Saturday, January 14, 2012

S2EP2: Marianne Villanueva’s COCONUT

This episode’s story is “COCONUT” by Marianne Villanueva, narrated by fiction writer Maryanne Moll. The story appeared in Marianne’s collection of stories “The Lost Language”, published by Anvil (2009).

Special thanks to Ms Karina Bolasco of Anvil Publishing for helping me contact Ms Villanueva. 

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Here's the full narration, plus a chat with Maryanne Moll!

Running Time 23 min, 37 secs

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Marianne Villanueva is the author of the story collections Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila, Mayor of the Roses, and The Lost Language.  Born and raised in the Philippines, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her novella, Genalyn, is forthcoming this year through Vagabondage Press. Marianne also blogs at

ABOUT THE READER Maryanne Moll was formerly a bank clerk, fast food chain manager, radio DJ, and school instructor before settling down to write essays and fiction pieces. She has won a Palanca for her short story, "At Merienda," and has done freelance writing and editing for several publications. She is finishing her MA in UP, and is at work on her first collection of short stories. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

S2EP1: Apol Lejano-Massebieau's A FISHY TALE

Our first story for Season Two is “A FISHY TALE” by Apol Lejano-Massebieau, narrated by fiction and travel writer Yvette Tan. The story was published in the fiction anthology A TIME FOR DRAGONS, edited by Vincent Simbulan, and published by Anvil in 2009.

Running Time 35 min, 28 secs
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Madame Apol Lejano-Massebieau is a writer, wife, mother, product designer, and entrepreneur based in France. If you’d like to read more of her written work, she’s got a book of essays out, called PROVENCIANA, available at all Fully Booked branches. She also sells her handmade crafts on and , and blogs about them on .

ABOUT THE READER. Yvette Tan is a writer based in Manila. Her stories have also won awards in the Palanca, Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards, and honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her first collection of short stories, Waking the Dead was published in 2009.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pakinggan Pilipinas Season Two Starts on Sept 4

Link to TEASER 

Click on the PLAY button to stream teaser for Season 2, Episode 1.

Listen to the full story on Sept 4th, 2011, Sunday.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Episode 13: Joseph Montecillo's NEW TOY

Happy 1st Birthday, Pakinggan Pilipinas!

As a gift, we're giving you “NEW TOY”, short fiction by young writer Joseph Montecillo. The story was published in Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 5 (2010 Kestrel). It’s narrated for us by copywriter and bookworm J.T. Tirona.

Running Time 14m 13s

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Joseph Anthony Montecillo is currently a 15-year-old student at the Ateneo de Manila High School. He started writing stories in third grade after reading The Silence of the Lambs. His works have been published in Philippine Graphic magazine, Short, Fast, and Deadly, and Philippine Speculative Fiction Volumes 5 and 6. When he's not writing, he can be found aggressively defending pro-wrestling, after clearing away unfinished homework on his desk.

ABOUT THE READER J.T. Tirona is a copywriter, crazy cat person, bookworm, insomniac, and fan of absurdist humor, who spends countless hours absorbing interesting pieces of useless information that come in handy during Quiz Nights.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Coming July 2nd

Click on the PLAY button to stream teaser for Episode 13.
Listen to the full story on July 2, 2011, Manila Time.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Episode 12: Luis Katigbak's KARA'S PLACE

KARA’S PLACE by Luis Katigbak is our featured story this month, and it’s narrated by another writer, Christine "Tin" Lao. The story appears in Luis’s story collection, Happy Endings (UP Press), and can be also read here at The Best Philippine Short Stories website.

Tin and I try to have an intelligent discussion about “Kara’s Place”, so stick around until the end of the podcast. (The intelligence is there, I assure you, and it’s mostly coming from the loquacious Tin, if you’re willing to ignore my giggling.)


Running Time 29m 41s

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Luis M. Katigbak co-founded BURN magazine and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the online music magazine Today, he is Editor-at-Large for UNO magazine, and a weekly columnist at the Manila Bulletin. His fiction has won Palanca and Philippine Graphic awards. If you’d like to read more of his works, you could try picking up Happy Endings, a collection of short stories from the UP Press, and The King of Nothing to Do, an anthology of his essays, from Milflores Publishing.

ABOUT THE READER Christine V. Lao received the Ateneo de Manila University’s Dean’s Award for Poetry and the Essay. She worked as a columnist, staff writer, and copy editor for an international broadsheet, then shifted to the fields of corporate law and development. Her latest fiction piece, “From the Book of Names My Mother Did Not Give Me”, appears in the recently released Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 6. (Photo by Urich Calumpang)


Monday, May 30, 2011

Coming June 5th

Click on the PLAY button to stream teaser for Episode 12.

Listen to the full story on June 5th, 2011, Manila Time.

Having problems streaming the audio? You could go and play it HERE.