Saturday, October 10, 2009
I am writing this early this morning, fresh off some good food and good beer with Peter Juan, Jayvee Fernandez, and Ade Magnaye at Chilli Peppers at Valero, Makati City. Tonight, two new honors have made it to my (metaphorical) mantle; the reward of being one of Globe’s Digital Tribe for Luzon, and the award for Best Commentary Blog for the Philippine Blog Awards 2009. I hope that even in this inebriated, euphoric, drunken state, I can still give you all my thanks.
I never thought of myself as a role model for the youth, much less a commentator of national esteem, because I’m not. The more cigarettes I smoke, and the more beers I drink, and the more times that I face This Government and This Society by the lock, stock, and barrel of their smoking guns, the more that reality sets in. Every paradox and irony sets in with who I am, what I do, and what I write about. Yet the more I convince myself that I am not, the more I should take heed to what my peers say about me, and admit that for the past few years, I’ve been doing a pretty good job at what I do for a hobby.
Will that ever continue? I don’t know. You never can tell when I’ll start to write something on other topics. In a world of writers, you can never say never. You never say never. Things that were once beyond my reach and grasp are now just beside me. Not because I changed the world or anything, but because in the end, it all made sense; streams of thought turned into a material précis, in the form of two trophies that meant, to many others, being among the best.
You never know, and you never can tell. Maybe I’m not the best writer in the blogosphere right now. Maybe I don’t “write commentary” as other people do. Perhaps, maybe I’m not even the most photogenic and gravitating of them all (LOL). Yet here I am, with a few pieces of blogging history in my hands. That somehow, it all makes sense.
Beyond the lyrics translations or the random LOL that I post here every now and then, these simple tokens stand for something: recognition and respect. That’s something I am willing to pay back, by writing about society as I see it, how things can be changed for the better. Recognition and respect are things I’m not going to trade for anything. Things that is something I will, for the lifetime of my writing, will not trade for anything else. Most of all, those are the things I will continue writing about.
Not only because I can, but because this is what it makes it all worth it. Not only because I won an award, but because I mean to continue to do so. Not only because the phrase “commentary blog” came modified with the word “best,” but because I owe it to everyone – yeah, you included – who made this all possible.
Will I help impeach a President, write a manifesto, or write those personal posts that hit us at who we are as a people, as a society, and as who we are? You can never tell, some say, but you can expect that here, where – at least in the estimation of countless readers that have read every essay here over the years – it counts the most.
Thank you to all of you… and the Experiment fuckin’ continues.
* – Thanks to Noemi Dado for the picture, I’m too lazy to bring my own camera. And yeah, I’m the long-haired freakazoid who looks like a roadie-slash-heavy metal concert opening act reject. – Marocharim
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UPDATE October 11, 2009: Here’s the list of winners for the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards.
Best Technology Blog – Jaypee Online
Best Travel Blog – Langyaw – Sojourns and Off-the-Beaten Path Travels
Best Entertainment Blog – Lessons From the School of Inattention
Best Personal Blog – Writing on Air
Best Food & Beverage Blog – Table for Three, Please
Best Family & Living Blog – Make or Break
Best News & Media Blog – Virtual Journals
Best Business Blog – Negosyo Ideas
Best Sports Blog – Fire Quinito
Best Hobby & Recreation Blog – Bearbrick Love
Best Fashion Blog – Who is Elyoo?
Best Photoblog – I Am a Documentary Photographer
Best Culture and Arts Blog – magnetic-rose.net: Japanese Pop Culture for Filipino Fans
Best Commentary Blog – The Marocharim Experiment
Best Videocast Blog – Entrepbuff.com
Best Podcast Blog – Brink Notes Entertainment Daily
Best Humor Blog – The Professional Heckler
Best Gaming Blog – Blog Mike Got Game!
Best Advocacy Blog – Autism Society of the Philippines
Best Beauty Blog – The Doctor Is vaIN
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