Episode 101: Pag-ibig – TFAL talks Romance Novels with Tif Marcelo, Mia Hopkins, Maida Malby, and Sarah Smith

During Filipino American History Month The Ripped Bodice, the only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States, hosted Pag-Ibig: Celebrating Filipino Diaspora in Romantic Fiction with Tif Marcelo, Mia Hopkins, Maida Malby, Sarah Smith, hosted by Ezrah Lasolah-Tuble.

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In this episode Elaine is joined by romance novel enthusiast and best friend Ivy Barrera. Elaine and Ivy had the opportunity to talk with these amazing authors before the panel discussion. Curious about who writes these books? Want to know what it takes to be a cover model? (Hint hint: holding a mango and showing your abs helps). Take a listen and learn how everyone found this genre!

Thank you to Ripped Bodice for hosting the panel and for hosting TFAL while we recorded this episode. If you are in the Los Angeles area, specifically Culver City, stop by and tell them TFAL sent you! You can pick up the books written by these authors there!

Thrashed by Mia Hopkins

The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

Singapore Fling by Maida Malby

Faker by Sarah Smith

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Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. For folks who are on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

What are some of your favorite romance novels? Are you a part of #romanceclass? What is your favorite genre of romance? Let us know by leaving us a voicemail, (805) 394-TFAL, or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.


Producer Mike is ecstatic to find out he looks like a Penny Reid cover.

2 comments on “Episode 101: Pag-ibig – TFAL talks Romance Novels with Tif Marcelo, Mia Hopkins, Maida Malby, and Sarah Smith

  1. Neferjetjet says:

    Hi! So happy to have found this website and the podcast. I was supposed to be at the Ripped Bodice event for Pag-Ibig but I had a thing that day. I’m part of #romanceclass and I hope to meet you at a future Ripped Bodice event, or elsewhere. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for this podcast. This particular one was so great! I wonder if there is a list of authors to check out that are Filipina/Filipina-American writing romances?

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