TV Patrol

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TV Patrol
TVPatrol Logo 2013.jpg
TV Patrol logo used from July 26, 2013
Genre Newscast
Created by ABS-CBN Corporation
Developed by ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Directed by Henry Ballesteros
Kits Fernandez
Presented by Weeknight anchors
Ted Failon
Korina Sanchez
Noli de Castro
Weekend anchors
Alex Santos
Bernadette Sembrano
Various contributors
Theme music composer Frank Gari
(Arranged by Jimmy Antiporda)
Country of origin Philippines
Language(s) Filipino
No. of episodes n/a (airs daily)
Running time 30 minutes (Weeknights)
30 minutes (Weekends)
Original channel ABS-CBN
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original run March 2, 1987 – present
Preceded by Balita Ngayon(as Early Evening newscast)
The Weekend News(as Weekend newsast)
External links
Official website
Philippine Network Evening News   edit
ETC on RPN Solar Network News
GMA 24 Oras
CityTV Balitang Ngayon
IBC IBC News Team 13 Afternoon Edition
PTV News @ 6
Net 25 Mata ng Agila
UNTV Ito Ang Balita
TV5 Aksyon on TV5
PBTV Aksyon on PBTV

TV Patrol is the flagship national network news broadcast of ABS-CBN in the Philippines. It is aired Weeknights at 6:30-7:30 PM. It can be heard simultaneously in DZMM (radio), DZMM TeleRadyo (television counterpart) and the network's provincial radio stations based in Cebu and Davao. It is also aired worldwide via The Filipino Channel. It has been the longest running Filipino evening primetime newscast after its inception in 1987.



  • March 2, 1987-May 7, 1987 6:00 to 6:30 PM



In the fourth quarter of 1986, ABS-CBN News executives began holding meetings with higher-ups on plans to launch an all-new news program that will serve as a better program to Balita Ngayon. On March 1, 1987, ABS-CBN announced the launch of TV Patrol during the public variety extravaganza "Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin" (The Return of the Star) at Luneta Park, Manila.<ref>History of TV Patrol @ 24 and Beyond</ref>


TV Patrol debuted on March 2, 1987. Noli de Castro joined Balita Ngayon's final anchors Mel Tiangco and Robert Arevalo as the newscast's début anchors.<ref> (November 2006) Kapitan: Eugenio Lopez and the Making of ABS-CBN. ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. </ref> Also, Ernie Baron served as the newscast's chief meteorologist and provided viewers trivia pertaining to science and history, while actress-personality Angelique Lazo became the inaugural host for Star News, an entertainment news segment.


In May 1987, Frankie Evangelista replaced Arevalo when the latter left for Magandang Umaga. Evangelista would later be notable for his TV Patrol discussion segment entitled PULSO: Pangkalahatang Ugnayan Laan Sa Opinyon (PULSE: Overall Correlation Reserved for Opinions).

With the introduction of international broadcasts in 1989 to the Pacific islands of Guam and Saipan, and later with the birth of The Filipino Channel in 1994, TV Patrol became the first Philippine newscast and program to be broadcast overseas. It still does so today, now in an expanded reach through TFC and the live web streaming on its official webpage.

In 1992, Ted Failon temporarily replaced Evangelista until TV Patrol underwent changes on its theme and title card the same year. Christine Bersola joined the newscast a year later to host Star News.

In 1995, Kata Inocencio replaced Mel Tiangco when the latter moved to GMA Network after being suspended from doing a TV commercial. Thus, Inocencio continued anchoring Tiangco's Lingkod Bayan, a public service segment of the newscast. Korina Sanchez served as Inocencio's alternate.

In 1996, TV Patrol began airing news for 30 minutes. The same year, Bersola left the newscast as segment host.

On April 1, 1996, De Castro became the sole anchor of the newscast, with Henry Omaga-Diaz as his alternate. In 2000, TV Patrol started its simulcast over AM radio stations DZMM (Manila), DYAB (Cebu), and DXAB (Davao) and began an online presence through the ABS-CBN News website.

