Veteran newsman Alfredo “Fred” Gutierrez-Rosario succumbed to cardiac arrest on Sunday, March 20, at the Philippine Heart Center, in Quezon City. Fred would have been 88 on March 22.
His last newspaper stint was as Opinion Editor of The Manila Times, where he also wrote the column “Reflections.”
Born in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Fred wrote for and served as an editor in various pre-Martial Law newspapers like the Philippines Herald, Evening News, and the Times Journal where he was the night editor. He was also a senior editor of the Philippine News Service.
Fred joined the Department of Labor and Employment on invitation of then Secretary Blas F. Ople during the Marcos years. He was appointed director of the DOLE Information and Publication Service and at the same time editor of the multi-awarded DOLE news organ Philippine Labor.
At the height of the booming labor exportation period, Ople promoted Rosario to labor attaché. He served as labor attaché in various posts, including Singapore, Indonesia, Jordan, Iraq and Libya, then the top destinations for overseas Filipino workers.
He retired from government service but later found himself getting an invitation to serve as director of the Philippine Postal Office. He was later appointed special assistant to Ople during the latter’s term as foreign affairs secretary under the Arroyo presidency.
Well-loved by his colleagues in government and in the journalism profession, Fred is survived by his children Tita Rosario-Gille, Espie Latinazo, Precy and John Bechet, Luz and Branden Devries, Bong and Emily, Les and Rebecca, Cris and Lhen, Roselyn Jinang-Rosario, Rosslyn and Dexter Balbes and Dondon.
He was married to now deceased Brigida Ferrer-Rosario of Calasiao, Pangasinan. He was also the father of the late Virgilio Rosario, who worked as media relations officer of Senator Loren Legarda; and the late Alfredo Jr.
His remains lay at the Truth Chapel of Loyola Memorial Homes on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. His burial is at 9 this morning (Sunday March 27).