Former ANC anchor Twink Macaraig passes away

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2020 01:56 PM | Updated as of Jan 14 2020 03:52 PM

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MANILA – Veteran journalist Twink Macaraig has passed away after a long battle with cancer, the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) reported on Tuesday.

Macaraig was a former anchor of ANC’s “Dateline Philippines,” and co-hosted the now-defunct opinion show “The Brew” with Nadia Trinidad and Gang Badoy.

She also served as the Filipino bureau chief of Channel News Asia. 

Macaraig first battled cancer in the early 2000s. In an article in The Philippine Star which she wrote after finding out about the return of her disease in 2016, the journalist said she would like to spend her remaining days with significance, plus a special request – that the ability to tap on a keyboard be the last of her faculties to go.

In her March 2019 column for the newspaper, she shared the reason why she keeps fighting despite her condition: “Because not fighting would ignore the very real option that still exists: the handful of brave, honorable souls putting their lives on the line on the firm belief that the Filipino people can get better; can choose to get better; deserve better. They represent, if not a cure, the lone path to a cure too late for my benefit, perhaps, but for the next generation.”

Macaraig is survived by her husband, architect Paulo Alcazaren, and their son. 

Photo courtesy of Ariel Sebellino, PPI