A public Q & A with Journey Movie Makers

Ramona Diaz (Director), Josh Green (Exec. Producer) & Capella Fahoome (Producer)

Al Wi: Hi Ramona, what a great story. Will the film be shown also in Europe/Germany or available on DVD over here?
Everyman’s Journey: Hi Ramona here. We’ll be opening in Europe, including the UK and Germany, in conjunction with Journey‘s European tour

Judy Tolentino Pazon: What was the most difficult part in filming arnel’s journey? Why was the fans’ donation to the making of the film necessary in the post production?
Everyman’s Journey: Josh here..lots of difficulties including access, logistics, editing, music rights and legal, etc. but financing is at the top. This is an independently produced and financed movie. We wanted it to be objective and we had creative control…Journey didn’t finance or produce. So this was financed like all indie movies…credit cards! And it wasn’t cheap. Thank God for Capella. And we did have some other angels who helped including friends/family and a grant from Tribeca. Not easy but here we are!

Marcy Bangilan: What surprised you the most while following Arnel/Journey around?
Everyman’s Journey: This is Capella the producer, how are you?? What surprised me the most is how HARD it is being on tour!!!!! OMG It is so grueling!!!!! It is so amazing that these performers do what they do night after night, such hard work. That summer of 2008 on tour with them was just crazy!!! BUT I also learned that – although I always knew I was a huge Journey fan – I can honestly say I never ever got tired of the music. Night after night after night – the songs still thrilled me!!!

Amy Lee: Ramona, We loved the movie and thankyou so much for all you do and have done. Will there be extra footage in the DVD once its out?
Everyman’s Journey: Josh and Ramona here. Thanks so much for the kind words on the film. Absolutely, there will be extra footage on the DVD! I think we had 500 hours of stuff so we’re finding some gems. DVD will likely come out late summer or Fall.

Lora Lynn Benge: I happen to love Arnels story and I’m NOT Filipino…It brings tears to my eyes to listen to him talk about where he came from and to listen to him sing just gives me chills. God Bless you Arnel. Stay humble! My question is will the film be available to watch online soon since its not going to be playing in my area as far as I know! Pass my best wishes on to Arnel. I actually know a friend of his that he used to play in clubs with in Manilla!
Everyman’s Journey: Thanks for the post. Yes indeed the movie will be available via cable/satellite On Demand on March 9 and also via premium rental on iTunes and Amazon. So please do watch it online and spread the word!

Nicole Coley Morgan: Hey Josh and Ramona. Just here to give my support.
Everyman’s Journey: Hey Coley!!! What about me!!!! U didn’t send me a shout out!!!
Nicole Coley Morgan: Sorry Capella!!!!!! Love for you too!!!!!

Mike Giletto: Hi Ramona, the film isn’t showing in the Philadelphia area but it says it Will be available on demand and digital. Will it be available on Comcast this Saturday? My brother and I are big fans of Arnel’s and Journey a we can not wait to see this. Also, are there plans to release this on DVD? -Mike
Everyman’s Journey: Yes, we should be on Comcast VOD on Saturday. But I’m hopeful also that we play in theaters in Philly later in March or April. DVD will come out in August at the earliest and perhaps a bit later. Enjoy! Thanks for the post.

Alvin Lipardo Lizada: When will this film be exhibited in the Philippines?
Everyman’s Journey: Hi, we’ll likely be opening in theaters in the Philippines in mid to late April. Stay tuned for details!

Joyce Boky: when will it be available in europe?the netherlands
Miles Banias: And GERMANY Saw picture of DVD & BLU-RAY even in German. But prefer to have it in original of course, so when is the RELEASE in Europe? Thanks & God bless!
Joy Sapigao Madalo: Hoping we can watch the movie here in singapore,pls tell me when?
Everyman’s Journey: Sorry! European release will start in May when the band starts touring there. They will be in the UK and Germany for sure. Not sure yet on a release in the Netherlands, but we’re trying!

Terri Win: You mentioned sometime before that you and Arnel have another project. Can you elaborate on this if possible? Thanks.
Terri Win: Lastly, will there be a director’s cut edition of this film?
Everyman’s Journey: HI Ramona here. Sometime in the future, I would like to revisit Arnel’s story in another format, perhaps a narrative film? Who knows. He’s such an inspiring guy that there’s still lots of stories left to tell.

