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By Jay Agonoy
Jay Agonoy shares his thoughts on the things that he's into: From Anime, Pop Culture, Events, Technology and even some of his personal journeys in this thing called life.

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Bullying Awareness First: Podcast 101
Hello there! We are going back to basics with this recording from August 12, 2022. I was tasked to talk about Bullying Awareness and Prevention, and given the time I had, I made it a point to make the audience aware of bullying first. Enjoy listening to this talk.  Interested in seeing the presentation? Here's the deck: future episodes won't be uploaded simultaneously on YouTube as I continue figuring things out. I do have highlights from the podcast that I can upload to YouTube in the future, so stick around. Thank you for listening. 
September 16, 2022
Ask Me Anything: Episode # 100
Finally, the podcast has reached 100 Episodes! To mark the occasion, I'm not the one hosting the show - I got my friends to do that.  After this podcast, I'm redoing the podcast format to keep up with my pace. The show's already sporadic, and I may have other ideas over time. Gazlene GG - Ryuusetsu - Mayumi Shirai -   Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement (Soon to be an anime) -  Follow Jay and keepsakes. on: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Blog:
August 21, 2022
Best of Both Worlds with KiraKiraKat: Podcast # 99
Imagine living your dreams as a magical girl who transcends dimensions—singing, streaming, creating art, hosting events—basically being everywhere. You can make that happen because our guest for this episode did so. An artist, animator, streamer, cosplayer, voice actress, idol and VTuber, 5th Dimension magical girl KiraKiraKat joins us on this episode.
February 27, 2022
Elmo vs Rocco - What about Human Behavior?: Podcast 98
Welcome to the 2nd episode of the year 2020, where we talk about a Muppet versus a pet rock. "Elmo vs Rocco" hit Twitter by storm, making people scratch their heads in amusement. Meanwhile, there are some aspects to this debacle that we want to discuss right here in this episode.  Foundation: Symbolic Play - Character Corner - Screen-time is associated with inattention problems in preschoolers: Results from the CHILD birth cohort study -
February 04, 2022
We Still Talk About VTubers in 2022: Podcast 97
Welcome to the first podcast episode of 2022, where we still talk about Virtual YouTubers. This marks keepsakes.' full transition as a podcast after a long drought. On this episode, I talk to our previous guest clipper Kurumeme, VTuber support staff Arbeed and VTuber mama Vivi. From a recap of VTuber activities that marked 2021 to the next steps in planning the next cover music video, we got you covered. This conversation is in English and Filipino. [Vivirasuto] Twitter: YouTube: [Kurumeme] Twitter: YouTube: [Arbeed] Twitter:
January 07, 2022
“Otaku Journalism” and its relevance today with Lauren Orsini: Podcast 96
Surprise for everyone: ??? More show notes on this page: (released on Friday November 05 2021) 00:00:00 - Highlight 00:00:33 - Program START 00:01:59 - Start of Interview 00:04:55 - Otaku Journalism: The Book and its relevance today 00:08:37 - Internet before vs after 00:18:38 - Most memorable feedback from "Otaku Journalism" 00:20:31 - Have you seen more Otaku Journalists over time? 00:24:14 - The role of Otaku Journaslists especially today 00:32:01 - Does gatekeeping help us Otaku Journalists? 00:36:42 - "Fans make great reporters." Does this idea stand still up to this day? 00:47:18 - Capping off 00:49:20 - Episode END Follow Jay and keepsakes. on: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Podcast: Blog: #keepsakes #podcast #outakujournalism
November 05, 2021
Clout-chasing with Janel Senpai: Podcast #95
Just 5 episodes before we reach the big 100, I got Janel Senpai ( to join me on this episode. What happens to be an unscripted talk turn into an important exchange of thoughts on clout-chasing.
October 22, 2021
On Branding with Terumi Koizumi: Podcast # 94
Interacting with Virtual YouTubers is fun, especially if both of you are interested in one or more topics. On this episode, I got Virtual YouTuber Terumi Koizumi talk about branding on this hour-long episode. Given that we mentioned a lot of references, it's much more appropriate to include the show notes for this episode in anoter page. We talked about a lot of brands, mostly local in nature. Show notes can be found on since we have a list of LONG references that you may want to go along as you listen to this episode. (Recorded August 27, 2021)
August 30, 2021
Summer 2021 Anime Season: Podcast #93
Our guest from Podcast 88 returns to talk about the Summer 2021 Anime Season with me.  Know more about Shiro here: Subscribe to his channel too:  Follow Jay and keepsakes. on: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Podcast: Blog:
July 30, 2021
One afternoon with a Kurumate: Podcast #92
We are back with a conversation on marketing, idols and VTubers.   On this episode, I am joined by Teddy Cambosa, a writer for Marketech APAC and PAKSA MNL, as well as a fan of Virtual YouTuber Aozora Kurumi.   Stay tuned as well as I will share some insights on the VTuber community in general.
