Danny Arao, Alex Remollino on Nick Joaquin

A magazine that Nick Joaquin (1917-2004) used to edit asked me to write a short statement on his death. Below is the full text of that statement. Thank you. – Danilo Araña Arao, Professor, UP College of Mass Communication

The death of a person is always an occasion for remembering how he or she lived. As the nation mourns the death of Nicomedes “Nick” Joaquin (aka Quijano de Manila) on April 29, 2004 at the age of 86, we remember his vast contribution not just to fiction writing but also to Philippine journalism.
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Elections: Citizens' Media Monitor

Elections: Citizens’ Media Monitor
TV reports sensationalized Dolphy, Noli, “rape” stories

The television news programs almost uniformly sensationalized stories on comedian Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon’s reference to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as “tonto,” the claim by vice presidential candidate Noli de Castro’s first wife that he had not been supporting their daughter, and the complaint for rape against administration candidate for Senator John Osmeña.

The newspapers monitored, however, chose to treat all three stories with restraint. They treated them as minor stories, and in at least one case mentioned them only in passing.
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