Rodel San Miguel: Hi Ramona, I am a big fan of “Imelda”, can I buy a signed copy of the DVD of that movie? About EMJ, is there a possibility of this film being shown in Toronto, Canada? If not, is it coming out on DVD soon? Are there other projects you have made after Imelda that I have missed?
Everyman’s Journey: Thanks Rodel, for your kind words. We’ll be out on DVD in July with lots o extra footage, watch out for that. As for Canada, we’re still negotiating with distributors, watch out for that too. I did another film right before this called The Learning. It has a FB page, look for it. Thanks!

Jerry de Guzman Hi Ramona. Ive watch your Imelda and now dying to watch Everyman’s Journey. Do you have any information on Steve Perry’s reaction on the success being experienced today by Journey with Arnel as their new voice?
Everyman’s Journey: Ramona here. Thanks for your kind words. We have not heard that Steve is unhappy. Arnel is a really big fan of Steve’s as well.
Jerry de Guzman: Ramona – Of course, the blood and sweat spent for the creation of your docu is almost impossible to measure. But how much money was spent for the production? I kinda heard you almost ran out of funds.

Nicole Coley Morgan: I would love to see an update on his progress in the future. That would be amazing.
Everyman’s Journey: Ramona here. There is absolutely more of Arnel’s story that is compelling. I agree it would be amazing to film an update.

Nene-Edith Malagar Rodas: We watched the documentary in Palm Springs Film Festival… Don’t Stop Believin’ is a very inspirational and motivational story! I know of younger generations who were really taken by it after watching the documentary and were inspired to move forward with their aspirations esp in music. I can’t wait to see it again in the theater close to us. Meeting and getting to know more about the director & producers were really a plus… Ramona S. Diaz & Capella Fahoome. And as Filipinos, we’re very proud of Arnel Pineda. My question is: Will “Don’t Stop Believin'” be showing in the Palm Springs area (Coachella Valley)? People are asking us all the time and we’re not really sure what to say… and what will be your next movie? and when are you guys gonna visit Palm Springs again? Let us know so we can be ready More Power!
Everyman’s Journey: HI!!!! It’s Capella. How is everyone?!?!? Check the website www.everymansjourney.com for all the theaters. If it is not playing near you – start a letter writing campaign to your local theater. Let them know u want the movie….See More

Liz Salinas: How long or how many months/years to finished the documentary?
Everyman’s Journey: hi Liz, we have been working on this film for 5 years. Eek.

Carmelita Prieto de Jesus: Hello Ramona and congratulations. Looking forward to finally watch this Film (though I’m still crossing my fingers that it will be shown in my neck of the woods). My question is this: you’ve said that you have enough footage /material to do a whole separate film on Neal or Jon or the other J-Boys. If given the green signal, would you proceed with it? And how do you feel about doing a “followup” film , given the difficulties you’ve had with funding and such?
Everyman’s Journey: Hi Ramona here. Actually the DVDs will have extra footage that will deal specifically with the other band members. So watch out for that this July. BTW, what part of the word are you? I truly hope you can watch this film iin a theatre.

Eunice Castellon: What have you learned from making this documentary as a director and as a human being? Did the docu impacted your life in any way?
Everyman’s Journey: Hi Eunice, this is Capella, I learned to NEVER STOP BELIEVING!!!!! Truly!

Bev Bernstein: When will the DVD be available for sale in the US. Will it be shown in Albany, NY please.
Everyman’s Journey: Hi Bev Bernstein, DVD will come out in late summer or early fall.Everyman’s Journey will be showing in Albany, New York for one night only (3/13) at Spectrum 8 Theatres. Check out the Release Dates App for more details:http://on.fb.me/XSyHUN

Anita Holloman: Thank you for directing and sharing this incredible film with us Ms Ramona S. Diaz! It truly is a life-defining movie!! I am curious to know what was your favorite “goosebumps” moment while filming or watching? :+))
Everyman’s Journey: HI Ramona here The very first time I got goosebumps was when, like Neal, I saw Arnel signing Faithfully on YouTube. It was at that moment when I knew I had to make the film.

Jerry de Guzman Ramona – I wish we have a short docu also on your team doing the movie. It would be very interesting and educational. You are becoming very famous here in the Philippines.
Everyman’s Journey: Hi there! This is an independently produced film that we jumped into because the story was happening. Had we waited for funding, the story would have gotten away from us. So as far as funding, we were always scrambling. Capella can attest to that. She put a lot on her credit cards which is so scary, right? But we never stopped believing. That making of this film is really a film in itself!
Everyman’s Journey: Jerry de Guzman – where were you when we were filming this? Hahaha!

