Monday, April 7, 2008

Lost in the Reader's Digest omission

I'm not normally a complainer.  I'm a live and let live person. But being a loyal Reader's Digest reader since I was in grade school, I can't help but be terribly disappointed by the obvious omission of the Philippines in the "First Class Asia" article featured in the April 2008 issue of the Asian Edition. I got so peeved that I wrote an email to the editors, which I'm hoping they'll be fair enough to publish. If this country offers nothing to compare with its Asian neighbors, I'll probably accept the fact sitting down but that simply isn't true. To wit, we're part of the Coral Triangle along with Indonesia and Malaysia. The two were mentioned as diving havens but we were not. In fact, in the 7-page special section on travel, the Philippines wasn't mentioned AT ALL. I always thought the Reader's Digest presented its stories fairly and accurately. This article seems to prove that belief wrong. If you care enough to point out this omission, why not email www.rdasia.com and give the editors a piece of your mind?

15 comments:

Lawstude said...

not fair indeed. maybe they do not see the philippines the way we see it. let pinoy travel/bloggers unite and email RD with pics and links to boot.

Ferdz said...

I haven't read the article, only a portion of what's online. It's also probable that the writer of the article hasn't been in this part of Asia so he didn't write about it aside from doing a research of what's good here.

They have a forum there and you may try to ask them why the Philippines isn't included.

the donG said...

i almost purchased this issue because of the title for it's cover feature but thanks bro. i also thought that RD is that good but it seems that their research are somewhat biased. didn't they know that Palawan gained the highest score for island destination for East and Southeast Asia as rated by National Geographic??? check this link: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/features/islandsrated0711/islands_asia.html
RD wake up! gising!

i suggest RD should focus on the stories of people instead and leave the travel sections to magazines who has a good credibility for featuring vacations and destinations.

lagal[og] said...

bai ferdz, after a day of deliberations, i emailed them yesterday to ask why this omission. imho, it is a glaring omission because in the portion where diving havens are discussed, it is really a wonder how come two countries in the corral triangle are mentioned and the third is totally ignored. btw, the online version of the article appears as is, en toto, in the print version.

dominic, i also wonder how on earth the story totally omitted the philippines. i read about the nat geo audit and it's really amazing nat geo gives us the thumbs up and rd does not.

the donG said...

oggie, where can i read the whole article? i have no plan to buy this issue. thanks.

lagal[og] said...

dominic, you can read the article at www.rdasia.com. the online article is published en toto in the printed version. i cross-checked the singapore version just to be sure and found out they're the same with the edition released here.

allan said...

bummer! asar ito a. clearly the editors are biased on this issue.

lagal[og] said...

bai allan, i don't mean to be a rabble-rouser. i thought about reacting to this for a day. i can just let it pass but i chose to email the editors. i wrote my email in a nice manner, of course, because i don't want to be given the brush-off as a bitter reader. i just felt i had to express my disappointment in a magazine i've always looked forward to reading every month.

Sidney said...

I was never a big van of Reader's Digest.

Anyway, proof that they don't research well before they publish an article.

Will see if I can easily leave them a comment.

lagal[og] said...

thanks sidney. your comment will help a lot.

Lori said...

i haven't read the article but thanks for sharing this. it's time they hear about our beautiful country.

i don't know if it's just me, or hindi ko lang nababasa or napapanood dito, pero mas promoted nga ang indonesia and malaysia dito as tourist destinations, on travel tour ads and mags. maybe our tourism should gear up a bit so our neighbors could write and hear abt us.

lagal[og] said...

i don't want to start a quarrel with the editors which is why i didn't use the word, "biased," in my email. it just amazes me how we can be missed, i mean, 7,107 islands and not even an island to mention. i mean, c'mon, reader's digest! you know me naman, i'm really peace-loving but i just couldn't let this thing pass.

the donG said...

oggie, i was able to send a feedback to RD on this. thanks to this post.

lagal[og] said...

thanks dominic. every feedback would be crucial to getting the message across.

chameleoni said...

i was disappointed, too. I looked for the Philippines when I read that but ... oh well!

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