In July 1984, Yap was elected as the chairman of the board of the Manila Bulletin, a position he held until his death in 2014. He was also the vice president of the executive department of the Manila Bulletin. Additionally, Yap was the chairman of Manila Hotel from 1997 until 2014, chairman of Centro Escolar University since 2002, and the chairman emeritus of Philtrust Bank. Forbes ranked Yap as the 15th wealthiest person in the Philippines in 2013, with an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion.
Yap died on April 7, 2014, at the age of 88.
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- "Manila Bulletin chairman Don Emilio Yap passes away". GMA News. 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
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