Napoleon V. Abueva

National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva (Photo credits: Documentary on the story of the Philippine national artist for sculpture, Napoleon Abueva by Katrina Ventura)

National Artist, recognized “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture” and esteemed alumnus of the UP College of Fine Arts Napoleon Abueva passed away Friday morning, February 16, at the age of 88. Continue reading

Flerida Ruth P. Romero

By: Julius N. Leonen – @inquirerdotnet

Retired SC Associate Justice Flerida Ruth Romero

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Flerida Ruth P. Romero died on Friday, Dec. 8, at the age of 88, according to SC Public Information Office.

The SC PIO has yet to provide details on Romero’s wake following its announcement of the retired justice’s death on Twitter.

Romero was born in Tondo, Manila on Aug. 1, 1929.

She received her law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1952, and her Master of Laws from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1955.

Prior to her appointment to the SC, Romero served as director and dean of the UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations from 1962 to 1963.

Romero became a special assistant of former President Corazon Aquino following the 1986 EDSA Revolution.

She served as secretary general of the 1986 Constitutional Commission.

Aquino then appointed Romero to the high court as a replacement of Associate Justice Abraham Sarmiento in 1991.

Romero retired on Aug. 1, 1999 after reaching the compulsory retirement age of 70.



Washington Z. SyCip

By:  – Reporter / @PathRoxasINQ

Calling him the “Sage of our Age,” Senator Grace Poe offered her tribute to Washington SyCip who passed away on Saturday evening.

“I join the nation in mourning the passing of a great man, Mr. Washington SyCip,” Poe said in a statement on Sunday.
“He was a man who radiated intelligence and inspired respect, and while he was of slight physical stature, he towered over all of his contemporaries. He was the ‘Sage of our Age,’ and was one of the persons I greatly admired,” the senator added.
Poe said she had shared advocacies with Sycip, who gave him “guidance and compassion.”

“We shared many advocacies such as access to quality education and alleviation of poverty. I actively sought his counsel and learned from his wisdom,” said Poe.

“Mr. Wash, thank you for your guidance, your compassion and your contributions to the nation. We will cherish your memory and legacy,” she added.

Meanwhile, Senator Richard Gordon also offered his message to SyCip.

“It’s with great sorrow that I learned this morning of the death of Washington SyCip, a visionary leader who influenced many generations,” Gordon posted on Twitter.

“I recall Wash providing me w/ valuable advise in d establishment of SBMA (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority) on challenges to be addressed in developing & attracting investors,” he continued.

SyCip passed away en route to New York City. He was 96.

He is the founder of accounting firm SyCip Gorres Velayo & Company (SGV & Co.) and a known philanthropist in the areas of public education, micro finance and entrepreneurship, and public health.



Maria Lilia F. Realubit


Dr. Maria Lilia Fuentebella Realubit passed away on August 17. She is a retired professor of the University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters (Department of English and Comparative Literature), and a recipient of Masirang na Bituon kan Kabikolan (Lifetime Achievement Award) in the first Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon (Tomas Arejola Prize for Bikolano Literature) in 2004. Continue reading