Photo grabbed from Fernando Torres' Facebook account.

FERNANDO Torres, assistant professor at the College of Fine Arts and Design, passed away last April 24 after cardiac death syndrome. He was 46 years old.

Torres had been suffering from arrhythmia, an abnormal beating of the heart, and was confined at the Manila Doctor’s Hospital in Ermita, Manila, according to his family.

Torres’ sister, Carolina, also a professor in the college, confirmed Torres’ death through a Facebook post.

Torres, who started teaching photography in CFAD in 2003, obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of Commerce and Business Administration.

He took up advertising in the old College of Architecture and Fine Arts and pursued a master’s degree in cultural heritage studies at the UST Graduate School.

“I think his greatest achievement, without him realizing it, is how he has inspired and helped countless students. He really cares for the welfare of the students, he wants to see them reach their full potential,” Carolina Torres told the Varsitarian.

Torres joined the National Geographic Earth Day Run 2017 under the 42-kilometer category at SM Mall of Asia and reportedly collapsed five kilometers away from the finish line. The medical team found him lying on the ground and rushed him to the Manila Doctors Hospital on UN Avenue.

Torres’ pulse went weak and no brain activity was recorded at 9 a.m. of April 23.

His remains lie at the Arlington Memorial Chapel, Quezon City from April 25 to 29.


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