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Text and Photos by Lydia V. Solis

CBS ‘The Talk’ wins Daytime Emmy Award

Pasadena, CA – Marc Anthony Nicolas, 41, the only Filipino American producer of CBS The Talk, says he’s “beyond happy” after The Talk was awarded ‘Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host’ by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held on April 30, at the Pasadena Civic Center here. Hosts of The Talk include Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, and Sheryl Underwood. They won over The View, The Wendy Williams Show, The Real, Harry Connick Jr. Show and Live with Kelly.
The Talk was also nominated for ‘Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment’ which The Ellen DeGeneres Show won over The View, Maury, and Live with Kelly.
In 2016, during the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles, The Talk won its first Daytime Emmy in six years, ‘Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment,’ beating The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and others.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award not only for Daytime Entertainment and Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, but also for Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, News & Documentary, and Sports.
Flashback to April 1, at the Eriels Café in Artesia, CA.
It was Marc’s birthday celebration, but instead of opening presents, he was handing out gifts to family and friends who attended his 41st birthday party. As a bonus, he made a special announcement that the TV show ‘The Talk at CBS,’ which he produces, had received an Emmy nomination.
“This is my sixth Emmy nomination,” he gushed. “Hopefully,” he added, “I could bring a second Emmy home.” (And he did!)
“I feel my birthday today is a very special one,” Marc told his guests, “because I’m so blessed with my family. I couldn’t ask for more. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I feel like a king!”
Marc has fond memories of his mom, Teresita Rodrigo Nicolas, who died in 2009, after battling breast cancer.
“I’m mama’s boy,” he asserts, “and she’s my life.” He remembers how difficult it was for him to wake up in the morning for school, “so rather than be late, my mom would put my school clothes at night so I’m ready for school in the morning.”
Marc admits he was very shy as a child. “I only came out of my shell in college,” he admitted, “because I love making people smile and I love making them happy.” In fact, his wish for the next 5 to 10 years is “to make everyone happy.”
He used to work as a waiter in Olive Garden and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse where “they have cheap penny tips,” he quipped, “so now I tip up to 25 percent. I’ve learned from my past and have grown from there.”
“My son is amazing,” says his dad Marianito Nicolas from Bulacan. “He’s down to earth, that’s why people love him. He has charisma,” he continued. “He doesn’t say no (to friends in need) and always has a smile for everyone. Mahal na mahal siya ng CBS family niya at ng boss niyang si Julie Chen. (The latter’s husband is CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves.)
“He’s very thoughtful, caring, respectful,” noted his step mom Ruby. “At hindi mayabang,” added sister Dona.

Entertaining guests at Marc’s birthday party were singers Ranella Ferrer and American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez. Vocalist Ranelle was in demand singing national anthems at sports events in different states as well as guest singer at community functions, but her singing career came to a halt after she gained weight. This prompted her to be a participant in ‘Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian,’ which documents participants transforming their lives physically, emotionally and mentally with the help of Hollywood’s best trainers, stylists and “Kardashian's own ‘glam squad’ in preparation for a big reveal.”
Ranella’s singing career seems to be picking up again. “I want to prove,” she said, “that not only can I hit a high note, but I can also reach new heights in self-confidence.” The future looks bright for her.
Meanwhile, Jessica continues to pursue her musical career creating albums. A runner up at the 11th season of American Idol, she came back during the finale of the 15th season and performed Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli’s ‘The Prayer.’ Her performance was claimed as the “best performance and stand out” of the night. On July 28, 2016, Jessica’s song ‘Stronger Together’ written by Carole Bayer Sager, Bruce Roberts and Kenneth Edmonds was played after Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Marc had worked for FOX, MTV, and ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ in New York, where he moved in 2007, receiving a nomination the same year for Daytime Emmy Award for The Tyra Banks Show ‘Outstanding InformativeTalk Show.’ In 2008, he won the Daytime Emmy Award for the Tyra Banks Show ‘Outstanding Informative Talk Show,’ duplicated in 2009. Since then he has honed his craft and has produced engaging television shows while working with the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna. He’s also a radio personality for station AM1300 WMEL in Florida. In 2013, he was named ‘Most Influential Filipino American’ by Philippine News.
Marc Anthony Rodrigo Nicolas not only works behind the scene (The Talk), but now he has moved in front of the camera, interviewing Hollywood celebrities as he produces and hosts his own ‘On Your Marc!’ show which debuted in 2014, and televised on The Filipino Channel’s Lifestyle Network.



Fil Am actor Paterno, center, plays multiple roles including a corrupt headmaster made to kiss the rear of persons he wronged.

