By Nova Veraley V. Grafe
AN ELECTRONIC NEWSROOM at the College of Mass Communication is now called the Alexander Romeo G. Amor room after the first full-time Filipino director of the then School of Journalism and Communication.
The dedication was part of the 48th Mass Communication Week celebration last Feb. 24. As maintenance of the electronic newsroom, the family of the late journalist-lawyer Amor handed a check for P700, 000 to Silliman University to start a committed P1 million endowment fund in honor of their father.
Adlai Amor, Atty. Amor’s son and the Director of Communication of the Bread for the World in Washington, D.C., presented the check to Silliman officials Vice-president for Finance and Administration Prof. Cleonico Y.Fontelo, Vice-president for Academic Affairs Dr. Betsy Joy B. Tan and Vice-president for Development Prof. Jane Annette L. Belarmino.
Adlai said it was ironic that an electronic newsroom is named after his father who opposed working with computers and preferred writing by hand. “When we first bought him an electronic typewriter, my father said, ‘How could I work if there is a power failure?’ He wanted things to work with or without electricity.
He was really basic,” he said. Atty. Amor worked with Dr. Dwayne Rowland, founder of the college. He was also a part time teacher with the rank of Associate Professor who taught advertising and news writing.