05 October 2011

thank you, philippine star.




i started my blog in september of 2003. i was a college junior and i enjoyed writing. (although back then, it was probably more ranting than writing.) ever since high school i've enjoyed sharing my thoughts and ideas through words, whether it be through a script of a class play or video, or through doodles i would jot down on my notebook.

fast forward to september of 2011, and i find myself celebrating my eighth blog anniversary. feels awesome.

back track to august 2011. it was a thursday and i was having a lunch meeting with my friend rissa mananquil, the beautiful model and columnist, zo aguila, who was at the time still cosmo philippines' editor-in-chief, and millet mananquil, the famed lifestyle editor of the philippine star.

fast forward again to the last weekend of september 2011, i head to national bookstore to purchase something i feel every "legitimate" interviewer must have. an audio recorder.


fast forward a bit more to the first sunday of october 2011. as soon as i wake up, i rush out of bed to get a copy of the newspaper. i find myself jumping up and down, giddy and happy like a little girl on her first time in disneyland, looking at this:



no joke! i was really jumping up and down with full force! full hingal factor din ako pagkatapos ko magtatatalon!

who wouldn't jump for joy when they see their name on the front cover of the philippine star??!!

i was really, honestly only praying that my editor tita millet would like what i wrote, and that my column wouldn't be hidden in one corner in the paper. but this.. this was beyond real.

i was literally in shock seeing my name on the front page masthead that it took me a few minutes before i could open the lifestyle section. when i finally got around to, there it was..


wow. wow. wow. thank you Lord. there are no words to describe the feeling. my photo, my name, my column title. i could not believe it. it was a dream beyond my own dreams come true.


it was on section H, page 1 of the lifestyle section. 'ten things you should know about' is the title of my column. and my first subject is the woman everyone loves to hate or loves to love, kris aquino.


reading words i wrote printed on an actual broadsheet was extremely unreal. to all published writers reading this, excuse my (over) reaction, i know this may be ordinary for you, but for me, right now, i am just overwhelmed!!!! to all writers dreaming to be published, keep writing, your dream might just come true. :)

(excuse the bad photoshop blur, i obviously have to work on my photo editing skills.)

i've been told that i express myself well through words, but i know i'm not an excellent writer. my grammar, punctuations, and prepositions are sometimes off, i don't know the meaning of a lot of big words, and there is so much about the world that other people know but i don't. i do know that i am passionate about sharing my thoughts with words, and i guess that counts. :)

thank you, rissa for even thinking of bringing up my name to your mom, and setting the whole meeting up. if it wasn't for you, i never would've thought my being a "real" writer would be possible.

thank you, glenn orion, the photographer who took my column photo. i was told that i had to submit a photo for my column, and since i had just cut my hair a week before, i had no photos with my new look! luckily, glenn took my photos a few days before the deadline and graciously sent me the file so i could have a photo with my column.

thank you, ate kris for agreeing to be my first subject. when i first told her i wanted her to be my first feature, she said, "bianca, there's nothing people don't know about me." i agreed, but still insisted on writing about her. thank you for the wonderful words you sent me after you got to read the article. thank you. i will save your message forever.

thank you, tita millet for giving me the time of day and believing in me. thank you in general for supporting young minds who want to share what they have to say, and who want to share their ideas to the world. thank you so much for liking my column.

thank you to everyone who got to read my first ever article, to those who sent an email, a tweet, a text message, thank you. i am beyond happy to hear that you enjoyed reading it, but more than anything, now, i am pressured for the next sunday columns to come. hahahahahaa!

i am both scared and excited to get to know more people a little bit more, and learn from their stories. i hope you are excited too. :)





to read 'ten things you should know about kris aquino', click here. :)

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

You did a good job! Really good for a first timer. Keep those stories coming!

Joan said...

"i've been told that i express myself well through words, but i know i'm not an excellent writer. my grammar, punctuations, and prepositions are sometimes off, i don't know the meaning of a lot of big words, and there is so much about the world that other people know but i don't. i do know that i am passionate about sharing my thoughts with words, and i guess that counts. :)"


I can relate. You've just written the best way to describe young bloggers aspiring to be writers someday.

