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Welcome to the Filipina on the Rise Podcast, where host Krystl Fabella spotlights Filipinas doing big things and making an impact around the world! Its mission is to promote Filipina excellence. Through storytelling and exploration of themes as related to identity, career and culture, Krystl interviews and weaves a narrative journey of Filipino women who are defying cultural and social conventions. 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, purpose and rise towards excellence? Get ready for discussions that highlight Filipino culture in modern day success stories, interweaves common experiences & challenges, all while celebrating what it means to be a Filipina!

Filipina on the Rise Krystl Fabella

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Welcome to the Filipina on the Rise Podcast, where host Krystl Fabella spotlights Filipinas doing big things and making an impact around the world! Its mission is to promote Filipina excellence. Through storytelling and exploration of themes as related to identity, career and culture, Krystl interviews and weaves a narrative journey of Filipino women who are defying cultural and social conventions. 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, purpose and rise towards excellence? Get ready for discussions that highlight Filipino culture in modern day success stories, interweaves common experiences & challenges, all while celebrating what it means to be a Filipina!

    Reclaiming the Filipina Beauty Narrative with Kristina Rodulfo, Beauty Director of Women’s Health Magazine

    Reclaiming the Filipina Beauty Narrative with Kristina Rodulfo, Beauty Director of Women’s Health Magazine

    Kristina Rodulfo is a multimedia journalist who specializes in beauty reporting and has been working in the publishing industry for over a decade. She is the Beauty Director of Women’s Health overseeing coverage across print and online who is an expert in product testing, identifying trends, and service reporting. However, her main emphasis is writing about the intersections of beauty, identity, and culture.

    She is a proud Filipina American, born and raised in New York City. Her mission is to build community among Filipina Americans and Asians in the beauty space so that she can shift Western beauty standards to be more reflective of people who look more like her.

    In this episode we’ll cover…



    How we come to understand our Filipino American upbringing and redefining “Americanness”

    How Kristina started her career as a Beauty Director in the publishing industry

    How Kristina navigated being the only Asian in the room in a predominantly white workplace.

    The slow change of the beauty industry to be more diverse and inclusive of both skin tones and cultures

    A discussion of Western beauty standards, colonial mentality, and how we can reclaim our beautiful Filipino features to appreciate our heritage

    Calling out verbiage on makeup products that subconsciously conforms our beauty standards to be more white

    The damaging effects of social media on our self-esteem

    Kristina’s way of building and emphasizing community in the beauty industry and how she supports and uplifts Filipina entrepreneurs in her work



    Importance of Episode

    The importance of this episode is how Kristina Rodolfo was able to follow her creative dreams to pursue a career as a beauty editor in the magazine industry. She uses her influence as the current Beauty Director of Women’s Health Magazine to uplift Filipina women in her work. 

    Kristina always believed in her creativity in fashion and beauty and she found magazines to be her form of  artistic expression. Her love of writing empowered her to want to make a change in the publishing industry by celebrating Filipina beauty.

    As a Filipina American, Kristina pays homage to her parents’ immigration to New York City and the sacrifices they’ve made to support her American dream of becoming a successful writer.  As she grew up in New York City, Kristina talks about how her upbringing makes her just as American as any other girl next door type. However, when she faced external judgment about not pursuing a traditional career path, she overcame those challenges by staying true to her strengths as a journalist and fulfilling her desire to diversify the beauty industry.  

    Through her experiences in being “the only one” in predominantly white workspaces, Kristina provides helpful advice to help one feel seen and heard in the room. As she worked her way up in the publishing industry, she utilizes her platform to build community and spaces for Filipina Americans to be recognized. Kristina redefines the perception and role of a Filipina American in society and she empowers listeners to reevaluate the harsh criticism we place on ourselves so that we reclaim our innate Filipina beauty.

    Guest info: IG @KristinaRodulfo www.kristinarodulfo.com

    Support, Share, Follow, Get Spotlighted:



    Support the show for as little as $1 a month or your donation: Patreon

    Want to be an episode sponsor? – Email krystl@filipinaontherise.com

    Follow IG @filipinaontherise

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Saying “I Do” to You: Healing Relationship Wounds & Becoming a Queen in Shining Armor (brought by Silviyana)

    Saying “I Do” to You: Healing Relationship Wounds & Becoming a Queen in Shining Armor (brought by Silviyana)

    This is a discussion around relationships, specifically healing from relationship trauma and abuse, challenging norms around us, and that the most important relationship should be with ones self, a foundation of worthiness and love within.

