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“He Beat the Dragons in the Newspapering Industry”

From an agriculture expert to a newspapering guru

1st part of a series


MDN Online editor

Yes, he was the youngest man in the newspapering history in Southern Philippines who beat all the dragons.

I joined the newspapering industry way back in 1991 with my first editor, the ever friendly and approachable Uriel Quilinguing.

And this man came in in the same industry sometime in the later part of the 90s. He was then a fresh graduate at a college in Claveria town, the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT).

Later when we were acquainted at the office I had known that he graduated in college with flying colors. In fact, he was a cum laude. Woohh I said to myself, "this man is something to learn to.

Basically, those who graduated with that distinctive honor must be brainy. So, it would be very interesting how he would be able to incorporate his huge knowledge in agriculture with the new type of business he was in.

I was a desk editor then of that newspaper and I was tasked to receive the very raw and poorly written news reports coming from our local reporters, in which he was part of a bureau in the western side of Misamis Oriental.

I noticed that this man is more focused on getting sales and not so much on getting the hard news in his area of coverage. So I just thought that this man was just the same regular guy or bureau chief who simply followed his colleagues in regularly transacting business in their AOR (area of coverage) because they were given big commissions of 50 percent from all the sales they can get. Although, they are required to submit news reports in order to benefit the 50-50 share challenge.

And because I just thought of him of being a regular guy or bureau chief, so very often it became a regular scenario that when he was in the office, I'm sure he got sales or adverts, or newspaper edition project just like all the others. Then after completing all his transactions he disappears, and maybe, he goes back to his hometown in Claveria.


Yeah, he became such to my mind. Do you want to know why? This man requested to be re-assigned in Cagayan de Oro to accept bigger challenges and more responsibilities of not just merely a sales guy but into becoming a Journalist. So from a promdi man (from the province) into becoming a city guy. What? I told myself again. Can he do it here?

o cut the story short, one day he stepped in at the office being his first day in his new journey in Cagayan de Oro as a documented and ID-bearing salesman and at the same time a reporter at the main company headquarters in Gusa.

I noticed that after he opened the main door of the office and approached our sales staff, this guy was full of sweat and he wiped them out with his handkerchief while already at the front desk sales staff. I don't know if he just walked from Divisoria to our main headquarters in Gusa (haha) because if he rides on a jeepney he would not have that sweat pouring from his innocent-looking face, or he had a sales call in the vicinity before he went to the office to report his sales of the day or his news article to the editorial department.

But as soon as he reports to the main office everyday it would always be a scenario that while he steps in, he also wiped off his sweat with his handkerchief.

He started to top in sales

As his sales increases monthly, I realized that this man was working very hard maybe for his future. Since he was a fresh graduate, he was very optimistic, very energetic and very determined to achieve his goal as soon as possible. –

To continued…




Joel Escolhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK_sKdGFs0ewIh9R-iAskDg
Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist in the Philippines for more than 20 years. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Mindanao Daily News, the biggest and most-widely read newspaper in Southern Philippines. He is also known as Noypi Vlogger in Youtube. You can follow him on the following social networking sites below.
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