G is for Gala

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April 11 marks the 2nd year anniversary since I interned for Gala magazine, a local events magazine. Too bad A-Z Blogging Challenge‘s letter G doesn’t fall on the 11th. Lol. Anyway, the magazine stopped printing as of the moment, so this is a good time to reminisce and look back on the good ol’ days.

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(My ID. Oh geez)

My first day as an intern didn’t involve any office job. Instead, I was out on Araneta Coliseum, rocking my head and partying with LMFAO. I was assigned to cover their concert here on my first day of internship. Cool, right?

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(I’m not kidding! Hahaha)

Right then and there, I knew that interning for Gala magazine would do me good. Before, I was afraid of that term– intern. I thought I would be doing favors for them, like making them coffee or photocopying stuff. But none of those happened. Since they’re a start-up publishing company, they needed more writers to do articles. Great for us, interns!

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(Co-interns Ais and Gia. I miss you horsies!)

In two months, I’ve done a lot of articles that appeared on three issues. I’ve attended a fun run, seen an exhibit, interviewed top wedding photographers, watched a play, dressed up for a fashion week– all for free.

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(With Jake Cuenca at Nuvali for Outbreak Manila)

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(My first “Broadway” experience lol)

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(Having my red carpet moment during the Philippine Fashion Week)

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(Sippin’ choco martini during Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s (CBTL) Adriatico branch opening)

When my OJT (on-the-job training) was completed, I still wrote a few articles for them– this time, as a contributor. It was amazing. Being associated in a magazine has its own perks, but then again, there are deadlines, writer’s block, and more problems that are easy to fix. The benefits definitely outweigh the glitches!

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(All access at Jonas Brothers concert)

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(Covered– and ran for my life in– Outbreak EK. Photo: Booster C)

So, Gala magazine, thank you so much for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am forever grateful for all the things I learned and experienced while I was still working in your company. I’m a bit sad because you’re not publishing anymore, but I hope that, someday, you could help others fulfill their dreams again. 🙂

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(My Gala family)

Happy blogging (and writing)!
Jane

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4 thoughts on “G is for Gala

  1. “I thought I would be doing favors for them, like making them coffee or photocopying stuff.” You’re one of a few lucky people because normally, that’s what interns do. And lucky you they needed writers.

    “My first ‘Broadway’ experience lol” Write about some time!!!! I will link to it from my HERE’S TO BROADWAY page.

    “I’m a bit sad because you’re not publishing anymore…” That’s the sad state of the publishing industry nowadays. The Internet technology is here to stay. The magazine I worked for folded up as well (although we already predicted it years before).

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