VOICES Podcast


Walter Talens (Host), JR DeGuzman (Comedian), and Arlyn Dela Pena (Host), strike a pose shortly after completing another episode of Voices, at Pilipino Workers Center in Historic Filipino Town, at Los Angeles, Calif., on March 2018. Voices is a podcast dedicated to sharing the stories of Filipio-American entertainers and creatives making waves in pop culture

Hosts Walter Talens and Arlyn Dela Pena sit down with prominent Filipino-Americans (Fil-Ams) in the entertainment and creative industry, as they share their stories, challenges, and triumphs in their chosen careers. Listen to stories that will surprise and enamour you to these talented individuals.  Tune in every week. Download. Listen. Then give us the highest rating you’re willing to share. Of course, feel free to comment on our episodes. ENJOY!




Airdate: April 4, 2018
Episode 1: Manny Streetz, Importance of representing your Culture

We sit down with Manny Streetz. Manny is a KIIS-FM radio personality, an actor, musician, and overall entertainer. He talks about his journey from Florida to California, his boy band days, how he started in radio, the importance of representing your community, and all his upcoming creative projects.

Airdate:  April 11, 2018
Episode 2:  NBC Executive Grace Borrero Moss on the Art of Hustling

We sit down with Director of Diversity at NBCUniversal, Grace Borrero Moss. Grace talks about how she was inspired to pursue a career in entertainment, her pride of being Filipino American, being a Hollywood executive and a mother, the diversity movement in Hollywood, and what she does at NBCUniversal to help push representation in Hollywood forward.

Airdate:  April 18, 2018
Episode 3:  A.J. Calomay Talks About Working on “Mr. Robot” and His Love For Lumpia

We sit down with A.J. Calomay as he talks about his start in the entertainment field, how he found his personal mission, his talent for being a connector, and the myriad of projects he’s a part of.  Projects that include Voices crew’s favorite show Mr. Robot!

Airdate:  April 25, 2018

Episode 4: Mary Grant wants to make a more diverse version of SNL 

Here’s Mary! Watch her episode of voices on YouTube and listen to this comedian talk about social media, impressions, and her rise as a rising youtube personality… nay… a STAR! Click on our links and get to know this female Filipino-American comedian.

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Airdate:  May 4, 2018

Episode 5:  LA Asian Pacific Film Festival MEGAPOD episode. (Part 1)

FilAm Creative was fortunate enough to sit down with some of the filmmakers being featured at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and create a MEAGAPODCAST to honor the Filipino-American films and filmmakers accepted into LAAPFF. The episode features Ulam: Main Dish Alexandra Cuerdo (Director) and Rey Cuerdo (Producer and Father of Alexandra), Jeremy Sistoso (Director/Writer/Actor) of Fakeapino, and Cath Gulick (Director) of The Fever and the Fret to discuss about their film, inspirations, challenges producing their projects and for Cath Gulick her exposure to Filipino-American culture.

Airdate:  May 19, 2018

Episode 6:  LA Asian Pacific Film Festival MEGAPOD episode. (Part 2)

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is over, but we spent more time with some LAAPFF filmmakers. Marietta Go, HBO’s APA Visionary winner with her film “Remittance“. Melanie Ramos talks about her film “Limboland“, and Jon Jon Augustavo talks about his film “Just a Kid from Seattle“. This megapod is chock full of great insight from up and coming filmmakers, their lives, the challenges of making it in Hollywood, and how their cultural identities help shape their voice.

Airdate:  May 24, 2018

Episode 7:  Marvel Artist Anthony Francisco brings his Filipino roots to the MCU and beyond!

FAC: VOICES welcomes “a man from Marvel…” Anthony Francisco! The Marvel Studios “Senior Visual Development Concept Artist” (yes, that’s his full title!) brings his talent and insights to the Voices podcast. Together with hosts Walter and Arlyn, they discuss everything from the path to becoming a concept artist to getting inspiration from nightmares and ghost stories told by Titos (Uncles). See some of Anthony’s early concept art of Marvel favorites as Baby Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy” to the Dora Milaje from “Black Panther.”

Airdate:  May 31, 2018

Episode 8:  Aina Dumlao Talks the Intersection of Art and Social Justice

In our latest podcast, Walter and Arlyn are joined by director, actress, filmmaker, Aina Dumlao. She talks about her independent film “Diwa“, her roles on shows like CBS “MacGyver,” HBO “Ballers,” and how she’s using art to tell important stories about social issues affecting people today.

Airdate:  June 19, 2018

Episode 9:  JR De Guzman on his Netflix Special and Taming the L.A. Dating Scene

Comedian and winner of NBC’s Stand Up Competition: JR De Guzman joins Walter and Arlyn on today’s FilAm Creative’s Voices. The Sacramento native takes us through his almost decade’s long journey into comedy, and how refining your craft, setting goals, and the pick-up line “what’s your five-year plan?” lead to getting his own Netflix special. 

Airdate:  June 22, 2018

Episode 10:  How Being “Either Bold or Naive” Took Mia Cortez from PA to Entrepreneur.

Mia Cortez considers herself an “exception” to the typical entertainment industry narrative. In this episode of FAC: Voices, Walter and Arlyn discuss with the entrepreneur how her dance background led to a gig on MTV, and her journey to being the head of her own production company.

More episodes to come…

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