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Dumaguete City, Philippines Saturday, July 30, 2016
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Mediamen mourn
death of colleague
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW & JUANCHO GALLARDE

Members of the Dumaguete media are mourning the untimely death of a colleague, who had served in the broadcast industry for over a decade.

Jufill Mira, “Dong” as his friends fondly call him, died Thursday at the age of 37 years old, due to a massive brain aneurysm Monday, which rendered him comatose until his death.

Mira had served in the diocesan radio, DYWC-AM Radyo Bandilyo, for more than 10 years and has established his name as an anchorman, reporter and a “dramaturgo” or a radio soap artist.

Mira remained at the Intensive Care Unit of the Silliman University Medical Center in Dumaguete City with life support since Monday evening even as the attending physician told his family he had a slim chance of recovery.

He passed away at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete, who officiated in the mass yesterday morning at Mira's wake, said Jufill was one media person who was simple, passionate and dedicated in his work in the search for truth.

In his homily, the bishop admitted it came as a surprise to him to learn of Jufill's demise. While Jufill was fighting for his life, Cortes admitted he asked God for a miracle that the radio broadcaster would live.

It is not easy to understand why someone so young like Jufill gets to die early, but Cortes stressed that people must put their trust in God and let God's will be done, even if it is hard to accept.

For DYWC and to his media circle, Jufill's death was a big loss. With his strong faith, Jufill started as a worker for the basic ecclesial communities in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, which somehow provided the tenor for his work as a media person, Cortes said.

DYWC station manager, Fr. Ramonito Maata, said Jufill was not just an employee of the radio station but a family member.

Jufill is survived by wife En-en and their only child, Jamjam, 7. His remains now lie in state at the St. Peter new chapel in Banilad, Bacong, and will be brought to Tanjay City Tuesday next week.

His remains will be laid to rest August 6 in Tanjay City.*JFP/JG

 

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