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TFAL Holiday 2019

This holiday season we’ve been highlighting Filipino American businesses on Instagram. Are you following This Filipino American Life on instagram? Head to @tfalpodcast and give us a follow. Looking for some Christmas present ideas? Why not support these folks?

REPPIN PINS

Reppin Pins is a Chicago based pin company. Use code TFALREPPIN for $3 off your order!


Honey My Heart

Honey My Heart is a Los Angeles based jewelry collection designed, developed, and created by Jella Roson. Use code TFAL20 for 20% off for the month of December.


Manila Oriental

ManilaOriental.store is our modern heritage gift shop celebrating the (tough Asian) love and food that shaped us. Use code TFALPASKO15 for $15 off $100 purchases. (Excludes “lil Bahay Kubo” kits.)


Gunita Designs

Gunita Designs is a touch of Filipino culture at your door step. Ethel Martinez, shop owner of Gunita Designs, is a 2nd Generation Filipino-American and currently resides in Yorba Linda, CA with her husband and two kids. Use code TFALPODCAST20 for 20% off purchase. Code expires 12/31/19!


Pilipinx Ako 

PILIPINX AKO is a Woman-owned, Woman of Color business born, raised & operating out of the Bay Area. Use code TFAL19 for 15% off total purchase.


Everyday Ritualist by Anne Salumbides

Use offer code TFAL for 15% off of their Everyday Ritualist order and for $10 off of their Akashic Records Reading at www.annasalumbides.com/TFAL

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Looking for something for spiritual crystal lover in your life? Check out @everydayritualist! @annasalumbides Is the maker behind Everday Ritualist. She is also an Energy Healing Practitioner and Akashic Records Reader. As an energy healing practitioner, she has the unique ability to energetically program each crystal in the shop to help you amplify your personal intentions, whatever they may be. . . Use offer code TFAL for 15% off of their Everyday Ritualist order at www.everydayritualist.com and for $10 off of their Akashic Records Reading at www.annasalumbides.com/TFAL . . . . #filipino #filipinoamerican #filipina #filipinaamerican #supportsmallbusiness #entrepinay #enterpinays #entrepinayship #shoplocal #shopsmall

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Ginto Seeds

Ginto Seeds lifestyle brand dedicated to connect each other’s roots. We are the golden seeds our ancestors planted.

Use code TFAL for 15% off! Place orders by December 13th to get items in time for the holidays! .


Herbalaria

Herbalaria is an ancestral roots movement company connecting community to indigenous traditions through the art of Filipino plant medicine. Use code TFAL10 for 10% off your entire purchase.

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Pinay Collection

Pinay Collection is a Toronto based Filipina/x merch line that unapologetically celebrates and reclaims the Pinay identity #wearpinay Use code JUSKOLORD for 15% off.


Facil

Facil believes in beauty with integrity, which is why we are committed to building a brand of vegan and cruelty free cosmetics. Use code HOLIDAY20 for 20% off! Free shipping for orders over $25.

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@facilofficial founded by Pinay @marygraceyq is not just makeup that will create a different version of yourself.  This line was designed to be the kind of makeup that goes through life with you. Long-wearing bold lipsticks, customizable on-the-go palettes, and travel friendly accessories, were thoughtfully put together with you in mind. . Fácil believes in beauty with integrity, which is why we are committed to building a brand of vegan and cruelty free cosmetics. . Head to facilskin.com & use code HOLIDAY20 for 20% off! Free shipping for orders over $25. . . . #filipino #filipinoamerican #filipina #filipinaamerican #supportsmallbusiness #entrepinay #enterpinays #entrepinayship #shoplocal #shopsmall

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Vintage Renewals

Vintage Renewals is a sustainable fashion line of curated vintage pieces & re-styling fashion. Use code TFALFRIENDS for 15% off when your order through their instagram @vrinstashop or at https://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagerenewals/

