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June 29, 1913
|Died||September 30, 1988 (aged 75)|
|Known for||Founder of The Manila Times and Associated Broadcasting Company|
Roces was born on June 29, 1913 to Alejandro "Moy" Roces and Antonia "Nena" Pardo from San Miguel, Manila. He has seven siblings; Ramon Roces, Filomena "Nenita " Roces de Verzosa, Isabel "Bebeng" Roces, Mercedes Roces, Rafael "Tuti" Roces, Antonia "Chucha" Roces de Prieto and Marcos "Taling" Roces.
He started his publishing career in his father's newspaper chain TVT (Tribune - La Vanguardia - Taliba) before World War II. Don Chino later headed the Roces family media empire composed of newspapers The Manila Times, Daily Mirror, Sunday Times, Taliba, Women's Magazine Variety, Radio stations DZMT / DZWJ and TV station ABC Channel 5. He also organized media groups, the Philippine News Agency (PNA), and Philippine Press Institute.
Roces was arrested and jailed when Martial Law was imposed in 1972, together with Ninoy Aquino, Pepe Diokno, Lorenzo Tanada and other journalists. As soon as he was released, he took to the streets to openly protest the Marcos government. After the assassination of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino in 1983, he further intensified his protest and during a vigil on Mendiola Bridge, Roces was drenched by water cannons.
On October 15, 1985, Roces founded the Cory Aquino for President Movement (CAPM). It was launched in the National Press Club. He gathered over one million signatures from all over the nation to draft Corazon Aquino to run against Marcos.
On July 22, 1988, President Aquino conferred on him the Philippine Legion of Honor Award (degree of chief Commander) the highest honor the country can bestow to a civilian.
He was married to Dona Pacita Carvajal and had four children namely: Joaquin "Joaqui" Roces Jr., Arturo Roces, Edgardo "Eddie" C. Roces, and Rocio Rosalinda Antonia Roces.
He died of lymphatic cancer on September 30, 1988 at the age of 75 in Manila, Philippines.