

This is our second entertainment panel featuring producers and writers from current and popular television weekly episodic shows. They will discuss their journey into the writers room and the unique obstacles they faced being of Filipino or Asian Heritage. This fundraising event will help FilAm Creative continue its movement to promote, advance, and educate Filipino Americans in the entertainment industry.


Michael Golamco, Adam Higgs, Kelli Breslin, Dennis Saldua and Philip Buiser

The panel was insightful and entertaining for people interested in screenwriting.  Many aspiring young Filipino American writers included Gil Hizon who was in attendance.


FilAm Creative Executive Director Meriden Villanueva and writer Gil Hizon

Gil is a television writer and have written both original scripts as well as spec scripts for Broad City, The Mindy Project, You’re The Worst and The Real O’Neals when he was a 2015 Disney / ABC Writing Program Semi-Finalist, a 2015-2016 CBS Writers Mentoring Program Finalist and a 2017 Disney / ABC Writing Program Finalist.  He is currently participating at the CBS Writers Mentoring Program since October, 2017.

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FilAm Creative Secretary Angela Paviera, Rachel Leyco, Gil Hizon, Code Black‘s Angela Relucio

“What a great event empowering Filipino Creatives in the industry. Thanks Grace Moss and FilAm Creative for putting this together!” says Gil Hizon.


Dennis Saldua provides an answer to Gil Hizon’s question

This year, we welcomed our first female writer to our annual event, Kelli Breslin.  She is of Italian, Filipino and Irish descent. From 2014 to 2016, she was an executive assistant and later, a writers production assistant for the CW’s Supernatural at Warner Brothers Television. She is a graduate of the 2017 Warner Brothers Writers Program and is currently a staff writer for Lifetime Television’s You – coming soon in 2018.


FilAm Creative’s Director of Business Development Arlyn Dela Pena, guest panelist Kelli Breslin, writer Fe P. Koons and actress/producer Sheila Tejada

“Having fun with television writer Kelli Breslin With [a] new show in LIFETIME…today at FilAm Creative[‘s] TV writers panel. Thanks Kelli!” says Fe P. Koons, a writer herself as well as one of the Founding Board Members of the Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival.

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Gil Hizon, Fe P. Koons and other attendees won raffle prizes donated by many of our sponsors: Valley Martial Arts Center, Kombat Instruments Limited, Fiesta Fast Food, The Park’s Finest, Social Products Natural Foods, Arts Frames & Gallery and Barkada.

FACwriterspanel2 Gifts

Thanks to the Phlavor Profiles Podcast by Pig Parts and Beer for their donations. Pig Parts and Beer presents a new podcast Phlavor Profiles, a podcast hosted by Karena Higgins of Pig Parts and Beer Blog. Karena connects with Filipina and Filipino entrepreneurs, restauranteurs and innovators in today’s food spaces. Listen to their podcast at iTunes: .

Kuwento Intro

“Attended KUWENTO Television Writers Panel presented by FilAm Creative. Thanks Ren Arrieta and Effe Ping Barker for bringing me to the event and giving my free ticket and early dinner.”  says Michael Chan.


Below are photos from the 2017 event


FAC BOD Walter Boholst, Arlyn Dela Pena and a volunteer practice their welcoming methods




FilAm Creative Technology Director Rodney Cajudo records the 2nd Writers Panel for YouTube







We had a blast today being a part of FilAm Creative’s Kuwento: FAC’s Television Writers Panel 2017! So grateful for all the FilAm writers paving the way! Mabuhay! exclaimed filmmakers Mara De La Rosa and Nicholas Pilapil who collaborated to create Becky and Baldwin’s short film and the FilAm Creations 1st Wave original, I Don’t Love You and currently the web series, Baes Welcome.


Thanks to our special guest panelists, FilAm Creative Board of Directors, leadership team members, volunteers and sponsors for making FAC Writers Panel 2 another successful event!

There is more to be said, but I will save all that when the video of the entire writers panel premieres at our YouTube page either late November or early December. Subscribe today right here: and you will receive an alert once it is uploaded!

Compiled and written by:
~ Edwin Santos


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November 12, 2017


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Highlights of FilAm Creations 2 World Premiere at 2017 Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival


FilAm Creative Board of Directors and Leadership Team

The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival presented the Red Carpet World Premiere of Fil-Am Creations: A Filmmaker Movement 2 on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Cinemark Carson Cinemas in the South Bay Pavilion Mall.

