Sunday, June 27, 2010

First Episode Premieres on July 1 MNL

Click on the LINK to stream preview for Episode 1.
Listen to the full story on July 1st, 2010, Manila Time.

Welcome to Pakinggan Pilipinas, a podcast site that will feature Filipino fiction every month.

If it's your first time here, well, it's the first time for most of us -- podcasting fiction may be nothing new in countries like the US and UK, (and you can google thousands of their downloadable audio), but here in the Philippines, we're practically at the frontier. And that's strange, at least to me, since this is a land where radio dramas are still a hit in most places. With iPods/mobile players made more accessible to everyone, it's a great opportunity to offer homegrown fiction in a new and refreshing way.

Let me set your expectations though -- this isn't going to be like radio drama where you have sound effects and music and a cast of a thousand talented voices. Don't get me wrong -- I have a soft spot for radio drama, but for this site, the star of the show is going to be the story itself, where words, ideas, characters, nuances, plot, setting, all propel the narrative forward. I used to think this kind of format was going to bore me out of my mind, but guess what? I found the experience almost the same as reading, because I was free to imagine and feel based on my interpretation of the text. And I say almost, because narrators are there to tell you the story, much like how your parents did when you were off to bed as a child, or now with your friends, when you have kwentuhan sessions over dinner.

So, that's all there is to it. Don't forget to visit us again on July 1st for our Premiere Episode, featuring Six from Downtown by Dean Francis Alfar.


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