July 23, 2021
Episode 91: The Kiryu Coco Legacy
June 09, 2021, 12:00pm JST: Kiryu Coco announced her graduation. The same day: We are all hurt, coping in different ways. The night after the announcement: We discuss her legacy. I am joined in by Kiryu-kai member Madekuji-paisen, as well as 80 and Ehee from the Virtually Talking podcast. / /  Show notes:  1. 2. YouTube Version:
June 09, 2021
Episode 90: Frontliner Beat / Anime on Demand
We're just 10 episodes short of reaching a hundred episodes released! On this podcast, Red Mendoza of Anime Pilipinas joins me to talk about covering the frontliners and learning from experience, as well as the Ani-One x Mediacorp SG deal and what we can learn from it. 00:00:00 - Start 00:02:29 - On covering the Frontliner Beat 00:10:31 - Learnings from covering events 00:22:47 - Talking about Ani-One and Mediacorp SG deal 00:31:44 - Anime content on over-the-top platforms? 01:23:49 - Parting words --- keepsakes.: The Podcast supports Mr. Speedy - book a delivery now and use the offer code KEEPSAKESMRSPEEDY to get $1 off on your first delivery:​ --- Follow Jay and keepsakes. on: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Podcast: Blog: #keepsakes
April 16, 2021
Episode 89: Otakufest 2021
On this early release, we have Otakufest 2021 Co-chief Director Ethan Job Bascug with us to discuss how one of the biggest events in Cebu is doing in these times. Otakufest 2021 can be seen on Facebook: Follow Jay and keepsakes. on: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Podcast: Blog:
April 06, 2021
Episode 88: A Simp's Guide to upcoming Virtual YouTubers
Here's a story: This podcast wasn't supposed to happen if not for this one enthusiastic upcoming VTuber who stumbled upon the voice chat rooms of the VTuber Pilipinas Discord server.  I am joined by yours truly, my man Guro Kahoy (who's reaaally into Philippine history), and Shiro of the LoungeTV team. Consider this as a welcome briefing for Virtual YouTubers, obviously from a simp(leton) like me. Subscribe to Shiro Ch. here: VTuber Pilipinas on Discord (NSFW): Follow Jay and keepsakes. on: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Podcast: Blog: 
March 26, 2021
Episode 87: Fandom February / Good VTuber Subs with MaDe-paisen
Our second podcast for the month of March features MaDe-paisen, a.k.a. Matthew Marcelo. He's been coding for so long that when a comment on a Reddit board pissed him off so much, he had built the Good VTuber Subs bot on Twitter. This, among his other projects, shows how he is an "otaku for others." This discussion talks about the recently-held Fandom February as well as the Good VTuber Subs in general. keepsakes.: The Podcast supports Mr. Speedy - book a delivery now and use the offer code KEEPSAKESMRSPEEDY to get $1 off on your first delivery:​ Matthew Marcelo / Madekuji-san / MaDe-paisen: / Fandom February VOD Archive: Host / Production / Editing: Jay Agonoy
March 19, 2021
Episode 86: Polar - Ash & Faith
In this special feature, Jay and Joshua Geronimo (Allineus) talked to Polar, the duo of Ashley Cloud and Faith Shanrae. As the duo turns a new leaf in their careers - not as idols but as artists under OtaCute - what should we expect from them? keepsakes.: The Podcast supports Mr. Speedy - book a delivery now and use the offer code KEEPSAKESMRSPEEDY to get $1 off on your first delivery: Polar: Ash & Faith Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: keepsakes.: The Podcast - Episode 86 Host: Jay Agonoy Guest Host: Joshua Geronimo Editing: Joshua Geronimo / Jay Agonoy Special thanks to Ken-san of OtaCute Follow Jay and keepsakes. on: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Blog:
March 05, 2021
Episode 85: Anime, Manga and Japanese Pop Culture in Indonesia
On this special two-hour episode: I spoke to my good friends in Indonesia, Halimun Muhammad (Senior Editor at KAORI Nusantara's The Indonesian Anime Times) and Luthfi Suryanda Atmojo (Podcaster, LUTALK / Collaboration Manager, Ghosty's Comic) to discuss Anime, Manga and Japanese Pop Culture in Indonesia. I've been talking about Indonesia on the blog before, so this is a great opportunity and a step forward towards more interaction with one of the largest consumers of Japanese pop culture in Southeast Asia. Timestamps and visuals are available on the video edition over at YouTube.
February 12, 2021
Episode 84: Virtual YouTuber Conduct
What makes a VTuber seiso - or seison't? How does a VTuber avoid falling into the pit of being not seiso? What makes a VTuber consistent? I tried to answer those questions with Josh of Allineus Productions. (Jan 08, 2021)  Josh:
January 08, 2021
Episode 83: Saekano the Movie - Finale (Spoiler Alert)
On this last episode for 2020, I talked to Anime Corner's Marlo Barcellano about "Saekano the Movie: Finale,"  and how it caps off a series very well.   I write stories for Anime Corner: YouTube version:
December 21, 2020
Episode 82: Cosplay and Content Creation with Jovs TV
We are now back with our last episodes for 2020! This time, I get to talk with Jovit Ryan, the guy behind Jovs TV and one of the hosts of the Pinoy Cosplay Podcast. Jovs_TV:
December 07, 2020
Episode 81: MORE Virtual YouTubers
It's my birthday last week, and what a way to celebrate it than to talk about MORE Virtual YouTubers. I have with me JM Melegrito of Anime Pilipinas, Sky-desu and Kurt (Kurumeme), my fellow VTuber fans, to talk about their discoveries as well as why gatekeeping exists in the community. Of course, we won't leave the latest plethora of news go unmentioned.
September 28, 2020
Episode 80: Quarantine Food Special
On this episode, Serena of joins me again to talk about Quarantine Food and how it made us survive this pandemic so far. We are sharing our insights on the food we are supposed to eat sparingly, you see.  Follow Jay and keepsakes. on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or visit
September 24, 2020
Episode 79: Japan's Crackdown on Piracy Sites: What now?
