Podcasts, Show Notes

The Hurry Up the Cakes Podcast 2022 Philippine Election Special

This is for the cynic, the optimist, the disenfranchised, the rebel, and the Filipino voter.

My anxiety and trepidation concerning the 2022 National Election (and the one from 2016, for that matter) have been bubbling to the surface recently, so I decided to hash them out with my dear friend Mia Marci. Mia is an educator, a writer, a cynic at heart, a foul-mouthed Christian, and one of my favorite people in real life and on the internet, where she chronicles her journey of “decoñofication” and, more recently, her thoughts and feelings about the pursuit of justice alongside the Laban ng Masa coalition. We talk about our struggles during the 2016 Election season, we articulate the journey of choosing her candidate in Ka Leody De Guzman and mine in Leni Robredo, and we attempt to process what it might mean if the villain wins next week. All of this and more in this very special one-off episode of the Hurry Up the Cakes Podcast!

This episode was recorded on Star Wars Day 2022.


On Voter’s Remorse, Democracy, and Hope — Hurry up the Cakes

“The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Leguin — Wikipedia, Amazon

Laban ng Masa

Vice President Leni Robredo

Ka Leody accepts the invitation to debate in enemy territory

Leody de Guzman says he’s not invited to GMA-7 interview of presidential hopefuls

Rebellions are built on hope

Outro instrumental: “Chords For David” feat. Jlbrock by Pitx (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.

The Hurry Up the Cakes Podcast is published and distributed via Anchor.fm

Mikey Llorin, Musings

On Voter’s Remorse, Democracy, and Hope


I voted for Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.

I have to admit this feels weird to admit publicly. It feels like a dirty secret. What I think I believed is that my voter’s remorse began after that first victim who was wrapped in masking tape. But the truth is I think I regretted voting for him—or, I regretted knowing that I would vote for him—after that first public rape joke. You know the one: dapat na-una si Mayor. Cue laughter. Cue (justified) online anger. Cue noise noise noise noise noise.

It was horrible.

Also, it felt horrible—because as disgusted as I was, it really was not enough for me to vote for Mar, Binay, Grace, or Miriam—which, from the beginning, simply felt wrong (especially voting for Miriam, who legitimized a certain wretched son of a dictator). Duterte, despite his (I am looking for an all-compassing term. I’m going to go with:) yuckiness, was the slightly superior option to me because of what he appeared to represent. After watching his interviews and talking to people from his home city, it seemed to me that Duterte embodied the oppressed, appeared to defy the elites who ran roughshod over the country (and continued to neglect the marginalized), and was promising results—with the track record to back it up. Also he was the only one who flat-out said that he was “for same-sex marriage.” Not civil unions. Marriage. M a r r i a g e. Not even my candidate this year has said that. Of course, I ended up being wrong. Duterte was not the president he said he was going to be, and, even worse: he was exactly the president he said he was going to be.

It was horrible.

Many people were justifiably angry. The anger was agitated by his troll-driven supporters, which then extended to the people who voted for him. “Blood is on the hands of 16 million people,” some would say. It made me feel sick at times. So I kept quiet about my vote. Eventually, it rendered me more silent than I should have been. Silence, of course, means complicity. But I felt that I had little choice: how could I publicly hold the President to account when I was one of the idiots who voted for him? I decided to keep my criticisms to myself, and to smaller and safer circles.

It was horrible.

It was also wrong.

The democratic process of voting results in one person being sworn in as President, and every Filipino voter is a part of that process. Voters have an obligation to participate in it, and embedded in this obligation is the right to their vote being protected—the voter only answers to themselves for their vote, and no one else, because it is the electoral process—which involves all voters— that determines who the president is, not merely the voters of the winner of the elections.

It is the public servant—not other voters—who answers to the public. The very nature of our democracy demands that individuals are entitled to vote for whomever they want, for whatever reason, and they do not answer to anyone but themselves for their vote.

There may be a multitude of reasons to criticize people for their choices. For better or worse, democracy allows for this. We have a right to have opinions—on candidates, on our own votes, and on other people’s votes. But it is democratically illogical to blame a President’s voters for the President’s failures. And worse, it diffuses the accountability of the President.

It is the President—not his voters—who answers to everyone—every single Filipino. Thus, it is him who owes all of us an apology, and then some. Blood is not on the hands of 16 million, but on the hands of one.

