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Chef JEFF

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THE MANILA BEST DRESSED 2016 GALA GLAMOROUS ORIGINAL AWARD

PHOTOS BY: VON BUENCONSEJO

VIVIAN C.YANO

Mrs. Philippines World 2016 SINCERE AND HONEST

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NOVEMBER - ASIA 2016

A LETTER FROM

PUBLISHER/EDITOR IN CHIEF Prather Jackson

THE EDITOR

VICE PRESIDENT Bernice Harris Michael D. Coxson MANAGING EDITOR Prather Jackson MARKETING & SALES Launy Rhem

PRATHER JACKSON

In this, the 3rd edition of Hollywood Weekly Asia, we are proud to introduce Ms. Vivian C. Yano, a beauty queen, businesswoman and philanthropist. She recently represented the Philippines at Mrs. World 2016 in South Korea - one of the most prestigious beauty pageants in the world for married women. She also won at Mrs. Asia International 2016 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Vivian is proud and not ashamed of her roots. She shared her experiences during her younger days and how she survives with all her struggles. She wanted to encourage everyone that poverty is not a hindrance to achieve our goals. We already heard a lot of rags to riches story; however Vivian has a unique and very inspiring road to success story, literally from no lights (no electricity) to limelight. Without further ado, we are honored to have Ms. Vivian C. Yano as the cover story of Hollywood Weekly Magazine – Asia edition. This issue also features the Manila Best Dressed 2016. Hollywood Weekly spotted stunning women at the most anticipated and original award giving body in the Philippines. We would like to recognize these women in their excellence in style. Finally, we wish to acknowledge world famous, celebrity chef Jeff Roberto. “Sushi on a Roll” is the brainchild of Philippine native and San Diego, California based Chef Roberto. Please feel free to share this is edition of Hollywood Weekly Asia with your family of friends and “like” us on Facebook. We wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year!

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VIVIAN C.YANO

Mrs. Philippines World 2016 SINCERE AND HONEST

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PHOTOS BY: VON BUENCONSEJO ASSISTED BY: CHARLON SERRANO STYLE BY JOHN GUARNES HAIR AND MAKEUP BY: JESS SUAREZ GOWN BY: CATHY CAPISTRANO (BLUE GOWN) ORGANIZED BY BENCH BELLO LOCATION: SOLAIRE RESORT & CASINO

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ivian was born in Adlay, Surigao del Norte. She is a Japan based entrepreneur. She devoted her time to her family, business and other civic projects that will help those less fortunate people in her country. She is an active member of Inner Wheel Club and engages in lending, financing, real property, trucking and skin care services. Vivian is proud and not ashamed of her roots. According to Vivian, their life in the province was not that easy and at a very young age she went to Manila to find a job and eventually was able to help her family. She went to Japan and got married to a Japanese national. But due to their differences, her arranged marriage failed. She pushed herself to work hard in Japan. Due to her dedication and perseverance she ventured into real estate and her business and her life were changed. Vivian recently competed at Mrs. World 2016 in South Korea - one of the most prestigious beauty pageants in the world for married women. Hollywood Weekly is proud to have a conversation with Ms. Vivian and she hopes to inspire our readers with her life experiences and share her road to success. HWM: During your younger days, is there anyone who encouraged you to enter or join any pageants or in the entertainment industry? VIVIAN: a lot of talent scouts offered to help but I turned those opportunities down because I didn’t want to enter the limelight. In fact, there was a film director who offered to have me become a film celebrity but it didn’t work out due to my other priorities in life. HWM: Could you tell us more about your younger days or the time when you were in the province? Vivian: Back then I lived in the small baranggay in Adlay, Surigao del Sur with literally no lights at night with little or no electricity. We had to be at home early at night. HWM: We couldn’t imagine a life growing up without electricity. How did your parents manage your family? VIVIAN: My parents used to send us to school and I was very determined to finish school whatever our life is. That’s why at a very young age, I used to travel to Manila to find work. I wanted to help my family in the province. HWM: When you were in Manila, what were some of your

SHE PURSUES HERSELF TO WORK HARD IN JAPAN AND DUE TO HER DEDICATION AND PERSEVERANCE SHE VENTURED IN REAL ESTATE BUSINESS AND IT ALL STARTED THERE AND HER BUSINESS AND HER LIFE WERE CHANGED.

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I’VE FACED A LOT OF CHALLENGES AND challenges or endeavors that you experienced? VIVIAN: I started working in Manila and there was an offer to go to Japan and marry a guy whom I was not familiar with. So in short, that was a fixed marriage. But I didn’t have a choice that time; however I fell in love in the process. But I don’t want to elaborate more about my husband. HWM: How did you start your business in Japan and in Manila? Vivian : After my failed marriage, I worked hard and was able to save money. When I came back to the Philippines, I started a business and it all started there. I’ve faced a lot of challenges and rough road in life. We just need to be stay strong and learn to face all the misfortunes in life. HWM: We know that you are busy managing your businesses, how do you manage your time doing all your activities in Japan and Manila? VIVIAN: I personally take care of my transactions so I always travel in Japan and in the Philippines. Because as a businesswoman, we need to closely monitor our business. It’s hard to trust other people and I was a victim of being betrayed by friends and colleagues. But life must go on, we have to be positive and we have to learn from these mistakes. HWM: Our November issue is about charity, so would you mind telling us about your charity work? VIVIAN: Despite of my busy schedules, I always make sure to give back to those who are less fortunate in the Philippines. I do support some of the civic projects which has benefited a lot of people. For example, I supported the following charities, Tahanan, Sta. Luisa, Antipolo Rizal, Gulod Health Center – I donated medical supplies for the health center and I donated goods for the 40-preschoolers enrolled at Bagong Silangan Daycare Center. I also donated goods for the 650 families devastated by fire at Baesa, Novaliches, Quezon City. I had a feeding program for less fortunate children at Brgy. 108 Zone 9, Imelda Street Tondo, Manila together with the TAGASUPIL leader in action Manila Chapter Hon. Alberto “AL” Valenzona. We also had a feeding for almost 600 children in Adlay, Surigao del Sur. HWM: What is your motivation in doing your various charity work? VIVIAN : As I mentioned, I came from a very simple family in the province, so I understood their everyday life. I want to give back and pay forward what I received from God. HWM: You also mentioned that you joined in different beauty pageants, would you like to tell us about it? VIVIAN: This past June, I represented the Philippines and competed for Classic Mrs. Asia International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Fortunately, I won and received one of the major titles, Classic Mrs. Asia International Cosmopolitan. I was awarded as the Classic Mrs. Asia International Popularity

ROUGH ROAD IN LIFE. WE JUST NEED TO BE STAY STRONG AND LEARN TO FACE ALL THE MISFORTUNE IN LIFE.