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Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey Reviews




Movie Overview

Genre: Documentary

It’s a fantastic story, filled of Journey songs so fans will definitely be entertained.

Wish they could have interviewed Steve Perry so we could hear his take on Arnel

Our Review:
4 / 5 – Very Good

Reviewed by: Kevin Taylor

It’s a story you truly have to see to believe. Journey, one of the most popular bands in the history of music, was without a lead singer in 2006. The members still wanted to make music and tour the nation, but they couldn’t do it without a front man who could come close to the level of the iconic Steve Perry. Then, they found their guy, a man from the Philippines who they found on youtube, and the rest they say, is history. This is Don’t Stop Believin’ Everyman’s Journey, the incredible story of Arnel Pineda. READ MORE


March 5, 2013

‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’: Rock on


You absolutely don’t have to be a fan of the rock group Journey to enjoy Ramona Diaz’s “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”

Because I’m not. Really. Not to put too fine a point on it, but as someone who was working as a rock critic for the first decade and a half of the group’s existence, I always regarded them as unexplainably popular, an at-best thoroughly mediocre hit-making machine. Not quite in the same league as Yes for pretentiousness, but approaching that same ’80s-era-level of arena-rock bombast. READ MORE


Review: Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey

Mar. 5, 2013 by: JimmyO


PLOT: What happens when an Eighties rock band is looking for a new lead singer? For the hit-makers Journey once fronted by Steve Perry, the answer was found on YouTube. It was then that a young man from the Philippines was plucked from obscurity and found himself on tour with the popular retro act.

REVIEW: As ridiculously difficult as it may be to make it in the music business, it seems we are hearing a whole lot about overnight sensations or YouTube “celebrities.” DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: AN EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY may be about that very same thing, yet in bringing the audience along for the ride we see a far more personal exploration of a young singer thrust into the limelight.

When we first meet Arnel Pineda he is taking a tour of a local elementary school in his home town of Manila. While getting a picture taken with one of the teachers, she asks what the name of his band is, he replies with Journey. Young or old, possibly every living soul has heard of this super group from the 70’s and 80’s. According to the film their hit song “Don’t Stop Believing” is probably being played somewhere on the radio station as you read this. However, the band’s lead singer Steve Perry left the band after he underwent a hip replacement surgery in 1997 and couldn’t tour with the band for that period of time. He and his former band mates have since gone their separate ways.


In the new documentary feature from director Ramona S. Diaz, the Perry years are referenced but mostly ignored. This is not his story. This is the story of a man from the Philippines given the chance of a lifetime to become the lead singer of one of his all-time favorite bands. The Perry-inspired vocalist was discovered after lead guitarist Neal Schon found some of his videos on YouTube. While it may seem like the making of some sort of reality television series, the match lead to a very prosperous year in 2008 with a certified platinum album entitled “Revelations” and a top grossing concert tour. READ MORE


Originally posted by celadonia: Hope you won’t mind if I just cut and paste my favorite lines from the review.

“Well, it didn’t take long for them to find out after the little sparkplug ran back and forth on the catwalk of their opening 2008 show together in Chile. Arnel brings a personality they’ve never had with an undying athleticism and unwavering smile that lights up the audiences’ faces as much as the bandmates playing along. We see bassist Ross Valory mouth the word “wow” a couple times during stage shows and drummer Deen Castronovo‘s constant praise when Pineda brings the house down despite a cold is a contagious bit of love, support, and admiration. Journey found a new lease on life with their discovery, inherited an entire Filipino nation of fans Schon says thanks him whenever they recognize him on the street, and helped make a young kid’s dream a reality.”

“…The smile never fades, his joy is never satisfied, and the future remains hopeful he could still one day step from his hero’s shadow. With some input on their latest album Eclipse he’s proven himself to be a full fifth of one of the world’s most loved rock outfits and we should give him and the band our full attention and appreciation for keeping the music alive.”


Arnel Pineda Never Stopped Believin’
March 6, 2013

HOLLYWOOD—In 2007, veteran musician Arnel Pineda was on the brink of giving up on his dream of becoming a worldwide success. At 40, the Philippines native had enjoyed some modest success at home and in Hong Kong, but after years of performing with a number of bands, he was nowhere near his goal of achieving the kind of fame and fortune he had imagined for himself as a youngster. READ MORE


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Journey & Rascal Flatts • SB XVII Concert Series

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Super Bowl Fan Jam
February 2, 2013Super Bowl Fan Jam is a free concert series that will feature some of today’s hottest performing and recording artists. In years past performers have included such megastars as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Gym Class Heroes, Steven Tyler and many others.The 2013 Fan Jam lineup and the location will be finalized as the event draws closer. Check local listings and the NFL Experience website to see who’s coming to rock the Big Easy!http://1iota.com/show/view/SBXVII_Concert_Series
We have 1200 complimentary concert tickets available to attend each night of the SBXVII Concert Series!

