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ABS CBN’s People’s Queen launches in Hollywood

By Abner Galino and Joy Marino*

One of the producers, Glenn Meehan, congratulates the cast and crew of People’s Queen during its launch at the Penthouse in West Hollywood. Photo by Joe Cobilla

ABS CBN International has unwrapped its first English-speaking reality show Tuesday with an all-Asian cast in a fabulous launch party in West Hollywood.

The show is titled: The People’s Queen.

It will be jointly hosted by Cecilio “Cece” Asuncion and beauty pageant critic Voltaire Tayag.

Asuncion is also the owner and director of Slay Model Management in Los Angeles.

The beauties who will live in a mansion for six weeks during their journey to the “crown,” are Katarina Rodriguez, Michelle Thorlund, Nikita McElroy, Jennifer Levy and Katrina Dimaranan.

The women will be coached on fashion and self projection, and as well as subjected to intense challenges and trials that would measure their capabilities, skills and aptitude as to be worthy of the honor of becoming the “People’s Queen.”

Jun del Rosario, one of the show’s producer, said People’s Queen fits into one of the most popular passions of Filipinos as the show caters to the details and workings of beauty pageants and beauty queens.

Del Rosario added that ABS CBN International is aspiring to create more programming in the US “as part of our growth here in the community.”

We will represent diverse voices, we will represent diverse stories,” del Rosario said.

The show’s other producers are Olivia de Jesus, John Lazatin and Glenn Meehan.

The show will premiere on October 24 on ABS CBN’s TFC-TV, MYX TV, Lifestyle Network and Metro channels.

Video on demand (VOD) platforms will be announced soon.

*Joy Marino is the advertising manager of Weekend Balita, a well respected Filipino community paper in Los Angeles.


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Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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