Ethel Timbol Death – Dead | Journalist Ethel Soliven Timbol Obituary – Passed Away

Ethel Timbol Death

Journalist Ethel Soliven Timbol Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away

Ethel Timbol Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Ethel Timbol.

Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.

This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.

Lifestyle journalism pioneer Ethel Soliven Timbol passed away at 4 a.m. today in St. Lukes BGC after a lingering illness. A cancer survivor, she has been in and out of the hospital since December 2019 from complications of dialysi

Ethel Soliven Timbol, longtime lifestyle editor of The Manila Bulletin, passed away in her sleep in her room at St. Luke’s at BGC in Taguig at 4 a.m. on Sept. 6. She was in the hospital for pneumonia. She was 80 years old.

Rest in power, Ethel.

Farewell dear friend, Ethel Soliven Timbol!

Before I was accepted to work officially for the Manila Bulletin (after passing tough interviews with then editor-in-chief Felix Gonzales who was called “Judge” for reasons I don’t remember now), I was already contributing short articles to the paper’s “Page for the Young at Heart” which was edited by Ethel Soliven Timbol. That was while I was in my senior year in Bachelor in Literature major in Journalism at UST. Being a working student, the P25 paid me per article was already a big help at that time when the jeepney fare was P.10. That’s why I made it a point to submit one article per week.

On my first day as a regular employee, I was given a table behind Ethel’s. I smiled at her and was about to thank her for publishing my articles because these proved solid references for which Judge Gonzales decided to hire me) but she just stared at me. I took that as a sign that she was “suplada” and reminded myself not to talk to her unless she talks to me first.

I was given one page to edit which was almost always full of English movie ads and hardly no space for press releases. The entertainment page never had an editor before me. The little space to be filled up was easily done by anyone who had nothing more to do after their work in the News Desk. When I was hired it was Cris Maralit (who later became a military general) who was handling the page.

Anyway, because I had so little work to do, I used to go home early, much earlier than Ethel. On the Monday after my first week with the Bulletin, Ethel lashed at me for not doing her page on her day-off which was a Friday. She reported me to Judge Gonzales but I reasoned out that Ethel never told me that I was supposed to do her page on her day-off.

Anyway, because I never minded her tantrums, we co-existed peacefully. Especially when she learned I was an Ilocana like her, she became nicer to me. She started calling me “Baket” which means old woman in Iluko. This is what a husband endearingly calls his wife. A wife in turn calls her husband “Lakay” which means old man.

When Ethel learned my husband (the late Leonardo Q. Belen who also wrote articles for Manila Bulletin and was actually the one who prodded me to apply for a writing job with the “Nation’s Leading Newspaper”) was also an Ilocano, she came up with a running joke between us which she loves to tell during parties: “Yang si Crispina na yan, iisa lang ang lumigaw sa kanya, pinakasalan pa niya!”

Anyway, we became even closer when Ethel stayed with my sister Susan in one of her trips to London. Susan even brought her to Wales where a cousin of ours lives till now.

But when my page became bigger, I needed more materials and there were times when I would use press releases about lifestyle or fashion but with entertainment value, like when the models were movie stars or when their were singers in the events. Ethel got mad one time and she wrote a formal complaint against me to the editor, who after hearing me out, only said “mag-usap kayong dalawa.”

Anyway, I agree with our mutual friends and colleagues in the PR industry that Ethel was a brat, a very intimidating and brutally frank person, and whose “katarayan” preceded her everywhere she went. But Ivy said it right that Ethel was the gauge of the success of any event or presscon just with her presence. And that she was like Moses who could make a crowd part like the Red Sea when she enters a venue. Ivy was Ethel’s able assistant for many years but she had to leave the lifestyle section when things became unbearable between them.

But of course, Ivy learned a lot from Ethel as she now confessed. She became what she is now because of Ethel’s strict tutelage.

With all the tributes heaped upon her after her demise, Ethel must be billowing with expletives wherever she is now, because alongside the eulogies were stories of her “katarayan” and “kamalditaan” were also reminisced – but in a loving and caring manner!

Farewell, Baket, rest in peace!

We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.

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