Episode 04: Mano Po (Put Some Respek On It)

In episode 4, I share the mano. This is a gesture in the Filipino culture that shows respect to elders. In return, they give you their blessings. I don’t see it done as much anymore. Of course, we are in America but you would think you’d see it in Filipino gatherings or gatherings with other Filipinos. Though I don’t do it myself, I have showed my kids how to do it and what it means. I hope this episode will remind us that this is an important part of our culture and that we start to use it.

Tagalog Word in this episode



  • Thanks to Tita Loida’s feedback. She enjoyed the shows and appreciates me sharing about the culture. She feels that many Fil-Am don’t know it and some parents don’t have the time to share it with their kids.
  • Thanks to Thomas @thomasami feedback. He shared with me that the audio seems different from the other episodes. Yes, I am using a new software to record guests that are remote. I’m still unfamiliar with it but I hope to improve as I keep using it.

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Episode 03: Kabisadong Ring (Basketball)

My good friend Charles joins me in episode 3 and we talk about basketball. Philippines is country where we love sports. There are many athletes representing the country.

Basketball Pick-up Games

  • You got to bet to play.
  • Substitutes
  • Shoes, slippers, barefooted
  • Full court and half court games


I got some feedback from people, thank you.

  • Jeff from JB Tech Enterprise called me up. I’ve know for close to 20 years. He didn’t realize how I met my brother.
  • Mario (@mariordev) suggested to add English to the title so that people won’t assume the podcast is not in English. He’s another good friend of mine. We do a podcast together, codehopsRADIO.
  • Ernest, who I used to work with, texted me and congratulated me on the new podcast. Him and his wife want to visit the Philippines the next time we go. No problem, sir. I’ll let you know.

Thanks for the love and feedback. Please keep them coming.

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Tagalog Word in this episode

Kabisadong ring. Kabisadong or kabisado means “used to” or familiar. Ring means the basketball rim. It’s not really tagalog but it describes the shape of the rim, circle, which is the same shape of a ring. I chose this word because there’s part of the podcast where I describe the conditions of the rims there. They are wobbly, worn, unstable, bouncy. So if you’re familiar with the rim, you can basically throw up a brick but because you know the rim, more than likely it’ll bounce in.

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Episode 02: Pilosopo Si Daddy (Daddy is a Smart Ass)

In the second episode I share stories about my kids and inherited mannerism. I shared a couple of examples of what I noticed them doing that I used to do as a kid. Karma is doing its thing. Not only do we teach our kids, but we learn from them as well.

If you have great hearing, you may hear my stomach rumbling in the background. My microphone is sensitive haha. I woke up early around 3:30am and couldn’t go back to bed so I decided to record this episode. I made a mistake of drinking cold water before recording, hence my stomach rumbling. Probably upset about the cold water, early in the morning.

Tagalog Words in this episode

  • Pilosopo – smart ass
  • Panganay – first born, oldest
  • Bunso – last born, youngest
  • Sulimpat – “squint eye”?

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Episode 01: Tao Po (Filipino Doorbell)

In the first episode, I introduce myself. I share a little of my background and why I’m starting this podcast show. A special shout out to Gerald Grant for hooking me up with the intro (Element) and outro (Salvation) beats.


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