The Filipino American Woman Project

The Filipino American Woman Project

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Welcome to the Filipino American Woman Project - A Podcast Show that shares stories and life lessons told by individuals living (or have lived) in America, that are of Filipino descent and identify as female (or pronouns she/her). Follow us on Instagram @thefilipinoamericanwoman ———- Have something to share? Email us at thefilipinoamericanwoman@gmail.com


055: “There are listeners just like you that are waiting to hear your story.” Celebrating our season finale with co-hosts Jen & Nani
Mar 24 • 88 min
Co-hosts Jen and Nani celebrate the season finale by covering listener demographics, recommended episodes for first-time listeners, and listener feedback. They also announce their plans to connect with all of your during the off season. Recommended…
054: “Be kind to yourself.” Firstborn in America, higher education and making courageous career choices with Jannel Mariano
Mar 19 • 52 min
Daughter of immigrants, higher education professional, and reality TV enthusiastic Jannel Mariano currently holds the record for listening to our entire show in two days! Jannel shares what it was like being raised as the first member of her family to be…
053: “You have to learn how to really advocate for yourself because no one else will do it for you.” Journalism, Visibility and the Career Survival Guide with Starla Sampaco
Mar 14 • 52 min
Starla Sampaco launched Career Survival Guide to help early-career professionals, especially women and people of color, navigate work-related challenges. Her background is in journalism and video production, and she has hosted shows on technology and…
052: “Every major turning point in my career has happened after I’ve made a vision board.” Podcasting, animation and the supernatural with Sapphire Sandalo
Mar 9 • 46 min
Sapphire Sandalo is the creator of the web series & podcast called Something Scary, where she told ghost stories - emphasizing those from Filipino origins. Today, she hosts the Stories with Sapphire podcast. Other fun facts about Sapphire, she is an…
051: “You can do anything, even if you are a mom.” Working full time, running a side business, and motherhood with Jenn Estacio
Mar 4 • 41 min
Jenn Estacio is rediscovering herself now that she’s a mom. She currently works full time while learning how to run a small business called Flipp Family on the side. She’s learning that being a mom doesn’t mean you can’t go after your dreams, and that…
050: “This trip gave me a very macro view of the motherland and taught me to let go of all my expectations.” Co-host Nani Dominguez’ first trip to the Philippines
Feb 28 • 30 min
Jen and Nani celebrate 50 podcast episodes and 12.5k + downloads of The Filipino American Woman Project! Nani also shares her reflections on her first trip to the motherland. Connect with co-hosts Jen Amos on Instagram @thejenamos and Nani Dominguez…
049: “I lived a double life. But I justified my actions with my achievements.” From drug and alcohol abuse to now thriving in Miami, FL with Marian Bacol-Uba
Feb 23 • 48 min
Founder of Thriver Lifestyle, TEDx & Keynote Speaker, Business Coach & Bestselling Author Marian Bacol-Uba’s life in Miami looks completely different from when she moved from Los Angeles six years ago. She shares how she lived a double life of “checking…
048: “I’m not going to be a quiet Filipina that’s supposed to assimilate and not talk about trauma.” A smooth immigration transition, identity and sexual assault with Mae Flores
Feb 18 • 46 min
TEDx Speaker, Actor, Single Mother & Founder of “Light Me Up” Survivor Dance Therapy Mae Flores felt fortunate to have a smooth transition immigrating to America at age 11 with her mother and sister. It was only in high school and into college when she…
047: “You’re taking away life from yourself when you stop doing what you’re passionate about.” Jersey City, supporting artists and having fun with M. Josephine
Feb 13 • 32 min
M. Josephine is an artist, singer-songwriter, connector, and mother of two. She shares her love for being born and raised in Jersey City, and her passion to empower women in their self love and personal development journey. Connect with M. Josephine on…
046: “I still felt really pressured to get really good grades and go into the medical field.” Nursing, binge eating and mindfulness with Alyssa Saquilayan
Feb 8 • 68 min
Alyssa Saquilayan is a Board Certified Nurse Coach, recovered binge eater, and neuroplasticity enthusiast. She’s also a San Francisco native, India-trained Yoga Instructor, EntrePiNurse, and Mindfulness junkie. She adds her perspective on the pressures of…
045: “I put myself out there, that’s the American way.” Celebrating TFAW Project’s 3 Year Anniversary with our very first interview with Connie Marie Castro
Feb 3 • 51 min
In celebration of The Filipino American Woman Project’s three year anniversary, Jen shares our first Facebook Live interview from January 12, 2017 with blogger and stay-at-home mother Connie Marie Castro. Connect with Connie on Instagram…
044: “I feel like this project gives all of us an opportunity to just be who we are.” Celebrating 8.5k total plays and the new year with co-hosts Jen and Nani
Jan 29 • 83 min
For the first official recording of the new year, on January 11th, 2020, Nani and Jen celebrate 8.5k total plays for TFAW Project podcast show! They break down our listenership demographics, recommend their top three episodes for first-time listeners, and…
043: “Because it’s corrupt.” A special episode with co-host Nani Dominguez before her first trip to the Philippines
Jan 24 • 28 min
As we prepare for a new line up of interviews, we take a moment to check in with our co-host Nani Dominguez before her first trip to the motherland. She shares what had inspired her to visit the Philippines, her relationship with her grandparents, her…
042 - Part 2/2 SF Bay Area Live Show 2019: “You’ve all given me more conviction to show up as I am.”
