CALIFORNIA, USA – The Hollywood launch of Filipino original, mobile recording studio – the Wish Bus – was indeed another milestone for Wish 107.5.
Filipino artists wowed music enthusiasts in the entertainment capital of the world when they took the center stage at the Universal CityWalk and on the Wish Bus on Saturday (September 8) in the US.
“This is great. It is a great avenue for Filipino artists para makita tayo ng buong mundo,” exclaimed Original Pilipino Music (OPM) rock music icon Perfecto de Castro.
Fil-Am YouTube sensation AJ Rafael said he was honored to be among the artists to launch the iconic Wish Bus.
“We’re in a historic place, like city walk. As much as I’d love to play on the stage, it’s really great that I’m going to be in the bus to play and to launch it,” he said.
“It’s uplifting Filipino artists. Nakikilala tayo, pwede tayong makilala sa buong mundo dahil it’s a big opportunity for artist who will be able to play in the bus. Salamat. Kuya Daniel, thank you very much sa ginawa ninyong vision na ito. Just to be part of this major milestone in our career, thank you. It’s very humbling,” said OPM rock band Introvoys referring to the man behind it all, Wish FM’s innovator, Daniel Razon.
“We are planning to move not only here in the US but in other parts of the globe. The next stop that we are looking at is the Middle East. So after the inauguration of the Wish Bus here, we are preparing for the next launch which is going to be in the Middle East. So that’s what we have now in the drawing board,” said Razon who is also a renowned Filipino broadcast journalist and a celebrated humanitarian.
As expected, Hollywood celebrities were amazed by the unique concept and expressed their intention to one day have the chance to board and perform on the Wish Bus.
Present at the launch were teen actors and singers Alessandra Cowan and Derrick Riehl.
“It’s interesting and kind of — ‘whoah!’ ” said Cowan about the Wish Bus.
Riehl on the other hand said, “It’s kind of like intimidating because there’s a lot of artists around. It’s an opportunity to bring yourself out and show your talent as well. You can also appreciate other talents.”
Filipino-American child star and singer Sophie Mackenzie Nack said she would be glad to perform her own songs on the bus.
The celebrity stars, together with other Nickelodeon and Disney actors and performers, were at the launch also to support their friend, Fil-Am singer Michael Keith, who was proud to perform at the Wish 107.5’s milestone event.
“Thank you so much for having us, for putting this altogether. I’m so excited to do more with you guys,” he said.
Having the Filipino blood in him, Michael expressed support to the advocacy of Wish 107.5 in making Filipino talents known to the international music scene, especially through the Wish Bus.
“Don’t stop dreaming because of this (the Wish bus), because of Wish. They keep on doing what they are doing, (so) we are here now,” said the celebrity performer.
Dubbed as the only FM station on wheels, Wish 107.5, gained popularity for its Wishclusive videos of amateur and professional artists from the Philippines and foreign known singers covering songs inside the state-of-the-art Wish Bus.
It has become the favorite YouTube channel among YouTube reactors worldwide. With over 3.4M subscribers and 1.2B accumulated views, no doubt that Wish FM secured its spot as the number one Youtube channel in the Philippines to date.
Wish FM is dedicated in making Filipino artists widely known not just in the Philippines but across the globe.
“It’s one of the things that I really like to do ever since – to help the Filipino artists primarily and the Filipino citizens to be able to reach out the globe and and be able to showcase their talents. You see, the kind of artists that we have are really remarkable,” Razon said. “We thank God for allowing us to walk this extra mile. Now that we have reached the Hollywood, we are looking forward to moving a notch higher again. Again, to all the wishers, thank you so very much and we hope that you keep on supporting.” – Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue – USA