CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A member of the 1950 class of Pampanga High School is appointed as the new press secretary to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Crispulo Julio Icban Jr., the class valedictorian, replaced late Cerge Remonde as the Palace's press spokesperson. The late President Diosdado Macapagal, father of Mrs. Arroyo, was also an alumnus of PHS.

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Among Icban's classmates at PHS were the late Aber Canlas, former public works minister during the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos, and former Commissioner Reynaldo Guiao of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, who ran for congressman in 1995 in Pampanga's first district but lost.

Icban's father, Crispulo Sr., a United Methodist pastor, hails from Lubao, Pampanga, Mrs. Arroyo's hometown. His mother Mercedes Julio is from Pura, Tarlac. Icban was born in Tondo, Manila on August 3, 1935.

Tang Jun, as he is fondly called by younger Kapampangan colleagues in the media, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines where he was the editor-in-chief of the Philippine Collegian.

Icban, editor-in-chief of the Manila Bulletin, is currently the chairman of the Capampangan in Media Incorporated (Cami).

He and other officers of Cami were inducted into office by President Arroyo last Wednesday in Clark Freeport. (JCS)