Thomasian lensman dies at 71


VETERAN photographer Manuel “Noli” Yamsuan Jr. passed away last Dec. 10 following multiple organ failure. He was 71 years old.

Yamsuan had been battling complications of stroke and diabetes for a month, according to his family, and was confined at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan.

Yamsuan obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UST in 1965. He was a Varsitarian staff member and an alumnus of UST High School.

He pursued his passion for photography and spent 43 years shooting Church leaders and significant Church events.

He began taking photos professionally in 1972 for the Archdiocese of Manila, and served as the official photographer of the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin.

Yamsuan covered the visits of Pope St. John Paul II in 1981 and 1995. He was also appointed “close-in photographer” during the visit of Pope Francis to the country in 2015.

Yamsuan’s remains lie at Chapel A of Christ the King Parish in Greenmeadows, Quezon City from Dec. 11-14. A requiem Mass will be held on Dec. 15.


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