LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Nick Joaquin’s angsty coming of age story Candido’s Apocalypse had this phrase that stuck with me over the years: going for lost. It’s Nick Joaquin’s fun translation of nagwawala, and in my opinion there hasn’t been an English word or phrase that has captured nagwawala’s tenacity, much less transform it to mean a pursuit so common in every young boy and girl across generations. Going for lost is the pursuit of something to hold on to as we inch closer to adulthood: independence, maturity, responsibility, and the cynicism that comes with it. The space between our cherished youth and our eventual departure from it is far from the wellspring of happiness that we gured is owed to us. It can be a place where self- doubt and insecurities grow. Sometimes we go for lost out of fear of doing something we would regret afterward. His ignorant tweets aside, Kanye West hit a chord in mewhen he tweeted “live in love not fear.” I take that not only as rolling with the punches, but to work in a way that we’re actively looking for value in our lives rather than running from the things that we feel don’t add value in our lives. The best thing about being young, in my opinion, is that we have both the time and the patience to gure out who we really are. The best thing about being young now is that all the resources to gain more information about any subject we’re interested in is there. Thank you, internet. As our print component enters into a quarterly format, we turn our focus to the digital horizon. The shift is inevitable in the current media landscape that we are in, but for you and I, it means exciting times ahead. Our weekly newsletter is back (sign up at inq.news/scoutnewsletter), our website has a new look, and we’re going to introduce new projects on our social media accounts. And that’s not all that’s new: we’re a brand new team, too. Come say hi when you get the chance. We don’t bite.
Lex Celera Editor in Chief
P.S. We made a Facebook group called Scout Family & Friends, to serve as SCOUT’s community hub. We encourage young creatives of every kind to share their work in the group or through the #seenonscout hashtag on social media.