And CONGRATULATIONS!!! =D

arby ^_^ said...

congratz super bianca! Will be looking forward on your column every sunday! =) @fab_rea

dabayrus said...

congrats.. im not good with words or expressing myself altogether but i love to read.. and i love reading your blog..

AiLa Mhari Coritana said...

Congrats Ms. Bianca!:)

marycheri said...

great job, super bianca! Congrats! :D

i.am.danilyn.rph. said...

hi bianca, congratulations on another endeavor. KEEP IT UP!

Val said...

Congratulations Bianca! Dapat beyond showbiz pa. I mean your should write more about life, give advises and all. You are very wise. I believe a lot of people will be inspired by your "scholarly thoughts". Again, congratulations! Continue inspiring us but always remain humble. :) God Bless you!

Ria Arana said...

congratulations! :) there's another reason for me to admire a bianca gonzalez. God bless you always!

BravekarenN said...

Woooowww! I'm so happy for you Miss B! ^_^ Ang sarap mangarap lalo na kung natutupad. Ramdam na ramdam ko ung kasiyahan mo.. At ang sarap basahin.. Kahit ako naeexcite magbasa! :) God bless!:)

kath said...

i've been reading your blog since 2003 and with this journey, the reason why i keep on reading this is that you are so TRUE with your thoughts and your emotions but then you remain so humble. :)

shentsen said...

you deserve all the good things bianca.hay it has always been my dream to write for the star.i started blogging when i read your blog way back in 03,when you were still a 12 year old trapped in a 22yearold body.i dont think it was ranting.lol..i stopped blogging in 07. kaya i need practice with writing gain.and you inspired me to write again.im so excited that ill start blogging again as soon as my schedule clears up.thank you for always being an inspiration. you are one of the greatest role models ever.and thank you for taking time to reply.i remember you left a comment on my blog back in 04. and i have tweeted you a couple of times and you always reply.thank you.you are the sweetest!goodluck and Godbless!

diane said...

hi!great job on your first article!two thumbs up!as a fan of yours, i just hope as you became a regular columnist, you won't stop blogging!

aya said...

congratulations bianca! love your column's title :D

Anonymous said...

alam mo bianca, you are a great host. i really felt bad when SNN got canceled. i think i know why. noong una, SNN was really good. i hated pinoy showbiz news but still i stuck around to watch SNN. kasi entertaining xa. but on the later episodes, the show got really safe only feature or cover artistas with new movies or something else to promote.

i hope u still get a shot on a new hosting job in tv. we'd really love to see you again.

and congrats! are you going to be a regular at Philippine star? can't wait to read your articles.

much love,
supergirlfan

Meg said...

because you are honest and sincere when you write! you may not be good or good in grammar, punctuations, etc but as long as the people reading your column reads you sincerity and passion, go for it!

God bless you and your works and words.

zhequia said...

I'm so happy for you Bianca! This is just one of the reasons why I feel inspired every time I read your posts. And you still continue to inspire me each day! Thanks to you.

bratty21 said...

you deserve all the blessing bianca.... kung ano man ang nakamit mo ngayon mga blessing you really DESERVE it... i will continue to support you and pray for your more success ;-)

celena martinez said...

You continue to inspire people with what you write, what you say and how you live. It is very rare to find a beautiful lady, with such wit and class and the values still intact.
I admire you more now because of this new achievement, and because you still continue to strive hard to reach your goals. You just keep on getting better and better with each milestone. :)

More power and kudos, Bianca!

cham said...

cheers to first timers! had the same cloud-nine high a few months ago, during my own "first time", in a local newspaper though...

check it out: http://eaturbanana.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-first-time.html

keep on postin' great stuff ms bianca! we love your blog... :)

Joan said...

Congratulations Ms. Bianca! You definitely deserve all this.

Anyway, we're having our annual Give Love on Christmas Day Project and our chosen group is the Payatas Kids Choir.

If you're interested, please visit this site:
http://giveloveonchristmasday.weebly.com

Hoping that you can write a short post about it. :)) A lot of people do follow your blog, we need lots of help.

