He's quiet, witty, with a hint of naughtiness, and good looking—or so he claims.
Who is this man of mystery?
He's no other than Lourd Ernest Hanopol de Veyra, or simply — Lourd.
We first noticed him when he hosted a segment on TV5's defunct late night news program, TEN: The Evening News, tackling current events on a lighter note.
Aside from being a vocalist of the band, Radio Active Sago Project, a blogger on SPOT.ph, and a TV personality, he's now author of his first book, This is a Crazy Planets.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had a chance to interview Lourd at his book launch held at Route 196 on Katipunan Road, Quezon City, last June 23.
AS WRITER. Lourd started blogging at spot.ph two years ago and writes about pop culture.
He has compiled some of his blogs in his first ever book, which also contains some of his unpublished works.
But why did he name the book This is a Crazy Planets?
"It has nothing to do with the blog actually. Nung '80s kasi, meron isang sexy starlet, si Stella Estrada, na nag-suicide, parang isang phrase yan sa suicide note niya. Sabi niya 'this is a crazy planets.' Di ba parang may pagka-tragic?"
Now, Word of the Lourd is seen on TV or read as a blog.
"Parang pareho lang din sila in a way, e, kung o-obserbahan mo. Basic observations about pop culture, mga nangyayari sa lipunan, parang ganun, in a very ironic or sarcastic way. Hindi siya masyadong seryoso.
Lourd has been blogging for two years now, on different topics. His favorite is...
"Siguro yung something about pets, pero hindi ko lang alam if nasa book ko yun. Kasi medyo it took me a while before I could write about it. I have four dogs kasi."
He also gets comments—some good and some he chooses to ignore.
"[It's] either sila-sila yung nag-a-away o ako inaaway. Pine-personal ako, parang 'hoy panot!' ganyan. I choose not to read them na lang, sensitive ako, e. Lalo na if it's about my hairline. Pag may comment na ganun nasasaktan ako, e, so hindi ko na lang [binabasa]."
Most of his works are inspired by the things he sees or hears from others, especially when he takes public transportation.
HIS CAREER. Lourd is a scholar of the Philippine Daily Inquirer at University of Sto. Tomas, where he took up Bachelor of Arts major in Journalism.
Though he didn't graduate with an academic award, he made his alma mater proud. He was a Palanca awardee thrice, under different categories.
In 1999, he won third prize in the Essay writing, English division. In 2003, he bagged second prize under the same category. In 2004, he won third prize for a teleplay, Filipino division.
Lourd started writing seriously when he was in second year college. He wrote poetry. He read his poems with a band playing in the background — the Radio Active Sago Project.
Lourd is the lead vocalist of the band which started in 1997. Some of their popular albums are Urban Gulaman (2004) and TMANSMFKPR (2007).
After graduation, he worked as a lifestyle writer at Philippines Today, where he stayed for six years.
He also served as editor at Metro Society Magazine, until he started appearing on the news programs of TV5 including TEN: The Evening News, AksyonTV, and presently, Sapul sa Singko.
HIS FAVORITES. "Meron akong favorite author, his name is CJ Urc, parang ano siya, war correspondent siya, political analyst, pero yung style niya nakakatawa pa din. Tipong pupunta siya ng Gulf War, pero ang isinusulat niya kunwari, alis siya dun sa hotel, manood siya ng sine to see what's happening around him. Ang ganda ng approach niya."
Lourd is a pet lover; he has four fluffy dogs.
He also revealed he was very moved by the movie, Kung Fu Panda 2.
"Naapektuhan ako sa Kung Fu Panda 2. Kasi meron akong shih tzu na mataba. Ganung-ganun yung kulay niya, black and white. Mataba din siya [like a panda]. Tawag ko sa kanya Kung Fu Shih Tzu."
Lourd prefers jazz and hard-core rock. He listens to the Dead Kennedys, Slayer, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, or any band that plays scratch metal or hard core rock.
His best interview ever? Hands down, it was with the King of Comedy, Dolphy.
"Nanalo ako ng isang award [nuong] na-interview ko si Dolphy," he said, smiling.
"I spent the entire afternoon with Dolphy. Hinihintay niya si Vandolph. Isang oras lang yung schedule na binigay niya sa akin, pero sabi niya 'Wala pa naman si Vandolph, ituloy na natin.' It was a few days after Panchito died, naglabas siya [ng thoughts niya], sabi ko, interesting 'to."
Lourd also wants to meet the Senate President, Juan Ponce Enrile.
"Gusto ko makausap si Juan Ponce Enrile. Parang ang dami niyang alam, nakakatakot 'to, e, nakaka-intimidate," he said with admiration.
Lourd also admires Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, whom he interviewed years ago because "there's not a boring moment with her."
HIS NOVEL. He has a novel coming out next month.
"Actually may lalabas din akong nobela, e, next month ang launch niya. Medyo traditional [writing] naman.
"Medyo seryosong literary "sheet" yun."
He explained that the novel was his way of getting the youth to appreciate the old ways of reading and writing.
"Ang bagong henerasyon, e, [may] very short attention span. Meron naman [interest sa reading and writing], pero iba lang yung method ng pag-process nila."
One last word of advice to the youth: "Work ethics muna... It's not a mere matter of investing on passion. There's a lot of work involved. Parang, yung the idea of wit is not earned in an instant— it's a lot of work," he said.