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Negros media loses 4 members

BACOLOD CITY: The media community in Negros Occidental mourned the sudden passing of four of its members -Jerome Galunan Jr., Rushmore Ubas, Franklin Villanueva and Manuel ‘Maui’ delos Santos within two days.

Galunan, 41, a sports blogger, writer and teacher, who died at 7:10 a.m. on Thursday, was not vaccinated against Covid-19.

A few hours later, former Radyo Bandera Sweet FM-Bacolod anchorman Rushmore Ubas succumbed to Covid-19 at the Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.

Galunan was previously a sports editor of the Watchmen Daily Journal.

He continued writing sports stories for Sunstar-Bacolod and also worked as an editor for Sportsjourn.com and a teacher at the Sum-ag National High School in Bacolod City.

Galunan is survived by his wife and daughter.

Ubas, 54 was formerly an assistant station manager and anchorman of Bombo Radyo-Bacolod.

He then went on a short hiatus and returned in 2017, joining Radyo Bandera Sweet FM-Bacolod after spending a year with MEWS FM in Talisay City

Ubas was anchorman for the radio station’s noontime public affairs program 11-MBPS in Radyo Bandera-Bacolod.

He was also tagged as the “Raffy Tulfo” of Bacolod City for the many people he has helped in his radio program, especially Negrense and Bacolodnon overseas Filipino workers.

Ubas, already widowed but in a relationship prior to his passing, left behind a son and two daughters.

A correspondent of RMN DYHB Bacolod, delos Santos also passed away because of the deadly virus.

He reported from Kabankalan City and southern Negros.

Villanueva is a radio block timer in RPN DYKB-Radyo Ronda.

Negros Press Club president Yves Buenafe Montecillo said he remembers Galunan as a hardworking and dedicated journalist and educator.

He noted Ubas’ straightforward reporting and insightful and dynamic commentaries in the air waves.

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