Congrats again and thanks.:)

-Joan

JanM ♥ said...

Good job Bianca! Good look on your writing career :)

Yellow Bells said...

awesome, your my idol Bianca. you are an inspiration thanks for sharing

Melvin said...

Hi Ms. Bianca! Congrats on your debut article! Too bad I didn't had a chance to read it since there are no available store near my place here in Riyadh, KSA but I know that your article is great. I know that you'll go a long way, just stay humble and pretty ok? :)
God bless! - Melvin from Riyadh, KSA

GENE-use said...

congratulations super bianca! i remembered how delighted i was in college when my creative non-fiction story was published in the local sunstar, how much more ikaw diba when you saw your article published in philstar and nasa front page pa. hehe. i also enjoyed reading your article.

ill be looking forward for the next articles that you'll write. God bless! :)

Issa said...

Congratulations Bianca! Great job! We are always here happy to read stories from you! :)

k. said...

congratulations and looking forward to your next article. :D

i was teary eyed reading your article. fan ako ni Kris eh. hehe. :D

please don't leave TV. :D hahaha! congrats biancs! :D

diane said...

hi!great job on your first article!two thumbs up!now, the supergirl wannabe is step-by-step the supergirl itself already!first you became a guest editor/cover girl in meg megazine and now a columnist!as a fan of yours, i wish that you wont stop blogging because it inspire a lot of people!thank you superbianca!

Anonymous said...

Good job Bianca!! I have always admited you as a host, a blogger and your sense of fashion, simple but it rocks. You know, like you, I love expressing my thoughts. Same as what you have said, my grammar isn't that perfect, basta feel ko lang to let the world know what I feel. I have always wanted to start blogging. Maybe you could give me an advise on how and what blogging site would possibly fit me. I have registered with blogger, wordpress and tumblr but I don't know where to officially start my first blog. Help?
You inspire me and a lot of people for sure. Keep up the good work! God bless!!

-g. said...

Congrats Bianca! I read your column and I loved it, looking forward for your next articles! Keep it up!

Kathleen Perez said...

Bianca G!!! I'm so proud of you! You know what, I've always dreamed of writing for a newspaper too, and because of your achievement, I became more inspired to dream even more, dream bigger! :)

Anonymous said...

thumbs UP ms. Bianca:)... Keep it up yow..

Jessica Grace RaƱola said...

Congrats Ms. Bianca! :) Keep it up, Idol po talaga kita.

kalansaycollector said...

nice! congrats.

inggit. this is one of my dreams too. ang magkacolumn sa dyaryo. :)

sad hindi tayo nagkatrabaho sa talk unit bago ako nakalipat ng ibang unit sa abs. hehe

anyway congrats to you ulit. :)

archiemb said...

Congrats! It was a well-written article. :) I bought a copy when you tweeted about it & was really surprised to know some more stuff about Miss Krissy!!! :P

Looking forward to reading your future articles!

(^_^)

Cheers!

glenn orion said...

good choice with the audio recorder :)

thanks again for the opportunity to be a part of this milestone if even in a little way!

lvdvitug said...

Hi Bianca Congrats to your new job as a writer. Dreams do come true. Continue to inspire us with your writings and your blog. Good luck and God Bless

mymy said...

congrats ms. Bianca!! ur really deserved all the blessings 'coz ur so kind and humble..Keep it up!!:)

Anonymous said...

Hi bianca! you really deserve this break :) Congratulations and i look forward to reading your next stories. I'm sure you'll become a good writer :)

eza said...

congrats! keep on dreaming, keep on writing. i love reading your blogs. someday you'll be a great writer:)

Simply Maldita® said...

Wow! Congrats Ms Bianca! Someday, I could also do an article in broadsheet just like you... pero siguro marami pa ko kakainin bigas! :D

Anonymous said...

Kudos to you Bianca! You inspire a lot of "wannabes"..keep them coming...

maria said...

