The Write Away Writers Workshop was just a dream I shared several months ago to Ma’am Fe Jennifer B. Perez of People Dimension Training and Development Center. This month of May that dream became a reality 🙂
We ran the 8-day workshop at the Balanghai Hotel here in Butuan City. And I had the privilege of listening to young and brilliant minds as well as witness how they would push the pen across paper to write essays, news and feature stories, editorials and even sports stories after my lecture/teaching sessions.
Some of my students with ages ranging from 8-14 years old were just taking their initial steps in improving and loving writing while some were already steps ahead in their passion for the word. My time with them took me back to the very early days when I began my own journey of writing as well, way back in my elementary and then high school years. And today, I felt privileged to have the opportunity to somehow even have a tiny part in their own journey with the written word.
I have told my students that they can send me their work and I would publish them here in my blog and some of them have done so. I thought that their writing needs to be seen and read beyond our workshop. Each week, expect me to feature their articles here in my blog 🙂
This week, I am featuring an article written by Jed Baugbog Dy of Bayugan, Agusan del Sur. Jed is only 14 years old but you can see his eye for detail and his own way with words as he attempts to write a profile feature article of an athlete he has interviewed together with other workshop participants 🙂 Enjoy!
A Success that Started with a Kick
by Jed Baugbog Dy
“I kicked my brothers and sisters when I was young.” Love Dianne Tomacas Hingco, a Taekwondo athlete, jokingly said. Hingco is 20 years old, a yellow-belter, and currently taking up Special Education at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU).
She started with boxing and kung fu before proceeding with Taekwondo at the age of 15. She has joined several Taekwondo competitions. She earned 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal, and 1 bronze medal in the division level. In the regional level, she had one gold medal. She’ll be having an upcoming tilt in the nationals.
“Taekwondo is more physical, expect that you’ll get hurt and knocked out,” Hingco explained. “Just play it safe and avoid getting hurt in the face,” she added. “On beating your own opponent, you need to trust and obey your coach. Do not stick with one pattern, be unpredictable.”
When facing failures, she said that you can always do it the next time, bigger preparations are a must in order to succeed.