Aljo Bendijo (born Alexes Joseph Rubia Bendijo[1] on February 6, 1974) is a Filipino broadcast journalist based in Manila. He is the best known for host Hoy Gising, then anchoring ABS-CBN's flagship newscast TV Patrol from 2001 to 2003 with Korina Sanchez and Henry Omaga-Diaz and Batingaw (which became Teledyaryo: Final Edition) of People's Television Network from 2008 to 2012, as well as one of the host of One Morning Cafe and Good Morning Pilipinas. He is formerly joined RPN to anchor Newswatch Aksyon Balita from 2006 to 2007. He currently hosts "Sonshine Newsblast", the flagship newscast program of DZAR 1026 in Manila.

Aljo Bendijo
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Aljo Bendijo as one of the hosts of Good Morning Boss shown simulcast on PTV 4.
Born
Alexes Joseph Rubia Bendijo[fn 1]

(1974-02-06) February 6, 1974 (age 45)
NationalityPhilippines Filipino
EducationAB Mass Commucation
AB Broadcast Communication
Bachelor of Laws
Alma materAteneo de Davao University
Holy Cross of Davao College
Polytechnic University of the Philippines[1]
Arellano University School of Law
OccupationJournalist, newscaster, radio commentator
Years active1994–present
AgentABS-CBN News and Current Affairs (1994–2004)
Media ng Bayan (2007–2012; 2015–present)
Known forTV Patrol Davao
TV Patrol
Sapul Kayo Dyan!
Magandang Umaga Bayan
Hataw Balita
NewsWatch Aksyon Balita
One Morning Cafe
Batingaw/Teledyaryo: Final Edition
Good Morning Boss
News @ 6
Sonshine NewsBlast
Isyu at Batas
PTV News
RadyoBisyon
Ulat Bayan
Daily Info

Early life and backgroundEdit

 
Bendijo was born and grew up in Davao City, Philippines

Aljo Bendijo was born as Alexes Joseph Rubia Bendijo on February 6, 1974, in Davao City and is the eldest of three children. He started out having part-time jobs as waiter and janitor while he was studying at the Southeastern University in his hometown. A proud scholar, he took up AB Mass Communication for two years at the Ateneo de Davao University before moving to Holy Cross of Davao College where he obtained his degree in 1996. He also obtained a degree in Broadcast Communication at Polytechnic University of the Philippines [1][2] and pursued law at Arellano University School of Law in Pasay City where he earned his Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.).[3]

CareerEdit

1994–2004: ABS-CBN News careerEdit

Bendijo started his television career at ABS-CBN Regional Network Group's Davao station in 1994 while obtaining his college degree and hosted a public-service program on the station's regional radio station DXAB. He then became anchor of TV Patrol Southern Mindanao with Girlie Balaba in 1997 following a reformat in the program. It was renamed TV Patrol Davao.

He then rose to national fame when he was named as one of the three anchors in the reformat of the main TV Patrol in ABS-CBN Manila on March 12, 2001.[4] He joined after Noli De Castro left as anchor to participate at the 2001 Senatorial elections, alongside returning anchor Korina Sanchez and then-interim anchor Henry Omaga-Diaz. His anchoring skills were absolutely commended by the management that they gave him his own show, Sapul Kayo Diyan!, which aired on Saturdays at 10:30pm. Aside from these three shows, Bendijo also excelled as one of the field reporters of the News & Current Affairs Division.

He bagged the "Best New Male TV Personality" award at the 15th PMPC Star Awards for Television in 2001. Following his anchor stint, he was named as one of the hosts of the morning show Magandang Umaga, Bayan (MUB) and was its newsreader, alongside Katherine de Castro, on March 5, 2002.

In 2003, he was not seen on TV Patrol for unknown reasons and following this, the newscast underwent a reformat change adding Julius Babao to the roster, joining Sanchez. He left MUB also after a year, ending his 10-year career in the network.

2006–2007: Various TV appearancesEdit

Bendijo was seen in 2006 anchoring Hataw Balita on UNTV, following his three-year hiatus from TV, with Daniel Razon, Jay Sonza and lawyer Mel Mauricio (Razon and Sonza had been ABS-CBN anchors, and then transferred to GMA with Mauricio), hosting the Hataw Balita segment. He left the show and transferred to RPN. In the network, he became one of the first anchors of RPN Action News (later became NewsWatch Aksyon Balita) with former ABS-CBN talents Erwin Tulfo and Connie Sison for a year, which replaced Arangkada Balita, anchored by then-Teledyaryo anchor and former TV Patrol anchor Angelique Lazo.