Queen and Classic Mrs. Asia International Ambassador. This November I also represented the Philippines and competed for Mrs. World in Korea. Although I did not win, I feel representing your country is something big for me already. HWM: What motivates you to join in these beauty pageants? VIVIAN: I wanted to encourage other women and mothers that while they continue loving their family, they should take care of their self and believe in women’s power. Joining beauty pageants is not easy. I never thought that this would happen to me, like doing the catwalk in front of a lot of people, and facing the judges. For me, this means that every woman should not stop dreaming and continue to pursue their goals. Being a mother is not a hindrance to accomplishing your dreams. HWM: Aside from your beautiful face and flawless skin, what was your edge over the other candidates during Mrs. Asia International? VIVIAN: I always speak from the bottom of my heart, I am honest and direct to the point. HWM: Because of your generosity and your heart to help other people, would you like to share those recognition and awards you recently received? VIVIAN: I am so proud and honored for the awards that I have received and being recognized by different organizations. This year, I was one of the Top 50 awardees in Solgon, Vietnam as “World’s Outstanding Women’s Awardee, Model Mom of the Philippines 2016, Pamana Awards USA 2016, and Global Achiever Award 2016. Last year I also received the following awards; Empowered Women Achievement Award, Paul Harris Award (Rotary Centennial Club 3780, Quezon City), Gandang Filipina Japan 2015 and recently I was awarded Most Outstanding Filipino in the Field of Beauty and Compassion. HWM: After these events, what are we looking forward to next, Ms. Vivian? And what would you want to tell our readers about your ups and down? VIVIAN: I do believe in the saying that we have to live life to the fullest. So right now, I am so thankful and blessed to have the good people and supporters in my side. I would like to encourage HWM readers to always count your blessings and never forget where we came from. Always pray and learn how to forgive and continue to spread the love. Life is so wonderful so turn your negativity into positive energy and enjoy life! HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 9


Jennifer Morgen, actress Camryn Manheim and Red Star Ball Co-Chair Dina Leeds

A general view of atmosphere at the American Friends Of Magen David Adom’s Red Star Ball at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Humanitarian of the Year Award honoree David Suissa

AMERICAN FRIENDS OF MAGEN DAVID ADORN

HOSTS RECORD-BREAKING RED STAR BALL, RAISING NEARLY $14 MILLION Actress Camryn Manheim

CEO of GBK Gavin Keilly (L) and Robert Shapiro attend the American Friends Of Magen David Adom’s Red Star Ball at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA), Israel’s national emergency medical response organization and official Red Cross affiliate, celebrated its fourth annual Los Angeles Red Star Ball at The Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, November 1. The event raised record funds, nearly $14 million, its largest success yet, including a single $5 million contribution from philanthropist and SKYY VodKa creator Maurice Kanbar. All funds raised support MDA’s lifesaving services and a new blood services center in Israel. The evening included a thrilling performance by Diana Ross. Stars who came to express their support included Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Camryn Manheim, who participated in the evening’s program, as well as Suzanne Cryer, Beverly Todd, and Ivan Bitton, celebrity stylist. Tllia Megia, American Idol Finalist, performed the National Anthem. The Red Star Ball, chaired by Dina and Fred Leeds, honored David Suissa, President of Tribe Media and publisher of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal with the Humanitarian of the Year Award; Stanley Black, Founder and Chairman of BlacK Equities Group, with the Lifetime Achievement Award; and his grandson, Zach Zalben, Senior Vice President of BlacK Equities Group, with the Next Generation Award. Among the leaders from the worlds of business, politics and philanthropy in attendance were event hosts Adele and Beny Alagem, Yossi Dina, Gila and Adam Milstein, Drs. Gitta and Jack Nagel, Robert Shapiro, Daphna Ziman, and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Three-time U.S. Olympic water polo player and 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist Merrill Moses introduced Varin Ashkenazi, a member of the Israel Defense Forces who

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was almost killed by a terror attack, and Yair Schussheim, the MDA paramedic who saved him and helped him work toward recovery. In a surprise for guests, the pair celebrated an emotional reunion on stage. In a second significant moment, family members of MDA youth volunteer Netanel Litman and his father Rabbi Yaakov Litman, who were both killed during a tragic terror attack last year on the way to Netanel’s sister’s wedding, were also recognized. Netanel’s younger brother, Dvir Litman, 16, who acted bravely in the anermath of the attacK that Killed his father and brother, was presented an honorary uniform by Magen David Adorn Director-General Eli Bin and a group of MDA paramedics. MDA, which receives no operational funding from the Israeli government, provides lifesaving paramedic and blood services, ambulances, and disaster relief for Israel’s population of 8 million people. The Red Star Ball’s funds raised will support, among other services, the construction of a new, state-of-the-art, underground facility - the MDA Marcus National Blood Services Center - to store and process blood donations to MDA. MDA provides 97% of the blood relied upon by Israel’s hospitals, and all of the blood for the IDF. A global leader in emergency medical response, MDA also responds to international disasters, including recent missions to Nepal, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan, and TurKey. MDA shares its innovations, experiences, and Knowledge with EMS agencies and communities around the world; in 2014, MDA conducted an earthquaKe preparedness symposium for the general public at the SKirball Center in Los Angeles.


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KATHERINE MCPHEE.

