Ricky Lo

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Ricky Lo
Ricardo Fua Lo

(1946-04-21)April 21, 1946
DiedMay 4, 2021(2021-05-04) (aged 75)
OccupationEntertainment writer, commentator, television host
Years active1969–2021
Website Official website

Ricardo "Ricky" Fua Lo (April 21, 1946 – May 4, 2021 [1] ) was a Filipino entertainment writer and commentator, and TV host.


Early life and education

Lo, born of Chinese descent, [2] was a native of Las Navas, Northern Samar, where he finished grade school. He finished high school at the bilingual Tabaco Pei Ching School in Tabaco, Albay, and took up AB English at the University of the East. A fan of feature films, he aspired to be a gardener of actress Susan Roces. [3] [4]


Editorial career

Lo did a stint as entertainment editor, first as an editorial assistant for Variety magazine, The Manila Times' Sunday supplement where he started his FunFare column. He then went on to join the Philippine Daily Express as a staff writer for the newspaper publisher's Express Week magazine and then as a deskman for The Evening Express. He eventually wrote the main broadsheet. Lo then became an editorial assistant for Daily Express' Weekend Sunday magazine until 1986. He joined the The Philippine Star in July 1986 where he revived his FunFare column and started his regular Sunday feature, Conversations with Ricky Lo. [5]

Lo is the author of Star-Studded, the first compilation of his articles on movie stars, which he released in 1995. Another book, Conversations with Ricky Lo was released in 2001. The book bears Lo's sensitive, intelligent and penetrating style of handling interviews.

TV hostings

In 1999, Lo became one of the hosts of the showbiz-oriented talk show, The Buzz, on ABS-CBN. [6] He later transferred to GMA 7 and hosted Startalk from 2008 to 2015 and CelebriTV which ran from 2015 to 2016. [7] He also hosted other showbiz-oriented programs such as The Ricky Lo Exclusives in QTV 11 [8] and Showbiz Stripped.[ citation needed ]

Notable coverage and interviews

Lo was the first to write about the Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez break-up, then, in 2008, the Karylle and Dingdong Dantes break-up. [9]

In January 2013, Lo's interview with Anne Hathaway drew flak from netizens. [10] Critics averred that the interview was a disgrace for posing questions that seemed not fitting for a well-known actress. [10] Colleagues in the industry supported Lo, however, and referred to his long experience in entertainment journalism. Reportedly, Lo was merely amused with the negative comments and was not offended. [11] Some of Lo's supposedly-awkward questions that he threw at Hathaway were about her weight loss in the film Les Misérables and real-life experience with hunger that seems to have offended the actress. [11] Lea Salonga, who was mentioned in the interview, explained that while she cannot speak for Hathaway, she has been trained to expect all kinds of questions, ranging from broadsheet to tabloid. Salonga noted, however, that interviews are also about how questions are asked. [12]


Lo died on May 4, 2021, from a stroke. [13]


Television shows

1999–2003 The Buzz Host ABS-CBN
2004–2007Showbiz StrippedHost GMA Network
2008–2015 Startalk Host GMA Network
2015–2016 CelebriTV Host GMA Network
2008–2009The Ricky Lo ExclusivesHost QTV 11

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