Inspired to write, now writing to inspire ?>

Inspired to write, now writing to inspire

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Here’s a sample of my sports news draft as a young writer at the Varsitarian, the University of Santo Tomas’ official publication back in the 1996-97 school year.

2016 marked my 20th year in Philippine sportswriting, a milestone that is hard to imagine back in the days when I was struggling to learn the ropes of sports journalism.

But thankfully, there were people along the way that God used to help me become who I am today.

I had professors in college, who, despite editing my entire work during school days, made me realize that journalism is never an easy job.

Instead, it requires a lot of hard work, resourcefulness, dedication to the craft and just an insatiable appetite to learn and improve.

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The Manila Times sports section from 1996 to 1999 led by oiyr sports editor JR Alibutud (far left). Photo courtesy of Joey Villar.

I also had my editors during my first foray in journalism, via the Manila Times (under the Gokongwei watch), who patiently worked on my news drafts, pointing to me key areas I need to improve on and constantly guiding me as I visit team practices, watch and cover games and even interview sports officials.

In 20 years, I’ve seen athletes come and go. Athletes who wrote and rewrote history, sportsmen and even sportswomen who defied the limits, achieve dreams and inspire many to hope, believe and thrive.

SEE: Sports Icons

In the coming weeks and perhaps, months, I will be writing blogs and posting videos of some PBA players, who dared tread the tough path to success.

Here’s  a video of San Miguel Beer’s historic 2016 PBA Philippine Cup title conquest…

We’ll try to draw out lessons from these athletes’ journeys, and hopefully, their stories will leave a positive, powerful mark in our minds and hearts and inspire us to keep going no matter what may challenges may come our way.

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