16th Annual Zimmer Children’s

Museum Discovery Awards Dinner

Vanessa Frank is a philanthropic community leader whose work at the I Have A Dream Foundation benefits elementary students, while Darryl Frank is the CoPresident and Executive Producer at Amblin Television. Vanessa and Darryl are both new champions of the Zimmer and are committed to helping families raising children of integrity and honor. Aaron Rosenberg is a partner at Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light LLP, representing high profile clients in the music industry and Danny Rose is an executive television producer. Both Danny and Aaron have devoted significant time and resources to political and humanitarian causes, including GLAAD, the DNC, and Cindy Lauper’s True Colors Fund. Additional attendees included: Kevin Beggs, Chairman, LIONSGATE Television; Karey Burke, EVP Programming and Development, Freeform; Patrice Courtaban, COO, TV5 USA; Stephen J. Davis, EVP-Chief Content Officer, Hasbro; Barbara Fisher, SVP Programming, UP TV; Carl Freed , CEO, Trevanna Entertainment; Scott Greenberg, Co-Founder and Principal, Bento Box Entertainment; Andy Kaplan, President, World Wide Networks, Sony Pictures Television; Dick Lippin,

CEO, The Lippin Group; James Mandelbaum, Partner, Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein; Sanford Michelman, Founding Partner, Michelman & Robinson LLP; David Straus,CEO, Critical Mass Studios; Eileen Stringer, Talent Manager, Rain Management Group; Fernando Szew, CEO, MarVista Entertainment; Jeff Wachtel, President & Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal; Aaron Rosenberg, Partner at Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light; Darryl Frank, Co-President, Amblin Television; Justin Falvey, Co-President, Amblin Television; Danny Rose, Producer; Scooter Braun, Owner of School Boy Records and co-owner of Raymond-Braun Media Group; Eli Frankel, Rogue Atlas Productions; Ari Greenburg, Partner WME; David Madden, President of Entertainment, Fox; Richard Weitz, Partner WME.

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The 16th Annual Zimmer Children’s Museum Discovery Awards Dinner that took place at The Skirball Cultural Center. Hosted by Terrence Jenkins, with presenters Dr. Phil McGraw, and Scooter Braun, with notable attendees such as Katharine McPhee and Amanda Righetti, the dinner honored Vanessa and Darryl Frank, and Aaron Rosenberg and Danny Rose for their outstanding contributions to the Zimmer Museum and their community.

SHERYL WACHTEL, AARON ROSENBERG, DANNY ROSE, VANESSA FRANK, DARRYL FRANK AND ESTHER NETTER ATTEND ZIMMER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM DISCOVERY AWARD DINNER AT SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 13


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HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY MAGAZINE TOP PICKS AT THE MANILA BEST

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HWM spotted glamorous woman attending the most anticipated and original award giving body in Manila the 17th Manila Best Dressed 2016 organized by Karr Marin.

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HWM would like to recognize these women in their excellence in style. As everyone knows that these women are not just showcasing their glamorous look but they are the Manila’s pride when it comes to achievement to their respective fields, honor and definitely they are fashionista with a heart. Here are the breathtaking looks at MBD 2016 in no particular order:

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MS. CORAZON TAN MANGONDAYA

Ms. Cora is a former TV host and entrepreneur. She finished a business course at the Maryknoll College (now Miriam College), Cora as Corazon is fondly called, eventually led a fascinating career in tourism. After graduation, she was employed in a travel agency as her first job and has been in the industry ever since. She eventually put up her own air and global destinations enterprise, Macor Travel and Tours Phils. She is a product of hard work, perseverance and has a passion for travel. A past television personality who hosted one of 90’s most awaited travel shows on television “ Travel Info” aired in Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) Channel 13 helmed by the late director Nards Belen, Cora had also a stint with another TV show on tourism as a segment host in a Cielito “ Mahal” del Mundo’s program. Cora is one of the recent awardees at the Manila’s Best Dressed Women 2016.

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MS. CRYSTAL JACINTO At the age of 32, Ms. Crystal Jacinto is probably a woman not only to be admired for her beauty and poise but a loving wife to her husband and a super mummy to both her wonderful children. Being able to balance between home and work is never easy but it is amazing how a woman of substance like Ms. Jacinto does it. Handling a wellness salon and a centre, a playschool for children and sitting as board member for an energy company is extremely challenging. Having said that she is able to juggle between work, social commitments, charity service and family with impeccable finesse. A good example to younger women, she is a loving mother and wife which is an attribute to be admired.

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She is a businesswoman, married to Businessman Philip Sabino with 5 kids. She is currently the President of Rotary Club of Valenzuela West and also an active member of Lion’s Club Valenzuela Host. Her recent awards are: Most Empowered Woman 2014, Gandang Filipina 2015, Pamana Awardee 2016, Manila’s Best Dressed 2015 and Manila’s Best Dressed Famous Awardee 2016 and Karilagan Awardee 2016. Flor is also active in her outreach program. She has a Busog Lusog Program every month to the less fortunate kids in Valenzuela City, she also have a bloodletting program every quarter in partnership with Red Cross Valenzuela and Baranggay Karuhatan Flor is wearing a Sherri Hill gown and Kristian Marquez pink gown.

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Ms. Jessie - 2016 Manila Best Dressed Lifetime Awardees, “Hall of Fame”. She is a native

MS. JESSIE MALOLES

of Davao, businesswoman, 2016 Model Mom awardee, a beauty queen and she was busy doing charity work and community services. She joined both The Rotary Club Manila South Chapter and the Inner Wheel Club and became an exemplary member of both prestigious organizations. She has been awarded “Most Outstanding President” of The Rotary Club and is presently the Charter President of the Inner Wheel Club. She also received the “Gawad AmericaDangal ng Bayan” last 2014. She was declared first-runner up at Mrs. Asia International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2014. Jessie is one of the featured models during the grand launching of Hollywood Weekly Magazine in Manila Bay called Catwalking on water.

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MS. KITTY DOLL (KITTIMARPHORN DOLL)

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Kittimarphorn Doll, known as “Kitty Doll”, is a Thai woman married to Gerhard Doll and mother to one beautiful son, named Preston Theppithak Doll. Kitty’s held a degree in Law however, had only been working within the law department with an international company in Thailand until she moved her working field to a hotelier enterprise, where she met her husband. As Gerhard’s job required an overseas transition, Kitty decided to follow her husband and leave her former career behind. Nevertheless, God is great, just as she always believed. Now she is enjoying the role of a full time Mother and she acknowledges this as her best achievement in life. Family is her priority and this is what Kitty is best at. In life she also strongly believes that family is the prime foundation of a successful society. And to live fulfill in life she also believe that “there is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up” Awarded one of the Manila Best Dressed Most Stylist women 2016 - At present kitty and her family are allocate in the Philippine as Gerhard’s job, the General Manager of Crimson Hotel Alabang, Chroma Hospitality group. The family enjoy playing golf as spending their family time together and they are doing their own humanitarian work with homeless and street kids. Kitty is active in joining different fashion shows, not only to showcase her elegance and catwalk skills but to support charities as well. Kitty is wearing a Delby Bragais white gown and Black and red gowns by Nanette Feliciano.


