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Through conversations with artists and community members, we're spreading positivity, thoughts, music, and art—all through a Filipino American perspective. Based out of Daly City—the Pinoy Capital of the United States—the goal is to empower the FilAm community and Pinays / Pinoys throughout the world by profiling awesome people and spreading good vibes. This is a mix of personal journals, interviews, recordings, and whatever can be created. Hope you enjoy!

The Filipino Garage - KuyaChris & Friends - A Filipino American Perspective KuyaChris

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Through conversations with artists and community members, we're spreading positivity, thoughts, music, and art—all through a Filipino American perspective. Based out of Daly City—the Pinoy Capital of the United States—the goal is to empower the FilAm community and Pinays / Pinoys throughout the world by profiling awesome people and spreading good vibes. This is a mix of personal journals, interviews, recordings, and whatever can be created. Hope you enjoy!

    Kuya Book 01 – Coming Full Circle by Leny Strobel / Overview & Thoughts

    Kuya Book 01 – Coming Full Circle by Leny Strobel / Overview & Thoughts

    New project! This is the first experiment of exploring books on the podcast. I'll be giving an overview Leny Strobel's Coming Full Circle: The Process of Decolonization Among Post-1965 Filipino Americans. This is a pivotal book in FilAm literature and it has a lot of wisdom and lessons within it. It's an informal overview, with specific quotes thrown in to highlight the main takeaways.

    Coming Full Circle is a project of decolonization based off interviews with post-1965 Filipino Americans . Through a process that Strobel calls "fishing for knowledge" through books and interviews, she organizes themes of decolonization under the categories of Naming, Reflection, and Action. This framework is greatly influenced by Paulo Friere and his idea that oppressed peoples need to name the source of their oppression before they can enact change upon it. 11 generative themes of decolonization are presented, alongside a literature review of relevant material and research.



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    • 49 min
    42 – Rich Bustos / LinkedIn Software Engineer Shares Insights on Coding, Minimalism, and Investing

    42 – Rich Bustos / LinkedIn Software Engineer Shares Insights on Coding, Minimalism, and Investing

    Rich Bustos is a Filipino American engineer, videographer, and financial minimalist. He currently works as a front-end developer at LinkedIn, where he's been at for seven years. Entering the company through an internship with Year Up, Rich shares about how he was hired on even if he didn't know how to code. The passion and drive in him opened up doors and led to his current career and financial stability. In this episode, we go over his entry into the workforce through Year Up, and organization that helps under-connected youth enter the tech industry. We talk about how minimalism and meditation helped Rich work through anxiety and panic attacks. Rich also shares a lot of reflections about financial stability and investing—a very important thing for our communities to learn and develop an understanding for.

    Rich also runs the Being Rich podcast where he's featured leaders from various fields just as jiu jitsu and entrepreneurship. He is also an avid videographer and and advocate for minimalism. Check out this pages, listen to this episode, and let us know what you think!

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    • 2 hr 18 min
    41 – Nate Nevado / Filipino Leader of Hip Hop Education Drops Bars of Wisdom & Counseling

    41 – Nate Nevado / Filipino Leader of Hip Hop Education Drops Bars of Wisdom & Counseling

    Nate Nevado is a Filipino American leader, Counseling Creative, and Educational Innovations Consultant. He currently works at Skyline College as a counselor and head of the Rock the School Bells conference—a hip hop educational program now in its 13th year. He is currently finishing his doctoral program at SFSU—writing about the intersection of counseling and Hip Hop Education. He’s also the founder of the CIPHER Hip Hop Learning Community at Skyline College, which provides Hip Hop education through transferrable college courses and relevant community programming.



    In this episode, we dive into the roots of his journey through Hip Hop and academia. From dropping out of community college to his eventual pursuit of a doctoral degree, Nate shares the multiple challenges and pivots he made throughout life to find his sense of purpose and direction. He goes over his early love for Hip Hop, the tensions within his traditional Filipino family, the doubts he had though college, and the eventual strength he found through community work and Hip Hop Education. There’s a wide range of wisdom in this episode, especially for Hip Hop heads, educators, counselors, and community workers.

