BACOLOD CITY–The media community in Negros Occidental is mourning today the passing of three of its members: Jerome Galunan Jr., Rushmore Ubas, and Manuel ‘Maui’ Delos Santos.
Galunan Jr., 41, who was a sports blogger, writer, and teacher, passed away around 7:10 on the morning of Wednesday, September 15.
There is no official statement from the family as to the cause of his death.
A few hours later, former Radyo Bandera Sweet FM-Bacolod anchorman Rushmore Ubas succumbed to COVID-19 at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City
Galunan was previously a sports editor of the Watchmen Daily Journal. He continued writing sports for Sunstar-Bacolod and worked as an Editor for Sportsjourn.com. He was also a teacher at the Sum-ag National High School in Bacolod City.
He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
Ubas, 54, was formerly an assistant station manager and anchorman of Bombo Radyo-Bacolod. After a short hiatus, he returned on-air in Bacolod in 2017, joining Radyo Bandera, where he was the anchor of the noontime public affairs program 11-MBPS.
Prior to his Bacolod comeback, he spent a year with MEWS FM in Talisay City.
He was tagged as the “Raffy Tulfo” of Bacolod City for the many people he had helped through his radio program, especially Negrense and Bacolodnon overseas Filipino workers.
Already widowed but in a relationship prior to his passing, Ubas left behind a son and two daughters.
In a statement, Negros Press Club (NPC) President Yves Buenafe Montecillo mourned the loss of two of their colleagues.
Montecillo said he remembers Galunan as a hardworking and dedicated professional, both in the education sector and the community media.
On the other hand, he extolled Ubas for his straightforward reporting and insightful and dynamic commentaries on the airwaves.
The NPC president also extended his condolences to the families left behind by the two media persons.
Meanwhile, a correspondent of RMN DYHB Bacolod, Manuel ‘Maui’ Delos Santos, also passed away reportedly due to COVID-19.
Delos Santos reported from Kabankalan City and southern Negros. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)