It's hot outside. Literally. The heat just penetrates the skin. Added to the heat is the protest march being held by thousands of people to mark the country's Independence Day. Already, 16 young protesters were arrested in Cavite.
So here we are, waiting for news. The radio continues to blare on the background, the television is playing a telenovela and there's nothing much to write about especially when one just inside the air-conditioned newsroom with a hangover.
There was just too much beer and whiskey last night. The Philippine Center for Photojournalism had its 5th biennial assembly. (Dennis Sabangan of EPA was elected president with Luis Liwanag of Newsbreak as his veep. Secretary is Aaron Favila, Joan Bondoc is still treasurer and Rem Zamora is auditor.)
There was singing, food and a lot of drinks last night. There was indeed something to celebrate. PCP is almost a decade old already. What started as a small group has become a force in the media industry. I'm just grateful that after 17 years of trying to be a journalist, taking photos, writing stories and reporting, I was admitted to the PCP as a regular member and even elected as member of the board. I will do my best not to fail the group. My congratulations too to my colleagues - Bobby Timonera, Lito Ocampo, Romy Mariano, etc. It was great to be with you once again.
So, back to work.