    • 3 hr 13 min
    40 – Marc Escobar / Drumming, Community College, UC Berkeley, Simpboi

    40 – Marc Escobar / Drumming, Community College, UC Berkeley, Simpboi

    Marc Escobar is a FilAm journalist, poet, and drummer. Currently majoring in Political Science at UC Berkeley, he's spent majority of his time in the Bay Area—attending Westmoor High School in Daly City and transferring from Skyline College in San Bruno. Born in the Philippines, Marc shares about his childhood in San Diego and his family's eventual move to the Bay Area. He opens up about learning how to drum from his uncle and the spaces that led him to over the years—band in middle school and high school, then drumming for the Pilipino Cultural Night at UC Berkeley. In this episode, we also talk about the community college experience and transferring into UC Berkeley—social circles, authenticity, balance, and friendships.

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    • 2 hr 29 min
    39 – Janice Sapigao / Writer, Poet, Professor, Creative & Publication Process

    39 – Janice Sapigao / Writer, Poet, Professor, Creative & Publication Process

    Janice Sapigao is an accomplished writer, poet, and professor at Skyline College. Born and raised in San Jose, she finished her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. She then received her MFA from CalArts and has taught all throughout California. Her first book, Microchips for Millions, was first published in 2016, following by Like a Solid to a Shadow in 2017. She continues to teach at the CIPHER program at Skyline College and is an active writer and poet. In this episode, Janice shares some poetry and insight about her creative writing process. She gives her backstory and snippets of her journey as a writer—how she decided to pursue an MFA after writing for her college Pilipino Cultural Night. Janice also shares the ups and downs of balancing her career as a professor along with her work as a writer. She speaks on the process of finding a publisher for her first book and the transition to following projects.

    • 2 hr 10 min
    38 – Mahalola Album Listening Session & Analysis / Love, Relationships, Masculinity

    38 – Mahalola Album Listening Session & Analysis / Love, Relationships, Masculinity

    This episode is a listening session for KuyaChris' most recent album, Mahalola. It's a big episode at 5 hours long! We go song by song, telling any relevant stories or takeaways from the album. The homies also share their thoughts and reactions to the music. We go into a range of topics, from creativity and perfectionism to past relessonships and masculinity. There's a lot of content here, with the first song playing around the 40-minute mark.

    • 5 hr 11 min

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rissa_mc ,

Wonderful

I'm not really sure why this show doesn't get the same kind of attention as others, but I hope it changes seeing as this was probably the first Filipino podcast ever produced. This has been a god-send to a filipino-american starved for the truth and facts that my American education tried to hide.

Keetana.FT86 ,

New listener!

Hey Kuya Chris. New listener here. Am From Bakersfield also (I heard your Bakersfield guest speaker) I can agree to some of his context - it is populated with a mixed culture - mostly whites due to the oil fields. I can’t believe how little did he know of the south central part of Cali. Bruh, Delano is riddled with Filipinos and is only 30 miles north of Bako (it’s what we call Bakersfield). I was born in Bakersfield and raised in Delano/Bakersfield/S. SF/ and Richmond. I can even say that the first PCN was back in 1995 at Delano High School. Back in the 80’s my dad lived in the camps working at the grape fields. He was one of those guys who took part of the protest. My father in law, was the anchor man. He has original pictures of Caesar Chavez. He tells me stories of Manong Larry Itliong. Remembers the old Delano and the first Filipino Hall building where all the farmers would gather around. I wish that kid from Bakersfield reached out further, I could’ve helped him understand a bit more of Bako and it’s surrounding cities. Then I started listening to more of your shows Kuya Chris. I last heard Joseph Magsaysay as an architect designer. I too am working as an architect designer now. I didn’t pursue my architect degree as I fell into electrical engineering as it was more demanding in the oil field world. I’ve been in this male dominant career for about 18 years now. I’ve learned how to not let me talk me down. I’m one of those tough 5’0” pinays. I was also a bgirl back in ‘97! I was able to relate to some of this guy’s work too. After high school and college, I wanted to keep dancing. And within those 18 years in a male dominant career I kept sane by being a Polynesian dancer.
Keep up the good work Kuya Chris I’ll be listening to more of your shows while at work.

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