Tycoon Antonio L. Cabangon-Chua, a former Philippine ambassador to Lao People’s Democratic Republic or Laos, died on Friday, March 11. He was 81.
A certified public accountant, he graduated from the University of the East in Manila in 1956 with a Business Administration degree and later received a doctorate in Humanities, honoris causa, from the same university.
Cabangon–Chua was a tri-media magnate, having owned some business interests related to media, including the BusinessMirror, tabloid Pilipino Mirror, magazines Philippine Graphic Weekly, View and Cook and the radio network Aliw Broadcasting Corporation, which operates AM radio station DWIZ and FM radio station Home Radio 97.9. He was also the chairman of Nine Media Corporation, the media company behind CNN Philippines and Radio Philippines Network, which he acquired in 2014.
The former envoy, an honorary member of the Philippine Military Academy, Class of 1956, was also a known philanthropist.
In a statement, D. Edgard Cabangon, one of the late business magnate’s sons, requested prayers for the “peaceful repose of the soul of our beloved father.”
The wake for the former envoy will be at Heritage Park, Arlington Chapel (entrance is by Bayani Road) in Taguig City (Metro Manila).
Visitation starts at 10 p.m. on Monday, March 14.
The family said they will announce interment details later.
CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF FORMER AMBASSADOR ANTONIO L. CABANGON-CHUA FROM THE MANILA TIMES
The Manila Times Chairman Emeritus Dr. Dante A. Ang said the passing of the former ambassador is a loss to the newspaper industry, but he had prepared his children well for more intense competition ahead long before his demise.
“His children are well positioned and are very competent managers. They have learned their trade from a master in business and in human relations.”