You’ve heard about the online newspaper and magazine FMA Informative and how a few of my blog posts got included in some of its issues, right? Well, it’s going to be a regular thing now. Really!
FMA Informative Publisher and Chief Editor, Punong Guro Steven Dowd, is here in the Philippines and yesterday my Arnis master, Cris Pasindo and I met him.
If I didn’t know any better, I would have been intimidated by this man who didn’t spend lots of time with “hi-hello” preliminaries, asked direct questions, and gave crisp directions.
But I guess that’s why he’s able to face challenges and achieve the difficult. Afterall, it takes a lot of drive and passion to find publishable material. You’ve got to be results-oriented to do that regularly. Imagine the number of people you have to communicate and work with!
Then he asked me if I’d like to be a regular contributor to the newspaper, writing about Filipino martial arts and how it intertwines with our culture.
Knowing me, I got excited right away and said a swooning “Yes!”. Although I’m feeling a little insecure because I never had any training in writing, I’m grateful for the trust and opportunity to promote FMA.
OK, what can I offer?
Well, FMA is Filipino and I’m Filipino. I live in its land of origin and can speak Tagalog and Ilonggo, therefore I have easier access to a lot of FMAers. Most of all, I offer my beginner’s perspective which is still generally unjaded and wide-eyed.
I just hope that I will be able to write well enough…
Anyway, who would have thought that I would be doing this? A little over a year ago I started this tiny blog knowing next to nothing about Arnis . Now I’m writing for one of its most popular newspapers. Hard to believe, but true. Oh, WOW!
Thank you very much FMA informative!
This life is good. Indeed.
P.S. I forgot that I removed my camera’s memory card so I requested hubby (and driver for the day) to use my cellphone to take the photos. Please excuse the off-color. Hmmm, is this a preview of my life as a newspaper writer? Haha, I hope not! 😀