The Crackdown on Piracy Sites has just started as KissAnime is taken down, leaving the highly-visited website no choice but to say goodbye for good. This puts anime fans who are currently watching by season on a rush to find alternatives.  On this discussion, we round up what's happening with the anime community and what can the industry's producers do to spread the anime culture in amenable ways. Joining me are photographer Donnie Medina of Chiisu Studio, Geoffrey Kutsukawa, and Anime Corner's Marlo Barcellano.  Follow Jay and keepsakes. on: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Blog:
September 07, 2020
Episode 78: Usapang Wotagei at iM@S with Hinootora
For our episode this month, we are joined by wotagei player Hinootora for a discussion on her wotagei journey (including her brief journey on how she got scouted by her current team Senkou Wotagei Dan), as well as her past accolade (whom she credits to our iM@S PH seniors Lor and Louie).   Follow/Subscribe to Hinootora on:  YouTube: Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter:  
August 24, 2020
Episode 77: Career Talk - Cosplay to Digital Marketing
Just before we reach 80 episodes, I decided it will be the best for the podcast to have its video version - almost everyone's in it these days. Now that the podcast has a face to show on video, we are introducing our first guest for this month's lineup.  Prior to serving real estate clients with her digital marketing skills, most of you may have known Jasteanne Benito as the cosplayer Loli-J. On this episode, we will take a few pages from her book and share to us her life and the lessons she learned along the way.  Video version will be up on Subscribe to the podcast on audio and video and help us continue sharing more keepsakes.
August 10, 2020
Podcast 76: Cebu Hobby Events Organizers' Roundtable
We take a look back at the successful Cebu Hobby Events Organizers' Roundtable held last May 30, featuring Max Qman Maquiling of UNITY Productions and Cebu Esports United, Jomar Joshua of Otakufest, Joshua Varela of Toys and Figures Convention Cebu and Jolu Escaño of ARCHcon Cebu. Journalist Red Mendoza moderated this panel discussion from his home base in Quezon City. This episode was streamed live on Facebook with Streamyard - get started with Streamyard and go live on most social media platforms. Sign up now at to get USD10 credit.
July 27, 2020
Podcast 75: In and Out of Cosplay
On this episode, we look back at our third Twitch live with cosplayers Ai Natsumi, Mais Semblante and Diane Marie Sabandeja as we talk about their lives on and off their cosplay careers. Gary Montejo co-hosts this discussion from his home base in Cebu. This episode was streamed live on Twitch with Streamyard - get started with Streamyard and go live on most social media platforms. Sign up now at to get USD10 credit.
July 13, 2020
Episode 74: Cue the X-Files Theme
We're not expected to know the truth (or handle it). Take it from me - the deeper we talk about today's pressing matters to find solutions that will satisfy us, the more we don't get it - and with it, more questions come to us. This episode talks about the New Normal and some things that even you can't handle. Joining me is JM Cruz of Project Materia and Stay at Home Podcast, available on Spreaker: This episode was streamed live on YouTube with Streamyard - get started with Streamyard and go live on most social media platforms. Sign up now at to get USD10 credit.
June 29, 2020
Episode 73: Yuri Anime to Watch During Quarantine
Serena of The Lily Cat gushes for voice actress Junko Iwao more than Sakura Tange, and we learn that there's more to Ayako Kawasumi and Noriko Shitaya than just Fate/. This is your yuri-centric episode, filled with seiyuu references. This episode has been recorded through StreamYard - go Live on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and even Twitter in just a few clicks. Sign up now at to get 10$ credit.
June 15, 2020
Episode 72: Virtual YouTubers
On this podcast recorded last April 29, I am joined by past guests CH4U's Tito Natz and Sho (Yumin) to discuss Virtual YouTubers in line with the AsaCoco wave that is hounding me - grassing, if I say so myself - for around a month now since we got into community quarantine. Rants and raves are spread all over for your listening pleasure. Happy June, and keep safe. Recorded through StreamYard - stream to different platforms like Facebook Live, Twitch, LinkedIn and even Periscope all in your browser. Sign up now at and get USD10 credit.
June 01, 2020
Episode 71: Community Quarantine Situation in Manila, Cebu and other places
This podcast streamed last April 18 on Facebook Live puts my DTV Pilipinas colleagues Red Mendoza, Kyle Florencio, Dennis Martinez and Cebu's Cosplay Event Buzzer Gary Montejo in a special conversation on the Quarantine Situation in select parts of Metro Manila as well as Cebu. This is the first time we did a live stream through StreamYard. Sign up now and host your broadcast on one of the different platforms available for free:
May 18, 2020
Episode 70: Wotagei Scene in the Philippines
Happy Monday, friends! This episode marks the first time I’ll be producing my own set of stingers, as we have to depend to our own resources further if we need to grow and move forward. As these stingers are works-in-progress, these gets changes occasionally. Hoping for your continued support! I got ヘィイツビのCLARKY with me to discuss the Philippines’ Wotagei Scene, how did it start and how it will move forward. To get you started, I am sharing the following resources: Background on Wotagei Platinum Disco’s “Of Tigers and Men” NHK World-Japan’s feature on Wotagei Wotagei Personalities in Japan GinyuforcE (Twitter / YouTube) JKz (Twitter / YouTube) Fly-N (Twitter / YouTube) ゼロから打ち師始めます。Zero kara uchi-shi hajimemasu. (Twitter / YouTube) 北の打ち師達 Kita no uchi-shi-tachi (Twitter/ YouTube) MishMosh - produced by Gear of GinyuforcE and Torape of JKz (YouTube) Wotagei Personalities in the Philippines Senkou Wotagei Dan 【閃光wotagei団】(Facebook / YouTube) Supremo (Profile/ Twitter) Hinootora (Profile/ Twitter / Facebook) Neko (Profile/ Twitter) Chaos (Twitter) Tarodera (Twitter) Mabu (Twitter) DakaraP (Twitter) Tabi (Twitter) HIBANA Wotagei (Facebook / YouTube) Protektor (Twitter) リコピイイン (ricopiiin) (Twitter) Sugarfreak (Twitter) ヘィイツビのCLARKY (heyitsb no CLARKY) (Twitter / Facebook) Saku (Twitter) Meimei (Twitter 1 / Twitter 2 / Facebook)
May 04, 2020
Episode 69 - Online Cosplay Convention
In the next episode, Jay and cosplayer Hiro Tan hosts Gary Montejo, WCS Team PH 2019 Team Class S' Seigfred Enero, Vaynard and WCS Team MY 2019's King Rusydi. in the #OnlineCosplayConvention Facebook Live chat held last March.
