Former Budget Minister and Professor of Business Administration Manuel S. Alba passes away

UP Associate in Arts (1955, with honors) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1957, cum laude) alumnus Manuel S. Alba passed away past midnight on Sunday, 19 March 2023 in Iloilo City.

He served as Executive Director of the Presidential Commission to Survey Philippine Education (1971-1973); Founding Executive Director of the Educational Development Projects Implementing Task Force and Deputy Director-General (undersecretary), of the National Economic Development Authority (1975-1981); Deputy Minister of Budget (1979-1981); and Minister of Budget and Chair of the Cabinet Development Budget Coordinating Committee (1981-1986).

According to UP Professor Emerita Erlinda S. Echanis, Alba pushed for the fiscal control and management of UP’s funds through Executive Order (EO) 714 when he was Budget Minister. Malacañang officially approved the EO on 1 August 1981.

After his stint as Budget Minister, he returned to the UP College of Business Administration (renamed Virata School of Business), where he taught Business, Finance, and Accountancy courses until his retirement at 70.

Later, he became Quezon City administrator and consultant under Mayor Ismael A. Mathay, Jr. (30 June 1992-30 June 2001) and Mayor Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr. (30 June 2001-30 June 2010).

Before his death, Alba received a “Centenary Award of Excellence” during the celebration of the Centenary Year of the Accountancy Profession in the Philippines, led by the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on 17 March 2023 at the Manila Hotel. Earlier, the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) recognized Alba with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the UP general alumni-faculty homecoming and reunion on 21 June 2014 at the Bahay ng Alumni.

Retired UP Professor of English and former Alumni Relations Director (1996-2003) Carmelita Caparros Ramirez remembers Alba as her blockmate during her early student years at UP. “He was my classmate in English, Spanish, and History. Former UP Visayas Chancellor Dionisia A. Rola was one of our teachers,” says Ramirez. For Ramirez, Alba is brilliant but very warm and accessible to his block mates and friends. “He has a sense of humor…at first, he looks formal, but he is very warm.”

“He is also culturally literate. He was very fond of literature, especially poetry. He bought me books for my classes from his trips overseas. Most of all, he is very generous. He sent many of his nephews and nieces to school,” adds Ramirez.

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Journalist, ex-UP CMC dean Luis V. Teodoro passes away

By GMA Integrated News

Noted journalist and former dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Mass Communication Luis V. Teodoro has passed away, a colleague said on Tuesday morning.

In a tweet, Professor Danilo Arao of the UP College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) said Teodoro, 81, passed away at midnight due to heart attack.

“He was a mentor and a friend. More than that, his stewardship helped produce highly ethical, dedicated journalists,” he said.

Teodoro was a journalism professor who served as dean of UP CMC for two terms, or from 1994 to 2000.

In a Facebook post, the UP CMC said Teodoro “was pivotal in fostering academic excellence in our discipline, upholding integrity in the practice of media, and defending our freedoms of the press, speech, and assembly.”

According to the Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR), Teodoro is recognized for being “a journalist, editor, and journalism educator whose incisive critiques of Philippine media have inspired generations of media practitioners and scholars.”

Aside from being a former dean, Teodoro was also known for writing political commentary.

“He shall be missed. Condolences to all of us who believe,” said Arao.

The UP CMC said it will hold a service for Teodoro at the Plaridel Hall. Details, it said, will be posted on Facebook.

UP President Angelo A. Jimenez meanwhile hailed Teodoro for being a “passionate advocate for press freedom.”

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former UP College of Mass Communication Dean Luis Teodoro, who was an esteemed human rights activist, newspaper columnist, professor of journalism, and the author of short stories like ‘Paper Stars’ and ‘The Trial of Professor Riesgo.’ He was a passionate advocate for press freedom and a tireless defender of the rights of the marginalized. His dedication to his work and his commitment to justice will be remembered and celebrated. His legacy will live on through his students, colleagues, and the many lives he touched,” Jimenez said in a statement. —Giselle Ombay/KBK/KG, GMA Integrated News


Veteran journalist Luis Teodoro writes 30

By Janvic Mateo

In this file photo from 2017, veteran columnist and journalism professor Luis V. Teodoro attends a press conference against impunity Bernard Testa.

MANILA, Philippines — Veteran journalist Luis Teodoro, a champion of press freedom who taught generations of media practitioners, died late Monday. He was 81.

His death was confirmed by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UPCMC), where he served as dean from 1994 to 2000.

“As educator, editor and journalist, Dean Teodoro was pivotal in fostering academic excellence in our discipline, upholding integrity in the practice of media and defending our freedoms of the press, speech and assembly,” the college said in a statement.

