His friends and co-workers remember veteran entertainment journalist Ricky Lo, who passed away Tuesday night from a stroke.
According to Nathalie Tomada, Lo’s assistant editor at The Philippine Star newspaper, she saw the concern and simplicity of her boss despite his fame as a showbiz columnist.
“He was so simple because he was a probinsyano at heart,” said Tomada.
“Gusto niya pantay-pantay. Kung paano mo siya itrato, gusto niya ganoon din ang pagtrato sa ibang tao kaya close siya sa mga janitor, guard,” Tomada added.
He also said that Lo is not stingy with him even though they are different from the newspaper in which he writes.
“I knew he was very healthy so this came as a shock,” said Asilo.
“And he’s never selfish, he would even give me contacts,” he added.
Ricky Lo remembered by friends, co-workers
According to Susan Lee, Ricky’s sister, they wanted the public to respect her brother’s death so they did not reveal details about it at the moment.
Born Ricardo Lo in Las Navas, Northern Samar on April 21, 1946, Ricky is of Chinese descent. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English degree from the University of the East.
From 1969 to 1972, he began as Editorial Assistant at Variety magazine, Sunday supplement of The Manila Times, where his “FunFare” column first appeared.
He then joined the Philippine Daily Express as Staff Writer, then as Deskman of The Evening Express and eventually its main broadsheet. He worked as Editorial Assistant for the Sunday magazine Weekend until 1986.
From Entertainment Editor at The Manila Times, Lo held the same post for The Manila Chronicle before moving to The Philippine Star, where he revived “FunFare” and his regular Sunday feature, “Conversations with Ricky Lo.”
Apart from being a journalist, Lo is also the author of books “Star-Studded” and “Conversations with Ricky Lo.”