April 20, 2020
Episode 68: Wonderland Hiraya (Quarantine Episode)
Hours before the release of their debut single "Wonderland," I got Wonderland Hiraya' Likha and Liway to sit down and discuss how they built their brand from the ground up, as well as the journey of two of its members. This episode has been recorded during the first few days of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine in a bid against to fight the invisible but deadly COVID-19 that has struck a lot of countries.
April 06, 2020
Episode 67: Otakufest 2020 Special
Thank you for listening to our discussion on BS in Esports course with Max Maquiling of Unity Productions - now let's go to round 2, where we are joined by Cebu Cosplay Event Buzzer Gary Montejo. We talked about Otakufest 2020 at length, sharing our thoughts on what happened before and during Day 1. Hope you enjoy listening!
March 23, 2020
Episode 66: Esports in Cebu + BS in Esports with Unity Productions' Max Maquiling
Tier One Entertainment partners with the Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila to establish the Bachelor of Science in #Esports course with a focus on Esports Management and Game Design. Lots of discussions about this popped up - some positive, some critical. Last Otakufest 2020, yours truly and Serena of The Lily Cat - Anime, Yuri, Reviews, Features sat down with Max Maquiling of UNITY Productions / Cebu Esports United to discuss this topic further, as well as to talk about what made Unity a name in Cebu's Esports scene: The Mayor's Cup 2019. The latest episode is part of the #Otakufest2020 special. We invite you to subscribe to the podcast, as the following episode will be the full Otakufest 2020 special episode. Special thanks to The Cebu Cosplay Event Buzzer, Gary Montejo for helping in making this episode possible.
March 09, 2020
Episode 65: Marupok - I thought I will no longer talk about MNL48 again.
🎙️ On this podcast - Ryusei of Tokupinoy joins me at OtaCutE to talk about MNL48 - a topic that I can't resist talking about, even after I graduated from the group's fandom. (Listener discretion is advised) Trivia: The Tokupinoy guys listen to this podcast too! :) They found me on Spotify as they search for MNL48 stuff there. Listen to my previous episodes related to MNL48 on this playlist. I forgot to mention this on record but I have a large playlist of all the songs I love to keep - check out My musical keepsakes. on Spotify. Thank you to those I met at Otakufest 2020 - I'll be back in Cebu again this June for Bon Odori! See you also at AICon 2020 this March! You can now buy tickets for OtaCute 3rd Cosplay Festival happening on March 22 - use the offer code OTACUTE57 for Php50 off your ticket purchase. Check out the events calendar on
February 24, 2020
Episode 64: Pop Culture Events in the Philippines 2019
I sat down with Chad Ramos of The Reimaru Files to discuss a recap of pop-culture and esports events in 2019, and what we can learn from other community events which have sprouted in the country. Also, I have a bonus clip from Otaku Expo 2020 that is waiting for you to know. Keep watching until the end! (Don't forget that I have an exclusive interview with DMYO-sensei on the blog too). New episodes are released Monday 9:00 am Manila time every two weeks - subscribe wherever you listen to.
February 10, 2020
Episode 63: Motorcycle Taxis (Angkas, JoyRide, Move It)
On this episode, we talk about Motorcycle Taxi regulation which stormed my news feed last week.  References:  Rappler: Pimentel wants Angkas CEO Angeline Tham declared 'persona non grata' ABS-CBN News: Angkas scores 72-hour TRO vs motorcycle taxi cap JJ Ortizs: Motorcycle taxi illegal- LTFRB JJ Ortizs: LTFRB-TWG kulang sa public consultation- RECTO Politiko: Senador Bong Go hinarap ang mga driver ng angkas sa labas ng senado James Deakin: The Filipino is worth changing for (News5 clip) One PH: Pagbebenta ng sasakyan, dapat nga bang itigil? | 'WAG PO
January 27, 2020
Episode 62: Cosplay Matsuri 2019 + Best of 2019
Happy New Year! Welcome to the new decade. On this episode, I talked to Sho (Yuminty Fresh) as she spends her last con in the Philippines (perhaps for now). Also on the show, I got hold of the Magtibay brothers and they asked me my reactions on the current anime stories popping up before 2019 ends... and the best clips I gathered for the podcast in 2019.
