INTRODUCTION TO THE ONLINE CHIT ESTELLA READER
Monuments and physical edifices are often built for people we admire and revere. In memory of Chit Estella-Simbulan (1957 – 2011), we have created THE ONLINE CHIT ESTELLA READER.
This is our way of keeping her spirit, memory and legacy alive – in her honor – a solid edifice of courage under fire, professionalism, service to the people, and the highest ethical standards. In the following pages, her life, writings, and reminiscences of her colleagues and friends will tell us how well she lived as a journalist, editor, teacher and friend. It was a life fully lived, committed to the TRUTH and to the EMPOWERMENT OF THE OPPRESSED. For Chit rightly believed that truth was the best weapon of the oppressed to empower them against corruption, wars and oppression.
Last June 1, 2011, the House of Representatives, Congress of the
Philippines led by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte passed Congressional House of Representatives Resolution No. 122 ” Expressing profound condolence of the entire members of the House of Representatives on the death of Lourdes Estella Simbulan, Journalist, Editor, Educators and Patriot.”
Then on September 26, 2011, the Quezon City Council (Sangguniang Panglunsod) led by Mayor Herbert Bautista passed City Council Resolution No. 5311 “Recognizing Chit Estella Simbulan’s immense contribution as one of the country’s premier academicians and journalists, who was a topnotch field reporter and editor whose honesty and integrity was highly respected by her colleagues in the media and even by her sources.”
Also see Lourdes Simbulan – WikiPilipinas: The Hip ‘n Free Philippine Encyclopedia for more information.
– THE YONIP EDITORS