BT048. Gio Gahol: Filthy things

BT048. Gio Gahol: Filthy things

Guests: Gio GaholChachic and Mina V. Esguerra | Host: Kat Mayo | Audio producer: Rudi Bremer | Recorded: 22/08/2017 Manila

We have saved the raunchiest extract from our Manila interviews for our final episode of the year. We wrap up a year of podcasts by chatting with Gio Gahol, one of the first live readers for the #romanceclass community. Chachic and Mina V. Esguerra join us for this interview, and we talk about the experience of live reading from different perspectives — actor, reader and author. Mina talks about having to overcome people’s assumptions about Filipino authors writing English-language romance.

Thank you to author Alma Anonas-Carpio for giving us permission to feature an reading from her Filipino erotic romance, How To Tame Your Tikbalang Without Even Trying. This book is transgressive in ways I can’t even explain, but if you’re a Filipino romance reader, I think you’ll immediately understand what I mean when you hear the reading. (And thank you to Chachic for introducing me to this book. My life will never be the same!)

I mention this in the podcast, but in case you’re reading this and you’re about to start playing the audio in a public place, I feel it’s my duty to remind you to please practice safe podcast listening.


Gio Gahol — Actor, choreographer, writer and teaser of audiences: @GioGahol; InstagramFacebook

Chachic — Romance book blogger and our sister in smut:

Mina V. Esguerra — Contemporary romance author and founder of the #romanceclass community: @minavesguerra; InstagramFacebook;



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Featured book

How To Tame Your Tikbalang Without Even Trying by Alma Anonas-CarpioHow to Tame Your Tikbalang Without Even Trying by Alma Anonas-Carpio

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What happens when a Babaylan finds herself a Tikbalang to tame?

Tala Bienvenido can’t help but be curious about a strange book in the attic of her clan’s ancestral home, and she finds herself thrust into a world filled with ancient lore when she takes the old tome.

Buhawi Batumbakal was caught and he knew it. Yet all that was clear to him was that he needed to find a way to make that Babaylan his forever, elemental disturbances and threats to his life (and hers) notwithstanding.

In Philippine lore and mythology, the Tikbalang is a monster hybrid of horse and warrior that is feared throughout the archipelago.

Just as fearsome are the priestesses of the pre-colonial animist religion: The Babaylanes. A Babaylan, it is said, can heal the sick and injured, commune with the gods and goddesses, speak and do battle with otherworldly creatures like the Tikbalang and, yes, strike her foes down with lightning called from the heavens.

So, what does happen when this Babaylan meets that Tikbalang?

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