January 13, 2020
Episode 61: 2019 Recap
It's been a long year for us at keepsakes., and I've decided to cap off the podcast for 2019 with our 2019 highlights. Looking forward already to more discussions in 2020 - maybe we can start talking to cosplayers on Cosplay Week 2019, I guess?
December 16, 2019
Episode 60: Cosplay in Zamboanga with Scar Faeder
We're going off-tangent with our usual podcast schedule to bring this recording from our Facebook Live at Dungeon Akiba in Mandaluyong City. I do admit that the sound was bad, but at best you take your sweet time listening to our conversation as we talk about Cosplay in Zamboanga City with our guest Scar Faeder. Our 2019 Recap podcast will be coming this Monday December 16 at 9am.
December 13, 2019
Episode 59: ARCHcon 2019 Post-Event
Gary Montejo, Chey Adamson and Serena of The Lily Cat join me in a wild discussion about ARCHcon 2019. We are recording this hour-long episode from Monster Grill in Cebu City.
November 29, 2019
Episode 58: Coslandia 2019 / Melody Road Anime Feature
We have a double event feature on this episode as we talk about Coslandia 2019 and the Melody Road Anime Feature.
November 25, 2019
Episode 57: #iBlog15
The Philippine Blogging Summit (iBlog) is perhaps the only reason why I go to UP Diliman, and with that ending on its 15th run, I may need to find another reason to do so. I have Mike Abundo (Fintech Philippines Association) and JC Cuneta with me as we remember the lessons and keepsakes that iBlog has given to us.
November 10, 2019
Episode 56: The Cosplay Effect
I moderated a Cosplay panel at Cosmic Con 2019 last October 19, 2019 at Ayala Malls South Park in Muntinlupa City. The panel includes Raven of, the ever-active cosplayer Jayson Tabuzo and Cosmic Con 2019's international guest Hanabi all the way from Vietnam.  This is Episode 56, the full recording of the panel discussion on "Cosplay and its Effects." Thank you for listening.
October 25, 2019
Episode 55: Cosplayer Recommendations
A few days ago I asked Facebook to Recommend me local cosplayers that you want me to follow. This in turn led me to do a podcast based on this thread. I am very much eager to share my experiences with most of the recommended cosplayers, so here's to 30 minutes or so of describing most of them one by one.  I also have a few announcements with this episode so kindly stay listening until the end. Also available on YouTube:
October 12, 2019
Episode 54: Paid Photoshoots in Cosplay Events
On another lengthy but insightful episode, I got Chad Ramos and Allen Silva of The Reimaru Files with me to discuss Paid Photoshoots in Cosplay Events, its concerns & possible long-term effects and possible solutions and approaches to it. Spend your 1 and a half hour with us as we get to yet another cosplay community issue worthy of analyzing.
September 23, 2019
Episode 53: Weathering with You
 Hi guys! We're back with another podcast - this time, it's about the latest Makoto Shinkai movie "Weathering with You." Also, I gave hints about keepsakes 2.0 in this episode. I made sure that this will go on for 30 minutes or so - we've had longer talking times in the past few episodes. :)
September 15, 2019
Episode 52: Cosplay Tanabata 7
This episode features Cosplay Tanabata 7 - the last of its namesake in Baguio City...let's call this as my guide to Baguio, just in case there's a cosplay event coming up (there's one next month) and you're coming from either Manila or somewhere else.
August 27, 2019
Episode 51: World Cosplay Summit 2019
Recorded and first streamed live on Facebook, this is Episode 51 - with Visayas-based Cosplay Buzzer Gary Montejo and Mindanao-based resident Yuri consultant Serena of The Lily Cat. On this two-hour special episode, we talked about the aftermath of the World Cosplay Summit 2019 Championship and shared our two cents on almost every team who participated in this annual tournament, dubbed as the Olympics (or Miss Universe, whichever you believe in) of Cosplay. Congratulations to all teams, especially Teams Australia, USA and France! Another milestone in cosplay has been set in stone.
August 06, 2019
Episode 50: The Big 5-0 Nostalgia Episode!
Recorded live on Facebook from Dungeon Akiba in Mandaluyong City, this is episode 50 - with JM Cruz of Project:Materia,  Tito Natz of CH4U, Tito Dann Avellano and Tito Ferrari Lacson of Dungeon Akiba.  In celebration of recording and doing 50 podcast episodes (I have not yet reached 50 podcast episodes until now, by the way), I got my good friends to join me in discussing what was being an anime fan like in the 90s, as well as IBC TV 13's ongoing plan to revive their golden age - which includes airing anime amid their financial status.
July 20, 2019
Episode 49: Cosplay Incidents in Malaysia / Piracy and Content Addiction + More
Recorded live on Facebook from Dungeon Akiba in Mandaluyong City, this is episode 49 - with JM Cruz of Project:Materia,  Tito Natz of CH4U and Tito Dann Avellano. We talked about the recent incidents in the Malaysian ACG community where foreign cosplayer guests are being arrested for the lack of proper permits / visa etc., which is a serious community issue altogether. Just a few days after Johnny Kitagawa's passing, Neojaponisme posted a series of tweets detailing why the Johnny's Entertainment empire was "detrimental to the quality of Japanese music industry over the last four decades." Last but not the least, we discussed the detention of an alleged former MangaMura website admin, how the culture of piracy led us to content addiction and how hard life will be if we are deprived of content.
