The Hosts


Cris Garcia (left) is currently a Chinese teacher in the Confucius Institute & the Ateneo de Manila University and handles most of the editing and music of the episodes. He graduated in 2006 from the Ateneo de Manila University, BS Communications Technology Management, with a certificate of completion of Chinese Language Courses. He spends his free time teaching Chinese to kids. He also cooks a mean pomodoro sauce and beef caldereta.

Mickey Ingles (right) graduated as the Salutatorian of the Ateneo Law School batch 2012 and was also given the St. Thomas More Award in Ateneo. He writes the dialogs and the episodes, and also helps out with the editing. Like Cris, he graduated from the Ateneo with a degree in Communications Technology Management in 2006. He also spent a year in Shanghai studying Mandarin. He enjoys playing football and was part of his record-setting collegiate team.

Jovitt Trinidad (center) is currently employed with his family business and is also a volunteer fireman. He provides the culture insights after the lessons , thus a ‘culture vulture’. He graduated AB Psychology from the Ateneo in 2006 and spent a semester in Shanghai, also studying Mandarin. He enjoys mountain climbing and going on hikes.

Razi Ruaro is one of the country’s resident netizens. He joined the team in April 2010 and is Kalyespeak’s Society Snail, giving his two cents on Philippine culture and society. He has also taken charge of the PDFs. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. You may have seen him in the comments forums – enlightening everyone with his grammar notes – as arrghzi. He has taken the cudgels of hosting the new series, Try Mo, Try Ko!

Paulo Agustin handles the Kalyespeak twitter account and joined the crew in April 2010. He holds a Juris Doctor of Law degree from the Ateneo Law School where he graduated with honors in 2010. He joins Razi in the culture portions of the episodes and is known as the Domestic Dragon. He’s known around the comments pages as GodLikeDevil. He is currently a practicing lawyer.

32 responses

17 06 2009

Ahh, so u guyz are classmates! Is everyone from Ateneo so whacky?? My gf went to Centro Escolar, and she’s whacky talaga! Maybe there are whacky and non-whacky Universities in the Philippines?

17 06 2009

Yeah, we’ve all known each other since grade school! And that’s probably why we’re wacky, not really because we’re Atenista. There are boring Ateneans, believe me. Hahaha.

22 07 2009

Are you guys on Twitter? Great Podcast! Keep em coming!

23 07 2009

Hey Chris! Nope, we don’t have a Twitter account yet! But we’ll get soon! What’s your Twitter ID, so we can add you up if ever? 🙂

If you have facebook, join the Kalyespeak group! Just search for ‘kalyespeak’! 🙂

13 08 2009

Hey Guys!! Great site!! It’s my first time to check it out. Keep it up! I’ll share it to people who might want to learn the language too. Cheers to cool Ateneans! Hehe 😉

17 08 2009

Cai! Oh wow, haven’t seen you in a long time ah! Hope you’re well! Thanks a lot!


13 08 2010

Super tagal na nga! Just saw one update in FB! Galing! Let’s catch up one time! Been a very looooong time na! Tc.

5 10 2009

Hi guys! I have downloaded all of your free podcasts from the iTunes store. I just want to show my immense appreciation to you all for bringing such an entertaining way to learn Tagalog. I have met a girl from the Philippines and I think it is only right that I should try and learn her language. I really want to impress her and I think that your efforts will definitely help me do that. Keep up the great work! I really enjoy listening to your show!

Ingat ka!


6 10 2009

Hey Stey! Kamusta? We hope your foray into the Filipino language goes well! Good luck wooing your Filipina girl! Hahaha 🙂

31 12 2009
Barry Sloan

As a newbie, I am an instant fan!! This puting amerikano truly enjoys the way you present your lessons. You guys are funny, funny, funny!

6 01 2010

Salamat!!! Any favorite episodes? 🙂

6 09 2011
Sunshine Diaz

My favorite is, “bahala na si batman” LOL

18 02 2010
Michael Gilmore

Hi guys, I really enjoy your podcast. I have improved my Tagalog from listening to you more than any book that I have. Maraming Salamat! I would be interested if you guys would do an episode specifically for kids ~ 4 years old.

19 02 2010

thanks michael! and thanks too for the generous donation! it’ll go a long way! 🙂
we’ll try to work out a kiddie episode soon! 🙂

26 02 2010

Hey guys!! I love your episodes. I am in a relationship with a Filipino, and I am making every effort to learn the language. I have down loaded the free episodes from iTunes, and I listen to them as often as I can. The episodes are educational and entertaining at the same time. I bought a Rosetta Stone lesson package, but you guys are much more interesting to listen to. Keep up the great work!!



27 02 2010

thanks kevin! 🙂 where are you from? 🙂

28 02 2010

I am from St. Louis, MO, USA. See, we are even influenced by your culture here in the mid west!! 🙂

12 03 2010

Hey guys. I’ve been listening to you guys for a while now, but this is my first comment. I just wanted to say thanks for the podcasts. I am from the US, and my mom is half black half pinay. Its been a lot of fun showing her and my lola different things I’ve learned. Salamat! Keep it up!

12 03 2010

Cool! Thanks for the encouragement! Glad we’ve been helpful in your Filipino learning! – Mickey

8 06 2010

So, is Cris coming back from China? I really like the chemistry you all had when he was around. Still very funny now, just a bit different from before. The “Society Snail” is a funny dude too. Haha!

9 06 2010

Haha, we miss cris as well! Hopefully he visits soon! Hahaha

7 02 2011

hi Cris , Micky, Jovitt,Razi.

I am from toronto . canada, but indian
Learning tagalog was one of my hobbies. I tried and tried,But….. It didnt work out much.
The method of your podcast is very good way to understand the way of talking and at the same time to understand your valuable culturesI
GOOD JOB !!!!!!!!!

9 02 2011

Hey Ben! Thanks for listening in! Just a question, why tagalog of all languages? 🙂


28 02 2011

Hey guys! I’m form Taiwan. I just wanna say that I LOVE your episodes! You guys are awesome and hilarious! There’s no institution or class for Tagalog learning in Taiwan and I don’t have any Filipino friend here so you guys are really helping a lot! Salamat! Keep up with the great work!

5 03 2011

Ni hao abbie! Thanks for listening to kalyespeak! Glad you like the podcasts! Why the interest in Filipino though? 🙂

4 08 2011

Hi guys,
Many thanks for the podcasts on iTunes, really love the fun approach to learning a language. I’m Greek, I live in England and I have degrees in Chinese and Japanese. I’ve studied many languages before but nothing as fun as you do here. Keep up the good work!!

6 08 2011

谢谢 and salamat Graecus! 🙂

21 09 2011

Palitan na natin yung pictures at write ups dito. Lagay natin yung sa wedding ni Jor-el!

31 01 2013

Wala ba tayong litrato na tayong lima? At dapat nga baguhin na rin yung write-up.

8 02 2013

Awesome site. I spoke Tagalog and other dialects fluently when I was young. Then we moved to the States, this is a great way to learn to speak better. I do understand when my mom speaks though. I am also learning Mandarin…small world. I take classes one day a week at a Chinese school, but since I cant go to China to learn are there websites you can recommend or software to learn Madarin.

15 10 2017

Chinese Pod

15 10 2017

Salamat mga lessons. Mabuti naman.

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