Jan 19 • 65 min
This is a recording of our first LIVE event in the SF Bay Area! In this part 2/2 episode, we discuss why Filipinos were left out of American history, bullying and competition within our community, the impact of showing up as ourselves, and where do we go…
041 - Part 1/2 SF Bay Area Live Show 2019: “Filipino isn’t something that you need to try to be, it’s who you already are.”
Jan 14 • 70 min
This is a recording of our first LIVE event in the SF Bay Area! In this part 1/2 episode, we discuss personal experiences with Filipino organizations, internalized racism, and a historical perspective on why many of us struggle with unworthiness and the…
040: “We’re this intercultural tribe of ancient beings in young people’s agile bodies.” Decolonization and spirituality through art and healing practices with Sammay Dizon
Jan 9 • 47 min
Healer, Artivist and Truthspeaker Sammay Dizon is an unapologetic first-generation brown femme navigating the discourse between decolonization and spirituality through art and healing practices. She gives credit to her mentors and teachers for the wisdom…
039: “I wish I can help relieve some of that pain if she were to open up.” Being raised by a single mother, preserving language, and abusive relationships with Meia Santos
Jan 4 • 56 min
Meia Santos is born and raised in Chicago. Today she is multitasking at her best by balancing work, school and raising her 2-year-old son with her fiancé. She shares what it was like being raised by a single mother who valued preserving language and…
038: “I found that loving myself is going to disappoint some people.” Meditation, listening to your body, and purpose over fear with Melissa Barayang
Dec 30, 2019 • 71 min
2019 was the year that Morena, Meditation Guide and Space Holder Melissa Barayang felt like she was stepping into her power. Mel shares her experience as a highly sensitive person (HSP), the importance of listening to your body, how she uses her…
037: “We don’t call green half blue or half yellow. It’s just green.” Identifying as Mestizx and gender non-binary, decolonized pedagogy in higher education and self love with Sarah Ojeda Kimbrough
Dec 25, 2019 • 54 min
Social worker, parent and recovering addict Sarah Ojeda Kimbrough identifies as Mestizx and gender non-binary. Growing up, Sarah grew a resentment around the identity of being female and how they learned to love moving between the spectrum of femininity…
036: “Find a hole in the world with the shape of you and fill it.” Representation, podcasting and curating your tribe with Krystl Fabella
Dec 20, 2019 • 43 min
Creator and Host of “Filipina on the Rise” Podcast & Platform Krystl Fabella believes that the Filipino American is an evolving narrative and identity that we continue to construct by sharing our stories. She shares how she identifies as a 1.5 generation…
035: “Aren’t all Filipinos nurses?” Being raised by a single parent, her love for language, and stereotyping in the workplace with Dr. Stella C
Dec 15, 2019 • 53 min
Physician, wife, mother of two and SF Bay Area resident Dr. Stella C knew at a very young age that she wanted to become a doctor. She shares what it was like to be raised by a single mother, getting hazed in medical school, her love for language (she…
034: “What’s Your Pinoy Love Language?” Traditional parenting, counseling for Filipino women, and rescripting your story with Roanne de Guia-Samuels
Dec 10, 2019 • 51 min
Filipina Psychotherapist, Educator, One Lucky Mama & Wife Roanne de Guia-Samuels had a hydrid experience of immigrating to America at 11 years old and then again at 23 years old. She shares her experience being raised by her grandmother and how that…
033: “I couldn’t be an environmentalist if I wasn’t rooted as a Filipina.” How visiting the Philippines solidified her work today with Kristy Drutman
Dec 5, 2019 • 44 min
Creator and curator of Brown Girl Green Kristy Drutman is redefining environmentalism in the 21st century. She describes her mixed heritage as a “Jew-Pina,” how her 2016 trip to the Philippines solidified her Filipina identity, and how she is holding…
032: “Repeat outfit offenders unite!” Growing an influencer brand, code switching, and slow fashion with Kara Fabella
