MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – In 2018, the Philippines lost a number of icons and newsmakers in various fields, from politics to sports, and from business to showbiz.
Some of them made headlines, some inspired the nation, while some left a lasting legacy. One way or another, they made their mark in their respective industries and communities.
A few of the names in the list are politicians and priests killed under the Duterte administration this year. (GALLERY: Who are the mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte?)
In the gallery below, surnames are arranged in alphabetical order. Click on a photo to read more.
Then, in the pop-up window that appears, click the arrow on either side of the newsmaker's photo to navigate through the gallery. Click on a newsmaker's name to read the article about him or her.
Fortunato Abat, 92 Former secretary, Department of National Defense Abat was the defense secretary from 1997 to 1998 under President Fidel Ramos. He headed the government peace panel during its negotiations with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). In 2005, Abat and some members of his Coalition for National Solidarity were arrested in 2005 after he proclaimed himself president under a revolutionary government, in protest against the Arroyo administration. Photo by Joel Nito/AFP"> Abat Jon Ramon Aboitiz, 70 Businessman Aboitiz is the chairman of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, one of the country’s most valuable family conglomerates. He died due to a "lingering illness." In 2018, he and his brother Mikel were 33rd richest in the Philippines, according to Forbes Magazine. Photo from Aboitiz Group's website"> Aboitiz Napoleon Abueva, 88 Sculptor, National Artist Abueva is the father of Philippine modern sculpture. He was the youngest National Artist awardee at age 46. Photo by Melvyn Calderon"> Abueva Edgardo Angara, 83 Former senator Angara began his political career when he was elected in 1971 as Quezon province's delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He soon became the longest-serving senator in the post-EDSA Senate, from 1987 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2013. He also served as Senate President from 1993 to 1995. Angara died from an apparent heart attack, said his son and Senator Juan Edgardo Angara. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB"> Angara Valentin Araneta, 69 Banker, government official Araneta built a career in private banking before serving as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Monetary Board member in July 2014. Photo from BSP website"> Araneta Genesis Argoncillo, 25 Detainee Argoncillo died under the watch of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), which claimed his fellow inmates at Station 4 beat him to death. He was arrested in the "anti-tambay" campaign of QCPD. Photo from Marilou Argoncillo's Facebook page"> Argoncillo Rosario "Charito" Bandal, 78 Chess player Charito Bandal was one of the country’s top women chess players in the 1970s. Photo from Bandal's Facebook account"> Bandal Rodel Batocabe, 52 Representative, AKO Bicol party list Batocabe was ambushed after a gift-giving activity in Daraga, Albay, where he would have run for mayor. He was the first congressman to be killed under the Duterte administration. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler"> Batocabe Cirilo Bautista, 76 Writer, National Artist Bautista is a National Artist for Literature. Some of his notable works include Summer Suns (1963), Words and Battlefields (1998), The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus (2001), and Galaw ng Asoge (2003). Photo from De La Salle University Department of Literature's Facebook page"> Bautista Bernardo Bernardo, 73 Actor Bernardo was known for playing Steve in Home Along the Riles. His recent works included roles in Ang Larawan, Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis, and The Significant Other. It was earlier reported that he had a tumor in the pancreas. