'Tiya Dely', First Lady of RP radio, passes away

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 01 2008 07:04 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2008 03:33 AM

Fidela 'Tiya Dely' Magpayo, one of Philippine broadcasting's most enduring personalities, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Monday after suffering a stroke Saturday night, her daughter announced on dzMM.

Magpayo was 87 years old.

Delia Reyes said her mother died peacefully with her family by her side at the Intensive Care Unit of the Manila Doctors' Hospital.

Magpayo, who would have turned 88 on October 29, was rushed to hospital Saturday night after suffering a stroke while anchoring the "Serenata Kolektibista" show over radio dzRH in Pasay City.

"Tiya Dely," who started her broadcasting career back in the 1940s, was among the first people in radio who popularized Filipino music.

In her years in radio, she became a newscaster, a commentator, radio dramatist, and a singer, but her work as an on-air counselor, coupled with her gentle on-air persona, endeared her to generations of listeners.

With her long service in the broadcasting industry, her voice came to be recognized as the "First Lady of Philippine Radio."

She was supposed to receive a Gawad Saguisag Quezon award over the weekend, but due to her medical condition, the award was instead received by her relatives.

The Gawad Saguisag Quezon was given in honor of her more than 60 years in broadcasting. -- With a report from Israel Malasa, ABS-CBN News