Chino Roces

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Chino Roces
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Born Joaquin Pardo-Roces
(1913-06-29)June 29, 1913
Manila, Philippines
Died September 30, 1988(1988-09-30) (aged 75)
Manila, Philippines
Cause of death
Lymphatic cancer
Nationality Filipino
Known for Founder of Manila Times and Associated Broadcasting Company

Joaquin "Chino" Roces (June 29, 1913 – September 30, 1988) was the founder and owner of Associated Broadcasting Company and the Manila Times.

Early life[edit]

Chino Roces was born on June 29, 1913 to Alejandro "Moy" Roces and Antonia "Nena" Pardo. He has seven siblings; Ramon Roces, Alejandro "Andong" Roces, Jr., Filomena "Nenita " Roces de Verzosa, Isabel "Bebeng" Roces, Mercedes Roces, Rafael "Tuti" Roces, Antonia "Chucha" Roces de Prieto and Marcos "Taling" Roces.

He started his publishing career in his father’s newspaper chain TVT (Tribune - La Vanguardia - Taliba) before World War II. Don Chino later headed the Roces family media empire composed of newspapers The Manila Times, Daily Mirror, Sunday Times, Taliba, Women’s Magazine Variety, Radio stations DZMT / DZWJ and TV Station ABC Channel 5. He also organized media groups, the Philippine News Agency (PNS), and Philippine Press Institute.

Don Chino was arrested and jailed when Martial Law was imposed in 1972, together with Ninoy Aquino, Pepe Diokno, Lorenzo Tanada and other journalists. As soon as he was released, he took to the streets to openly protest the Marcos government. After the assassination of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino in 1983, he further intensified his protest and during a vigil on Mendiola Bridge, Don Chino was drenched by water cannons.

On October 15, 1985, Don Chino founded the Cory Aquino for President Movement (CAPM). It was launched in the National Press Club. He gathered over 1 Million Signatures to from all over the nation drafting Corazon Aquino to run against Marcos.

After the EDSA revolution he returned to publishing, first joining forces with Geny Lopez in the Manila Chronicle, and then later once more the publisher of the family owned The Manila Times.

On July 22, 1988 President Aquino conferred on him the Philippine Legion of Honor Award (degree of chief Commander) the highest honor the country can bestow to a civilian.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Dona Pacita Carvajal and had four children namely: Joaquin "Joaqui" Roces Jr., Arturo Roces, Edgardo "Eddie" C. Roces, and Rocio Rosalinda Antonia Roces.

Death[edit]

He died of lymphatic cancer on September 30, 1988.

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