We are also casting 250 die-hard fans of the artists performing each night to be in the pit, closest to the stage!

Have a chance to win prizes and meet the artists performing!

CMT: 2/2/13

The CMT Crossroads Special will air (LIVE) from the Sugar Mill in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2nd at 11 PM EST / 10 PM CST. This premier concert event will pair country music group Rascal Flatts with Legendary American rock band Journey. They will spend 90 minutes collaborating on stage, singing each other’s music and engaging with the audience. Last year’s musical guests were Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood. In 2011, CMT Crossroads delivered powerful performances by Faith Hill and the Pretenders.

REQUEST TICKETS: http://1iota.com/show/view/SBXVII_Concert_Series
Saturday, February 2
CMT – Pit Tickets
When:5:30 PM
Where:New Orleans, LA

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When:6:30 PM
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Noel D. Gomez: My Story

Noel D. Gomez

Noel D. Gomez

2004: Seeing Arnel sing for the first time
I was not a fan of rock. But it was at Remy Field, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in Olongapo City where I saw the rock band 9MM for the first time. They fronted my favorite band, South Border. 9MM started singing Don’t Say Goodbye, Say Goodnight. I had heard the song before. I could overhear people around me saying 9MM must be the original artist. The band sounded just like the original, but I know for a fact Binocular recorded the song. 9MM’s entire show lasted about two hours, the band obliging with the crowd’s requests. With every song, the crowd got wilder, pushing onto the stage and knocking the railing down. By the time South Border took the stage, the crowd had mellowed out. As people filed out, the talk was about 9MM, the front act. After the concert, I decided I was going to learn more about them.

I was working at an internet café at that time. A guy walks in asking to have documents copied. On the letterhead was “9MM”. I asked him who 9MM’s vocalist was. He told me, “Arnel Pineda”. It turns out, the customer managed both 9MM and South Border. He continued to further say that Arnel Pineda led a band called AMO. Having gone to high school at another province, Pangasinan, I had only heard about AMO from my father and uncles. From what I was told, AMO band was the best band in Olongapo.

2006: Meeting Arnel
A friend who was entertainment supervisor at Brad’s Bistro in Olongapo City invited me to watch a band that they brought in from Manila. At that time, no band really struck me as exceptional, so I declined. My friend insisted that this band is very good; the singer was Arnel Pineda, formerly with AMO, Olongapo’s best. I agreed on the condition that it really is Arnel Pineda. Otherwise, not expect me to show up.

My girlfriend Rona and I arrived early at Brad’s Bistro, and got good seats close to the stage. We learned that the band’s name was “Zoo” and were wondering if they’re as good as my friend claimed. We saw someone who looked like Arnel. Unsure, I thought to myself: he only has to start singing and I can confirm. When they took the stage, immediately I knew it was Arnel. He was just as I remembered: very good. We decided to see them perform again. The third time we went, someone had taken our usual spot so we settled somewhere in the third row. In between sets, Arnel approached us, saying he was surprised not to see us in our usual seats! I guess he noticed we’ve been over to see him a couple of times.


Rona and AP at Bart’s Bistro in Olongapo.


I got familiar with his rock repertoire, since everytime he sang in Olongapo (three times a week), there we were. Rona and I carefully figured the cost of the shows into our budget. One day, while singing karaoke with some friends, I saw on the song list “Iiyak Ka Rin (You’ll Be Crying Soon) by Arnel Pineda”. A friend asked me if I have any of his songs, to which I said, “no”. The next time I saw Arnel, I asked why, despite his solo album where he had blonde hair, I hadn’t heard about him until now. Arnel replied that he was promoted more as a balladeer than the rock singer he truly is.

Everytime Arnel and Zoo came to Olongapo, I would round up my friends and a bunch of us would to watch cheer, yell and liven up their gigs, encouraging more patrons. There were times I picked up my friends’ tabs when they didn’t have enough funds.

In September 2006, Zoo’s new album, Zoology, was released. The band announced that it might be a while before they can return. That was the last time they played in Olongapo.

