Fil-Am, American artists hail launch of Wish Bus in Hollywood

Marje Pelayo   •   September 10, 2018   •   10035




Launching of the iconic Wish 107.5 bus in Hollywood


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.


Daniel Razon, the brains behind the iconic Wish 107.5 bus


“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.”


Teen stars and singers Derrick Riehl and Alessandra Cowan at Wish Bus launch in Hollywood


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.

FilAm child actor and singer Michael Keith, joined by his friends, FilAm child star Sophie Mackenzie Nack (Truth Be Told); American child stars Micah Abbey (Grey’s Anatomy); Kale Brady Culley (6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain); Kaitlin Yamano (Sia: The Greatest); and other celebrity friends Gianna Brown and Lola Kohno. (Photo grabbed from Kale Culley @kale_the_kid IG)

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


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Wish Bus USA all set for the much-awaited debut in Hollywood

Marje Pelayo   •   October 8, 2018


LOS ANGELES, USA – The iconic Wish Bus is all set for its much-awaited debut in Hollywood on October 8 (Monday) local time.

According to resident DJ Robin Nievera, aside from Filipinos, the Wish Bus will also welcome local artists from across the United States to sing on board for their music to be heard and have their Wishclusive videos seen on YouTube.

“We’re also going to find international acts, locale people from here to come on the bus. Anyone is invited on the bus as long as they sing their own songs and bring their flavor to it. Everyone is invited. So we’re going to get a bigger variety of genres, people and personalities on their own, (in) this bus,” he said.

The Filipino original Wish Bus is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video facilities, an all-automatic technical room and installed with high definition cameras in all angles for that superb audio and video quality.

The “driver’s pit” also has a camera so that the DJ will be able to talk to the driver while on live broadcast as they travel through tourist destinations in a specific location.

To add to the excitement, DJ Robin said the Wish Bus has a lot more surprises in store as it hit the road starting with California and hopefully across states.

“That’s gonna be a surprise. That’s gonna be something that we’re all gonna talk about here on the bus but that’s gonna be something that we’re looking for to do,” he said.

The Wish Bus will have  Filipino balladeer Christian Bautista  and Los Angeles YouTube singing sensation Karensita on board as the first feature artists for the iconic bus’ pilot broadcast at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Wish Bus’ official daily live airing will start at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time (7:00 a.m. in the Philippines) up to 12 midnight in California.

Wish Bus performances will be viewed on its Youtube Channel – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Kalvin Manaig)

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Bugoy to Wish FM’s Kuya Daniel: ‘Thank you for granting my greatest wish’

admin   •   September 26, 2018

Bugoy Drilon in his sold-out first major solo concert, “Bugoy: One Day, One Decade” at the KIA Theater, September 25, 2018


QUEZON CITY, Philippines OPM act Bugoy Drilon marked a decade of musical journey with his sold-out first major solo concert, “Bugoy: One Day, One Decade” at the KIA Theater last Tuesday, September 25.

Performing before a jam-packed house, the 28-year old recording artist showcased his versatility by rendering hits from various music genres — reggae, retro, ballad and pop.


Produced by Wish 107.5, with the support of its partners UNTV, Radyo La Verdad, Star Music, and Star Events, Drilon’s anniversary show impressed with a star-studded line-up of guest performers, including his music buddies, R&B crooners Daryl Ong and Michael Pangilinan, pop-rock superstar Yeng Constantino, soul supreme KZ Tandingan, The Voice runner-up and pop belter Klarisse De Guzman, Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 scholars Liezel Garcia, Cris Pastor, Hansen Nichols and Miguel Mendoza, Wishcovery’s grand champion Princess Sevillena and runners-up Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala, Carmela Ariola, and Ace Bartolome.


Bugoy Drilon performing with Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan


From his humble beginnings as a farmer and a maintenance worker to recording artist, Bugoy has come a long way with his passion for music.

As the singer walked down memory lane and revisited his music throughout the years, he expressed gratitude to Wish 107.5’s innovator Kuya Daniel Razon.

“Thank you for granting my greatest wish – to have my own solo concert. Thank you for this great opportunity to show my talent,” said Bugoy.

Above all, he said he is thankful to God for the gift of singing, a talent he can share with the world.

For Kuya Daniel, a staunch supporter of Original Pinoy Music (OPM), the show is part of Wish 1075’s commitment to be the Filipino talents’ gateway to the world.

The concert concluded with Bugoy’s power performance of Matisyahu’s “One Day”, a song he first performed as a Wishclusive rendition in the Wish Bus with over 80 million views on YouTube. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Mon Jocson)

Burt Reynolds remembered at Hollywood star after death at 82

admin   •   September 7, 2018


Actor Burt Reynolds | REUTERS

Movie star Burt Reynolds was remembered at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star on Thursday (September 6) after his death at 82.

Reynolds’ good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood’s most popular actors as he starred in films such as “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and the Bandit” in the 1970s and ’80s.

Reynolds died on Thursday morning at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, said in an email. — Reuters


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