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Being enlightened by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil

Carmen Guerro Nakpil portrait by Isa Lorenzo

Writing is not magic. It is just a grind, and you do it or you don’t. It’s an arbitrary preference. Nothing to crow about.

This quote packs a punch and it is by one of the greatest Filipino writers ever, Carmen Guerrero Nakpil.

Not to sound self-righteous but it is baffling¬†to hear writers, particularly, from those among us who do it for business, talk about what they do with as much affectation as a Texas minister on Sunday morning! Snobs. Guys, the statement above should put things in perspective. It’s “nothing to crow about” and the point is further magnified if you would read the context under which she delivered that line. She is a woman ahead of her time.

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