Why Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast Doesn’t Live Up to Its Name

Antoinette Jadaone and Juan Miguel Severo share juicy tidbits on life and love.

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(SPOT.ph) Remember the time when you would eavesdrop on your friends’ conversation on a three-way capable landline, and you’d try your best to stifle your laughter so they wouldn’t find out you were there, listening, even after you'd said goodbye? Well, we found a podcast that's close to that experience, and it's a must-hear for when you want a dose of hilarity and entertainment, especially with everything that's been happening lately.

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Filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone and spoken-word artist Juan Miguel Severo collaborate for Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast, which launched on May 31 on streaming platforms Spotify, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. It currently has four episodes, with a new one slated to be released every Monday

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And no, don’t be fooled by the podcast’s title: Each episode is peppered with tons of local pop-culture references and hugot mostly derived from their personal experiences. Despite their production backgrounds, there are no fancy opening and closing spiels or polished sound effects nor background music here—just regular, out-of-sync introductions and no-holds barred tsikahan that give an authentic conversational feel to the podcast. They even go by their nicknames Tonette and Gege here, respectively.

In “Episode 1: The College Heartbreaks That Made Us,” we find out that Jadaone and Severo go way back—they've known each other since college. They talk about what being a film student at the University of the Philippines was like, and of course, the people they crushed on back then. Their second episode tackles “Mga Kwentong Lasing” where “master manginginom” Severo and “neophyte manginginom” Jadaone muse on why people do certain things while drunk: Case in point, some people end up speaking, er, slurring in English, to which Severo shares the advice, “Alagaan mo ‘yong subject-verb agreement mo pag nag-e-English ka na!”

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Episode 3 gives us a glimpse of what life was like before they made it big in the industry as an “aliping sanguiguilid.” Jadaone shares her journey towards her first love—becoming a filmmaker—from creating commercials to being a script continuity supervisor (and her pagda-drama alongside Irene Villamor, who helmed Ulan and Sid and Aya: Not a Love Story). Severo, on the other hand, candidly talks about his rakets before he turned to writing and performing spoken-word poetry, and how he ended up in On the Wings of Love, Jadaone’s series top-billed by James Reid and Nadine Lustre in 2015.

The fourth and latest episode had us cracking up the most with their references to "Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita" by Roselle Nava and Trisha (played by Maja Salvador) in One More Chance, and now we're even more curious to see where else they could take this podcast. So whether you’re on the lookout for hirits that you can use in real life or you’re feeling down and lonely with all the social-distancing guidelines in place, this podcast will quite likely make your day brighter.

Check out the Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast below:

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