Filipino Reporter publisher, ex-war correspondent Bert Pelayo, 78

A long-time journalist and key leader in the FilAm community of New York

A long-time journalist and key leader in the FilAm community of New York

The community grieves the passing of Libertito Pelayo, the editor and publisher of the Filipino Reporter.

Established in 1972, the Reporter is a weekly newspaper that has served Filipino Americans in the New York area for more than four decades, an important source of public service information, news and entertainment about Filipinos in the Tri-State. It is an enduring publication that has bridged first-generation FilAms to the Philippines through its coverage of news back home.

A long time journalist, Pelayo received his education at the Far Eastern University in Manila. He worked as reporter for the Manila Times, and also as a correspondent in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

In New York, he was a member of the New York Press Club and the Asian American Journalists Association.

Pelayo passed on peacefully at 12:53 a.m. on February 3 after a lingering illness. His family said he received the sacrament of Extreme Unction. He is survived by his wife Linda, children Joy McCarthy, Patrick, and L.P., and six grandchildren. He was 78.

Viewing is scheduled at Harden Funeral Home at 208-17 Northern Boulevard, Bayside, N.Y.

• Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015;
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Friday, Feb. 6, 2015;
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

FilAms post messages of condolences to the family via Facebook.









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  1. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Linda
    And family. Since you started inUnion square NewNewNew
    New York in 1972 your impact on my Life
    had been tremendous as we,Bert
    inda and i survived the challenges of decades
    Specially your paper stood up for truth and beentte
    Emmanuel…God with us always.

  2. Salvador Tuy wrote:

    Please accept our condolences and prayers. He had a well lived life.

    I am one of the lucky ones who met him in this lifetime. We shared the same passion for writing
    which I gave up after law school.

    He was one of the leading lights of the Filipino community and he will be sorely missed.

    Salvador E Tuy

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