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Bandila (Tagalog for "flag") is a late night news broadcast of ABS-CBN in the Philippines. Premiering on July 3, 2006, the newscast is currently anchored by Julius Babao and Karen Davila. It is aired Weeknights at 10:45 to 11:15 PM (after Tonight with Boy Abunda), with an early edition airing on DZMM TeleRadyo and DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 at 10:00 PM featuring a long story format about which the Center of Media Freedom and Responsibility stated, Bandila’s strength is its willingness to take a story and explore the various issues surrounding it. In addition, "it takes an issue to another level by adding perspective and analysis to it, thereby providing viewers a journalistic ingredient sorely lacking in many TV reports: context". Such objective causes the reports to be longer than usual.[1]

Logo used since July 4, 2016.
Live action
Citizen journalism
Created byABS-CBN Corporation
Developed byABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Directed byKits Fernandez
Presented byJulius Babao
Karen Davila
Opening theme"Isang Bandila" by Rivermaya (July 3, 2006-June 29, 2018)
"Bandila" by Ebe Dancel (July 2, 2018-September 3, 2018; November 22, 2018-Present)
Composer(s)Jimmy Antiporda
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Filipino
Executive producer(s)Venancio Borromeo
Production location(s)ABS-CBN Newscenter Manila
Quezon City, Philippines
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30 minutes
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV) (2006–2018)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2018–present)
Original releaseJuly 3, 2006 (2006-07-03) –
Preceded byABS-CBN Insider
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Sanchez-Diaz-Drilon era (2006–2009)Edit

On July 3, 2006, Bandila replaced ABS-CBN Insider with Korina Sanchez returning to newscasting after nearly two years since she left TV Patrol. She was joined by Ces Oreña-Drilon, who was one of the final anchors of Insider with Atty. Dong Puno, and Henry Omaga-Diaz as original anchors of the program. During its pilot episode, it broadcast a video of General Danilo Lim organizing a coup d'état against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Maria Ressa, then-head of ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs explained Bandila as "three colors, three stars, three anchors"[2] referring that of the Philippine flag having three colors. On the other hand, Luchi Cruz-Valdes, then head of Current Affairs, said that the title also depicts the news as "banner stories".[2] They also said that they choose three anchors for the late-night newscast as referring to the three stars in the Philippine flag and chooses Sanchez, Omaga-Diaz and Oreña-Drilon as the anchors because they are the three of the most seasoned and experienced broadcast journalist in ABS-CBN.

During this period, Bandila covered the New Year Countdown for 2008 and 2009, after failing to air the 2007 New Year Countdown as New Year's Eve of 2006 fell on Sunday as Bandila airs Monday to Friday.

Diaz-Drilon era (2009–2010)Edit

On May 8, 2009, Sanchez took an indefinite leave from Bandila and from her DZMM radio program Tambalang Failon at Sanchez in anticipation of her wedding to Senator Mar Roxas and his presidential bid for the 2010 Philippine elections,[3] leaving Oreña-Drilon and Omaga-Diaz as the remaining anchors of the program, which would serve as a mini-reunion on television after they did the inaugural newscast of TV Patrol Weekend in 2004.

Although December 31, 2009 fell on Thursday, Bandila once again failed to air the 2010 New Year Countdown as a separate Countdown broadcast anchored by Bernadette Sembrano and Jorge Cariño was aired right after the newscast.

2010 Revamp (2010)Edit

A new and improved Bandila was introduced in time for President-elect Noynoy Aquino's inauguration, on June 30, 2010. This includes the logo, opening billboard and studio setup that will accommodate augmented reality technology. This was also the first time TV Patrol and Bandila shared a common studio set-up.

Babao-Davila-Drilon era (2010–2011)Edit

On November 3, 2010, ABS-CBN announced the appointment of outgoing TV Patrol anchors Julius Babao and Karen Davila to the late night newscast. Their arrival to the newscast was scheduled to November 8 but it did not took effect as Babao was on a vacation at that time. Instead, Bandila was given a new and enhanced studio set, which was exclusively done for TV Patrol.

