Janet R. Nepales

janet_nepales_author_page.jpgJanet Susan R. Nepales is an award-winning journalist who received the Journalist of the Year award in 2005 from Celebrity Chronicle, Journalist of the Month (December 2007) from Asian PR-Wire, and Outstanding Alumna in Multi-Media 2008 from the Quezon City High School Alumni Association. She also received the top prize in photojournalism from the Asian Institute of Journalism in Manila for her photography of Pope John Paul II’s visit to the Philippines. She graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and was valedictorian of Quezon City High School.

Based in Los Angeles, Janet is a member of the prestigious Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) that does the Golden Globe Awards and is the first Filipina member of the organization in its 60-plus history. She has a column for Philippine News, the oldest and leading Filipino-American newspaper, entitled “Dateline: Hollywood”; a column in Manila Bulletin, one of the top newspapers in the Philippines, entitled “Hollywood Bulletin”; a column in OK! Philippines Magazine, a monthly entertainment magazine in the Philippines, entitled “Hollywood Insider”;  and writes for Candy Magazine, a monthly teen magazine in the Philippines. She also has a column, “Pinay in Hollywood,” in

Janet has a weekly entertainment segment in Kababayan LA, on Channel 18 every Thursday at 4:30 PM where she alternates with her husband, writer Ruben V. Nepales, for “The Nepales Reports,” which is a weekly entertainment update on events going on in Hollywood.

She is also a contributing editor of BalikBayan magazine, a publication distributed in the U.S. and the Philippines and is the Los Angeles correspondent of GMA-7 Network, Inc., the leading television network in the Philippines.

Janet was also featured in Carina Monica Montoya’s book, Filipinos in Hollywood as well as in Enrique R. Sadiosa and Pierre Tremblay’s “Mga Bagong Bayani, Book One, 2008.”

A long-time member of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), Janet has two daughters, Bianca Nicole and Rafaella Angelica.


A Star-Studded Event for a Hollywood Writer

Columnist Janet Nepales recounts the happenings at hubby Ruben V. Nepales's book launch.

Fil-Ams Rejoice as Jessica Sanchez Makes It to American Idol Top 3

Columnist Janet talks to the singer's supporters in the US. Plus, see photos of Jessica on the red carpet!

Designer Oliver Tolentino's Couture Featured in America's Next Top Model Premiere

Columnist Janet Nepales shares this Filipino designer's triumphs on ANTM and at the Global Green USA pre-Oscar event.

Filipino Fashion Designers Shine at Golden Globes + Other Highlights

Hollywood columnist Janet R. Nepales shares some of the best moments of her Golden Globes experience--with photos!

Yes, They Said That! 11 Quotes from Hollywood Stars

Columnist Janet R. Nepales shares some of her favorite snippets from interviews with Ewan McGregor, Matt Damon, Chris Colfer, and more.

Director Lea Dizon Debuts Film Delikadesa in Hollywood

Pinay in Hollywood columnist Janet Nepales interviews this up-and-coming young director.

Brad Pitt, Madonna, and More Stars at the Toronto International Film Festival

George Clooney, Jennifer Garner, and Bono were among the celebrities who made it to the festivities, columnist Janet R. Nepales reports.

Outstanding Fil-Ams in NY to be Honored, Voting Through Facebook

Josie Natori, Bessie Badilla, and Mig Ayesa are among those nominated.

A Star-Studded Luncheon with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Which Glee star is crushing on Taylor Lautner? Which Hollywood hotties attended? Columnist Janet R. Nepales reports.

Harry Potter 8 Premiere in London: A Magical and Emotional Night

Columnist Janet R. Nepales gives us a glimpse of the London premiere of the final movie in the Harry Potter franchise.

A Mother's Note to Her Newly Graduated Daughter

One mom shares her pride at having her daughter graduate from her university with honors.

Debbie Reynolds Auctions Off Hollywood Collection + 16 Items up for Grabs

The 79-year-old film star shares her sentiments at saying goodbye to items collected over 4 decades.

Designer Oliver Tolentino Turns Trash into Couture

Oliver Tolentino shares his experience with the Rags2Riches program and other upcycling ventures.