While everything else was shuttered up because of the ongoing pandemic, Pinoy Gazette, a proponent in Filipino-Japanese publication also shuts down. Its latest and final edition was released on March 22, 2020.
Pinoy Gazette caters specifically for Filipinos working and living in Japan as a way to reach out to the Filipino community and to keep them entertained, aware, and informed on the Philippine and Japanese current affairs, lifestyle, travel, entertainment, and sports.
From bi-monthly to becoming a once-a-month publication, this year, Pinoy Gazette also celebrates 24 years and we are proud to be part of the first-ever Filipino newspaper in Japan. Its cover-to-cover creation has been part of our lives and for the longest time, it has shaped our careers and made it more worthy and valuable.
From simple layouts to complicated ads, we deliver its great worth for people to read the latest news and to significantly affect the lives of Filipinos in Japan. To honor our long journey, we are sharing this commemorative post—just because we will surely miss the constant challenges we have faced during those years.
Here are the thoughts and sentiments from all of us—the members of the editorial team—who have placed Pinoy Gazette as one of the integral parts of their personal lives and careers.
“It’s the whole process of making/publishing one good issue after the other – the topics/stories to include, researching, attending press cons, interviewing people, transcribing, writing, editing, proofreading, the calls from Japan regarding ad revisions, the late nights in the office with the team–in order to carry out the paper’s purpose of informing, shaping minds, and making a difference no matter how small,” reveals Editor-in-Chief, Len Armea.
Despite the daily grueling traffic jams going to the workplace, the busiest nights we had during the newspaper production fell into a slower pace with a new and unusual basic stripped-back life under the community quarantine. Our production ended that week when the battle for Covid-19 started in the Philippines. Nevertheless, it has been a memorable last issue of Pinoy Gazette.
As we bid adieu to our beloved publication, it seems that the older we get, the more we hold on to things for certain sentimental reasons. We can’t help the times when we miss the things we usually do, while at the same time we continue to keep finding things to look forward to. We realize the sum of enjoyment from all the experiences and struggles that we find it difficult to just stop the habit and let it go.
Associate Editor, Jovelyn Javier enumerates and recollects the habitual things she will miss.
“I will miss how I get to write about my topics of choice and my interests and get to share it to the Filipino community. I’ll definitely miss my monthly writing routine and my once-a-month reporting day at the office. I will miss how I always submit a day after the 3rd Monday deadline, at times even two days after. I will miss how sometimes I get so absorbed with a certain topic—how I want to include almost everything—that I end up taking a longer time to finish it. Somehow, I’ll probably also miss the little squabbles with my editor. We aren’t always on good terms and there were a number of times I was pushed to my limits, but in some way, we’re able to pull through.”
We hold onto optimism and hope for the future as we continue to progress after the massive opportunities given to us by Pinoy Gazette. We will cherish this new pace in life, the fights worth having and the goals worth pursuing, it’s essential that we find inspiration in its conclusion.
“Whether it’s going for a cup of coffee, taking an article or ad concept, and sparking up some crazy conversation with the group; even dull moments during daily routines feel like sentimental. Pinoy Gazette is a comfort zone that no matter how it’s messed-up in many ways, it’s something that I just don’t want to leave. You know the team can pull it through even with our eyes closed,” says Senior Graphic Artist, Oliver Calingo as he forgets how to be young with his 14 years serving for the newspaper.
It’s amazing how our opinions are varied over the remarkable years of working for Pinoy Gazette. As for me, getting creative through virtual procrastination is a widely missed ritual.
Working for Pinoy Gazette beyond my 5 year-stay has shown the emergence of my willingness to refine my creativity skills. It takes me back to those years of struggle to fit in as it becomes a powerful tool to nurture skills and appreciate teamwork. It’s about focusing hard to do the job right even if it doesn’t feel like it, and taking time to learn that no matter what kind of task is given, it’s pushing me to my limits.
While 2020 has been very challenging from the start for most of us, this community quarantine has encouraged us to pause and rethink. As they say, it’s okay to feel nostalgic for life’s little moments and it’s absolutely normal to miss all the things we had going on in our lives. We miss our everyday life and we will surely miss the people we work with.
We are thankful for the collaborations, hard work, creativity, and the opportunity to grow and get a little better each day. We step up to help each other under challenging circumstances, demanding advertisers and different business demands.
I am more proud than you could possibly imagine. I am deeply humbled to have had the opportunity to work with Pinoy Gazette. And with this, we say farewell to this significant part of our lives, but we will carry its memories as we move forward with hope and optimism.