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler"> Bernardo Ferdinand Bote, 57 Mayor, General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Bote was ambushed by a motorcycle-riding suspect in Cabanatuan City. His killing came a day after that of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU Facebook page"> Bote Alexander Buquing, 50 Mayor, Sudipen, La Union Mayor Buquing was shot dead by a gunman on board a white pick-up, while his convoy was passing a neighboring town. Photo courtesy of Sudipen municipal government"> Buquing Ciriaco Calalang, 67 Representative, Kabayan party list Calalang, who in January replaced Harry Roque weeks after the latter's appointment as presidential spokesperson, was able to author and co-author 47 House measures. He died after a massive stroke. Photo from Kabayan party list"> Calalang Leopoldo Cantancio, 54 Boxer A two-time Olympian, Cantancio earned medals when he represented the Philippines in the 1986 and 1990 Asian Games. He died from a motorcycle accident. Photo from Cantancio's Facebook account"> Cantancio Al-fred Concepcion, 61 Vice Mayor, Balaoan, La Union The 7th vice mayor killed under the Duterte administration, Concepcion and his convoy were ambushed on their way to the municipal hall. Photo from Concepcion's Facebook account"> Concepcion Arnold Corpuz, 38 Actor Corpuz played bit roles in television, more recently in Be Careful with My Heart and Ang Probinsyano. He was found dead with several stab wounds in his home in Cavite. Photo from Corpuz's Facebook account"> Corpuz Teejay Cruz, 37 Actor Teejay, who died after a battle with cancer, was the son of actor Tirso Cruz III and Lyn Ynchausti. He was part of the Ang TV cast in the '90s and later engaged in charity work. Photo from Bodie Cruz's Instagram account"> Cruz Rastafari Darailay, 11 Wushu athlete Darailay was part of the country's national wushu team. He died after falling from a double-deck bed inside the athletes’ dormitory. Photo from Darailay's Instagram account"> Darailay Nonong de Andres, 71 Actor De Andres was known for playing a bangkay (corpse) character in horror and comedy movies. He played Bangky in the drama series Forevermore. Screenshot from YouTube.com/ABSCBNOnline"> De Andres Donald Dee, 72 Businessman Dee headed business groups like the Employers Confederation of the Philippines and companies such as Phoenix Resource and Management Corporation and Pan Pacific Airways. He also served as special envoy for trade negotiations under the Arroyo administration. Photo from ECOP's Facebook page"> Dee Vicente dela Serna, 66 Former governor and congressman, Cebu Dela Serna was known as the father of the "93-1" deal in 1993, a land swap between Cebu province and Cebu City that helped 5,000 beneficiaries. The deal was finalized decades later, and less than a month before his death. Photo from Dela Serna's Facebook page"> Dela Serna Maryo J. Delos Reyes, 65 Director Delos Reyes directed award-winning films such as Magnifico and The Unmarried Wife. He was also one of the people behind the ToFarm Film Festival and was part of the executive committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival. He died due to a heart attack. Photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler"> Delos Reyes Mylene Veras Durante, 23 Public school teacher Durante was killed protecting her students from a knife-wielding attacker in Albay. Photo from Durante's Facebook page"> Durante Michael Fariñas, 52 Vice Mayor, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte Fariñas is a nephew of Ilocos Norte congressman and former House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas. He died in a car crash in Laoag. Photo from Fariñas' Facebook page"> Fariñas Alipio Fernandez Jr, 75 Former mayor, Dagupan City, Pangasinan The amiable, chain-smoking "grand old man of Dagupan" served as mayor from 1992 to 2001. He then served as undersecretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and later headed the Bureau of Immigration. He succumbed to cancer. Photo from JCI Senate Philippines"> Fernandez Rene Garcia, 65 Lead guitarist, Hotdog band Garcia performed alongside his brother Dennis who was the bassist, and lead singer Ella del Rosario. The band helped pioneer "Manila Sound" in the 70s. Rene died due to cardiac arrest. Photo from Garcia's Facebook page"> Garcia Roilo Golez, 71 Former national security adviser Golez served under the Arroyo administration. He was also a former congressman, representing Parañaque City from 1992 to 2001, then later its 2nd district from 2004 to 2013. Golez was set to be interviewed in a news program on the day of his death. He had an apparent heart attack, his brother said. Photo from Golez's Instagram account"> Golez Alice Guillermo, 80 Art critic Guillermo authored books such as Meaning: Essays on Philippine Art and Protest/Revolutionary Art in the Philippines 1970-1990. She also won a Palanca Award in 1979 for her essay, "Ang Kaisipang Filipino Batay sa Sining Biswal." Her cause of death was unreported, but she had a heart condition and acute kidney injury in 2017. Photo from Art Studies UP Diliman's Facebok page"> Guillermo Antonio Halili, 72 Mayor, Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Halili was shot dead during the flag ceremony at city hall. In 2016, he was known for the "walk of shame" of the city's drug personalities. