Lydia Pendon, 70
JOURNALIST Lydia Pendon died Thursday, Oct. 20, after being a week in a coma due to a brain aneurysm. She was 70.
Pendon was a correspondent for the Manila Times and Sun.Star. Based in Iloilo, she wrote stories on issues concerning the Visayas islands. Pendon also wrote for the now defunct Daily Informer and News Express and served as a photojournalist for the government’s National Media Production Center before she joined Panay News in the 1980s.
Together with four other female colleagues, she formed an all-women media practitioners’ organization called Ladies of Iloilo in Media Association (LIMA) of which she also served as president (“LYDIA PENDON WRITES 30,” ManilaTimes.net, Oct. 21, 2016).
Pendon is regarded as an institution in the Iloilo media. She was the first outstanding Ilongga in the field of media, journalism, and communication in Iloilo city’s annual search for The Outstanding Women of Iloilo (TOWIL).
Friends and family mourned the passing of Pendon, whom they fondly called “Mommy.” Glenda Sologastoa, chairperson of the Iloilo chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), recalled that Pendon was not only a veteran journalist but was also a mother-figure to younger reporters. “She also pushed for the welfare of the media community. We will surely miss her presence and we condole with her family in this time of sorrow,” she added (“Iloilo media mourn death of ‘Mommy Lydia’,” TheDaily Guardian.net, Oct. 21, 2016).
Gregorio Sangil, 86
VETERAN JOURNALIST Gregorio “Yoyong” Sangil died Thursday, Oct. 20. He was 86.
Sangil was a reporter of the defunct Manila Chronicle. He also served as Provincial Information Officer in Pampanga. In the 1960s, Sangil started his column Views from the Capitol, which appeared in the Pampanga-based weekly tabloid The Voice. (“Greg Sangil writes 30,” iOrbitNews.com, Oct. 20 2016)
Sangil was also among the founders of the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) in 1949, one of the oldest press clubs in the country. Sangil is the last to pass among the founding fathers of the PPC.
Bong Lacson, former PPC president, remembered Sangil as an adept writer. “Yoyong writes slowly but oh-so-precisely, his syntax and grammar ever in perfect synch,” Lacson said (“Yoyong writes 30,” Punto.com.ph, Oct. 25, 2016).
Sangil is survived by his wife and his sons.