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Bong O. Wenceslao

Bong O. Wenceslao

Bong O. Wenceslao

Bong O. Wenceslao

Wenceslao’s road to the journalism profession was circuitous. While still with Southwestern University’s campus publication The Quill, he was offered a reporter’s slot in the Visayan Herald (now defunct). He worked part-time in dyLA.

But a bigger concern drew away Bong, as colleagues call him: the fight against the Marcos dictatorship.

Some seven years later, he was back, more serious about resuming his journalism career at dyLA. But as writing was his real passion, he left broadcasting to be a reporter at The Freeman. In 1997, he joined Sun.Star Cebu.

As a journalist, he believes he is no longer out to radically change the world but merely to make a difference through his writing. His columns reflect his causes: freedom, nationalism, justice. Twice, he was awarded best in column writing by the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Awards.

Columns

Wenceslao: Distractions

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I HAVEN’T tried Uber despite the hype and prefer still the cheaper taxis. In the decades of riding these public utility vehicles, I have observed that, more often than not, the units have a rosary hanging from the rearview mirror. I didn’t bother much about it until I bought a second hand vehicle from a friend with a similar rosary hanging from the rearview mirror. Now I couldn’t drive without touching the rosary and making the sign of the cross.

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Wenceslao: Joma

Sunday, May 21, 2017

JOSE Ma. Sison is among the Filipino personalities I idolized for the longest time. Aside from his works that exhibited his deep grasp of Maoism, Joma also influenced my writing style in my younger years—especially when I first laid my hand on his book, Philippine Society and Revolution (PSR). It got to the point my favored nom de guerre when I was in college was “Boy Ma. Guerrero,” after his “Amado Guerrero.”

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Wenceslao: Family slave

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I SAW the article “My Family Slave” shared by friends on Facebook and Twitter. My initial interest in it was about the author, Alex Tizon, a Filipino-American Pulitzer prize-winning journalist. I thought the topic, which was about kasambahay Eudocia Tomas Pulido, has already been tackled by other writers a number of times. So I didn’t read the article’s social media posts until it went viral.

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Wenceslao: Osmeña on MCDCB

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has long refused to help form or join a Metro Cebu body he could not dominate. I am not surprised, therefore, of his announcement that he would shun the Mega Cebu program of the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) while minimizing the importance of the MCDCB itself.

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Wenceslao: CA’s preference

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I DIDN’T actually follow the movement of the impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives like when I switched TV channels in the second half of yesterday’s coverage of the second game of the west conference finals of the National Basketball Association (NBA) between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs. The outcome was too predictable.

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