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook page"> Halili Bienvenido Juliano, 81 National Scientist Juliano was known for his contributions to chemistry and technology of rice and rice food products. He worked for the International Rice Research Institute from 1961 to 1993. He is considered a world authority on rice grain quality. Photo courtesy of NAST, PHL"> Juliano Roberto Fung Kuan, 70 Businessman Kuan was the founder of fast food chain Chowking. "> Kuan Roxanne Lapus, 66 Theater director Lapus was at the helm of the Philippine production of The Sound of Music in 2011. Photo from Lapus' Facebook page"> Lapus Ian Lariba, 23 Table tennis player Lariba was the first Filipino table tennis player to qualify for the Olympics, seeing action in the 2016 Games and even carrying the Philippine flag during the opening ceremonies. Lariba was undefeated in her 5-year collegiate career, won 3 Most Valuable Player Awards, and led the De La Salle University Lady Paddlers to 3 UAAP titles. She died following a year-long battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler"> Lariba Jose Apolinario Lozada Jr, 67 Former diplomat Lozada served as Philippine ambassador to the Holy See, Austria, and Palau. He was also elected representative of the 5th district of Negros Occidental, serving from 1998 to 2004. Lozada suffered a brain hemorrhage and was confined at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, said his daughter. Screenshot from Wednesday Roundtable @ Lido/Areopagus Communications"> Lozada Oliver Lozano, 77 Lawyer Lozano served as legal counsel for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. He also gained notoriety for being a serial filer of impeachment suits against former presidents Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III. None of his attempts prospered. Lozano died from a heart ailment. Photo from Lozano's Facebook page"> Lozano Alexander Lubigan, 44 Vice Mayor, Trece Martires City, Cavite Vice Mayor Lubigan was shot dead while inside his car in Trece Martires. His death came in the same week as the assassinations of two mayors, Antonio Halili of Tanauan City, Batangas and Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija. Photo from Lubigan's Facebook page"> Lubigan Gualberto Lumauig, 85 Former governor and congressman, Ifugao Lumauig was Ifugao's first governor, appointed by former president Ferdinand Marcos. He later served as the province's assemblyman and congressman. Lumauig was a columnist and contributor for several newspapers prior to his death caused by a lingering illness. Photo from Gina Lumauig"> Lumauig Ronald Lumbao, 52 Urban poor leader Lumbao, who died of a heart attack, was the former leader of the Philippine Movement Against Poverty. He helped in the presidential bid of Joseph Estrada in 1998 and supported his pro-poor policies. Lumbao also led the failed siege at Malacañang Palace to oust then-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo from Lumbao's Facebook page"> Lumbao Amado Macasaet, 81 Journalist, publisher Macasaet was a veteran journalist, publisher of the newspaper Malaya Business Insight, and chairman emeritus of the Philippine Press Institute. He was among those threatened with libel by former first gentleman Mike Arroyo in 2006. Photo from daughter Carina Macasaet's Facebook page"> Macasaet Rogelio Mangahas, 79 Poet Mangahas won Palanca awards for his collection of poems, Mga Duguang Plakard, and for his critical essay on Edgardo M. Reyes' Mga Kuko ng Liwanag. He also co-authored the anthology of poems Manlilikha, and was the editor-in-chief of Phoenix Publishing House and of SIBS Publishing House. Photo from Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino"> Mangahas Spanky Manikan, 75 Actor Manikan was a veteran character and theater actor. His credits include the movies Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag and Ploning. He died after a battle with lung cancer. Screenshot from YouTube/GMA Network"> Manikan Rolly Manlapaz, 58 Basketball barker Manlapaz was the man behind the iconic voice heard in arenas during UAAP basketball games. He died after a bout with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Photo from Facebook"> Manlapaz Edgar Maranan, 71 Poet Maranan is a prolific writer of children's books, poetry, translations, and short stories. He won 33 Palanca literary prizes and became a Hall of Famer in 2000. He died due to liver complications. Photo courtesy of Lei Maranan-Goldstein"> Maranan