'Mega' founder Sari Yap dies
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) — Sari Yap, founder of homegrown magazine Mega, died on Monday, September 9.
The news of her passing was confirmed by Mega Magazine on their Facebook page.
"Just as the heavens are draped in an overcast of gray, with rains threatening to fall as if it were tears above, it is with a heavy heart we mourn the passing of our founder and guiding light, Sari Yap, who peacefully joined our creator at 2:07 am today, in the presence of her family who survives her," they said.
Sari's friend, event host and socialite Tim Yap, said Sari had initially only been given 3 months to live. She eventually battled cancer for "3-4 years."
"A true fighter, indeed you are Sari," said Tim in a Facebook post.
"Details regarding the last rites and interment will follow, but in the interim, we request you take a moment of silence to remember her memory and legacy."
"May her stories live on and her soul rest eternally in light and love."
Sari founded Mega, which later grew into the magazine empire One Mega Group, Inc.
She's considered a pillar in the local magazine industry. She graduated with a degree in Mass Communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman and later went on to take a Masters degree in Media Management from the University of Navarre in Spain.
Mega, Sari had told the Philippine Star in a 2002 interview, was apparently borne from her masters thesis.
She was a trailblazer outside the fashion and print industry too. At a time when women were often expected to always want marriage, Sari decided to remain single.
"The reason I didn't get married... is not because being single is a more 'purposed' state. In fact I was fighting it for three years. I was going out with the cutest guy who I was waiting for all my life. I also got my first checking account. Then suddenly parang God wanted me to give all that up."
"But when God calls you, you really feel it, no matter what you do. Those were the unhappiest days of my life because I was very complicated; I was resisting what was supposed to be done. Singlehood is not giving up something, it is embracing something bigger. That was when I saw what God wanted. As in a scale, on the one hand, there was the guy I was going out with and maybe a future family, and on the other side it was like the whole of humanity I was being called to (serve)," she told the Star. – Rappler.com