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. :)