In this month’s issue, MEGA magazine has just come out with their first ever Global Pinoy List, 20 individuals whose talent and dedication prove that the Filipino is indeed, world class. As MEGA’s publisher, Meryll Yan, wrote in the section introduction: “If you look at this list … popularity is not their end-goal. Their work is rewarding and empowering. For these individuals being Filipino … is a responsibility, each of them continues to have genuine influence and real success. They prove that having a global ambition doesn’t require uprooting, their eyes may be trained on the world but their hearts are all Filipino.”
I am humbled and very honored to be chosen as part of this list along with such luminaries in their respective fields, titans in business, design, sports, fashion, and social entrepreneurship: Ben Chan, Kenneth Cobonpue, Lea Salonga, Chit Juan, and others. The complete list is included in the stunning invitation to the MEGA Pinoy Pride Ball 2012 to be held next Tuesday where “we toast to our country and to the Filipinos who do us proud in the form of 20 Global Pinoys.”
Meryll also wrote the feature on me she entitled, “Food Maven.” I’ve only just met Meryll this year but she told me that she’s been reading Dessert Comes First for years. This is truly apparent in her piece where she mentions my past posts of feasting in Tsukiji and sipping a P450 cup of Geisha Esmeralda. These are in-depth details only a regular DCF reader would know, and for that I’m grateful to her.
I was told today that I will be given a Global Pinoy award next Tuesday. As far as I’m concerned, that award goes to YOU, my readers. As you very well know, DCF just turned 7 last month and my readers are my lifeblood, the reason why I keep on going. And striving ever harder, ever higher. For all of you who’ve said hello to me when you see me, dropped me a line, or offered me sweets just because you wanted to know what I thought of them, THANK YOU. You can’t know how much your support and encouragement means to me.
I’m a Global Pinoy because of you.