Sun.Star Pampanga’s Herbert Mapiles writes 30-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- When he laughed, everyone laughed with him. That was how infectious his chuckles were, and how he captured the hearts of each and every member of the Sun.Star Pampanga family.
When news of Herbert Mapiles's demise reached us, we were not just saddened. We were devastated, because there was so much ahead of him, but he was taken ahead of his time.
Herbert, at 33, succumbed to cardiac arrest early Monday morning. His family members took him to the Makabali Hospital in this city, but he was declared dead on arrival.
Herbert's death dealt a big blow to the Pampanga media and especially to this paper, where he devoted much of his time writing about the community closest to his heart.
His stories were maka-masa; he was the voice of the 4th District. When citizens wanted to call the attention of the very people responsible for uplifting their conditions – their public officials – they came to Herbert, who would tell the tale, dilemma or predicament, and in the end, get results.
That was Herbert for you – valiant without much fanfare. Simple, yet bold. Courageous, yet humble.
Everyone would agree when we say that Herbert was a family man. He spent much of his time with his wife Jenalyn and son Kelvin James as much as he could, without compromising his work. He was a quiet man, but we knew that there was much more to Herbert than met the eye.
He started his stint as reporter for this paper in April of 2010. But he did not stop there -- he took up pre-law in June 2001 to March 2005. The dedicated man that he was, he took a leave of absence when he reviewed for the Bar exams.
That just goes to show how devoted Herbert was to what he wanted – and that he won’t stop until he gets results.
His colleagues from the Pampanga media also have a lot of good things to say about Herbert. Describing him as a good brother to Pampanga Information Officer Joel Mapiles and a good provider to his wife and son, they, too, are deeply saddened by Herbert’s untimely demise. The Capitol Press Corps, where he was member, extends its deepest sympathies, as well as members of the Pampanga Press Club.
A Facebook post from Punto! Columnist Bong Lacson says, “A good man taken at his prime. Our first impulse is to ask God why? but faith comes in and the total acceptance of His will. My prayers and sympathies. For Herbert, we are reminded again of that age old truism -- the good die young.”
Herbert’s remains lie at the Mapiles residence in Barangay San Agustin, Candaba town.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 22, 2013.