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Welcome to The BALUT KIKI Project!

We are a podcast that provides banter for the boys, and the girls, and us freaks in the middle. We are Filipino members of the queer community - some of us living in the Philippines (you'll know who among us are, the wifi lag that reflects on the sound will tell you! Ha!); the others elsewhere in the world. 

Balut Kiki is a project that humbly aims to put a few more queer voices out there - ours, plus those of our allies and other members of the community. Our modest aim is to bolster queer representation by adding our own personal views, experiences, frustrations and hopes into the prevailing discourse or by calling attention to issues where we feel, through our own personal journeys, there is not enough dialogue existing (like mental health, sex and sexuality, non-traditional identities and relationships, etc.). But make no mistake, we dig into a lot of silly and mindless chatter too! We also hope that by speaking out through this project, it will empower others in our community to make their voices heard as well. 

We didn't want a podcast that dealt solely with depression. How depressing would that be for the listener and for us as well! This podcast is a passion project for us because it serves as a distraction for ourselves - an interruption to the intrusive and unhealthy thoughts and the negative feelings. It is something positive and productive that we look forward to and the creative process is, while a bit stressful, ultimately rewarding. This, we believe, is what we all need - or at least those that deal with mental health issues: to create a balance between validating what you feel and creating a diversion to be able to feel good about oneself, immerse oneself in one's interests, and surround yourself with people you love who understand you and accept you, warts and all.

We embrace our diversity. Our journeys are all different - whether you're straight or a little (a lot) crooked, we believe we should celebrate our differences. We acknowledge that while we might wear different colours and hues, and espouse different convictions and hold different views, we all bask under one gigantic, colorful and fabulous, bejewelled rainbow.

We are uniquely PINOY.

We are unapologetically QUEER.

Wtf is balut ?!?

ba·​lut | \ bäˈlüt, bə- \ [noun]

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines balut as "a food in the Philippines consisting of duck eggs incubated almost to the point of hatching and then boiled."

Balut is sold on some streets in the Philippines, at times peddled at night by somebody carrying the eggs kept warm and wrapped in cheesecloth inside a wicker basket. The street peddlers usually break the silence of quiet evenings by their instantly recognizable cry of "baluuuuuuuutttttt". 

It's nutritive value has been immortalized in the song "Balut" where it is touted as
"pampalakas ng tuhod" (knee-strengthener). It is also said to be a powerful aphrodisiac. It is eaten straight off the shell - yes, everything - eyes, feathers, beak and all!

Photo from Wikipedia https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/25/InsideaBalut-EmbryoandYolk.jpg 

balutkiki the balut kiki project

From Wikipedia:

"A Kiki is a term which grew out of Black American gay social culture, and is loosely defined as a gathering of friends for the purpose of gossiping and chit-chat, and later made more widely known in the song "Let's Have a Kiki" by the Scissor Sisters."

Kiki : [noun] kee-kee

Want to be in on the kiki?