Legarda Condoles the Passing of Don Emilio Yap

April 8, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda expressed her condolences to the family of Don Emilio Yap, who passed away yesterday, April 7.

“Don Emilio was a philanthropist. He cared about his people. I have many fond memories of him. He was a kind, supportive friend who sincerely cared and gave wise counsel. I am forever grateful to him for the break he gave me as a Bulletin columnist for many years. He will be missed,” said Legarda.

“Don Emilio was best known as head of the Manila Bulletin and as a very successful businessman. But many people and organizations also know him as a great philanthropist who shared his wealth with various advocacy groups through his generous donations.”

“His business undertakings alone provided employment to many Filipinos and supported many families. He had a big heart for supporting numerous organizations, humanitarian causes and development programs. He would immediately donate to victims of calamities and was quick to help Filipino citizens in need. He supported social welfare programs of the government and regarded quality education highly.”

“He was a businessman who knew that whatever he gained, he should also generously give back to the people who helped him and patronized his undertakings. He knew it was part of his responsibility to contribute to the social and economic development of the country. Don Emilio Yap was a great man with a generous heart,” said Legarda.