Arnold Clavio (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈklabjo]; born November 2, 1965), also known as Igan, is a Filipino radio and television newscaster, journalist, and television host.[1] He currently co-anchors GMA Network's late-night newscast Saksi, the morning show Unang Hirit, and a morning radio show called One on One: Walang Personalan on DZBB with Connie Sison. He also writes a column entitled Hirit Na! for the tabloid newspaper Abante.[2] He was the director of Solid Ground School in Plaridel, Bulacan in 1998.

Arnold Clavio
Born (1965-11-02) November 2, 1965 (age 58)
Tondo, Manila, Philippines
Other namesIgan
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas (AB)
Occupation(s)News anchor, host, radio commentator
Years active1994–present
TelevisionUnang Balita (2002–present)
Saksi anchor

Early life and career


Whilst in school, Clavio was a member of his school newspaper's editorial staff. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters.[3]

After graduating, Clavio worked as a news writer at DWIZ. After a year, he became a field reporter for GMA Network's flagship radio station, DZBB.[4]

Clavio made his first appearance as a television news reporter in 1994, when GMA offered him a reporter's slot in Brigada Siete,[5] co-hosting with the late Louie Beltran and Jessica Soho.[4][6] The next year, the Philippine Department of Health awarded Clavio top prize in their Philippine AIDS-STD Media Awards for his report on Sarah Jane Salazar.[7] Later that year, the Asian Broadcasting Union named Clavio's coverage of Abu Sayyaf the "Best Reportage of a Crisis."

In 1996, Clavio became the host of Emergency, a late-night news and public affairs program, replacing Edu Manzano.[8] In 1999, he began to co-host Unang Hirit, an early morning news and lifestyle program.

Three years later, Clavio was hosting his morning radio program, Dobol A sa Dobol B.[7] The program was named 1999's "Best Public Affairs Program" on radio by the KBP Golden Dove Awards.

In 2001, Clavio was among the journalists who covered the May 1 riots near Malacañang Palace that was noted to be aggressive towards news media.[9][10] On March 15, 2004, he replaced Mike Enriquez as co-anchor of Saksi. In November of that year, he co-hosted the Eat Bulaga Silver Special, a collaboration between TAPE Productions and GMA News and Public Affairs, with his co-host from Unang Hirit, Rhea Santos.

In 2009 and 2010, Clavio hosted a variety of television programs. In March 2009, he co-hosted Case Unclosed, replacing Kara David. In September of that year, he was a guest newscaster for 24 Oras: Special Edition, a special weekend newscast that aired after Typhoon Ondoy, Typhoon Pepeng, and the Maguindanao massacre. He also appeared in 24 Oras as a substitute anchor for Mike Enriquez during his medical leave.

In March 2010, Clavio became the host of Kandidato, a public affairs talk show featuring interviews with presidential candidates. The next month, the primetime talk show Tonight with Arnold Clavio was launched on the Q channel and GMA News TV. Clavio also hosted a new public service program called Rescue a month later.

In February 2011, he became a solo newscaster on Balita Pilipinas.

In March 2012, he was named as one of the 18 awardees at the 2nd UST AB Gantimpala Awards held at Club Filipino in Greenhills.[1] In December 2012, Clavio was inducted to the Eastwood City Walk of Fame for his work as a newscaster.[11][12]



On March 15, 2012, the Philippine Football Federation lodged a formal complaint with the GMA Network regarding allegedly "racist, discriminatory, libelous and malicious statements made by Clavio."[13][14]

In May 2013, after TV host Vice Ganda made a "rape joke" in reference to Clavio's fellow anchor Jessica Soho, Clavio came out in defense of Soho, expressing his disapproval of Vice's remarks.[15]

On November 6, 2013, Clavio came under fire for an interview conducted with attorney Alfredo Villamor on the morning talk show Unang Hirit. Villamor was standing in for Janet Napoles to discuss the "Pork Barrel scandal."[13]

In August 2020, former OFW Sarah Balabagan, who is now a host of a Las Vegas-based radio program, claimed in a Facebook livestream that Clavio was the father of her eldest child, and that their relationship happened when she was still 17 years old.[16][17] The revelation also sparked criticism on social media, with one Twitter user calling him "a pedophile".[18] Balabagan had clarified in her livestream that the revelation was not out of revenge, but to merely put rumors to rest.[19] She also added that she apologized to "everyone she hurt", including her family and Clavio's family, and that Clavio's wife forgave her through Facebook Messenger.[20][21]

On November 13, 2020, Clavio, along with his co-host Ali Sotto, earned the ire of netizens after he asked an 'insensitive' question towards a woman who was a victim of Typhoon Vamco (locally named Ulysses). Vamco brought heavy flooding and left Metro Manila and several parts of Luzon in devastation on Thursday, November 12. Among those who were affected by the flood was Angela Jardin whom the two asked, a resident from Provident Village in Marikina. She and five other people were stranded on the third floor of her house during the Typhoon's landfall. The conversation earned a lot of criticism from netizens who called out the radio anchors for being insensitive towards the victim. Netizens said it seems like he blamed the victim for choosing to stay in their house. Many netizens called out Clavio and Sotto for their "privilege" as they assume that others have options to find a better shelter.[22]

Personal life


Clavio is married with three children. He has a daughter with Sarah Balabagan. Clavio started the Igan Foundation, whose stated mission is to help those living in poverty and diagnostic as diabetic alopecia.[12][23]

