FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Filipinos in Entertainment and Media Panel at UC Berkeley

[CL] 2014.03.01 Berkeley CA

Contact: Melissa Arce, FilAm Creative;


Professionals will address issues about Filipino visibility in mainstream media with students at UC Berkeley
LOS ANGELES (February 20, 2014) — Los Angeles-based organization FilAm Creative and UC Berkeley’s Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) group, will host a “Pilipin@s in Entertainment and Media” panel discussion on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at 56 Barrows on campus. The event will address issues of both misrepresentation and under-representation of Filipino Americans in the mainstream media.

Professionals in film, music, television, broadcast media, and comedy will share their experiences, achievements, and struggles as Filipinos in their careers. The audience, which is expected to be made up of mostly college students, will get a chance to ask the panelists questions, learn about opportunities in entertainment and media, as well as build their network of contacts.
Panelists include Christina Luna (The Luna Company, Founder/Manager), Joey Guila (Comedian/TV Show Host), Keesa Ocampo (Corporate Affairs, ABS-CBN International), Rex Sampaga (Music Publisher), and Walter Boholst (Filmmaker/Entertainment Lawyer/FilAm Creative Co-Founder). Additional panelists may also be added prior to the event.

Moderating the discussion is Melissa Arce, a FilAm Creative board member and the event’s producer. “After two successful panel discussions in Southern California, FilAm Creative is excited to bring the event to college students up north,” said Arce. “I enjoy putting these panels together because of a sense of camaraderie and a motivation to push passed the identity barriers in entertainment and media.”

The collaborative effort by APASD and the Filipino American student organizations at UC Berkeley – Pilipin@ Community Council (PCC), Pilipin@ American Alliance (PAA), Partnership for Pre-Professional Pilipin@s (P4), and {m}aganda Magazine – is what makes this event possible. Aldrin Carreon, APASD Programs Intern and Pilipin@ Community Council Chair (2012 – 13), is who approached Arce about the panel. “I believe bringing this event to UC Berkeley is not only an opportunity for our community to collaborate on programming, but to engage with a topic that is so prevalent in our time and bring to light issues – from oppression to misrepresentation – we as Pilipin@s must endure on a daily basis,” stated Carreon.

This March 1 event is free and open to the public. For more information and updates, visit:

FilAm Creative is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to the advancement of Filipino Americans in entertainment and media. The all-volunteer group provides an outlet for Filipino Americans to showcase individual talents, the skills of all the members, and the capability of Filipino Americans as a collective. FilAm Creative touts the development of its members through the combination of “do-it-yourself ambition” and “a pro-community attitude.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Melissa Polinar releases her debut album “Calls & Echoes” with a California tour

Co-produced by David Ryan Harris, Josiah Bell, and Jesse Barrera, this highly-anticipated album is now available

Contact: The Luna Company 415.729.3598;

[MP] Calls and Echoes Album Cover

LOS ANGELES, California – Independent musician and singer/songwriter Melissa Polinar starts off the new year by releasing her first LP “Calls & Echoes”. Since its release, the album has already been receiving attention throughout the music industry and positive reviews amongst her fans. Melissa Polinar is no stranger to the music scene; with over 63,000 YouTube subscribers, her social media following continues to grow. The demand for a full-length album prompted the musician to make the trek from her native Texas to San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to showcase the soulful, bluesy-rock sound that Polinar is known for.

“Calls & Echoes” is a beautiful display of artistic collaboration, featuring musicians that Polinar resonates with, including Tony Lucca, Jeremy Passion, Ernie Halter, and Matt Cusson. The production of David Ryan Harris, Josiah Bell, and Jesse Barrera help bring Polinar’s music to life, focusing on her melodic guitar style and smooth lyrics.

Melissa Polinar will be kicking off her release tour at the following venues:

SAN DIEGO: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Lestat’s Coffee House. Doors open at 8:30pm. Show starts at 9pm.

LOS ANGELES: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. Includes performances from her co-producers.

• 7PM: Josiah Bell

• 8PM: Melissa Polinar

• 9PM: David Ryan Harris

SAN FRANCISCO: Date and details TBD.

For more information on Melissa Polinar: or follow her on Twitter: @mpolinar.
For more information, please contact 415.729.3598 or email