By Malou Guanzon Apalisok
Cebu Daily News
Editor’s Note: The writer is a seasoned multi-media journalist based in Cebu City who writes for the Cebu Daily News. Thank you for the well-wishes to the Fil-Am Press Club of New York. This column is an excerpt of the link http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/157163/eight-new-dfa-regional-consular-offices-2018
Cebu City – Speaking of ambassadors or champions of the Republic, a Cebuano journalist can very well qualify for the title based on her persistence, hard work and passion for community journalism in a place where acceptance and recognition for the work of immigrants are not easy to find.
I’m referring to media colleague Marivir Montebon formerly of The Freeman who is now based in New York City and actively engaged in helping Filipino communities through her online magazine OSM!
Following the death of her husband who was reportedly murdered by political enemies, Marivir left the country in 2007 to search for a peaceful and better life in the US. I happen to touch base with her when I dropped by New York City last June after a professional training in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Over lunch and dinner and coffee shared with another media colleague now based in the Big Apple, Flor Perolina Lungayan, I got to know Marivir a little bit up close and personal.
She is a single mom who works as recruitment officer for the Unification Theological Seminary, an institution for higher education.
UTS afforded Marivir the opportunity to pursue her master’s degree in religious education. In between her day job and studies, Marivir is also engaged as membership chairman and secretary of the Fil-Am Press Club of New York.
The press club is the first and only Filipino organization proclaimed by NY District State Assemblyman Brian Barnwell for exemplary professional and community achievements in the field of community journalism.
Last week, I learned through social media that Marivir was elected president of the press club.
May I yield this space to the (edited) comment of Ms. Cristina DC Pastor, founder of the press club on Marivir’s election as PC prexy:
“Not a lot of people know the role and responsibilities of a journalist but Marivir lives it, has lived it from the time she joined the Freeman in Cebu. In the years we have known each other we have been comparing notes, tossing thoughts on how news is sometimes misunderstood and whether the community is adequately served with news/information that is useful to them. In the end, that’s what comm journ is about: to inform, educate and explain. Marivir’s dedication to the press club is legend and acknowledged by all.”
Hats off to Marivir and FAPCNY officers and members!
(Featured photo by Felix Manuel shows Marivir Montebon, rightmost, being sworn into office by FAPCNY president Ricky Rillera along with Cristina DC Pastor, vice president, Tambi Wycoco, secretary, Don Tagala, Noel Pangilinan, and Lambert Parong, board members. They will serve the press club for two years – 2018 and 2019)