Nov 30, 2019 • 78 min
Ethical fashion blogger and Founder of The Flipp Side Kara Fabella shares what her life is like today as she builds an influencer brand while working a full-time job. She shares how she “code switches” depending on her social settings, how slow fashion…
031: “Our job is to hold that awkward space for others.” The importance of showing up for ourselves and for each other with Niki and Monica Magtoto
Nov 25, 2019 • 75 min
Although sisters Niki and Monica Magtoto lead completely different lives, there’s one clear thing that they both value: holding and creating space for people in different capacities. The Magtoto’s share a mixed ancestry (from the Philippines, Mexico, Cabo…
030: “To da dit (a.k.a. ‘to the death’).” Event planning, pinay sisterhood in the hustle, and using trauma & death as a powerful motivator with Gina Mariko Rosales
Nov 20, 2019 • 46 min
Founder of Make It Mariko Events, Co-Founder of Undiscovered SF, and Founder of Entrepinays Summit Gina Mariko Rosales is an example of what it means to live every day fully. Inspired by the loss of her first cousin (to suicide) and uncle (to leukemia),…
029: “I am far from perfect.” Philanthropy, social media and mental health with Asia Hilario
Nov 15, 2019 • 56 min
2019 has been quite the year for Women Empowerment Lifestyle Blogger, Mental health advocate, and Volunteer CrisisCounselor for CrisisTextline.org Asia Hilario. She shares her philanthropic work for her hometown Saipan, how she uses social media for good,…
028: “The day that I was let go, I literally felt a weight lifted off of my shoulders.” Operating a mobile restaurant business with Kathy Hardy
Nov 10, 2019 • 56 min
Losing her job in 2011 turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Chef Kathy Hardy. By mid-2012, Kathy joined the OG crew of the new food truck industry in Denver, CO. Her vision for the food cart was to introduce Filipino culture through Filipino…
027: “You are your dad’s only daughter. He cannot lose you.” Living her father’s values in her own way with Dr. Adeleine Conanan Liang
Nov 5, 2019 • 58 min
Dr. Adeleine Conanan Liang is a 1.5-generation Filipino immigrant, soon to be Licensed Psychologist, and fur mama. Growing up as an only child, Adeleine learned how to make her father’s values in preserving culture and her mother’s values to assimilate…
026: “We all need to find a place that makes us feel safe to explore who we are and all that we are.” A special FAHM episode with co-hosts Jen and Nani
Nov 1, 2019 • 160 min
Your co-hosts, Nani and Jen celebrate the final day of Filipino American History Month - over drinks!! SF Bay Area - Jen will be visiting from Dec. 17-19th, 2019 and plans on holding a small get together at her AirBnB in Oakland, CA with Nani on Dec.…
025: “What’s so important about Filipino American women’s history? There’s nothing there that hasn’t been said already.” Archiving our history with Stacey Anne
Oct 26, 2019 • 71 min
Pinay Activist-Scholar, PhD student and Author of Pinay Guerrilleras Stacey Anne joins us for a special FAHM episode to talk about how she is restoring Filipina presence in American history. In her PhD program, she is working on a feminist scholarship…
024: “I can’t separate them - I am that hyphen.” Connecting to your heritage as an expat and expanding worldviews through storytelling with Kay Fabella
Oct 21, 2019 • 84 min
The Story Finder & visibility strategist for WOC leaders Kay Fabella joins us as an expat in Madrid, Spain to share the importance of expanding people’s worldview by sharing our stories. Kay shares a different take on answering the question, “Where are…
023: “Why are you other-ing me?” Assimilating as a mestiza with Marjory Ware
Oct 17, 2019 • 100 min
First generation Filipino/white woman, Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State, and enneagram nerd Marjory Ware immigrated to America at 16 years old. Marjory shares the complexities of assimilating as a mestiza, how she finds validation in her…
022: “We are living in a very fortunate time where we can safely document and distribute our stories.” A FAHM special episode with previous guest Anjelica Moresca Enaje
Oct 11, 2019 • 94 min
