Veteran Thomasian journalist Nestor Mata, 92

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VETERAN newsman Nestor Mata died last April 12 at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center. He was 92 years old.

Mata obtained his bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in foreign affairs in UST, and taught political science and journalism subjects in the University.

He was the lone survivor of the plane crash that killed President Ramon Magsaysay and 26 others on March 17, 1957. He was covering the president as a reporter for the Philippines Herald.

Mata wrote for the Philippines Daily Express until 1986, and became a columnist for the Manila Standard beginning in 1987. His columns began to appear in Malaya Business Insight in 1999.

Jan Mata, Mata’s son and a UST political science alumnus, said his father did not simply teach and write but inspired Filipinos with his works.

“We are so proud of our father. His works and opinions were read and admired by many. He was not only a mentor, but an inspiration,” Jan told the Varsitarian in a phone interview.

Mata’s remains was interred on April 17 at the Himlayang Pilipino in Quezon City.

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