Episode Archives

Episode 110 – The Social Distance Edition: TFAL on Facebook Live

Coronavirus is here.  We’re all required to practice social distancing.  For many of us, this type of isolation is normal, for others, not so much.  Despite these government mandates, we here at TFAL must continue, if only for our own sanity.  This past week, Elaine, Joe, Ryan, and Producer Mike came together virtually and streamed a Zoom conference call discussing our respective experiences with social distancing.  Listen as we discuss our current situations, dealing with our aging parents, adventures into grocery stores (Filipino and non-Filipino alike), strategies of maintaining mental health, and stories of xenophobic incidents aimed at Asian Americans.

The current crisis is hard on all of us, both physically with the virus and mentally with the social isolation.  It’s on all of us to help each other out.  This is our way of lightening the mood.  Through the duration of this crisis, we hope to host more online sessions, so please join us on FB Live.  Hopefully, this online version of TFAL will give you a bit of laughter and thought through these grim times.

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 are you dealing with the Coronavirus crisis and social distancing?  Let us know by calling us at (805) 394-TFAL or emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.  We’ll get through this together!

 

Episode 109 – Documenting Filipino American Stories: A Conversation with Marissa Aroy

Documentaries are essential for our community.  There are certainly a number of good films that document the Filipino and Filipino American experience – Delano Manongs, The Fall of the I-Hotel, Imelda, The Learning, Bontoc Eulogy, to name a few.  These films are so important in spreading awareness of our people’s history and culture and keeping our stories alive.  Without them, we will be further doomed to ignorance and irrelevance.  But how does one begin to make a documentary?

In this episode of TFAL, the crew interviews award-winning filmmaker, Marissa Aroy.  Listen as we discuss her journey into making film documentaries, her passion for the Filipino American community, the rise of mini-docs, and what it’s like to be a woman of color in the largely white, male film documentary industry.  The crew also talks documentaries, their favorites, and the documentary films they would make if they were actually filmmakers…and had the money!

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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.

Do you have any great ideas for Filipino/Filipino American documentaries?  Let us know your thoughts, (805) 394-TFAL or thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Also, to support Marissa Aroy’s latest film project on the Philippine American War (very very needed!), go her this link here.

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Episode 108 – FLAM: TFAL talks music and drinking games with Greg Narvas

In this mini episode the TFAL crew get to know artist and musician Greg Narvas. Greg Narvas is the creator of the zine “I Was a Teenage Filipino Skinhead” and is the drummer and percussionist for the ska band Hepcat. Inspired by AZN FLUSH, a drinking game, Greg realized that there could be a Filipino American equivalent and set out to to create FLAM. Listen as the TFAL crew plays FLAM over whiskey and a few bottles of San Miguel. FYI if you have little ones in the car you may want to wait on listening to this one. The alcohol leads to a few f-bomb slips! 

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.

Many thanks for Greg for coming into Berllado studios and letting TFAL break in FLAM. If you are interested in FLAM follow Greg on instagram (@leftylimbo) for more info. 

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You can also catch Hepcat at Punk Rock Bowling in Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, May 22 at Bunkhouse Saloon. It’ll be a night of rocksteady ska, reggae, and northern soul.  This show should be rad since it is also the Punk Rock Bowling debut of Bad Manners!

 

Episode 107 – CENSUS-maryosep 2020

CORRECTION: Contrary to what was discussed in the episode, there is no “long” or “short” form in the Census. The 2020 Census will only have nine questions. The “long” and “short” form discussed refers to the American Community Survey (ACS), not the 2020 Census. Additionally, the 2020 Census will NOT ask for income. Apologies for the oversight.

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Historically, Filipino Americans (like many other communities of color) tend to be under-counted. In our effort to make sure our community is heard, we dedicated this mini-episode to the importance of the Census to the Filipino American community.  How does it help us?  What can Census data tell us about our lives as Filipino Americans?  How many Filipinos are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area?  Find out all these answers and more on this episode!

Also, here’s a PSA targeting the Filipino American community that you can share with your friends and family:

Please note that this is not a paid-advertisement by the Census.  (We missed that funding train a while back!).  Nonetheless, we still wanted to do our part in spreading the word about this very important event!

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.

Episode 106 – Walang Bahay: Perspectives on Homelessness and Poverty with Andrew Gutierrez III from Safe Place for Youth

Birds-eye view a homeless encampment in San Francisco that includes many Filipino Americans. From the documentary “Box City

Homelessness is an issue that affects us all, but it’s especially felt in TFAL’s home base of Los Angeles.  Last year, thanks to a mix of housing unafforadability, stagnant wages, and the effects of past and present systemic inequities, on any given night, nearly 59,000 people in Los Angeles did not have a permanent place to sleep.

And while some consider Los Angeles to be the “capital of homelessness”, its an issue that is felt even more significantly in the Philippines, where it’s estimated that 4.5 million people are homeless, 3 million of which are in Manila alone.

But how do we as Filipinos connect with this issue?  Is it a topic of discussion in our communities and families?  Are there homeless Filipino Americans?  How do we contend with  poverty, inequity, and economic crisis, both here and in the motherland, and what can we do to solve these issues?

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Throwback Episode – Filipino Ethnic Enclaves: Do They Exist? Do We Need Them?

 

Earlier this month the Los Angeles Times ran the column Here’s how HiFi, or Historic Filipinotown, got its name by Frank Shyong. In the column Frank quotes TFAL’s Joe Bernardo and mentions Episode 85 – Filipino Ethnic Enclaves: Do They Exist? Do We Need Them?

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Head to the LA Times and read the full column and then take a listen to this throwback episode of TFAL!

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 your thoughts about Frank Shyong’s column? What would your ideal Filipinotown look like? Let us know at (805) 394-TFAL (8325) or send us an email at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

 

 

Episode 105 – TFAL meets Bruha Baddies

Ever leave flyers out and hope that it reaches someone out there? In this episode Producer Mike and Elaine learn how leaving TFAL flyers out in a Zia Records in Las Vegas inspired Jean Munson and Rose Trinidad of Bruha Baddies. Bruha Baddies is a Filipino/a/x podcast meant to create a space of healing, and discussion. Producer Mike and Elaine learn about Jean and Rose’s origin story with their activism and their podcast.

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The moment we learned our flyer got into Jean’s hands.

This episode was recorded over Veteran’s Day weekend, which was before Disney+ premiered and why we talked about Float’s upcoming release. This is also why our tough conversations with family is focuses around Thanksgiving, however the subject can apply to the Christmas season as well!

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.

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.

Daghang Salamat to Jean and Rose for being gracious hosts and providing the space to record this episode. Want to learn more about their show? Take a listen to Bruha Baddies today!

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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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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