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Filipino podcasts you should listen to

Top local talents that usher in the new chapter of audio streaming

Podcasts have been around since the ‘80s. Today, the industry has gotten bigger, richer, and more professionalized, thanks to its format, which fits our busy lifestyle perfectly. With the digital shift caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, more attention is being given to audioblogging and storytelling. According to data from Oberlo, more than 850,000 active channels and 30 million episodes exist at present. 

A recent survey was also conducted in the country by leading music streaming app Spotify with YouGov*, which reveals that audio listening is a huge part of the everyday lives of Filipinos. The findings shows that 85 percent of audiences tune in to some type of music or podcast content throughout the day while 74 percent of Pinoys want time away from their screens. Listening to podcast is a great alternative to be entertained, informed, and ease anxiety. 

It’s a given that there are so much audio content worth listening to and following. We’re focusing on local ones, however, that are a cut above the rest. These programs or channels are good for various types of listeners, but all bring Filipino pride.

Adulting with Joyce Pring

In her show, TV presenter, host, and philanthropist Joyce Pring shares tips and advice on “adulting” as a 20-something Filipino. Topics range from mental health, love, relationships, and other significant learnings in life as a young adult.

Sleeping Pill With Inka

Voiced by Inka Magnaye, this ASMR-friendly audio show takes listeners through soothing readings of books and poems with the intention of easing one’s anxieties and helping people fall asleep.

Wake Up With Jim and Saab

Hosted by celebrity pair Jim Bacarro and Saab Magalona, the duo talks about their adventures as a married couple and new parents. Their conversations range from life musings to culture, music, and everything else in between.

The KoolPals

A clever play on the colloquial term kupal (douche), the program is hosted by cool pals and comedy trio GB Labrador, James Caraan, and Nonong Ballinan. Each episode tackles a range of pop culture topics while keeping that colorful Filipino humor alive.

Boiling Waters PH

This series talks about relationships and romance, from courtships to heartbreaks, with a side of humor and hugot memes. Sawi much? ‘Yan kasi, ‘wag masyadong marupok. (Miserable? Don’t be too fragile).

The Eve’s Drop

Hosted by broadcast personalities and certified cool moms Delamar Arias, Francesca Tobias, and Gelli Victor, this is real women talk bringing the drama, questions, and truth to light.

Ask Say

Influencer and body positivity advocate Say Tioco discusses everything life has taught her about living independently, love, sex, relationships, career, travelling, and more.

Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast

Famous filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone and spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo chat about romance, hugot, all things pop culture, what’s trending, and more.

Walwal Sesh

Join Dr. Gia Sison, Vino Rajay, and Renz Argao, in their conversations that tackle love, heartbreak, mental health, equality, sex, and much more.

These shows have recently become exclusive on Spotify. They are now part of the more than 1.5 million podcast titles available on the leading audio streaming app.

‘As Filipinos are looking for ways to be entertained, stay informed, and relax while spending more time at home, podcasts can be the perfect companion.’

“We are thrilled to work with these top Filipino podcasters, storytellers in their own right, who deliver fresh perspectives and belong to a new generation of creators,” said Carl Zuzarte, Spotify head of studios for Southeast Asia. “We know that listening to audio content is a huge part of Filipinos’ everyday lives. And as Filipinos are looking for ways to be entertained, stay informed, and relax while spending more time at home, podcasts can be the perfect companion.”

Carl explains that these partnerships are just the beginning of the company’s plans for podcasts in the country. “We’re at the start of a long and exciting podcast journey in the Philippines—a market ripe with storytellers. We are continuously looking for the best creators that can cater to diverse listener interests as we move into the next chapter of audio streaming in the country,” he says.

These titles can be streamed by free and premium users alike.  

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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