Nuffnang’s featured blogger for the month of January!
Joaquin Valdes of the www.bertoinbrogues.com
1. Who are you and what is your blog about?
That’s a pretty hard question to answer thoroughly. It’s about a lot of things, and about one thing. I loosely refer to it as a “basic guide for the modern Filipino Gentleman.” So the articles and posts can range from anything that we feel can help elevate the discussion amongst men. Anything from Shoes, Values, Art, Culture, History, Experiences, Travel, Sports, and Drink that might be of concern to the thinking Filipino we will most likely write about.
2. What can we expect from your blog?
Discussion. Berto was conceived to go back to the “basics” understanding that being respectable doesn’t need to be complicated much less, expensive. So we wanted to ask questions, tell stories, and pick ideas on what it is to be a man today in the hopes that we can learn a thing or two from the introspection and from each other.
3. When and how did you start blogging?
I’ve long been interested in putting up something like this. As far as men’s literature is concerned, I personally liked pieces that inspired and included versus those that were too racy or exclusive. When it came to fashion, food, arts, lifestyle or travel, I wanted to share personal and genuine experiences not claiming to be the “final say” or an intimidating “expert”. It was just a basic guide. When I had coffee with my tailor KC Mempin and her husband Jmie Mempin I discovered they had the same sentiments about the available literature. I got excited at the thought of learning from different gentlemen and giving space to their voice and minds. That’s how Berto got conceived.
We’re a community blog, and I basically act as the cheerleader and head coach making all of the contributors (conveniently close friends and colleagues of mine and first-time bloggers like myself) encouraged and excited to share their insights.
4. What separates your blog from other blogs?
I’ve gotten an overwhelming number of excellent compliments since we launched. Some people expressed how they loved the layout, others expressed how they liked the diversity in voices and opinion, but the unity of thought and idea. I don’t know exactly how we are “different” from other blogs, but I assume that our uniqueness is brought about by our individual opinions but collective thought- to help each other become better men. Regardless of race, status, gender, religion, age, social class you are more than welcome to chime in. We think descriptors like “Filipino” and “Man” are more conceptual than physical. So if you aren’t Filipino or you aren’t a Man, whatever these may be, we’re sure you’ll find something to read about just the same.
5. What is the best thing about being a blogger?
I was at a party recently and one guy who I haven’t seen or heard from in a while came up to me and said: “I disagree with your Watch article.” I smiled and responded “you read it anyway.” We laughed and had a great conversation after. When people agree with you, it’s an affirmation. When people disagree with you, it’s an education.
Like I said, Berto is a constant discussion. We may or may not agree, but we can always share a drink and a handshake like real gentlemen do.