Snapshot: Roehl Niño Bautista


Every week in 2010 we will shine the light on a Moleskine user across the globe, this week's snapshot is on Roehl 

Niño Bautista. 

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Name: Roehl Niño Bautista
Age: 20
Current City: Quezon City
Job: Fresh journalism graduate.
Website: for some thoughts and photos (personal site coming soon).
Social Network (Facebook, Twitter, etc) @rnbautista 


1) What is your current Moleskine notebook?

I'm currently in a transitioning from my old large ruled notebook to my new pocket soft-cover My Pilipinas (My Philippines) special edition notebook. I also have a large ruled reporter's notebook, but I guess it has to wait. (photos also attached)

2) How do you use your notebook?

Writing is my passion aside from photojournalism, so my notebook contains mostly essay drafts and ideas. It is a marriage of stories and memories, fiction and non-fiction. I always bring it everywhere I go for fear of encountering that ephemeral thought and not having anything to jot it down. It is also a depository of records, and as a journalism graduate, I find it helpful for future references. It also contains some sketches of scenes that and characters that I can only picture in my mind. 

3) What's the next place you plan to take your notebook to?

My notebook and I have been to various local places here in the Philippines, as well as to some countries in Southeast Asia. I'd like to bring my notebook during a future visit in Japan perhaps, a country with a culture that I am fascinated with. But locally, I'd bring it everywhere I go, especially now that we are living in very interesting times and almost every moment is noteworthy.

4) What do you want to tell the world?

A Moleskine does not make a writer. A writer makes a Moleskine.

Also, let's all continue in this big cultural exchange through our creative output. That would be very neat.

5) Where will you and your notebook be in 5 years?

In 5 years, my notebook and I will be wandering, tagging along a camera as we try capture various scenes of life in words and images. Hopefully, in the process, I somehow get to bring the world to the Philippines and the Philippines to the world.


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  1. The terms legend and folktale are sometimes used interchangeably with myth. Technically, however, these are not the same. How should we distinguish them? Donna Rosenberg, in her book Folklore, Myth, and Legends: A World Perspective, offers some useful guidelines:

    A myth is a sacred story from the past. It may explain the origin of the universe and of life, or it may express its culture’s moral values in human terms. Myths concern the powers who control the human world and the relationship between those powers and human beings. Although myths are religious in their origin and function, they may also be the earliest form of history, science, or philosophy…

    A folktale is a story that, in its plot, is pure fiction and that has no particular location in either time or space. However, despite its elements of fantasy, a folktale is actually a symbolic way of presenting the different means by which human beings cope with the world in which they live. Folktales concern people — either royalty or common folk — or animals who speak and act like people…

    A legend is a story from the past about a subject that was, or is believed to have been, historical. Legends concern people, places, and events. Usually, the subject is a saint, a king, a hero, a famous person, or a war. A legend is always associated with a particular place and a particular time in history.

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