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ADVENTURE'S opinion pages aren't that boring anymore. As part of the "rethink" project, I decided to inject some color into these spreads.

Do allow me to say that I had to face this snafu on colored opinion pages. Contrary to what I did for this year's issue, some so-called "design experts" still insist that color can nary be present in this formal, "masculine" section.

Opinion pages are vital to the newspaper; that is where readers get influence from the ideas of the editorial board and the columnists. Design, therefore is crucial here to effectively and easily convince the readers of the editorial board and columnists' stand.

Definitely, I couldn't bear to let readers have an extremely dull reading experience. I wanted to give them some excitement as they flip through the pages. Injecting color, aside from placing pull quotes, infographics, and numbers is a way to make the opinion pages more animated. It doesn't lessen much the formality. It doesn't eventually become "feminine", to say.


But to make it clear: A solely grayscale opinion page does not make itself boring to read. Pull quotes, photographs, illustrations, and infographics can add a little bit of excitement, too!

We're continuing to provide the best reading experience for our readers. As renowned News Designer Mario Garcia would best say, "As I repeat often, it is not about print dying, but about thinking of ways to make the product livelier."  I coax you to not only experiment with your elements, but also with your color and negative space, too. Keep the formality, make it exciting at a certain extent (not too flat and unentertaining, not too busy and not too embellished). Find the best ways to keep them reading.

(Read more on: https://garciamedia.com/blog/coloring-opinions/)


"Comment is free, but facts are sacred," wrote British Journalist Charles Prestwich Scott in his essay "A Hundred Years" published in the then Manchester Guardian, now The Guardian when it marked its centenary in year 1921. Adventure welcomes you to its all-new COMMENTS section. 
To give you still that sense of formality in the design that Adventure preserves, we'd give you only grayscale and Prussian blue — cool-as-ever classic colors.
Journalist Edwin G. Espejo who is presently on extended leave wrote a piece regarding Former Congressman Jun Acharon's attempt to run again in the 2019 congressional elections which was later on called off when the Supreme Court released its ruling to proclaim Congresswoman Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles as the winner. Beside his commentary is a timeline named "Aton ini!" (Congresswoman Nograles' Hiligaynon catchphrase that roughly translates to "This is ours!") of the turn of events regarding the matter. The congresswoman has gone through a lot before her oathtaking as a member of the House of Representatives.
Thanks so much, Sir Edwin for contributing to this issue.
Special mention to Bai Judd Bañas of The Thirteenth Scholars, thanks for our three-going-on-four years of friendship. Am very favored to have a friend who's also a good designer, a brother, and a listener of showbiz-like drama.
Kuys Alvin Resuello, adviser of Ang Paulenyo, I could've gone to your place had COVID-19 not spread like wildfire. Looking forward to our bagnet eating someday.
Mark Cayunda of The Courier, I hope you do well always. Hang in there! Let's make each day productive!
Allow me to praise Kuya Jimmy Grajo of Channels for always doing a good job in both design and music!
Kuya Ian Lopez who presently designs for the UPLB Perspective has helped me a lot. Adventure wouldn't have its present look if I had not gotten to know him IN 2018. |jvdm|
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History in a spread

"MORE EQ victims need help."

Such words painted in white display on wooden signboard hanging on an acacia branch with its nails loose. It is a welcome sign however with an urgent request.

Heart-wrenching experience at Matanao, Davao del Sur when successive earthquakes rocked Southern Mindanao.


Who gave them more of the relief in order to survive after being mongered with fear? NGOs have so far supplied food and materials for creating makeshift shelter, residents say.

But those from the local government are inadequate to quench their thirst and to cure their hunger, "Daghan pa requirements nga i-submit aron makadawat 'mi." 


Warm greetings to another confidante, bully Kent Adal of Invictus : Thanks for backing me up and making me grumpy  more often than not.

Kenny Dizon of Ang Salamin, Armando "A3" Barcebal of Teodoran Gazette, James Sablay of Magnum Opus continue your pursuits in life — all of you are great!

