UE CBA Prof is Rotary Club Opinion Writer of the Year!


UE graduate and senior professor Alfredo M. Lobo, a longtime opinion columnist of the national broadsheet newspaper Manila Bulletin, has been awarded by the Rotary Club of Manila as the RCM Centennial Opinion Writer of the Year!

Prof. Lobo, who is a senior faculty member of the Accountancy, Business Law and Taxation (ACLAT) Department of the UE College of Business Administration-Caloocan, received the award at the Rotary Club of Manila Centennial Journalism Awards night held on June 6, 2019, at the ballroom of the New World Makati Hotel in Makati City.

Sir Fred is a UE graduate twice over, having earned his degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Accounting (as it was known then) in 1982 from the UE College of Business Administration-Manila, and his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1987 from the UE College of Law.

Prof. Lobo was a writer for the Dawn, UE’s official student newspaper, in the 1970s and was its Managing Editor in SY 1975-1976. He went on to become a correspondent for the Manila Bulletin from 1976 onwards until becoming Malacañang/Presidential Reporter in from 1987 to 1998, covering then Presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos. He went on to become President of the National Press Club for three terms, within 1995 to 1998, and President of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists from 1998 to January 2001.

His Manila Bulletin column, titled Punchline, comes out every Friday (in print and online via mb.com.ph). It is characterized by his views on news and issues of the week, presented as brisk pairs of succinct sentences. Prof. Lobo has had his Punchline column since the year 2000.

Prof. Lobo’s fellow RCM Centennial Awardees include The Philippine Star’s Boo Chanco, RCM Business Opinion Writer of the Year; DZBB’s Ali Sotto, RCM Female Radio Broadcaster of the Year; TV5, through Chief Executive Officer Chot Reyes, RCM TV Station of the Year; and TV5’s Cito Beltran, RCM Male Broadcaster of the Year.

The Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards, which was launched in 1966, aims “to honor outstanding contributions of individuals in the tri-media: print, television and radio thus encouraging the proper development of Philippine Journalism. In 1972, however, RCM stopped giving the award. The silent message was that since there was no real freedom of the press, there was no sense in holding the awards. It was relaunched 14 years later in 1986 to encourage the proper development of Philippine Journalism.”

Congratulations, Warrior Alumnus-Professor!
Info and photo courtesy of Prof. Jherome Ng and Prof. Alfredo Lobo


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