Singapore, 2nd May 2012
It is with a great sadness that I restart my blogging. During my leave in Europe I heard the news of the passing away of Ed Alvero, my friend and colleague in Manila. Ed had recently returned to the Philippines after having spent years in the USA to successfully restart his lighting design career in his home country. Ed was my colleague more than 20 years ago in Philips looking after the Manila project lighting market when I was setting up project design operations in Asia for Philips out of Singapore. Ed looked over the Philippines and was one of my key contact persons in the region. We enjoyed numerous projects and adventures together during this time. Later Ed returned to the Middle East, where he had worked before and later the US, while I left for Australia. But we kept in touch over the years. Our friendship was based on a deep respect and appreciation for each other.
When Ed decided to return to his home country in 2010 we automatically rekindled and decided to renew our working association. Ed set up Illumination Techniques and became our representative office in Manila last year. Just last month I was in Manila to meet with Ed. We had a great time catching up on old times and enthusiastically discussed our future and projects together. As always Ed was full of plans and projects not in the least sharing his years of lighting design experience with the local community through events, seminars and the many professional associations he was actively involved in. Sadly he was taken before all that could materialise. The general lighting design community and the lighting community in the Philippines specifically is left with a big hole now that Ed has passed away. We will remember Ed for his achievements and contributions to the lighting design community and will endeavour to complete the work he started in his spirit and soul. Our thoughts go out to his family.