The Manila Times and members of the Iloilo City Hall Press Corps are saddened by the death of a colleague and senior member, Lydia Cuenca Pendon.
Pendon, Mommy Lyd to friends and colleagues, was brought to St. Paul’s Hospital by Iloilo City Emergency and Rescue after she lost consciousness at the City Hall’s fifth floor on October 12. She suffered intracranial bleeding caused by aneurysm.
She died on Thursday, October 20, after over a week in coma.
During her heyday, she wrote stories as correspondent of The Manila Times and gave Ilonggos everywhere in the world updates on Iloilo.
Through the stories she wrote, she earned the respect of politicians, businessmen and government officials.
Pendon was a photojournalist of the defunct National Media Production Center before she joined Panay News in the mid-1980s.
She also was in the news staff of the now defunct Daily Informer and the News Express before she became correspondent of Sun Star and The Manila Times.
Pendon was regarded as an institution in the Iloilo media.
Along with four other woman journalists of her batch in the mid-1980s, she formed the all-women media practitioners’ organization called Ladies of Iloilo Media Association (LIMA) where she also served as its president.
Pendon spoke her mind, at times bluntly well that even the male colleagues in Iloilo media would heed her wisdom.
She was named one of the Outstanding Ilonggas for her contribution to media, journalism and communication of the city’s annual search for The Outstanding Women of Iloilo City (TOWIL).
During her presidency of the Iloilo City Hall Press Corps (ICHPC), Pendon led the yearly Christmas gift-giving to female inmates at Iloilo City Police Office.
Her motherly concern for the young members gave her the monicker “Mommy.”
Pendon was born on April 24, 1946.