Gerry Gil's Creations
It has been 5 years
the untimely demise of Gerry Gil; 16 years since he started anonymously
writing letters to the editor; and 13 years since he wrote the last
letter included herein, having thus created within that 3 year period
many as 40 personalities from over 350 letters, all during the
time frame starting 2 years before the revolution that toppled
Marcos of the Philippines and the chaotic months that followed.
This period of letter
preceeded his return to journalism, and taken together, can be viewed
Gerry's great contribution to Philippine editorial writing: how his
forays and joustings in the political arena via the editorial page
the absurdities and banalities of the politics and powers-that-be of
period, in a uniquely humorous and irreverent manner unmatched by any
And Gerry was the creator
of form when history, humor and journalism intersected.
It is hoped that this
will amply serve the students of recent Philippine political history,
and communication writers, and humor-mongers like most of us.
Herein are majority of his
letters, scanned and retyped from the trove of hard-copy files found
his death, or from his computer disk files. They are presented in
various groupings: a selected
of letters with common topics, the chronological
a list of all the letters, a list of all the persons
mentioned in the letters, and a roster of the letter
Author Jimmy Ong, in the
1997 book of Gerry's writings,
With A Slingshot expounds on Gerry's letters to
editor in his Introduction.
The book won the National Award
for Journalism A few samples
from the book are presented. Other
writings and obits are
included in this website.
Website launched 8/20/2000. Latest update 1/16/2016
If you have comments or suggestions, email Danny Gil firstname.lastname@example.org