A known media critic, Teodoro continued to teach communication and media ethics at the university long after his retirement.

He wrote a regular column for BusinessWorld and authored several books on media and journalism. Teodoro was a trustee of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility and editor of Philippine Journalism Review Reports, the Center’s media monitoring publication.

He was also the founding chairman of Altermidya, a network of independent media groups and media practitioners reporting on the concerns of marginalized sectors.

“A pillar of Philippine journalism, Dean Luis was the force behind the formation of Altermidya Network, which will carry on his work and principles,” the network said.

“He is credited with advancing the ideals of pro-people journalism, both as a respected member of the academe and through the alternative media that he helped organize in the Philippines,” it added.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) described Teodoro as “the staunchest advocate for the best in the profession and the most savage critic of its worst practices.”

“The strict standards that he set for his students and for his colleagues will remain among our guiding lights,” the NUJP said.

“The current and the future generations of journalists have been gifted by Dean Teodoro’s lessons on journalism. We pledge to continue his legacy of wielding the pen in the service of the people,” it added.

In 2019, Teodoro received the Titus Brandsma Freedom of the Press Award from the Order of Carmelites for being “a journalist, editor and journalism educator whose incisive critiques of Philippine media have inspired generations of media practitioners and scholars.”

He taught students and his readers that journalism should go beyond news reporting. For him, interpreting the news and providing context are needed for journalism to fulfill its role of providing information that can help people make decisions on issues that affect their lives.

“Getting the facts is indispensable in journalism, but is only the beginning of every journalist’s task. They must provide not ‘just the facts’ but also their meaning, and the only way they can do that is to contextualize the news and subject it to explanation and analysis,” Teodoro wrote in an article for PhilStarLife.

He also supported and was part of the alternative press in the Philippines, which he described as the part of the press that, during periods of crisis in the country’s history, resurfaces to report on topics that the mainstream media does not report because they are “either too timid or too involved with” these issues.

During the latter years of the Marcos dictatorship, Teodoro was editor of Philippine News and Features, an alternative news agency initiated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

His opinion pieces in his “Vantage Point” column in BusinessWorld covered media, politics, human rights and international affairs. The column appeared in the past on Business Mirror, Today and ABS-CBN News Online and are archived on his website,

Teodoro was also a much sought-after resource person for journalists, students and organizations.

Filipino journalists’ dean

He served for only two consecutive terms as dean of UPCMC from 1994 to 2000. But for many journalists and UPCMC alumni, Dean Teodoro was always the dean. In conversations between many journalists, the dean means Dean Teodoro.

The professor was thrice chair of the college’s journalism department and taught various journalism subjects during his decades of service.

Teodoro’s former students, however, remember him most for his class in journalism ethics. When faced with ethical dilemmas in their jobs, they recall what the professor taught them in the classroom.

He inspired many to seriously pursue journalism as a vocation, but he was also known in class for his amusing expressions like “anyway” and for making funny faces while giving his lectures.

During Teodoro’s time as dean, the Commission on Higher Education named UPCMC’s journalism program as a Center of Excellence for Journalism for the first time.

In 2007, Diwa Learning Systems recognized the former UPCMC dean as one of the honorees in “The Many Faces of the Teacher.”

‘University of the People’

Teodoro graduated from UP with a degree in A.B. English major in journalism and creative writing in 1964. He also attended the Master of Arts Program of the UP Asian Center. He was editor of the Philippine Collegian, the official student publication of UP.

Writing about UP, he said being a university of the people means “offering a kind of education that’s devoted to both nation and country rather than to self.”

“It’s always been implicit in UP culture – the assumption that, having been educated by the people whose taxes support UP, graduates will give back something in terms of using their skills and knowledge to help the people realize their aspirations for a better, more just, more equitable society. It’s summed up in the admonition, known to every UP student, to ‘serve the people.’

“It’s a commitment that should occupy a special place in every UP student’s and alumnus’ heart,” Teodoro added.

Author and editor

Teodoro wrote a number of books on media and journalism, including In Medias Res: In the Middle of Things: Essays on the Philippine Press and Media. His Vantage Point: The Sixth Estate and Other Discoveries won as the Best Book for Journalism in the 2015 National Book Awards.

The Undiscovered Country, his collection of short stories published in 2006 by the UP Press, includes Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Philippine Free Press and Carlos P. Romulo award-winning fiction.

Teodoro was editor of United States: Out of This Struggle: The Filipinos in Hawaii, published by the University Press of Hawaii in 1981. He also edited Struggle for Nationalism and Democracy, a book by Filipino revolutionary Jose Maria Sison, Teodoro’s colleague in the Philippine Collegian and Progressive Review.

