64 young authors make it to pages of ‘Young Blood 4’


YOUNG BLOOD 4 Some of the 64 contributors to “Young Blood 4” grace its launch on Sunday in Makati City, along with Inquirer chairperson Marixi R. Prieto (right), Inquirer publisher Raul Pangalangan (third from left) and three of the book’s editors, JV Rufino, Ruel De Vera and Pam Pastor (left, second from left and second from right, respectively). ANDREW TADALAN

The selection process was described as “brutal,” “dramatic and strict,”  but in the end, 64 young authors made it to the pages of the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s fourth and latest volume of “Young Blood.”

“Young Blood 4,” launched on Sunday, is a compilation of essays that tell “the Filipino story through the eyes of the youth,” according to one of the books’ editors, Ruel De Vera.  The essays were originally published in the Inquirer’s Young Blood section.

De Vera described the selection process as a “a brutal and long discussion,” as the editors went over essays published over six years, from 2005 to 2011.

Party-list rep

His fellow editor, JV Rufino, head of Inquirer Books which published the latest compilation, recalled the selection process as being “dramatic and strict.”

Among the contributors to “Young Blood 4” is Kabataan Rep. Raymond Palatino who holds the distinction of having two essays in the compilation.

All 64 Young Blood writers pose with (front row, from left) editors Pam Pastor, Ruel de Vera, Inquirer Group of Companies Chair Marixi R. Prieto, Inquirer Publisher Dean Raul Pangalangan, and Inquirer Books head Javier Vicente Rufino. PHOTO BY MATIKAS SANTOS

His first story, about how he and his wife met, was published in February 2007 when he was just 27. His second essay, published in January 2010, recalled his experiences as one of the youngest members of the House of Representatives.

“I’m grateful for the honor,” Palatino said.  Now 33 and happily married with two children, the party-list representative said he’d like to share his love of reading and writing with his children.

Robredo daughter

Also among the contributors is Jessica Marie Robredo, daughter of the late Interior Secretary and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Jesse Robredo, who was recently chosen “Filipino of the Year” by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Robredo’s story, which was published in March 2007 when she was still 15, recounted how her father, then mayor of Naga City, had inspired her “to make a difference.”

During the launch, the young Robredo spoke of her father’s “greatness of spirit” and how he “became a man for others [and] served others with integrity.”

Robredo’s story had previously won the grand prize in the high school category of the 2003 Ramon Magsaysay Student Essay Competition.

In introducing the book, editor Rosario Garcellano described the selected essays in the compilation as “display(ing) not only passion and sorrow, but also compassion and commitment—hardly the stuff of the flighty, the jejune, or the goofing off.”

“Young Blood 4” is available in major bookstores, and will soon be accessible as an e-book, the first ever in the “Young Blood” series, Rufino said.

Opinion Editor Rosario Garcellano said in the introduction of the book that all the essays compiled in the book “display[ed] not only passion and sorrow but also compassion and commitment–hardly the stuff of the flightly, the jejune, or the goofing off.”

The book is available in major bookstores for P375.

Originally posted: 7:35 pm | Monday, January 28th, 2013

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDDM5UQ45HLPPKM66KYEBCMTCE dave

    My favorite column since High school, youngblood section.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

    Suggestion: How about a compilation of the most beautiful and interesting comments in PDI, Ms. Garcellano?
    I think a book of them will also make a good read.

    • batangpaslit

      Vinz, submit a formal proposal. and being the proponent, you must sit in the Selection Committee

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

        ha ha! tayong dalawa, paslit! 
        kidding aside, I think the idea has a potential to take off. But If PDI decides to embark on this, it will never let us share on the spoils. 
        And we can’t do anything to start on our own because these comments are copyrighted materials of PDI. 
        itsa na lang tayo ng itsa, bro! see you around!

      • batangpaslit

        di ako makasagot sa isa mong post. dapat daw ma approved ng Moderator

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

        bakit kaya? ibahin mo ang format tska words. same idea.

  • batangpaslit

    i did help one young contributor what to develop and editted her composition
    good project

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

      sino sa kanila, paslit?

      • batangpaslit

        chuckles….baka ma identify pa

    • Teresita Sy

      And your point is . . . . . . . . .

      • batangpaslit

        my point, is:
        i am an encourager of young minds to expand their thoughts, to explore the world, to express themselves, to discover their innate creative talent
        some young minds are stymied brought about they way they were brought up, which breeds lack of confidence, fear of rejection, etcetera.

        i affirm what is just, what is true, what is right, and what is honest

        (for further notes, see my riposte to Vincent)

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

        bravo, paslit.

      • andresa igbac

        as in nag edit ka ng isang contributor’s article? di mo yata na edit mabuti ang sarili mong comment heheh.

      • batangpaslit

        Andresa, ano ang hindi ko na edit?
        Are you referring to syntax? Are you referring to the organization of thoughts?
        Did I make a comment that is inflamatory?
        My reply to Vincent was subjected for approval when I responded to his query who the party is? I declined to name her.
        You are the Moderator of this forum being complained of for barring other views to be circulated?
        You did not understand my riposte to Teresita?
        You just want to find fault caused by my intermittent Internet signal in the North Pole where I am that dies on me in the middle of composing my texts?

  • batangpaslit

    Vinz, am twice akong na reject sa sagot ko sa tanong mo re “sino”.
    Sagot ko kasi, hindi na nating kailangan ibigay ang name. Ang importante, naka labas sia sa cocoon.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

      right! it was an innocous but nevertheless inane question. My apologies.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

      right! it was an innocous query but inane nevertheless. my apologies, paslit.

