Until it’s done

Manila Bulletin - - MB Junior Journalist­s 2016 - By JENICA M. VIL­LANUEVA

Just as how great I thought my last sum­mer had been after all of the won­der­ful things that hap­pened and I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced, we were in­vited again for this year’s Manila Bul­letin (MB) sum­mer work­shop for ju­nior jour­nal­ists. And I guess from there I have re­al­ized, the best is yet to come.

I’ve al­ways thought of how priv­i­leged and lucky I am to be one of the ju­nior jour­nal­ists of MB. All for one rea­son, be­cause I have been re­ally into jour­nal­ism since I was in fifth grade, and I’m plan­ning to pur­sue it in col­lege as well. And the things that I get to learn here fresh from the people behind the suc­cess of the Philip­pines’ lead­ing na­tional news­pa­per are stuff that can surely help me and be my ad­van­tage over oth­ers some­day.

When I started at­tend­ing the work­shop, hon­estly, I was re­ally ex­pect­ing to learn some­thing more and dif­fer­ent from what I have en­coun­tered be­fore. And this work­shop didn’t fail me! In­deed, it’s a level-up ver­sion of our sum­mer work­shop last year. There are more dis­cus­sions this year, which makes each day more fruit­ful for us. All thanks to our teach­ers, Mr. Leo La­paran II, Mr. Greggy Eugenio, and Mr. Rico Moss­es­geld, who gave their best to teach us in a way that we would learn some­thing and have fun dur­ing our dis­cus­sions. Warm­est thanks also to Ms. Badette Cu­nanan for co­or­di­nat­ing with us, and mak­ing us feel the warmth of the MB staff.

The whole thing this year can re­ally be ex­pressed in one word — amaz­ing. I will never forget the first time I got to meet and be in a group in­ter­view with a Guin­ness World Record holder, Mr. Per­ci­val Lugue, who works for MB, too. I en­joyed the pho­tog­ra­phy-re­lated ac­tiv­ity as well, after learn­ing about the ba­sics of pho­to­jour­nal­ism straight from a res­i­dent pho­tog­ra­pher of MB, Mr. Mark. I was so happy to wit­ness a story con­fer­ence made by the ex­pert writ­ers and ed­i­tors of the com­pany, as they chose the top sto­ries to be pub­lished in the news­pa­per’s next is­sue. And yes, not to forget the in­fo­graph­ics ac­tiv­ity with Mr. Je­poy So­ri­ano made ex­tra fun with my group­mates, and Mr. Rod, an MB car­toon­ist who makes great char­ac­ters and draws in such an awe­some way.

I guess I still didn’t men­tion that I am lucky as well to at­tend the MB sum­mer work­shop be­cause in here, I don’t just at­tain learn­ing and ex­pe­ri­ences, but also gain friends. This year, I am very glad to be with those I’ve been be­fore, but more im­por­tantly, to meet new friends and get along with them. We may have stayed for only for few hours each day, but I guess one thing that makes the learn­ing more fun and un­for­get­table are those people that you’ve been with as you seek that knowl­edge you aim to find to­gether.

To sum it all up, in­deed, this year’s work­shop is some­thing more, be­ing more ed­u­cat­ing and more fun, which makes this ex­pe­ri­ence great and some­thing to be trea­sured again. Nel­son Man­dela one said, “It al­ways seems im­pos­si­ble until it’s done.” When I first started here, there were per­sons I thought I would never get along with but as time went by, we ended up be­ing friends even after the work­shop. I never thought I could as well en­ter the MB build­ing, which is just sev­eral steps from my pre­vi­ous school. I used to just pass by it and smell off the news­pa­pers from the outside. Plus, I got a chance to be one of its ju­nior jour­nal­ists and par­tic­i­pate in the work­shop it con­ducts ev­ery sum­mer.

From all those print me­dia people I met and I learned a lot of knowl­edge from, down to all of my new and old friends, the pen­t­house where we stayed and has been a wit­ness of all the laugh­ter and mo­ments we ju­nior jour­nal­ists have shared and all of the “chance of a life­time” ex­pe­ri­ences, I am very thank­ful, priv­i­leged and happy to have those. You will never re­ally know how much hap­pi­ness a cer­tain group of people and a set of ex­pe­ri­ences have brought you until things are over. I guess just like be­fore, I will never miss ev­ery­thing, until it’s done.

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