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The Filipino Garage - KuyaChris & Friends - A Filipino American Perspective

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Through conversations with artists and community members, we’re spreading positivity, thoughts, music, and art—all through a Filipino American perspective. Based out of Daly City—the Pinoy Capital of the United States—the goal is to empower the FilAm community and Pinays / Pinoys throughout the world by profiling awesome people and spreading good vibes. This is a mix of personal journals, interviews, recordings, and whatever can be created. Hope you enjoy!

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Through conversations with artists and community members, we’re spreading positivity, thoughts, music, and art—all through a Filipino American perspective. Based out of Daly City—the Pinoy Capital of the United States—the goal is to empower the FilAm community and Pinays / Pinoys throughout the world by profiling awesome people and spreading good vibes. This is a mix of personal journals, interviews, recordings, and whatever can be created. Hope you enjoy!

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Love it

By Nate Rumble - Nov 20 2017
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Finally a Filipino podcast, great stuff

Wow!

By Brownguybrownrice650 - Oct 31 2017
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This guy is so funny! Brown people ✊🏽

iTunes Ratings

13 Ratings
Average Ratings
11
1
1
0
0

Love it

By Nate Rumble - Nov 20 2017
Read more
Finally a Filipino podcast, great stuff

Wow!

By Brownguybrownrice650 - Oct 31 2017
Read more
This guy is so funny! Brown people ✊🏽
Cover image of The Filipino Garage - KuyaChris & Friends - A Filipino American Perspective

The Filipino Garage - KuyaChris & Friends - A Filipino American Perspective

Updated 5 days ago

Read more

Through conversations with artists and community members, we’re spreading positivity, thoughts, music, and art—all through a Filipino American perspective. Based out of Daly City—the Pinoy Capital of the United States—the goal is to empower the FilAm community and Pinays / Pinoys throughout the world by profiling awesome people and spreading good vibes. This is a mix of personal journals, interviews, recordings, and whatever can be created. Hope you enjoy!

Rank #1: 12 – Kevyn Lorenzana / First Time in Philippines, Education, Martial Law

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Kevyn Lorenza just came back from his first trip in the Philipines! He was able to visit different communities in Luzon and Mindanao, with the specific goal of learning about the education system and the struggles of the various sectors in the country. He went with Laya Migrant Youth for Change and Action, based out of Daly City, and this episode has a few reflections on the trip, specifically about the struggles of the Aeta and Lumad communities. Our local hosts in the Philippines were PSET and Salupongan International. We talk about the shifting educational system with K-12, the problems in indigenous communities, and the exposure to martial law in Mindanao.
Sep 17 2017
1 hour 50 mins
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Rank #2: 08 – Michelle Yvette / Pinay Dancer, Showbiz, Religion, Relationships

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Michelle Yvette is a Pinay who immigrated to the United States in 2012 and is currently at Skyline College, pursuing a degree in Business. During her time in Daly City, she found a sense of home and community through dancing and other artistic endeavors. She’s helped choreograph for the Pilipino Cultural Night and has been working alongside other local dancers for events run by The Filipino Channel (TFC). In this episode, she opens up with a short song cover and poem, then shares her aspirations to pursue a career in Showbiz, especially in the Philippines. She also dives into how religion has given her support and purpose, especially in the face of challenges such as a broken family and immigrating to a new country. In the end, she leaves a few reflections for younger Filipinas, both general thoughts and relationship advice. Come listen!
Jun 01 2017
1 hour 39 mins
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Rank #3: 28 – Isabel Bagsik / Graphic Designer, UC Davis, Brown Papaya

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Isabel Bagsik is a Filipina American graphic designer and creative who recently published the Brown Papaya magazine project—an initiative to challenge the colonized beauty standards of the Filipinx community—one where skin whitening products dominate the beauty industry. The Brown Papaya project aims to “reclaim and embrace darker, brown sunkissed skin” and counteract the negative stereotypes attached to that aesthetic. Born in Pasay City, Philippines, Isabel was brought to the US as a child and grew up in the Bay Area, eventually graduating from UC Davis with double B.A. degrees in Design and Technocultural Studies. She has worked as a designer with students organizations and larger groups such as Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. She is currently working at the Communication Arts magazine as a Design and Production Associate while simultaneously developing her own personal design portfolio and projects.

In this episode, she talks about her creative process, how she developed her design eye and eventually landed in the field of work she is currently in. She also expounds on her process of brainstorming, developing, and executing the Brown Papaya project and the lessons she’s learned through her experience.

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}1. It’s ok to be quiet. You shouldn’t be ashamed for being that way. That perspective is going to be incredibly valuable to be able to empathize.2. Focus on your hobbies and your self and your interests, no matter how eccentric they may be.3. Practice your creativity openly, open-heartedly. Not like you need to hide it.
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2 hours 38 mins
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Rank #4: 27 – Angelo Lirazan / 626, College, US Army Reserve, Coding, Entrepreneur

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Angelo Lirazan is a Filipino American entrepreneur based out of the 626 region of Los Angeles, CA—land of the boba. He currently runs Absolve Gaming, an online reseller of trading cards, while also consulting on website development and marketing projects. In this episode, we go over his history of being born in California, moving back to the Philippines, spending a few years in Hawai’i, and returning to Los Angeles for the remainder of his primary schooling. After graduating high school from Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, he ended up joining the US Army Reserve in order to pay for college. Once entering the professional workforce, he reached the position of  Marketing Director for a large tent-manufacturing company, managing a budget of up to $1mil/year for advertising. After working this job and a few others, he decided to pursue running his own business full-time. We talk about this journey, the ups and downs, the challenges, and the reasoning behind his decisions.

We cover a range of topics in this episode, from playing games as kids to sociology and entrepreneurship. Overall it was hella fun. Angelo is also my cousin, so this was a beautiful experience that I’ll be forever grateful for. We moved away from each other around 2007, but the bond and love is always there. Please take a listen and let us know your thoughts.

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1. Learn the basics of finance. Read “The Intelligent Investor.”

2. Treat your future self better. Care about your future self.

3. Know your dreams. Follow your dreams.

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Cosmic Cube Studio

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Jan 14 2019
2 hours 15 mins
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Rank #5: 29 – Mykho Magalong / Drummer, Designer, SFxDC, Balikbayans

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Mykho Magalong is a Filipino American drummer, musician, designer, and owner of the streetwear brand SFxDC. Born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines, he immigrated to the United States when he was around 14 years old. Entering Balboa High School, he was exposed to the hyphy movement in the Bay Area and eventually joined local music groups—Boondock Squad and Doble Bara. In the last few years, he launched his clothing brand SFxDC after making some clothes for friends, the Sorry Ser Crew. He’s continually working on his brand, releasing new designs, and expanding his creative outlets—a community magazine is now in the works. Additionally, he continues to play the drums for a variety of music groups—most recently with Ruby Ibarra and the Balikbayans. In this episode, he plays some live drums, talks about his relationship to music, and his vision for SFxDC. Additionally, he shares reflections about working as a caregiver and the thoughts that experience has brought about, especially in terms of caring for family and his elders.

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}1. Be yourself. Figure out who you are.

2. Be aware. Know the difference between good and bad.

3. Believe in god.
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Shoutouts

rubyibarra

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Mar 09 2019
2 hours 41 mins
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Rank #6: 07 – Dessa Hipolito / Filipina Immigrant, American Culture, Skyline College, Pilipino Cultural Night

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Dessa Hipolito is a Filipina immigrant to California, an active leader at Skyline College, a singer, and an overall great role model for FilAm youth. On campus, she’s been this year’s Commissioner for Student Activities while also producing the last two Pilipino Cultural Nights. Next school year, she is planning to transfer to UCSD and continue her academic and personal journey. She shares her family's immigration history, her struggles, and her integration process into America and community college life. She closes with some reflections on relationships and shares some advice for other young immigrants.
May 24 2017
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #7: 11 – Rodney “Mr. No Name” Manalo / Musician, Freestyle King, Daly City, Hip Hop

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Rodney Manalo is a Filipino American musician who goes by the stage name of Mr. No Name. He was born in Daly City and continues to create and perform his music in local shows and events—this guy can rip a freestyle! He's also in the Year Up program, currently interning at a tech company, while still consistently working on his craft. He has long-term visions to work as an illustrator and character designer, while still maintaining his love for music. He shares his experience growing up in the Bay Area, his personal struggles with drugs and family, while also diving into the positive influence music has played in his life. There’s good reflections and advice on music in this episode—tangible skills to work on such as rhyming and cadence—in addition to personal reflections on depression and self-harm ideations. This one is worth listening to, especially for the amount of freestyles Rod dropped during the episode.
Jul 04 2017
2 hours 7 mins
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Rank #8: 13 – Rey Timosa Novicio Jr. / Mister REY, Producer, Mental Health, Community

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Rey Timosa Novicio Jr. is a Pinoy musician, producer, community mentor, and mental health advocate. He goes by the stage name of Mister REY and has released both instrumental and solo albums. He also recently produced the whole Native Immigrant album of Ro3lay. Born and raised in Makati, Philippines, he immigrated to the US when he was 12 and moved into the Mission District of San Francisco. He participated in multiple youth programs such as Youth Speaks and has now transitioned into the role of facilitator. He has coordinated afterschool programs in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood—some specifically targeting at-risk 1st generation Filipino American you who were on probation. He has used music to support and youth and provide spaces for expression and growth. Currently, he’s the Program Coordinator for Filipino Mental Health Initiative, an organization based out of the Bayanihan Resource Center, which aims to provide community services and end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Oct 06 2017
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Rank #9: 09 – Katrina Liwanag / Singer, SF Native, Filipina, Community Organizer, SFSU, Expo Trip

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Katrina Liwanag is a FilAm singer-songwriter native to San Francisco and is active in multiple community organizations and grassroots movements. In this episode, she sings and performs two songs that relate to her experiences regarding community exposure trips throughout the Philippines. She shares her point of view on political and social issues, her background growing up in San Francisco, her involvement in various Filipina/o American organizations such as Kappa Psi Epsilon and League of Filipino Students, and her upcoming trip to the Philippines.
Jun 10 2017
1 hour 55 mins
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Rank #10: 26 – MC Zuko / Rapper, CSUN, Family, Infidelity, Decolonization