In an effort to inspire, motivate and mobilize the Filipino American and Filipino filmmaking community, FilAm Creative began a film movement called “Fil-Am Creations” to challenge up-and-coming FilAm filmmakers to create new and original short films. On this second wave of films for the latter half of 2017, ten filmmakers premiered fourteen new films to the festival!

Raw Addiction | On The Road Again — dir. Al Domino
Fall Out | Move That Body | Who To Love — dir. Rommel Andaya
Understanding Color — dir. Melanie Lim
Lullaby — dir. Dale Fabrigar
The Ones That Get Away — dir. Charles Gray
Light Skinned — dir. Owen Alabado
Lagim | The Atomic Kids — dir. Craig Obligacion-Wilson
King Exile — dir. Lynn Harrod
The Coconut Chick — Vince Cruz
Shatter — dir. John Cruz & Mark Dormitorio


Fil-Am Creations Director Craig Obligacion-Wilson


FALL OUT’s Dante Swain and Jules Aurora


















LULLABY’s Noreen Lanie



All Photos by Ren Arrieta and videos by FilAm Creative, Gabe Pagtama, South Bay Pavilion Marketing and AZE Media.

Compiled and written by:
~ Edwin Santos

Solo LAPIFF 2017

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2017 FilAm Creations 2: A Filmmakers Movement Award Nominees and Jury


SAVE-THE DATE:  November 10, 2017

FilAm Creations 2: A Filmmakers Movement

Encore Screening and Awards Presentation  

Advanced Online Tickets: $10.00 +fees (

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After the successful premiere screening of 14 new short films presented by FilAm Creative at the 2nd Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF), the encore screening and awards presentation will be held at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Cinemas located at 6355 Bellingham Avenue in North Hollywood, CA this Friday, November 10th, 2017 from 7pm-11pm.






Owen Alabado                     Light Skinned

Dale Fabrigar                       Lullaby

Mike Kuya                            Who To Love

Meriden Villanueva             The Coconut Chick

Vince Yap                              Move That Body



Aina Dumlao                        Who To Love

Noreen Lanie                       Lullaby

Kara Lorenzana                   Understanding Color

Tessa Sugay                          Light Skinned

Meriden Villanueva             The Coconut Chick



Albert Kong                          The Ones That Get Away

Mike Kuya                             Who To Love

Andio Manguray                  On The Road Again

Muni Zano                            Understanding Color



Rommel Andaya                  Who To Love

Vince Cruz                            The Coconut Chick

Dale Fabrigar                       Lullaby

Charles Gray                        The Ones That Get Away

Melanie Lim                         Understanding Color



Fall Out


Move That Body

The Ones That Get Away

Understanding Color

Who To Love



A jury of esteemed Filipino professionals active and established in the film industry were chosen to select the films to be screened and the awards to be given.


Gerry Maravilla is an independent filmmaker and the Head of Crowdfunding at Seed&Spark, a subscription video streaming and crowdfunding platform with the highest crowdfunding success rate in the business (75%!). As an independent filmmaker, Gerry ran a successful campaign on Seed&Spark for his short film, “Cross”, the story of Filipino-American backyard boxer in the San Fernando Valley. It recently completed a cross country festival run. His most recent short, “Desert” raised over $500 for the non-profit RAINN as part of a charity screening. Gerry joined the Seed&Spark team in 2015 where he advises filmmakers in reaching their audience building and crowdfunding goals.


Quark Henares is a multi-awarded filmmaker known for having written and directed feature films such as My CandidateRakenrol and Keka. He also created the cult TV series Rakista for TV5 and has helmed music videos for everyone from Gary V. to Sandwich to Taken by Cars. When he isn’t filming he’s also a musician, columnist, DJ,  entrepreneur and professor at the Ateneo de Manila University.   He is currently the head of Globe Studios, the film and television arm of Globe Telecom.


Dexter Adriano is a veteran television and film Editor who has been working in Hollywood since the early 1990’s. He is currently an Editor for MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D./ABC.  He began his editing career at Concorde/New Horizons, the company of renowned filmmaker Roger Corman and went on to work as an Assistant Editor for the television show CLUELESS and the motion pictures SELENA and THREE KINGS (the latter for which he received an Associate Editor credit). His editing credits also include LIZZIE McGUIRE, JONAS, UNFABULOUS, PHIL OF THE FUTURE, PSYCH and the hit CW TV show, ARROW. He was a co-executive producer for the first Filipino American film, THE DEBUT. And, he is also the Director/Executive Producer/Co-Creator of the web series, SWEETHEARTS OF THE GALAXY which was shown on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel.


