The joy of reading

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I LOVE this photo a lot. Not only because it so eloquently portrays my personal love of books and reading. It also reminds me how I usually get delightedly lost in the many wonderful worlds in the stories I read.

I don’t know where this photo was taken from or who took it (I just grabbed it from a friend’s Facebook status update). It looks like it was shot right here in the Philippines.

Whoever took this photo, thank you very much.

Starteacher.ph

THIS WEEK I have launched StarTeacher.ph.† StarTeacher.ph is the online version of Star Teacher Magazine, a quarterly publication of Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation (SAS), produced and printed by Summit Media.

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My involvement in the StarTeacher.ph project is minimal.† I acted as the de facto project manager in behalf of SAS.† My only actual “hands on” task in relation to the project is the domain name registration.† I was the one who secured the domain name, again in behalf of SAS.

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I actually registered (or purchased) two domain names: starteacher.ph and starteacher.com.ph.† Of course we want starteacher.com but unfortunately it is no longer available.† We’ve decided to make use of starteacher.ph as the official domain name for the online magazine. The other domain name†† gets re-directed to it.

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Most of the work was done by Paolo Gillego who was commissioned by Lisa Gokongwei to design the online magazine. Lisa, of course, is no other than the CEO of Summit Media, sister of Lance Gokongwei of Cebu Pacific and the youngest among John Gokengwei‘s children.† Lisa is one of the directors in SAS’s Board.

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Paolo is a Web designer. Until recently he was a regular employee of Summit Media, singularly responsible for the design and upkeep of the online versions of the publishing firm’s several popular magazine franchises including Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Housekeeping, and many more (FHM used to be part of his portfolio until Summit Media decided to set up a team to handle the online version of the country’s most popular magazine).† He is still essentially the Web design guy of Summit Media, although now he is doing it part time and on a consulting basis.

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For the “back-end” programming Paolo subcontracted the job to a colleague of his who is also heavily involved in Summit Media’s online magazines.

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The Web hosting and technical configurations are being handled by Ford OrdoÒez, my systems administrator in Delbros, Inc..† Delbros is hosting StarTeacher.ph.

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In spite of my miniscule actual involvement in the starteacher.ph project I am very excited about it.† It is, after all, a magazine for teachers.† I have a soft spot for teachers.† My Nanay is a teacher.† She started teaching in the mid-1970’s and she still teaches now.† I also have several relatives and friends who are teachers.

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And that is why I immediately accepted the job when I was† asked to oversee the project by no other than the President and Founding Chairman of SAS,† Margarita L. Delgado (MLD).

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Not that I had a choice.† MLD happens to be also a senior executive of† Delbros, Inc., not to mention one of the owners of the company, the President of which happens to be her husband and my immediate boss, Jose Eduardo C. Delgado (JED).

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There is one other reason I am very happy to be involved in the StarTeacher.ph project.† It is SAS itself, or more specifically the organization’s reason for being. You see, SAS is a non-stock, not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to promote the love and joy of reading books among gradeschoolers, particularly in public schools.† I happen to be a certified book addict, one who can swear to the benefits of developing the habit of reading at an early age.† I also happen to be a proud product of the public school system, from Grade 2 all the way to Senior High.

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I feel very privileged to be involved even in a very small way in a cause that I truly believe in. #