Text by PNews Contributor Louinn Lota
Photo by Lydia V. Solis
(Part 1 of 2)

INGLEWOOD, CA. – Audience members walked with a cast of 14 actors, actresses and a violinist as they strutted, marched and danced through Edward Vincent Jr. Park here, in the first installment of a four-act play based on the 18th-century Chinese novel “Dream of the Red Chamber.”
In a nice natural green-setting kick-off to Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, Filipino American actor Robert Paterno, a Houston, Texas transplant to Los Angeles, played a corrupt headmaster at an all-boys’ school made to lick the boots and kiss the rear of the persons he wronged. It was just one of multiple roles by Paterno, born in the United States, but whose parents are from Davao City, Philippines. Paterno also plays a Taoist priest in Act I of the traveling-stage play.
“I think this is a really epic and relatable story and we have such a wonderful opportunity to tell it with a group of actors that really represents the diversity of Los Angeles,” Paterno said. The actor also has had recurring roles on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” and “Vampire Diaries.”
The 18th century “rom-com,” by Ts’ao Hsueh Ch’in, is a moral fable of manners between two cousins who were born, not with silver spoons in their mouths, but jade pendants. It weaves supernatural entities who appear in dreams, and it details the decline of the once-noble Chia family during the Ching Dynasty.
Playwright and Director Henry Ong adapted the comedic romance into the four-act, six-hour play, “Why Dream in Inglewood?” as part of the Inglewood Growing Artists Performed Projects Initiative Artist’s Grant awarded to Ong. Violinist Longo Chu added live music to the performance on-the-move. Chu had to carry his instrument and music stand as the actors turned green lawns into palaces and schools and surreal rooms filled with magical happenings.
“I am excited to finally work with Henry Ong,” Paterno added. Paterno, who received his bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M, was also a Forensic Science teacher with Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth.
Acts I-II, the first installment of “Why Dream in Inglewood,” with a lunchtime intermission, will next pick up the story on Saturday, May 20, with Acts III-IV. On Saturday, May 27, the classic story of star-crossed lovers will have a marathon show of Acts I-IV, with three intermissions outdoors at the Inglewood Amphitheatre, Edward Vincent Jr. Park, 714 Warren Lane, Inglewood.
“Telling stories that bridge cultures and communities is so important, and we can’t wait to share this experience with the Inglewood community,” said Paterno, who earned his MFA from Southern Methodist University in Texas.
“It’s free admission,” said Ong. “Wear comfortable shoes, for walking with the traveling cast and bring brown bag lunch. For more information: Inglewood Parks and Recreation (310) 412-8750.
Or visit https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=why%20dream%20in%20inglewood


First 5 LA launches awareness campaign

LOS ANGELES – First 5 LA, a leading public grantmaker and early childhood advocacy organization, launched a new, innovative Family Strengthening Public Awareness Campaign and Parenting website on July 7 at the City Terrace Park here. The first phase of the multiyear campaign focuses on raising awareness and understanding of parenting challenges, helping parents and caregivers in Los Angeles County build social connections. Caregivers will be encouraged to implement positive changes in their day-to-day interactions with their child, social networks and community.
First 5 LA (www.first5la.org) was created in 1998, by California voters to invest Proposition 10 tobacco tax revenues in L.A. County.

In partnership with others, First 5 LA strengthens families, communities, and systems of services and supports so that all children in L.A. County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. The organization believes that the first five years of life establish the foundation for the future success of our children. First 5 LA has invested more than $1.2 billion in efforts aimed at providing the best start for children from prenatal to age 5 and their families.
“Parents and caregivers are at the heart of a child’s development,” said First 5 LA executive director Kim Belshé, “and we want them to know that they are not alone in their efforts.” The campaign, she added, is built on research about what type of resources the parents and caregivers of L.A. County would find beneficial and would support the positive outcomes we all want for L.A.’s kids.
The new parenting website (www.First5LA.org/Parenting), also launched July 7, was built with mobile users in mind, making all of the features accessible and easy to use on smartphones and tablets. (Most parents use smartphones far more frequently than laptops, desktops or tablets to receive information.)

The site is an online resource hub designed for parents and caregivers. It features a calendar with free and low-cost family-friendly events, exclusive coupons for kid-friendly venues such as the L.A. Zoo and California ScienCenter, and originally-written and researched articles on a variety of early childhood development topics. The website also offers an “Ask a Parent Coach” feature where parents and caregivers can submit questions and get advice tailored to their needs on 20 topics.
“All parents and caregivers want information they can trust and depend on,” stated First 5 LA Board of Commissioners vice chair Judy Abdo. “We also know young parents look to the internet and social media for guidance and support. This campaign offers information parents can trust and its mobile-friendly version makes it even more accessible.” She asserted that reaching younger parents is a critical part of their work and “the launch of this campaign and website is an important step for us.”
Research shows that parents and caregivers rely on both personal sources such as friends, family, pediatricians and digital sources such as parenting sites, sites sponsored by trusted organizations, and Facebook to receive information about parenting. Parents learn about reliable digital sources from

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