Bunso Jorosh Resurrecion of The Kingians, John Macling, Jose "Phil" Salido, may you continue to grow in this field.

NSPC 2017 News Writing Queen Rhoda "Kyang" Ebad, thanks for listening to all of my dramatic narratives in life, and for teaching me how to write. I cannot repay your kindness right now, but I will someday.

Yikes, am compelled to keep some money to have this printed and sent via snail mail (hope I do).

What warmth from all of your ENCOURAGEMENT! |jvdm|

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BEING the country's largest producer of tuna, General Santos City shouldn't miss its commemorating on how its wharves contribute to the tables of Filipinos across the archipelago. I am again, compelled to post this photo every September for the people to see how our supply — be it canned, fresh, frozen — feeds them up to present.  No festivies for this year's Tuna Festival as COVID-19 cases continue to balloon here, but the spirit of taking pride on our daily catch still kindles. When visiting the dakbayan of GenSan, our tuna shouldn't be absent on your plate.
Happy Tuna festival everyone! Cheers to all fishermen, factory workers, carriers, producers, and to the six canneries located here in the southern city where we celebrate the bounty of the sea!
Here's my April 2020 conversation with Polish designer Jacek Utko who recently worked with Gazeta Wyborcza (Warsaw, Poland) and who designed: Het Parool, De Morgen, Het Financieele Dagblad. Three named as Europe's best newspaper, five named as the world's best-designed:
JM: "Quite unique that your works contain large photographs that go over the spread, but why so?"
JU: "[This is to] emphasize one article, one story... it creates suspense in the rhythm when you flip through the pages. You just make up the composition. Basically, you build hierarchy with this; just showing that this [story] is more important, this is big or this is stronger, this is special. So instead of displaying the same set of photos with the same size, you use a spread," he said in a voice message.
He further advised me: "You should never place a lousy and boring photo over the spread. It must be really information-dense — great photography."
But thinking of what good photography is vexes me. To me, Ubaldo Piangi may loudly exclaim, "Amateur!"
Felicitations to a friend, a mentor, an idol, a confidant, a fidus Achates, Kuya Cedrick Suarez! I consider you as a dedicated artist — ALWAYS. |jvdm|
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A mark for 20 years: Adventure's redesign

Everyone's stories you need to read
Volume 20, Issue No. 1; Official Student-and-Community Gazette of General Santos Hope Christian School
Schools Division of General Santos City
Photo in this mock-up is mine.
THERE are always amazing things that looking back brings about. For instance, this issue is highly inspired from the very first Adventure magazine released in 2000.
This is a 20-page student gazette filled with longer stories and complemented by large photos — what print can do that digital cannot do as of now (viewing a renowned painting searched on Google versus actually viewing it in its exact size at the museum — which feels better?). When we're asked to print in a large format such as this, it's never a waste to take up space for photos that emanate action and emotion for the readers to perceive.
Plus to me, surveying your readers is essential. Always consider giving a part of what they want.
So how does it comprehensively work? Combining past conventions while keeping up with the present can still develop a contemporary feel. All elements are perhaps strategically placed where they work best. Numbers, figures, infographics do not overwhelm much — just placed in circles or spaces where they can be emphasized. Information and storytelling are merged. This isn't only for certain age groups, but also for older and even younger ones.
To school publications, when given the chance to produce news in a large format, seize it. Utilize your spaces well; spend time on curating content and thought-provoking photographs (all the more if you don't have a digital artist to support your front page with graphic art). It does take a lot of time, but sure it is worth to spend.
Special thanks to Sir Vilmas Narecionis, Sir Jacek Utko— news designers renowned for the best of their craft. This would have not been possible without gathering inspirations from your works. Thanks also to Sir Mario Garcia, to his book "Pure Design", and to his blog entries in the Mario Blog; all helped me in fortifying this WORK.|jvdm|
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