A graduate of U.P. Diliman, Marge is currently the President and owner of B&W Omni Media, Inc, a full service advertising agency which was established in the year 2009. This was after her numerous stints as Executive Creative Director and Vice President of Account Management and

MS. MARGE PALACIOS

new Business Development, as well as Head of Production in previous ad agencies handling numerous multinational and local accounts. She is also part-owner and Director of a newly established company called Holy APP Solutions, a community enabler and technology provider, delivering innovative solutions to address the challenges of growing communities and diverse business organizations. Marge was recently featured on Hollywood Weekly’s October 2016 cover story. Her organizations includes: Soroptimist International of the Philippines, Congressional; Inner Wheel Club of the Philippines, Binondo Circle – Vice President; Rotary Club of Makati Century City. She was also included in Manila’s Loveliest, an awarding cum fashion show organized by the legendary designer, Goulle Gorospe which was held at Dusit Thani. She was awarded Loveliest Girl of the Night. Marge is also included in Rupert Jacinto’s “Faaabvlous VII” coffee table book on its 7th series. Marge is also one of the featured models during the grand launching of Hollywood Weekly Magazine in Manila Bay called Catwalking on water. Marge is wearing a Nanette Feliciano gown.

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She is an achiever, 2016 Model Mom awardee, Philippine’s Best Dressed Awardee 2016, Manila Best Dressed Award 2016 and she’s also part of Ruper Jacinto Faaabvlous Cover Ladies of 2016. Mhel is the President and CEO of i Ship Logipack Inc - a Manufacturing Company and the first importing corrugated sheets from abroad and the first manufacturer of corrugated plastic sheets in the Philippines. Mhel is active in joining different fashion shows and doing charity work. She is into workouts, running, playing golf, hiking, trekking and mountaineering. With her eye-catching face and figure, I have no doubt she is one of the familiar faces in the fashion industry not only on the runway but she graces a lot of local magazines in Manila. She is also one of the models during the grand launching of Hollywood Weekly Magazine called “ Catwalking on water”. Mhel is wearing an Oliver Tolentino gowns.

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MS. MHEL PECHERA


Endowed with beauty and brains, Ms. Nanette Feliciano was a very popular figure in college where she garnered the title of Miss Psychology and eventually became Miss FEU. She took the degree of BS Psychology major in Industrial Clinical Psychology for only 3 1/2 years. She started working in a multinational company and got to

MS. NANETTE DE LARA FELICIANO

taste the fruits of her labor which encouraged and pushed her to aspire for more. She became a young entrepreneur at the age of 23, having a dress shop to her name. The dress shop started out as a supplier of uniforms to big corporations and in the long run ventured in several businesses like hair salon, a grocery/wholesaler operations, a tailoring shop, and a cattle farm. All these businesses flourished under her more than capable hands. Her greatest blessing is her three equally beautiful and talented daughters whom she raised single-handedly and in the very same way she was raised by her mom - strictly, but she made sure their communications lines are always open. Nicole is a law student, Patricia a medical student and Denise a 12th grader who is a volleyball varsity player. That’s why there are no secrets between mother and daughters. Hearing Ms Nanette talk about her daughters, one can’t help but plainly see that she is very dedicated to and very much proud of them. They are her weakness but they are also her source of strength. There was no turning back for Ms Nanette when her businesses began running smoothly. Still motivated to do more, she decided to join her cousin at Philam Life Insurance. Here, of course, she became a top performer in sales, having that natural gift for business. She easily became a multi-year awardee of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Club, the insurance industry’s most prestigious international award. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 25


2016 Manila Best Dressed “ Style Ambassadress”, Immediate Past President of Rotary Club of Makati GEMS, Prescy Yulo isn’t only a Socialite and a fashion model who’s one of the Best Dressed Women of 2014 to 2016 and one of the 10 awardees of Empowered women in 2014, she is also an entrepreneur. Her business is in beauty and wellness industry. It is because she epitomizes pulchritude. When she put up her 2 companies: JC MEDICAL INC, an importer and distributor of aesthetics and dermatological high-end equipment and products nationwide and abroad and S KIN REJUVE, an aesthetic, Laser, Dermatological, Body Contouring Centre, her main objective was to delay if not totally block off ageing process among peoples from all walks of life. Both her companies have been making a good name in the fitness

MS. PRESCY YULO

world because of its competitive rates despite of ELITE APPROA CH to non-invasive, non-surgical treatments. At the moment her medical spas or derma clinics has 5 branches. As part of her continuing education on the wellness industry she continuously attend trainings and seminars in different countries such as USA , Europe, Japan Korea and other Asian countries for her to be able to give her patients the best quality service. Just this 2016 She successfully completed the education and passed the test on the Blood Borne Pathogens in Los Angeles California, USA and successfully got her accreditation too from the Los Angeles Department of Health. No wonder she is the woman of the hour in beauty business. Prescy is wearing a Dobbie Andrada gown.

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2016 Manila’s Famous Best Dressed Women, she’s also included in Rupert Jacinto’s “Faabvloyus VII” coffee table book on its 7th series. She’s a wife to Raj Tolani, mother to three beautiful children and grandmother to

SHILPA TOLANI

three young ones. Born and raised in Indonesia to parents of Indian origin, she got married at the young age of 21 and moved to the Philippines, which she now calls her home. She is a very family oriented woman and an excellent businesswoman, working in the family business alongside her husband and youngest daughter. She is also an active member of some of the most distinguished socio-civic organizations in the Philippines: Rotary Club of Makati, Inner Wheel Club, Soroptimist International and Bharati Indian club. She has an endless craving for knowledge, loves to travel to new places and enjoys the company of her friends occasionally. Ms. Shilpa has been also into the fashion modeling world, in fact she become popular when she joined different events such as: Manila Best Dressed 2015, When Art meets Fashion 2016, Face of the Night 2016, Manila Loveliest Women 2016, Reyna Sagala 2016 and she was one of the models during the grand launching of Hollywood Weekly Magazine in Manila Bay called Catwalking on water.

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A woman of elegance, she is the president and managing director of two trading companies. She loves watching fashion shows but she prefer to wear gowns that are uniquely design but simple though. She was recently awarded as “Woman of Elegance” at Manila’s Best Dressed 2016 Event at the Manila Hotel. Clothes can reflect the personality of an individual so I believe it’s important to choose your right attire in an event.” She’s athletic, like she goes swimming, playing tennis and badminton. She also love singing and dancing. Because she believes that staying fit, doing workouts, involve in different sports would certainly help her to wear and present designer’s clothes the best and loveliest way. “It’s real fun and am proud joining in one of a popular fashion event in the country, Manila’s Best Dressed. Shirley is wearing a Letlet Veloso gown.

