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Psyche Roxas-Mendoza is managing editor of the Philippine Graphic. She once helped run Newsdesk, a popular watering hole for journalists in Quezon City where the late artist Eduardo Pamilar Manalo was a regular. This tribute to Ed, who was well loved by many in the arts, cultural and media communities and by the indigenous people, urban poor, youth and many other sectors he tirelessly served was first posted on Facebook and used here with the author’s permission.

We weren’t really close. I learned of his passing yesterday (Tuesday) from my husband. His name was Eduardo Pamilar Manalo, born November 8, 1956 and died of a heart attack on November 13, 2012. 

They say he was a people’s artist, a visual artist whose art focused on the common people. I wouldn’t really know. Didn’t have the luck of viewing his works. What I remember of him were the many nights he was in a drunken stupor at Newsdesk Café, always in a table surrounded by like-minded souls and youths that called him ‘Tsong Ed.’ That was what I remember of him most.

Until he died and the postings started one after another on his Facebook wall; the white, moving wall growing heavy with grief and lament and a deep sense of loss and wonder –– always wonder at the sudden passing of this passionate, compassionate, very much alive artist of the common folk. Oh, to be a recipient of so much unbridled love and respect! Memory is all that will matter in the end.

A day after he died, no news or obituary in the newspapers or in Google came out to inform the world of Eduardo Pamilar Manalo’s passing. But his loved ones knew. People that really knew him knew. And those that knew passed on his passing to those that really didn’t know him that well.

Memory is all that will matter in the end.