All of this being said, even if I do not owe it to anyone, allow me to express my remorse anyway: I was one of the 16 million who voted for Rodrigo Duterte, and I regret it. I was wrong, and I am sorry. I am attempting to make up for it by learning to be a better citizen and a better voter—to consider more important matters, to acknowledge the limits of the presidential seat, to reckon with the essence of power, and to be sober yet hopeful about meaningful and lasting change.

Let me invite you to pursue this change with me.

To do so, we must understand that the democratic process requires empathy, because no one who participates in a democracy is more entitled than the other. The process symbolizes our equality: each of us is entitled to only one vote, and no one vote is worth more than the other, or is owed to the other. To act otherwise is at best, unproductive, and at worst, harmful. It would lower political discourse (which heaven knows Filipinos collectively need to improve in), diffuse political accountability1, and ultimately chip away at the very nature of democracy itself.

As a people, we have been trampled on enough. But while democracy allows itself to be abused by our oppressors, it also offers us the mechanism to protect ourselves, protect each other, and dismantle structures of injustice. Empathy empowers us to uphold this mechanism and use it for the good of society.

I say all of this knowing that way too many people might vote for someone whose family I never again want to see in power. We must remember that the war against the erasure of history, against misinformation, against the rise of lies and corruption and society’s worst impulses, is not a war against the common voter. Misinformation, manipulation, deceit, corruption, injustice, and impunity—these are powerful enemies, and we need each other to defeat them.

Thankfully, the 2022 presidential race is not as much of a lose-lose situation as it was in 2016. In fact, it is incredibly clear in which scenario the Philippines truly loses, and, to me, in which scenarios the Philippines has a fighting chance of progressing. This means it is much easier to determine the right candidate for me. I am full of hope that I will not regret voting for her.

  1. As we know, our leaders are often all too happy to pit us against each other when they fall short of expectations. ↩︎
Fatherhood, Podcasts, Show Notes

10: ‘I Feel Like a Megazord’ With Maximus Finn

Show Notes

This is for Max, 20 or so years from now.

It’s the season finale of the Hurry Up the Cakes Podcast! Special guest Maximus Finn Tan Llorin is the valedictorian of the Squishy Days Preschool, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and just such a trooper. He joins me on the last episode of the show to share some tips on how to protect yourself from COVID-19, and to really just be a goofball. Also, I tell the story of our COVID scare, and reflect on the magical adventure that has been this podcast.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much.

Production Notes

  • This now is the shortest episode in the season, clocking in at about 45 minutes. Part 2 of the Stan Sy interview was 46 minutes.
  • THIS WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING INTERVIEW YET. My guest had the attention span of a three year old! I had to splice in three or four separate recordings just to make both of us sound coherent.
  • I had to add the Happiness Sponsor break between segments of the episode because, like in Episode 2, my voiceover talent accidentally used a different microphone during recording, and it didn’t sound right if it was spliced into the Outro VO. But I think it worked out. Thanks again to Kookee, Cucina de Boni, and JMC!
  • I will miss doing this show, but I really feel satisfied with the breadth and depth of the themes or issues we were able to cover—even if there are still more people I wish I could have talked to. That said, the ideas we have for Season 2 are so exciting!
  • You Chose Poorly Season 2 is now in pre-production mode. We’re looking at doing them monthly. That sounds doable, and fun. I’m excited.


Outro instrumental: “Chords For David” feat. Jlbrock by Pitx (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.

The Hurry Up the Cakes Podcast is published and distributed via Anchor.fm

Podcasts, Show Notes

9: ‘The Shallow End’ With Jenn Lazo

Jenn Lazo is the kind of person that everyone should be friends with.

I mean, seriously. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys spending hours telling stories and laughing—I mean really laughing, to the point of exhaustion—Jenn is the perfect person to hang out with. If you’re the kind of person who veers away from loud personas, and you enjoy more mentally stimulating kinds of conversation, Jenn’s mind can keep up with the best of them. And if you’re the type who simply enjoys a quiet and sure friendship—the type that doesn’t need daily reassurance, or text messages every morning—Jenn stands as an exemplar friend of that sort.

Jenn can be friends with many kinds of people because she is many kinds of people. As she says on the podcast, she feels like she’s a “walking contradiction” sometimes. But the reason this works is that she has a heart that can fit all of it—not just all the versions of herself, but all kinds of people. Her heart stands firm on the idea that all—all human beings, regardless of gender —are equal.

Her friendship reflects that, her body of work reflects that, her life reflects that. And that, aside from my wanting to hang out with her more, is why I really wanted her to be a guest on the show.

I am so immensely grateful that she did.

Jenn Lazo is not only someone more people should be friends with, but someone more people should be like.

