14 November 2008

hurray for our lit

happiness to hear miguel "chuck" syjuco bag the man asia literary prize 2008!


Filipino author wins Asian book prize
Agence France-Presse
First Posted 11:32:00 11/14/2008

HONG KONG -- A novel by Filipino author Miguel Syjuco, which touches on 150 years of often turbulent Philippines history, has won a major Asian literary prize, organizers said.

Syjuco's "Ilustrado" was awarded the second annual Man Asian Literary Prize, which is open to novels from the region not yet published in English.


yay!

chuck was my ed in chief in the first of those website/magazine-lifestyle types back in the late '90s, pre-yehey ito ha. it was called localvibe.com and it was mostly composed of his college buds at the ateneo. masaya silang bunch while it lasted.

localvibe was where i had my very first regular column, every friday nga ata if i'm not mistaken. it was a film review column called "cut to cut" and i had to watch a new film every week tapos yun ang ire-review ko. that was a really fun gig.

too bad my old computer crashed in early 2000s. lahat ng localvibe articles ko andun. wala pa sa consciousness ko that time ang mag-back up sa external hard drive like i do now, so all files were lost. sayang. i wanted to compile that pa naman.

napunta lang naman ako sa localvibe kasi initsapuwera ako bigla sa kanilang rival site kung saan talaga ako writer, yung legmanila.com. restaurant reviewer naman ako doon. kakaiba ang kuwento nun. ang official story, conflict of interest daw kasi i began another gig sa isa pang site na iba naman ang thrust from them, called nativeswish.com, na co-editor ako (at cultural essays ito, hindi lifestyle). ang labo. conflict of interest daw, e writer ako sa kanila tapos editor ako sa kabila. e magkaiba naman ang thrust ng sites. labo. pero ang unofficial reason, mukhang it has something to do with this girl that i kinda liked na closetang jowawits pala ata ng isa sa kanila. hahaha! chaka! at yan ang official story na umikot sa kolehiyo ng arte at literatura ha! hahahaha!

man. hanef. heheh. :P

oh well. buhay freelancer.

happy ako sa news about chuck kasi i guess i could say na we both belong to the same generation of writers, and i'm happy that we are making a dent in the scene. nababagot na kasi ako sa mga old-timers minsan e heheh (o sa mga, ahem, may padrino lang na old-timers diyan). o, sino susunod? jologs4evr, asan na mga works niyo? heheh. ako rin pala. heheh. :P

long live lit!


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