      • batangpaslit

        Vinz, i don’t find fault because you are inquisitive You inquisitiveness is a manifestation of your intelligence.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

        paslit, i think we’ve just found an enthusiastic believer in rovingmoron about this. :))))))

      • batangpaslit

        Vinz, nasagot ko na si Rovinggenius.
        I requested him if he could give out a temporary celfon number to reach him, we could start exchanging eMails.
        Am here in the North Pole part of the globe where icebergs roam.

  • Rovingmoron

    I have great admiration for these young writers who were included in that compilation. Congrats to all of you! What about the writers from Highblood? Can we expect the same compilation of their works?

    • batangpaslit

      it has to be organized by topics if i may propose

  • Rovingmoron

    I don’t know if batangpaslit will agree with me. If there’s a Youngblood compilation, why can’t we come up with compilation of good and intelligent comments that appeared in the PDI, through Disqus? If not, I’m thinking of publishing one!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XY4AW6ZJBAPIJ33L7KX6M3IOQI c

      If you are referring to good and intelligent comments made in the Internet version of the Inquirer, i think that will be a very slim book. Because, sadly, i think i see more comments that are not well-thought of, full of vulgarity and insults, libelous, and downright gutter-type as if the commentators’ parents or schools did not teach them an iota of GMRC. It’s as if Internet forums (and the anonymity that goes with it) have unleashed the crudest behavior of a number of people (and a number of Filipinos at that, if you go by forums found in the Inquirer and other Philippine news sites).

      • batangpaslit

        a criteria of course has to be outlined
        so, you want a sanitized commentary eh? no warts, no blemish, a monotone?

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

        Since PDI allowed its readers to comment on its news, opinions and editorials–and that was, I believe, more than three years now, there was already an accumulation of thousands of comments in its database that includes the thread where the aforesaid comments were contributed. If you take a cursory visual survey of PDI’s past and present issues, you’ll find out that sometimes in one topic alone there are hundreds of them thrown together by readers. You are right that there are opinions not fit to include in a compilation in the form of a book if only because they were really and mainly written for the purpose of insulting and maligning a certain subject, and unmindful if they have anything to do with the discussion at hand. But you have to agree that there are some frank, brutal, witty and challenging comments, their vulgarity notwithstanding, that elicit mirth and approval by other commenters, especially when they’re hitting the truth and reality about a certain issue, situation, individual or group of people, whoever and whatever they are.  .
        These will augment the number of rational, interesting and intelligent remarks.

        This inchoate idea of a PDI comments compilation is not intended for the consumption of PDI or those with strait-laced characters and attitude who will naturally expect sterile opinions and paeans about them. This will be a no-holds-barred redundancy of our expression of frustration and anger which is mostly about the shortcomings (understatement) of our leaders. Its target readerships are not only the mainstream readers who’ll  be delighted to find and read their own two-cents bit in a book but also those who do not have access online. What better way to impart to them our take regarding undesirable politicians so as to be not voted again? Also, this is about the merits, sense, views, relevance and rationality of a comment; So whether a comment is constructed grammatically correct or not, it will be compiled as long as it tackles about the discussion. The compilation will not be lessons on how to write english, or any other language and dialect properly; it will be a compression of sane and insane ideas, accussations, opinions and facts about everything and everybody who is important, popular or notorious enough, for the benefit of the Filipino people, to be discussed and exposed.
        Who knows? It might even become an inluential handbook guide to the naive and negligent on how and who to vote, especially in the coming elections.

        I simply floated this idea, and this clarification is just to show you its feasibilty; still, and inspite my optimism, I have no illusion that it will come to fruition. But if someone picks it up and it takes off, I’ll be more than glad.

    • batangpaslit

      I have difficulty responding to your post Bro when Vinz informed me that you are agreeing to his proposal.
      My Internet signal up here at the North Pole is intermittent that it dies on me even in the middle of composing my texts. Most oftentimes, the keys jump.
      Reur proposal, I construe, the compilation ought to be organized by topics?
      Criteria has to be outlined; members of the Selection Committee has to be chosen.
      Perhaps, we could have private exchange of eMails with Vincent?
      Am willing to contribute some funds.
      Somehow, we have to look the issue of propriety? Baka “copyrighted” ang mga nasulat dito dahil na publish?

      Regarding private eMail exchange, if you could give out a temporary celfon number where I can get hold of you, we will take it from there.

      Saka na lang pag isipan kung ano ang title ng compiled commentaries.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Q5EHNRA6LXAHGXPSMAXBGJ4ME isidro

    Baka naman iconsider ng PDI, yong Letters to the Editor. He he he, marami akong contributions.
    Pero di naman sa dami yan, sa quality yan.

    • batangpaslit

      Sid, you are correct.
      Pareho tayo dami din akong OP-ED Letters na published hindi lang sa PDI kundi sa ibang nationally circulated papers too, both in the Philippines and offshore.
      Brilliant idea

  • Alhmar Acer Cervantes

    my piece wasn’t included. it was published in March 2010. i haven’t received any notice that it did. but anyway, i’m still proud to have been published before i turned 30. :)

    • batangpaslit

      Acer, don’t worry.
      Bathch 4 pa lang naman eh.
      Otherwise, you could rally your fellow Youngblood writers who were not included in this batch and come out with a compilation entitled, “The Unpublished Youngblood Writers”,
      or, whatever catch phrase.
      Baka mas malaki pa ang benta kesa officially published ng PDI

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