Karen, Julius to join Ces in 'Bandila'
Karen, Julius to join Ces in 'Bandila'
11/19/2010 6:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Multi-awarded broadcast journalists Karen Davila and Julius Babao are set to join Ces Oreña Drilon as anchors of ABS-CBN's late night newscast Bandila starting Monday.

ABS-CBN Corp., in a statement, announced the anchor shuffle on Friday. (The full press release is below.)

"ABS-CBN bolsters its late night newscast 'Bandila' by bringing together multi-awarded broadcast journalists Ces Oreña Drilon, Julius Babao, and Karen Davila to deliver the nation's biggest news and stories beginning Monday (Nov 22)," the statement said.

"Babao and Davila’s addition to the program also marks the dawn of a new and more interactive 'Bandila,' wherein viewers are given a chance to air their reactions to every news item," it said.

"We want our viewers to have a platform where they can immediately express themselves, where they feel empowered to take part not just in the discussion but in finding solutions to the issue at hand," Bandila's executive producer Paul Henson said.

"Known as 'working journalists,' Drilon, Babao, and Davila have established their credibility in the industry with news reports and stories they themselves have pursued, written, and produced," ABS-CBN said.

Davila is a former anchor of "The Correspondents," the news documentary program that won her awards from UNICEF Child Rights Awards (2005), Asian TV Awards (2006), and New York TV and Film Festivals (2004 and 2007).

Babao, meanwhile, anchors a radio program in DZMM and the investigative program “XXX,” where he personally joins authorities in surveillance and raids to show his commitment to the resolution of the problems raised to them.

Davila was also named Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Rotary Club of Manila in 2004 and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in 2008.
 
Davila also won Best Female TV Newscaster in the recent 2010 PMPC Star Awards, while Babao took home the trophy in the male category for the third straight year.

The change in the anchor lineup of the network's late-night newscast comes weeks after a similar reformatting of the primetime newscast TV Patrol.

Noli de Castro and Korina Sanchez returned to the newscast last November 8, joining Ted Failon. Babao and Davila formerly co-anchored TV Patrol, along with Failon.

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From ABS-CBN Corporate Communications:

CES OREÑA-DRILON, JULIUS BABAO AND KAREN DAVILA TO RAISE ALL-NEW "BANDILA"

ABS-CBN bolsters its late night newscast "Bandila" by bringing together multi-awarded broadcast journalists Ces Oreña Drilon, Julius Babao, and Karen Davila to deliver the nation's biggest news and stories beginning Monday (Nov 22).

Babao and Davila's addition to the program also marks the dawn of a new and more interactive "Bandila," wherein viewers are given a chance to air their reactions to every news item.

Through the official pages of "Bandila" on Facebook and Twitter, and the three anchors' personal accounts, people may send in their comments while the newscast is going on. After each report, Drilon, Babao, and Davila will read some of the entries live on air.

"Bandila" executive producer Paul Henson said this is another way to empower Filipinos, aside from encouraging them to report to the award-winning "Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula" citizen journalism campaign.

"We want our viewers to have a platform where they can immediately express themselves, where they feel empowered to take part not just in the discussion but in finding solutions to the issue at hand," he said.

Known as "working journalists," Drilon, Babao, and Davila have established their credibility in the industry with news reports and stories they themselves have pursued, written, and produced.

Drilon has long juggled anchoring and reporting duties from her stint in "The World Tonight" in the early nineties up to the present day as one of the original anchors of "Bandila." People turned to her for information in critical news events such as the Manila Peninsula Siege in 2007, where she was among the few journalists whose lives were put in danger. Drilon is also the anchor of current affairs gems like "Pipol," "The Correspondents," and "I Survived."

Like Ces, Davila is a former anchor of "The Correspondents," the news documentary program that has won her awards from UNICEF Child Rights Awards (2005), Asian TV Awards (2006), and New York TV and Film Festivals (2004 and 2007). Davila was also named Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Rotary Club of Manila in 2004 and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in 2008.

Davila also won Best Female TV Newscaster in the recent 2010 PMPC Star Awards, while Babao took home the trophy in the male category for the third straight year. Babao also anchors a radio program in DZMM and the investigative program "XXX," where he personally joins authorities in surveillance and raids to show his commitment to the resolution of the problems raised to them.

"Bandila" itself has gained numerous recognitions and/or nominations from award-giving bodies like Golden Dove Awards, Star Awards, Asian TV Awards, and the International Emmys.

With decades of experience and a bundle of awards among them, Drilon, Babao, and Davila are expected to bring depth and savvy to "Bandila" and also increase viewer participation through their use of social media within the program.

Be part of history as it unfolds. Join Ces Oreña Drilon, Julius Babao, and Karen Davila from Monday to Friday, after "SNN" on "Bandila." Take part in the newscast by sending your comments and reactions to the official Facebook and Twitter pages of "Bandila" and official accounts of the three anchors.