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MS. SHIRLEY YOUNG SOBREMONTE


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THIS MASTER’S NIMBLE FINGERS HAVE FED MANY BOLD FACE NAMES AT NUMEROUS GALAS INCLUDING THOSE HOSTED BY THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS, COMEDY CENTRAL AWARDS, AND TEEN CHOICE AWARDS.

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hat do you get when you cross a speakeasy with a caterer? Sushi on a Roll also known by that affectionate four letter word, SOAR, and the only San Diego specialty dining venue you’ll come to swear by! The brainchild of Chef Jeff Roberto, this unique outpost will fete its 24th anniversary this February with a celebratory cake composed of none other than, you guessed it, sushi! And while the west coast is renowned for its ardor for this tasty Japanese import, only this gifted culinary artist presides at the one that is not even an actual restaurant but a wholesale venture. Sushi On A Roll has garnered such a devoted local following that its delicacies aren’t advertised, no street signage exists, and its doors are open to the public only one day a week. Residents flock to this capacious, yet intimate, hidden gem from the glowing recommendations of their most valued friends who have raved about not only the freshest, most toothsome creations

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CELEBRATE WITH SOMETHING UNIQUE Chef Jeff Creates these one of kind of Sushi Cakes pieces of art comprised completely of a wide variety of Sushi rolls freshest of fish and seasoned sushi rice. Chef can make them any size for any party. These Sushi Cakes are a huge hit at birthday parties, anniversaries.

but also rhapsodized about the outstanding presentation and ambience. Even the competition lionizes amiable Chef Jeff as he counts 50 other area sushi chefs as cronies. Consider yourself privileged to be invited to a wine tasting and sit with 31 congenial attendees at this spacious dining bar. Or maybe you would like to treat yourself to learning this ancient art in a class sometimes at the picturesque hacienda and patio at The Prado at Balboa Park but also on the premises. Reinvent as a sushi chef to your inner circle should you so desire! Mr. Roberto has over a decade’s experience teaching at culinary schools and his students know all the proper etiquette and would never dream of mingling wasabi with their soy sauce. And if you are looking for a novel holiday choice, look no farther as Chef Jeff will let you enjoy the occasion by doing everything - setting up, cooking, cleaning up, and even arranging the décor. What a stress free way to make the season special and for the first time ever you may be a true celebrant, not the harried host or hostess. With 800 events in merely 14 years to their credit, they may be the most prolific and under recognized “top chefs” around. But long overdue tribute ultimately occurred at this year’s San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, the preeminent city showcasing, when the organizers acknowledged his achievement and conferred the prestigious Epicurean Award. Mr. Roberto named his now sought after service with a nod to his former ambition to become a pilot. And while he may not be on an aeronautical roll, Jeff ’s surging popularity shows no signs of slowing down. You may expect the Latino Film Industry Post Oscar party to be catered with traditional Hispanic fare but Chef Jeff was the toque of choice. And this well-liked culinary hero isn’t above rolling up his very own sleeves for a worthy cause. This past May he hosted “Barrio On A Roll,” a benefit for Huntington’s Disease that proved to a delightful, fun, free, family event which included a sushi rolling marathon, complimentary beer, food trucks, and a performance by the hot band Tribal Theory. Six chefs participated including Jeff ’s nephews, Austin and Bradley Roberto, to craft an astounding 12,000 32 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

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pieces in 8 hours. The SOAR contingent rode and donated proceeds to Race Across America (a comprehensive junket from Oceanside, California to Baltimore, Maryland) and their intrepid cyclists finished in a week with Chef Jeff ’s girl friend and managing partner, the lovely Lorna Ramos and Lee J. Razalan, spearheading the event. What do you get when you cross comic books and the Hard Rock Hotel? The San Diego Comic Con at the Convention Center last July with fistic legend, Iron Mike, lending a hand to the SOAR team. But philanthropy, star-studded gatherings, and charisma are just part of this impressive chef ’s social profile. Yakitori’s Japanese sushi chefs mentored the young Roberto and his junior high school buddy and the


SETTING THE BAR HIGH BUT ALWAYS A WINNER - ROBERTO BASKS IN THE EPICUREAN AWARD!

as SONY, LA, FOX were crucial to the meteoric rise of Chef Jeff whose talented digits rubbed elbows with various luminaries at their premieres Angelina Jolie (Beowulf), Jim Carey (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) , Jamie Fox (Stealth), and the Men In Black crew. This master’s nimble fingers have fed many bold face names at numerous galas including those hosted by the MTV Movie Awards, Comedy Central Awards, and Teen Choice Awards. The SOAR talents visited the set of the Titanic twelve times during filming! Thespians Orlando Bloom and Elizabeth Towne flew this pro to Kentucky for their gatherings and the capstone of this dazzling career may be his induction into the venerable San Diego Baillaige as a Board Member of the revered Chaine des Rotisseurs,”the oldest and most recognized food and wine group in the world.” Even corporate behemoths know who to call for the most distinctive and appetizing fare and high-profile clients such as Mars Candy, Google, NETGEAR, Illumina, Lily USA are regulars.

then manager, Ben Herrera, to gravitate to sushi catering. Collaborating with “hungry” classmates, Michael Ryes, Big Mike Ferrer, and John Sainz, the dynamic, quadruple force of nature launched. Back in the 80’s only 7 sushi bars dotted San Diego compared to 200 today. This buddy system was formative to the creation of 12 area restaurants where they honed their superb skills and established their following before landing a gig at Seaforth Sportfishing. Trusted friend, owner, and then mentor, Frank LoPreste had such faith in this quartet that he lent the use of his galley for a sushi bar. Merely 4 months later, this fledgling venture metamorphosed into a world class operation with luxury hotel clients such as the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel, Hotel Del Coronado, Hyatt Grand Manchester and venues as encompassing as SeaWorld and the Super Bowl (generating an Olympian 55,000 pieces to their credit!). Studios such

As your mouth waters, you may want to think about supping on this sublime but very affordable sushi which treats the hoi polloi and beautiful people with equal aplomb. Laud this remarkable caterer who is up for almost any challenge as when he served 43,000 pieces for a Qualcomm gathering! Imagine a staggering 16,000 guests have enjoyed this sumptuous and savory fare since SOAR’s inception! If your party is a maximum of 80 persons, you will be treated to a repast that those fortunate enough to attend, will long remember. And since Chef Jeff is not one to rest on his Nori, he would now like you to try his latest offerings, the scrumptious SOAR boy, an improvised sushi grinder, and a Tex-Mex variant, the sushi burrito. From movie stars to California matrons, pugilists to lesser known patrons, all diners get the Red Carpet treatment, so why wait for a special occasion for an indulgence that will make any milestone that much more memorable? San Diego’s word of mouth to lucky yours!

