Anthony Taberna

Anthony "Tunying" Taberna (born Antonio Talens Taberna Jr.; January 16, 1975),[1][2] also known as Ka Tunying,[3] is a Tagalog-Filipino broadcast journalist and radio commentator.[4]

Anthony Taberna
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Taberna in 2019
Antonio Talens Taberna Jr.

(1975-01-16) January 16, 1975 (age 46)
Other namesTunying, Ka Tunying
Years active1997–present
AgentABS-CBN (1997–2020)
Manila Broadcasting Company (2020–present)
Spouse(s)Rossel Velasco (m. 2008)

At ABS-CBN, Taberna has hosted television and radio programs covering news and public affairs. He is one of the hosts of Umagang Kay Ganda (where he gained popularity in the segment "Punto por Punto") and XXX: Exklusibong, Explosibong, Exposé.[5] As a radio anchor, Taberna is one of the lead anchors for Dos por Dos, a daily late afternoon show, alongside Gerry Baja. He is also the former anchor of Iba-Balita and Mano Mano of Studio 23 and later News+ on S+A.


Early life and educationEdit

Anthony Talens Taberna Jr. was born on January 16, 1975, in San Antonio, Nueva Ecija, the fourth of seven children.[1] His father, Antonio Taberna Sr., was a provincial bus driver in Manila who only finished his education up until high school. Taberna's father died on August 18, 2002 after a period of ill health.[2] His mother, Benita Talens Taberna, only finished her elementary education.[1]


Taberna started his career as a part-time news writer in 1992 at DZEC, operated by Eagle Broadcasting Corporation. In 1997, he transferred to DZMM, an AM radio station owned by ABS-CBN, where he became a Radyo Patrol reporter. In January 2000, he joined Gerry Baja in "Ito Ang Radyo Patrol" (lit. This is Radio Patrol). The tandem then moved on to Gising Pilipinas in 2002, before they were given their own show, "Dos Por Dos" (lit. Two by Two), which airs late every afternoon.

As a television host, Taberna was featured on the morning show Magandang Umaga, Pilipinas and in the documentary program Kalye: Mga Kwento ng Lansangan. Taberna has been widely criticized for his misogyny, homophobia, and rape victim-blaming on live television. A campaign to remove him from his position due to his bad ethics was met by opposition from Taberna's employer company, ABS-CBN.[6] On July 31, 2020, Taberna left ABS-CBN due to the ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy when the Philippine Congress rejected the new legislative franchise of the network.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Taberna is married to former broadcast journalist Rossel Velasco, and they have two daughters named Zoey and Helga Taberna.

Taberna and his wife Rossel Velasco are the current business owners of the coffee shop-bakery-restaurant Ka Tunying's Cafe. The first branch of his coffee shop is located at Visayas Avenue in Quezon City.

The Taberna family has also opened additional branches of their coffee shop due to its popularity. The additional branches of Ka Tunying's are located at NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong and Clark International Airport in Pampanga.



Title Role Network Year
Dos por Dos Co-Anchor DZMM (2001–2020)
DZRH (2020–present)
Gising Pilipinas Anchor DZMM 2001–2007
Ito ang Radyo Patrol Host DZMM 1999–2002


Title Role Network Year
Magandang Umaga, Pilipinas Host/segment host ABS-CBN 2004–2007
Umagang Kay Ganda Host ABS-CBN 2007–2020
Dos por Dos Co-Host DZMM TeleRadyo (2007–2020)
DZRH News Television (2020–present)
Kalye: Mga Kwento ng Lansangan Host ABS-CBN 2008–2009
TV Patrol Senior correspondent ABS-CBN 1997–2020
XXX: Exklusibong, Explosibong, Exposé Host ABS-CBN 2010–2013
Iba-Balita Anchor Studio 23 2010–2014
Ako Ang Simula Host ABS-CBN 2011–2013
Pinoy True Stories – Demandahan Host ABS-CBN 2012–2013
Mano Mano Host Studio 23 2012–2013
Tapatan ni Tunying Host ABS-CBN 2013–2019
News+ Anchor ABS-CBN Sports+Action 2014
Wildflower Debate host ABS-CBN 2017
Pareng Partners Co-Host ABS-CBN 2018–2019
Kuha Mo! Host ABS-CBN 2019–2020


Iglesia Ni Cristo controversiesEdit

On August 30, 2015, Anthony Taberna announced that he will take a leave of absence from his two shows on ABS-CBN, citing "conflict of interest" due to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). Taberna is one of the personalities surfaced in the recent INC members' assembly in EDSA last August 30.[7][8]

Remarks on rape victimEdit

On February 19, 2018, a news report showing a video of a 19-year-old girl was delivered. She was allegedly gang-raped after meeting up with someone she was chatting with online. In the background, however, Anthony Taberna’s voice can be heard, saying:

This is just remarkable. It’s not the first time that this happened. There have been so many incidents like this of eyeball meet-ups. What’s more dangerous is you not only go to that eyeball meet-up, you even went out for a drink. That’s the problem, that’s the hardest of all, especially since you’re drinking out with an all-male group.[9]

Taberna, however, didn’t stop there. Seemingly cutting off Jeff Canoy, Taberna responded that in truth, women shouldn’t put themselves in dangerous situations.

No. The truth is it’s easy to say that to men. Excuse me in so far as the victim is concerned, the one who must be given justice. But this should be a (warning) for future incidents. If you’re a woman, don’t enter a hole of evil-doers.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "The humble and hard-hitting news man". The Manila Times. September 6, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Flores, Wilson Lee (November 11, 2012). "What Anthony Taberna wants to ask P-Noy & why he gets teary-eyed on TV". The Philippine Star. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "Paglabas ni Ka Tunying sa 'Wildflower,' ikinatuwa ng netizens". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. July 21, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Cruz, Marinel (July 25, 2009). "Point for point with Anthony Taberna". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on July 26, 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "'XXX': Anthony Taberna exposes P3M scam". ABS-CBN July 5, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  6. ^ "Viewers Call for Anthony Taberna to Be Fired After Victim-Blaming on Umagang Kay Ganda". 2018-02-20. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  7. ^ "Anthony Taberna takes leave of absence from TV, radio show". Rappler. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  8. ^ "ABS-CBN statement on Anthony Taberna's leave". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Anthony Taberna slammed for blaming rape victim; quickly apologizes to public (Inquirer.Net)". February 22, 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2018.

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