40 episodes

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

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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!

    37 – Angela Hien / Multidisciplinary Creative, Educator, UC Berkeley, Art Practice

    37 – Angela Hien / Multidisciplinary Creative, Educator, UC Berkeley, Art Practice

    Angela Hien is a multidisciplinary creative who uses a variety of mediums—from sculture and installations to audio and singings—to express her experience as a Vietnapina American. She was born in Sacramento, CA to a Vietnamese father and a Filipina mother. She recently finished studying Art Practice and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, with plans to go into education in the future. In this episode, we talk about her creative process, her experience as a Vietnamese/Filipina American, and her experience going back to the Philippines and Vietnam this last summer. She participated in UC Berkekey's inaugural study abroad program (along with previous guest Joshua Laurel) and we go over her experiences and takeaways.



    She also sings two cover songs and two originals! Additionally, we go over her art portfolio in the end, deconstructing how she creates and approaches her art practice.

    • 2 hr 39 min
    36 – Zaldy Tubig / Rapper, Creative, Creating Music, SF History, Therapy

    36 – Zaldy Tubig / Rapper, Creative, Creating Music, SF History, Therapy

    Zaldy Tubig is a rapper, musician, and creative based out of the Bay Area. With roots in the SoMa distrct of San Francisco, he has a rich history and knowledge of the Bay and the city—especially in regards to the Filipino community and culture of SoMa Pilipinas. In this episode, we talk about his beginnings with music and writing—from peotry and music sessions at Y Projects to his current work and releases with local Bay Area artists. On the podcast, Zaldy performs some of his recent tracks, in addition to pieces from his debut mixtape THERAPY VOLUME 1. Zaldy recently changed his stage name to Zaldy Water—we talk about the history of his name and the connections with his father and the Philippines. Throughout the episode, Zaldy drops some serious wisdom and reflections in regards to growing up in working-class neighborhoods and the growth he's gone through in his life.

    • 2 hr 20 min
    35 – Joshua Laurel / Pagibig, Study Abroad, Public Health, UC Berkeley

    35 – Joshua Laurel / Pagibig, Study Abroad, Public Health, UC Berkeley

    Joshua Laurel is a Public Health major student at UC Berkeley, set to graduate this 2020! He went to the Philippines this last summer and studied at UP Diliman, through UC Berkeley's first Study Abroad initiative in the Philippines. In this episode, we talk about his experience during study abroad—going back to study at his home country's top public university—and any major takeways or lessons he learned. We also talk about a range of topics, such as pagibig and the cultural differences in terms of dating and relatioships between the Philippines and the United States. Joshua also shares his immigration story of moving to the United States at 12 years old and the process of acclimating to a new environment.

    • 2 hr 1 min
    34 – Kudazzers / Filipino Podcasts, Flavor of Cum, Queer Theory, Theater

    34 – Kudazzers / Filipino Podcasts, Flavor of Cum, Queer Theory, Theater

    Kudazzers is a podcast based in the Philippines—made for and by Gen Z and Gen Y locals—hosted by Iris Montesclaros, Eudes Garcia, Natalie Estrada, Ingrid Joyce, and Martin Glen. In this episode, two of the hosts talk about the beginnings of the Kudazzers podcast and their plans moving forward. We also get into a range of topics, spanning from the concept of "bayawaks" who challenge the beauty standards of the Philippines and queer theory as situated within the Philippine context. Check out their podcast on Spotify and other platforms—it's guaranteed to be hilarious.

    • 2 hr 27 min
    33 – BC Poppas Jojo & Jon / Street Kids, Detention Center, Bacolod, Jiu Jitsu

    33 – BC Poppas Jojo & Jon / Street Kids, Detention Center, Bacolod, Jiu Jitsu

    BC Poppas is the podcast, project, and platform of two jiu jitsu brown belts from Bacolod City, Philippines—Jojo and Jon. Born and raised in Bacolod City, Jojo knows the local context and life of the region, making him a perfectly-suited to work with the various communities in the area. In this podcast, he talks about his work with street children—majority of them in gangs or affected by drug use—and his development as a community leader and mentor. Jon shares more about his work and perspective regarding the Nothing 2 Lose Foundation and the outreach programs they are currently pursing. Both Jojo and Jon run a jiu jitsu gym in Bacolod City—BC Martial—while also working with "youth in conflict with the law" at the local Social Development Center where youth who have been arrested await sentencing.

    We recorded this episode on Guimaras Island after visiting the Regional Rehabilitation Youth Center of Region VI. Due to the work of both Jojo and Jon, we were able to visit the facility where youth serve out their sentences—majority of the youth there were sentenced before they were 18 and will be released by the time they turn 21. We talk about the basketball and music outreach we conducted and their plans to develop an aftercare program for the youth released and returning to Bacolod City.

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    • 2 hr 13 min
    32 – Bettina Francisco / Rapper, Energy, Ancestors, Mental Health

    32 – Bettina Francisco / Rapper, Energy, Ancestors, Mental Health

    Bettina Francisco is a student, musician, creative, and emcee based out of San Francisco, California. Currently, she is an RA at USF and is majoring in Critical Diversity Studies and Philippine Studies. Having spent a lot of time meditating and reflecting on her own energies, she shares her personal self-care practices and relationship with mental health. In this episode, we cover a wide range of topics, including her relationship with ancestors and intergenerational trauma. Bettina also shares beautiful creative pieces—a few about her daughter that passed away. In this episode, she also talked about her creative process and how she began writing raps. She shares a realization that: "I need to heal myself before I write something." Listen to her thoughts, reflections, and perspective on love and energy.

    • 2 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

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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Nate Rumble ,

Love it

Finally a Filipino podcast, great stuff

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