In June 2024, Clavio disclosed that he had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while driving home after playing golf on June 11.[24]

Career timeline



Year Title Network
1982, 1983 Eat Bulaga![25][23] RPN
1994–2001 Brigada Siete GMA Network
1995–1998 GMA Balita
1996–2009 Emergency
1998–1999 Mornings @ GMA
1999–2004 i-Witness
1999–present Unang Hirit
2004–present Saksi
2007 Philippine Agenda
2009–2010 Case Unclosed
2010, 2013 Kandidato
2010–2013 Rescue
2010–2020 Tonight with Arnold Clavio GMA News TV
2011 Sanib Puwersa GMA Network
2011–2021 Dobol B sa News TV GMA News TV
2011–2014 Balita Pilipinas
2013–2021 Alisto GMA Network
2021–present Dobol B TV GTV
2023 Imbestigador ng Bayan: Pagpupugay sa nag-iisang Mike Enriquez GMA Network
2024 24 Oras GMA Network


Year Title Station
1998–2020 Dobol A sa Dobol B Super Radyo DZBB 594
2000–present Saksi sa Dobol B
2008–2014 One on One with Igan
2021–present One on One: Walang Personalan

Awards and nominations

  • Outstanding Male News Presenter Saksi (1995) - Nominee
  • Outstanding Celebrity Talk Program Host (2010)- Nominee
  • Awardee, UST AB Gantimpala Awards (2012)[1]
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
1995 Asian Broadcasting Union Best Reportage of a Crisis Won
1999 Golden Dove Awards Best Public Affairs Program on Radio Won
2000 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Morning Show Host Unang Hirit Won
2001 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Morning Show Host Unang Hirit Won
2002 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Morning Show Host Unang Hirit Won
2006 Rotary Club of Manila Media Awards Broadcast Journalist of the Year Won
2008 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Morning Show Host Unang Hirit Won
2012 Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Celebrity Inductee Won[11]
2013 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Morning Show Host Unang Hirit Won
2015 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Morning Show Host Unang Hirit Won
2017 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Male Newscaster Saksi Won
2018 PMPC Star Awards for TV Excellence In Broadcasting Award GMA News Won

See also



  1. ^ a b c "Arnold Clavio honored at the 2012 ust ab gantimpala awards". April 9, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Hirit na: Kapayapaan ay sumainyo". July 27, 2016.
  3. ^ "Emergency". March 3, 2001. Archived from the original on March 3, 2001.
  4. ^ a b "Arnold Clavio: Ready for any Emergency". August 13, 2003.
  5. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer March 16, 2002.
  6. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer March 15, 2002.
  7. ^ a b "Arnold Clavio celebrates 25 years in journalism". December 19, 2012.
  8. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer March 16, 2002.
  9. ^ Gumban, Neil (May 4, 2001). Emergency: Naipit sa Gulo! [Emergency: Caught in the Fray!]. YouTube (in Filipino). Event occurs at 19:06. Retrieved April 6, 2024. Bahagya, ako [Arnold Clavio] nga hindi nakaligtas sa kanilang pagbabato't pananakit. Matindi ang kanilang galit.
  10. ^ "Women make the difference on ABS-CBN News". Philippine Daily Inquirer. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc. May 26, 2001. p. C9. Retrieved April 15, 2024.
  11. ^ a b "Arnold Clavio, kabilang sa 27 na ginawaran ng bituin sa Eastwood City Walk of Fame". Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Arnold Clavio Biography". pinoystop. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  13. ^ a b Sallan, Edwin (November 6, 2013). "Arnold Clavio gets flak from netizens for rude interview with Napoles lawyer". Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  14. ^ "Brown-skin chauvinism: GMA-7, Clavio should apologize (updated)". Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility. March 21, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  15. ^ "Rape joke ni Vice Ganda tungkol kay Jessica Soho, binatikos" (in Tagalog). Retrieved May 29, 2013.
  16. ^ Panaligan, Jojo (August 24, 2020). "Sarah Balabagan claims Arnold Clavio fathered her firstborn". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  17. ^ Arcadio, Ryan (August 24, 2020). "WATCH: Sarah Balabagan names Arnold Clavio as father of her firstborn". Inquirer Entertainment. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  18. ^ Severo, Jan Milo (August 25, 2020). "Internet users slam Arnold Clavio for 'hair time' post amid Sarah Balabagan controversy". Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  19. ^ Malasig, Jeline (August 24, 2020). "'Hair time!': Arnold Clavio posts hair-do photos amid claims of fathering Sarah Balabagan's child". Interaksyon. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  20. ^ Kingsu-Cheng, Jane (August 24, 2020). "Everything you need to know about the Sarah Balabagan-Arnold Clavio connection". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  21. ^ Bernardo, Neil (August 24, 2020). "Arnold Clavio's wife reacts to Sarah Balabagan's revelation". MSN Philippines. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  22. ^ "Arnold Clavio bashed for 'insensitive' remark to a victim of Typhoon Ulysses". November 13, 2020.
  23. ^ a b "25 things to know about Arnold Clavio". March 12, 2015.
  24. ^ "Arnold Clavio details recent health scare, catches hemorrhagic stroke while in hospital". GMA News. June 14, 2024.
  25. ^ "35 Things You Didn't Know About "Eat Bulaga!"". July 22, 2014.