GUEST EDITORIAL| His legacy lives on

THE BOARD of trustees, members, and secretariat of the Philippine Press Institute are saddened by the passing of media icon and seasoned newspaper man, Amado ‘Jake’ P. Macasaet who was a long-time chairman-president of the PPI from 1996 to 2012. He represented Malaya in the board as publisher. He was conferred chairman emeritus in 2013, the first and only recognition bestowed by the institute to a former chairman.

“He is a great loss to the industry and will be missed for sure,” noted Al Pedroche, PPI’s current chairman. Sir Jake was instrumental in making sure that the 54-year old organization sticks to its mandate and “not be used by anyone or any politician or organization”.

Ariel Sebellino, PPI executive director, remembers Sir Jake as straightforward. “He doesn’t like so much or many frills in our events. When I introduced some, he would say, ‘Anong kaartehan na naman ‘yan, Ariel. Pero maganda naman.‘ These are just some of his unforgettable lines,” Sebellino reminisced. He worked with him for 16 years preparing reports for him and ‘coaching’ him spiels for his remarks in PPI’s big events.

Allan Mediante, PPI vice-president also recalled his fondness of Sir Jake. “For the first time during his time, we were able to do our board meeting and oathtaking as officers outside Metro Manila. At first we thought, he did not want to fly. But he agreed to hold it in Cagayan de Oro,” Mediante said.

Peace Adviser Jess Dureza mused that during the turnover of chairmanship to him by Sir Jake in 2012, the latter declared, “you’re in good hands.”

PPI staff also had funny moments with him. “Nakakatuwa siya. Malakas lang talaga boses niya pero maalaga. Favorite niya ang ginataang tilapia pag board meeting namin sa office,” Nemy said.

“Sir Jake’s legacy wil live on. I will always remember his reminders to me, usually during pep talks as we puffed together,” Sebellino said.

The Philippine Press Institute condoles with the Macasaets.



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