Larry Zabala, diplomat, journo, writes 30

Thursday, July 28th, 2016. Filed under: Local News
Family photo Laurencio Larry De Venecia Zabala, Jr

Family photo Laurencio Larry De Venecia Zabala, Jr

Los Angeles – Laurencio “Larry” De Venecia Zabala, Jr., 85, passed away Thursday, 21 July 2016, at 1pm in the Intensive Care Unit of the Los Angeles Community Hospital. During the 1960s, Zabala reported and wrote for the Philippine nation’s leading newspaper, the Manila Daily Bulletin, and during the 1970s and 1980s served as press attaché for the Philippine consulates in Singapore and Honolulu, Hawaii under former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos.

Born on January 9, 1931 in Manila, Zabala grew up in poverty in the provincial city of Dagupan, Pangasinan. Through talent, intellect, and hard work, he rose above his meager beginnings to become an award-winning Philippine journalist and was eventually appointed as consul by then Secretary of National Defense, Juan Ponce Enrile, Sr.

In 1982, Zabala left the diplomatic service and returned to his first love as a journalist when he relocated to Los Angeles from Hawaii. In Los Angeles, he edited and wrote for a number of major publications, including the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, a William Randolph Hearst publication, and was Editor-in-Chief of several Filipino-American newspapers and magazines.

Throughout his illustrious career as a journalist, Zabala wrote stories exposing corruption by Philippine government officials and about issues affecting the Filipino-American community. Well-known and respected by his fellow journalists, Zabala served as President of the National Press Club of the Philippines and President of the Filipino American Press Club of Los Angeles. Equally recognized and esteemed by his fellow countrymen, Zabala also served as president of the Greater Dagupan Association of California.

“My Dad was a humble man; he simply did what he thought was right. And love for his family was the core of his being,” said Laurie Zabala, Zabala’s daughter. A beloved husband and father, Zabala is survived by his wife and three daughters, and five other children from his first marriage.

As we celebrate the life of a distinguished writer and consul, both Filipino and American communities join the family in mourning a departed writer of great repute and moral character.

Funeral services will be held privately on July 30, 2016 at St. Dominic’s Church in Los Angeles.

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