July 15, 2019
Episode 48: Geass, Blinks and ACX
Just a quick episode drop before I get to ACX Day 2 - I talked about the Code Geass Re:Surrection movie (spoilers ahead), Blinks vs Shopee, and my thoughts before entering ACX Day 2.  As a bonus, I have a few unreleased recordings from Pinoy Otaku Festival that I hope you enjoy. See ya later!
June 09, 2019
Episode 47: Casual Discussion on Anime & Cosplay
I recorded this podcast on a different location, hence the different kind of setup than usual. This is to show my friends how I create content. Serena joins me in this discussion about the simultanous anime film screenings held at SM Megamall last Saturday, as well as other topics that we can crunch in 30 minutes or so.  Three episodes to go before the big 5-0, what do you want me to talk about?
May 30, 2019
Episode 46: Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019 Idol Special
Finally, a new episode after two weeks.  On this episode, we will feature the Idol Panel I did with Wiljanz, Tanchikon, Yonette (Lorenzo), and Trina (from Ivy! Musume), as well as a brief chat with SeikaON (Chiyo, from Asterism) and her sub-unit SeKiSei which has been set up real quick.
May 20, 2019
Episode 45: Kurosawa won't tell the big picture
To celebrate the 45th episode, we took it to get more fans involved on a live chat that is broadcast on Facebook. Vinny of 48G Philippines, "Woken Matt" Feito Primus, "Faithful" Ahdrian, "Cloud Niner" Jaycee, CH4U's Tito Natz, and Idle Talks' Ellie Nogami join me on this landmark podcast to discuss the events that have happened after the MNL48 Second General Election.
May 02, 2019
Episode 44: MNL48 Second General Election (Rant)
Let us cry together as we reflect on the stuff that has just happened.
April 27, 2019
Episode 43: Nice (VOTEMNL48) / Sneak Peek into How I do things
We're now into the last part of our VOTEMNL48 project with the NICE ONES on board. Plus, a sneak peek into my first guest appearance on The Lily Cat podcast (see the full episode here). Happy long weekend!
April 18, 2019
Episode 42: Ash / Joyce (VOTEMNL48)
We are now on the second episode of our #VOTEMNL48 series - this time, fans speak about Ash and Joyce and why they are worthy of your votes in the 2nd General Election.
April 13, 2019
Episode 41: Faith / Shaira & Shaina (VOTEMNL48)
For the first ever episode in a series of tentatively-titled VOTEMNL48 podcasts in line with MNL48's Second General Election, we talked to Ahdrian representing MNL48 Faith, and the Friends Fries fan club of Shaira and Shaina, perhaps the only twin idols in the AKB48 Group. Next episode will be lively and full of joy in the clouds.
April 11, 2019
Episode 40: Idol Fishing?
I learned the term "fishing" in the local idol context through my peers, and this is perhaps the focal point of my discussion with Stan Galupo of Back2Gaming's MNL48 Weekly. On this episode we talked about our thoughts before the MNL48 Living the Dream Concert, as well as mentioned the events which will be happening on the same day as the concert.
April 08, 2019
Episode 39: Unpopular Opinion and Theories about MNL48
[Erratum] Jaydee has 3,000+ followers, Stan has told me, not 4,000. This episode is so long it's spicy. Y'know, I was supposed to cut this into two parts but I decided against doing so as we won't get the message across. It has to be in one package. Stan Galupo joins me in discussing the possibilities of what radical MNL48 fanatics can do to destroy the franchise itself, and what happens after. My message is clear: You've already been desensitized in rallying against the management that you forgot these possibilities. You're also alienating the casuals to leave the fandom. Let's not be like this, shall we?
March 24, 2019
Episode 38: Nostalgia Trip (plus how Back2Gaming's MNL48 Weekly came to be) with Stan Galupo
I got Stan Galupo of Back2Gaming's MNL48 Weekly on the podcast, and before we delve on the meat of the matter which is MNL48 itself, we recalled the good times in the Cosplay community. Also, Stan gives us a peek on how he writes about the Filipina idol group. This is like the calm before the storm. Next episode's going to be spicy.
March 24, 2019
Episode 37: To MNL48 we started talking, To MNL48 we shall keep talking.
With the 2nd General Election coming up this April, we're already at the point where tensions are high. On this episode, I talked to Ellie Nogami and Reginan Abang as well as discussed the said election straight from the horse's mouth as told by Anime Pilipinas on their bombshell story that made the fandom go nuts. We're open for MNL48 fan clubs to campaign for their oshi and the 2nd General Election on this podcast. Check my Twitter for more details.
March 22, 2019
Episode 36: It's Election season - #VOTEkeepsakes.!
It's election season here in the Philippines, and with that are the news and conspiracies that run amok, confusing and (chances are) misleading people.  Aside from the National Elections, the MNL48 Second General Election is coming up, as well as the Pinoy Otaku Festival's Otaku Choice Awards. This episode puts more spotlight in the latter. #VOTEkeepsakes. as your online media brand, as well as my endorsed nominees: Check the list here.
March 17, 2019
Episode 35: Otakufest 2019 [Part 2]
Just an hour after Otakufest 2019 has ended, we look back at one of Cebu's biggest events with Serena of The Lily Cat and the city's Cosplay Event Buzzer Gary Montejo. This is the second part, recorded from Jollibee at Super Metro Besak.
March 02, 2019
Episode 34: Otakufest 2019 [Part 1]
Just an hour after Otakufest 2019 has ended, we look back at one of Cebu's biggest events with Serena of The Lily Cat and the city's Cosplay Event Buzzer Gary Montejo. This is the first part, recorded from SM Seaside City Cebu.
