This was first posted on December 20, 2007, 1:04 PM as “In the company of Bill Clinton” on lalarimando.multiply.com.
I would like to claim I was in the same room with him, or walked the same red carpet as he did. But of course, that would be no less than a dream. Reality is, I was included by Toby Webb, founding editor of Ethical Corporation, in their 15 Best of the Best list of Ethical Persons of 2007 in their December 2007 magazine issue.
The news made it to email groups, mostly of Filipinos, all over the world. That same day it was posted in Ethical Corp’s website, I was receiving overseas calls and emails from people I haven’t talked to for a long time and those I don’t or hardly know. There were side comments on how much I paid to be nominated, or if I slept my way through the final list. Of course they jest. Newsbreak did a shortie on it (thanks, Carmela!), which also found its way in the website of GMA News.
Ok, let me confess. I was thrilled. Nah, I was ecstatic! My UK prof wrote me and was willingly handing over to me the “rock star” title I previously gave him.
When the dust has settled and the congratulations have waned, I realize that being part of that list is not only recognition of what I have done in the past months, it’s also a tall order to follow it through. One of our editors in Newsbreak told me in passing that now I have to live up to the word, ethical. Uh-oh, I just missed my deadline…
To come up with a list is easy. We do that all the time as journalists, especially for the year-enders. From “Top 10 major issues of the year” to “Five best dressed politician” to “15 Most influential businesspersons,” we use it to name and shame, sometimes to inspire, sometimes to challenge. These are efforts to help readers put 365 days in a nutshell, so they don’t forget when they move on and live the next 365.
I don’t know what’s in store for MY next 365 days. One thing I know is that I want to make it more meaningful than the previous ones. Cheers to the New Year!