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Episode 104 – Hilaw Pa 3.0

Hilaw Pa is back with its third edition!  If you’re new to TFAL, Hilaw Pa is a recurring segment in which the TFAL crew proposes random half-baked ideas related to the Filipino Americans that should exist in this world, but someone else should make it happen.  In this edition of Hilaw Pa, the crew comes up with new ideas that every Filipino American needs, whether it’s a new Filipino fusion dish, a way to tip Filipino workers abroad, or a new air freshener for your car.  You might love our ideas or poo-poo on them, but we guarantee that you’ll laugh as much as we did.

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.

Do you have any half-baked ideas to share?  Or do you want to execute on any of the ideas we came up with?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Sneak Preview Screening of ‘Quezon’s Game’ coming to LA on December 16

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ABS-CBN International will be hosting a “special sneak peek” opening of Quezon’s Game in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent Theater, December 16-22.

In a time when the government of Israel is deporting Filipino workers and their families, Quezon’s Game couldn’t be a more appropriate movie to watch now. Quezon’s Game, directed by Jewish filmmaker Matthew Rosen, follows the tumultuous months before World War II when Manuel Quezon served as President of the Philippine Commonwealth, the precursor to an independent Philippine nation. At the helm of the Commonwealth government, Quezon learns of the plight of European Jews, who sought to escape the evil throws of Nazi Germany who were slowly dominating Europe. Quezon, despite the concerns of his own people, gains sympathy of the Jews’ plight and concocts a plan to provide them with refuge. Still the colonial possession of the United States, the decision to allow such migration of people lied not with Quezon, but with U.S. Congress. During games of poker with several high-positioned officials, Quezon employs his political wits to convince the American colonial government to allow 1,300 Jewish refugees to come to the Philippines, one of the very few countries to do so.

Raymond Bagatsing performance as Quezon is very remarkable. He’s able to convey Quezon’s political savvyness with dignity as well as his frailty (Quezon is suffering from tuberculosis at this point of his life) with much sensitivity. While some of Bagatsing’s acting belongs in a telenovela rather than an epic narrative film (particularly the scene here he lashes out his anger to his desk), the majority of his performance is quite superb.

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Rachel Alejandro, as the loyal yet fierce wife of Quezon, Aurora, convincingly portrays a former first lady. The supporting cast, namely David Bianco (Dwight D. Eisenhower), James Paoleli (Paul McNutt), and Billy Ray Gallion (Alex Frieder), play outstanding roles as Quezon’s American co-conspirators.

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Unlike the much-lauded Heneral Luna and its pseudo-sequel Goyo, Quezon’s Game lacks the blockbuster budget to fully transport the audience to pre-WWII Manila. Even the decision to film at the Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar resort in Bataan – where restored ancestral homes of the Philippines recalls an early historical period – falls a bit short in depicting 1938 Manila. Yet, big budgets and action on the battlefield is not what this film is about. Quezon’s Game is a political film, more focused on the battles of the brain rather than braun.

Ultimately, Quezon’s Game is a triumphant retelling of an important, yet untold story in world history. It’s a told of compassion and responsibility. The movie is necessary in this day and age when intolerance dominates the decisions of governments from Israel to the United States, and even the current Philippine administration. It’s a heeding call for more sensible leaders to safeguard and protect all people from evil no matter the political stakes.

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QUEZON’S GAME ”special sneak peek” in Los Angeles, December 16th – 22nd

The Downtown Independent

251 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Episode 103 – On Filipino American Nationalism(s) with Vicente Rafael

Many Filipinos and Filipino Americans tend to identify as such without question or sense of history of how these categories emerge historically.  In this TFAL episode, Joe speaks to his advisor and mentor in graduate school, Dr. Vicente Rafael, about the various formations and iterations of Filipino and Filipino American nationalism.  Dr. Rafael is a Professor in History at the University of Washington, and author of critical works in Philippine Studies such as Contracting Colonialism, White Love, The Promise of the Foreign, and Motherless Tongues.

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Listen as they discuss Rafael’s career as a life-long academic, the short, tenuous history of the Philippine nation, and the various social and political movements that shape Filipino life in the United States.  It was a true honor to interview one of the foremost Filipino scholars.  We hope you enjoy this podcast episode.

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Have a question or comment about this episode? Let us know by leaving us a voicemail, (805) 394-TFAL, or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Episode 102: Coffee Talk with Joseph Zoleta of Black 6 Coffee Trading Co

What happens when a Marine combines their passion for coffee with their Veterans organized humanitarian mission non profit? In this episode the crew talks with Joseph Zoleta and learns how a humanitarian trip to the Philippines turned this marine/paramedic into an entrepreneur with Black 6 Coffee Trading Co.

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Joseph Zoleta is the President of Black 6 Project, a Veterans organized humanitarian mission non profit that harnesses the skills of Veterans for humanitarian efforts like medical missions in Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Through a humanitarian mission in the Philippines and by testing out a Backpacks For Life backpack, Joseph was able to bring back 40 pounds of Philippine grown coffee beans and Black 6 Coffee was born. The unique flavors from the Philippines grown coffees Landslide Kibungan, 8 Ball Kibungan, and Amadeo Excelsa made these roasts quite popular and they are currently sold out on the Black 6 Coffee site.

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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.

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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.

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

Episode 100 – TFAL’s 100th Episode!

We finally made it!!  After 3 1/2 years, we made it to Episode 100.  Let’s celebrate!!!

