Veteran journalist Twink Macaraig passes away after a long battle with cancer

Our deepest condolences to family of the bereaved.

PHOTOS: PhilStar and screenshot from TV5 video

Our deepest condolences to family of the bereaved.

Veteran journalist Twink Macaraig has succumbed to breast cancer after years of battling with it. Her home TV network, News5, confirmed and announced the sad news earlier today, January 14.

A part of News5’s official statement read: “Pumanaw na ang veteran journalist at News5 anchor na si Twink Macaraig matapos ang pakikipaglaban sa sakit na cancer." 

Twink was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2000 and successfully won the battle. But she found out later on that the same disease found its way back into her body last August 2016. 

Known for her body of work in the field of journalism, Twink was first a former news anchor of the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and the Filipino bureau chief of Channel News Asia, before becoming  the senior manager and anchor at News5.

And while she was in TV5, she was also a columnist of the Philippine Star and a part-time faculty at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications. 

After finding out about the return of her disease, Twink, in a past interview with TV5’s Reaksyon program, said that she has already accepted her fate and offered her life to God. 

“Bahala ka na, Diyos, I will spend my time on this earth, and then when I have to go, I’ll be ready.” Twink bravely said at that time.

In a 2019 column that she wrote on the Philippine Star, she explained that the reason behind her fight with the ailment was not much for herself, but for the next generation of hopeful cancer warriors.

There, she wrote, “Because not fighting would ignore the very real option that still exists: the handful of brave, honorable souls putting their lives on the line on the firm belief that the Filipino people can get better; can choose to get better; deserve better. They represent, if not a cure, the lone path to a cure too late for my benefit, perhaps, but for the next generation.”

Twink is survived by her husband, Architect Paulo Alcazaren, and an only son.

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