Very Wang was born in June 2016 when a new guy occupied the palace located along the Pasig River. It’s predecessor, Without Wang2, was actually the one that started it all back in 2008 when the author was given the chance to professionally write for Manila Standard just a few days after being admitted to the paper’s internship program.
It was summer, April Fool’s Day. Meeting a newspaper editor was every journalism student’s dream because it meant completing a school requirement that will allow him or her to graduate the next summer.
The author’s first article was published on April 10, 2008. A banner story for the entertainment section. A few weeks later, the section head asked him if he wanted to write for Manila Standard (Today) professionally. He said yes of course.
After he graduated in 2009, the editor told him that he’d like to give him a regular space in the paper by writing a column.
Without Wang2, the author’s column title in the newspaper’s entertainment section, was inspired by the “no wang-wang” policy of then president PNOY.
Fast forward to 2016, when DU30 got elected, he decided to change the column title to somehow match the dynamic entrance of Davao’s famed mayor. He retired Without Wang2 and put on a new hat that some people thought a misspelled name of the famous Chinese American fashion designer.
Very Wang’s mantra is still similar to it’s old moniker — You do not need to shout just to be heard. The more you scream, the tighter your audience would cover their ears. It’s how you weave your words to create a powerful message. It’s not how loud you say it.