FOR LOURDES “CHIT” ESTELLA-SIMBULAN


Last Friday the 13t one of the better journalism profs I have ever had died in a car accident, involving a Universal Guiding Star bus and the cab she was riding in, along Commonwealth Avenue. She was a great professor, a respected journalist, and a beloved wife.

I don’t really know how to write eulogies. I don’t really know how to write. So the night after I went to her wake, I revisited some of the articles I made for her class and looked at the comments she wrote on my papers to gain insight on how I should do this post.

Good choice of topic.

Lourdes “Chit” Estella-Simbulan was my professor in J102 (News Writing) and J111 (Feature Writing). She was a respected desk editor, managing editor, investigative journalist, and a UP professor. She was 54.

Lead is not particularly strong but well supported by details.

If there is one thing I will never forget about Maam Simbulan, it was her generous smile. She always smiled. Whether you just pass by her in the hallway or when she gently points out all the negative points of your article in front of the whole class, she always has a smile on. She was very motherly. I would remember my very first day in our J102 class, she was among the very few people who was able to read my name right the first time. I remember her loose tops she would pair with jeans or slacks. Her glasses that would kinda glisten every time she sees me chatting with someone during class. Her jogging outfit paired with a sling bag that she would don every afternoon. I remember her though I’m not sure she still remembers me after our classes.

Material still too thin to work on, although time constraint may have been a good reason for this.

As a journalist Maam Simbulan has contributed to society more than most people I know. Imagine if she is still alive. She can contribute even more. She can still hone minds to follow in her footsteps. It just angers me that morons continue to roam the earth while lives that can, and have, made significant contributions are wasted. It saddens me that I could have known her a bit better, could have learned a bit more.

Good use of contrasts throughout the article.

She always had a negative comment in my articles. But for every negative comment, she was sure to add a positive one at the very end. She was appreciative. She was the only professor I had who gave plus points if you have an image to accompany your article. She knew how to appreciate the efforts her students gave. But she was a fierce editor. Beneath those smiles, she can nitpick every error you may have committed in writing. She was a brave journalist, never unwavering in her principles. All these she did with a smile on her face.

Be mindful of the need for commas.

Sadly Maam Simbulan’s life has already reached a period. No more commas for her. But if it were up to me, I would place an ellipsis in the place of that period. Because even in death she was able to bring light on an issue that plagues our nation: the continued failure to address the safety of our major thoroughfares.

Last sentence doesn’t really succeed in tying up the article. Too safe.

Goodbye Maam Simbulan.

By the time I post this, you would have turned into ashes already. But I will always remember you along with the knowledge and wisdom you have shared with me. Just like most of the articles I have written for your class, I will end this abruptly.

Because I just don’t know how to tie up a life as beautiful as the one you lived.

Lourdes Chit Estella Simbulan

From Verafiles.org

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10 thoughts on “FOR LOURDES “CHIT” ESTELLA-SIMBULAN

    • She had a wonderful life. I had to do her justice, and God knows she deserves justice for what happened to her.

  1. Very nice eulogy, if I may say.

    Because of what you wrote about her, I am kinda sad I never had her as a teacher during my CMC days. Would have been fun, methinks. But then, that’s eons ago. I had Prof Malay for J102 and Pete Lacaba for J111. That does tell you how old I am no?

    I hope Prof Simbulan gets the justice she deserves. May she rest in peace.

    • Pete Lacaba?! hahaha! Pretty seasoned…not old. Yes. 😀

      They had a fun run of sorts yesterday to commemorate her 40th day as well as raise awareness on road safety. 🙂

      • seasoned…yeah, I like that better. I’d have used that, too, except that I was too honest. haha!

        I thought you’d be more surprised with Ma’am Malay being my teacher in newswriting (does she still teach?)

      • Hindi ko na siya inabutan. Hahaha! Baka legend na siya…the oldest journ prof I got back in my time was Prof. Georgina Encanto.

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