Wednesday, June 29, 2016

(Obit) PNA-Legazpi Bureau Chief writes 30
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, June 29 (PNA) -- Philippines News Agency (PNA) Legazpi Bureau chief Floreno G. Solmirano died of heart attack on Monday at the age of 70.

Born on July 6, 1945 in Torrejos, Marinduque, Solmirano, more known to his friends as "Sol", grew up in Sampaloc Manila.

His family then transferred to Bago Bantay (Santonio) Quezon City, where he studied elementary and high school. He was a consistent honor student. In fact, his writing career could have been sparked when he joined and won in a feature writing contest while in second year high school.

Sol started his path as a young writer when he enrolled at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City and joined the writing staff of the publication "The Guardian".

Being the eldest of the eight siblings, he assumed the role of a breadwinner after his father died. He needed to stop temporarily as he started to work as a messenger and salesman to many companies in Manila. While working, Sol decided to continue his studies where he enrolled in the night class program of the then Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA).

There, Sol became the managing editor of PSBA's official publication " The Business Journal." He was also a member of the College Editor League.

He graduated at the age of 27 in AB Economics with accounting as his minor.

Since he was a child, reading and writing is Sol's passion.

He began his formal writing career in Metro Manila as economic writer of Private Development Corporation of the Philippines (PDCP), the private sector counterpart of Development Bank of the Philippines.

In 1980, he accepted the offer of his company to as project assistant of the PDCP branch in Legazpi City. Two years later, Sol was promoted as Bicol head of PDCP.

In 1985, he decided to resign and become the editor of the local newspaper, Bicolandia News. With his rich experiences in business, Sol also accepted consultancy works, especially in preparing feasibility studies in applying bank loans. He also worked as a correspondent of the Manila Standard.

His longest stint as a journalist was his job as chief of the southern Luzon bureau of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) for more than 13 years.

Sol was also a member of an advisory council of Philippine Nationa Police (PNP) Bicol regional office and Albay.PPO.

He was a founding member and incumbent President of the Albay Legazpi Press Association (ALPA), a media organization formed in the 90’s with member media practitioners connected with local and national outfits.

Sol was also the founding member and editor-in-chief of the defunct Bicolandia Times, a weekly local newspaper that circulated in Bicol.

He served as a resource person and lecturer in various campus journalism seminars, including the Department of Education (Deped)'s sponsored provincial and regional press conference competitions.

After his retirement as Bureau Chief of PDI in 2011, he joined the government as Bicol Bureau chief of the Philippines News Agency (PNA), a web-based news wire service of the Philippine government, from 2013 up to the present.

He is one of the pioneers of JCI Legazpi and an active member of Beta Zigma fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, and two children Floreno Jr and CPA lawyer F. Alfontino Solmirano

His remains lie at St. Peter funeral Homes, Brgy. Bogtong Legazpi City

Interment is on July 6, 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Lake Memorial Park here. (PNA) BNB/CBD