Life never ceases to surprise. I was asked by Mabuhay Magazine, the inflight magazine of Philippine Airlines, to write about my own turf. Though I’ve been writing little stories in the blog, writing for a magazine that goes around the world is a totally different ballgame — I was excited and confident. My timetable consisted of different shoots and interviews at five different locations. I traveled as far as Narvacan in the south and Capirispisan in the north, then I had to go back again to the south hoping to catch big waves in Cabugao. I trekked, baked under the red-hot sun, waited at plazas, rode public transportation (buses and tricycles) — for authenticity counts.
The Mabuhay Magazine October 2014 digital copy is not yet up, but my own copy finally arrives. Thanks to my friend Alma. And then I receive another one from Eastgate. I like the photos they chose. The bike photo was a personal favorite. The zebra photo stood out even when I first posted it in the blog. And the photos of Kingfisher brought to mind the intoxicating scent of this particular beach. I enjoyed reliving the memories of the adventures. Thank you, Mabuhay Magazine!
“An environment advocate by choice and a travel and lifestyle writer by accident…”
Having to write a blurb about yourself is by far more inconvenient than having written the actual adventure story. About the contributor’s photo — I was required a hi-res photo and, of course, I wanted it current. I was fortunate that my good friend Marianne Gaces Pasion had time for my silly randomness. Behind the photo, it was awkward ‘coz I’m not used to being photographed for something like a profile photo and cool ‘coz a professional took my photo.
Taking this opportunity, once more, to thank Eastgate Publishing Corp., the PAL Mabuhay Magazine editorial team, Ms. Ira Inquimboy, Kingfisher Beach, Mr. Mon Manotok, Miss Zarah Chua, MJ Cahilig, Boyet Leano, Councilor Cherry Agtang, the Batibol Bikers, the Karyutero Bikers, Kido Cabasug, Surfing Ilocos, Althone Borja, the LEAD Movement, Reny Tan, the Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub, Lester Susi, Mr. Arthur Valente, Capt. David Luxford, Marianne Gaces Pasion Photography, Jana Siratranont and Alma Ajero for being part of the experience. And to you, lovely readers, who have made writing and blogging wonderful and inspiring.
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