THINKING OF what-might-have-beens is a bitch. And it doesn’t help that I have Lou Pardini on heavy rotation in my head, provoking me with the line that says I could very well be the “fool wondering what might have been.”
In early April, I seriously considered joining The Philippine Star’s “Star Lifestyle Journalism Contest 2010” with the theme: My Icon, My Hero. It was a no-brainer who I wanted to write about – Mr. Teodoro “Teddyboy” L. Locsin, Jr.
Not only have I admired the man for so many years now. Not only did his then column “Free Fire” serve as a formative influence to my own principles. Not only do I unequivocally declare his “Assignment” to have given us some of the finest hours on Philippine television.
I have actually written about him here already, that I felt I had a good start for a contest piece. But I had a swamped schedule (right now, I’m culling from memory a defining moment that happened to me last June 12. It was punctuated by the line, “But Tim, he has a full-time job!”). And I eventually yielded to self-doubt.
Finally, the 10 winning pieces were published in yesterday’s 24th anniversary edition, easily The Philippine Star’s thickest ever, together with features on 24 luminaries from diverse fields of specialization or calling. I believe it’s going to be a collector’s item so my propensity for contingencies kicked in – I asked my brother to get me another copy. Besides, I’m so looking forward to the weekend to work on clipping my favorites and putting them in an album. (I have a modest collection of clippings of Mr. Locsin, Jr.’s “Free Fire” from over a decade ago.)
From the 24 icons and heroes written about by 24 of the paper’s columnists, I have two favorites – Erwin Romulo’s piece on Kris Aquino, and Jessica Zafra’s on the Roger Federer.
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