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63 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Episode 21 “Getting faded at Chop034” with Jaffe Lacson
In our FIRST ILONGGISH episode The Poppas dojo storm Chop034, their favorite Barbershop in Bacolod City. Jojo and Jon knock back a couple brews after hours with Jaffe Lacson (Chop034 Owner) and talk about overcoming cultural stereotypes in his pursuit to integrate his passions and his entrepreneurial spirit. Inside Info: If you book your cut for his last slot, 7pm, you might be able to close out with a San Mig. If he likes you, you can get a fade and then get faded! Haha Get’s mo? Haha Brush up on your Ilonggo and take a listen! More Ilonggo episodes to come!!
68 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 11 “Building Bridges with Uncle Harris” featuring Rob Harris
In this episode the N2L Coaches talk to Rob Harris, one of Jon J’s good friends and mentors. Rob shares his experiences growing up in Virginia during a time when schools were still segregated. We discuss some of the sports figures that he admired growing up, those who spoke up against racism and injustice. Rob also opens up about his path from hatred of white people to his faith in God leading him to a message of building bridges of love and acceptance. Rob is a Christian Minister, a musician, a recording engineer, a father, a husband, and one of the most authentic people you will ever meet. Enjoy our time with Rob Harris aka Uncle Harris aka Poppa Rob!!
67 minutes | May 30, 2020
Episode 20 “Coffee Sensei” with Thomas Sproten
On the 20th Episode the Poppas sit down with Special Guest Thomas Sproten. Thomas owns a operates the Coffee Culture Roastery in Bacolod City. Jojo and Jon, coffee white belts, get a chance to hear some of their Coffee Sensei’s journey from Germany to Bacolod and into the amazing world of coffee. Traveling and exploring different cultures, good conversation over good coffee, hearing people authentically share about their path and passion, what’s not to like? Enjoy the BC Poppas 20th Episode!!
110 minutes | May 19, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 10 “Prestige Worldwide” with Ben Batory
Really eye opening conversation with Ben Batory on creating a culture around coaching and mentoring. Ben played his college ball (Basketball) at Brown University and Amherst College. After graduating from Amherst in 1994, Ben had a 5 year pro career overseas. Ben’s stories of the ups and downs of pursuing his hoop dreams and the moments of specific realizations he came to along the way were great to hear. After talking to Ben we can’t wait to see what he does in coaching in the years to come.
97 minutes | May 16, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 9 “Gems from the Diamond” with Tarrick Brock & Alex Figueroa
Great time recording this episode with Pittsburgh Pirates (Major League Baseball) First Base Coach Tarrick Brock! Our friend Alex Figueroa (Episode 7) brings to the Podcast his High School teammate Tarrick to share about his path to the Major League as both a player and Coach. It’s an honor for us to have Tarrick take time out of his schedule to share his coaching philosophy as well as very personal stories from his playing days. A lot of good insight for coaches and players who are pursuing that dream of continually going to the next level. Thank you Tarrick and Alex! Enjoy!
51 minutes | May 6, 2020
Episode 19 “Gerald Iverson” with Dave Gonzales
Fighter and Coach (6100 Martial Arts) Dave Gonzales joins the Poppas to talk about his first year of Dad Life, his competitive journey from basketball to combat sports, and his future coaching dreams.
92 minutes | May 5, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 8 “Tale of 2 Jerrys” with James Torres
Great conversation with Mikey’s good friend James Torres. James, a former NCAA Division 1 Wrestler for Indiana University, shares stories about his competitive career, being recruited, and transitioning from competing, to coaching, and now to athletic administration and mentoring other coaches. A lot of great insight if you are a competitor or coach. The second half of the podcast we get into the Michael Jordan/1998 Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance”. James grew up in “Chicago Land” as a HUGE Bulls fan and even now continues to write articles covering Chicago sports teams. His perspective on the Bulls organization is an awesome listen. James will be back for Episode 10 to finish up the last episodes pf the documentary. Enjoy.
137 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 7 “Still Dancin’” with Alex Figueroa
Mikey and Jon J are joined by Alex Figueroa, a friend of Jon J’s who he hasn’t talked to in 17 years!! Recording this podcast is their first time they have reconnected and they pick up right where they left off, a lot of sports and a lot of laughs. Alex talks about what life was like coming to Los Angeles from Puerto Rico as a fifteen year old who couldn’t speak English. Alex, who has always been a great storyteller, shares about his road as a teenage baseball player, being scouted by MLB scouts in High School, getting drafted by the Phillies organization, college ball, and even stories coaching his own kids in his sport while being an associate area scout for the Seattle Mariners. A lot of fun stories with gems to catch if you are a parent or a coach. Jon’s best quote about Alex is “If you don’t have good times or laugh hanging out with Alex, then you must be dead.” The last half of the episode the guys talk about Parts 3 & 4 of the Michael Jordan/Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance.” Check it out, but only if you want to have fun! EPISODE PIC 1991
94 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Episode 18 “Be Present, my friend.” with Jar Arboleda
In this episode the Poppas connect with Atos Jiu Jitsu Brownbelt Jar Arboleda. Jar is a coach at The Gentle Art Academy in Singapore. Jar shares how he got into Jiu Jitsu, how the art helped him develop his approach to life, and how he navigates the ups and downs of being a Jiu Jitsu OFW. It’s a great conversation that left the Poppas thinking “I wish I was like Jar when I was his age!” Jar will definitely be on future BC Poppas episodes. Listen and enjoy!
