MANILA, Philippines (3RD UPDATE) – University of the Philippines professor Aileen S.P. Baviera, one of the leading experts on China studies in the Philippines, died on Saturday, March 21, due to the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19. She was 60.
The University of the Philippines in Diliman, where she was former dean of the UP Asian Center, announced her death to the UP community on Saturday morning, as it condoled with Baviera’s family.
Baviera died at 3:55 am at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. (READ: Aileen Baviera on 40 years of China-watching)
“It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Dr Aileen S.P Baviera, Professor and former Dean of the UP Asian Center and one of the country’s foremost sinologists, passed away today, March 21, 2020, 3:55 am, at the San Lazaro Hospital from severe pneumonia caused by COVID-19,” UP Diliman announced on its official Facebook page. (READ: Alieen Baviera, 60: Her eyes were on China, her heart stayed with PH)
Baviera was president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Incorporated which aims to promote “peace, development and cultural understanding for peoples of the Philippines and the Asia Pacific, through international dialogue and cooperation.”
Meanwhile, the Philippine Navy (PN) also mourned the passing of Baviera, who was a member of its board of advisers (BoA) for over a decade. She headed the board’s Maritime Coalition Committee.
“Her brilliant mind coupled with her strong sense of patriotism has helped in building a strong and credible Navy that our maritime nation could be proud of. Until the very end, her commitment to serve our beloved country remained unfaltering,” said the PN statement. – Rappler.com
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