Dr. Emilio T. Yap, chairman of the board of the Manila Bulletin, died on Monday at the age of 88.
Yap also served as chairman of the board of the Manila Hotel Corp. and of Centro Escolar University, and Chairman Emeritus of the Philippine Trust Company.
He led numerous humanitarian activities in the Philippines and around the world. As a symbol of his concern for journalists, he constructed a Medical Center Building at the National Press Club of the Philippine. In 2000, when he reached the age of 75, he dispensed with the celebration of his birthday and began the annual tradition of donating to various charitable causes, a statement issued by the Manila Bulletin said.
Yap was widely honored and recognized for his professional and charitable contributions and received over 400 awards and citations from the government, professional, and civic organizations. He was conferred 23 honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the Philippines and abroad.
Funeral services will be held at a time and place to be announced later.