Filipina on the Rise is a podcast and platform that spotlights impactful Filipino women with the mission to promote Filipina excellence around the world. Through storytelling and exploring critical topics as related to identity, career, and culture, Krystl Fabella, founder and host, weaves a narrative journey of FIlipino women who are defying cultural and social conventions and making an impact in a variety of industries. Filipina on the Rise serves to provide connectivity and empowerment to its community, while educating the world about Filipino women.
WHO IS KRYSTL?
Krystl Fabella is a Storyteller, a 1.5 Gen Immigrant, Producer, Activist, Social Entrepreneur, and Light Worker. Born in the Philippines and immigrating to the U.S. at 7, Krystl grew up in a predominantly Filipino & Caucasian and healthcare-centered town.. At a young age, she was passionate about social impact and business, and women who defied norms. In high school, she started a non-profit for rape survivors, while doing Cutco sales to her Filipino Titas. In her undergrad, UC San Diego, she majored in Management while leading a statewide Sexual Consent Campaign. After college, she joined a San Francisco tech start up and led Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.
However, Krystl always felt a missing part of identity – that of feeling proud to be Filipino. She realized this stemmed from the lack of representation of Filipino women in different fields and desires of “belonging,” (she would relish in being called ‘white-washed!’). Thus, in 2019, a journey and mission around Filipino identity began.
HOW DID THE PODCAST START?
“As an avid podcast listener, in early 2019, I was desperately searching for podcasts of powerful Filipino women, stories I could resonate with. When I could find none, it felt like a breaking point of a theme I knew my whole life. However, I saw that as my calling to find our stories and tell them. This had led me to discover a brilliant community of Filipina trailblazers, creatives, entrepreneurs, builders, researchers, leaders in their field. It is now my mission to empower our community to see greatness in ourselves, educate the world who we are and celebrate what it means to be Filipina!
“If you identify as Filipino, my goals is to gift you with stories you can resonate with as a Filipina, help you feel connected to your heritage and empower you wherever you are.
If you are a non-filipino, I hope to educate you about our beautiful culture, peoples, histories, our struggles and our many, and send you home with “ba-on” (gift in tagalog) of a beautiful story.”