Dating PSA prexy Gus pumanaw na
PUMANAW sa edad na 83 si Journal Group of Publications Publisher at Editor-in-Chief Augusto “Gus” Villanueva, isa sa tinitingalang local sportswriter at haligi ng Philippine journalism.
“We at the Journal group and I personally feel devastated by the loss of this great good man. We will miss ‘Tata’ Gus dearly,” pahayag ni Journal Group managing editor Tess Lardizabal.
Naglabas rin ng isang pahayag si Philippine Sportswriter Association President at Tempo Sports Editor Rey Lachica kasunod ng pagpanaw ni Villanueva.
“Sir Gus was a revered and well-liked member of the sportswriting fraternity. He was a mentor to a generation of sportswriters and journalists. He was humble, approachable and an inspiration to us all. The PSA mourns the passing of our much-admired and respected colleague,” wika ni Lachica.
Bumuhos rin ang pakikiramay para kay Villanueva, former PSA President at PSA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient noong 2018, mula sa sports community.
“He (Villanueva) was an amiable man and friendly. He was full of ideas, especially in sports. He was one of our sources of inspiration and guidance when we became commissioner of the PSC in 2000,” litanya ni PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez. “I have received a lot of pieces of advice from Gus. We will miss him. Goodbye my friend and see you in heaven.”
Mula naman kay POC Chairman Steve Hontiveros, “we and Gus really go a long way and his writing was responsible for making bowing a popular sport through his well-written articles and features on our bowling heroes like Bong Coo and Paeng Nepoumuceno.”
“We became very good friends, and in fact, I served as the godfather at the weddings of his son Mandy and daughter Baby,” dagdag pa nito. “His passing is a great loss to Philippine sports.”
Naghandog rin ng ilang mensahe para kay Villanueva sina former Philippine Olympic Committee First Vice President at volleyball chief Joey Romasanta, bowling greats at Philippine Sports Hall of Fame Paeng Nepomuceno at Bong Coo, chess Grandmaster Eugene Torre, former POC treasurer at rowing chief Benjie Ramos.
Nagsimula ang sportswriting career ni Villanueva sa edad na 17 para sa Manila Times sa pamumuno ni sportswriter Ricky Llanos noong 1955.
Ilan sa kanyang international coverages ay ang 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games kung saan nakuha ni boxer Anthony Villanueva ang unang Olympic silver medal ng bansa.
Bilang PSA President noong early 80s, pinasimulan ni Villanueva ang weekly PSA Forum at mga unang sessions nito sa Manila Hotel.
Naging media relations officer rin ito ng POC at nagsilbi bilang media attaché ng PH delegation sa 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney at 2004 Athens Summer Games. Nagsilbi rin si Villanueva para sa PH squads na lumaban sa 1999 Brunei, 2001 Malaysia at 2003 Vietnam Southeast Asian Games pati na ang 2002 Busan Asian Games sa South Korea.
Naulila ni Villanueva, kasal kay late Arlyne Magsaysay Romero, ang kanyang mga anak na sina Dr. Armando “Mandy” Villanueva at Antonette “Baby” Villanueva-Rodriguez at kanilang mga pamilya. (Janiel Abby Toralba)