In this special episode, we look back at TFAL’s first 99 episodes.  Listen as we reminisce about some of TFAL’s greatest moments, and, of course, playback some of our bloopers that never made it on air.  What episodes are our favorites?  What moment made us laugh the most?  Why can’t Joe do commercials right?

We really never thought our podcast would grow to what it is today.  We really didn’t think we would make it to 100 episodes!  But here we are.  TFAL now has over 6,500 regular listeners all over the world!  When we started TFAL in May 2016, we just wanted a place where we could record our stories as Filipino Americans.  We wanted to make folks laugh, think, and cry, and we hope we accomplished that.  We are continually humbled by the support from our TPALs and other supporters through this journey.

We hope you enjoy this special episode.  It’s been a blast doing this, and we hope you find enjoyment in it as well.  Cheers to another 100 more episodes!

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 were your favorite moments?  Who were your favorite guests?  What was your favorite dad joke?  Let us know by leaving us a voicemail, (805) 394-TFAL, or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

P.S. Thank you again to Leroid David for his drawing of the TFAL crew.

Episode 99 – Weaving Filipino Cultures and Communities: A Conversation with Anthill Fabric Gallery

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In this special TFAL episode, we get to know two Pinay visionaries of Anthill Fabric Gallery: Co-founder and Managing Director Anya Lim and Team Performance Coach Elisa Estrera. Anthill Fabric Gallery creates beautiful, contemporary, handmade clothing and accessories by putting culture and communities first. Headquartered in Cebu, Anthill partners with various indigenous, rural, and working class communities throughout the Philippines. By helping members of these communities sharpen their creative and business skills, strengthen family ties, pass down cultural practices, and expand the markets for their work, Anthill has created a strong ecosystem of cultural bearers, designers, business administrators, community developers, and proud weave-wearers. Through this ecosystem, Anthill cultivates sustainable living conditions for every person involved in creating and selling its products. As more “fast fashion” lines fall by the wayside, like Forever 21, we are inspired by Anthill’s approach of putting people, culture and communities first.

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Listen in as Anya and Elisa share how Anthill was founded, surprises they experienced during the beginning of the company, important lessons they’ve learned along the way, and where they see Anthill in the near future.

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.

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While this recording took place two days before their first two pop-ups in Los Angeles, chat with them in person in San Francisco on Thursday, October 24, and in New York City on Sunday, October 27. Visit their Facebook (@AnthillFabricGallery) or Instagram (@AnthillFabric) pages for exact times and locations.

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Episode 98 – Filipino Funerals, Spirits, and the Afterlife

Death is a natural part of life.  All of us have experience with death, whether it’s among our family, our friends, or even folks we barely know.  With death comes customs and rituals associated with it that we, the living, perform and practice.  For example, many pre-colonial peoples of the Philippines believed that one had to go through a voyage on a boat to the afterlife.  As such, many coffins and burial jars incorporate a sailing vessel in its design.

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In this episode, the TFAL crew explores funerals, spirits, and the afterlife.  Listen as we discuss Filipino customs such as 9-day novenas, blocking mirrors after someone has passed, and not being able to take food home from a wake.  We also talk about our thoughts about what the afterlife will be like!  With Halloween and Day of the Dead (Araw ng mga Patay) coming up, we thought it would be a good time to discuss some of our Filipino traditions when it comes to the “other world.”

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.

Share some of your experiences with Filipino and Filipino American funeral customs by emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com, or call us at (805) 394-TFAL!

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Episode 97 – TFAL Game Show 2: Live at Beatrock’s 10th Anniversary

On Sunday, October 6th, the TFAL crew had the opportunity to be a part of the Beatrock Music 10-Year Anniversary Festival held at the Bootleg Theater in Historic Filipinotown. The crew revisited the fan favorite format of the TFAL Game Show which we introduced in Episode 27.5.

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On this episode we had Beatrock Music artist Faith Santilla, Elmwood Organics owner Wendy Layco, and Vintage Renewals owner Maria Ongpauco competing in this Filipino American History Month and Beatrock Music themed game show.

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In this episode there was audience participation and these festival attendees were able to win these “passed”-alubongs. Listen to the episode for our explanation of what is a “passed-alubong!”

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.

How many questions did you get right? Let us know!  Leave a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL (8325) or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Enjoy these photos captured by Producer Mike.  

Episode 96 – Human Trafficking: A Conversation with Damayan and Mairi Nunag

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In early September, Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California (PWC) hosted an anti-human trafficking summit, bringing together survivors, advocates, and leaders from throughout the country.  After two days of workshops, panels, and performances, the participants launched the Baklas campaign (Filipino for dismantle / break free), a national effort to end human trafficking.

Post-summit, TFAL got a chance to sit down with Linda Oalican, Executive Director and Founding Member of Damayan Migrant Workers Association, as well as Lydia Catina, a Case Manager & Organizer, and Edith Mendoza, a Community Organizer & Damayan Migrant Workers Cooperative Coordinator.  Also joining us in the conversation is Mairi Nunag, an educator who came to the US through a Labor Broker that promised teaching jobs but through a scheme not unlike indentured servitude.

Thank you to Wowie at PWC for making this conversation possible.  And since this episode was recorded at PWC and not our usual recording space, there is a slight hum from the air conditioning in the room that we couldn’t completely tune out.  Otherwise, please take a listen, and please share your thoughts in the comments!

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