THE entertainment industry mourns the passing of veteran editor and columnist Ricardo “Ricky” Lo who died on Tuesday evening. He was 75.
The sister of the well-beloved figure, Susan Lee, announced the sad news but did not specify the cause of his death and asked for understanding as their family grieves.
Known for his interviews with local and Hollywood A-list celebrities, Lo has been in the industry for at least 50 years, 35 years of which was being an Associate and Entertainment Editor for the Philippine Star since July 1986.
Born in Northern Samar, Lo took up AB English at the University of the East. From 1969 to 1972, Lo also worked as editorial assistant of Variety magazine, the Sunday supplement of the old The Manila Times where he started his FunFare column. He joined the Philippine Daily Express first as a staff writer of its Express Week magazine and then as deskman of The Evening Express and eventually its main broadsheet. He later went on to work as an editorial assistant for its Sunday magazine, Weekend, until 1986.
After his stint as entertainment editor, first at The Manila Times and then at The Manila Chronicle, he finally made a home at The Philippine Star where he revived his FunFare column and his regular Sunday feature, Conversations with Ricky Lo.
Apart from working as a print journalist, Lo also became a TV personality after hosting showbiz-oriented talk show “The Buzz” on ABS-CBN in 1999. He later transferred to GMA 7 and hosted “Startalk” from 2008 to 2015 along with Lolit Solis, Butch Francisco, Joey De Leon and later on Heart Evangelista. He also hosted other showbiz-oriented programs such as “The Ricky Lo Exclusives” in QTV 11 and “Showbiz Stripped.”
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