Dodong Gullas, Cebuano arts patron, educator and newspaperman, dies

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JOSE “Dodong” Gullas, a champion of Cebuano arts and music, educator and journalist, died in a hospital in Cebu City at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.

He was 87. His death was first reported by The Freeman on its Facebook page.

In his January 2019 The Freeman column, lawyer Josephus Jimenez paid tribute to Gullas: “Sir Dodong is one very low-key, unassuming leader who talks less and achieves more, who runs UV, leads The Freeman, promotes arts and music, especially Cebuano music, and also remains an unassuming pillar of lay faithful’s support to the Catholic Church.”

Jose Gullas was the chairman of the board of trustees of The Freeman and executive vice president of the University of the Visayas at the time of his death.

He is the younger brother of Rep. Eduardo Gullas (Cebu, 1st District).

He also served the first district as its representative in the 12th Congress from 2001 to 2004.

The cause of his death has yet to be revealed by his family.

His nephew, Talisay City, Cebu Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr., wrote on his Facebook page: “You will be forever missed, uncle.” (KAL)