Jeffrey Roberto

1620 National Ave San Diego, CA 92113

619.518.1468 cell 619.702.1468 off

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PEPPER

JAY

PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR HW: Thank you for taking the time to speak with Hollywood Weekly Magazine. Tell me a little about yourself and your background. What are your personal attributes that in your opinion made you the person you are today?

Dynamic Song Performance, a Singer’s Bible. This may be the only how-to performance book for singers that is equally valuable to magicians, comics, actors, public speakers, models, performance coaches, and trial lawyers. Why? Because it focuses on audience psychology. The book explains what every performer must do to seduce the camera and the audience, to keep the crowds enthralled, and turn listeners and viewers into loyal fans.

PJ: Thank you Prather for asking. My Grandmother and Mother influenced me greatly to become the person I am today. I was born in Hollywood, California. I spent much of my childhood in the Moulin Rouge, Coconut Grove, Brown Derby, and in Vegas casinos with my best friend, my Grandma Lida. Grandma Lida’s best friend was Sophie Tucker, who was nicknamed the last of the red hot mamas. I had the opportunity to share friendships with the best of the entertaining “Rat Pack,” and their families, and I also wanted to participate in that life. I began acting when I was about 5 years old on the stage or in front of a camera, acting, dancing, playing the accordion. The world of entertainment has been my basis since. My Mother and I were also best of friends. She was a very popular middle school teacher. After graduating San Diego State University, I became a public school teacher in the inner-city of Los Angeles, teaching a variety of subjects including performance, dance, and drill team. I continue privately teaching performance skills to singers, actors, comics, lawyers, public speakers; just about anyone in front of a camera, audience, or in a recording studio. HW: After a successful career in education and working as an attorney, what prompted to you to go further into entertainment?

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PEPPER JAY, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR, C-STAND, WHATEVER IT TAKES FOR A PERSON TO CREATE A PRODUCTION COMPANY, A NETWORK (ACTORS PODCAST NETWORK) AND CONTENT FOR CLIENTS.

I enjoyed working in education, both teaching students and teachers. I obtained extreme satisfaction in helping people as a lawyer for over 30 years. However, during that time, I never left the world entertainment. Today, I attempt to utilize my teaching and lawyering skills at my public speaking engagements at corporate events, schools, etc, whether or not the subject is entertainment.

HW: I understand you have a company is called Pepper Jay Productions. What does Pepper Jay Productions produce? Pepper Jay Productions makes things: music, independent films, music videos, commercials, video blogs for online magazines, etc. My favorite is music production. Tell me about Dynamic Song Performances? What are the first five chapters that you cover in your book? PJ: Dynamic Song Performance, The Singer’s Bible, is a text of organized notes from over 40 years of teaching. The first 5 chapters: General Information about Song Performance, How to DO IT!, Communicate Your Song, How to Move On Stage, and Package Yourself. HW: How do your experiences as a teacher and a litigator translate in terms of services that you now offer? PJ: When I was a teacher, it wasn’t unusual to have 40 to 60 students in a class. It was my job to make sure that none of them were “left behind.” Much of the Audience Psychology skills that I now teach and that I include in Dynamic Song Performance, The Singer’s Bible, are skills that I developed in the classroom and in the courtroom.


I am actor who has to audition, and I find that I am a bundle of nerves that results in anxiety, how can your services help me? I believe that a performer’s nerves comes from lack of confidence which usually results from the self-perception of lack of preparedness. Once someone believes they are prepared (studied for the test, for example), they should be less nervous. It is for that reason that I tried to include in the Dynamic Song Performance text instructions and exercises for all of the performance skills I have encountered over my life as a performer and teacher. Learning skills and practice should overcome nerves. HW: While you were practicing law, what skill sets did you develop that would be beneficial for actors or others who are engaged in public speaking? PJ: One of my mentors was Anthony Robbins, who was extremely helpful to me as a performer, lawyer and public speaker. Particularly, Mr. Robbins explains how people (an audience, jury, etc) takes in information (seeing, hearing, feeling). An awareness to reach all of an audience assists whether it is an audience on 1 or 10,000. HW: What is the most important concept that people can learn from you in order to succeed in a public speaking related profession? Tell me about the performance skills that you used an attorney that you now teach to actors that can to enhance their performance.

PEPPER JAY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HARD-WORKING MIDDLE-AGED ACTRESS PRODUCER WOMAN WITH GRAY HAIR AND BRAIDS YOU’VE EVER MET IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE WHO LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!

PJ: Know your subject, love sharing your subject with your audience, and learn some basic technical performance skills that will enhance your public speaking. The audience psychology skills that I used as an attorney successfully transfer to public speaking regardless of the type of venue. HW: As a skilled attorney, what did you learn that you’re able to pass on to your clients? PJ: Everyone is important. A client’s case is important to them or else they would not have sought out an attorney in the first place. As a performer, each of your audience members have chosen to spend time enjoying you or learning from you, or both. Your belief that each audience member is just as important as each member of a jury will set you on the right track to communicate and share with them.

HW: Is there anything we didn’t cover that your wish to share with our readers? PJ: Everyone, amateur or professional, can improve their performance skills in almost every situation: interview, audition, or performance. Record yourself and be your own best critic. Practice, practice, and then practice some more! Be prepared!

Pepper Jay Productions is a multifaceted Los Angeles California based film/ music/entertainment production company. PJP and its associates provide affordable: • Independent film services (including pre and post production) designed to cover all stages of any small project (budget of $4million or less) • Music production, writing & producing music for films, TV, commercials, singers, bands…, providing music arranging (all styles) • Live entertainment production, including entertainers, hosts, bands (pop, jazz, classical, country …), orchestras, magicians, mimes, clowns, dancers, skits

Pepper Jay Productions LLC 2300 Postal Road, #5125 Pahrump, NV 89048

1-775-209-2702 info@ActorsReporter.com

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Actor/Comedian George Lopez performs onstage during 2016 Soul Train Music Awards - Soul Train presents The Comedy Get Down .