Rodolfo Mendoza, 64 Police intelligence officer Mendoza was one of the best intelligence officers against communist guerrillas. He was regarded by many as the father of counter-terrorism investigation in the Philippines, as he helped foil a terrorist plot during Pope John Paul II's visit to Manila in 1995. He died of a heart attack. Photo from Mendoza's Facebook page"> Mendoza Joey Mente, 42 Basketball player Mente was the PBA Slam Dunk champion in 2001. He won two PBA championships with San Miguel, and was a pioneer of Rain or Shine, then known as Welcoat. He died after a bout with lung cancer. Photo from Mente's Facebook account"> Mente Pitoy Moreno, 87 Fashion designer Moreno was called the "Fashion Czar of Asia" and considered one of the Philippines' top designers. He was known for popularizing Maria Clara gowns early in his career. His grandson said in a report that Moreno was 92 years old when he died. Photo by Bien Bautista for Museo Walo"> Moreno Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, 96 Historian Called the "Grand Old Lady of Public History" by her peers, Nakpil wrote notable works such as Woman Enough (1963), Question of Identity (1973), The Philippines and the Filipinos (1977), The Philippines (1989), and Rice and Conspiracy (1990). She chaired the cultural committee of the Philippine Commissions for Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in the 1960s. Photo from Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila"> Nakpil Richmond Nilo, 44 Priest Father Nilo, the parish priest of Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish, was shot dead in Nueva Ecija. He was the second to be killed in the province after Father Marcelito Paez in December 2017. Photo from Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines"> Nilo Vicente Pimentel Jr, 72 Governor, Surigao del Sur The returning governor and longtime former mayor of Carrascal town died in his sleep, a day after he checked out of a hospital in Manila. He had planned to run for reelection as governor, but later withdrew due to health reasons. Photo from Surigao del Sur's Facebook page"> Pimentel Ricardo Puno Sr, 95 Former Court of Appeals justice A father to two former Cabinet secretaries, Puno served in the CA from 1973 to 1978. He was also an assemblyman, justice minister and a Philippine delegate to the United Nations General Assembly under the Marcos administration. Photo from Robbie Puno's Facebook page"> Puno, Ricardo Rico J. Puno, 65 Singer; Councilor, Makati City Puno was an iconic OPM (Original Pilipino Music) singer with songs such as "Kapalaran," "Lupa," and "Macho Gwapito." His manager said Puno died of cardiac failure. Photo from Puno's Facebook page"> Puno, Rico Rolly Quizon, 59 Actor Quizon is the son of the late comedian Dolphy. He was part of the show John en Marsha with his father and Nida Blanca. He played the role of elder brother to Maricel Soriano. He died around a week after suffering a stroke. Photo from Facebook"> Quizon Johnny Revilla, 70 Basketball player Revilla, who was a former Crispa player and part of the Philippine national team in the 1970 Asian Games, was a vital cog in coach Baby Dalupan's champion teams in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Photo from Interbasket"> Revilla Bayani San Diego Jr, 48 Journalist San Diego was an arts and entertainment writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He championed Philippine independent films. He died in his sleep. Photo from San Diego's Facebook page"> San Diego Mely Tagasa, 82 Actress Tagasa was known for her role as Miss Tapia in the sitcom Iskul Bukol. She had been confined after suffering a stroke. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler"> Tagasa George Ty, 86 Businessman Ty was the founder and group chairman of Metrobank. He was the 9th richest person in the Philippines in 2018, according to Forbes Magazine. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler"> Ty Mark Anthony Ventura, 37 Priest A parish priest of Gattaran in Cagayan, Father Ventura was vocal against mining and was also known to be working for indigenous peoples in the province. Riding-in-tandem killers shot Ventura dead as he was blessing children and talking to choir members after Sunday Mass. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler"> Ventura Lorna Verano Yap, 67 Former representative, Pasay City Yap served the lone district of Pasay City at the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1992. She died in her sleep after suffering from brain cancer. Photo from Yap's Facebook page"> Yap
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