On November 22, 2010, Babao and Davila finally arrived the newscast, joining Ces Oreña-Drilon and replacing Omaga-Diaz, who decided to return on field reporting.[4] The same night, the show updated its graphics, opening billboard, and title card. Bandila started letting viewers send their reactions on each news through Twitter or Facebook and later read by the anchors after each news items, thus making Bandila more interactive.

Sanchez, from being one of the original anchors of the program, was placed in TV Patrol in turn. The addition of Babao and Davila on Bandila falsified the rumor that they will leave ABS-CBN and transfer to a different TV network after being removed from TV Patrol.

Bandila covered the 2011 New Year Countdown Special, with Babao and Davila anchoring it from Luneta Park, Manila. This was the third time the newscast covered the New Year Countdown; the first two being at the beginning of 2008 and 2009.

On January 7, 2011, Bandila stopped its delayed simulcast over DZMM and DZMM TeleRadyo in preparation for the DZMM schedule revamps that occurred three days later, leaving TV Patrol as the only TV program to simulcast on DZMM. It was later returned on-air as a standalone early edition which began on April 17, 2017 at 10:00PM, airing exclusively on the two stations before its main edition on ABS-CBN.

On April 25, 2011, Bandila launched its official webpage as its additional online citizen journalism site.

Babao-Davila-Drilon-Abunda era (2011–2014)Edit

On October 3, 2011, Bandila moved earlier timeslot with the addition of Boy Abunda as one of the anchors, upon which it focuses on entertainment. This resulted in their title cards updated and a new opening billboard. Another innovation for the newscast is by sending reactions through text messaging. Another addition is the segment Trending Balita, which focuses on different personalities in showbiz and Ikaw Na! where Abunda interviews showbiz personalities.

On July 29, 2013, Bandila, alongside TV Patrol, changed their idents and look. It was first revealed on their official Facebook account. The Bandila font logo was also replaced from Trajan.

Abunda left the show on February 7, 2014 to co-anchor Aquino & Abunda Tonight.

Transition back to Babao-Davila-Drilon era (2014–2017)Edit

On February 10, 2014, the original Bandila 2013 OBB was updated to only show the three remaining anchors prior to the exit of Abunda, which was used until May 9, 2014. This time, the entrance of the title card animated in flag form.

On May 12, 2014, the program's OBB and graphics and segments were updated again.

from June 25 to July 3, 2016, the main studio for TV Patrol and this program underwent major renovations, that caused both programs to be broadcast temporarily from the ABS-CBN News' newsroom.

On December 22, 2017, long-time host Ces Oreña-Drilon leaves the show to focus in her new position in the network.

July 4, 2016: 10th AnniversaryEdit

On July 4, 2016, TV Patrol and Bandila revamped its opening billboards, graphics, lower thirds and ticker; while the logos for both programs remained the same (except that the logo for Bandila now uses Gotham typeface), the logos were presented in a 3D-like format. Also, both programs are broadcast in a newly-renovated set, which includes a large screen display and green chroma set. The revamp coincides the 10th anniversary of the newscast.

April 17, 2017: Return to DZMMEdit

As part of its 10th anniversary, on April 17, 2017, Bandila returned to DZMM and DZMM TeleRadyo as it is undergoing programming changes. It became a standalone broadcast and premiered at 10:00pm while the main edition on ABS-CBN will be retained unlike prior to 2011 when it was simulcasted on a slightly-delayed basis.

Babao-Davila era (2017–present)Edit

On December 21, 2017, Oreña-Drilon announced that she bid goodbye to Bandila due to other commitments.[5]

On December 25, 2017, the current Bandila 2016 OBB was still used showing still the three remaining anchors prior to the exit of Drilon.

Days after, the current Bandila OBB was shortened as it excludes the part of Drilon.

