Need a pick-me-upper? These Filipino podcasts can certainly lift your spirit

Published May 5, 2021, 2:38 PM

by John Legaspi

Sometimes, all we need is that sense of chikahan to make us feel ourselves again

These podcasts got your back

More than a year in one form of community quarantine or another, and we’d think that we would get used to being apart from each other—that Zoom meetings and video calls would ease the absence of physical touch. What we have instead accomplished is a kind of “meh” feeling, which has recently been described as languishing. It validates what’s happening in our heads during our forced solitude.

Among the those we have lost during the pandemic are chitchats with friends. Those in-between-work exchanges, quick lunch discussions, and talks while commuting. Chikahan is an essential part of our daily lives, not to gossip, but to check on each other, to pass on a smile, and to share funny gestures, which aren’t the same in a URL-kind of conversation.

If you’re missing that sense of chikahan and you need a quick pick-me-upper while working from home, doing chores, doing your workouts, etc., we’ve listed down light, chill, and funny podcasts led by Filipino creators that are all about having a good chikahan—so good that it feels like you are part of their conversation.

Put your headset on, pour yourself a drink, and listen to these podcasts.

‘Between us Queens’

What used to be a podcast focusing on pageant concerns, “Between Us Queens” now takes on women’s issues, and how to empower women in situations they might be uncomfortable with. In its latest episodes, the pageant sisters Pia Wurtzbach, Carla Lizardo, and Bianca Guidotti Santos have funny and candid conversations—Filipinas listening could only say, “I know, I feel you.”

‘Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast’

Humorous and candid, “Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast” (“The Nonsense Podcast in English”) welcomes listeners to the conversations between popular filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone and spoken-word artist Juan Miguel Severo. From their past romances to college antics, you can’t help but giggle about.

‘Walwal Sesh’

Walwal Sesh” is hosted by Doc Gia, Sir Renz, and Vino. It highlights conversations about love, heartbreak, mental health, equality, and sex.

‘The Eve’s Drop’

Witty title, right? Hosted by Delamar Arias, Francesca Tobias, and Gelli Victor, “The Eve’s Drop” is all about honest conversation about love, life, and sex.

‘Boiling Waters PH’

“Boiling Waters PH” is a relationship-focused podcast that covers any and everything about the dating and love world—from courtship and romance to memes and humor, no topic is off-limits in this series.