MANILA—The Philippines entertainment industry mourns the passing of a respected veteran entertainment editor/columnist Ricky Lo. He was 75. He passed on Tuesday evening, May 4 and it came as a shock to showbiz world when the news appeared on Wednesday morning, May 5.
Ricky’s sister Susan has requested to respect the family’s moment of grief, and this is also the reason why they could not come out with the cause of the writer’s death.
Ricardo F. Lo or Ricky to his showbiz friends and colleagues was born in Las Navas, Northern Samar on April 21, 1946. He finished his AB English degree from the University of the East.
He started working as an editorial assistant of the Variety magazine, the Sunday supplement of the old Manila Times from 1969 until 1972.
His first assignment as a reporter at the Manila Times was the coverage of Pope Paul VI to the Philippines in 1970.
When the Philippines Daily Express came out in 1972, Ricky was one of its pioneers and handled the entertainment section of its weekly magazine, Expressweek, where he also started writing his column Funfare.
After the EDSA revolution, the Philippines Daily Express was shut down and Ricky moved to The Philippines Star as its entertainment editor since July 1986 until his passing.
In the course of his entertainment writing journey, Ricky came out with a book Star Studded in 1995, a compilation of all his articles about actors and actresses
Then in 2001, Ricky released another book, Conversations with Ricky Lo, a compilation of all of his exclusive interviews.
Not only was Ricky a respected entertainment editor/columnist but, he was also a commentator as he became a part of showbiz talk shows.
He was a co-host of ABS CBN’s The Buzz when it started in 1999.
He also joined Melanie Marquez in Showbiz Stripped on QTV 11 in 2005 which was latter change to The Ricky Lo Exclusives in 2007.
In 2008, Ricky was a regular co-host of Startalk until it went off the air on September 12, 2015.
Ricky had received several recognitions and awards because of his credibility as a writer featuring hot showbiz news, scoop items in all those years of his showbiz writing career, which lasted more than five decades.
There was no actor or actress, young and old alike who had not known Ricky Lo. His page is every celebrity wannabe’s wish to be featured in, and lucky enough if his/her face or article landed on it. But he welcomed everybody, even to young PR practitioners, whom he unselfishly provided space.
He was often referred to as the “Dean of Philippine showbiz reporters,” a superstar among the movie press, a pillar in Philippine entertainment journalism who, despite his status, had remained humble and unassuming, just like the rice stalk that bows under the weight of ripe grain.
In all of these, he only responded with a quiet smile.
Ricky’s sister said his remains will be brought to his native Samar, where he will be buried beside his parents in the family’s mausoleum.
Rest in paradise, Ricky! (ECD/MTVN)