TODAY — or later at daylight — Amelyn Veloso will finally lay to rest.
The senior anchor and correspondent of CNN Philippines succumbed Thursday to liver metastasis secondary to breast cancer at 43.
When this sad news was heard abuzz over social media and on the home network, her former colleagues’ virtual banners fluttered half mast as tributes began to pour from politicians to ordinary thinking Filipino news audience, even here on Timow’s Turf.
Well known for her calm and soothing voice, Veloso’s 22-year anchoring stint began at IBC 13 as one of the anchors of CTN Midnite who she met another entry-level news anchor and future TV Patrol anchor Bernadette Sembrano, until its axing. In 1999, she joined the Big News on ABC 5, where she met Rod Nepomuceno and Cherie Mercado. She also served as a substitute anchor on Sentro where future Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar was one of the main counterparts as well as Aksyon upon the network’s renaming and refreshing.
In 2013, she finally landed on to Solar News Channel as one of the presenters of Daybreak that swooned an alternative morning habit and, the following year, co-hosted with Gani Oro on Serbisyo All Access and stayed on for two renamings to its current name. The last time she presented were on New Day and on Newsroom: Morning Edition.
She was survived by her husband, Rodney, her 14-year-old son Gab and her mother, Amelita.
No words can the Turf emanate more than that she was an irreplaceable and a worthy professional news anchor amidst the era of news sensationalism and cacophony of the divisively partisan times.
To Amelyn, be well and rest well.
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Photo courtesy of CNN Philippines
Requested by Bro. Ryan A. America