Nelly Sindayen

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Nelly Sindayen (April 7, 1949 – April 4, 2009) was a Filipino journalist. She was best known for her longtime association with Time magazine as a correspondent based in Manila.


Nelly Sindayen was born in Siasi, Sulu to a Christian father and a Muslim mother[1] She earned a journalism degree at the University of Santo Tomas and worked for the Manila Bulletin and various news agencies before joining Time magazine in the mid-1970s.[2] Sindayen would remain at Time until 2007, when illness disabled her from returning to work.[2]

While at Time, Sindayen scored a notable scoop in 1983 concerning the supposed kidnapping of Tommy Manotoc, future son-in-law of President Ferdinand Marcos. Sindayen reported for Time that Manotoc had in fact gone to the Dominican Republic to obtain a quick divorce, then headed to the United States to secretly marry Marcos's eldest daughter, Imee.[1] Sindayen also reported on the controversies that hounded President Joseph Estrada, and narrated an eye-witness account on an aborted coup plot against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in February 2006.[1]


Nelly Sindayen suffered a severe diabetic stroke in June 2007 and died from lingering complications on April 4, 2009, three days before her 60th birthday.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Fernando del Mundo (2009-04-06). "Journalist Sindayen dies; 59". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b Nikko Dizon (2009-04-05). "Time's Manila correspondent writes 30". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-04-06.