As we mourn for the loss of our alumnus, Isagani Yambot, the College Editors Guild of the Philippines will forever be grateful for him being an integral part of the Guild’s history in helping young writers across the country.
Isagani Yambot was not merely a prestigious speaker whenever he attends CEGP activities and fora; he truly loves young writers and has been a role model for the youth who want to contribute their journalistic skills and talents for the country.
He never hesitates to teach young writers not only journalism skills, but also its principles and the realities besetting Philippine press and the need to protect press freedom from those who want to control or destroy the press.
He is a truly humble person. He will always smile at young writers and crack jokes with them. He is truly a down-to-earth person to whom you can simply say “Hi” and ask to have a picture with him. And in his presence, you are always welcome. If there were activities or fora, one simply cannot resist greeting him and he will always smile.
There are so many wonderful things to say about Isagani Yambot that he shares to young writers that is so hard to spell out with words.
Whenever we share the history of the Guild, the name Isagani Yambot cannot be forgotten as one of our most influential alumni we are so proud to have. Truly, Isagani Yambot was a great loss to the young generations of writers. He is a true icon of press freedom and a veritable pillar of Philippine press.
The Guild will forever miss Isagani Yambot and we will always remember. He will always be an inspiration for young writers and we, his children, will continue his journey and struggle for a genuine free press.
Thank you very much, Isagani Yambot, for all the memories, lessons, and inspirations who shared with the Guild. We will always remember.
Mabuhay ka Isagani Yambot!
Mabuhay ang malayang pamamahayag!