Taming This Tyke's Voice Since 2007

“1sts” (9. Publication)

newspaper clip 

 (Newsclip of my 2nd published winning piece in a writing competition – The Philippine STAR, October2, 2004).

It was a busy day and I was drained of all my energies after a long sales conference I attended that day. I was working in the pharmaceutical industry then. I was driving back to the hotel I’m staying when I decided to drop by a newspaper stand to get a copy of the broadsheet I failed to read that day. It was raining, I even used the paper to cover my head back to the car. I scanned the pages before starting the engine.

The world around me suddenly rolled to a halt. The pedestrian seemed to have stopped moving, the noise in the streets was silenced. The rain ceased. It felt like only me and the newspaper I was holding exists and matters at that moment. I felt a gush of cold air in my head down my spine, but my cheeks remained hot and flushed. I can’t believe I was actually seeing my face printed on the newspaper I was reading. My entry to the Swatch Watch Celebrate Life idea writing contest was published and I was one of the six winners from the thousand of entries in the writing competition I first joined – must be a beginners luck – and won. I pinched my arm to confirm I wasn’t dreaming. Then the noise returned, it was still raining, the world around me continue its movements as it was, and like a feather caught by the wind I alight on my seat back to earth.


Life, I’ve realized, is a seed.

Neglect life and it shall perish.

Celebrate life and the seed will grow

And flourish.

Family and friends are extension

Of God’s love to nurture the seed.

Joys and sorrows are moments

That mold us . . .


The fruit is a sturdy,

Seasoned tree ~



(Winner, Celebrate Life Idea Contest – 2bU, Lifestyle section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, December 18, 1998)


I went back to the newspaper stand and bought 2 of the copies left. I drove around the city to buy all the copies I could get from all the stalls I know that evening; I got 12. I instantly called my friends telling them to get a copy of the newspaper and find out what caused my excitement. But everybody called back telling me there are no copies left – I forgot it was me who emptied the stalls. So I invited them over and we had an impromptu celebration.

I didn’t really got a big prize. Seeing my work published was enough for a reward. I treasure until now the Swatch sparkling life limited edition watch I got from the contest and is in my memorabilia box at home. But I don’t know what happened, of the 12 copies of the newspaper I bought that day that I was not able to keep one for myself which I regret. The publication kept me elated everytime I think of that moment for years but wasn’t enough to keep me writing and to convince myself I could write. It was a one shot luck.

It took me another 7 years before I was able to gather enough courage to write my thoughts and submit an entry to another writing contest again which I won(must be a beginners luck part 2).

It was that same feeling the first time I saw my picture and my entry published in the news paper – everything came back to me and I could never forget that moment. The essay posted “About Me” is the excerpt from my winning entry, “The ‘One Hundred Love Poems’ That Reconciled Me With Poetry,” to the National Book Store and Philippine STAR’s Essay Writing Contest which was published October 2, 2004. Please click here to view:


My second win made the difference. It served to give me signal to go on and write, which I obeyed. I was published twice before I was convinced I can write. I feel a certain elation whenever I finish writing something. But looking back to those moments when I saw my works published on a national newspaper, the elation was different. Its not really the prize that mattered, it’s that different kind of “high” I felt when I saw my works printed.

It’s every writers’ dream to be published, and I understand why.

click link below to view my other “1sts” (moments).



34 responses

  1. Congratulations for winning. Your entry is indeed very good. Perfect for this prompt too.

    PM00000030000003831 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  2. I forgot!

    Welcome to Writers Island. Look forward to read more of your works.

    PM00000030000005131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  3. as a budding writer,, this is a very special moment indeed,, and one that should continue to encourage you in your writing adventure!!!

    PM00000040000003131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  4. What an amazing feeling to be successful at your chosen field. Every moment should be like that. Congrats and I hope that ‘high’ is still present.



    PM00000060000001031 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  5. Congratulations.. and a special moment truly…

    PM000000100000000531 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  6. Oh, I so understand moments like this! I have a box of newspaper articles that will probably be used for birdcage lining – oh, maybe not. LOL Moments like yours are wildly exciting!

    PM000000110000000831 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  7. To:

    Preethi and

    Thank you very much for your encouraging words, like the raindrops, they serve to nourish the seed inside me that thirsts for reassure that indeed, I can write.

    I wish you all well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000000331 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  8. Paris Parfait

    What a wonderful story of how your writing has progressed! Truly you’ve enjoyed some memorable moments – no doubt many more still to come.

    AM00000010000003431 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  9. All I can say is good work. Hard work, consistance, and perseverance always shine through. And you the proof is in the pudding. Keep it up and always continue to inspire and be inspired.


    AM00000010000001631 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  10. Paris,

    Thank you very much. It is every writers dream to get published and as a would-be writer, I dream, too. Thanks for your encouraging words. It is inspiring!

