Showbiz columnist Justo Justo dies

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2012 02:35 PM | Updated as of May 20 2012 02:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Showbiz personality and columnist Justo Justo passed away Friday morning after his long battle with spinal column problems.

Known as the first Filipino to use gay lingo in his columns, Justo died at the Philippine General Hospital. His remains will lie in state at his residence in Pasay City.

Justo used to host a program titled “Etchos Lang.” A councilor of Pasay City in the 80s, he snatched the limelight when he convinced AIDS victim Sarah Jane Salazar to share her story to the public.

Justo also led the establishment of Home for the Golden Gays, a retirement home for homosexuals such as Walter Dempster Jr., whose life has been portrayed by King of Comedy Dolphy in the film “Markova.”

In his last interview with ABS-CBN News, Justo expressed his appreciation that he was given the chance to be part of show business. – Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News