by Jun Ventura
Our job is to travel. We don’t intend to make you envious but as they quipped: “Someone has do it.” Every month, in the course of publishing Mabuhay magazine, the in-flight magazine of Philippine Airlines, we come across a lot of information and materials. Most are from our contributors both here in the Philippines and throughout the world. Our own editorial staff also takes to the field for writing and research assignments. To publish a single article, we collect research, countless photos, and illustrations. For instance, a typical article may have four (4) pages of research notes but what gets published may just fit in half a page. We scan, at the very least, 30 good photos for every article and end up, using only four to six photos. So on the average, what we publish in Mabuhay magazine is only 20% of the materials that we gather. What do we do with the rest of these materials?
Well, we wish to share with you these interesting and useful travel tidbits and insights – “the stuff that didn’t go to print” – and join us in our quirky, crazy, fun journeys. As Pico Iyer once said, “We travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”