Production Notes

  • Fastest turnaround time ever, from recording to publishing. 3 hours!
  • This conversation was recorded on Skype, which was fine.
  • I realized, as I was writing this post, that the title of this episode should have been “‘A Walking Contradiction’ With Jenn Lazo’ but, ah, oh well.
  • Check out the show notes below—Jenn seriously sent me a full-on email with an outline of BTS-related links. I really will treat it as homework. If you’re a Tita or a Tito like me, maybe you should too! BTS seems like good people.
  • Executive Producer Charisse Tan Llorin already has a concept for the next season of this show, and it’s more fleshed out than I anticipated. It’s very exciting, but I have no idea how and when we can do it! But yes! Stay tuned, I guess?
  • Also, stay tuned on K Sawyer Paul’s (or my) social media—you will not have chosen poorly if you do!

Show Notes

This is for the feminist, the ally, and the accidental misogynist.

Special guest Jenn Lazo is a feminist in the truest sense of the term—she has taken on various roles throughout different stages in her life in which she advocates for gender equality. She is also endlessly entertaining, and one of the people that I always wish to hang out with more often. I’m so glad we got to do that in this episode. Jenn shares her journey as a feminist, and she shows me around the different battlefields in the fight for gender equality—helping me navigate my own battlefields in the process. Also, she introduces me to the BTS rabbit hole.


(The following are BTS-related links from an email sent by Jenn immediately following our conversation.)

I. Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS) translation: Bulletproof Boyscouts

• BTS English Single, Dynamite

BTS, a history crash course

• BTS 101/Get to know the members 

• Fun stuff to watch/James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke 


II. BTS and Gender Equality/Gender discourse

III. BTS and Social Good

Watch: BTS Delivers Moving Speech + Performances For YouTube’s Virtual Graduation Ceremony

BTS Black Lives Matter: Fans match band’s $1m donation

All the Times BTS Donated to Causes They Care About

IV. My BTS Media Exposure HAHAHAHA

A reporter friend mentioned me in her Inquirer article hahaha 

Outro instrumental: “Chords For David” feat. Jlbrock by Pitx (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.

The Hurry Up the Cakes Podcast is published and distributed via Anchor.fm

Podcasts, Show Notes, Wrestling

8: ‘Wrestling Is Stupid’ With Romeo Moran

It’s Romeo Moran week!

I’m super grateful that Ro joined me on the show this week, fresh off his tell-all episode on The Wrestling Wrestling Podcast. He said that he just realized how hard it was to be a guest on a podcast because it came with a lot of pressure, but I think his experience as a podcaster automatically makes him a great guest—generous, honest, and unafraid to be pushed and to push back.

I had wanted to talk about how wrestling is stupid on this podcast for a while now, and I thought Ro—with his dual identities as a wrestling journalist and an actual, legitimate wrestler—was the perfect person to talk to so I can get my bad feelings off my chest. But our conversation actually energized me and kind of dislodged me from the more cynical ways I’ve been looking at it.

Wrestling is stupid. But it’s also pretty awesome. And with people like Romeo in it, its future is probably brighter than I think it is.

Production Notes

  • This is the first time I recorded my introduction immediately after the interview, so this is the most similar my voice has sounded between two segments. Sorry. Nerdy audio note.
  • Discord truly is my favorite voice call app for podcast recording. I barely had to trim the our conversation at all. It also helps that Ro is an experienced podcaster who knows what makes a great guest. That said, every guest I’ve ever had has been great!
  • I’m lucky that it’s a holiday today (Friday, August 21) so that I could do this show this week. But man, it’s getting tough, what with the school year starting and all. I’m thinking I maybe have a couple more of these left in me this season.

Show Notes

This is for the wrestling fan, whatever that means.

Special guest Romeo Moran is the wrestler formerly known as SANDATA, the Editor-in-Chief of SmarkHenry.com, and still actually one half of the current Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) Tag Team Champions, despite having recently left the promotion . We explored the experience of wrestling (pun intended) with his identities as a wrestler, a fan, a journalist, and a human being, and we inspect the narratives of the recent fallout across the Philippine wrestling industry. Plus, we argue about whether or not wrestling is evil!



0:00 — Opening theme
0:27 — Introduction
6:20 — The unmasking experience
18:48 — Getting into wrestling
28:27 — Wrestling and identity
37:45 — “Doers” and “Non-Doers”
49:59 — The state of Philippine wrestling
1:04:39 — What is the dream now?
1:09:22 — Putting ourselves over
1:17:07 — Outro
1:18:20 — “I’m a T-Rex!”