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Who doesn’t love a good Tote with a pocket in front for your phone , roomy enough for your laptop or notebook, or even baby stuff . Perfect gift for that Sustainable Friend ! Eco-Friendly Repurposed Jeans and Fabric Remnants . See our Etsy Shop for what’s in Stock, or Find us this weekend and get them in person , see stories for Event Info. #SustainableFashion #Upcycle #Sustainable #Recycle #EcoFriendly #Renewals #VintageRenewals #Vintage #sustainableoutfits #Slowfashion #Consciousconsumerism #ethicallymade #sustainableshopping #IMadeAConsciousChoice #Consciousliving #EcoFriendly #CutAndSew #fashionrevolution #Whomadyclothes #shopsmall #xmas #xmasgift #sustainablegift #ecofriendly #thinkgreen #present #secretsanta

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BRWNGRLZ

BRWNGRLZ was made for those with too much melanin for magazines, too much “sass” to be “normal,” and too many tongues to be understood. Channeling the things that make us strong, these accessories nod to the fact that BRWNGRLZ will never blend in with the rest of the faces of the crowd, but instead, will reclaim their nonconformity rebelling against assimilation. BRWNGRLZ were made for brown girls/ any POC who is womyn/femme identified, but are not exclusively for brown girls. Use code TFALFREE for free shipping on your orders! Like these dope new parol earrings!

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@BRWNGRLZ was made for those with too much melanin for magazines, too much "sass" to be "normal," and too many tongues to be understood. Channeling the things that make us strong, these accessories nod to the fact that BRWNGRLZ will never blend in with the rest of the faces of the crowd, but instead, will reclaim their nonconformity rebelling against assimilation. BRWNGRLZ were made for brown girls/ any POC who is womyn/femme identified, but are not exclusively for brown girls. Head to BRWNGRLZ.com and use code TFALFREE for free shipping on your orders! Like these dope new parol earrings! . . . . #filipino #filipinoamerican #filipina #filipinaamerican #supportsmallbusiness #entrepinay #enterpinays #entrepinayship #shoplocal #shopsmall

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Elmwood Organics

Elmwood Organics is a full-spectrum, hemp-derived, responsibly sourced #CBD products based in LA. For 10% off and FREE shipping at Elmwood Organics DM @elmwoodorganics and mention TFAL for your discount!

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Come see us at the Pasko Palengke and Halikha Art Walk this Saturday, 12/14 from 7-10pm! Featuring guest artist @ezabeeza of @_mataas! 🌟 For Pasko Palengke, gift yourself or your loved ones with locally owned and made creations. Let us encourage our own communities to thrive in livelihood and sustainability by supporting local creators, community vendors, and artisans. 🖤 Community Vendors: @_mataas @gintoseeds @nourishingyourlivity @halamanmedicine Crystals by @gehr_e @tropicalandtopical @liyang_network @elmwoodorganics KAPWA JAM is a music/drum circle of participatory/interactive improvisational sound and movement jam session. Come dance, move, cypher, flow, freestyle, and connect to the ancient ancestral sounds and ways that live within us until this day. . . . . #elmwoodorganics #market #vendor #pasko #palengke #kapwa #jam #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #womeninbusiness #bipoc #cbd #cbdoil #cbdheals

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Want to rock TFALpodcast gear? Head to our What A Maneuver store and pick up a hoodie, t-shirt, or tank top!

Episode 84 – Filipino Canadian Businesses and Cultural Arts in Vancouver: TFAL Talks to WSDMCLUB Barber Shop, DISTRIKT MOVEMENT, and Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective Society

 

Welcome back to Canada!  We round out our travel shows with our last two interviews from Vancouver.  In this episode we interview entrepreneurs Marvin Soriano of WSDM CLUB Barbershop and Jian Pablico of DISTRIKT MOVEMENT.  They discuss opening up their respective businesses, not only to make money, but to serve as community centers for a lot of folks in Vancouver.  We then talk to Birthmark Tattoos artist, Mayo Landicho, and JR Guerrero, co-founder of Kathara about preserving Filipino indigenous arts in Canada.  We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!

Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here, or subscribe to us on iTunes here.

