Baboo Mondoñedo, 67
FILIPINO JOURNALIST and author Nora Linda “Baboo” Mondoñedo died Thursday, November 26. She was 67.
Following Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr.’s assassination in 1983, Mondoñedo moved to Baguio City where she became a columnist for the Baguio Midland Courier. She also headed the Cordillera News Agency and was a founding member of the Baguio Aquarelle Society and the Baguio Writers Group. Mondoñedo was also a member of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club.
Mondoñedo authored the book “Stepping Stones”, a collection of her personal essays published in 2013. Aside from being a media practitioner and environmental crusader, she was also a painter.
Colleagues mourned the passing of Mondoñedo. “Her love and affection to the mountains and the people of Cordillera is legendary. She has practically spent half of her mature life in the uplands and decided to live like one of us. She was in fact adopted as an Ibaloi daughter and given the name “Avocay” as her Igorota name meaning one who soars or scours for something of interest,” the Cordillera News Agency wrote in the photo album “Moments with Baboo” which it posted in its Facebook account.
The Baguio Writers Group also expressed sadness, with their former president Luchie B. Maranan saying: “The Baguio Writers Group will have an empty chair that used to have Baboo Mondoñedo in the midst of writing and contemplating on Cordillera literature. The Baguio Aquarelle Society will miss one of their pillars. So long, Baboo. We shall miss you.” The statement was posted in the group’s social media account.
She is survived by her siblings, daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.
Adele Horin, 64
Australian journalist Adele Horin, who was widely known for her coverage social issues such as domestic violence, died Saturday, November 21, due to lung cancer. She was 64.
Prior to that, Horin had recovered from breast cancer diagnosed in 1997. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014.
She was formerly a social affairs journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, where she stayed for 18 years until 2013. She continued her work in her blog called “Coming of Age.” Her final blog entry was posted on November 15.
Over the years as a journalist, Horin won awards recognizing her work. In 1981, she won a Walkley feature writing award (Best Feature in a Newspaper or Magazine) for a series of articles in The National Times about sex, and an Australian Human Rights Commission media award for her stories on abused and neglected people with disabilities in licensed boarding houses.
“At a time when so much journalism is reduced to black and white, Adele’s considered and caring approach to storytelling reminded us of the power of balance, nuance and depth in reporting,” said Sunday Morning Herald editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir. “She will be greatly missed but her spirit will continue to be honoured at the Herald.”
She is survived by her partner for thirty years, Paul, her sons Sam and Jeremy, her mother Sara, and brothers Andrew and Laurie.