Happy anniversary, Sun.Star Bacolod

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By Ver F. Pacete

As I See It

Saturday, December 21, 2013

LITERAE Scriptae Manent. Written words last. But we don’t just write words… our words have the aura of authenticity. Our reporters and columnists hurtle the readers into the maelstrom of life and bring the facts behind the events to the edge of their mind. At least, this is what we are trying to do at Sun.Star Bacolod.

The publication is already five years old and again, it is celebrating its anniversary to mark another additional year of ministration to those who seek what journalism can do to define the color of truth. President Jaime Golez is not just after a sprawling action taking place in all the events. He wants us to be very particular in the rapidly shifting social, economic and political terrain of the province and of the country.

Readers are challenged to discuss the logic behind events. Our columnists and reporters are giving the readers a strong structural sense of what is happening and how it happens. Words and phrases are not just passionately crafted as said by our sources. Our men and women in the field are even daring so that there will be no shying away from the grotesqueries and gruesomeness of events we don’t expect to happen… calamity, physical conflict, political Gordian knots.

Our editor-in-chief, Nanette Guadalquiver, has been burning her midnight paschal candle while prayerfully doing her task of editing (and copy reading) the articles we are sending in. She is trying her best to double check facts and figures, the spelling of words, the use of proper tenses, and even subject-verb agreement so that at least, the readers can always claim that a copy of Sun.Star Bacolod is worth their money. “Congratulations, Nanette.” I am saying it and will say it again.

The work in the newsroom, or shall I say, editorial aquarium, requires team work. The reports of Merlinda Pedrosa, Teresa Ellera, Carla Cañet, and the press releases from outside sources will not be pleasing to see without the savvy of Gilbur Guarte and Christian Abong. It is said that a bowl of salted caramel gelato is better but it could be best if peppered with popcorn. Gilbur and Christian are always tasked to make the pages of Sun.Star Bacolod a trend in fashion. Readers would always want to lose themselves in pretty looks while wanting to be informed, educated and entertained.

Our columnists (others are becoming extinct) have always the passion to write from here to eternity. Events in sports have been made alive (and lively) with their accurate reports, as if the readers are just there witnessing the championship games or seeing firsthand the first upper cut of Manny Pacquiao to Bambam Rios. Our travel girls and boys are bringing the alliterates to places and events of excitement to adrenalize their vicarious experiences. The food parade in this peregrination humbugs the subscribers to fantasize on Tsatziki and Moussaka or simply salivate on Panino Porchetta, a lechon sandwich served with an apple and pear fruit sauce, red wine lever sauce, or lemon mayonnaise.

Our political analysts are just great. They could write on what’s up and out in the episodic series of political confrontations up to the latest Enrile-Santiago bumbling that ended with double entendres of sexual innuendo. There are those who write about nature… its probity and turbidity. Even the law regards the order of nature. “Lex spectat naturae ordinem.” We also write about tourism, culture, history, commerce, trade, industry, religion and beautiful ladies. The minds of our columnists are colorful like the rainbow but sometimes they can also be cloudy. Heavy clouds can cause a downpour.

We, at Sun.Star Bacolod, believe that we are winning the readers’ minds because we have learned to win their hearts first with passion and persistence. We do not forget that God provides all these. We do our best, God will do the rest. Happy anniversary Sun.Star Bacolod!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 21, 2013.


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