March 01, 2019
Episode 33: Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, Phantom of the Opera, pre-Otakufest 2019
From the Manila Domestic Passenger Terminal (aka NAIA Terminal 4), Serena from The Lily Cat and yours truly talk about the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, Phantom of the Opera, and Cebu's Otakufest 2019 just a few hours before we take flight going to the Queen City of the South.
February 28, 2019
Episode 32: Project Materia
It's a privilege to have JM Cruz of Project Materia on this podcast, as he shares the story of the band and its plan to come up with a major project that they can call as their own.
February 20, 2019
Episode 31: Wonder Festival Winter 2019 Discussion
I got Serena (The Lily Cat) back in this discussion about Wonder Festival Winter 2019, and we tried to get the relevance of this in the Filipino context while gushing on the announced figures as we try to imagine (or remember) it.
February 16, 2019
Episode 30: Theories on Crunchyroll-Funimation debacle
We're now on our 30th Episode! Thank you very much for listening all the way. I've got Anime Corner Philippines' Marlo Barcellano to talk about the possible impacts (if there are any) of the dissolution of the Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership. (This segment has been edited for clarity after we experienced technical issues beyond my control.) This also includes a brief chat with Sofia Abigaile Sanches, Student Category Winner of the 2018 Nihongo Speech Contest as we look forward to this year's contest (I've featured her on the online journal). It's just a few weeks before Otakufest 2019 in Cebu, and I'm looking forward to see you all there alright.
February 13, 2019
Episode 29: Meidolls Cafe, revisited
As part of my 10th year in the anime/cosplay circle, I'm bringing back an old recording from 2011. Meidolls Cafe was then the first maid/cosplay cafe outside of anime/cosplay events, and when the recording was done, they were at one corner inside Saunterfield Building in Cainta. After a month, they were able to move to a noticeable space in the same building, until they stopped operations around a year after. More on this story from Reuters in 2011:
February 03, 2019
Episode 28: Anime Idol Convention 2019
Our next episode comes from Bayanihan Center in Pasig where the first Anime Idol Convention (AICon) was held, gathering an estimated 300 anidol fans. You'll hear a lot from the people who are present there in this episode.
January 27, 2019
Episode 27: Yuri Talk with The Lily Cat's Serena
Hey guys! I asked Serena from The Lily Cat to recommend me Yuri anime, and as a trusted source on this matter, she gave me A LOT. Go listen to our casual Yuri discussion. This will probably be the last podcast for the month, as I pursue other things - but I'll be back for more discussions next month from AICon 2019 as well as the Queen City of the South as I will be attending Otakufest 2019 from February 24-25. See you soon!
January 20, 2019
Episode 26: Casual discussion with Cebu's Cosplay Event Buzzer
Maayong buntag (from this Tagala right here - Good morning!) I talked with Cebu City's Gary Montejo, and asked him about the tasks, the challenges and the greatest keepsakes he has so far as the city's Cosplay Event Buzzer who spreads the word on upcoming events in the city. As soon as you see this, i'm already at AICon at Bayanihan Center Pasig - see you there!
January 13, 2019
Episode 25: Shonen Jump and Con Fatigue with Anime Pilipinas' JM Melegrito
Happy New Year! Welcoming the first podcast of 2018 is Anime Pilipinas Executive Editor JM Melegrito as we discuss the Shonen Jump digital service (which is available in the Philippines) and its importance for Filipino manga readers, as well as continuing a discussion on "Con Fatigue" coined by The Reimaru Files (in which I was a guest panelist for their RF Talks Episode 16). I also checked in with JM on what's happening to Anime Pilipinas as they are changing their brand for 2019.
January 06, 2019
Episode 24: Cosplay Matsuri 2018 and more
This episode features my experience at Cosplay Matsuri 2018, as well as the deets on the Anime Idol Convention which will be held on January 13, 2019.
December 30, 2018
Episode 23: The last event weekend of 2018
What's happening before the year ends, and what's in ot for the podcast this 2019 - that's our episode 23. (It's been a long time since I did this, so inevitably I'll forget the episode count again.)
December 26, 2018
Episode 22: Here at Camp DIFTA...
As I celebrate Protektor's birthday just before the crowd gets to his place, I talked to him about his recent journey to Taiwan and his perspective on local aidorus in 2019. Also, I mentioned upcoming events for December.
November 28, 2018
Episode 21: Games AND Wrestling
The latest episode of the podcast is recorded from High Grounds Cafe in Quezon City, during the sidelines of MIA Online Mobile's launch. I'm joined by KLAGER (, Storm (, Mr. Lucha of the Manila Wrestling Federation and Louis from The Reimaru Files ( among others. the first half is about games and the state of gaming streamers in the country in a nutshell; followed by discussions on wrestling including from heel/face to John Cena and Roman Reigns.
November 18, 2018
Episode 20: The correlation of idols in my life
How my life has been after getting immersed to MNL48 and independent idols? After this podcast, I will be on a break to focus on my work. I shall get back to you soon with the biggest project I will do for this year.
November 05, 2018
Episode 19: Marketing Tactics, Strawless Restaurants, Barangay 143 and more Idols
This episode spans 5 segments recorded all throughout the month - some segments are on Facebook live, some can only be heard only in this podcast. I shared what grinds my gears about marketing self-published books, my thoughts on strawless restaurants and habit-forming, Barangay 143's pre-TV screening and a few segments from the September JYA JYA FAIBO WAIPA Facebook live, all recorded this October.