April 2, 2018: High definition (HD) BroadcastingEdit

After 12 years of broadcasting in Standard Definition (480i, 4:3 SDTV) format, Bandila (along with the other network's news programs - as well as DZMM TeleRadyo's Headline Pilipinas) has finally switched to High Definition (1080i, 16:9 HDTV, which introduced it the day before) with a temporary background music temporarily replacing "Isang Bandila" which was sung by Rico Blanco of Rivermaya format that started on April 2, 2018. The theme music was then reverted to the original song the following week. On July 2, 2018, its new theme was launched. The new theme was sung by Ebe Dancel and it used until September 3, 2018 and returned on November 22, 2018.


Original formatEdit

The original format of Bandila features Sanchez situated in the news studio, while Drilon and Diaz situating in the newsroom, which the similar style on Korina-era TV Patrol. The program starts with the segment "Mga Balitang Bumabandila" (lit. Banner News) that discusses the top stories of the day. Usually, Sanchez would start the program by saying "Sa mga balitang bumabandila" (lit. For the banner news). This tagline was used by Drilon upon departure of Sanchez in 2009 and this continued until 2010, after which, Julius Babao would said it at the start of the newscast. In 2011, that tagline would only be said upon the start of headlines. Other segments include "Patok!" (lit. Popular) that sets aside serious news and discusses other features and news that do not deal with politics and public affairs on a lighter note.

2010 formatEdit

The addition of Babao and Davila on the program has seen some minor changes to the graphics, title cards, and opening billboard. They also added a desk which allows better interaction shots and more discussions especially now that the newscast strengthens their citizen journalism campaign. The major change in the current format is the addition of interactivity, which now lets viewers send in their reactions to each news through the use of Facebook and Twitter. The chosen reactions are later read by the anchors after each news items. The anchors also survey the people occasionally by asking a question that deals with one of the news stories (e.g. "What are you going to do if you won the lottery?").

Drilon-Babao-Davila-Abunda formatEdit

The addition of Abunda on the program has seen some minor changes to the graphics, title cards, and opening billboard. They also added another desk separate from the desk used by three anchors. The major change in the current format is the addition of sending their reaction through text messaging also through Facebook and Twitter. The chosen reactions are later read by the anchors after each news items.

Current formatEdit

On May 12, 2014, the program introduced new segments such as "Selfie Balita", wherein viewers could tape and record their own reports, "Yes or No", wherein the anchors will interview a guest about current issues and then ask them, together with the viewers, with questions answerable only with Yes or No, "Tatak Noypi", wherein Tony Velasquez reports about the unusual and unique characteristics of the Filipino people. The segment has been discontinued in 2016.


Current anchorsEdit

Former anchorsEdit


Bandila's theme song from 2006 to 2018 was "Isang Bandila" (lit. One Flag) by Rivermaya which was released as part of the band's album, Isang Ugat, Isang Dugo (lit. One Origin, One Blood).[6] The song was written by Rico Blanco.[7]

As part of the news program's 12th anniversary, ABS-CBN News Production decided to adopt a new theme song for Bandila in order to attract a younger viewing audience.[7] The song was entitled "Bandila" which was performed by Ebe Dancel and composed, arranged, and mixed by Jimmy Antiporda and it used until September 3, 2018 and returned on November 22, 2018.[6]

International broadcastsEdit

The program airs on The Filipino Channel (TFC) in Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and the United States with roughly one day delay.

In Australia, SBS first aired the program on delay the next morning at 6:50 am from Tuesdays to Saturdays, replacing PTV's Teledyaryo as the Filipino news service on Worldwatch. Bandila was also broadcast on the digital multichannel SBS World News Channel from Tuesdays to Saturdays on replay at 6:50 am, 3:00 pm and 9:35 pm. Its new timeslot on SBS One/SBSHD is at 8:05 am every Tuesday to Saturday with replays at 2:30 pm on SBS Two while every Sunday to Monday TV Patrol Weekend is shown.

