Writ­ing pas­sion and love

Palawan Daily News - - Opinion - By Harth­well Capis­trano

It was ex­actly 10 years ago when I last saw my name on print.

I was with the News Ex­press at that time as a colum­nist and re­porter while work­ing in the hos­pi­tal and do­ing part-time job in West Visayas State Univer­sity Col­lege of Nurs­ing as its fac­ulty mem­ber of in­struc­tion. I also did cor­re­spon­dent work with the Busi­nessWorld and the de­funct re­gional news­pa­per, The News To­day, at the same time. Multi-task­ing was never new to me.

Af­ter work­ing in Iloilo and hav­ing spent ful­fill­ing years in writ­ing for tabloids and broad­sheets, I em­barked on my pro­fes­sion in the world of oil and gas.

Af­ter tak­ing up nurs­ing and pass­ing all the ex­ams lo­cally and abroad, I took pe­tro­leum en­gi­neer­ing and thank­fully passed the de­gree through Ex­panded Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Equiv­a­lency and Ac­cred­i­ta­tion (ETEEAP). Me and Cap­tain Franklin Malana were the first ones in the Philip­pines to re­ceive the de­gree through this pro­gram at the Palawan State Univer­sity in 2013.

I al­ways go back to school, take a lot of train­ing, and spend more time in in­vest­ing to im­prove my pro­fes­sional pack­ag­ing while hav­ing a full-time job. I might be hooked and en­grossed with be­ing busy – see­ing things in or­der, and achiev­ing amaz­ing re­sults. Ac­com­plish­ments for me are just part of day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties. Noth­ing to fuss about; but, each time I see great things done, I yearn for more.

It’s not all about money, at­ten­tion nor fame. And spend­ing more time on inessen­tial and less im­por­tant things would ruin this life I have. Ev­ery­thing would be at stake – fam­i­lies and loved ones would left in vain. I can­not ex­actly turn back pre­cious mo­ments. I should have to use the time I have in the right per­spec­tive.

Be­ing busy is what makes up my ex­pe­ri­ence ever since. I do mul­ti­ple jobs; work­ing on projects, in­clud­ing non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion as­sign­ments. It wasn’t only fun and en­joy­able, but of course ful­fill­ing that I can make some­thing dif­fer­ent out of or­di­nary.

For oth­ers, it seemed im­pos­si­ble to pro­duce qual­ity re­sults while do­ing other things at the same time. But I think noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble if you have the will and the drive to do it.

And never did I think that I would use pen and pa­per to ex­press what I feel and to be con­nected with peo­ple around me.

Why Palawan Daily News? It’s all about pas­sion and love in writ­ing.

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