Woaaah! I love the achievement! WRITER KA NA TALAGA!! I knew you'd become like this. I love your blog and your writing skill is really nice Bianca. Whenever I am reading your entries it's like we are just personally talking like friends kahit hindi naman tayo nagkikita. That's why regular reader mo ako kasi I love the way you write. And I love how you share your life with us.

I absolutely love to write. I even spent so much money on buying newspapers before kasi I wanna learn how to write effectively then I made a blog, then I saw your blog and it changed the way I see life in a very positive way. I may not have a lot of followers ( which I myself dream na sana nga may magbabasa din ng aking blog) but the love of writing will always be in my heart.

I just love expressing my thoughts in words and writing tlaga, and I am so happy to think about it kasi we do have that in common. :0 JOB WELL DONE BIANCA!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!! :) HAVEY NA HAVEY!!!

ireneleona said...

hi! congrats on your first article, i'm looking forward to the next ones :) i hope you still have time to blog, baka mapagod ka na sa kakasulat... hehe

p.s. thank you for blogging about steve jobs.if it weren't for you, i would not realize how great he is. may he rest in peace...

Len said...

Hey there!

I also found myself in the air when I learned that I got published on the Philippine Star a couple of years ago. You are not over with your reaction; you're simply in bliss and blessed! =)

I thought that celebs don't write. I haven't read your article yet, but I guess it's great.

Congrats, and keep being inspired for more telling pieces! =)

lorraine.n said...

hi biancs!

so happy to be following you now on ur blog and now, ur getting a "full-pledge" columnist...

i wish that someday, i may obtain writing on a higher level...

cheers!!!

MD said...

wow?! we both have the same sentiments about becoming a writer. i also don't write English well. haha. being a famous blogger was my dream way back i started blogging since 2002. haha. and wonder if if that would happen. same goes to that writer ambition of mine. sigh. but i am happy for you mam bianca. you're truly an inspiration for me as a writer wannabe haha. hope i got to have that break like what you just recently achieve. well good luck to me. haha. :D

Noemie Capungcol said...

No dOuBt you made it :) you're BIANCA GONZALES!!! :)

Agus said...

congratulations! i hope there are more articles to come

kaloka said...

Congratulations! Just want to let you know na crush ka ng hubby ko.haha!

http://kaloka.livejournal.com/73632.html

cseamush said...

Congratulations Ms.Bianca, good job! It is very rewarding for us passionate in writing to get noticed by the mainstream media indeed.

It just shows your writing calibre. Interesting stories and great delivery! You have earned another follower =) Godspeed and Be Well!

cseamush.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

nagulat din ako, been reading philstar since elem ('yan yung nirarasyon sa 'min e)parang, "wow, nasa philstar ka na din!" Congrats really!:)) I felt sad i wasn't chosen in your blog contest but that did not dampen (only a bit, haha, honest lang)my spirits to still follow this blog and now, your column. Idol kita talaga!

@iamltregala said...

finally you got what you deserve, the perfect job for you :) matagal ko ng hinihintay ito...excited to read every single article of yours. CONGRATULATIONS! Mabuhay ka Ms. Bianca.

dark angel said...

dearest babybee...

wow its been eight years in blogging and that was totally awesome...congratulations for still keeping a blog for that long..i understand what you feel that there is a genuine happiness felt whenever what we had inside of us was express and shared through words. as a promise, the moment i had my own laptop and internet connection and stuff i'll put a comment in your every blog-every blog haha sana di ka magsawa na basahin yun.

i'm so happy for you that finally and for the first time you see your "creation" on print. maybe were not the same, but i know and remember how thus it feel na binasa yung news na ginawa ko for the first time. by the way im a writer and working on a media. kahit naman sino, especially the one na mahilig magsulat at makita ang ginawa nya sa broadsheet will be happy..as in super happy!!!

for me kahit na in your own words oa yung dating, gora lang babybee..kasi naman hindi lahat ng writer sa mundo ay nabibigyan ng chance na mafeature ang article nila in one of the biggest broadsheet sa bansa, ahm puro tagalog na ginagamit ko ah haha anyways..good luck and im so happy for you na you had your dreams more coming to life ..

xoxo..dark angel