Doreen Fernandez

Sad news.

Doreen Fernandez, English teacher, head of the Ateneo Communications Department, moderator of The GUIDON, Inquirer gourmet food and restaurants columnist, and mentor to Ateneans everywhere, died of pneumonia early this morning (Tuesday afternoon, Filipino time).

I was never Ma’am Doreen’s student, but I talked to her on several occasions in the Comm. Dept. in my college days, and she was a panelist at my thesis defense. A jolly and ebullient lady, and an inspiring teacher, she will be sorely missed.

Update: Larry Alcala, a great Filipino cartoonist, is lost to us as well.

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