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119: "It's important to hear that you matter." Cultural alignment, making mental health accessible, & bringing Fil-Ams back to the Philippines with Melody Agbisit
Episode 2013th August 2021 • The Filipino American Woman Project • Jen Amos
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119: "It's important to hear that you matter." Cultural alignment, making mental health accessible, & bringing Fil-Ams back to the Philippines with Melody Agbisit

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Melody Agbisit learned self-advocacy from a young age, and felt compelled to help her peers do the same. Now as a therapist & educator of over 10 years, social entrepreneur & writer, she’s able to drive her efforts into full-force. 

She bases her practice & intentions around the Filipino tradition, Hilot, which encompasses all aspects of one’s health (physical, spiritual & mental) in order to identify healing solutions, setting itself apart from other Western forms of counseling. Melody shares her experience touring all over Asia to give mental health trainings to all types of organizations, and reminds us all that “we’re more than our minds, bodies, & spirits - we’re an integration of all those things.”

To learn more about Melody, connect with her on Instagram @MeloMahalo


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ABOUT US: Welcome to the Filipino American Woman Project - A Podcast Show that shares stories and life lessons told by individuals living (or have lived) in America, that are of Filipino descent and identify as female or non-binary.

UPCOMING BOOK: Special thanks to the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies at UC Davis for the opportunity to present our academic paper, Pinay Podcasters: Building a Self-Sustaining Community Through Storytelling, Collective Healing & Learning, and Collaboration. The initial draft is now available! Read more at

RECOGNITION: December 2020, we were nominated and received an Honorable Mention at the Asian American Podcaster's Inaugural Golden Crane Podcast Awards. August 2020, Jen Amos participated as a speaker on behalf of TFAW Project for PodFest Global, which now holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Largest Attendance for a Virtual Podcasting Conference in One Week. May 2020, we were recognized as “Amplifying Asian Women Voices” on Spotify during AAPI Heritage Month.

We've also been featured in Realtime Community Oakland, Mochi Magazine, Ossa Collective, SUPERBANDS, Chopsticks Alley, FoundHer by Entrepinayship, Spotify, PodFest Expo, Philippine American Foundation for Charities, When In Manila, You Are Collect;ve, San Diego Union Tribune, NBC 7 San Diego, and much more! Read more at:

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