Known personalities of the broadcast industry gave their final respects and goodbyes to Jose Malgapo Taruc Jr., popularly known as Manong Joe or Joe Taruc, last October 2.
Amongst those who gave their eulogies are former Vice President Noli De Castro, former DZRH station manager Rey Langit, former Senator Orly Mercado, Attorney Jimmy Policarpio, columnist Jarius Bondoc, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and veteran broadcasters including Mike Enriquez of GMA News, Ali Sotto of DZBB, and Deo Macalma.
While giving his tribute last night, Enriquez couldn’t hide his admiration for Taruc’s achievements in the broadcast industry.
According to Enriquez, Taruc is a good example of a person who started from humble beginnings and strived to attain his dream and improve in life. The DZBB anchor also hopes that the late broadcaster will serve as an inspiration for all.
“Hindi ko makakalimutan na dapat tularan ng lahat dito, kay taga-media man o hindi, si Joe ay nagsimula sa simpleng pagsisimula, humble and simple beginnings, at iyan ang magandang huwaran sa mga gustong maging matagumpay tulad niya.” Enriquez said during the tribute at Arlington Memorial Chapels, Araneta, Quezon City.
De Castro also admitted that he learned a lot from Taruc as a friend and a fellow broadcaster.
De Castro revealed that he learned from Taruc how to give public service and advised him how to be a skilled reporter that can easily get information from government officials.
De Castro also remembered how dedicated Taruc was to broadcasting.
“Sa marami akong natutunan kay Joe, makipag-kaibigan sa mga government official para madaling makakuha ng mga impormasyon, at kapag tinawagan mo sa telepono sasagot agad sila.” De Castro said while remembering Taruc. “Ito ang tao na siguro kung kaya pa niyang i-bukas ang kanyang bibig, magbrobroadcast pa ito.”
Meanwhile, Langit said that Taruc also placed importance to his family.
According to Langit, Taruc used his family as an inspiration and that his efforts as a broadcaster are for them.
“At one point nakita kung gaano ka-precious kay Pareng Joe, sa lahat ng priorities niya, ang kanyang pamilya. I cannot forget that ang kanyang pamilya.” Langit said.
Sotto was thankful for Taruc for believing that she can be an ‘on-air personality’ and is proud that she was mentored by the late broadcaster.
“Ako mapagmamalaki ko yun na ang nag-turo sa akin ay isang Joe Taruc na kapag makikinig tayo ay isang alamat, haligi.” Sotto revealing her gratefulness to Taruc. “Si Joe Taruc naniwala sa akin. Sa akin kakayahan bilang isang broadcaster, sa panahon na hindi ko alam na I had it in me.”
Taruc served as a news anchor-commentator for more than four decades. He signed off last October 1 at the age of 71.