10 Cool Local Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

There's a K-Drama-loving tita, former DJs, and spooky storytelling.

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(SPOT.ph) In a sea of podcasts, what do you listen to? Nowadays, you can find podcasts produced by Pinoy filmmakers, writers, hosts, journalists, and even regular people who just want to share their thoughts with the world on various podcast platforms. Whether you want to spend your free time listening to something new or you just need to fall asleep, there’s a podcast that can entertain, inform, and even scare you anytime, anywhere. 

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Don’t know where to begin? You'll enjoy listening to these local podcasts: 

PumaPodcast 

Listen to this podcast if: You want a bit of everything in one place

Founded by award-winning journalist Roby Alampay, former editor-in-chief of BusinessWorld and InterAksyon, and an anchor on Cignal TV’s One News, you'll get in-depth podcasts produced by industry experts and journalists in the Philippines. Some of the series worth checking out include Te Talks, human rights lawyer Ted Te’s series where he discusses law and government in the local context; Conversations with Randy David, where the sociologist explores culture, politics with special guests from different fields; Usapang Econ with economists JC Punongbayan and Maien Vital, who talk about topics like “Bakit hindi ka pa nagpapakasal?” to make economics easier to understand for everyone; and GoHardGirls by sports reporter Ceej Tantengco, which puts the spotlight on Filipina athletes.

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The Eve’s Drop

Listen to this podcast if: You miss the good ol'days of radio

If you grew up in the '90s and listened to popular radio stations then, you’re sure to remember Delamar Arias, Francesca Tobias, and Gelli Victor—all former DJs of Monster Radio RX 93.1. The trio, who also happen to be friends in real life, dishes out their thoughts and opinions on a multitude of topics—sometimes over wine—so you can expect bursts of laughter in between. Whether it’s sex and dating, social media, or current events, the episodes also give a glimpse of their personal lives and you can expect emotional moments in between. You can also stumble upon episodes with guests; these include fellow DJs like ToniTony and Gino Quillamor, talk-show host Boy Abunda, and even their podcast producer, Jude Rocha.

Telebabad Tapes

Listen to this podcast if: You're into casual, low-key conversations

This podcast by a real-life married couple will remind you of the good ol’ days of the landline, and the hours-long conversations that ensued. Art director CJ de Silva and filmmaker Wincy Ong share their casual chats that, true to the podcast's name, usually run over an hour. Topics revolve around pop culture, real-life topics, and more—they’ve discussed movies like (500) Days of Summer, Alone/Together; series like Netflix’s You and Stranger Things, and even music-video making in the 2000s with directors Mihk Vergara and King Palisoc. They also share snippets of their personal lives with episodes about their high-school homecoming, what it's like to be in your 20s versus your 30s, and what Christmas is like for introverts.

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MUNI on This

Listen to this podcast if: You want to make change happen

This bi-monthly podcast by Jen Horn and Ayen dela Torre came about from their personal and collective distress” about the state of our planet. Since February, they’ve touched on various concepts like “eco-anxiety”, the value of forests; as well as COVID-related stories—from what it’s like to deal with the lockdown and how craft can contribute to a mindful and livable world post-pandemic. Through MUNI on This, they hope to inspire listeners to act on these challenges for a more livable world.

Stories After Dark

Listen to this podcast if: You're brave enough

As the name implies, this podcast is meant to be listened to at night. Stories After Dark goes into Philippine true crime and mystery stories, ranging from the Ozone Disco fire and the Kawit mass shooting in Cavite, to infamous places like Loakan Road in Baguio and Balete Drive in New Manila. Each episode is accompanied with eerie sound effects for the ultimate spooky experience. If you can’t get enough of the stories on the podcast, you can find additional information and resources on the Stories After Dark Instagram page

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Tita Talks

Listen to this podcast if: You love Korean dramas and Pinoy teleseryes

Do you miss talking to your favorite tita? Here goes the next best thing: Meet Tita Marian, a Pinoy based in Canada who started her podcast as an outlet for kwentuhan. This tita is into watching K-Dramas and Pinoy teleseryes, so it’s here where you can find reviews and reaction episodes delivered in a very tita-like, uh, casual manner. Earlier episodes of the podcast dabbled in non-show topics like mental health, influencers, cheating, chismis, and more. An episode—which drops weekly—runs around an hour, which is kind of like how it is when we get sucked into a conversation with an engaging aunt, right?

Adulting With Joyce Pring

Listen to this podcast if: You need some adulting advice

Sure, the 20-something life is all sorts of exciting, but also a time of uncertainty. And this is where this “passion project” of a podcast by host and former radio DJ—and also 20-something—Joyce Pring comes in. In the early days of the podcast, Pring touched on topics that most people her age might find daunting: public speaking, building a business, and dealing with the highs and lows of this tumultuous decade. In March, she launched a new segment called SOS - Shot of Sanity alongside TV host, sports anchor, and fellow former radio DJ Aaron Atayde. Together, they talk about things that drive them mad and sane, whether it’s about career paths, love and dating, and pressing issues locally and globally. 

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Endslate

Listen to this podcast if: You're a big entertainment geek

Filmmaker Quark Henares, producer Mel Lozano-Alcaraz, and Philippine Daily Inquirer critic Ramon de Veyra come together for a pop-culture and entertainment podcast, perfect for serial binge-watchers and movie buffs. From '90s movies, newly released shows and movies, to unpacking Crash Landing on You, you can expect in-depth discussions and funny commentaries. There's also a section called Showbiz Kachipan, where they discuss Pinoy showbiz happenings “from a standpoint that is both insider and ignorant.” You can catch interviews with filmmakers and celebrities in this podcast: they have had film composer Erwin Romulo and directors Mikhail Red and Sigrid Bernardo on the show.

Sleeping Pill With Inka

Listen to this podcast if: You're struggling to sleep

You might have heard of Inka Magnaye, who happens to be the in-flight voice of flag carrier, Philippine Airlines. Magnaye brings her soothing, relaxing voice to this meditative-slash-ASMR-podcast, where she reads short snippets of poems and books to ease your anxieties away. The voice talent just has a reminder for those who want to try out this “sleeping pill”: Listen only when you’re ready to relax and drift off, as the podcast can “cause drowsiness and induce sleep.”

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Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast

Listen to this podcast if: You want to laugh out loud

Do not be deceived by the name of filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone and spoken-word artist Juan Miguel Severo's podcast because it’s far from that, really. Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast dabbles on relatable topics like katangahan sa pag-ibig, their lives before they made it in the entertainment industry—aliping sanguiguilids as they put it, and their most memorable drunk moments. Expect plenty of local entertainment references (Severo’s “recital” of Trish’s poem in One More Chance is a winner in our book), lots of spontaneity and laughter, and quotable quotes. 

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