The holiday season is not just one for celebration and good food, but also one for contemplation and reflection over the past year. This year I realized a lifelong dream and have become a full-time freelance writer.
Leaving my teaching job was bittersweet, but it was time to move on. I had been teaching music for a decade, beginning when I was in high school. In college and the years that followed I was published in various outlets and even worked as the editor of an online magazine, but writing full time remained something of a pipe dream.
In 2014, I began writing this column. I did not imagine the tremendous impact it would have not only on my life, but also my career. This column has brought me into the Filipino community in Michigan and connected me with many organizations where I have made lifelong friends. It has also helped me to see the impact that I can have as a Filipino-American writer.
You see, for a while, I began to doubt the power of the written word. I felt like journalism had become so saturated with puff pieces and clickbait sites that the chances of me standing out in that crowd were slim. But then I saw how many people read this newspaper that is put out just twice a month.
The Filipino Star News is not run by a huge media company. It does not have a huge staff. It does not rely on gimmicks or sensational headlines in order to attract an audience. In spite of this, it has become a powerful voice in our community. Seeing the impact that one paper can have has helped me realize my own potential. Mr. Tony Antonio has given the Filipino-American community a wonderful gift in this paper, and changed my life for the better.
This paper has been in print for eight years now and has been enjoyed by countless readers. I hope that others who read it will also be inspired, whether it is to pursue their passions or to connect with our incredible community.