MANILA — Editor-in-chief and publisher of the Filipino Reporter, Libertito Pelayo died on February 3 at the age of 78 in New York City.
“Bert passed on peacefully at 12:53 a.m. after having been given Extreme Unction or Anointing of the Sick,” said his wife, Dr. Linda R. Pelayo.
Pelayo is a veteran reporter who founded the Filipino Reporter in 1972.
He was a seasoned journalist who graduated from the Far Eastern University’s Institute of Journalism.
He was honored by FEU with the “Most Distinguished Alumnus Award” in the mid-90s for his journalistic success.
He also became an honorary member of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America during an alumni homecoming at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
He was the only non-UP graduated awarded for his exemplary work as a journalist as well as his consistent support for the UPAAA.
Pelayo is survived by his wife Linda; children Joy, L.P. and Patrick; son-in-law Christopher McCarthy; daughter-in-law Dr. Tessa del Carmen-Pelayo; and grandchildren Tyler, Amanda and Brett McCarthy; and Darcy Ann, twins Dorian Tess and Reeve Patrick Pelayo.