Esteemed author, Philet alumna Doris Trinidad passes away

Thomasian litterateur and editor Doris Gamalinda dies at 95. Photo from Eric Gamalinda’s Facebook page.

THOMASIAN LITTERATEUR and editor Adoracion “Doris” Trinidad-Gamalinda died on Monday, Feb. 13, at the age of 95.

Gamalinda, a Faculty of Philosophy and Letters alumna, passed away at 5:10 p.m. in her Manila residence, her granddaughter, Natasha Gamalinda Tuazon, told The Flame in an email interview.

“On behalf of my family, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to those who sent prayers and words of sympathy and comfort. She lived a fruitful life and got to see eleven great-grandchildren,” Tuazon said.

Gamalinda’s son, Artlet alumnus and author Eric Gamalinda, called her his “inspiration” and “light.”

The UST Publishing House also mourned Gamalinda’s death and praised her for her dedication to her craft.

“This inextricable bond with her craft continued through the years, as she regularly submitted her works to magazines and became a full-time writer and editor,” it said in a Facebook post.

Gamalinda earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy summa cum laude from the University in 1949.

She worked as an editor for various publications, including The Manila Times, Focus Magazine, and Woman’s Home Companion Magazine.

Gamalinda also penned essays and poetry collections, including Looking Glass, The Way of the Miracle, Now and Lifetimes Ago, and Two Voices with Gloria G. Goloy.

Aside from becoming one of the recipients of the Gawad Ustetika Award in 2006 and Philets Owl Award in 2010, Gamalinda’s artistry was recognized in Gémino Abad’s The Achieve of, the Mastery: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, mid-’90s to 2016.

Gamalinda’s wake will take place at the St. Martin mortuary in Santo Domingo church

from Feb. 16 to 18, according to Gamalinda’s eldest child Marcial “Bunny” Gamalinda III.

Interment will take place at the Loyola Memorial Park on Feb. 19.

Before serving as an editor of several national publications, Gamalinda was the Varsitarian’s former literary editor from 1947 to 1948. – Zoe Airabelle Aguinaldo and Fatima Baduria

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