This Filipino American Hair Stylist Proves You Can Make A Difference With A Simple Gesture

 

Let’s be real here — Sundays usually mean lying around in bed, watching a movie on Netflix (or two or three), and being in denial about the full week of work or school that is yet to come. That is the case for many, regardless of his or her profession.

However, Mark Bustos chooses not to waste his Sundays and instead does something nice for his community. Bustos, a Filipino American hairstylist who works at the upscale hair salon Three Square Studio in New York, gives free, stylish haircuts to homeless people everyday Sunday. He provides his services to as many as six people each time.

According to the Huffington Post, the 30-year-old first became inspired by a random act of kindness on a trip to the Philippines where he was visiting family members in May of 2012. During the trip, he paid a barbershop owner to rent a chair, which he then used to offer hair cutting services to impoverished children in the area.

 

 

Bustos found it so incredibly rewarding that he began expanding his services to people in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Los Angeles as well. He told Huffington Post in an interview, “The feeling was so rewarding, I decided to bring the positive energy back to NYC.” Unsurprisingly, his clients also seem to be very pleased with the outcome. One of his clients, Jamar Banks, even asked him if he knew of anyone that was hiring when he saw the result of his haircut.

Bustos has also said that he makes sure to cut the person’s hair in an open, busy street in hopes of inspiring other passersby to do random acts of kindness as well.

Upon meeting the homeless person, Bustos approaches each of them with the same phrase: “I would like to do something nice for you today.”

Check out the pictures below:

 

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You can also follow Bustos on Instagram here.

 

Robert Lopez: The First Filipino American to Win an Oscar for Composing Frozen’s “Let it Go”

Last night, during the 86th Academy Awards, Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez won the best song award for “Let It Go,” from Disney’s Frozen.

The success of “Let it Go” is undeniable. Robert Lopez has composed a song which has become a worldwide phenomenon that has inspired countless covers, parodies and tributes. But an even more inspiring success is that Lopez has made history by being the very first Filipino American to win an Oscar.

Additionally, Lopez is the first Fil-Am to join a prestigious group called “Egot” which consists of individuals who have won the four top entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

How rare is this group? It contains only 12 individuals including Audrey Hepburn and Whoopi Goldberg.

Previously, Robert Lopez received Emmys for his music direction and composition in “The Wonder Pets,” a Grammy for “The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording” and two Tonys for “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.”

A few days before the Academy Awards, Lopez spoke to Inquirer.net about his nomination. Lopez apparently didn’t even know he was in the running to be the first Filipino American Oscar-winner.

“I was not aware of that! Wow,” Lopez exclaimed. “I hope, win or lose, that Filipino artists everywhere take my example as proof that you don’t have to look a certain way for your dreams to come true. It just takes hard work, perseverance and some luck.”

After winning the Oscar, Lopez once again acknowledged his Filipino heritage during a backstage press conference.

“Filipino pride. I’m so excited. I’m just sending love to the Philippines. I know they’ve had a tough year and I just send out my feelings to them,” he said, referring to Typhoon Haiyan which ravaged the Philippines last November.

In fact, Lopez revealed that he and his wife are planning a benefit concert for the Philippines on March 12 in New York.

 
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Celebrating Filipino American History Month: Ten Timeless Filipina Actresses

The art of film and television was introduced to the Philippines in the late 1890’s and although this is the youngest of the Philippine arts, it has developed into the most popular. Because of its appeal, the Philippine Entertainment Industry appears to be growing larger every year. And when we say large, we mean it. With new faces popping up everyday, it would take a very long time to name all of the young and rising Filipina Actresses currently gracing the screen.

We decided to take a different approach. Yes, there are many Filipina actresses, but who are the ones we consider timeless? Who are the leading ladies we can watch years from now and still find ourselves mesmerized by? Who’s performances bring us to tears? In honor of Filipino American History Month*, we present to you Ten Timeless Filipina Actresses:


NORA AUNOR (1953)

Nora Aunor first began her career after winning an amateur singing contest. Upon recognizing that her singing career wasn’t going as well as she’d like, she set her heart on acting. This was clearly Aunor’s strength and she quickly became a serious actress after her film debut in All Over the World (1967). Her career sky-rocketed and today her achievements are astounding. She has had more nominations in both the FAMAS Awards and Gawad Urian Awards for Best Actress than any other Filipina actress. With over fifty awards under her belt, its no surprise that this leading lady has received international recognition.

Watch:
Himala
Thy Womb
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VILMA SANTOS (1953)
Surprisingly, this award-winning actress and politician stumbled upon her acting career quite accidentally. While in the studio her uncle worked at, she mistakenly ended up in line to audition for a role in Trudis Liit. Sure enough, she landed the role and received a FAMAS Award for Best Child Performer in 1963 for it. Vilma Santos went on to do countless films and has been nominated for countless awards for her performances. She is currently the Governor of Batangas Province.
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HILDA KORONEL (1957)
Koronel began her successful acting career very young and at thirteen she became the youngest winner of the FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in the film Santiago (1970). She is best known for her work under Lino Broka (named one of the greatest film directors of the Philippines). Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag (1976) won six FAMAS awards and Insiang(1977) won a FAMAS and Gawad Urian Award.