We had a great time with our Pinucks in Canada!  We hope to visit again someday.  Where in Canada should we go next, eh?  Toronto?  Winnipeg?  Edmonton?  Who should we talk to?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail to (805) 394-TFAL (8325), or emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

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Thank you listening to this episode!  Many of you have written us asking us to visit your city.  As you know, traveling is not cheap.  Only a part of our trip to Seattle and Vancouver was subsidized through your generous donations.  We certainly had to pay out of pocket to travel to those cities.  A $5/month or $10/month contribution makes a huge impact on our ability to bring Filipino American issues to the forefront.  If you enjoy our content and want to hear Filipino American stories from other parts of the diaspora, consider becoming a T-PAL through our TFAL Patreon account.  Salamats!!

Honor the Scholars Among Us with Doctora Designs!

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It’s a little known fact that most of the TFAL crew have advanced degrees. Elaine, Gerlie, Joe, and Producer Mike (sorry Ryan!) invested portions of our lives in graduate school. For us, and for countless graduates of color, the journey through the academic path was full of hardship, difficulty, and restlessness. The bar is set much higher and the obstacles are more numerous for folks whom society has traditionally deemed not suited for university life.

Yet, what kept us going in graduate school were the little things – words of encouragement, advice from mentors, small victories along the way. Now, there’s another way to encourage graduate students to cross that finish line. For those who are continuing their education in graduate school, there is a special line of jewelry just for them.

Dr. Angela Chen presents Doctora Designs, a company that celebrates the academic achievements of ALL of us. Dr. Chen, a former undocumented student herself, started Doctora to inspire and empower those who identify as women, people of color, immigrants, and folks handling life on various intersectional margins. Her mission is to recognize our struggles and celebrate milestones of those historically marginalized in academia and society as a whole.

Whether you are a student or you know of someone in school, Doctora is the jewelry line everyone in education should get. These tokens of support, encouragement, and achievement go a long way in one’s academic career.

Graduation season, as well as Mother’s Day, is fast approaching. Honor the scholars among your family and friends with jewelry that celebrates their achievements. Make a statement, inspire yourself and others with jewelry from Doctora Designs! Isulong!

Check out all the inspiring jewelry on Doctora Designs!

The Geek Show 2: BindleCon

Hi Friends!  If you happen to be in the Bay Area in April, check out THE GEEK SHOW 2: BINDLECON, at Bindelstiff Studios in San Francisco. Filipino American geeks unite!!

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Conceived by producers Thomas Paras and Marc Abrigo, “The Geek Show” is both a love letter and a critique on contemporary geek culture. From comedy sketches to dramatic pieces, the multi-genre theatre production brings together the passionate, the ostracized, and the awkward together in celebration of everything under the umbrella of geekdom.

This upcoming iteration of “The Geek Show” will be a little different, for all the stories presented will be set entirely within a convention. The roof is ripped off of a convention center, as interconnected stories emerge from this one day at the geek fest that is BindleCon. From the story of a first-time con-goer, to the showdown of seasoned geek parents, and the exciting life as a rover a la “Law and Order,” expect for ground of a different kind to be covered, all the while staying true to exploring the life and journey of geeks everywhere.

“The Geek Show 2: BindleCon” will be having its nine-performance run at Bindlestiff Studio from April 12th-28th. Tickets are $15-$25 and can be purchased here. For more information, visit geekshowsf.com.

Shout to TFAL super fan, Lauren Lola, for the heads up on this event!

 

Pogi Pose Picks!

TFAL loves a pogi pose as you can see by all the awesome pogi-ness below.

In preparation for our Happy Birthday TFAL party we asked TFALers to send us their pogi pose. Here are the top 3 pogistas!

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Kid Heroes Filmmaker Patricio Ginelsa’s adorable son Logan rocking a baby pogi pose.

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Much love to Francis, Strela, and Iskra! The family that pogi poses at May Day marches!

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Friend of show Paolo Espiritu rocks an ice cream cone pogi.

Honorable pogi mention goes to AJ for this black and white group shot. Berto for the 90s bangs and asian squat shot. And lastly Beverly for the puppy pogi pose!