Sanchez era

In February 2001, Korina Sanchez replaced De Castro in order for the latter to run for Senator. She was joined by Henry Omaga-Diaz and Aljo Bendijo. Marc Logan served as the news reader of trivial segments and features.

In April 2003, Julius Babao replaced Omaga-Diaz and Bendijo after several changes in the anchor chair. His arrival caused the show to be reformatted.<ref> (November 16, 2004) The New 'TV PATROL': Korina Sanchez Out, Karen Davila In w/ Julius Babao and Ted Failon. The Philippine Star. </ref> Sanchez was situated at the news studio, while Babao was situated in Studio 7.<ref>TV Patrol 2003-04</ref>

TV Patrol still holds the record of having the highest rating newscast when then-anchor Korina Sanchez conducted an exclusive live interview with Kris Aquino regarding the latter's break-up with Joey Marquez. According to AGB, the interview garnered a rating of 47.2% in Mega Manila.<ref>"GMA-7 not bothered by ABS-CBN ratings surge", Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 28, 2003. </ref>

Sanchez left TV Patrol on November 11, 2004.

As TV Patrol World



On November 15, 2004, TV Patrol relaunched as TV Patrol World to give weight to reports from Filipino communities worldwide. Julius Babao was joined by Ted Failon and Karen Davila as its main anchors, while special segments are anchored by Ernie Baron, Phoemela Barranda, and Bernadette Sembrano (the colleague of Karen Davila in GMA). Months after Baron's death on January 23, 2006, he was replaced by Kim Atienza as the newscast's resident weatherman.

In April 8, 2005, TV Patrol World aired a special edition as a conclusion to ABS-CBN's all-afternoon live coverage of the burial of Pope John Paul II dubbed as "Paalam Ama Mula Sa Bayang Minahal Mo" ("Goodbye Pope, from the Country you Loved"). Korina Sanchez and Dong Puno anchored live from the ABS-CBN Newscenter in Quezon City as Julius Babao and Karen Davila joined Lynda Jumilla live from the Vatican City, and Henry Omaga Diaz reported from the Papal memorial in Luneta Park, Manila.

On June 5, 2006, TV Patrol World updated its logo design, soundtrack, opening billboard, and graphics but the news format remained the same.

In January 2007, TV Patrol World celebrated its 20th anniversary by launching Boto Mo I-Patrol Mo!, an expansion of the citizen journalism segment Citizen Patrol for the upcoming 2007 midterm elections.

On November 25, 2007, ABS-CBN aired a documentary special for TV Patrol's 20th anniversary entitled TV Patrol: 20 Taon ng Pagpapatrol (TV Patrol: 20 Years of Patrolling). It was produced by ABS-CBN and Jesuit Communications.

On March 31, 2008, TV Patrol unveiled its new set, graphics (with the same red, green, and blue hues identified with the ABS-CBN logo), opening billboard, and new segments, but it retained some of its old segments. The new look is accompanied by slight changes in Patrol's segments, particularly Citizen Patrol, and the introduction of Hulog ng Langit, which was specially anchored by Bernadette Sembrano.<ref>"TV Patrol World's 'refreshed' look coming Monday",, March 27, 2008. </ref> The same year, Boto Mo I-Patrol Mo temporarily became Bayan Mo I-Patrol Mo.

During this period, the newscast held the highest nationwide TV ratings record since Taylon Nelson Sofres (TNS) started conducting its nationwide TV ratings survey when its April 16, 2009 edition of the newscast featured the developing story of the tragedy involving the wife of anchor Ted Failon.<ref>"TNS National TV Ratings (April 17–20): Kambal sa Uma bites its way to TV Daytime Supremacy", Philippine Entertainment Portal, April 21, 2009. </ref> This tragedy was the reason of Failon's leave that lasted until June 2009.

On May 11, 2009, a year before the 2010 elections, TV Patrol World relaunched Boto Mo I-Patrol Mo with the battlecry Ako Ang Simula.

TV Patrol World covered the interment of former Pres. Corazon Aquino on August 5, 2009. English translation of caption: "Latest News: President Aquino, has finally been laid to rest."