October 24, 2018
Episode 18: Cosplay Mania 2018
Less on Cosplay, more on the other segments: This is my Cosplay Mania 2018 experience, with my thoughts on the recently-held Cyalume World Dance Battle.
October 07, 2018
Episode 17: Cafeterium Chaldeas, MNL48, Otaku Musika 2018
I tried doing an audiobook, I got a clip from MNL48's radio debut, and post-birthday Otaku Musika thoughts.
September 27, 2018
Episode 16: "Con Fatigue," Radio Debut and more
The latest episode of keepsakes. podcast includes my guesting at another podcast, my casual chit-chat with a notable fan, and my debut in radio in 2015.
September 19, 2018
Episode 15: Post-Manila Idol Matsuri 2018 Discussion
(You may hear me saying this is Episode 16 but I lost count, my apologies.) The latest episode of keepsakes. is taken from a streamed discussion of Jay with Daddy Faith himself, considered the father of ISDB-T in the Philippines, Mr. James Santiago after the recently-held 1st Manila Idol Matsuri 2018 at the TIU Theater in Makati City last Sunday, September 2. This podcast discuss the debut of Aidoru Sozai as well as behind-the-scenes action that has happened during the said event. Disclaimer: The views and opinions of the host and guests are theirs only unless otherwise stated. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
September 05, 2018
Episode 14: Preparations for Manila Idol Matsuri 2018
This episode is taken straight from the live audio broadcast on Facebook Monday, August 27. Details may vary.
September 01, 2018
Episode 13: The World Cosplay Championship
The 2018 World Cosplay Championship is over with Mexico getting the top spot, and joining me to summarize the Championship is Serena of The Lily Cat ( This is the 4.5-hour WCS Championship summarized in just an hour.
August 08, 2018
Episode 12: World Cosplay Summit 2018 Special - Team SeKai
This is a special podcast featuring our Team Philippines for World Cosplay Summit 2018. All the best para sa ating kababayan!
July 26, 2018
Episode 11: Life, Gambles, Business and Politics
On this episode: "My thoughts on the Cosplay Mania Mamegu Gacha: Fair Enough, Stop Complaining" and more
July 24, 2018
Episode 10: Where will I be at next?
It's been a month since I updated the podcast, so I'll be sharing the events where I will be at, plus the anime that I'm catching up to and my thoughts on the implementation of Closed Caption. Listen to the podcast if you have 30 minutes to spare.
June 28, 2018
Episode 9: Pinoy Otaku Festival 2018 bonus chat and MNL48's First Fan Meet
On the latest episode of this podcast, I've talked to Mr. Lucha and Tala Haliya of the Manila Wrestling Federation, as well as Kang of Seishun Kakumei.
June 04, 2018
Episode 8: What am I watching now, Produce48, Google Assistant and more offline activities
On this episode, I will share what I am watching this season, as well as my thoughts on Google Assistant, Produce48, and my presence in events in the metro. Music: Kalimba (Mr. Scruff) 慰めの永遠亭 TOHO BOSSA NOVA 6 (Shibayan Records) Office MOON SIDE (Eromanga Sensei OST) 萌ジャズ - Dreamer (BOSSA NOVA ver)
May 14, 2018
Episode 7: MNL48 General Elections and my Davao journey
The latest episode features my Davao journey, as well as more discussions on MNL48 (especially that it has just held its General Elections) and local idols. This podcast contains audio recorded from April 27 to 30, 2018. Music used: Church of 8 Wheels / Special Ed / Diskofunque (all taken from the YouTube Audio Library)
May 03, 2018
Episode 6: No idols, only tech bits
Quickest podcast to date because I didn't talk about Idols. Post-Facebook inquiry effect for Developers, 10th Birthday of GitHub, Spotify and more.
April 13, 2018
Episode 5: Indie Idols, Data Privacy and Cryptocurrency.
The latest episode talks about Indie Idols and the reactions to it, the value of Data Privacy in midst of the Flying Colors Foundation controversy and the Economy of Value that is aimed to be exemplified by Cryptocurrencies. Record your thoughts via the Anchor app and I'll be picking one that will be shared on future episodes.
March 30, 2018
Episode 4: NatsuMatsuri 2018
Recording from the Ateneo de Manila University, Jay talks to the Gothic Lolita Community, Tanchikon (whom I refer to as "Chemistry Aidoru"), Do it for the Aidols' Protektor and more.
March 24, 2018
Episode 3: The latest happenings, plus a year-old column
On the third episode, I talked about a year-old article from a seasoned journalist talking about anime on local TV, upcoming events in Quezon City, Pasay City and Manila, as well as the 8th week of MNL48 and a few guesstimates. All of these, unedited, recorded in one go, from an undisclosed location in Pasig City. Record your voice reactions via the Anchor app and I will pick one on the next episode.
March 19, 2018
Episode 2: Thought Leadership, MNL48, Food Con and Yaoi Con (of all places, Jay? Really?)
My reaction on MNL48's Top (not Final) 48, the food I sampled and ate at the Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair, plus my two cents on Thought Leaders vs Thought Followers. Segments are recorded unedited in different places in different times. Some statements may be triggering to some audiences, listener discretion is advised.
March 17, 2018
Episode 1: MNL48, Conditional Access on Digital TV and more
On this first episode, I'll talked about MNL48 and the Conditional Access on Digital TV. Enjoy the first episode that started my podcasting activities all over again.
March 15, 2018