 

It’s been an awesome year of TFAL. Much love to everyone who listens to the show and enjoys our stories, history, and puns!

Join us at The Park’s Finest THIS SATURDAY, May 13th from 8pm-12am for an epic Filipino Family Party! RSVP now at Happy Birthday TFAL.  What are some of your favorite TFAL moments from this past year?  Let us know 805-394-TFAL 805-394-8325.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

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Happy Birthday TFAL! We made it to one year! Join us & help us celebrate a year of air horns, half baked ideas, and stories that have made us and you giggle.

There will be bbq.
There will be beers.
There will be (possibly) karaoke.

Saturday, May 13th
8pm-Midnight

Many thanks to the homies at The Park’s Finest for hosting our one year shindig!

RSVP HERE: Happy Birthday TFAL

See you there,
TFAL mastermind Joe,
Food Appreciator Ryan
Oblivious Nerd Girl Elaine
Producer Mike

Episode 8.5 – Slow Jamz

Play another slow jam, this time make it sweet…a slow jam.

Many Filipino Americans love slow jamz, that sweet, loving, largely African American-composed music that dominated late nights on urban radio stations during the 1980s and 1990s.  They made slow jam mix tapes and gave it to girls, they sang them on karaoke, there were even some who started singing groups. For many of us the ritual of listening to radio and recording songs on a blank cassette tape was a skill we honed with fine precision. The task of finding the sweet spot where you got the song and not the dj talking  or the dj fading into the next song became a muscle memory.

Passing around mixtapes turned into burning CDs and then sending mp3 files to each other. One particular mix that made the rounds was by DJ Opus, a Filipino American DJ from California. The slow jamz came at you fast and furious on this mix. Back in the day, it could be heard at debuts, formals, and lowered cars with crews of Filipino Americans singing along.

There’s even a 90s Slow Jam Bracket, made by a Fil Am dude! All the songs on this bracket would make an excellent mixtape. 1780229_10152224095592125_126281615_o

In this episode, we discuss the impact slow jamz had on us and other Filipino Americans.  From traditional kundiman to “My Way” to Kai to even Manny Pacquiao, Filipinos can’t get enough of that slow, soulful, baby-making music.

Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here, or subscribe to us on iTunes here.

As a bonus, the TFAL crew has put together our own slow jamz playlist.  Enjoy and sing along to these handpicked songs.

What would your #1 slow jam song be on your bracket? What songs would be on your playlist?  Hit us up on Twitter (@TFALpodcast), Facebook (This Filipino American Life), leave a comment on this post, or leave us a message on our new voicemail! Yes voicemail! TFAL has a phone number folks! 805-394-TFAL. That’s 805-394-8325.

1000 Likes!

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Thank you to everyone who has got us to 1000 likes on our Facebook page! We appreciate you so much! Maraming Salamats for being a part of our TFAL podcast journey.

TFAL Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s time for Thanksgiving. The special time of year where your family tells you you’ve gained weight, but then tries to feed you more food. The time of year when you look at the turkey and wish it was lechon. Some of us do not have to wish it was lechon because there is a lechon instead of a turkey! And as always the lumpia shanghai should be plentiful, abundant, and always present at every holiday in the upcoming months!

This week This Filipino American Life will be guests on Kababayan Today! We share the podcast with the Kababayan Today audience and talk about our own Thanksgiving traditions. We’ll be on the show Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. Set your DVRs and catch us on TV!

Here’s a sample sample of TFAL on Kababayan Today.

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Shop Small! Support your favorite podcast!

In our first run of shirts we went with our favorite Los Angeles baseball team. This time around our shirt supports a Los Angeles basketball team that most of the podcast supports. Ryan supports the other team.

Support TFAL by buying one of our limited run t-shirts! Email thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com to purchase a TFAL shirt! They are 17.99 + shipping & handling. Spend some of your black friday money on us!

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We all hope you enjoy spending time with your families this holiday season. We at TFAL are thankful for all the support of our listeners. Thank you for listening to our show and showing us love. We appreciate you all so much!