#RoadTripperMonday – a weekly feature of our very own Road Tripper.
And it’s Monday again! In today’s Road Tripper Monday, we will get to the guys behind many of the famous teleseryes in one of the biggest broadcasting companies in the Philippines. He joined us in one of the Random OUTings road trip held last year and has been one of our good friends ever since. Meet Jay Fernando, a creative storyteller. We have the great privilege in peeking into the life of one of the great writers of our time. We are so happy that we had the privilege of bringing Jay to some of the remote destinations of the Philippines and experience a differnt way of travelling. Cheers to more stories and travel with you Jay!
To know more about Jay, read more about him here —
1. What do you do for a living?
I’m a writer and a creative manager. I handle creative teams writing teleseryes under the Star Creatives unit of ABSCBN.
Can you name some of the Teleseryes: Maging Sino Ka Man, Magkaribal, imortal, princess and I, forevermore, the Legal Wife, A Love to Last, Got to Believe, among others I heard that you sometimes travel to write.
Alala ko one of your concern the last road trip is kung may kuryente para sa laptop mo. Yup, I do. Writing is really about seeing the world differently. It’s easier to do that in a place that’s unfamiliar to me.
Nakapagsulat ka na rin ba based from true story? I mean kahit hindi tungkol sayo, mga kakilala ganyan. Lahat naman ng sinulat ko, all the human stories in there kahit fantasy are based on real experiences.
2. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
I collect blankets! Haha
3. What is the title of the movie of your life?
Hmmmm…. a title is the hardest to finalize! Haha, but a tentative one would be “back and forth” as that’s how I view life.
4. If you could go back in time what would you tell your 16 year old self?
I am glad to meet you. You inspire me.
5. If you can be teleported anywhere around the world, where would it be and why?
Australia. My brother is there finishing his masters, and my sister is currently visiting. I think there is no better place than with family.
6. Which celebrity would you go on a “one-night-only-date” with?
Haruki Murakami would be nice. He’d tour me around the best places in Tokyo to drink and have fun while talking about writing and life!
7. You, unfortunately, have been condemned to die, but fortunately, you get to have any meal in the world before you go. What is your menu?
Sinigang na baboy, pritong tilapia, rice, bagoong at manggang hilaw. And minatamis na kamoteng kahoy! Food I grew up with
8. If you could trade places with anyone right now, for a week, who would it be and why?
One of the people manning the International Space Station. Because I need space! Haha but kidding aside, that’s an awesome experience I guess, and see the world in a different perspective.
9. What is the best present you ever received?
A Big Breakfast from Mcdo from my siblings. Coz that’s enough.
10. If you could meet a famous or not so famous person, who would that be and why?
If to meet lang, maybe Stephen Hawking. I’ll be needing a selfie.
11. How old should a person start traveling?
Start early. It takes time to start really “seeing” the world.
12. What is your best experience in traveling/living in the Philippines?
Seeing one particular Boracay sunset brought tears to my eyes. Everything about that day made sense.
13. In one sentence, how would you like people to remember you?
That I searched for meaning in life, and that I shared what I found.