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HFPA Journo Back in the Philippines for Hollywood Book Launch

Tuesday afternoon local time at Powerbooks in Makati City, Philippines, Hollywood Foreign Press Association member Ruben Nepales (pictured) will be joined by Tony DeZuñiga, a pioneering artist with Marvel and DC Comics, for the launch of his book My Filipino Connection: The Phillipines in Hollywood. This collection of updated Inquirer interviews showcases several dozen individuals with ties to the country who have found Tinseltown success.

Alongside DeZuñiga, others covered in the book include: Pixar animation artist and co-director Ronnie del Carmen, part of a group of Filipinos at the studio affectionately known as “Pixnoys;” Ronnie’s brother Louie (who works at Dreamworks Animation); and True Grit Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld. There’s also a bonus, never-before-published profile, which Nepales tipped over the weekend:

Darren Criss, the hot Glee actor who took over Daniel Radcliffe’s role in a limited three-week run on Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying last January… It’s an extensive interview about his Filipino roots and many other facets about the actor.

Darren recently accepted a $25,000 donation check from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on behalf of Unicef Philippines to help in the latter’s long-term recovery programs for Filipino children and families affected by Storm Sendong.

Some of the other interviewees in the book are not as well known. But Nepales’ book should go a long way towards helping raise media awareness about the impressive footprint of Hollywood Filipinos.

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