Saturday, 1 June 2013

Interview with Mambulaoan Ed Tarog


Ed Tarog … ‘MWBuzz is a laudable community service to our community and people’

MY GOOD friend, boyhood classmate (elementary and high school) and kapit-bahay Ed Tarog had been in  the marketing field for about four decades. Lately, he branched out to overseas consultancy job.

For now, Jakarta, Indonesia is his home where his executive business planning expertise is being applied.

Ed was here in the US during the first week of last April on company business trip.

Curious enough (over the phone), I asked him if he is reading MWBuzz and if he has comments, suggestions or anything in perspective to improve further its readership worldwide.

He said, and I quote: "Pareng Percy, What Fred Hernandez and you have done is truly laudable and should be appreciated by our fellow Mambulawenos, be in the Philippines or abroad.

"Having said that, both of you captured the imagination of the many for the great community service to our town and people," said Ed with a very supportive statement.

Here are the excerpts from my interview with Ed Tarog:

Percy: Pareng Ed, gusto ko lang malaman ang kaisipan o saloobin ng tulad mong nag babasa ng "Mambulaoans Worldwide Buzz online news blogsite ... Pareng Fred and I have gone a long way since we launched this in November of 2011, pero I feel that other than writers/contributors, which we don't have as of this moment, barely lang that we are able to get the patronage of the larger sector of our 'kababayans' around the world. 

"Drafting executive business plan seems a daunting task for us ... but for now, what I need is your personal advice or observation."

Ed Tarog: Ang totoo niyan Pareng Percy, hinahangaan ko in particular si Fred Hernandez. Sino sa ating mga kababayan ang nakagawa ng kauna-unahang blog site/ online news para sa ating bayan at mamamayang Mambulaweno at that professional format level?

With your suggestion Pareng Percy to Fred for its creation, kahit dating mga taga-Mambulao o ang mga dating residente na nasa ibang bansa na ay all looking forward every month reading sometime about sa lugar na kanilang pinag mulan.

Bawat artikulo ay seguradong may mga kritiko ...'yong iba positive but, of course, you can't satisfy everyone in this world, but just be strong enough to stand with the negatives. Your news were so informative that nostalgia among overseas Mambulaoans was simply over flowing with mixed feelings at the comfort of their homes and respective families.

I suggest that news of our town's olden days, traditions, cultural heritage stories, people (where are they now) death, birthday celebrations, weddings ... etc ...etc.. etc will make reading experience of our Kabayans more appealing at nakasasabik. Maganda ang nailahad ninyong programa ng local government in the past, but let's not talk so much politics per se.

Also, kung meron man na dapat gumawa ng ganitong news, dapat sana ang JPNHS Alumni Association should have done it long time ago with its huge numbers sa buong mundo. For any projects and activities, they can use the blog site for instant communication and include community news at the same time.

(Ed Tarog is currently with the Satmarindo Group of Jakarta, Indonesia, as management consultant - busineness development group; currently the project director of PT Banten Energy, also in Jakarta; he was the senior vice-president, chief marketing officer at the San Miguel Corp from 1996-2000; the marketing director-US Consumer Goods Industry at Unilever Philippines from 1992-96; class valedictorian Jose Panganiban Elementary School (JPES) 1962; class valedictorian Jose Panganiban High School (JPHS) 1966; cum laude, Business Administration at the University of the Philippines (Diliman, Quezon City. Ed also took up an Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business, Pennsylvania (1998); and attended the Hardvard Business School Strategic in France (1993). While in high school, he won a scholarship from the American Field Scholars to study for a year in one of the high schools in Pennsylvania (1966-67). - Editors

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