It is truly the end of an era. After 25 long years at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pugad Baboy and Pol Medina Jr. move out. It is almost overwhelming to comprehend the significance of this culturally and historically. Pugad Baboy, hand in hand with the PDI, brought a unique and often hilarious point of view of current Philippine events. Pugad Baboy did it for so long that it has become a memorable part of our daily lives. People bought PDI just to read Pugad Baboy, and while Pugad Baboy was there, it was always a paper that I personally looked forward to.
That Pugad Baboy was brought down by controversy was puzzling, considering it has weathered much controversy before. With the resignation of Pol from PDI, any lingering hope that I had that Pugad Baboy would continue with the newspaper has now gone in a puff of smoke. It honestly feels quite unsettling. Pugad Baboy was there day in and day out. It was something you counted on, like a rock that would be there no matter what. It symbolized a stability that was comforting amidst all the chaos and noise.
The shock passed quickly though. This is of course, not the end of Pol Medina Jr. nor is it the end of Pugad Baboy. It will find another home somewhere, somehow, and the adventures of Polgas, Mang Dagul, Kules, Tomas, Utoy, Brosia, Bab and company will go on. Wherever they will end up in, I will surely follow.
Mabuhay Ka, Pol Medina Jr., at mabuhay ang Pugad Baboy!