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Enter This Filipino American Life

This Filipino American Life–hosted by Michael Nailat, Elaine Dolalas, Joe Bernardo and Ryan Carpio–is a podcast that explores the nuanced experiences of Filipinos in the United States, at iba pa (and more).

Back in 2016. I, first, heard about it through my college friends [from UCI], Mike and Elaine. I later found out that one of their co-hosts, Joe, was someone I knew from back in my high school days, a dear friend of my sister’s. My family remembers him as “Filipino” Joe.

Fast forward to 2018. In a recent Google Hang Out, Eros, Michelle [also fellow UCI heads] and I were discussing TFAL’s Filipino Slang episode for the very first time. As fate would have it, I received a message that the TFAL was going to be recording in Las Vegas and was invited to speak with the TFAL crew.

TFAL Episode 24.5

I had the honor of being featured on This Filipino American Life Podcast. Please give a listen. The episode covers my transition from Long Beach to Las Vegas, my journey from suit-and-tie guy to MMA and Jiu Jitsu, Cobra Kai and Ten Braves.

I appear on the second half of the episode (46 min mark), but more importantly I think this podcast is something the Fil-Am community should get behind. Though I’ve been spoiled in LA & Las Vegas by being around so many other Filipinos, even I grew up hoping there would be Filipinos in the media to look up to or relate to… I pretty much found my hero’s in DJ’s, B-Boys and Bruce Lee (not even Filipino but the biggest asian star there was). I can only imagine for others out in the mid-west or other less Filipino-populated regions. The podcast gives a voice and a story for our people.

There are also tons of other topics they explore that I’m sure you would relate to, find interesting and/or funny. If you like what they’re doing, follow on Facebook and Instagram. Subscribe and rate them on iTunes. Share with other Fil-Ams! Salamat!


Couldn’t find any good photos of bangs, but here are a few photos of me through the years with hair

Kadana / Paamano Escrima with my sister, Kathy, on the left

Shout Outs

I made a couple of honorable mentions during the episode. See the links below:

Kadan Martia Arts / Paamano Eskrima
Cobra Kai Jiu Jitsu
Ten Braves: Please follow on Facebook and Instagram.
This Filipino American Life: Please follow on Facebook and Instagram.

DJ-ing back in the day at a Fresh Off the Beats event (second from the right)

Fighting in front of 14,000 people at Tuff N Uff

Stay Braves Las Vegas tee mentioned on the show. After the Las Vegas shooting, 100% of the proceeds were designated to the Las Vegas Victim’s Fund.

Jameson after a Jiu Jitsu session at home, wearing his first gi by Ten Braves

My son, Jameson, and I in front of Cobra Kai Jiu Jitsu. I’m wearing the Ten Braves Wu Jitsu Protect Ya Neck Tee.