Patrick Epino is an American filmmaker. His feature film Mr. Sadman made for the Independent Feature Project (IFP) Independent Filmmaker Labs is a satirical dark comedy about a Sadam Hussein body-double loses his job and moves to Los Angeles in search of a new start. Epino was selected by the film magazine The Independent as one of its “10 Filmmakers to Watch” for that film. Along with Stephen Dypiangco he makes up the “National Film Society”[ which is part of PBS and makes original web content related to films, filmmaking and film festivals that is viewable online.

Epino’s most recent film (and also web series), which he co-wrote and co-directed with Stephen Dypiangco, is Awesome Asian Bad Guys, which stars a number of Asian American actors who played villains in 1980-1990s action movies, such as Al LeongYuji Okumoto and George Cheung. The film/series also stars Tamlyn TomitaDante BascoRandall Park, Aaron Takahashi and more.

Epino is a graduate of the University of Chicago and earned his MFA in Cinema from the film program at San Francisco State University. He is also from San Francisco, California and is of Filipino American descent.



Bernard is from Santa Clara, California. He is a writer and director, known for Leave It to Chance (2005), Sounds We Have No Letters For (2015) and Aswang Next Door (2017). He earned an MFA for Writing and Producing TV at Loyola Marymount University, a Professional Program Certificate in Screenwriting at UCLA and a Certificate in Improv at Upright Citizens Brigade. He has also interned for Kaplan Stahler Agency and Justin Lin’s Perform Storm Entertainment.


Jasmine Nadua Trice is an assistant professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. Based on two and a half years of research in Manila, Trice’s current book project is titled City of Screens: National Cinema and Global Culture in Contemporary Manila, Philippines. Contextualized within Manila’s growing independent film scene, it considers how links between cinema and nation are forged through local systems of circulation, examining sites such as the pirated DVD district, art house screening spaces, film festivals and mall multiplexes.

She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her dissertation received Honorable Mention from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies at the 2009-10 Dissertation Award competition.




  1. Entries must be under 7 mins or under including credits
  2. The Writer, Director and Star must be of Filipino origin or descent. A list of Filipino writer, director, star will be confirmed by FAC on the application.
  3. Entries are by FilAm Creative members only



  1. No jury member may have any direct connection to the creation of any film in competition
  2. No jury member may be a judge of the larger LAPIFF program



Each film was rated on a scale from 1-10 (10 being the highest) in each of the 4 categories below. Then average out the scores for a final score.


  1. Storytelling


* Does the story have a clear structure and plot?

* Are the characters adequately developed and relevant?

* Is the story original and engaging?

* Are the images arranged logically and effectively in a way that fits the purpose of the film?

* Does the film have pace and continuity?


  1. Creativity/Originality


* Does the writing and direction use imaginative and creative ways to convey the theme?

* Does the film exhibit originality?

* Does the film display innovative ideas or story telling techniques?


  1. Performances


* Are the actor(s) or subject(s) properly cast/chosen to execute the story?

* Are the actors believable? If a documentary, are the subjects effective as characters in the film?

* Did the performances rise above mediocre to an extraordinary level?


  1. Technical Quality


* Cinematography

o Is the camera used properly and are the shots framed and focused?

o Are close-ups and camera angles used to add meaning to the story?

o Is the lighting and camera positioning visually effective?

* Editing

o Does the editing help to clarify the story and enhance the pacing and flow of the story?

o Are transitions smooth and well-paced or distracting?

* Audio, Music, Sound Effects

o Does the audio and soundtrack complement the story?

o Is the dialogue and/or narration clear and easy to understand?

o If there are sound effects, are they appropriate to the story or do they detract from the film?



Judges selected their top 3 choices in each category.

  1. Best Actor
  2. Best Actress
  3. Best Director
  4. Best Screenplay
  5. Best Film


Award Scoring

A number 1 choice = 3 pts.

A number 2 choice = 2 pts.

A number 3 choice = 1 pt.


The points were added up and the selection with the most points wins the award.



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