UST FACULTY of Arts and Letters alumna and esteemed journalist Regina “Rina” Jimenez-David has died due to an undisclosed illness.
She was 68.
David passed away at 1:35 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, her daughter, Miya, told The Flame. Miya first confirmed David’s death through a Facebook post.
“We are saddened to announce that our mother, the indefatigable Rina Jimenez David, passed away this morning from an illness. Details on the novena to come,” the post read.
David earned her journalism degree at the University in 1976 and served as the editor-in-chief of the Varsitarian from 1975 to 1976.
She started working for the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 1988, where she was a columnist until her retirement in 2021. David was best known for her column, “At Large,” which spanned more than three decades. It tackled women’s and children’s rights, among other political and social issues.
David, also a former chairperson of the women’s group PILIPINA, was a prominent figure in the Philippine feminist movement. In 1995, the Artlets alumna was a recipient of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service award in the field of Women’s Rights Advocacy.
The Global Media Awards recognized her as the best columnist for her excellence in population reporting in 2004.
She was also hailed the best newspaper columnist by the People Management Association of the Philippines for her 2019 piece, “Hopes and Fear for Young People,” published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Among her notable works were Woman at Large and Nightmare Journeys: Filipina Sojourns Through the World of Trafficking. F – Katherine Chan