Entertainment columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Ruben V. Nepales was elected as the chairman of the board of the influential Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
HFPA is the organisation of journalists from all over the world that hands out the Golden Globe Awards annually.
Nepales is not only the first Filipino-American but is also the first Asian in HFPA’s 69-year history to head the organisation.
He is also the first Filipino-American journalist to become a member of HFPA. He joined the organisation in 2004. The HFPA, which has 88 members from 55 countries, held its election on June 8, the eve of Nepales’ 55th birthday.
Nepales’ “Only in Hollywood” column comes out in the Entertainment section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer 156 times a year.
Nepales’ selected columns about Filipino achievers abroad have been compiled into the book “My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood.”