Way, waaay before the internet, my lola shared stories with us. Not through pictures, not through the written word, but by the magical power of the spoken voice.
As I grew a bit older, I was fortunate enough to also hear stories over AM radio. Yes, I’m talking about Zimatar and the “crying one moment, laughing the next” Amor Seco.
Sadly, those radio plays disappeared, and I missed them greatly.
Fortunately, through the power of podcasting and volunteerism, the web now has Pakinggan Pilipinas where Filipino narrators lend their voice to stories written by Pinoys…
According to their FB fan page: “PAKINGGAN PILIPINAS is a monthly podcast site which features short fiction by Filipino authors. Stream or download audio fiction for FREE!”
I particularly enjoyed the way Elyss Punsalan (your Fiction DJ) read Ghost Between Moments (written by Kate Aton-Osias)
I hope this inspires more people to podcast, share stories, and perhaps post episodes of Zimatar and witch Eng-eng online, so that our children may get a glimpse of our childhood and afternoons spent gathered around an old transistor radio.
Thank you, Gelo Ancheta, for letting me know about Pakinggan Pilipinas via Facebook! 😀
You’ll find the podcast at http://pakingganpilipinas.blogspot.com