February, 2007
Rona and I decided to celebrate our anniversary by traveling to Manila on February 23, 2007. Zoo guitarist Monet Cajipe and I had a mutual friend who told me they played at Hard Rock Cafe. They were surprised and happy to see us. We told them how much we missed their gigs in Olongapo, that we traveled hours to hear them once again. Arnel had their gig that night recorded by Hard Rock staff on VHS so we could take it home with us.

The YouTube Idea
Arnel invited us to the band’s favorite roadside eatery that they frequented after their gigs. I wondered and asked Arnel why he still goes to such a hole-in-the-wall place even though he’s already a recording artist. It was then that I had a serious talk with Arnel. I suggested uploading the recorded video to YouTube. I also asked if he had any plans on going to the US. I wanted to help promote the band so they somehow get discovered in America. Arnel answered, he is not hoping anything will come about as far as going to the US. He added, “You know how that goes – I am not Tisoy“. (Tisoy means having Caucasian blood/looks).


Rona and I traveled to Manila to see the band at Hard Rock cafe.


Why Arnel Joked, “When My Visa Gets Approved”
We asked Arnel to sing Faithfully. On the video, you can hear him dedicate the song to us; then, he spoke to “Mike” in the audience, “You just wait, when my Visa gets approved…”. Perhaps to say to the person, who is a drummer working in the US, (Arnel) is going to  show him what he’s all about.  Because of this statement, many people believed this was in reference to his audition with Journey. It was not. The video had not yet been uploaded, and Neal Schon had not seen it yet. Many also thought only Journey wanted Arnel to try his luck in the States, which is untrue. There have been some casual invitations; one of which was with the Vegas band, Yellow Brick Road. Arnel was not too interested because they were a cover band. He was not too keen about leaving Zoo, with a newly-released album, and he was confident they would do well.

March, 2007: The First Upload
I offered to promote Arnel and the band by uploading videos of their gigs to YouTube. The first video, Faithfully, appeared on YouTube on March 3, 2007. I recorded anything I could, taking several trips to Manila and Hard Rock. With a rented internet cafe computer and poor connection speed, it took all night to upload just one video. Rona was getting upset about the hours it took to put videos up. We decided to buy a laptop so I didn’t have to be away too much. As I put more videos up, I gained more subscribers and friends to interact with while telling them more about Arnel. As a relative newbie, I made the mistake of posting a negative comment about Jeff Scott Soto, the Journey singer. I realized it was uncalled for and I quickly wisened up, keeping as many subscribers and friends as I can who could spread the word about Arnel.

June, 2007: Neal Schon Emails Me
I remembered having slept late, around 5 am, managing the YouTube account. I woke up around 11:00 a.m. on June 28, 2007 and found a new message on the account from someone who introduced himself as Neal Schon, the guitarist of Journey. Neal wrote that Journey was still very active in America and Europe. He asked how he could contact the singer of the video clips I posted. He provided his phone numbers, email address, and the Journey manager’s contact info. After reading Neal’s e-mail, I immediately looked them up, verified what he said, before texting Arnel. Arnel calls me back saying, “Bud, ignore that; I have been in the music industry long enough; getting similar offers that turn out to be bogus or nothing.” Arnel was not convinced. It took a while chatting with Arnel on Yahoo Messenger for him to give in when I said, “What a wasted opportunity if this turns out to be real.”

Arnel tells me, “I emailed Neal my phone number and he called and wants me to audition in America.” Arnel remained skeptical; I suggested video conferencing. He became fully convinced upon receiving a formal written invitation from Journey to audition with the band.

August, 2007
Arnel left for the US for his week-long audition. Upon his return, I asked if he made it. Arnel neither confirmed nor denied, but said, “however you feel it went, that’s that.”  I knew right there and then he got it. Later, when he was officially announced as the lead singer of Journey, Arnel told me that Neal stated, “I’d rather form another band if we don’t get Arnel.” That’s how much he wanted Arnel for Journey.


Note: Noel’s memoir was translated by Lou Atienza and APR.

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“Plokker” Etymology

The root word plok is derived from the sound of the legacy Chatango shoutbox posts. “Plokkers” wasn’t always the term used for us. Earlier versions were plokstars and ploksters.

Then around a year ago, Ttango threw in “plokkers” during a shoutbox conversation. We called ourselves any of these three ways until Arnel used plokkers in a written message presented to Proudsister in Toronto. Since then, the term has evolved from a website visitor to anyone who is a follower, friend and overall supporter.


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