Veteran entertainment editor and television host Ricky Lo passed away last Tuesday night. He was 75.
Lo was the entertainment section editor of the Philippine Star, a national broadsheet, until his demise.
Susan Lee, Ricky’s sister, said her brother suffered a stroke. Details of Lo’s memorial service will be announced later.
Lo just celebrated his 75th birthday last April 21.
Months before Lo passed away, in a personal chat with the respected journalist, he revealed that he literally does not go out of the house since Day 1 of the pandemic. He also avoided physical press conferences. In fact, he even warned members of the movie press to stop attending physical events because of the deadly virus.
“Pero nagpapa-sikat ako sa araw sa umaga at least mga one hour mula ng nag-pandemic. Siguro ang pinakamalayo ko lang na labas hanggang gate or parking area lang namin pero hindi talaga ako lumalayo,” said Lo a few months ago, during a telephone conversation. (I get sunshine in the morning at least for one hour. I usually go near our gate or parking area. I don’t go far).
Despite that, Lo was an active participant on virtual showbiz press events.
A well-loved and respected personality in showbiz industry, Lo has also published books where he compiled his popular Sunday feature column in the newspaper called “Conversations With Ricky Lo.”
During the pandemic, Lo was generous as he helped his relatives and other friends by giving foodstuff. He was also a health buff, sharing health tips to his close friends.
Lo served the entertainment industry for 50 years. For 35 years, he was entertainment section editor of the Philippine Star.
Veteran entertainment journalist Cristy Fermin said on her daily radio show Cristy FERMINute on Radyo Singko that the body of Lo has been cremated.
Lhar Santiago, of “24 Oras,” said that the family of Lo decided to keep the memorial private. On “Chika Minute,” Santiago said that Lo has been confined in a hospital for two weeks before he passed away.
Born in Las Navas, Northern Samar on April 21, 1946, Lo finished AB English at the University of the East.
Aside from his stints at The Manila Times, The Manila Chronicle, and The Philippine Star, Lo also became hosts of showbiz-oriented programs The Buzz on ABS-CBN, Star Talk on GMA-7, The Ricky Lo Exclusives, and Showbiz Stripped on QTV 11.
Some of his memorable exclusives in show news include the break-ups of Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez; and Dingdong Dantes and Karylle.