    Silviyana Bridal Boutique is bringing us this open dialogue with Filipina On The Rise, having guest Christine Romea inspire you to explore the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day of “choose to challenge”. Silviyana, a Filipina-owned bridal boutique that is specializes in eco wedding gowns, they work directly with a women’s cooperative in the Philippines, to create their eco and vegan wedding dresses using materials like pinya silk, which is pineapple leaf fibers and Philippine banana trunk fibers.

    Silviyana has always been a rebel in the wedding industry and through their new campaign, Queendom, is bringing women together to chat about their collective achievements, trauma and healing.

    We’ll be talking with Chrissy, a Filipina and friend of the founder of Silviyana, (Seychelle) who is here to to shed some light on important relationship issues.

    Have you ever felt the expectations of relationship progress and marriage by a certain timeline? Have you felt that you’ve given yourself away or compromised what  you value in a relationship? Do you ever look at the relationship expectations around us, especially within Filipino culture, and feel we could praise and promote independence more? Chrissy shares that unless one has established the mindset of being independent and stable within yourself, you’re susceptible to losing yourself. And while partnerships and marriage is beautiful,  the most important thing to prepare, other than the hubby, the wedding, the dress, the guests and that beautiful dress ….. Is the security, in yourself. This lesson came from her own journey of unhealed trauma manifested in relationships, slowly healing and finding herself, and what that sparked in her to help in other women.

    We talk about being a Queen because of the campaign Silviyana is promoting called Queendom, a year long campaign to to share women’s journeys, embrace our feminine energy and cultivate community healing through the power of vulnerability. You know a Queen is strong, has dignity, respect for self, shines on the outside, but realistically, also goes through inner battles, can have scars underneath her royal wear. That she can be both and is stronger for it.

    Go to Silviyana.com/queendom and use coupon “filipinaontherise” for the exclusive discount.

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    Support the show for as little as $1 a month: Patreon

    Want to be an episode sponsor? – Email krystl@filipinaontherise.com

    Follow IG @filipinaontherise

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Confronting Anti-Asian Racism, Model Minority Myth, Rebirth in Pandemic & Ancestral Connection w/ Gabes Torres

    Confronting Anti-Asian Racism, Model Minority Myth, Rebirth in Pandemic & Ancestral Connection w/ Gabes Torres

    Today, we’re talking to Gabes Torres, who is a returning guest on the show, her first episode was about “Precolonial womanhood in the philippines” which is to a day such a hit and an audience favorite..

    Gabes aims to practice decolonizing and antiracist work as a community organizer, teacher, singer-songwriter, and mental health practitioner primarily for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Born and raised in the Philippine islands, she comes from an ancestral lineage of nomadic seers, teachers, revolutionaries, healers, and musicians.

    In this episode we’ll cover…



    Confronting Anti-Asian violence, sentiment, and how the Model Minority plays a role in reactions

    Gabes’ healing advice on how to deal with feelings of uncertainty, loss, and grief during the COVID-19 pandemic 

    An understanding of generational trauma and how we can connect with our ancestral past to understand how we can continue shaping and uplifting our community

    Knowing how our bodies are interconnected with our ancestors and how we stand as the living embodiment of their survival today

    How we can utilize our self-awareness to cultivate a positive impact in the world that our descendants can benefit from

    Decolonizing our spiritual and religious beliefs to better understand our intuitive energies 

    Deciding what relationships heal us and what relationships also hold us back.



    Importance of Episode



    The importance of this episode is related to our own healing of our generational trauma in a way that empowers us to take a hold of our future. Gabes teaches us that when we best understand ourselves then are able to understand others and positively impact the communities we surround ourselves in. This episode is all about staying in tune with who we are and learning from our inner connectedness with our family’s past and with the relationships we currently form today. What you put out in the universe, will come back to you. 



    This episode is sponsored by Seventyeightcards, a spiritual space offering card readings created by Melinda Lim, a Filipina founder, full-time lawyer, and modern-day witch who wants to demystify superstitions about tarot and spirituality. She promotes tarot and readings an extension of your intuition. Melinda through her readings helps others be empowered by guidance by ancestors and their own intuition. She promotes that through these tools you can receive guidance from your ancestors and guides. Many of these practices have been taken away from us through colonization. I’m getting a reading this week and will be posting about it on Instagram!

    Get Melinda to read you too!



    Book a 30 min & 60 minute card readings appointment here!

