Although Manila is not the city that gave me birth, it’s the one city that possessed me for life.
The only man I ever loved, my father, was a true-blue Manilenyo.
I was born in the city his great grandfathers founded, Lucena, the capital of Quezon.
But Pa sent me off to his birth city, the capital of the Philippines, to study. He decreed I should put down my roots here.
I never regretted it, anyway.
I’ve spent most of my life here as an economic journalist, writing for the Manila Bulletin’s Business Section since 1999, covering Telecommunication, Transportation and Information Technology. Before, I have covered Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Energy, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Board of Investments and the private sector for other national broadsheets.
I’ve been a columnist for Manila Bulletin’s Lifestyle Section as well, since 2011, with a regular Sunday column, “My World In a Flashpack”. I’ve visited over half a hundred countries and five continents – more than enough to fill several adventure books.
I’ve been the subject of news stories myself at least twice – in 2008, when I mounted my first one-woman art exhibit of oil paintings in Makati (http://cerphin.net/balita/Natures-Sprites-shows-off-Angel-Art/source/92358/) and in 2013, when I was featured as a traveller (http://outoftownblog.com/featured-traveler-emmie-abadilla/).
Of course, I have countless interests. I’ve taught myself how to paint even before I learned how to write, experimenting with oils, watercolors, tempera, pastels, acrylic and mixed media. I write poetry, short stories, one-act and three-act plays as well as novels in both Pilipino and English.
I took my M.A. in Theater Arts at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, was a company actress of Teatro Pilipino, Cultural Center of the Philippines and did overseas stints for the Metropolitan Dance Theater Group before I pursued newspapering.
And while I’ve put up a separate blog for my business and ICT stories in “TECHNOLADY”, I’m putting my Lifestyle blogs here, in “MANILENYA”.
This is where I wish to share with everyone the wonderful life I live in this beautiful city, in my awesome country, in this extraordinary world!
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