Welcome to the Filipina on the Rise Podcast, where host Krystl Fabella spotlights Filipinas doing big things and making an impact around the world. We aim to increase representation and elevate Filipina excellence in every field. She interviews them on their journey and tackles critical topics as related to being Filipino. How did they get to where they were? What role did being Filipino play? What advice do they have for other aspiring Filipinas, looking to pursue their passion, break ceilings and rise towards excellence? This podcast highlights Filipino culture in modern day success stories, interweaves common experiences & challenges, all while celebrating what it means to be a Filipina!
Unleashing the Emotionally & Sexually Empowered Filipina with GoFitJo – Examining Filipino Relationship Norms
Jo Encarnacion is a lifestyle influencer and a relationship, sexual wellness and women’s life coach, who leads hundreds of women down a path of radical self acceptance. In 2018 she gained recognition by Global Founder & CEO of Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington, as one of the Top 20 Health + Wellness role models. Jo is a mother of two, a photographer and the founder of gofitjo.com, a blog dedicated to redefining health and wellness. She helps womxn release their stories of shame so they can be emotionally fit and sexually liberated.
In this episode, we discuss:
Jo’s upbringing and how she struggled with depression, anxiety and sexual trauma, self-esteem issues, and how her journey of overcoming these formed her current mission
Relationship models and norms passed down generationally in filipino culture that may affect in relationships we have today
We discuss this martyrdom we see of many filipino women in families, and how she must always be strong for everyone
to understand this, we dig into ancestral wounds, Go as far back precolonial Philippines, and look at the Babylans, the female shamans, the power and respect these filipino women had
Dismantling shame-based sex and empowering women with sexual agency
What sexual empowerment and liberation for women really means means
Questions to ask yourself in a relationship to make sure you’re showing up as the purest form of yourself
Find her at: IG @gofitjo | http://gofitjo.com
Support the show at: http://patreon.com/filipinaontherise
Reconnecting with the Motherland Through Movement & Yoga with Trisha Fey
Trisha Fey is a yoga and movement instructor serving women of color. She promotes radical resilience through dance, yoga and movement. She is passionate about teaching and unveiling creative expression. Growing up in the U.S. robbed her ability to learn her mother tongue contributing to a fear of expressing who she was growing up. This has led her on a journey of finding her truth and voice in the world – committing to living a life with no regrets.
One of the ways Trisha supports embodied truth is by facilitating trauma-sensitive movement practices. A mover for over 20 years, she has experience in a variety of dance styles and movement expressions and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy.
This past summer during quarantine, she was featured on Yoga Journal, the world’s largest and most influential yoga brand, and led a virtual session helping others feel at home in your body during racial unrest and overwhelm.
We discuss her work of reconnecting people back to the motherland, the Philippines, and back to belonging through movement practices. She shares how she’s helping people find truth in a world of systemic oppression… through movement, yoga, dance and the beauty of getting back to our child-self of carefree movement
Connect with her: heytrishafey.com IG @heytrishafey
The Journey of Loving Yourself with Love Coach, Cat Cruz
Cat Cruz Bioc, also called Love Coach Cat by her clients, is a love coach, reiki healer, and serial social impact entrepreneur, on a mission to spread love and positivity and help individuals work to the best version of themselves.
In this episode, we discuss the self love and awakening journey. She shares her very special story of being an immigrant from the Philippines and facing separation from an early age. Our talk cuts to the heart of what it means, despite all adversities, insecurities, and hardships faced, to love yourself. Cat opens up about how growing up, experiences ranging from family separation, relationships, and a season of leaning on herself, became the foundation of her love coaching practice. We breakdown myths of self love and about the growth that comes from a season of singleness, sharing a personal experience. At the end, she shares a very special offer just for you, from her radiant heart!
