Who among certified Filipino netizens and those active in the blogosphere has not visited (or have at least heard about) The Professional Heckler? I referred to him as the King of Philippine humor blogging in a post about two weeks ago. In my seven years of being active online, I’m yet to come across a humor blogger as successful as him. For sure, others have tried online humor writing before, but probably not as consistent (and not as popular) as Mr. Loi Reyes Landicho.
When I learned that his blog was nominated in the “Wordslayer” category of Globe Telecom’s 1st ever Tatt Awards (http://tattoo.globe.com.ph/tattawards), I was not surprised at all. He is a multi-awarded blogger – having been recognized by the Philippine Blog Awards for three straight years already. The Professional Heckler has been included in the recommended sites list of a number of publications like the Sunday Inquirer Magazine and FHM. Political columnists such as Ellen Tordesillas (Malaya), Boo Chanco (Philippine Star), and John Nery (Philippine Daily Inquirer) have mentioned his blog in their articles. In fact, I’ve learned about his blog through the column of Star’s William Esposo.
I remember Mr. Esposo writing about his desire to meet Mr. Landicho one day (I don’t know though if that has happened already, though). I almost forgot to add: a number of his political jokes was included in a Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) book. My journalism thesis adviser, Prof. Yvonne Chua, was PCIJ’s training director when the book came out. Idol PH (as I address him whenever I comment to his blogs) has been at it for four years now, and there’s no sign of slowing down. So, why am I a fan of his?
He has written about essentially everything. From the Malawi legislator who drafted an anti-farting bill, to President Aquino’s (lack of) love life, to President Arroyo’s pinch nerve, and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi – you name it, he has written about it. I am also amazed at how he finds a funny angle to just about anything. To do that, you have to be well-read. You also have to be intelligent in playing with words for it to be witty. His blog is very informative, too. Just by visiting his regularly-updated page, you already know the hottest stories for the day. He also posts links to other interesting write-ups in other sites on his blog.
We are also both loyal fans of the Los Angeles Lakers (“through good times and bad times,” as he declared it when the Mavs eliminated Kobe & Co.) and the UP Fighting Maroons! He also allows his readers to promote their respective blogs on his page (yeah, I’m guilty of that). I promoted my post about the P100 peso bills with the UP Law logo on it on his page, and he replied! That’s the first time I reached 100 views on a single day. I will never forget that blogging milestone.
PS: Here’s his latest post: http://professionalheckler.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/gaddafi-qaddafi-khadafy