“On Distant Shore,” a collection of essays written by veteran journalist Val G. Abelgas under a weekly column of the same title, has been released for distribution. Four volumes of the book series are now available on Amazon and Kindle.
Abelgas, a multi-awarded journalist, writes the weekly column “On Distant Shore” that is published in nine Filipino publications in the United States and Canada. He occasionally contributes op-ed articles to the Manila Standard in Manila. He was the first managing editor of the 30-year-old daily newspaper.
He started writing the column “On Distant Shore” in 1992. His articles tackle topics in Philippine and US politics, foreign policy, society and economy and includes some personal essays.
Abelgas has been a professional journalist for more than 45 years, 20 of them with Manila’s daily newspapers and 25 years with Los Angeles weeklies. He started as a sportswriter with the now defunct Philippines Daily Express while still a junior at the University of the Philippines Institute of Mass Communication. He became the then biggest Philippine daily at a very young age of 24, and rose to become its managing editor in 1986. He wrote a twice a week column “As We See It” for the Daily Express.
When the Aquino government closed down the Daily Express on Jan. 31, 1987, he moved on to become the managing editor of the Manila Standard, which began publication in February 1987.
In 1991, he and his family moved to Los Angeles. He obtained his green card as an alien of extraordinary ability in the field of journalism. In 1993 and 1994, he won Newspaper of the Year, Column of the Year and Columnist of he Year honors in the Philippine Press Club of America Media Awards. Last year, Abelgas was named Journalist of the Year by the Fil-Am Press Club of California.
Abelgas now publishes and edits the Philippine Post, a community newspaper based in Los Angeles. He has edited various Filipino weekly newspapers and magazines in Los Angeles.