Dino Balabo, who wrote for Mabuhay Newspaper-Bulacan, Punto Central Luzon Newspaper, Business Week, Philippine Star and Radyo Bulacan—is a great loss to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, to Philippine community journalism, and to the continuing struggle for genuine press freedom and freedom of expression in the country.
He was the unassuming, always smiling, hardworking other half of another giant of journalism, the late Joe Pavia.
Yet, notwithstanding his busy professional life, he also chose to share his expertise and love of the profession with succeeding generations as an educator at the Bulacan State College.
To his family, the Bulacan journalism community, and to the people of Bulacan who he unselfishly served, the NUJP extends our deepest sympathies.
As we pursue our dreams of a truly free Philippine press, you and your example will always serve as in inspiration, Kasamang Dino.