Tina Monzon-Palma

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Ma. Cristina “Tina” Monzon-Palma is a multi-awarded Filipino broadcast journalist.

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Career

Initially a radio announcer, Tina Monzon-Palma got her break in television newscasting when she was transferred to the state-run National Media Production Center (NMPC) after many radio and television stations were shut down at the onset of Martial Law in 1972. During her stint at the NMPC, she became known for expressing her disagreement or disbelief with the Marcos regime by reporting press releases from Malacanang with a slight cough or a slight smile. This earned the ire of Marcos cronies but gained the respect of the public.

She was hired by GMA-7 in 1976, serving as one of the station's first female news anchors for the news program News at Seven, and later becoming head of GMA News. Propelled by the clamor for more public affairs programs in the wake of the EDSA Revolution, Monzon-Palma established the GMA Public Affairs department in 1987.

In 1992, however, Monzon-Palma left GMA-7 for ABC 5 (now TV5), to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the network. She then left again for ABS-CBNin 1998, where she hosts the news program The World Tonight with Angelo Castro, Jr. until the present.

Apart from The World Tonight, which has since then transferred to ABS-CBN's sister cable channel ANC, Monzon-Palma also hosts the “interactive” talkshow Talkback with Tina Palma on the same channel. She also had a brief return to radio on the now-defunct P.A.K.S.A. (Pagtalakay at Kaisipan sa mga Isyung Panlipunan) on DZMM.

Socio-Civic Involvement

Even when she was just a reporter, Monzon-Palma was already active in several socio-civic organizations such as the Quezon City chapter of the Philippine Red Cross and the Citizens Traffic Action.

She is more widely known for her work with ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. (AFI), which she joined in 1998 after organizing the Southeast Asian Foundation for Children and Television (now Anak TV, Inc.) with AFI Managing Director Gina Lopez. Monzon-Palma went on to lead AFI's Bantay Bata 163 as Program Director, as well as head the network giant's Sagip Kapamilya relief operations.

She is also part of the Philippine chapter of the International Social Service, Inc. Board of Trustees as PRO, and one of the directors of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.

Awards

Monzon-Palma has won several awards for her work in media. She was named the Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year by the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas in 2002, primarily for her work at the radio station DZMM. She has also been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the academe-based Gawad TANGLAW in 2008.

In 2010 Monzon-Palma was awarded the 4th Hildegard Award by her alma mater, St. Scholastica's College. She had been previously been recognized as one of the 100 Outstanding Scholasticians by the St' Scholastica's Alumnae Foundation, Inc.


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