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LORNA TOLENTINO (1961)

Tolentino began her career as a child actress- she was only eight years old during her first film Uhaw Sa Kalayaan (1969). Clearly finding her calling, she continued film and currently has about 60 pictures to her name. She is also one of the Grand Slam actresses in the Philippine Cinema Industry. The Grand Slam award is the rare title given to those who win a certain amount of awards for a single film. The list of Grand Slam actresses include Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, and Sharon Cuneta. Lorna has expanded her career to hosting and producing.

Watch:
Magnifico
Narito Ang Puso Ko

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MARICEL SORIANO (1965)

With the nickname “The Diamond Star” of the Philippine Entertainment Industry, a lot is expected of Maricel Soriano. Luckily, she lives up to these expectations. Soriano began her acting career at the young age of six in My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1971). With 46 movie and television awards, Maricel is the third most awarded Philippine film actress of all time. These awards include Best Child Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Achiever Award as actress/producer, Best Performer and Best Actress.

Watch:
Inang Yaya
Bahay Kubo

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SHARON CUNETA (1966)

Cuneta is another Philippine actress given a nickname in the Entertainment Industry- The Megastar. Beginning her career at the age of twelve, Sharon has had quite the success. With 53 starring roles in film, 10 television roles, and 40 recording albums, its no wonder that Sharon is the highest paid Filipino endorser. She became the highest paid Filipino artist ever with her contract to the Kapatid Network. She currently hosts a daily talk show called Sharon; Kasama Mo, Kapatid.

Watch:
Crying Ladies
Kung Ako Na Lang Sana

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REGINE VELASQUEZ (1970)

Regine has been in over 20 films and even more television roles. She even has a few theater titles under her name. Although she has clearly captivated audiences with her acting (and has the awards to prove it), her heart lies with music. In 1989, Velasquez won the Asia Pacific Singing Contest in Hong Kong. She’s the first Asian artist to perform solo at Carnegie Hall and her first Asia-released album sold more than 700,000 copies.

Watch:
Of All The Things
Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw

 

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KRIS AQUINO (1971)

At the age of 14, Aquino made her first television appearance and quickly seemed to find her calling. Her film career gained her some nominations and awards, but her heart seemed set for television. She has gained popularity through her talk shows, game shows, and endorsements. Her television and hosting prominence has gained her nicknames such as Queen of All Media, Philippine’s Queen of Talk, and Queen of Philippine Game Shows.

Watch:
Mano Po
Feng Shui

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JUDY ANN SANTOS (1978)

Like many of her fellow Timeless Filipina Actresses, Judy Ann began her acting career as a child. She began in television with Kaming Mga Ulila (1986). She also began doing film and won her first FAMAS Award nomination for The Lost Command. In 1992 she was getting vast media attention and finally had her breakthrough in 1997 with the television drama Esperanza. Santos is known to have achieved high recognition, popularity, and success in both television and film. She has become an award-winning actress, recording artist, and film producer.

Watch:
Sabel
Kasal Kasalo Kasali

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CLAUDINE BARRETTO (1979)

Interestingly enough, Barretto was discovered at the age of 13 by talent manager Douglas Quijano at a party. With her sisters already in the entertainment business, Claudine was ready for her own stardom. By 2000 she was named Most Popular Teen Star by the Starlight Cultural Foundation the nicknamed Box Office Queen in 2003 for her role in Kailangan Kita. With nearly thirty movies, 26 television roles, and a handful of award nominations to her name, Claudine Barretto is proving that shes here to stay.

Watch:
Kailangan Kita
Anak

 

 

*This story was originally published in March to honor Women’s History Month. Today, it is republished to celebrate Filipino American History Month and showcase the Filipino actresses who have created lasting influence in Filipinos and Filipino Americans alike. By progressing the Filipino Entertainment Industry, these ladies have allowed Filipino Americans to reconnect with their roots.

Indie-Pino Underground Music Fest Brings Filipino-American Musicians to San Francisco

Golda + the Guns were one of the darker rock acts to perform at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' (YBCA) Indie-Pino Underground Music Fest (photo credit: Karen Datangel).

Of all the ways to spend a hot Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, the Indie-Pino Underground Music Festival was the number one outdoor spot to enjoy fresh live tunes from some seriously scorching acts and some tantalizing Filipino dishes and desserts too! The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) hosted the free event in their Sculpture Court on June 9th to coincide with their New Filipino Cinema program, and many folks came, went, and stayed to take in the music and food along with the nice weather.

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