Memoirist-in-progress, fellow booknerd and grad student Anjelica Moresca Enaje joins us once again for a special episode on Filipinx literacy. We take a deeper dive into the Maria Clara archetype from Jose Rizal’s famous novel Noli Me Tángere, Anjelica’s…
021: “Your healing is so much more important than protecting other people’s feelings.” Celebrating 1k Plays with Co-Hosts Jen Amos & Nani Dominguez
Oct 6, 2019 • 76 min
Less than three months since we launched the podcast show, we are now humbled to be celebrating our first 1,000 plays with you! Jen and Nani candidly share the latest stats on our listeners, give several shout outs to past guests, and active listeners.…
020: “It’s okay, you just gotta get organized.” Our ability to get organized and build power in the face of multiple oppressions with Jollene Levid
Oct 1, 2019 • 47 min
Jollene Levid honors many of the women in her life, including herself, that are survivors of some form of violence through her work as the AF3IRM Founding Chairperson, a United Teachers Los Angeles union organizer, and social worker. Although the trauma…
019: “There’s a hole in my heart and it’s in the shape of my father.” A father’s impact on identity with Renee Barabad Floresca
Sep 19, 2019 • 59 min
Originally from Hercules in the East Bay Area, Renee Barabad Floresca is a Filipina actor, educator & writer based in Brooklyn. She shares her experiences as a daughter of a methamphetamine addict, a New York freelancer, and a new mother. Renee is open to…
018: “The later we start sex education, the more unlearning we have to teach.” Celebrating diversity, sex education and boundaries with Justine Ang Fonte
Sep 14, 2019 • 44 min
As Filipina, Feminist and Foodie Ms. Justine Ang Fonte was growing up, she soon discovered that not everyone was “woke with their ancestry.” It was thanks to American comedian Rex Navarrete that she was inspired to celebrate her ancestry and explore how…
017: “I want my kids to respect me, but I also want them to have a voice.” Homeschool, blogging and virtual assistance with Michele Montierro
Sep 9, 2019 • 70 min
Michele Montierro shares her story as a homeschool mother of three, educational blogger and virtual assistant for female online entrepreneurs. Michele, Jen & Nani also discuss mosquitoes repellant tips, the shiny object syndrome, being an introvert, and…
016: “You’re fighting for the colonizer and you don’t even know it.” Deconstructing colonialism with JL Umipig
Sep 4, 2019 • 70 min
Cultural Bearer, Liberation Educator and Creator Jana Lynne Umipig shares how now is the time of decolonization. She thoroughly unpacks what it means to be a Filipino American woman, shares how she uses social media as a space of communication for her…
015: “Do I want to raise my child the same way that I was raised by my mom?” Being a new mother with Clarice Aguilera
Aug 30, 2019 • 62 min
Clarice Aguilera is on a personal quest to teach her daughter about the Philippines - its people, the language and its culture and values. She shares how it’s important for her as a 1.5 generation Filipino American to preserve her cultural heritage by…
014: “Our kids need to see themselves in stories.” Creating children’s books and knowing you are richly loved with Melissa Leslie Q
Aug 25, 2019 • 52 min
Artist, Author, Health Advocate and Entrepreneur Melissa Leslie Q is internationally known for her fine art reflecting musical inspirations and deeply symbolic works depicting spiritual thought processes, experiences and revelations. Born in the Midwest,…
013: “Are you getting paid for that?” Finding the balance between pursuing your passions and being stable with Karen Joy Pangantihon
Aug 20, 2019 • 42 min
Equity Actor, Singer, and multidisciplinary artist Karen Joy Pangantihon candidly shares the pursuit of being an artist while feeling like an “orphan” since her parents retired to the Philippines. She shares how there are very few Filipinos in the…
012: “There’s no harm in asking for what you believe you should earn and deserve.” The power of asking with Rachelle Peraz Ocampo
Aug 15, 2019 • 42 min
Rachelle Peraz Ocampo is a Public Health & Community Engagement Professional, TV Talk Show Host, and the daughter of Nelly & Ronnie Ocampo. Together with co-hosts Jen Amos and Nani Dominguez, they discuss the difference in community organizing from the…