On August 5, 2009, TV Patrol World had its longest broadcast in its history then as it covered at Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque the arrival and burial of the remains of President Corazon Aquino who died in the early hours of August 1. Julius Babao anchored the August 5 edition with Ted Failon and Korina Sanchez, with the two anchoring the ABS-CBN special broadcast "Salamat President Cory: Ang Huling Paalam" since morning. Karen Davila joined Henry Omaga Diaz and Ces Orena Drilon with other reporters stationed at Manila Memorial Park. Lasting from 6:30pm to close to 9:00pm, the edition was the most widely watched show in Mega Manila and nationwide on that day as cited by TNS and AGB. <ref>"TV Patrol's Cory coverage dominates Wednesday ratings", ABS-CBN News, August 7, 2009. </ref>

Revert to debut title



In time for President-elect Noynoy Aquino's inauguration, on June 30, 2010, TV Patrol World reverted to the original title (TV Patrol) with a new logo, opening billboard and studio setup that will accommodate augmented reality technology. TV Patrol also introduced their first main website, and also launched its Facebook and Twitter pagers. Ted Failon, Karen Davila, and Julius Babao retained as the anchors for the weeknight editions and Bernadette Sembrano and Alex Santos retained as the anchors for the weekend edition.

It covered the Manila hostage crisis on August 23, 2010 with the longest telecast in its history, lasting for about two and a half hours from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. It was anchored by Ted Failon and Ces Orena-Drilon at the ABS-CBN Newscenter, and Julius Babao at the Quirino Grandstand where the hostage taking took place, the edition covered the disorderly and bloody conclusion to the Manila hostage crisis to millions of shocked viewers worldwide. The August 23 edition drew flak from various concerned viewers making ABS-CBN News revise its Code of Ethics. It eventually got a Finalist nod in the 2011 New York Festivals.

On October the same year, a new program segment, Winner sa Life with Winnie Cordero was launched with reports on lifestyle and tips on proper living.

Reformat and return of former anchors

On November 3, 2010, ABS-CBN announced the return of former Vice President Noli De Castro and Korina Sanchez as weeknight anchors of TV Patrol. They joined Ted Failon on November 8, 2010. The reformat introduced some minor changes to the graphics, title cards, opening billboard, enhanced set design that reflects the "inverted" color scheme used throughout the news program. This is the period where the three main anchors started to give their opinions on a news item shortly before the newscast ends. The segment host of Star Patrol sometimes joins them in their commentaries as she is also in the studio with the three main anchors.

On the same day as the relaunch, Gretchen Fullido replaced Phoemela Baranda as the segment host for Star Patrol, while Bernadette Sembrano was retained as segment host and reporter for Lingkod Kapamilya. A week later after the relaunch, Kim Atienza returned as a weather forecaster after a long absence since August due to heart problems, while Marc Logan was later reinstated as humor and features reporter.

Another new innovation is the Pulso ng Bayan (People's Pulse) segment, aired on selected Fridays beginning on the same month as the relaunch, that aims to reach to the common people about the issues being raised and broadcast on the newscast. Noli De Castro always hosts this weekly segment and goes out into the streets to ask the people about their reactions about the important news of the week.

In February 2011, TV Patrol launched its weekday text poll, the first in Philippine television news history, where texters can choose to agree or disagree at the current issues being broadcast in the program. The text poll happens from Monday to Thursday, but was soon expanded to Fridays. Later, new patriotic segments like Panalo 'To! (It's a Winner!) and Lakas ng Pinoy (Pinoy's Strength) debuted in April of the same year.

Weekend edition

TV Patrol Weekend in 2013

TV Patrol first aired on weekends as an occasional special broadcast. Its first weekend broadcast in September 2001 featured news about the battle between the American forces and the Taliban-led Afghan forces during the Afghan War. It also covered the Oakwood mutiny on July 27, 2003.

The weekend editions were launched in the first half of 2004 as TV Patrol Sabado and TV Patrol Linggo with Ces Oreña-Drilon and Henry Omaga-Diaz as its first anchors. During this period, the weekend editions used to occupy middle evening time slots between 8pm and 10pm. In 2005, Bernadette Sembrano replaced Oreña-Drilon when the latter left for ABS-CBN Insider.

