“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had — every day I’m learning something new.” – Richard Branson
“Are you an I.T. graduate?” This is the follow-up question I get often asked whenever I tell people what I do for a living as a digital entrepreneur running The Sabong Chronicles as an online business. But I’d like to make a little rewind and go back to the period prior to the realization of The Sabong Chronicles to what it is now.
It was in 2007 when I graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy (Ph.B.) from Saint Louis University, Baguio City.
Basically, as philosophy majors, we were trained to ask questions and question answers. Etymologically, philosophy comes from the Greek words philo (love) and sophia (wisdom). Ergo, philosophy is love of wisdom.
Philosophy encompasses a wide array of disciplines like Logic, Ethics, Hermeneutics, Epistemology, Phenomenology, Metaphysics, Existentialism, etc.
Though with all the philosophies that we’ve studied, what caught my attention the most was Stoicism. I could say that I’m a proponent of this philosophy. It’s all about being calm in chaos.
And one of the more practical skills that I learned from studying philosophy is clarity of writing, because philosophy, essentially, is about clarifying things.
Aside from philosophy, I also learned the ins and outs of the internet. That’s why I have an inclination towards geeky stuff in the game fowl-centric digital marketing landscape.
After college, I landed a job as a sales assistant at a department store, volunteered at a government agency, and spent some time in law school.
Fast forward, I started working as an associate editor at a game fowl-related publishing company in August 2011 wherein my writing skills were further honed. I left the company in March 2017.
Writing is so close to my heart that I was offered a job as an associate publisher at a game fowl-related media company, which I gladly accepted.
Right after, I landed a job as a global digital marketing executive at a totally different industry. This further improved my digital marketing knowledge in the global arena.
After a short stint at my previous company, I was back again to the game fowl industry as editor-in-chief at a publishing company.
My career before the realization of The Sabong Chronicles as a legitimate online business had ups and downs. I learned so much by immersing myself to different company cultures especially in the Philippine game fowl industry. The experience enabled me to see the bigger picture and keep things in perspective.
There’s a saying that goes, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” I believe that I’m one of the chosen few who are called to serve the game fowl industry by upholding the virtue of fair play.