72 minutes | Apr 25, 2020
Episode 17 “Artista” with Nicole Baroy
Super fun episode! The Poppas (Jojo & Jon) talk with Nicole Baroy. Nicole is a native Bacoleña and a true artist. She draws, paints, cooks, writes music and poetry, and sings. On top of all that, Nicole is also a mother of two, she and her husband are providing a home environment to foster their children’s creativity and artistic expression. In this episode Nicole talks about overcoming insecurities and labels as a teenager as well as how she advocates now for youth Bacolod City through Art AND Martial Art (Capoeira). This is one of the Poppas favorite episodes to date. Listen and be inspired by Nicole “Artista”!
54 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 6 “The First Dance”
Jon J and Mikey catch up on Pandemic life in California and Bacolod, what work looks like as a teacher having to hold online classes. Talk eventually turns to what they are watching on Netflix and ultimately the recently released “The Last Dance” series documenting the 1998 Chicago Bulls. It’s a fun ride to go back in time and remember the Bulls and Michael Jordan as die hard Laker Fans. It always comes back to the Lakers for Mikey and Jon J. Enjoy the Buhay N2L perspective of greatness in professional hoops. Episode picture is circa 2010 at the N2L Christmas Party in Odiongan.
39 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 5 “N2L Martial Arts Scholarship”
In this episode, BC Martial Head Coach and N2L Region 6 Director Jojo Casilao talks about his hope and vision for the “N2L Martial Arts Scholarships” that will be starting soon in Bacolod City. BC Martial Coach Sharr Llera joins as well. Excitement is building as a new chapter in the N2L Leader Scholar Program evolves. Take a listen and if you know any young people in Bacolod City or Negros Occidental, ages 10-16, enrolled in the PUBLIC SCHOOLS, who would want to learn Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing please direct them to the Nothing to Lose Foundation or BC Martial.
41 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 4 “Banayad: Odiongan Update”
3 N2L (Nothing to Lose Foundation) Directors get together to catch up during these pandemic quarantine times. N2L Philippines National Director Epzky Forcado talks to us about the situation in Odiongan town during the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Get the update on the Romblon Scholars and how they are adapting to the current situation. Epz also talks about his “Banayad” philosophy on life and the brand he is building with his clothing, photography, and videos. If you know Epz, check it out the Odiongan update!
54 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 3 “Kuya Chris”
Jon J sits down to catch up with renaissance man, activist, organizer, and creator of The Filipino Garage Podcast, Christian Guerrero. In August of last year (2019) Christian joined Jon J, Jojo (N2L Region 6 Director), Epzky (N2L National Director), and a team of N2L Leader Scholars on a trip to Giumaras Island. There they we were able to connect with young men residing at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (Children in Conflict with the Law). Christian, aka Kuya Chris, was able to hold 2 days of a Hip Hop/Music/Recording workshop. In this episode of Buhay N2L, Jon and Kuya Chris talk about Kuya Chris’ summer in the Philippines with the UC Berkeley study abroad program as well as his thoughts on his experience with the youth of the RRCY and N2L. Check out “The Filipino Garage” Podcast, on all major podcast platforms, for some really inspiring content and real talk. WARNING: Some background noise may take a little getting used to on this recording.
56 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
Episode 16 “Reunited (and it feels so good)” with Chester Laquian
In this episode Jojo and Jon reunite with their very good friend and the person who first introduced them to Jiu Jitsu, Chester Laquian. Chester shares about what it’s like being a new Poppa and caring for his 7 month old daughter, adapting to life in Canada (Calgary), his recent promotion to Brown Belt, and what the current COVID 19 pandemic is making life like in Calgary. This is the very first time The Poppas have recorded from 3 different locations at the same time and internationally at that! Listen and enjoy!
53 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Episode 15 "Bloodsport" with special guest Doug Dorris
The Poppas are back with Uncle Tito Doug. In this episode these three old knuckleheads talk about their love for Jean Claude Van Damme and his first movie Bloodsport. The Poppas and Uncle Doug take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on how they love 80s and 90s martial arts action flicks. If you want to waste an hour or need help falling asleep during this quarantine, don't worry, we got you. Enjoy!
52 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Episode 14 “Get that Paaaandemic!” with Sharr Llera
The Poppas good friend, and business partner in the BC Martial Studio, Sharr (Episode 6) joins in to talk about the current situation of Enhanced Community Quarantine in Bacolod City. Get your Netflix quarantine watching recommendations and hear the Poppas rank Dwayne “The Rock” Johnsons best movies. And let the BC Poppas be an example of what not to do during the pandemic. Remember if you don’t want to practice social distancing just go all the way and be anti social!
76 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 2 “Teaching X Coaching”
Jon J asks Mike to tell his story about how he got into teaching Middle School. Mike also talks about being a first time coach and coaching Basketball for team of 5th graders. Mike also shares the ups and downs of coaching High School basketball and the lessons he brings to the Nothing to Lose Foundation. Check it out, leave a comment, we are trying to get better every time out. Buhay N2L baby!!
66 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
Buhay N2L Episode 1 “Mamba Mentality X Buhay N2L”
Nothing to Lose (N2L) Foundation Co-founders Mikey and Jon J talk about their love for the Los Angeles Lakers and react to the tragic helicopter accident that took the lives of nine people, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi. The N2L coaches also talk about their plans to pay tribute to Kobe and his approach to life (Mamba Mentality) at the N2L All-Star Camps this June in Romblon, Philippines.
47 minutes | Feb 19, 2020
Episode 13 “Don’t Call It a Comeback”
It’s been almost 6 months since we last heard from the Poppas. Back in Bacolod City for a week, Jon sits down with Jojo at the Coffee Farm (Villamonte) and records a quick episode. In this session they talk about “Sports Dad Life” in San Francisco as well as Jojo’s progress with N2L Bacolod’s Aftercare Program with youth recently released from rehabilitation. Finally the Poppas share their initial thoughts on the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and the other victims of the terrible helicopter crash.
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