Some visitors might have asked that question after finding me missing everytime they opened this blog. I did not go away. I was just around. Only that a series of events pushed me away from the site: flu/cold followed by a bad case of cough; deadline for a chapter in the history book on Tudela that I am writing and nightmares from the past that left me psychologically wasted.
I would like to thank those who posted their comments here, like Renato Pacifico, Anne Paulin, Mei Joy, pinoyapache, Emil Justimbaste, Michelle Marie Amper, etc. because at least they presented a semblance of movement in this blog. Some of these posters are mere passersby and are not regulars but I hope they will come back from time to time.
Some of the names are actually familiar. I have a classmate in high school in Southwestern University with the surname Pacifico and when I was in The Freeman newspaper one of the regular contributors there was a Pacifico (Vicente). I actually admired his style of writing in articles that I read in the newspapers even before I became a professional journalist. He was already a “senior citizen” when I was in The Freeman and that was years ago.
As for Anne Paulin, Noy Tonying was his lolo so she must have been very young when I interviewed him in the ’90s. I was a listener of Noy Tonying on dyLA where he was once a commentator so I was excited when I went to his house along Urgello St., Cebu City. When I arrived he was naked from the waste up and playing mahjong. He was a colorful figure and a jolly one, and that’s probably a reason why he was still active even at his age at that time.
Emil is, of course, a fellow journalist whom I worked with when I was in The Freeman (he was one of our correspondents from Leyte). I haven’t met him in a long while. I like Michelle Marie Amper’s reaction to Ray Cabigon’s comments. She really has the blood of Rene, the great Cebuano poet, with her use of the language.
Until my next blog, which hopefully won’t take another four weeks (he-he).