“Comedy Get Down” Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and George Lopez brought the house down with laughs at the Soul Train Weekend “Comedy Get Down” show at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Actor/Comedian Eddie Griffin performs onstage during 2016 Soul Train Music Awards - Soul Train presents The Comedy Get Down.

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George Lopez opened the night, warming the audience up with hilarious bits criticizing both presidential candidates and the state of this election season. Actor and comedian Eddie Griffin followed, kicking things off slow with jokes about Vegas and quickly moving into topical Cosby impressions. He also touched on the election, saying he’s voting for Hillary Clinton because he wants to put “pimpin Bill Clinton” back in the White House. Next up was one of the original Kings of Comedy, D.L. Hughley, who gave one of the best sets of the night with the entire Events Center in an uproar. Last but certainly not least was another King of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer, who had the crowd going with jokes about how raunchy songs are on the radio these days, including Yo Gotti’s


Actor/ comedian Cedric the Entertainer performs onstage during 2016 Soul Train Music Awards - Soul Train presents The Comedy Get Down.

Singer Bobby Brown and Mike Tyson backstage at 2016 Soul Train Music Awards .

“Down in the DM.” All the comedians kept it very topical throughout their sets, including talking about the election, but they all also ended on a positive note including George Lopez who said he’s glad, “diversity and inclusivity is the future of this country.”

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Notable attendees included Mike Tyson, Bobby Brown and Kid Capri.

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SWEDEN

USA

ACTRESS

ELISE

ROVINSKY

PHOTO: RIC SECHREST PHOTOGRAPHY

FROM SWEDEN TO SUNDANCE….

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The abridged version of this tale is that my dear mother was from Sweden and my father is from New York. I was born in Sweden and spent about half of my life there, after first spending some of my early years in Austin, Texas. Where, coincidentally, another one of my films, “Come Morning”, screened at the Austin Film Festival a few years

ago. Then I luckily enough found myself in New York City where I now reside. I always wanted to be an actress, ever since I was a little girl. I know, we’ve all heard that one before… Elise jokes, rolling her eyes. I actually used to put on shows at home with my older brother Thomas as my sidekick. Thank god there were no iPhones at the time…I think…who knows, maybe I would have become a YouTube sensation singing and dancing with my cape made of a towel. Not easy believing you’ll actually have a future as an actress when you are a kid, feeling misplaced in a remote town in Sweden, but eventually Elise Rovinsky got the

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“F

rom Sweden to Sundance”…seems like a crazy leap right? From a small town in the southwest part of Sweden to being in a film, “How To Tell You’re A Douchebag”, that premiered at Sundance, by way of New York. How the hell did that happen? -She says, her face lighting up with a laugh.

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PHOTO: PRIVATE

HOW TO TELL YOU’RE A DOUCHEBAG - SCREEN SHOT

ACTRESS ELISE ROVINSKY WITH ACTOR PAUL REISER ON SET RED OAKS

“BEING COMPLETELY BILINGUAL MAKES IT EASY FOR ME TO DO ACCENTS AND EVEN CONVINCINGLY SPEAK SOME LANGUAGES I DON’T REALLY KNOW”

opportunity to come to New York City, attend the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting (Graduate Program) and, well, the rest is history. At least history in the making, Elise says with a hopeful smile. What can I say about my journey? Sometimes it feels like a long one. Arduous and terrifying at times but it is inevitably always rewarding in the end. Whether it is being nervous during the early days of rehearsals for an upcoming stage performance, not thinking you will ever be off book and ready, or whether it is sitting in hair and makeup in the wee hours of the morning getting ready for your upcoming scene to be shot, thinking of all the people who depend on your getting it right and doing a good job.

PHOTO: RIC SECHREST PHOTOGRAPHY

I remember way back when I first took some acting classes in Gothenburg Sweden. Taking the bus to town for the class, coming back late at night to my parents’ house feeling different…feeling elated and hopeful.

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We have seen Elise Rovinsky cast in a wide variety of roles. Characters ranging from a crazy French choreographer to an old, mythological figure to a fast talking literary agent to mention only a few. “Being completely bilingual makes it easy for me to do accents and even convincingly speak some languages I don’t really know”. She has a unique look, can pretty much be from anywhere and is easily placed in different periods and eras as well. Do you have a favorite? But of course! Put me in something from the 20’s and I’m happy as a clam she says. She grew up watching movies, memorizing scenes and lines. Loving the escape of disappearing into someone else’s life for a little while. They always talked a lot about movies and TV at home as well when she was a kid. “I always heard what my “uncle Mickey” was up to out in LA with his shows”. This is of course Michael “Mickey” Ross who was one of the writers/producers of “Three’s Company, “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”. Those


ELISE ROVINSKY FACTS: PHOTO: RIC SECHREST PHOTOGRAPHY

HT: 5´4 Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown Language: Bilingual -English and Swedish Location: New York and Los Angeles, willing to travel SAG Eligible

“I ALWAYS HEARD WHAT MY “UNCLE MICKEY” WAS UP TOOUTINLA WITH HIS SHOWS”. THIS IS OF COURSE MICHAEL “MICKEY” ROSS WHO WAS ONE OF THE WRITERS/ PRODUCERS OF “THREE’S COMPANY, “ALL IN THE FAMILY” AND “THE JEFFERSONS”

TO KEEP UP WITH THIS STAR YOU CAN FOLLOW ELISE ROVINSKY ON: IMDB: WWW.IMDB.ME/ELISEROVINSKY WWW.ELISEROVINSKY.COM

shows were all rather revolutionary for their time. Her parents always supported her acting ambition. “They never told me that I couldn’t or shouldn’t. I will always be grateful for that”. You’ve had a remarkable spring! “Yes, I worked on an episode of ‘Red Oaks’, which is an Amazon Studios series in which Paul Reiser is one of the leads. The episode was directed by the talented Nisha Ganatra, who is busy as hell and with good reason”. The incredible Sundance premiere for ‘How To Tell You’re A Douchebag’ as well as some sold out screenings of the film at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York. I am a core member of a sketch comedy group called The Shorts Show and we have had a monthly show at the PIT (Peoples Improv Theater) here in New York City for quite a while. We mostly do web based content but also just completed our first feature called ‘Prism’”. ‘How To Tell You’re A Douchebag’ has done really well and was very well received at Sundance. “Yes it was. I was working and unfortunately could not make the screenings which was a bummer”. Sundance was just the beginning for this great movie, there have been a bunch

of other festivals and it actually just won best screenplay at the American Black Film Festival in Miami. “I had a great time working on this film with writer/director Tahir Jetter. There is still more to come with this film… “ Elise Rovinsky says. SUMMER IS HERE BUT WE’VE HEARD YOU WILL HAVE A BUSY FALL? I will be shooting a film in Connecticut in August. Teaming up with writer/director Christopher S. Lombardi again. Had the lead in his most recent film ‘The Reluctant Detective.’ Sweden is beckoning as well. Will be working with some very talented folks in Stockholm on a film this fall. A project I was able to land through my wonderful manager, Maria Vascsak, at IMA International Management Agency And that is about all I can tell you for now. – She says with a mischievous look on her face. Clearly there are some other things going on that she can’t talk about yet. My fabulous agent Marius Bargielski at Metropolis Artists Agency, MAA is keeping me busy.

