MALAY, Armando J.

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Armando Malay spent almost his entire life as a journalist. His career in journalism spanned over 50 years, from the Quezon all the way to the Aquino presidency.

He started writing a column for his high school paper. In college, he was editor-in-chief of the UP Collegian. After graduation, he became a reporter for the Tribune and spent his first decade as a professional journalist with that paper. After the Second World War, he put up the Manila Chronicle with former staff members of the Tribune, writing a column, titled "With a Grain of Salt." The newspaper was later acquired by the Lopez family and started to promote the political career of Fernando Lopez, at which point Armando left the paper.

After Chronicle, he took the editorship of the post‑war Daily Mail. His columns also appeared in the Star Reporter, Evening Chronicle, Weekly Women's Magazine, the premartial law Malaya, Philippine Review, Manila Times, and many others. He stayed at the Times newsdesk for 16 years, and retired in 1966.

He taught journalism at the UP and Far Eastern University, teaching them about the ethics and principles of the profession, and was known for pushing his students to exactitude and excellence.

He spent over 20 years teaching English, journalism, and Rizal courses at the University of the Philippines. In the early 1970s he served as dean of student affairs, and from then on he was known as The Dean, or Dean Malay. His left UP in 1971 but not before taking the cudgels for the students who had put up barricades to protest the increasing militarization of the Marcos presidency.

He continued to write columns in the We Forum during martial law, never stinting in his criticisms of the dictatorship. In 1982, Marcos charged him with subversion and threw him in jail, where he was joined by the rest of the We Forum staff.

When senator Benigno Aquino Jr was assassinated in 1983, Dean Malay emerged as an active street parliamentarian, particularly advocating the restoration of press freedom. He fought for political detainees and organized and chaired Kapatid, an NGO composed of families and relatives of political detainees.

He also joined the council of leaders of the National Alliance for Justice, Freedom and Democracy. From 1990 to 1992 he was the vice‑chair of Selda, a national organization of former political detainees.

The National Press Club gave Dean Malay a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990. Four years later, he was named one of 10 Outstanding Filipinos. He was also one of the recipients of the Metrobank Foundation’s first Outstanding Journalists Awards in 2001.

Place of Birth: 
Gagalangin, Tondo
May 15, 2003
Place of Death: 
Quezon City