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000010000005131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  11. Ed,

    Thank you very much. As always, your words and your positive feedbacks and comments add to my joy. You, too, I hope you contenue to inspire and be inspired.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000010000005731 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  12. UL

    A dream come true moment, you are right, it isnt the prize that matters, it is the feeling of elation, happiness that counts, congratulations…thank you for sharing.

    AM00000020000000531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  13. UL,

    It gives a certain validity to my works, it gives me a certain push to go on in this sometimes lonely path of writing.

    Thanks for your words of validation, thanks for pushing me to go on.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000020000004131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  14. Lea

    I so enjoyed being able to share in this moment! And what a moment, time forever held in that realization, and what a way to find out! Thank you for sharing this moment of trusting to follow your passion and gift for writing…

    AM00000020000002431 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  15. Lea,

    God do in so many ways to remind us that He gave us a gift ~ and what are we doing about it? It took me year, it took me 2 great moments to realize and heard Him asking: “Hey, What are you doing with the gift I gave you?” And so I write in response.

    Thanks and I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000020000002531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  16. Good for you! That moment is so special! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    AM00000020000005131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  17. Mary,

    It is! And I will cheerish it forever. Thanks for dropping by my nook.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000020000004031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  18. I just read your comment on my blog. I was flattered beyond words. Thank you so much.

    After reading your blog I felt a kindred spirit had found me. Don’t stop doing what you do. It is indeed a gift.


    AM00000030000001231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  19. Thanks Barbara,

    I believe that before our creator sent us to the world, we had an agreement with Him for us to nurture the gift He had given us. We may forget it at times, but he will do everything to remind us of that agreement we had with Him. These moments are those reminders he did to me. So I obey.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000030000000031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  20. Oh what a delightful moment. I know the feeling I had two articles published a few years ago. (yes beginners luck) You really deserve it I love your writing. Hpoe to read more

    AM00000040000005731 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  21. Wow! You certainly describe the first moment when you’ve won, quite well. I can feel the joy in the story. How wonderful for you.

    AM00000040000000131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  22. Lissa,

    Yeah, it was a great moment. It’s been years but still, I can feel the joy everytime I look back.

    Thanks and I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000040000002231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  23. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment at my site.
    First off I love the header here at your site.
    Secondly you describe things so well that I could actually see it all happening.
    Thanks for sharing

    AM00000070000001831 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  24. Thanks Frances. The moment is engraved forever in my memory.

    The header picture is my painting: “Fish Of Mind.”

    Your feedbacks are so important to me, I will cheerish.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000080000003031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  25. I know just how you felt when you discovered that you had won. I had a similar experience following a much smaller success this August when I found out one of my poems was to be included in an anthology. I wanted to tell everyone I knew. Welcome to the Island to which I have been an infrequent visitor and thank you for dropping in at my site.

    PM00000030000001031 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  26. What a great moment you describe – Love the fish too!

    PM00000030000001331 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  27. hey, hey, am i too late for the party? hehehe. congrats Jeques.

    this entry brought some memories too. i had my first poem published in our school’s literary book and my classmates and friends harassed me to signed their copies. lol.

    keep writing 🙂

    PM00000060000005131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  28. That must have been such a wonderful moment. You certainly were a worthy winner.

    PM00000080000005731 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  29. Totomai,

    ‘Tis great to reminisce those winning moments ~ they bring back a certain feeling of “high” everytime we remember.


    Thanks. The 2 separate occasions of my winning moments will be cheerished forever.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000001331 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  30. Watermaid,

    Congratulations for your winning moment, too! That’s great to be included in an anthology. What a great achievement knowing our works will be read by a wider audience.


    Thank you very much. There are moments in our life that are engraved in our hearts forever. This is one of them for me ~ I can still remember all the details when I close my eyes.

    You mean the fish painting in my header? It’s my painting “Fish of Mind.”

    Click here to view:

    "Fish Of Mind" (Oil on canvas 30x38, By: Jeques B. Jamora, Oct. 2007)

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000003231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  31. What an exciting and warm moment! Many more publications to come for you, I am sure.

    PM000000110000000731 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  32. Slygly,

    I wish that would come true. I’ll remember you when that happens.

    Thanks and I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000030000005531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  33. jeques, why not submit your anthology of poems to Palanca Awards. the contests is also open for Hiligaynon literature entries. you should put yourself in the annals of the literary history. abad and yuson are this generation’s poet laureate of the Philippines. Being reviewed by them is a great honor indeed. you are a writer and you must accept that you are. stop being so critical about yourself.

    PM000000110000002130 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm09

  34. I’m still gathering some courage, Marvin.

    As I’ve said, I always have the guts of a rabbit when I’m around artist and writers. I’m better off this way for now. But yes, maybe anytime soon, just maybe.

    Encourage me more. You just don’t know how your words are making the difference.

    You also, what have you been doing to share your gifts. Have you tried publication?

    I really wonder, your works are publication ready.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM000000110000005230 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm09

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