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How I Lived, and What I Lived For: Notes on English and Writing

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How I Lived, and What I Lived For: Notes on English and Writing (Part 1 of 3)

 
Niño ManaogBy Niño Manaog
 

When I was in college, our neighbors who were beneficiaries of the PLAN International would ask me to help them write letters to their foster parents. Free of charge, I would write the letter for an American or German benefactor. But after I had finished the letter, they would send to our house food or similar stuff that could “pay” for what I did. I hardly knew then that good writing skill could already mean business. I myself was a recipient of Salamat Po Kai Foundation at the Ateneo de Naga University, a scholarship which required me to write regularly a Japanese benefactor on how I fared in school, how my grades were, and what activities I involved myself in. So I would write letters in English, as I should, prolifically. At the time, the best thing to look forward to in a week was to get a reply from my pen friends. And I would gladly write them back. I even wrote to more than three of them at one time. I enjoyed exchanging ideas and sharing stories with them. They simply made my day. All these nurtured in me the habit of writing letters, and more letters. Initially I was interested in it; but eventually I was hooked in it that it became part of my system. Normally for a young student like me who preferred writing letters to dunking basketball in the school gym, I was being groomed to becoming a student writer. Perhaps I just recognized that having good English skills, in fact, was a prized possession in school, in college and in the world. And I think it is. In high school, I began writing for the school paper. I wrote letters to friends constantly or whenever I had the time. Sometimes I really had to find time. I also kept a journal on which I recorded a lot of my ideas, observations, and privations and many experimental works. I was studying for free so I thought I better maximize the opportunity. I borrowed books from the library, and read them. Then, English was one subject that I could not trade for any computer game—a leisurely activity which I could hardly afford. There was also no stopping me from reading books, and from making things out of what I read—poems, puzzles, imitations of sayings, and stories. But I was not really a recluse. More often than not, I was also playing ball with my cousins. I was also active in school clubs—these included writing cliques, collectors’ groups and similar stuff. In 1996, I found myself working for a newspaper in Bicol. Then, I also wrote articles for Teodoro Locsin’s Today, a Makati-based national broadsheet which has now merged with the Manila Standard. Both working and writing, I did not stop writing and learning in English—also Filipino and Bikol. I wrote and sent articles and poems to national periodicals. My submissions were rejected and others were published. I even got paid for the ones published in magazines; but the newspapers hardly paid. The newspaper work did not promise compensation, but I held on to writing news and feature articles because I knew I was making sense. I just kept writing, and with it, I easily found work in publication desks where I managed the newsletter and more importantly, “got to know some real people” [apologies to Sunday Inquirer Magazine]. For the past years I have been writing, I have been enjoying each moment of it.

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