BACOLOD

Remembering Harold Limbo: Serving the community through broadcasting

FORMER ABS-CBN anchor Harold Limbo has bid goodbye after he succumbed to cardiac arrest.

He was laid to rest on April 6, 2021, at Rose Lawn memorial park in Barangay Bata, Bacolod City.

His family, colleagues, and friends paid their last respect to the former broadcaster who had served the community through television.

Limbo was known to be very passionate in his broadcasting career by always going out early to gather news.

I remember that we normally bumped into each other when we were both assigned to cover the City hall beat at the old City Hall in Luzuriaga Street, where some of the news sources had just arrived in their office. Limbo was already at their office waiting for them. He was an early bird as a reporter assigned at the old City Hall way back in the incumbency of former Bacolod City mayor Alfredo Montelibano Jr.

Limbo was a one-man army when gathering news as he served as the reporter and cameraman at the same time. When he conducted interviews, he was very fast in setting up his microphone to connect it to his camera and finally to his tripod. Sometimes, even without his tripod, he had ways to record video while interviewing at the same time. Even during ambush interviews, usually one of his fellow reporters would offer to hold his microphone bearing the ABS-CBN logo. And he was always delighted when someone did it.

He never wanted to come late in an interview and it was his usual practice to come early and do the interview. When most of his fellow reporters had already arrived, he would normally tell them some leads to the story without telling the full story. Sometimes, he also kept it to himself because during those days, an exclusive interview was truly an exclusive interview. No Bluetooth, no share it, no copy-paste.

But Limbo was among those who truly performed their jobs and kept his integrity intact.

He could not just be swayed by anyone who had a hidden agenda. He was the type who could say no when it ran against his principle.

His loyalty was sealed to his viewers and the community he served.

He would normally laugh when other reporters arrived late and knew nothing about the news of the day.

If others would go around the office to gather news, Limbo would usually tell them, "nakuha ko nana" (I already got it).

Limbo was with the former City Hall Press Corps, which included the former Bombo Radyo reporter and anchor and currently Bacolod City Representative Greg Gasataya, Dolores Epacta formerly of RPN TV 8, and this writer who formerly represented the defunct GMA TV-10 Bacolod, among others.

He performed his media practice with no nonsense approach, kept his media ethics and principles while in the performance of his job.

In those times, the local news programs of ABS-CBN like TV Patrol, Hoy Gising, and other television programs, Limbo served as among the main anchors.

Limbo had served the community with his best performance.

May he rest in peace with the Lord.


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