Becoming a big name in the Philippines comes with major strings attached.
In exchange for doing what they love, stars are expected to be in a committed relationship.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, recently outed himself as having been undocumented for more than twenty years.
He made a film about his “coming out” that recently aired on CNN, Documented: a Film by an Undocumented American.
The idea is a longtime Filipino tradition that sadly limits artists from going after what they really want in their careers, but now there’s a must-watch duo making a mark on their own terms.
James Reid and Nadine Lustre aren’t your average pair.Instead of following the theme songs of their soap operas and singing traditional ballads as a duet like most Filipino love teams, not only is Reid releasing music without his other half, he’s delivering a modern, dance-inspired sound that sticks out from the country’s other chart-toppers.“At the same time, I’ve written several songs about her, for her and with her,” Reid said of his latest album “Palm Dreams,” which dropped in July. Reid surpassed huge stars like Justin Bieber and The Weeknd on the Philippines’ Billboard charts proving the country is ready for his newfound approach.“I have another EP coming up with artists like Bret Jackson and Sam Concepcion,” he revealed.Let’s honor all people that have Hispanic heritage not just the obvious ones.One of the largest groups that gets ignored are our Filipino brothers and sisters.-- Check out the #FHholiday2017 collection in stores now! September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.As a colony of Spain for just as many years as Mexico, the Philippine Islands have just as much Hispanic cultural influences as any other Latin American country.From history, to language, to food, Filipinos are much closer to Latinos than you might realize.As a result, Filipino Spanish also contains many Mexican Spanish words of Nahuatl (or Aztec) origin that did not exist in European Spanish.Words like: bayabas (from guayaba), abokado (avocado), papaya, sayote (chayote), and zapote (sapote).