    Come with any questions you have have about your life – career, romantic, side hustle advice, and she will use the cards to help tap you into YOUR intuition

    Melinda is offering her first tarot course focused on the fundamentals of the cards, so that you can use them yourself and build your intuition of the 78 cards 



    Support, Share, Follow, Get Spotlighted:



    Support the show for as little as $1 a month: Patreon

    Want to be an episode sponsor? – Email krystl@filipinaontherise.com

    Follow IG @filipinaontherise

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Letting Go of a Dream, to Discover a New One – Christine Gambito (aka HappySlip!)

    Letting Go of a Dream, to Discover a New One – Christine Gambito (aka HappySlip!)

    Christine Gambito, wife, mother, daughter, and comedian better known as one of the first Youtubers with her channel ‘HappySlip’ talks about her life as a working actress in New York before Youtube and how her faith and identity are important measures of success for her career.

    Youtube Video Interview here

    Topics:



    Christine will expand upon how her faith and religion have guided her to the right direction in her career, often steering her to what is best for her versus what she thinks is best for her. 

    Family is a priority that she always puts first. In her work, family members have inspired her comedy and in life, her husband and kids are the center of her busy schedule. 

    Personal Development and Christine’s own identity shape the career that she has made for herself, not influenced by any third party opinion but listening to what she feels is right for her. 

    For any listener in the entertainment industry or digital space, Christine offers helpful advice about her own YouTube origins and how that has played a role in her own agency to take control of her career.



    Importance of Episode



    Knowing Christine Gambito as one of the first successful Youtubers known for her channel, “Happy Slip”, this episode teaches us that the road to success is not only a journey of skill and talent but rather an understanding of one’s identity. As a celebrated Filipino-American comedian, Christine attributes her identity as a wife, mother, and Christian as her measure of her own success. We learn that success should not be looked at as a linear timeline to achieve our goals but rather a “failing journey” where we must trust in the ways that life redirects us into paths that are better suited for our natural talents.



    Support, Share, Follow, Get Spotlighted:



    * Support the show for as little as $1 a month: http://patreon.com/filipinaontherise

    * Want to be an episode sponsor? – Email krystl@filipinaontherise.com

    * Follow IG @filipinaontherise

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Community Speaks: YOUR 2020 Lessons & 2021 Message (and Krystl’s Journey)

    Community Speaks: YOUR 2020 Lessons & 2021 Message (and Krystl’s Journey)

    This episode features all of YOU. A few weeks ago, I asked you to send in your answers to these 2 questions



    * What was the biggest lesson(s) in 2020

    * What wish do you have for others in 2021



    AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT 3

    I also share my takeaways and experiences from an extremely transformative year, and how risk-taking, inner trust and taking my power back has shaped my mission this year.

    Support, Share, Follow, Get Spotlighted:



    * Support the show for as little as $1 a month: http://patreon.com/filipinaontherise

    * Want to be an episode sponsor? – Email krystl@filipinaontherise.com

    * Follow IG @filipinaontherise

    • 1 hr
    2021 Intentions Setting & Reflections Special (Re-Release!)

    2021 Intentions Setting & Reflections Special (Re-Release!)

    How can you create intentions for 2021? How do you look back meaningfully on 2020? I, Krystl, will guide us through a Visualization and Journaling Session, to help ground you and set intentions for 2021. The world has been through so much change this year.. but you have too! You have learned lessons, gained new perspective, you have reprioritized, you have experienced, many lows and highs, but most importantly, you have grown. And this creates a sacred space to honor just that. This is a “re-release” of the episode made in June 2020, with a little changes. As you listen, I encourage you to take in the exercise just in the present, and applying it to 2021.

    What we’ll do:



    * Visualizations

    * Reflections

    * Journaling (or you can just think through it)

    * Intentions-Setting



    Get the: Intentions Worksheet

    Be featured in the next podcast episode! Go to http://speakpipe.com/FilipinaontheRise and share with us (in around 60 seconds): What was the biggest lesson you learned in 2020 and what message do you have for everyone in 2021?

    Support the show for as little as $1 a month on our Patreon.

    Follow IG @filipinaontherise

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Customer Reviews

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88 Ratings

88 Ratings

Ate Rach ,

Feeling seen

Feeling more and more represented each time I listen to an episode. One day, I hope to be a guest on Filipina on the Rise and inspire someone the same way these Ates have inspired me. Maraming salamat Krystl. I adore this podcast!!

andrea cabrera jakucs ,

So awesome!

Thank you so much for this amazing podcast. Just listened to happy slip and I needed it today so yay! Keep doing what you do. -Andrea Cabrera Jakucs

shawie65 ,

Uplifting

Listening to Krystl and other uplifting Filipinas has inspired both my daughter and myself. The episodes are relevant and genuine. We are thankful for this podcast and look forward to more interviews and stories!

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