MANAGED BY IMA, INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT AGENCY MANAGER MARIA VASCSAK SWEDEN +46 739 10 59 02 U.S +1 (917) 717 90 91

maria@imacontent.com Imdb: www.imdb.me/mariavascsak

CLIENTS:

ACTOR/SCRIPT CONSULTANT WILLIAM LEGUE ACTRESS ELISE ROVINSKY ACTRESS/SCRIPTWRITER EMMA LINDGREN ACTRESS MOA MALAN ACTOR / MODEL / SINGER / DANCER TYRONE EMANUEL ACTOR JEFFREY GLICKMAN

STYLIST / MODEL HICHAM BENSLIMANE ACTRESS / MUSICIAN FRIDA FARELL DIRECTOR / PRODUCER EVA BELING DIRECTOR/PRODUCER FREDRIC KEITH RESHEW DIRECTOR/PRODUCER MARKUS STRÖMQVIST STORYBOARD ARTIST GIUSEPPE CRISTIANO ACTOR / MODEL / MUSICIAN JONAS LAWRNZ JOHNSON

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GLOBAL AWARENESS REPORT OF

“DAME MUNNI IRONE” TOUR FROM THE WESTERNLAND OF AMERICA TO THE MOTHERLAND OF AFRICA Recently Dame Munni Irone was invited as a VIP for Latin Grammy’s in Las vegas. It was a beautiful Gala and she spent most of the time back stage net- working with these Latin Global Stars. The next day she flew in to Florida to Martial art Judo international competition, at the convention center. Dame Munni was awarded as global peace ambassador for Budi international my Dr. Kay Dhenad from Europe.

ARTS 4 PEACE

AWARDS

2016

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After the recently celebrated global peace event in Hollywood with the participation of numerous outstanding global peace leaders from all continents which was tagged “ARTS FOR PEACE AWARDS”, the founder and president of this eventful organisation in the exclusive personality of DAME MUNNI IRONE (who is also the Philanthropist Queen of Beverly Hills) has been officially invited as a special guest of honour to the upcoming ONE YEAR CORONATION ANNIVERSARY OF “His Imperial Majesty {H.I.M} OONI ADEYEYE ENITAN OGUNWUSI OJAJA II {The Ooni Of Ife & African Foremost Monarch}” which has been scheduled to take place on the 7th December 2016 at the “Ancient City Of ILE-IFE” in Africa.

Multi-Award winning DAME MUNNI IRONE who is world-renown as a “Global Symbol Of Peace” will be coming to Africa to empower the African people with peace through her innovative invention of love and global healing. Part of her plans in Africa is to enrich the African continent with a “Self generated electricity without solar, gas or windmill” and to plant a global peace tree in Africa which shall unite the numerous native African tribes as one family and through which incomes can be generated to care for the suffering communities and less opportune people of Africa. DAME MUNNI IRONE and her fellow global peace leader from the United States Of America (USA) will officially endorse “His Imperial Majesty {H.I.M} OONI ADEYEYE ENITAN OGUNWUSI OJAJA II {The Ooni Of Ife}” & “His Spiritual Majesty {HSM} EMPEROR ALAFIA ADEOBA SHALOM” with “GLOBAL PEACE LEADER AWARDS” for their outstanding and immense leadership contributions in fostering peace in Africa and around the world. This official endorsement will be powered by the ARTS FOR PEACE organisation with several medallions, certificates and honorary decorations as “Global Peace Leaders”.


During the diplomatic stay of DAME MUNNI IRONE in Nigeria, she will be partnering with the government of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA so as to explore the beautiful Nigerian culture on a trendy platform in the western world. She will also be officially endorse as an “AFRICAN PEACE AMBASSADOR” by the African Foremost Monarch and this endorsement shall grace her the opportunity of being the “Peaceful Voice Of Africa” around the world. As the “Ancient City Of Ile-Ife” prepares to officially receive

DAME MUNNI IRONE in Africa, the Palace Of the OONI OF IFE (African Foremost Monarch) and the Global Executive Bodies Of “THE VENERABLE SACRED ORDER OF TRUTH” send many royal blessings of peace, for her sacred journey from the westernland of America to be a memorable adventure of a lifetime imperial impact on the continental wall of Africa. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 43


BRIANNAGH

DENNEHY Actor. Singer. Dancer.

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n accomplished pianist, she is asked to perform in public throughout the year. Additionally, Briannagh sang the National Anthem at the opening of a Somerset Patriots baseball game (2013), performed in the Princeton Ballet’s renditions of “The Nutcracker” at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ and the State Theater in New Brunswick (December 2012). Expanding her resume, she has appeared in several television commercials and print advertising for Forman Mills clothing line and in a short film entitled, “Cake” directed by a NYU Tisch School MFA student that was submitted to a film competition in 2013. Briannagh is currently working on her material for her first album. She gained significant praise and recognition from her peers and fans with the single and video “American Fab Kid” she released in 2012). Both the song and video reflect American diversity and pride, expressed through fashion. A young, vibrant girl full of talent and ideas, Briannagh Dennehy aims to inspire other girls her age through video, song and dance. with her next single, “Stand Tall” which aims to encourage kids to believe in themselves and follow their dreams when other people are trying to discourage them.

Briannagh D is at it again! This time, her new rendition dubbed, “Everlasting Love” showcases her budding talent and her growing musical passion “Everlasting Love” is a vibrant and incredibly soulful masterpiece that is the embodiment of love in all facets of life. It is ode to the significant people in our lives who continue to inspire us. In her new song, Briannagh honors mentors and guardians, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, coaches or anyone who serves as an inspiration for others. Miss Briannagh Dennehy, has arrived and ready to make a positive, lasting impression on her peers for generations to come!

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