Publisher passes away

SOUTHERN Leyte Times founder and publisher Antonio Mendoza Reyes passed away shortly before midnight last Thursday.

Publisher. Antonio Mendoza Reyes’ international work experience included being a program officer of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Development Fund. (Contributed Foto)

Reyes, known for his hard-hitting style of journalism, left peacefully with his family in silent vigil at Chong Hua General Hospital.

Before his successful career in newspaper publishing Tony, as he was best known, started as a technical assistant of the then University of the Philippines president Salvador P. Lopez. Shortly after, he was recruited by President Ferdinand Marcos as among the young technocrats in the Presidential Management Staff.

His international work experience included being a program officer of the United Nations Children’s Fund, and later at the United Nations Development Fund.

After his stint in the UN, Reyes returned to the Philippines, where he headed the Sariling Sikap Foundation and later served as the chief of staff at the Philippine Coconut Authority.

In 1999, Reyes transferred to Southern Leyte province with his family and started a community newspaper that he then envisioned would bring balanced local news and constructive views to its readers.

Publisher Reyes was a product of the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance, and London School of Economics.

The 74-year-old Reyes was the son of former Philippine Ambassador and Asean Secretary General Narciso Gallardo Reyes and Apolonia Joson Mendoza.

He is survived by his wife, former Southern Leyte State University President Dr. Gloria Markines Reyes, and his four children Maria Hannah Reyes-Adent, Apolonia Deborrah Reyes-Harrell, Ruevivar Markines Reyes, and Mena Reyes-Alverson.

Following his wishes, Reyes was cremated after a funeral service by a Bradford Church pastor at the Cosmopolitan Memorial Chapels in Lahug, Cebu City, with close family and friends in attendance.

His ashes will be brought home to Maasin City, Southern Leyte, where a planned vigil and simple tribute service will be held at the United Church of Christ of the Philippines in Tagnipa, Maasin City. (PR)