MANILA -- Veteran cameraman Froilan Malicsi, 59, passed away on Sunday, February 25, at Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal.
He died on the anniversary of the 1986 mass uprising that toppled the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. It was during that tumultuous time in Philippine history that his career in broadcast journalism zoomed.
He started working as a cameraman for the news division of American network giant CBS in 1983. His first assignment was the aftermath of the assassination of former President Corazon Aquino’s husband, Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. That incident set off a chain of events that would define the Philippines’ modern history – a history he recorded for an American and global audience.
He went on to tell not just stories from his country, but from all over the world. He was witness to world history – from Tiananmen Square in 1989 to the first Gulf War in 1990, the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and many more.
From Beijing to London to Bangladesh and Somalia, he traveled the world covering everything from politics to disasters.
On the job, he had a few close calls. Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to hit land, tore the hotel where he and his team were staying apart in 2013.
But it was on an idyllic Sunday, after cycling with friends, that he succumbed to death. On days he did not have to work, Malicsi was happiest cycling.
His wake is at Holy Trinity Memorial Chapels in Sucat, Parañaque. He is survived by his son Robert and daughter Kim.