While I Was Sleeping

June 4, 2010

The problem with taking a respite from the task of updating this blog is that a stupid comment poster takes over. As I said before, I want the sharing of ideas in this blog to be on the level. Yet there is this virus who insist on introducing garbage comments and childish ranting in this site. Kapoy ra bag delete aning baho nga basura.

I understand that some comment posters are interested in my article about World War II. Those who are asking me about certain personalities and places (Hill 22?), sorry but I am not an expert in these matters. You can check with the Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos if you are in Cebu.

It’s good that relatives of the late mayor and poet Rene Amper are posting comments in the article I wrote about his death. Through it, we have been enlightened about the man’s life. I hope relatives of the other late poet, Temistokles Adlawan, will also find time to comment.

I have returned. Hopefully I can post new articles and materials soon.


Where Did This Blogger Go?

September 22, 2008

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).


April 3, 2008

I have decided to replace the theme of the blog. I am also thinking of other changes, especially in content.  Among these is the decision to shift from a hodge-podge blog to something more specific, like tackling mainly Cebu and Philippine current events. I think that is the identity this blog has slowly evolved into.

In the meantime, please bear with me.


June 28, 2007

He-he-he. Back to where I started?

I had a conversation the other day with my officemates in Sun.Star and out of the blue somebody told me that Ang Peryodista is not really an original name. Others are using that name for their blog.

Peryodista actually reminds me of Rebolusyonaryong Peryodismo, a course I took when I was still in the underground and handled “Pakigbisog,” the revolutionary publication of the Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines. So Ang Peryodista, sort of, was a fit.

Anyway, Rebelmind is, hopefully, original, so there. It’s back.

–Candido O. Wenceslao, June 28, 2007

Change of Direction

April 2, 2007

This is the third title of this blog—from Cebuano to Rebelmind and now, Ang Peryodista. Part of growing up, really. I am summing up the experience of handling this and considered the output.

First, I thought I could concentrate on Cebuano writing but gave that up. Then for a while, I wallowed in the illusion that I can stress on writing about the revolution, having been a participant. I now realize that I would be better off not wallowing too much on the past but rather dwell on my present profession, which is journalism. I am more updated in this topic, especially the Cebu version.

So, “Ang Peryodista” or The Journalist. Sounds better?

Hello, world!

March 11, 2006

It’s but a small point in one of those tiny dots called the Philippines. Cebu is an island in the middle of the archipelago. Small but, well, it’s home. This blog emanates from there, and from this Cebuano, a journalist by profession and a creative writer at heart. So again, hello world!

Candido Ortega  Wenceslao, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines