Taking a leaf from Malacanang reporter Jove Francisco, who sometimes uses his weekend posts to direct readers’ attention away from politics, I thought I’d do something in the same spirit. (No, I won’t talk about the amazing tool that is Google Earth; it’s already consumed too much of my time.) I thought I’d write about a few blogs I’ve tracked since I started keeping one.
Percolation is written by a Filipino student in London. I am pretty sure her name is not Sesto Callende, the pen name she uses, unless, I guess, she was conceived in that part of Italy. She is living the kind of life I once thought I’d lead; her always literary posts tell me she has chosen well; she is in the right place.
iBlog is by Michael Josh Villanueva, a "senior system administrator" at GMA-7. A record-setting technophile with a genuine creative gift, Michael Josh is also a special kind of blogger: He does his own reporting. I first met him (online) when he emailed me questions about a particular topic he wanted to write about. I was impressed.
Pixels and Paper has a byline that should be familiar to readers of mph magazine, or to those writers and editors who passed through the halls of a certain think tank in the last decade or so. Jason de Villa is an old friend and a former colleague (one I haven’t seen in years). His work, both on the Macs we used then or the hard copy we printed out and passed around, was always marked by elegance and economy of expression. I am glad to see from his blog (he has decided to focus on just one) that nothing has changed.
And not least, Rachel Khan, who writes Khanterbury Tales. Always an interesting but, for this particular reader, all-too-infrequent read. This is one journalist we should hear from more often.
PS. Another old friend of mine does not keep a blog, but should; I hope Exie Abola will come around to it sooner rather than later. Five years ago, he won the Palanca for the Essay in English, first prize. And just this month, he received that telltale telegram again: it’s the Palanca for the Short Story in English, first prize. His story? ‘The Shakespeare Guy." Ah, that little shakes-scene!