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MC Zuko is a FilAm rapper and Hip Hop artist based out of Los Angeles, CA. Born Carl Viray, he’s lived in both NorCal and SoCal, eventually graduating from Cal State University, Northridge. He recently released his “Respect the Hustle Mixtape” and it’s officially flames. In this episode, Zuko performs a number of his tracks and talks about his journey towards pursuing music full-time. Through the lens of the 5 stages of grief, Zuko tells his story from childhood to present-day, relating his journey through music as a process of decolonization. We also get personal—deconstructing family dynamics, infidelity, and reflections of what type of men we want to be. This is a beautifully introspective episode with a lot of gems and little nuggets of wisdom. Go shoot him a follow, listen to his music, and get inspired.

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1. Whenever you enter something, know that you are good enough. Just go for it.

2. Life is a rollercoaster. You need to know the lows to know the highs. Take life as it is.

3. Don’t stop smiling.

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Rank #11: 06 – Bea Zamora / Philippine Teacher, Skyline College, America

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Ate Bea Zamora is this year's Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at Skyline College. She's an English teacher in the Philippines and has been in the US for the last 9 months, teaching the Filipino language and assisting Filipino American classes through the Fulbright teaching program. She's also been co-assisting College Success classes at both Westmoor and South City high schools. She shares a reflective poem, talks about her experience of arriving in America, and expounds on the differences she's noticed between Philippine-born and American-born Filipinos. Pinay power!
May 07 2017
1 hour 43 mins
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Rank #12: 14 – Patrick Racela / Community Organizer, Rapper, Kabataan Alliance

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Patrick Racela is a Filipino musician and community organizer based out of San Francisco. Originally from Pittsburgh, California, Pat shares his transition from student to organizer throughout his years at San Francisco State University. He became politicized though the League of Filipino Students (LFS) at SFSU and was also a member of the historic Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE). Currently, he works as a coordinator for Kabataan at the Filipino Community Center—a high school youth program—while also organizing for Kabataan Alliance, a national coalition of various youth and student organizations across the United States. In this episode, Pat shares a few raps and poems inspired by his life experiences and political education. We also talk about his various community exposure trips throughout the Philippines with Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network and his continuing advocacy work for Filipino issues and concerns.
Oct 31 2017
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Rank #13: 10 – Kevyn Lorenzana / Emcee, Poet, Barber, Ethnic Studies, UCLA

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Kevyn Lorenzana is a 22-year-old Filipino American emcee, poet, musician, organizer, barber, and community organizer. He’s headed to the Philippines this summer on a community exposure trip to visit rural schools. Once he comes back in the fall, he will be pursuing a degree in Asian American Studies at UCLA. In this return episode, he shares an original song written for Roderick Daus-Magbual’s Filipina/o American Community Issues class and drops a few freestyle bars. We talk about his history of being an SF-born FilAm and his journey through realizing his identity—thanks to the help of Skyline College and ethnic studies. Kevyn is dedicated to serving his community and shares his long-term vision to be a teacher, especially for incarcerated youth. He shares experiences of being mugged at gunpoint as an 8th grader and the effects of the prison system within his own family, but also shares an understanding perspective in regards to larger systems of influence such as poverty and colonial mentality. Take a listen, be inspired, and join us on this journey.
Jun 22 2017
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Rank #14: 05 – Sean Pierre / Photography, Cannabis Entrepreneurship, Daly City, Relationships

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Sean Pierre Viray is a Filipino American entrepreneur and creative. He worked as a professional photographer before launching a medical cannabis delivery service—Mighty Breed. We talk about his experiences growing up in San Francisco and the various transitions he's gone through in life—he even shares a classic Filipino love story at Serramonte Mall and gives some relationships advice, so listen up young ones! Follow him on Instagram @sean_pierre_ and check out MightyBreed.org
May 01 2017
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Rank #15: 25 – Raquel Calara / Community Immersion, Kabataan Alliance, UC Berkeley, PCN

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Raqeul Calara is a student organizer currently majoring in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. She is the SHADOW Coordinator for Pilipinx Academic Student Services (PASS) and is also one of this year’s Pilipinx Cultural Night co-producers. This last summer, she traveled to the Philippines with Kabataan Alliance for a community immersion trip where she visited striking workers, fisherfolk communities, indigenous Aeta groups, and activist organizations. In this episode, she reflects on the significance of this trip—being only the 2nd time she’s been in the Philippines—and the various takeaways she’s gotten from the experience. She explores the implications of the striking NutriAsia workers, the importance and relevance of activism, and the shifts this trip has had on her future trajectory as both a student and community organizer. There’s also a lot of reflections about growing up as a Filipina in the United States, the initial distancing from her culture, and the rediscovery and acceptance of identity while in college.

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1. Be comfortable with change.

2. Don’t hate the identity you were given.

3. Don’t be scared. Invite change instead of straying away from it.

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