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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

OUR FIRST BUDYONG PRINT ISSUE: A Hardworking Staff's Labor of Love and How It Actually Got Me To Shut Up For At Least An Hour

What do you think? 

Best. Publication. Evar.
I think the Budyong editorial staff never thought the day would come when they'd see me so overwhelmed that I would actually be just sitting at a corner and speechless for at least an hour. 

Akin to seeing Jersey Shore's Snooki Polizzi all sobered down Xanaxed out, albeit without the fake tan and drugs, my uncanny temperament change brought about an awkwardness in the Budyong office that was so thick you could cut right through it with a knife.

No, I wasn't felt up by a creepy old man inside the restroom, our first print issue just arrived today! Saying we were as jubilant as Piolo Pascual in a Chippendales show in Vegas would be a complete understatement.

Budyong, the official student publication of the Bicol University College of Arts and Letters, the newspaper which I'm the editor-in-chief of, is very glad to announce that we are already releasing our first print issue for the Academic Year 2011-2012.

Our wonderful,  kid-friendly Budyong artists
Seeing those stacks of newspapers fresh out of the press and delivered to our office was like witnessing the live birth of your son (Not that I would know. Seeing as I can barely keep my dogs healthy or mentally sound, I would not allow myself to procreate). Watching the guy from the printers carry those newspapers in was simply the most glorious thing a first-time editor could experience.

But it wasn't all my hard work. It was mostly the staff's, if you ask me. I could only imagine what our paper would look like if our layout and graphic artists weren't around to make sure that we wouldn't use green outer glow effects on red fonts. If the writers are the heart and soul of the newspaper, our artists are definitely a slightly overweight college girl's sassy gay best friend who always helps spruce up and glamorize her look.

As I gaze intently at our newspaper, I always think how the students would never see all the sweat, blood, tears and sleepless nights we had to put in in order for us to produce this labor of love. This is why I'm taking this opportunity to beg everyone to PLEASE READ THE PAPER.

It would be a disservice, not only to the staff, but to you as well if you opt not to take time in reading the college publication. You paid for those 18 pages after all. The students paid for restorative and responsible journalism and it is only fitting that they get they're money's worth.

I hope we could see a the newspaper's tangible effect manifest itself soon. Budyong is all for student transformation and nothing would make us happier than seeing our paper change the way students think and act. Never mind the negative response, that will always be part of a journalist's career. We just want to see them think, act and move for a change.

A photo of me in Jollibee Old Albay still intoxicated
with bliss and incapable of coherent langauge.
But I won't linger on audience effect in this blog post, because right now I'm still basking in a profound state of accomplishment and fulfillment. I mean, we're talking about something that took almost four months to create! We had to forgo our academics to some extent just so we could give back to the student body. So seeing all of our efforts in the form of these newspapers is something I will never stop blabbing about.

As this was definitely a cause for celebration, the staff headed to the nearest Jollibee in Old Albay for dinner (Yes, most of us are economically challenged.)

Looking at every staff member at our table, I couldn't help but feel utterly grateful for their contributions to making our newspaper happen. They are very special to me and without them, there would be no Budyong print issue.

This blog post is dedicated to them. And since I've recently found out that I'm a finalist in both the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards Bloggers' Choice and Readers' Choice, I would like to make them a permanent part of my blog as they are also a very important part of who I am. In the first place, I wouldn't have The Culture Shack without these guys. So if ever I get to win something on December 3, I want everyone to know that they're a big part of my victory. Not that I'm expecting to win of course. But it would be hypocritical on my part if I told you that I don't want to win.

This is for everyone who have made our great accomplishments possible. I raise a toast for you!


  1. I'm glad to be "somehow" part of Budyong! It's an honor! :) You guys keep it up, Be a legend! :) Hopefully you guys realize that what you just started could last for hundreds of years... :)

  2. Lols I know how this feels, 'witnessing the live birth of your son' XD

    Congratulations on the publication of Budyong! You know, it's every writer's dream to make their readers think and somehow change their lives. But contemplating whether someone did transformed through your writing is both exhilarating and nerve-racking.

    Let the mystery run through XD

  3. Hi Lyka! We're also honored to have you on-board! We're trying to do that. Thank you!


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