By Gianfranco Geronimo

Witty, friendly, and trustworthy—these were just some of the things that Kuya Arnel was known to be to various members of the CMC community.

Arnel Q. Aga, an administrative aide for the College of Mass Communication (CMC) administration office in the University of the Philippines – Diliman (UPD), died of a heart attack last Monday, according to Clarissa Concepcion of the CMC administration office. He was 44.

“I was shocked by his death, and super sad. I dwelt on it for a moment,” said former broadcast communication representative Faeska Salonga

Kuya Arnel, as he was called by students who knew him, started working for CMC in 2006 as a printing machine operator and later became an administrative aide in 2009. He started working for UP, however, in 1997 at the UP Press before starting his duties at CMC.

Salonga fondly remembers him as the one who distributed College Secretary Dr. Lourdes’ Portus different memoranda regarding student organizations. “He would often ask what org I belonged to,” Salonga said.

“He was alwas the one who made inexplicably comforting comments,” said journalism representative Norman Riego. “’Hindi rin kayo busy ano?’ he once told me during the busy and stressful summer enrollment, and that made me laugh, pause, and de-stress for a bit,” Riego said.

Aga’s remains lie in his home in Quezon City. He is survived by his wife, Eden, and their three children.


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