Fred de la Rosa, a former publisher and editor-in-chief of The Manila Times, died on Thursday afternoon February 18 at the Manila Doctors Hospital, where he had been brought and revived after having a cardiac arrest that morning.
He died surrounded by his wife and children.
One of the Philippines’ finest editorial writers, De la Rosa, who would have turned 81 on May 19, joined The Manila Times in 2001, as editor-in-chief.
This was on the relaunch of The Times under Chairman Emeritus Dante A. Ang, with Dante Francis Ang 2nd as Executive Editor and Rony V. Diaz as publisher.
Prior to becoming The Times’ editor-in-chief, he had been writing editorials for the paper with present Publisher/Editor Rene Q. Bas before the relaunch in 2001.
It was while De la Rosa was Times editor-in-chief when The Moro Times, published in cooperation with the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID), appeared as a monthly supplement.
Some of the editorials and essays that he wrote were humor pieces. Even his editorials on the most serious subjects always had a touch of levity and gentle sarcasm.
His first journalism job was as a news writer for the radio stations of the Manila Broadcasting Corporation. There, he was also a pinch-hitter when newscasters were late or absent.
Fred de la Rosa was the late Senator Blas Ople’s writing and editorial aide in the Senate and at the Department of Foreign Affairs, when Ople was foreign secretary.
He also served for 11 years as Philippine Labor attaché in Washington, D.C.
De La Rosa went to Far Eastern University for his BA, major in English/Journalism.
Fred’s beloved widow Josefina (nee Joaquin), children Dino, Freddie, Zinnia and Luigi, and grandchildren Noah, Elijah, Diego, Cesar and Mario request readers who believe in God to pray for his eternal bliss.
The wake is this evening, Saturday February 20, from 6 to 9 pm at the Funeraria Paz on Araneta Avenue in Quezon City.