I am not sure if she meant it but Mayette Morillo of Mayette’s Restaurant told me, that she has not seen me in a long time. I told her I was away for 4 weeks.
I guess if you take a four-week vacation in summer, it is bound to get noticed.
When I came back, one of the voice mails I got was from Joy Sarmiento of Pinoy News wondering why I was not at Dr. Solon Guzman’s party for his daughter. I could have sworn I told him I was going to be away from September 10 to October 8 this year.
Summer is a difficult time to take a vacation in the Filipino newspaper business. It is the height of the season for Filipino events.
However, even on vacation, one must still keep the newspaper going. I brought my laptop with me so as to be able to layout the newspaper, sent it to the printer by file transfer protocol, and pick it up and deliver it when I come back.
What I cannot do was cover the events while I was away. That is impossible.
You see, a Filipino publisher in toronto does not hire anyone. The publisher is everyone. The publisher is the layout artist, photographer, reporter, delivery-person, advertising salesperson, accounting, etc...
A publisher is Toronto is not a billionaire like they are in the Philippines.
However, everyone back in the Philippines is impressed if you tell them you are a publisher. They think apublisher here is the same as a publisher there - rolling in money.
So, if you are already covering an event on one end of the city and there is another event on the other end, one of them will not get covered. The other event ends up sending you their photos and write-ups about their event, which is fine by me. It makes my job easier.
So, to Dr. Solon Guzman who was looking for me during his daughter’s birthday, I am sorry I was not able to attend her party. I was not only at the other end of the city. I was actually halfway on the other side of the globe, in the hot, humid Philippines.