In my recent post, I mentioned about someone pen-named “Geek In The Pink” who published an open letter on bulletin boards around campus. Initially, I was engrossed about his/her message than his/her identity. You see, I have had a number of open letters before, and I basically don’t care that much of who they are (unless they don’t use pseudonyms). But this one is different.
This open letter was well-framed. For one, the message was written well and organized unlike previous pesky open letters which were just sort of deliberate insults to the author(s) written in street BisGlish (Bisaya-English). And another, the use of clever analogies and metaphors—in English—was a first-time, and I truly enjoyed thinking of how the writer would have come up with the ideas.
However, there were also pitfalls that the writer would have avoided. First, I was not properly addressed by my name: my surname was spelled with a Z instead of an S. Would I pout with the a.k.a Zaido Pink attribution? Nope, I love it, whatever it would mean to anyone. Next, the writer’s usage of the word “nemesis” made the whole piece topple objectively. Anyway, that’s how open letters are meant to be—subjective, most hitting below the belt. And as far as I’ve lived with responsible campus journalism, I despise that, believing that issues can be resolved in the proper way. But in the overall, the open letter was quite fine, getting my attention.
Because it did so, I began to be curious of the identity of the writer. How is he/she? Is the writer a student? Because students who are able to come up with such composition are elusive, save few. My classmates even considered the possibility of him or her being a faculty or staff of the university. Plus, his or her effort of encoding such letter, reproducing it and posting it was quite a work (well, for somebody who doesn’t care that much)!
But so much for that, because I have the answer. A colleague in the publication told me who she is, interrupting my discussion about the open letter. Ah-okay…she’s a she, ika nga. Without disclosing her name, let me tell how I know her. She happens to have been my classmate back when I had my English 12 with Dr. Tan, and she was a DevCom undergrad, before she shifted to another course. I could say she has the ability to communicate well, as she could speak well. However, I didn’t expect her to be that vigilant about the Ukay-Ukay issue.
At least, the fact that I know her makes it easy for me to handle the situation and address her concerns appropriately. Please refer to my previous post for her open letter, and I would probably post a PDF of the Ukay-Ukay article published in the first issue of the Amaranth SY 2007-2008. If you have something to suggest, please leave a comment.