Nope, don’t go into a tizzy, it isn’t going to happen. But I thought I would let you know what could have happened, if only to keep you up and reading another post and procrastinating from work and other miscellaneous holiday chores… A couple of weeks ago, I got an email request from a fairly well known evening TV program at one of the top local channels, asking if they could feature our family’s gingerbread creation this year and to talk about past year creations, the tradition, the baking, houses to charities, houses auctioned to raise funds, etc. I agreed only if they would keep my identity and face out of the segment. The station agreed to my terms regarding anonymity. The main reason I agreed to do this was partially to titillate Marketmanila readers in North America and The Philippines, as the program would air close to Christmas on The Filipino Channel in the U.S. and local TV, and it would be my way of saying Merry Christmas to all of you guys, without giving away my full identity… You would also get to see this year’s creation in detail and with the aid of video coverage, which is better than still photographs… However, as my daughter put it, “what, they will back light your face and alter your voice like an ex-terrorist while you talk about the joys of gingerbread?!” – and eventually the producers of the show reverted and said they HAD to show me being interviewed and that included my FACE. So I declined and there went my hope of coming into readers homes through the TV.
A few days later, a researcher for the same station or related station contacted me to ask if I would do a guest appearance on an evening show and be interviewed about what to put on a Noche Buena table. The researcher, as with the first one, was obviously not a regular reader, so I explained the desire for anonymity and gracefully turned down the request. Then a few hours later, I received another email request for an interview/guest role on a discussion on queso de bolas on a rival TV network. Same answer, thanks, but no thanks. Finally, in the fourth instance in two weeks, I just got a text this morning from my sister-in-law (forwarded from a friend of hers) that was requesting another interview for another TV show, which as expected, I have also gracefully declined. In addition, several newspapers have requested that they feature the feeding program we have been pursuing here in the last few months… and I have agreed for one of them to accompany me to the Manila based feeding program sometime in January, but maintaining anonymity.
Let me say I am slightly flattered by all the requests and on the positive side, see it as a sign of the popularity of the blog Marketmanila as a potential reference source for stories on all these programs. But on the negative side, I wonder about the depth of research that goes into these programs if a few googles yields them their guests for their shows… I choose to remain anonymous to the public at large because I do not feel my identity is important or adds to the blog at all. We are all so conscious now of who is who and not what people do… so I wish to remain in the background and let the posts and the blog speak for itself. I am known to several hundred readers by now, either through eyeballs, friends, sukis, etc. but I do want to remain relatively private and not go public. I hope the vast majority of you understand this desire, and will respect our choice to be more private than not. And for those who always think negative thoughts, I reiterate that when I file/post a rant or complaint, I send the company my real name, for the record. And I have never made a centavo on this site. There are tons of reasons on both sides of the argument of whether to be or not to be anonymous, but let me just say I am more comfortable being simply known as just Marketman. And so are Mrs. Marketman and The Kid. So TV is out of the question for now… Thank you. :)