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I must never forget

November 26, 2011


This respite of mine from “official” work is a good time for soul-searching. Why do I write and why should I? In 2007, I delivered this speech after receiving the Ateneo de Manila’s Raul Locsin Award for Student Journalism. My thesis here is something I now need to remember. A journalist is like an ambassador. An […]

Why commuting makes me smile alone

November 7, 2010


Why do you commute, I am often asked, when you can drive your car? I think it’s the journalist in me: every jeep or bus or train that I ride is a story. Amused, I even sometimes catch myself grinning alone. A baby in front of me whose feet are bruised, her flesh exposed. (Why? […]

The price of working in media

November 3, 2010


I have often been asked why I choose to stay in media despite the low pay. If only it didn’t need a long explanation, I have always wanted to say, “But shouldn’t we be the ones paying for this privilege?” It is an exaggeration, but I hope it drives home the point that working in media […]

Game shows over news

October 28, 2010


The sad truth in the Philippines, as Maria Ressa points out tonight on ‘Storyline,’ is that “Pinoys will not say, ‘I want to be empowered.’ They will say, ‘Kayo na po ang bahala.'” The statement of the outgoing news chief of ABS-CBN proves true even in the viewing habits of many Filipinos. I long for the […]

Day’s ranting made a little more coherent

October 26, 2010


The airwaves are sacred. The airwaves are not ours; they are public property. Filipino viewers are only lending the airwaves to us, TV practitioners, by virtue in fact of franchises issued by Congress. Please, let us make good use of these resources. Let us not settle for second best. If we have to stay all […]