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Filipino journalists’ Grand Reunion in US—why not?

By Willie Jose
Emailed for posting by Jojo Taduran

Fri 19th August 2011

A few days ago, I lunched with   two veteran journalists Tony Sikat, former editor-in-chief of the Philippine Star’s Pilipino Ngayon and Jojo Taduran who used to write for the Philippine Graphic magazine; while we were having a little talk and enjoying our   cups coffee, out of the blue we came up with an idea “ Why don’t we—journalists who are in the US, Canada and in other countries-- hold a reunion or a simple get-together” next year in the US.
I thought New York would be a good place to have it because of its proximity to Canada where we are based but Mang Tony said straightforwardly “ magastos doon” So finally we agreed that the best option for the reunion’s venue would be the US West coast either LA or San Francisco not only for economic reasons but there are a good number of Pinoy journalists who have migrated and are presently working there.
 Some newsmen or journalists’ group based either in LA or San Francisco can host this affair—mas marami  kayo diyan kaysa sa amin sa Canada.
I think now is the time for us to renew our bond of friendship and camaraderie with our former colleagues and friends whom we have not seen for years. Some of us have been away from home for years, so we have all the reason to see each other and ask “ Pre ano bang balita?” 

Jojo said  “life is short, now is the time to revive our old links and connections and since both the young and the young –at-heart newsmen/ female journalists are expected to attend this once-in-a-lifetime gathering, this is a good way to get closer together.
Mang Tony said  “ this reunion is a good way to reconnect and mingle with our media friends and to reminisce the good old days at the National Press Club, itong get-together natin ay parang Kahapon Lamang, di nga tayo minsan nakakapag-usap sa Press Club Noon”.
To start the ball rolling, Jojo said he would drop a note to Rhony Laigo, the editor-in-chief of Balita in LA and ask him if there is a journalists’ group that could play host to this newsmen’s grand reunion.
For his part, Mang Tony is going to Baltimore next week to meet up with newsman Cris Maralit, a former PNP spokesman, and “ this planned reunion will definitely be foremost in our discussion,” he said.
When told about this reunion at Facebook, Dave Gomez who’s based in Switzerland said: “Sounds cool. Let me know when and I'll try to swing by. Keep in touch.”
Former business reporter Ellie Rovira Mallorca said “ Great idea.... Rhony Laigo could arrange it and be the host.”
For sure we’ll have the Celebrity Night and the reunion’s main menu:  corned beef straight from the can garnished with onions and a serving of steaming rice (remember this is our national food), oxtail with black bean sauce, bulanglang-na-bangus and lechon kangkong—these are the favorite dishes we used to order at the NPC restaurant and bar.
Let’s all join hands in making this journalists’ grand reunion a reality. We are also inviting everyone including those media colleagues in the Philippines to join and be with us in reminiscing our “ wonderful profession as journalists back home”
Let’s put down our pens, put away our laptops, forget meeting deadlines, having scoops, or covering beats just for a few days— life is more than all these things; let’s lighten up and loaf off by attending this once-in-a-lifetime gathering.
See you there!
About Author Willie Jose:

He is a former section editor and senior reporter of Times Journal in the Philippines.
He is now living in Toronto,Ontario, Canada.

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