On July 8, 2006, Alex Santos replaced Omaga-Diaz after the latter left the show for Bandila on July 2, 2006. The weekend editions stopped their simulcast over DZMM and moved to its present early evening time slot upon his arrival. However the Sunday telecast in several years remained in the mid-evening slots.

On July 3, 2010, three days after the first 2010 revamp, the two weekend editions merged into TV Patrol Weekend.

In recent editions, a new segment called Kuwentong Obrero (Workers' Story) is fitted into the newscast, which tackles the Philippines' great labor sector.

Theme music

The original music used by TV Patrol from 1987 to 1992 came from the Greek composer Vangelis with the track "Pulstar". The theme was followed by Ryan Cayabyab's composition of the second theme of TV Patrol used from 1992 to 1997. The said track is currently used by The World Tonight on ABS-CBN News Channel. When Noli de Castro went solo in 1997, it adopted the music entitled "Allegro" from Gari Communications. "Allegro" originated on the San Francisco CBS owned station KPIX-TV in 1996. To this day, TV Patrol still uses the same melodic theme with re-arrangement done by Jimmy Antiporda.

The current theme music was introduced on June 30, 2010, which incorporates the elements of Pulstar, TV Patrol's 2001-2004 theme (used by TV Patrol Sabado/Linggo from 2004-2006), TV Patrol World's 2004-2006 theme music, and TV Patrol World's 2006-2010 theme music.


Weekday anchors

Weekend anchors

Former anchors

Segment Anchors

Current Segment Anchors

Former Segment Anchors

TV Patrol on ABS-CBN Regional Network Group

Since 1988, TV Patrol regional editions are broadcast on all ABS-CBN owned and operated and affiliate stations nationwide. All regional editions air every late afternoons and some have simulcast over The Filipino Channel.

Current Regional Versions




Defunct Regional Versions

Awards and recognitions

The national TV Patrol and its anchors/reporters throughout its 2 decades of airing got various local, national and even international recognitions like the Asian TV Awards, New York Festivals and International Emmy Awards, as reported in the ABS-CBN Corporate Annual Reports. Also in the reports, the regional editions of TV Patrol and their respective news teams got notable local and even national recognitions (via KBP Golden Dove Awards and Catholic Mass Media Awards). Among the award-winning regional editions and regional news teams hail from TV Patrol Northern Luzon, TV Patrol Iloilo, TV Patrol Negros, TV Patrol Central Visayas, TV Patrol Tacloban, TV Patrol Southern Mindanao and TV Patrol Central Mindanao.

  • 24th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best News Program - Won
  • 2010 Catholic Mass Media Awards: Best News Program - TV Patrol - Won
  • 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best News Program - Won
  • 1st MTRCB Awards: Best Newscast - Nominated
  • 7th Gawad Tanglaw Awards: Best News Program - Won
  • 2009 Anak TV Seal Award: Most Well-Liked TV Program - Won
  • 2009 Catholic Mass Media Awards: Best News Program - TV Patrol Northern Luzon - Won
  • 6th Gawad Tanglaw Awards: Best News Program - Won
  • 22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best News Program - Won
  • 2008 Anak TV Seal Award: Most Well-Liked TV Program - Won
  • 4th USTv Students Choice Awards: Student's Choice of Local Newscast - Won
  • 2008 Catholic Mass Media Awards: Best News Program - TV Patrol Central Visayas - Won
  • 3rd UPLB Gandingan Awards: Best News Program & Hall of Famer - Won
  • 21st PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best News Program - Nominated
  • 12th Asian TV Awards: Best News Program (Taguig Hostage Crisis) - Nominated
  • 2007 Anak TV Seal Award: Most Well-Liked TV Program - Won
  • 2nd UPLB Gandingan Awards: Best News Program - Won
  • 1st UPLB Gandingan Awards: Best News Program - Won
  • 20th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best News Program - Won

See also


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