Manitoba’s Filipino community mourns the passing of beloved CKJS broadcaster, community leader and devoted family man Lito Taruc on November 17, 2020 due to cardiac arrest.
Tears flow and words of sympathies from around the world flooded the social media including a virtual message from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
For over 20 years, Lito co-anchored “Good Morning Philippines” on CKJS 810AM and served as News Director for Filipino programming succeeding his brother Resty — who is one of the pioneers of Radyo Pilipino in Winnipeg. Listeners said they sometimes feel they are back home because Lito sounded a bit like his brother veteran radio announcer Joe Taruc.
Lito’s compassion and spirit of volunteerism, leadership and nationalism helped shape the life of Winnipeg Filipino community since the late 70s. Well-loved for his humility — touching many lives in a personal level — he was behind several initiatives in sports league, charity causes, fundraising for calamities in the Philippines and programs for youth, newcomer, arts and culture and seniors.
Lito was a driving force in several organizations that includes Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba, Filipino-Canadian Disaster Relief Fund, Philippine Heritage Coordinating Council of Manitoba, Filipino Music and Arts Association of Canada, Inc, Radio 27 CB Club of Winnipeg, Philippine Basketball Association of Manitoba, Philippine Association of Manitoba and Philippine Nayong Pilipino Pavillion in Folklorama among others.
Lito was also recipient of countless citations including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding and exemplary contributions to the community. But despite being in the limelight and forefront, Lito was modest and low profile. On and off-the air, he was loved for his listening ears, sense of humor and big laughs.
Born in June 29, 1958 Gapan, Nueva Ecija, Lito was the youngest among the boys in the brood of 11 to loving parents Jose Taruc St and Rebecca Malgapo Taruc. He spent his colorful childhood and teenage years in the Philippines and moved to Canada in 1979.
Apart from his role in the public eye, Lito’s life centered around his family. He was a great cook, personally attending to his wife and children’s chauffeur needs. He loved Christmas and found the best delight in cooking for his family and entire clan. He loved to play with his grandchildren and was hooked to collecting Supreme shoes in the last few years of his life.
Perhaps Lito’s greatest legacy can be found in what he sow in his home. He and his wife raised children who are exactly their picture – well-mannered, generous and kind to all.
Lito left behind his loving wife Realtor Hester Taruc. He will be dearly missed by his children Rebecca Joy (Oliver), Joseph Paul (Daniela), Jake Matthew, and Jovy May. He will forever be Opa and Lolo to his grandchildren: Isabella Marie, Ryan Joshua, Elijah
Samuel, Nathaniel Elliot, and Elizabeth Ava.
He is survived by his siblings: Resty (Rose) Taruc of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and his sisters Cristina and Chona (Arnel) Tecson of Gapan Nueva Ecija, Philippines; his in-laws: Annie Agpalza; Napoleon Ebora; Flaviano
Jr. Agpalza; Ezra (Sita) Agpalza; Alicia (Robert) Pogson; Allen (Alicia) Agpalza and Janet (Gabriel) Sangalang of Orlando, Florida, USA.
Due to the current COVID-19 gathering restrictions, in-person attendance at the viewing and burial locations will be a private viewing.
Lamay will be held on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 and a livestream of the service will be posted in the Facebook group from 1:00p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Burial (Libing) will be held on Monday, November 30 and
a livestream of the service will be posted in the same Facebook group.
Lito’s wife Hester and children request everyone who wants to share his/her memories with Lito in the following Facebook group that as a family they can read and cherish:
Pablo Lito Taruc In Loving Memory
Lito is a big loss to the community and to CKJS Radio. The world lost a great man. Heaven gained a jolly spirit. From the management and staff of Evanov Radio Group and CKJS 810 AM, we offer our deep condolences to Taruc family.
“A life that touches others lives on forever.” RIP Boss Chief