This story is published in partnership with SoJannelleTV, a magazine show about Filipinos in North America
The fourth year of So Jannelle provided many highlights, as Filipino-American storyteller Jannelle So shared the diverse perspectives of Filipinos making waves overseas.
There was the break-up of Filipino boy group SB19, which moved on to the show after becoming the first Filipino artists to be nominated for the Billboard Music Awards. Many personalities in the culinary field have opened their cookbooks to share culinary experiences with viewers. And then there was the interview with “The King of Talk”, Boy Abunda, who turned the mic and interviewed So Perkins on his own show. We can’t talk about Filipinos ‘overseas success in 2021 without mentioning the Philippines’ historic performance at the Tokyo Olympics.
SB19, which reached number one on the Hot Trending Songs charts with its hit “Bazinga”, was nominated for Top Social Artist of 2021.
“We were like ‘Oh my God’,” Pablo recalled when he heard the news. âIt was an overwhelming experience, makes us cry. Looks like this is our biggest achievement.
The five-member group were relaxed and introspective in their conversation with So Perkins, who shared fans’ questions. One of the questions she asked was how they react to criticism that they are trying to ride the K-pop wave.
âMy mom says not to be affected by what people say because we know each other better,â Stell said.
From the dance scene to the kitchen, So Perkins has been able to spend time discussing food with a number of Filipino-American chefs who have brought their talents to reality shows.
Lorenzo Beronilla, a New York-based actor, traveled to Los Angeles to meet So Perkins after starring in the popular Epicurious series spin-off Professional chef versus home cook. Although not a professionally trained chef, he made an impact in the food world, starring in a popular Jollibee commercial and publishing his cookbook, Let’s do this folks: Cooking at home with Lorenzo.
Beronilla shared what he does when he couldn’t find Filipino ingredients overseas.
âWork with what you have,â Beronilla advised, after mixing lemons and limes to mimic the citrus calamansi from the Philippines. “Because if you’ve got the main stuff, onion, tomato, garlic, it’s Pinoy.” You already have the correct ABC.
Chef Denevin Miranda took advantage of his exposure on the Food Network show Chopped, winning the $ 10,000 grand prize in the Meat Fight contest. He said he knew he would win when it was revealed the episode would be pig-themed.
âI thought I had it in the bag at the time because, Filipinos and pigs are definitely our animal,â Miranda told So Perkins.
Many of the stories So Perkins shared had to do with the struggles of Filipinos amid the pandemic. For Daniel Corpuz, the pandemic was a period of renewal and professional growth.
After losing his job in the restaurant business, Corpuz began to manufacture and market its own line of chocolates. His products became popular and earned him a spot in the Netflix series. Chocolate School.
Corpuz shared his tips for building a successful business.
âFor anyone starting a business, the first thing you need to remember is to find a product that people will want. Once you have that you can start to think about your costs, how much time you spend on it, and from there you can flesh out your concept even more, âhe said.
Boy Abunda stopped by the So Jannelle show to celebrate his fourth year on air on August 29, helping further shine a light on the stories So Perkins raised. So Perkins hinted that his goal was to tell the stories that needed to be told.
âThese are stories that won’t necessarily get aired but that we need to know,â said So Perkins.
She said sharing the Filipino spirit and the lessons of immigrant experiences is what she likes to highlight.
âWith these stories, I want to share the message that we are great people but also need to support each other,â said So Perkins.
So Perkins also spoke to a number of athletes who have represented the Philippines at the Olympics. The athletes had a lot to overcome, as the Games were postponed for a year due to the pandemic. But that did nothing to tarnish the luster of the athletes, who returned home with a historic first gold, two silver and one bronze – the Philippines’ biggest Olympic medal harvest to date. .
Perkins was therefore able to speak with silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam as well as with male bronze medalist boxer Eumir Marcial.
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