Month: May 2020

Episode 118 – The Social Distance Series: Pilipino Graduations

Pilipino Graduation.  P-Grad.  Fil-Grad.  Filipina/o/@/x Grad.  Whatever the nomenclature, these ceremonies celebrate the educational accomplishments of Filipino Americans at many universities, colleges, and increasingly high schools.  P-Grads are more intimate ceremonies where FilAm graduates personally thank their loved ones, don Filipino regalia, and honor a community whose retention and graduation rates are historically not very high.  Unfortunately, many FilAm grads won’t get to celebrate P-Grads in the traditional way.  Nevertheless, amidst the chaos of COVID, deaths in our community, and civil uprisings, we still need to find room to celebrate Filipino American excellence.

In this TFAL episode, we discuss Pilipino Graduations – why we participated in them (or for Producer Mike, not participating in them), the importance of such ceremonies to our community, and whether non-Filipinos should participate in them. Listen as we relive memorable P-Grad moments and our own speeches.  Who cried?  Who coordinated a P-Grad?  How was drunk/high during their ceremony?  Tune in and find out!

This episode was inspired by, and therefore dedicated to the Class of 2020, who unfortunately have to celebrate their accomplishments virtually.  Congratulations on accomplishing great feats.  Please continue to strive for greater heights for your family and your community.

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Are you a member of the Class of 2020?  Want to give a P-Grad shoutout to your loved ones?  Let us know by emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL.

PC: UH-Manoa

Episode 117 – The Social Distance Series: Hilaw Pa 4.0

TFAL is back with yet another edition of Hilaw Pa, the ultimate Filipino American brainstorm where the crew comes up with half-baked ideas related to our experiences.  In this episode, we discuss Coronavirus-related ideas.  Listen as we come up with ideas to hang out with our pals, respect our elders, and grab our food while still maintaining social distancing.  If you love Hilaw Pa, you’ll love Hilaw Pa, COVID edition!

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.

Got a half-baked idea related to the Coronavirus?  Let us know by emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL.

Episode 116 – The Social Distance Series: TFAL talks ECQ in Metro Manila with Isabelle Lacson

As we continue our social distance series, we wanted to know what the Covid-19 experience was like in the Philippines. For that perspective the crew talks to Isabelle Lacson, a Metro Manila resident and friend of Producer Mike and Elaine. Isabelle shares what life is like under Enhanced Community Quarantine or ECQ. While there are similarities to our experiences (social distancing, working from home, businesses changing to delivery models), there are distinct differences like requiring residents to have a pass to leave their neighborhood, an 8pm curfew, and the use of VIBER as a community organizing tool.

Many thanks to Isabelle for sharing her story with us!

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.