Beth Celis, long-time columnist and pioneer sportswriter, passes away

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 13 2017 08:49 PM

Beth Celis, a long-time sports columnist who blazed the trail for female sportswriters, has died, her family announced on Thursday.

She was 73.

"We sadly announce the passing of our beloved mother Elizabeth Celis today. We will forever miss her," Stephanie Celis-Herrera wrote on Celis' Facebook page.

In a field dominated by men, Celis was a rare female voice that stood out and was respected by both her peers and the athletes she covered, as well as Philippine sports' movers and shakers.

In her stories, she could be witty but when needed she was fearless, never reluctant to point out the shortcomings of national sports programs and call the attention of responsible personalities or associations.

Celis wrote about a wide range of sports, but her bread and butter was basketball, having covered the PBA since its early days and been at the helm of numerous league-related publications. 

She last worked for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Her last column, published on Tuesday, was about seeking reforms in national sports.

"I would have never made it as a sportswriter and eventually a broadcaster if not for one woman who was the first to express her belief in me," boxing analyst Dennis Principe wrote on Facebook.

On Twitter, the tributes poured in for Celis.

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