Martial law and remembrance

Teodoro was among the journalists who questioned before the Supreme Court the legitimacy of Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial Law. He was imprisoned for seven months, from October 1972 to May 1973.

In a paper read during the Memory, Truth-telling and the Pursuit of Justice: A Conference on the Legacies of the Marcos Dictatorship in September 1999, he enumerated the negative legacies of authoritarianism on the Philippine media.

“Yet these legacies are mostly unremarked upon, perhaps because there is no culture of continuity in Philippine society through which the lessons learned by previous generations is transmitted to the next,” Teodoro lamented.

He said remembrance is the only antidote to the return of authoritarian rule, but added that among the enduring legacies of martial law was its own repeatability.

“Authoritarian rule, including the undeclared kind, can happen again because too many Filipinos still don’t know what happened from 1972 to 1986, let alone why it happened. About the martial law period they have nothing to remember, and they won’t know it when they see it,” Teodoro said.

What the well-loved professor said almost a quarter of a century ago still rings true today. Teodoro left in an era when journalism struggles amid disinformation, at a time when the people of this nation he often referred to as “the country of our sorrows” prefer forgetting over remembering.


Former UP Alumni Regent and UPAA President Ramon M. Maronilla

Former UP Alumni Regent and UP Alumni Association President Ramon M. Maronilla passed away on 23 February 2023. An Upsilon Sigma Phi alumnus, Regent Maronilla graduated from UP with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in 1972.

He had a distinguished career as a litigation lawyer. He was previously an Associate of Atty. Dakila Castro. Later, he became a member of the Manila Chronicle’s Board of Advisers and President of the Citizen’s Legal Aid Society of the Philippines. He was President of Club Filipino during the centennial celebration of Philippine independence in 1998, a Legal Consultant of the Department of National Defense, and the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process from 2001 to 2004.

He served as President of the City of Malabon University from 2009 to 2019. As UP Regent and UPAA President, he was a Legal Consultant for the UP-Philippine General Hospital from 2015 to 2018. He envisioned UPAA as a stronger and more dynamic association to serve as a potent force in uplifting our country’s social, spiritual, moral, cultural, and political values, ready to face the challenges of the digital age.

Most importantly, Regent Maronilla was a paternal figure to his family and colleagues at work. He will be missed by many.

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📷 Misael Bacani, UP OVPPA-Media and Public Relations Office (MPRO)

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Prof. Rosa M. Vallejo (1929-2023)

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of former Dean of then UP ILS, Mrs. Rosa Vallejo.

Prof. Vallejo passed away peacefully in her sleep yesterday at the age of 93. She was the first recipient of the Professional Regulation Commission Outstanding Professional Librarian of the Year Award in 1994 and she had been a past president of the Philippine Librarians Association (PLAI). She was also the Chairman of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 1980 General Conference and the 7th (1987) Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL).

Prof. Vallejo was one of the pillars of the library profession in the country and was instrumental in professionalizing librarianship and placing the Philippine library profession on the international stage.

Her wake will be at Loyola Commonwealth starting tonight, February 4, 2023 until tomorrow, February 5, 2023, Sunday. UP SLIS will hold a memorial service at Loyola tomorrow from 3PM-5PM; all members of the community are invited to attend. Her cremation will be on February 6, 2023, Monday.

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Prof. Zenaida P. Buenaflor (1932-2023)

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Prof. Zenaida P. Buenaflor, former UP High School in Iloilo Principal and highly esteemed professor of Economics, History, and Social Science.

She joined UP Visayas on June 1, 1973 and became Chair of the Division of Professional Education from June 30, 1986 to May 31, 1989. During the course of her productive teaching career, Prof. Buenaflor also taught in the Graduate Program of the University. Her colleagues and students remember her as a devoted educator.

Prof. Buenaflor’s remains can be viewed at the Loyola Memorial Chapels, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.

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Prof. Connie Manuel-Lim (1955-2023)

The faculty, staff, and students of the UP Visayas community mourn the passing of Prof. Connie Manuel-Lim, who formerly taught Mathematics under the Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics. Her students fondly remember her as a loving, highly intelligent, and dedicated teacher who was admired by many.

Prof. Manuel-Lim was a devoted wife to Elmer Philip V. Lim and mother to her brilliant daughters Natania, Thessa, and Kristina. She was a doting grandmother to five grandchildren and loving sister to Ma. Evelyn Manuel-Jimena and Vivian Manuel-Cañonero.

Rest in peace, Prof. Lim.

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