011: “A feeling is not a solid.” Normalizing conversations around mental health with Elaine Dolalas
Aug 10, 2019 • 47 min
Outside of her full-time job as an advisor at UCLA, Elaine Dolalas shares her commitment to always work toward the betterment of Filipino American communities. She shares the origin story of This Filipino American Life podcast, the advantages of living in…
010: “Being ‘not good enough’ is a myth that we have the power to change.” Life after fear with Nicole Cruz
Aug 5, 2019 • 57 min
Life Coach for 1st & 2nd Generation Americans Nicole Cruz celebrates Filipino Americans’ opportunity to survive AND thrive while still honoring our families in today’s times. She shares that being “not good enough” is a myth that we have the ability to…
009: “What has this show meant to you so far?” Celebrating 400+ Episode Plays with Co-Hosts Jen Amos & Nani Dominguez
Jul 31, 2019 • 44 min
Co-Hosts Jen Amos (IG @thejenamos) and Nani Dominguez (IG @notesbynani) casually reflect on the first 400+ plays of The Filipino American Woman Project’s Podcast Show. Special shoutouts to Filipina authors Melinda L. de Jesús with Pinay Power, Melissa…
008: “Choose to live.” Supporting family and choosing to live life her way with Anjelica Moresca Enaje
Jul 26, 2019 • 56 min
Writer, 1st Generation Cast Member of Raised Pinay, and Dutiful Daughter Anjelica Moresca Enaje was born, raised and still resides in New York. She shares her experience living at home to support her parents and analyzes the Maria Clara archetype from…
007: “Day by day, appreciate what you have.” Being grateful and enjoying your life with Jaymee Wins
Jul 21, 2019 • 45 min
Inspirational Influencer, 2x cancer survivor and global traveler Jaymee Wins shares her life from being a former Filipina celebrity (formally known as Jaymee Joaquin) to now living a simplistic life full of gratitude in the states. She shares with our…
006: “What’s the skin that I’m in?” Exploring identity in the workplace and as a mother with Ria Pretekin
Jul 16, 2019 • 54 min
Educator, Coach, and Counselor Ria Pretekin shares how she has taken a deep dive into exploring her identity after having lived in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, becoming a mother, to now living in the city of Chicago with a multicultural, interfaith…
005: “Do It Scared.” Having Christ at the Center of Your Life with Maryann Clark
Jul 11, 2019 • 53 min
Christ Follower, Mother of Five and Mental Health Advocate Maryann Clark shares her relationship with Christ, her “hella Bay Area” roots, and living as a new Arizona transplant. Stick around after the show for an extra discussion on the importance of…
004: “Life happens for me, not to me.” Sharing Personal and Professional Stories with Anna Marie Cruz
Jul 6, 2019 • 27 min
Founder of Entrepinayship, Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder, and Integrative Coach to Entrepreneurial Women Anna Marie Cruz shares stories of her personal background coming to the states and the professional work she’s involved with today, especially…
003: “Do It Anyway, Even If You Don’t Have All of Your Ducks In a Row” - A Short Story by Your Host Jen Amos
Jul 1, 2019 • 14 min
This is an experimental episode that breaks away from the normal interviews with our fellow Filipino American sisters. Rather than Tweet about epiphanies as she normally does, TFAW Project Podcast Host, Jen Amos, decides to share on the show instead.…
002: “What Are You Going to Do Instead?” Communicating Healthy Boundaries with Jezyle Deo Diez
Jun 26, 2019 • 25 min
SDSU Alumni, First-Generation College Graduate Student, Aspiring Student Affairs professional Jezyle Deo Diez shares how setting healthy boundaries and having honest conversations with others is fundamental to prioritizing self-care and personal success.…
001: Welcome to the First Episode of The Filipino American Woman Project
Jun 21, 2019 • 3 min
Learn about what The Filipino American Woman Project is about and how you can get involved! Hosted by @thejenamos Follow us on Instagram @thefilipinoamericanwoman — Have something to share? Leave us a message for a chance to be featured on our next…