2007–2012: Stint at People's Television Network (PTV)Edit

After his stint at RPN and UNTV, Bendijo then moved to the government-owned NBN 4.[5] He became the main host of the morning show One Morning Cafe with Veronica Baluyut-Jimenez from 2007 to 2010. He anchored the late-night flagship newscast Batingaw (which became Teledyaryo: Final Edition) with Kathy San Gabriel and Cathy Villar from 2008 to 2012. On September 1, 2015, he again joined People's Television Network's morning show Good Morning Boss as host and one of the main anchors of PTV's flagship news program News @ 6 now became an anchor of PTV News with Kathy San Gabriel and Ria Fernandez.[6][7]

2012–present: SMNI Radio and Radyo ng Bayan careerEdit

Since 2012, Bendijo has been part of the roster of anchors for DZAR 1026, the flagship radio station of Sonshine Media Network International and has been anchoring the newscast Newsblast. He also hosts DZAR's public service program Isyu at Batas with De La Salle University Law School Vice Dean and Law professor Atty. Antonio "Butch" Jamon, Jr. The program deals with legal opinions on different issues of national interests and at the same time extending free legal advises especially to less fortunates and indigents. On September 12, 2016, Bendijo assumed as main anchor for RadyoBisyon aired live from Monday to Friday, 6:00 to 7:00 am, over PBS Radyo ng Bayan (now Radyo Pilipinas 1), PTV 4 and IBC 13 with co-host Czarinah Luzuegro. Radyo Bisyon words of "radio" and "television" is the national morning newscast of Media Ng Bayan. He also hosts Hamon-Bendijo, an issue based commentary radio program with Dean Butch Jamon also with Radyo ng Bayan 738 kHz right after RadyoBisyon. Currently, he anchors Radyo Pilipinas News Nationwide with Alan Allanigue on Radyo Pilipinas, Monday to Friday, 7:00 to 8:00 am and BIRADA BENDIJO on Facebook.

Other activitiesEdit

Business venturesEdit

Aside from his anchor stint, Bendijo tried merchandise and retail business in Imus, Cavite. He also managed the band Sidecrash, which had been known as 12 Months to Pay. The band is composed of five members who are also Davaoenos.[8]

Public imageEdit

He named as one of the Top 10 Cutest newsmen in the country by spot.ph. in 2010.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Bendijo is known to be good friend with fellow ABS-CBN anchor Bernadette Sembrano.[10] He is now married to Melanie Galita-Bendijo of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation.

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Network Reference
2018–present Sentro Balita Anchor PTV
2017–2018 Daily Info Anchor PTV
2017 Ulat Bayan Anchor PTV
2016–2017 The Breaking Point Host PTV
2016–2017 PTV News Anchor PTV
2015–2016 News @ 6 Anchor PTV
2015–2017 Good Morning Pilipinas Host PTV
2008–2010 Batingaw Anchor NBN
2007–2008; 2010–2012 Teledyaryo: Final Edition Anchor NBN/PTV
2007–2010 One Morning Cafe Host NBN
2006–2007 NewsWatch Aksyon Balita Anchor RPN
2006 Hataw Balita Anchor UNTV
2002–2004 Magandang Umaga, Bayan Host ABS-CBN
2002–2005 Sapul Kayo Diyan! Host ABS-CBN
2001–2003 TV Patrol Anchor ABS-CBN
1997–2001 TV Patrol Davao Anchor ABS-CBN Davao

RadioEdit

Year Title Role Station Reference
2018–present Birada Bendijo Anchor Radyo Pilipinas
2017–present Radyo Pilipinas News Nationwide Anchor Radyo Pilipinas (Radyo ng Bayan)
2016–2017 RadyoBisyon Main Anchor Radyo ng Bayan DZRB 738 kHz
2012–present Sonshine NewsBlast Main Anchor Sonshine Radio DZAR 1026 kHz
1998–2000 DXAB at your Service Main Anchor DXAB Radyo Patrol 1296 Davao

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Alternately spelled as Alexis Joseph Rubia Bendijo.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Remarkable Alumni". Polytechnic University of the Philippines website.
  2. ^ http://pup-coc-dbc.weebly.com/alumni.html
  3. ^ "Aljo Bendijo: A promdi in the big city | Entertainment, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com". philstar.com. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  4. ^ "PNoy, nagsermon sa selebrasyon ng ika-25 anibersaryo ng TV Patrol" (in Tagalog). DZMM. July 28, 2012. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  5. ^ "Aljo Bendijo, nasa NBN 4 na" (in Tagalog). October 11, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Aljo Bendijo". aljobendijo.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2016-02-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Whatever happened to Aljo Bendijo? | Entertainment, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com". philstar.com. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  9. ^ "Top 10 Cutest newsmen in the country". spot.ph. April 29, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ http://www.pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=170170&page=2

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