Host Jim Agapito is a "bad Filipino." The Filipino-Canadian filmmaker can't speak Tagalog and is stumped by some of the things Filipinos do and believe. Join Jim on this enlightening, joyful, and surprising 10-episode mission to recover his culture.
How is Filipino life like a boxing match?
Manny Pacquiao is the pride of the Philippines. He rose from poverty to become, arguably, the greatest boxer of all time. How did an ‘underdog’ mentality fuel the nation’s boxing supremacy? Jim gets into the ring to reveal how boxing changed his life.
Isn’t karaoke supposed to be fun?
Karaoke is often considered the Philippines' national pastime, but, as Jim learns, it’s not always a recipe for good times. What one karaoke song has brought singers to fisticuffs, and worse? Meet a singer whose karaoke performances led her to Broadway.
Ouch… Why couldn't I have a debut?
Jim gets real about Filipino rites of passage. It’s tuli (male circumcision) vs debut (a mega-party for girls). Jim's dad shares his "old school" tuli experience; Jim discovers a toxic masculinity connection; and relives his cousin Jerilyn's epic debut.
Why does mom keep giving me packets of rice and salt?
Filipinos take their superstitions seriously. But why? Jim taps his fellow pinoys for their superstition stories. He discovers how Catholicism and folklore intersect. And Jim’s mom lives up to her title as the family’s reigning superstition queen.
Why do they always give me leftovers?
Filipino feasts are legendary. No special occasion necessary. The spreads are epic and no one goes home empty-handed. But as Jim finds out there’s more to it than just hospitality. He also recounts his own saga with near starvation.
Do we really need to finish the bottle?
Jim dips into his own family lore to understand the Tagay ritual - taking shots until the bottle is empty. Meet a mixologist infusing Filipino flair into cocktail culture. And Jim has an overdue conversation with his mom about his struggles with alcohol.
Just the light hearted fun I needed
As a second generation Canadian, this is super rateable. It’s also wonderfully fun and lighthearted. Definitely recommend.
As a Canadian-born bad Filipina, I love every episode. I’ve learned so much about the history and culture, and have loved getting to know Jim and his fam through this podcast. Thanks for being so open and for the good laughs. Always looking forward to the next episode.