Domini Torrevillas, 80

Photo from Domini Torrevillas’ Facebook page.

AT 80, Domini Torrevillas was still writing and filing her column, “From the Stands” for The Philippine Star.  A brief fatal illness ended 49 years of work as a journalist and a life lived with zest and in its fullness. 

She died in her native Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental where she and her husband, peace advocate, Saeed Daof, had moved to live their “retirement” years. It was her place of birth, where she grew up and finished high school at the Gingoog Institute. 

Domini finished her AB degree in Silliman University and spent a year of study at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where she earned her Masters degree in 1967.  Silliman University recognized her work as journalist with the Outstanding Silliman Award in     .  

She first worked as staff reporter for the Manila Bulletin and took over as editor of Panorama Magazine after management forced Letty Jimenez Magsanoc to resign for her critical coverage of the Marcos government. It was a heady period for women writers in the eighties, whose solidarity grew even as they were invited for military interrogation, sustaining connections through frequent meetings, for work and pleasure. With the lifting of Martial Law on paper, they dared to tweak, critique and show up the folly of the Marcos “conjugal dictatorship.” The same company chased after sources in the hills to be in touch with the growing strengths of the New People’s Army. Her women friends, helped Domini overcome her doubts about taking on Letty’s job at the Panorama. But Letty herself assured her, we have to do what we can do, so you should use the opportunity. 

Domini’s  FB posts showed her enjoying the bounty of her province, abundant fruits and the company of extended family and friends. Domini is survived by her husband, her son, Andres Suarez and his wife, and grandson, Santi.