Awards and citationsEdit

Bandila's coverage of the Subic Rape Case earned the news program a nomination for the Philippines on the International Emmy Awards spearheaded by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.[8][9]

  • Henry Omaga Diaz was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Media Personalities by International Media Associates Inc. (IMAI) last November 29, 2006.
  • Korina Sanchez was also included as one of the Most Well-Liked Female Personalities in the Anak TV Seal Awards 2006.[10] In 2007, she was recognized in the same category, but she became number one among ten most well-liked female TV Personalities.[11]
  • Bandila earned for the Philippines its first ever nomination for an International Emmy Award for their report "The Subic Rape Case Promulgation".[12][13] It was the first time that entry from the Philippines became a finalist on the award giving body. It became one of the four nominees in the News category out of the eight semi-finalists. Incidentally, TV Patrol, the primetime news program of ABS-CBN, was also chosen as one of the eight semi-finalists for the news category.
  • Bandila was awarded a Golden Dove Award for Best News Program during the 16th KBP Golden Dove Awards. Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas was established by the broadcast media practitioners to regulate the industry and elevate standards, promote social change, help disseminate government information, strengthen trade ties with the advertising industry, and promote the public welfare.[14]
  • Bandila won Best News Program category in the recent 2007 21st STAR Awards for TV.[15]
  • Bandila was hailed as the Best News Program during the 2007 Asian Television Awards, featuring their news coverage of the Subic Rape Case Promulgation[16]
  • Bandila was again awarded with a Golden Dove Award for Best News Program during the 19th KBP (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas) Golden Dove Awards last November 2010.[17]
  • Henry Omaga-Diaz was awarded with a Golden Dove Award as the "Best TV newscaster" during the 19th KBP Golden Dove Awards last November 2010.[17]
  • Bandila wins Best News Program and Best News Program Anchors (Male) for Julius Babao at 10th Gawad Tanglaw (2012)
  • Bandila wins Best News Program and Best News Program Anchors for korina Sanchez, Ces Drillon, Henry Omaga-Diaz at 6th Gawad Tanglaw (2008)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ September 2006 issue of PJR Reports Center of Media Freedom and Responsibility
  2. ^ a b "Kapamilya revamps late-night newscast". June 17, 2006.
  3. ^ "Korina says wedding day 'sooner than later'". May 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
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  6. ^ a b "Ebe Dancel sings new 'Bandila' OST". Myx. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Pagmamahal sa bayan, tema ng bagong tunog ng 'Bandila'" [Love for country, theme of the new song for 'Bandila']. ABS-CBN News (in Filipino). 30 June 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  8. ^ "2007 International Emmy Awards Nominees for News and Current Affairs Categories Span Asia, Europe & Latin America". The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 2007-08-21.
  9. ^ ""Bandila" earns Emmy nomination for its "Subic Rape Case Promulgation" episode". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2007-08-23.
  10. ^ "ABS-CBN bags Anak TV Seal Awards". ABS-CBN News.
  11. ^ Ricardo Lo (2007-12-10). "Korina is Anak TV Seal's 2007 Most Admired Female TV lady". The Philippine Star.
  12. ^ "ABS-CBN's 'Bandila' earns Emmy nomination". ABS-CBN News. 2007-08-22.
  13. ^ "ABS-CBN news program earns RP's first-ever Emmy nod". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2007-08-22.
  14. ^ "(UPDATE) ABS-CBN is Best TV Station in KBP Golden Dove awards". ABS-CBN News.
  15. ^ "ABS-CBN bags 32 trophies at 21st PMPC Star Awards". Manila Bulletin. 2007-11-21.
  16. ^ "Filipinos top Asian TV Awards". 2007-11-30.
  17. ^ a b "(UPDATE) ABS-CBN dominates 19th KBP Golden Dove awards". ABS-CBN News.

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