By: Matthew Escosia
Podcasts are the future of audio entertainment. The medium has seen its rapid rise to fame through the years, with podcast listening rates doubling in recent months due to the quarantine. Perhaps a lot of people are joining the podcast bandwagon as a way to hear familiar voices, witty banter and engaging conversations at a time when everyone is forced to be isolated from one another. Podcasts also feature something universal that anyone can relate to, with a unique local flavor depending on where the podcast is based, as seen in our Filipino podcast recommendations in a previous article.
On Spotify alone, you can find an endless selection of podcast titles that are curated specifically for your current mood. And since you can only listen to one podcast at a time, we’re helping you pin down some of these go-to titles for any mood or occasion.
Here are our High Five podcast picks for whatever mood you’re in.
When you’re feeling heartbroken – Walwal Sesh
The logline says it all. Walwal Sesh is a podcast for the “sawi” or heartbroken. Hosted by Dr. Gia Sison, Renz Arago, and Vino Orajay, the podcast offers an intellectual yet hilarious approach to things we might not be comfortable to talk about—including love, gender equality, mental health, sex, and especially heartbreak.
Stream Walwal Sesh on Spotify.
When you’re looking for a good laugh – The Morning Rush
Radio favorite The Morning Rush is now on Spotify, just in case you miss their live broadcast every morning. While Delamar Arias and Gino Quillamor have left the show, Chico Garcia still delights with his trademark witty commentary, joined by new co-hosts Hazel Aguilon, Rica Garcia and Markki Stroem. The best part of The Morning Rush podcast is that, despite its name, you can still listen to it any time of the day.
Stream The Morning Rush on Spotify.
When you’re looking to change your money habit – The 80 Percent
If you’re looking for the best way to practice money-saving or spending habits, then The 80 Percent is the educational show for you. Hosted by financial expert Fitz Villafuerte, the show goes beyond the patterns of one’s financial journey. A must-listen if you want to learn more about the science of spending.
Stream The 80 Percent on Spotify.
When you can’t sleep – Sleeping Pill with Inka
Sleeping Pill with Inka is the first ASMR podcast from the Philippines. ASMR or autonomous sensory meridian response is the pleasant tingling sensation that begins from the scalp and rolls through to the spine, usually triggered by specific satisfying sounds. The title best describes the show, as its content is uniquely designed to help people fall asleep. Host Inka Magnaye reads various things like poems from Margaret Atwood and even translated BTS lyrics, using her soothing voice to lull the listener into a gentle slumber. A word of warning: do not listen to this podcast when you’re driving or doing physical activities.
Stream Sleeping Pill with Inka on Spotify.
When you’re reminiscing – Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast
Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast is a quarantine project by filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone and spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo that tackles various topics from love to pop culture. Sometimes relatable, oftentimes hilarious, and once in a while insightful, this is a podcast that feels like a late-night conversation between old friends, reminiscing about their most embarrassing and memorable encounters from the past.
Stream Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast on Spotify.
Do you have other podcasts you want to share with us? Comment your suggestions down below.