Cebuano trader Frederick Ong Jr. dies

PROMINENT Cebuano trader Frederick Kenneth Ong Jr. has died reportedly from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

An official statement by Easternians Today, the online student publication of Cebu Eastern College, confirmed his death Wednesday night, June 3, 2020, in a Facebook post Thursday.

ET | Official Statement It is with great sadness to inform the whole Easternian community the passing of our beloved...

Posted by Easternians Today on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ong, better known as Lama in Cebu’s Filipino-Chinese community, was a member of the board of directors of Cebu Eastern College.

He was the chairman of Ong King King & Co., which has been operating a general merchandise and bakery supplies store in Carbon Market for more than 50 years.

Ong was a grandson of Ong Kin King, a Chinese immigrant who came to Cebu at the turn of the 20th century and established a soap and candle factory in Carbon in 1907.

Ong was also the president of Aspac Rural Bank, H&E Industries Inc., Golden Lines Shipping and Danao Paper Mill.

He was a director of St. Vincent General Hospital and the co-owner of the Cebu Coliseum Complex. (Marites Villamor-Ilano/SunStar Philippines)