Mabuhay Magazine Sept issue
It was in late July ’07 I think when I met Jun Ventura, the editor-in-chief of Mabuhay Magazine – PAL’s domestic & international inflight mag, during one of the regular fellowship meetings of the Rotary Club of Leyte Gulf where he was the keynote speaker. Being a PP myself has its perks (PP being “Past President” of the Rotary Club of San Juanico) – I was introduced to Jun first before the meeting formally started and we managed to exchange small talk, among them happily knowing we both share the same alma mater – UP Diliman. He was then on a data gathering venture for his next project – a feature on Eastern Visayas. Due to lack of material time, could it be possible – he asked me – if I could do a brief, brief write-up on Biliran Province, one of the places he could no longer squeeze in into his tight itinerary?
To make a long story short, after sending him a few days later a brief write-up intended as a sidebar, I was pleasantly rewarded when he sent me by courier a copy of Mabuhay’s September issue containing my write-up (w/ a by-line at that!) and a small photo I submitted!
I know September is just about to end, but if you guys happen to take PAL in the next few, remaining days of the month, check out Jun’s feature story on Eastern Visayas entitled “Taking the Road Less Traveled.”
How I wish I’ve met Jun earlier – I would have wanted to share some of my photos of Eastern Visayas! But, as he himself mentions it in his story – it’s one place (E. Visayas) he wouldn’t mind going back to at all. 🙂