* IG @lovecoachcat
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7 Secrets to Starting & Following Through Anything! (+ How the Podcast Started)
Have you been sitting with an idea, or have been feeling a calling to start something? Perhaps it’s a new passion project, job, business idea, lifestyle change, etc. I’m sharing 7 Secrets to Starting (and Following Through) that have been really effective for me and others. I’ll be giving examples of the podcast & other launches✨
I’ve always struggled with MANY ideas and following through. until overtime I researched, refined & developed & tried/tested this system. It’s not about doing EVERY idea- it’s qualifying. The reason it’s “secrets” is because it’s not JUST these quick fix. I’m giving MINDSET TRICKS that are sustainable and CONCRETE EXAMPLES of how each have worked for me, for others, and can work for you (along with studies and techniques!) 📚
People think that the hardest thing is getting started, but it’s actually not that hard to start, it’s “starting…. and starting again, and again” – taking steps, following through, iterating, being consistent 💃🏻
So take your idea by the horns and let’s jump start it together!
RSVP to Free “Starting a Podcast on Bare Minimum” Webinar:
Wednesday 9/9 5 PM PST
Wednesday 9/16 10 AM PST
“What IS the Perfect Filipino?” with Gelaine Santiago, Co-Founder of Cambio & Co
If you are a Filipino, growing up did you feel proud to be Filipino? What did it mean to be proud? How did connect to your heritage and roots? In the present and in the ever day, how do we do that? How do we build bridges with communities back in our motherland?
Gelaine Santiago is the co-founder of Cambio & Co, an ethical fashion company that exists to celebrate filipino culture, craftsmanship and heritage. Cambio & Co showcases contemporary, conscious fashion made with Filipino soul – all designed and handcrafted in the Philippines by talented Filipino artisans. By connecting people to entrepreneurs and artisans in the Philippines, Cambio allows them to finally access a global market.
Gelaine opens up about how growing up in Canada, she felt disconnected from her Filipino identity and roots. It was finally a trip to the Philippines changed her perspective, and life- She was inspired by the local craftsman and artisans and found the social enterprise community. Gelaine and her husband sought to represent their products, and stories globally, and thus Cambio & Co was born. She helps answers the question: “How can I, as a Filipino in another country, create bridges with people in the Philippines?”
On this episode, we discuss:
Gelaine’s experience of growing up in Canada, never having felt connected to her Filipino roots
Her discovery of the Filipino artisan community in the Philippines
How her and her husband started Cambio co and is building a global movements to connect Filipinos to their roots through Filipno fashion, beauty and culture
Obstacles they faced along the way as entrepreneurs, and advice to overcoming pressures when there’s too many voices around you, how to hone back in your root purpose
What is the value of connecting to your heritage and culture
We explore the common questioning if one is are “filipino enough” to be leading a Filipino-centered movement
How you, wherever you are, can begin to create bridges create bridges with people in the Philippines and feel connected to your heritage
Visit Cambio & Co: https://www.shopcambio.co/ IG @cambio_co
Help keep the show going! http://Patreon.com/filipinaontherise
Follow IG @filipinaontherise.com
Email me at krystl@FilipinaontheRise.com
Taking the Risk of Vulnerability with Dr. Vania Manipod, Psychiatrist: Destigmatizing Mental Health in Filipino Families, Overcoming Burn Out & Speaking Out
Dr. Vania Manipod is a psychiatrist, speaker, professor and blogger, who has become well-known for being outspoken about mental health and reducing the stigma of mental illness, especially in the Filipino and Asian American community. Her instagram has over 41,000 followers, and has a popular blog, Freud & Fashion, where she promotes that its stylish to talk about mental health. She has been an invited speaker on both the state and national level on topics such as physician burnout, traumatic brain injury, and psychiatry.
IN THIS EPISODE, WE TALK ABOUT
Her journey becoming a psychiatrist and how being Filipina/Filipino culture influenced that
Her experience of occupational burnout and depression, and how that condition to her re-evaluate her career & priorities as a psychiatrist
Publishing an article that sparked a large discussion on psychological issues plaguing medical students
Being vulnerable and vocal, and becoming a prominent voice around mental health, especially for the Asian American community
How we can start getting our parents to open up and de-stimatizing mental illness in our families
How to deal with burn out and check in with yourself
In 2014, Vania was in her occupation as psychiatrist treating several patients, and feeling extremely burnt out. She went online to look to read more about it and found very little. She decided to open up about her experience in a published online article. It felt vulnerable and even risky, questioning the reception of the medical community. The outcome? Many in the community, students, residents and long-time medical professionals would reach out thanking her, because they all related. From here, she would rise to become a leading voice and speaker on de-stigmatizing mental illness.
Follow her on:
* IG @freudandfashion