7 episodes

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!

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. 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!

    “Womanhood in Pre-Colonial Philippines was fierce and tender, all at once” – Gabes Torres on Filipina history, Decolonizing your Identity & Reclaiming your Innate Worth

    “Womanhood in Pre-Colonial Philippines was fierce and tender, all at once” – Gabes Torres on Filipina history, Decolonizing your Identity & Reclaiming your Innate Worth

    Gabes is a researcher, artist, theologian, speaker, and psychotherapist in training, and her life’s work is to demonstrate how there’s nothing “post-” about post-colonialism. She recently completed a Master’s in Theology and Culture at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, focusing on colonialism and is completing her Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Gabes currently works... Continue Reading →

    How to (Literally) Design the Life You Want! with Kristen Brillantes, CEO/CoFounder of The Sarap Shop

    How to (Literally) Design the Life You Want! with Kristen Brillantes, CEO/CoFounder of The Sarap Shop

    Kristen Brillantes is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Sarap Shop, a San Francisco-based, Filipino-American food truck and catering company, that serves an inclusive Filipino comfort food menu. Previously, she was the Head of Design Operations at Stripe, a large fintech company, and before that held leadership development roles at Google and Google Ventures. She... Continue Reading →

    Decolonizing Generational Financial Falsehoods & Reclaiming Your Money Power with HeyBerna, Financial Hype Woman

    Decolonizing Generational Financial Falsehoods & Reclaiming Your Money Power with HeyBerna, Financial Hype Woman

    Berna Anat is a financial literacy educator who is dedicated to making the personal finance world more funny, accessible and more “brown" for people everywhere! Her mission to help others find financial freedom helping people of color and minority communities take back the power of money. She's been featured on Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Refinery 29, and spoke last year at the Entrepinay Summit.



    On this episode, we talk about:

    - Her journey, from having no financial educational background, paying off $50,000 in debt, to being Financial Literacy Educator

    - Decolonizing Financial Falsehoods that have been passed down generations from the Philippines and where they are rooted

    - How to reclaim our Financial Freedom and Money Power

    - The "Frugal-Flex" practice in Filipino communities

    - 3 First Steps to begin your journey to Debt-Freedom & Personal Wealth



    As a first generation Filipina-American, her journey began after struggling with the debt she owned after college and saw what was lacking in financial education: a face and story she can relate to. After paying off $50,000 of debt with self-taught methodologies, she’s created countless resources, from content on her Instagram HeyBerna, YouTube videos, articles, and programs and workshops.



    Follow her on @Heyberna on Instagram and HeyBerna.com

    Yana – Filipino Food movement, how she’s bringing Kamayan to the world (Salo Series founder/acclaimed-Nomadic Chef)

    Yana – Filipino Food movement, how she’s bringing Kamayan to the world (Salo Series founder/acclaimed-Nomadic Chef)

    In March 2013, Yana Gilbuena had the epiphany that she wanted to bring Filipino food and Kamayan to all 50 states. At the time, she was working a completely different job, and didn’t have any formal training as a culinary chef. 6 years later, Yana is an acclaimed Nomadic Chef, founder of Salos Series, and... Continue Reading →

    “Don’t be afraid to rattle the cage” – Jessica Caloza, Commissioner of Los Angeles Board of Public Works

    “Don’t be afraid to rattle the cage” – Jessica Caloza, Commissioner of Los Angeles Board of Public Works

    Jessica Caloza was 4 years old when she immigrated from the Philippines to California. She is now Los Angeles’ appointed Commissioner on the Board of Public Works, the first Filipino in the position and one of the youngest in City Hall. How did she make it here?



    Together, we discuss her journey and what transitioned her into public service and government. We also discuss her commitment and lens in public service as a 1st Generation Filipino woman, and why she’s passionate about representing Filipinos and underrepresented communities.



    Jessica also highlights her focuses, from building pipelines for the youth into public service and politics to coalition building with other communities, and what makes her proud to be a Filipino in government. She also talks about her love of Filipino food culture, lends advice in pursuing a path you’re passionate about… and why Filipinos make a great fit for being in government!

    Clarity, Career Change & Cultural Dynamics with Nicole Cruz, Life Coach

    Clarity, Career Change & Cultural Dynamics with Nicole Cruz, Life Coach

    Have you ever thought about making a bold career move or career change, or starting something new? Ever struggled with the thought of, "I should have been here by now?" What about gaining clarity? In this special episode, Nicole Cruz (Life Coach) tackles topics of clarity, career change, limiting beliefs, and the different dynamics that being 1st/2nd generation Filipina and different cultural expectations play in that.



    Nicole Cruz herself left a top-of-the-ladder corporate career, to start her own life coach business. She's found a niche audience of 1st and 2nd generation Americans, and helps them gain clarity in their vision for their life, quiet their self-doubt, and take empowered action towards their goals. Her mission is to help immigrant descendants take centerstage in their lives, unapologetically.  She is currently a digital nomad, living her dream of traveling the world full-time with her husband. 



    Together, we’re going to chat about everything from debunking the “I should have been here by now” myth, to the dynamics that being from an immigrant family has in taking risks in our life, and walk away with actionable next steps to jump start your dream, career change, or risk that you've been wanting to take!

Customer Reviews

Marialgq ,

Fun, uplifting and inspiring!

It is so wonderful to learn and hear about all the Filipina's in our community, and how incredbile their stories are from their struggles, to their motivations, to their successes and their continued growth. I am so excited for more episodes from the Filipina on the Rise podcast!

artforhealingxo ,

Spiritual Artist / Designer

I’m so glad I found your podcast! Eager for more of your interviews. It’s so expanding to hear about fellow Filipinos rising from a very raw beginning.

PacoTacos1 ,

The podcast I was looking for!

Thank you for putting together such a professional podcast that focuses on successful Filipinas. Great podcast!

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