“Womanhood in Pre-Colonial Philippines was fierce and tender, all at once” – Gabes Torres on Filipina history, Decolonizing your Identity & Reclaiming your Innate Worth

Gabes is a researcher, artist, theologian, speaker, and psychotherapist in training, and her life’s work is to demonstrate how there’s nothing “post-” about post-colonialism. She recently completed a Master’s in Theology and Culture at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, focusing on colonialism and is completing her Master’s in Counseling Psychology.

Gabes currently works for The Allender Center writes poetry and music. She’s independently produced 3 albums of original music and has toured in Southeast Asia, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle.

In this discussion, we learn

  • Gabes’ journey and what brought her to her work and mission of decolonization,
  • The history of the Philippines from before colonization
  • What the pre-colonial Filipina was like and womanhood before oppression
  • The Grieving Process around the “Inferiority Complex” and Rejection-of-the-self
  • The Reclaiming Process: Reclaiming the colonized parts of our identities and embracing and loving what is our own

Find her on: GabesTorres.com | Instagram @gabestorres


How to (Literally) Design the Life You Want! with Kristen Brillantes, CEO/CoFounder of The Sarap Shop

Kristen Brillantes is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Sarap Shop, a San Francisco-based, Filipino-American food truck and catering company, that serves an inclusive Filipino comfort food menu. Previously, she was the Head of Design Operations at Stripe, a large fintech company, and before that held leadership development roles at Google and Google Ventures. She is also a Business coach and designer.

This episode will have you pulling out a pen and paper to design your own growth! We discuss her journey, from various corporate roles to starting the Sarap Shop, and hard decisions and sacrifices she made along the way to stay true to herself.

We cover topics such as:

  • How to take ownership of your own growth wherever you are
  • Shifting from a sacrificial/scarcity mindset to abundance mindset, especially as a 1st or 2nd Generation Filipino
  • How to treat professional life like play
  • Why it’s important to let yourself UNRAVEL
  • Being Filipina in the workplace and bringing

Follow Kristen at @thesarapshop

(Big thanks to Ruanne Catapang & Ashley Lanuza for help on this!)

Music: https://www.bensound.com

Decolonizing Generational Financial Falsehoods & Reclaiming Your Money Power with HeyBerna, Financial Hype Woman

Berna Anat is a financial consultant and financial literacy educator who is dedicated to making personal finance education more funny, accessible and more “brown” for people everywhere. Her mission to help others find financial freedom and is creating a financial revolution helping people of color and minority communities take back the power of money.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Her journey, from having no financial educational background, paying off $50,000 in debt, to being Financial Literacy Educator
  • Decolonizing Financial Falsehoods that have been passed down generations from the Philippines and where they are rooted
  • How to reclaim our Financial Freedom and Money Power
  • The “Frugal-Flex” in Filipino communities
  • 3 First Steps to begin your journey to Debt-Freedom & Personal Wealth

As a first generation Filipina-American, her journey began after struggling with the debt she owned after college and saw what was lacking in financial education: a face and story she can relate to. After paying off $50,000 of debt with self-taught methodologies, she’s created countless resources, from content on her Instagram HeyBerna, YouTube videos, articles, and programs and workshops.

Follow her on @Heyberna on Instagram and HeyBerna.com

Yana – Filipino Food movement, how she’s bringing Kamayan to the world (Salo Series founder/acclaimed-Nomadic Chef)

In March 2013, Yana Gilbuena had the epiphany that she wanted to bring Filipino food and Kamayan to all 50 states. At the time, she was working a completely different job, and didn’t have any formal training as a culinary chef. 6 years later, Yana is an acclaimed Nomadic Chef, founder of Salos Series, and has brought Filipino Kamayan Popup Dinners to all 50 states, Canada, parts of South America, Mexica, Philippines, and now Europe. Salo Series is a Traveling Underground Pop-up Dinner that hosts Kamayan dinners, serving Filipino food through the traditional culture of eating with your hands. She has also been featured in major publications such as The New York Times and National Geographics: The Plate.

We discuss her journey, from immigrating from the Philippines to the states, the different career changes she had, and how she ultimately started her 50-state underground tour. She shares struggles she had to overcame along the way, and advice she gives to those looking to pursue an entrepreneurial path and their passion.

Along with discussing the current Food Filipino movement, we talk about her book, No Forks Given, a compilation of stories of her journey and people she met during my 50-state tour, that she said taught her a lot about letting go, resilience, faith and trust.

“Don’t be afraid to rattle the cage” – Jessica Caloza, Commissioner of Los Angeles Board of Public Works

Jessica Caloza was 4-years-old when she immigrated from the Philippines to California. She is now Los Angeles’ Commissioner on the Board of Public Works, the first Filipino in the position and one of the youngest in City Hall. How did she get here?

Together, we discuss her journey and what transitioned her into public service and government. We also discuss her commitment and lens in public service as a 1st Generation Filipino woman, and why she’s passionate about representing Filipinos and underrepresented communities.

Jessica also highlights her focuses, from building pipelines for the youth into public service and politics to coalition building with other communities, and what makes her proud to be a Filipino in government. She also talks about her love of Filipino food culture, lends advice in pursuing a path you’re passionate about… and why Filipinos make a great fit for being in government!

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