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Rizal Chang Keng Yuyitung Rizal Chang Keng Yuyitung (1922-2007)

(1922-2007)

Rizal Chang Keng Yuyitung died peacefully in his home in Toronto, Canada, on April 19, 2007, after a five-year battle with cancer. He was one of the pioneering leaders of the Filipino-Chinese press.

He was born in Manila, Philippines, on Sept 16, 1922, the second son of Yu Yi Tung and Kak Sui Kok. He was named after the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal. He spent the early years of his life in Xiamen, China, before returning to the country of his birth. From then on his life was irrevocably intertwined with the Chinese Commercial News. He received his training as a newspaperman from his father, his elder brother, Quintin, and other colleagues. His father founded CCN with the belief that “truth would prevail only when the press is free and independent”. Throughout Rizal’s career as a journalist and editor of the CCN, he maintained the same principles with integrity and fairness.

 

He held an optimistic attitude about the capacity of people to do good, while recognizing the frailties of human nature. He will be remembered in the years and generations to come by his loving and devoted wife, Veronica, his children and their spouses, Kent and Rosalind, Penn and Brenda, Leah, Tom and Maria, Red, Gayla and Bernie, Ipi and James, and his grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher, Samuel, Celeste, Eric, Alexander, Aidan, Jake, Kiera and William. He also leaves behind his sisters Helen, Betty and Mary, and many relatives spread across the globe.

No memorial service will be held. Instead, the Yuyitung family will gather on the west coast of Canada later this year to celebrate his life. His ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean to flow and touch all the places he has called home – China, Philippines, and Canada. People will always remember him as an honest, principled man who worked hard to make the world better for those who come after. ###

 



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