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I live in Manila, Philippines and am a journalist by training. I fell in love with the craft when I was 13 years old, and went back to it full time during my sophomore year in college.

After having worked in mainstream broadcast journalism over a period of 31 years, I now run a communications consulting firm with three other partners. But my passion for journalism is undiminished.

At Midfield began in July 2007 in the Critique section of The Philippine Chronicle. With The Chronicle now off the streets, I’ve decided to continue the column here, hoping to continue contributing, in whatever way to a reasoned public understanding of the passing scene in our beloved Philippines.

Am also now a regular contributing blogger at and Managing Editor of the Philippines’ first on line community paper, Scout Area OnLine.

I would be remiss in my commitment to delivering the truth if I failed to mention that I have two wonderful kids, Felice and Luis, who give focus, and meaning, to this journey.

Tutored by my daughter, I now also post here selected materials from my YouTube channel.

You can reach your midfielder through dingg458@gmail. com

13 Comments leave one →
  1. analeauy permalink
    September 10, 2007 5:58 am

    Kuya, your blogs are interesting. congrats!

  2. March 6, 2008 2:11 pm


  3. March 6, 2008 2:46 pm

    Marami pong salamat.

  4. Nap Curameng permalink
    April 19, 2008 1:58 am

    I am a graduate of Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (formerly Philippine Nautical School) and the mention of Tomas Cloma as the founder of the Philippine Nautical School caught my eye. I think that a correction is in order. Tomas Cloma is the founder of the Philippine Martime Institute (PMI) which is another institution apart from PNS.

    The website below should confirm this.

    Nap Curameng
    PMMA Class 68

  5. July 25, 2008 2:16 pm

    nice articles!

    it’s time for us to do someting for a motherland which includes north borneo (sabah)

    sir invite ko kayo pati lahat ng bumabasa dito to join us in our group named Philippine Sabah Society.

    pls visit our website

    or send an email to

    thank you!

  6. March 8, 2009 11:36 am

    ding, I would love to have some commentary on media ethics from Manila for Ethical Martini. Email me to sort out a log in for my site.


  7. August 13, 2009 8:44 am

    Hi Ding,

    Had not known about your blog till now. So glad you have chosen the side of truth even with its attendant “inconveniences”.

    You make us proud of your journalistic integrity. Wishing you all the best on your journey.

    Warm regards,


  8. ultimacero permalink
    August 13, 2009 9:29 pm

    nice blogging! Thank you =D

  9. John Ryan Recabar permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:29 am

    i just added your blog to my roll.

  10. johnlewissr permalink
    February 24, 2010 6:55 am

    It is so good to “find” you again and to see that you have not lost your sharp powers of observation … and your wit! Over two decades since the first People Power and I see the promise remains just that, a promise (at least for some). I purposely stressed the definition of revolution back then in my reporting (and in that of those who worked for me) and pointed out that whatever People Power was it was not a revolution … it was a changing of the guard, and mainly it was the old guard who were coming back to take back what they maintained was theirs. After all these years I see the same dreams are talked about, the same nightmares lived. But, as long as there are Filipinos like you there is a chance. Salmat po, brother.
    John Lewis

    • February 24, 2010 8:56 am

      Thanks to our nocturnal activities, my friend 🙂

    • February 25, 2010 8:19 pm

      Yes indeed, John the promise that EDSA held has, in my view, been somewhat diluted in the way the guards that took over seemingly appropiated it as their own franchise. The tabula rasa that People Power bequeathed was vandalized. So now you see people even comparing the Arroyo regime as far worse than the ductatorship that EDSA swept away.

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