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Author Photo by: matthewreichle Badge: SupporterBadge: Serious Supporter
Jul 20 2020, 10:31pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 6 days ago. 
Question: I've been having a hard time finding some entertaining content in Tagalog to immerse myself with. I've watched a teleserye and a few movies, but they all seem to be a similar romantic drama genre. I haven't had much luck finding any books either apart from like Noli Me Tangre. Soo, I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations for some interesting tagalog content, preferably made by native speakers for native speakers, not like learning books/programs. Recommendations can include books, shows, comics, podcasts and the like. Thanks
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Author Photo AmboyBaritone
Jul 21 2020, 12:00am CST ~ 2 weeks, 6 days ago. 
The only book series I have read so far is "Pugad Baboy" which is a comedy comic book. I don't know what your Tagalog speaking level is, but if you're conversational and you like comedy, I think you'll enjoy reading Pugad Baboy.
 
GMA-7 has a number of Fantasy tv-series, but I haven't watched any of them because I am an ABS-CBN Fan. I can't give you my opinion on those.
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano is a good action-based teleserye. MMK (Maalaala mo Kaya) is also a good ABS-CBN show since each episode is about a real life story of average Filipinos or sometimes celebrities. Those two shows I'd recommend you take a look at.
ABS-CBN has a few other variety shows or talk shows like Magandang Buhay, and other shows that I can't remember the name. I haven't watched them, but I thought I would let you know just in case you wanted to check them out.
ABS-CBN's Youtube Channel has a number of Full Episodes of Past Teleseryes. I do not think all of them are romance-dramas.
The Filipino Channel website has a free plan you can use and you get a number of free Teleseryes, and Movies you can watch, as well as some episodes of comedy shows. That's another thing you might want to check out. They have a good list of movies that aren't all romance-dramas.
 
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Jul 21 2020, 7:24am CST ~ 2 weeks, 6 days ago. 
@matthewreichle there are tagalog versions of Harry Potter, Hunger Games and 50 shades of grey, books
Netflix has alot of tagalog moveis (mostly romantic comedies, i dont like the either) many with tagalig subtitles.
Also if you can find some of the tv stations used to put out American movies dubbed in tagalog, not always well done.
 
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Jul 21 2020, 9:55am CST ~ 2 weeks, 5 days ago. 
Question: I've been having a hard time finding some entertaining content in Tagalog to immerse myself with. I've watched a teleserye and a few movies, but they all seem to be a similar romantic drama genre. I haven't had much luck finding any books either apart from like Noli Me Tangre. Soo, I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations for some interesting tagalog content, preferably made by native speakers for native speakers, not like learning books/programs. Recommendations can include books, shows, comics, podcasts and the like. Thanks
 
@matthewreichle
Books are tough. I spent a lot of time searching, too. I ended up just bringing some home every time I came back from the Philippines, but of course books are heavy!
 
I've been relying on Wattpad to find stuff to read lately. The stories there are written by amateur writers, so the grammar isn't always perfect, but there's some decent stuff to read. I don't think the writers make any real money from the site, but you'll find many novel-length stories to read for free, which is nice!
 
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Jul 21 2020, 8:38pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 5 days ago. 
@matthewreichle If you're into Youtube videos check out "Kaalaman" channel. It's made by a native speaker for native speakers. You may or may not be into it but give it a try. Topics are varied; anything from historical events, current events, short stories, mysterious happenings, internet myths and legends, ect. I recently watched his video about Mt. Pinatubo for example. They tend to be anywhere from 10 - 15 minutes long.
 
The main thing I love from a language learning aspect is that he is very articulate so his word choice and vocabulary are really good. I should note that he's speaking in a narration style like a story teller or similar to a radio personality, as he has a really cool voice.
 
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Author Photo jkos Badge: AdminBadge: SupporterBadge: VIP Supporter
Jul 21 2020, 8:40pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 5 days ago. 
If you're into Youtube videos check out "Kaalaman" channel. It's made by a native speaker for native speakers.
 
@borr
I second that suggestion. Even if I disagree with some of his videos, they are usually entertaining and thought provoking.
 
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Jul 21 2020, 8:44pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 5 days ago. 
@jkos Exactly, I'm the same as you. I don't agree with everything, but in my opinion still awesome no doubt.
 
I personally just love the way he uses the Tagalog language to articulate his thoughts, very cool. That was my goal in relearning and re-immersing myself, to reach that level.
 
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Author Photo Bituingmaykinang
Jul 22 2020, 12:05pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 4 days ago. 
Arkipelago.com if you live in the US
 
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Author Photo hamilee Badge: Native Tagalog Speaker
Jul 23 2020, 1:56pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 3 days ago. 
@matthewreichle
You may want to try this link: www.palancaawards.co m.ph/
Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature has winning writings on different forms of literature like short stories, poems, essays etc. The work could be written in English, Tagalog, and some other dialects.
 
Lualhati Baustista is a contemporary author. Her works include, "Bata, Bata Paano ka ginawa?" "Gapo" "Dekada 70". They made movies out of her novels, so these are all titles of the movies also.
 
Bob Ong's novel, "ABNKKBSNPLAko?!" is fun to read. The first novel I've read that uses conversational Tagalog. It is very relatable (for me) because it speaks of the experiences of my generation. BTW they made a movie with the same title also. And for sure there are younger generations of writers but I'm not familiar with them anymore.
 
In YouTube you could find, The segment, Bawal Judgemental on "Eat Bulaga", "Pepito Manaloto" the only TV sitcom I could recommend, "24 Oras" for news. If you want to learn how to cook Filipino cuisine then try "Panlasang Pinoy". The way the host speaks Tagalog is really contemporary but not slang.
 
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Jul 23 2020, 2:39pm CST ~ 2 weeks, 3 days ago. 
@hamilee
Good suggestions! I got "Toto O." by Lasar based off of it being on the Palanca list...pretty good! And one of the few Tagalog fiction novels that I could find here in the states. The story is from the perspective of a boy, and the language is somewhat simplified, which makes reading it easier.
www.pagejumpmedia.co m/project/totoo/
 
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Author Photo hamilee Badge: Native Tagalog Speaker
Jul 27 2020, 3:06pm CST ~ 1 week, 6 days ago. 
@jkos
Thank you. I will find time to look for this book.
 
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Author Photo jkos Badge: AdminBadge: SupporterBadge: VIP Supporter
Jul 27 2020, 3:08pm CST ~ 1 week, 6 days ago. 
@hamilee
Here's a used copy for $9 if you're in the US:
www.abebooks.com/ser vlet/BookDetailsPL?b i=30606611460&search url=sortby%3D17
 
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Jul 29 2020, 6:07pm CST ~ 1 week, 4 days ago. 
 
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