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

Marje Pelayo   •   September 10, 2018   •   10467




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 107.5’s ‘Wishcovery Originals’ to Premiere on September 29

UNTV News   •   September 27, 2019

A new breed of OPM singer-songwriters is about to hit the digital space. 

On September 29, Wish 107.5 is set to premiere “Wishcovery Originals” on its YouTube channel. Serving as the third edition of the radio station’s online talent search, the show aims to discover and give a platform to aspiring Filipino artists who can both perform and compose their own songs.

“What we’re looking for right now is a singer and composer. We want, this time, the composer to express his feelings through songs that he himself wrote,” Kuya Daniel Razon, the creator of the competition and the main man behind Wish 107.5, remarked in a previous statement.

The first two seasons of the show focused on the singing prowess of the contenders. 

Series of Eliminations

Touting a brand-new concept for Wishcovery, Wish 107.5 is on a mission to scout, introduce, and hone promising music makers in the country. It opened its auditions last June and has since received hundreds of entries from singing-songwriting acts online and via the Wish 107.5 Bus.

Out of these hopefuls, only a select few will have the chance to showcase their talent and songs on the competition proper. 

After the program’s pilot episode — which is dedicated to giving the audience a walkthrough of what to expect throughout the show’s run — a series of weekly and monthly eliminations will take place.

Every Sunday, four contenders will battle it out on the weekly eliminations, the winners of which will advance to the monthly finals. Featuring a brand-new song for this stage, the top contender will earn a spot in the grand finals and a cash prize worth Php 20,000.

For the weekly battles, the scores will solely come from the panel of judges, which includes Mayonnaise frontman Monty Macalino, the country’s King of R&B Jay R, and veteran hitmaker-producer Jungee Marcelo.

For the monthly eliminations, the judges will only take up 75 percent of the total scores. The remaining 25 percent will come from the power-viewing statistics of the contenders’ Wish Bus performances to be uploaded on a dedicated platform for these videos, the Wishcovery YouTube channel. 

Despite this fierce competition, exciting rewards await the grand winner of the show. 

As in the previous editions of Wishcovery, Wish 107.5 will give a whopping set of prizes for the show’s grand champion — Php 1 million in cash, a recording contract worth Php 1 million, a brand-new car, and a house and lot. 

Follow the journey of aspiring Filipino singer-songwriters and hear new OPM songs on Wishcovery Originals! The show, which will air every Sunday on Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel (, will premiere on September 29. Meanwhile, full videos of the contenders’ Wish Bus performances will be available on the Wishcovery YouTube channel (

Actor Kevin Hart injured in Los Angeles car accident

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 2, 2019

Actor Kevin Hart suffered major injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles early on Sunday morning (September 1), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said.

Hart, 40, was being driven in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda shortly after midnight on Mulholland Highway when the driver lost control of the car and it tumbled down an embankment, the CHP said in a statement.

CHP did not elaborate on the nature of Hart’s injuries, but TMZ reported that he injured his back.

The driver, Jared Black, also suffered major injuries in the accident, the CHP said. He was not under the influence of alcohol at the time, the CHP added.

Hart, who is known for his stand-up comedy and comic roles in movies including “Ride Along,” was able to leave the scene of the crash with a second passenger, who was not badly hurt, and head to his home nearby to get medical attention, the CHP said.

Hart was eventually taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center and the driver was taken to another hospital. (Production: Kia Johnson)

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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