In the beginning, I just wanted an archive for my published stories. In May last year I got a Blogspot site and began methodically dumping there my pieces. But as I had over three years' worth of articles to post online, I lost interest quickly. Abaniko, a long-time blogger and friend, took me out of his blogroll the moment he saw I wasn't updating my site. Couldn't blame him.
See, I wasn't interested in an online-journal type of blog. My life is one big bore, and to inflict it on the Web struck me as kind of gauche. Nothing against online diarists; some, like my colleague Pam, do it so impressively.
What I wanted, however, was a site that would serve as an extension of my work as a journalist. In the course of my daily work as a newspaper editor and as a writer covering the arts and culture beat, specifically theater and film (I've been asked to do fashion from time to time, but only with much trepidation on my part), I often end up with so much extra material that don't make it to the paper mostly for lack of space. Interview snippets. Stories behind the stories. Insights that require more than the usual 5,000-character published spread.
I wanted, most of all, a site where I could share with people my passion for Filipino and world theater (and Broadway musicals!). Where I could tell anyone willing to listen that art, literature, drama, music, dance have a place in our lives, as tools of expression with which to keep our memory alive and mold our character as a people, stop me before I get carried away...
There. So this is what this blog is all about, really. Let me tell you my plans. In addition to continuing my series of Q&As with the country's leading artists (beginning with the likes of Lea Salonga and Monique Wilson)--whose words and experiences, I hope, would be an inspiration and example to anyone with more than a passing affection for Filipino talent and creativity--I also intend to use this blog to write about and celebrate our extraordinary musical theater heritage.
"Katy," "Larawan," "Magsimula Ka!," "Rama at Sita," "Noli" and "Fili," etc.--I don't know where to begin searching for the soundtracks, the literature and the stories behind many of these gems, given the terrible way we preserve and safeguard theater works in this country. But I will try, and with it the hope that more of us will come around to appreciating this gift, this talent, that comes so naturally to us as a people.
Have you had enough of my pomposity? Me, too! So, just this: many thanks for dropping by every time. Barely two months old, this blog has broken into the Pinoy Top Blogs 100 list--for whatever that is worth, and even as it threatens to slide off the 95-100 margins every day. Thanks a lot for the support.
That's it! This can be exhausting, whew. On with blogging!