LEGAZPI CITY, June 2 (PNA) -- Veteran newspaperman Danilo “Danny” O. Calleja of the Philippines News Agency (PNA) Legazpi Bureau died of heart attack on Tuesday at the age of 63.
Born on Nov. 14, 1952 in Barangay San Rafael, Castilla, Sorsogon, Calleja graduated with a degree in Marine Engineering from the FEATI University.
He began his writing career in 1983 in some local newspapers such as Bicol News Today, Bicol Chronicle and Bicolandia News.
Calleja also worked as one of the pioneer correspondents of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) in Southern Luzon from 1986-1998.
After his PDI stint, he became the public information officer of the late Governor Juan G. Frivaldo of the province of Sorsogon.
The hardworking journalist also became the station manager of a local radio station.
He started working as stringer of the Philippines News Agency (PNA), a web-based news wire service of the Philippine government, from 2000 up to the present and was one of the best writers of well-researched feature stories.
While he was a PNA stringer, he was also a correspondent of the Business Mirror.
Calleja also served as an editor of The Windows magazine, the official publication of the City Government of Legazpi.
He is survived by his wife, Nimfa, and children Redan Angelo, Danilo Jr., Donna Maileen, and Carla Abegail.
His remains lie at the family residence in Balaguer St., Poblacion, Daraga, Albay.
Interment is on June 6 at the Castilla Cemetery in Castilla, Sorsogon. (PNA) BNB/FGS/CBD