Bandila (TV program)

Bandila (transl. "Flag") was a Philippine television late-night newscast broadcast by ABS-CBN, anchored by Karen Davila and Julius Babao. The program premiered on July 3, 2006, and most recently aired weeknights from 10:50 PM to 11:20 PM. It also airs worldwide via TFC.[1]

Directed byKits Fernandez
Presented by
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–March 17, 2020)
ComposerJimmy Antiporda
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
Executive producerShiela Diamse
Production locationsABS-CBN Newscenter Manila, Quezon City, Philippines
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30 minutes
Production companyABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 3, 2006 (2006-07-03) –
March 17, 2020 (2020-03-17)
Preceded byInsider
Followed byThe World Tonight (Kapamilya Channel)
External links

On March 17, 2020, the program is suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and eventually cancelled due to the shutdown of ABS-CBN.


Bandila debuted on July 3, 2006 replacing Insider, with Korina Sanchez, Henry Omaga-Diaz and Ces Oreña-Drilon as its original anchors.

On May 8, 2009, Sanchez took an indefinite leave and eventually left the newscast for good leaving Diaz and Drilon as the remaining anchors.

On November 3, 2010, ABS-CBN announced the appointment of outgoing TV Patrol anchors Julius Babao and Karen Davila to Bandila. Their arrival to the late-night newscast was scheduled to November 8, but was postponed when Babao was on a vacation at that time. They finally arrived to the newscast on November 22, replacing Omaga-Diaz who decided to return to field reporting.[2]

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

On October 3, 2011, Bandila moved to an earlier timeslot with the addition of Boy Abunda as one of the anchors, upon which it focuses on entertainment, hosting the segment Ikaw Na!, where Abunda interviews showbiz personalities. Abunda left the newscast on February 7, 2014 to host Aquino & Abunda Tonight, a new nightly talk show with Kris Aquino that would air right before Bandila.

On April 17, 2017, Bandila returned to DZMM and DZMM TeleRadyo after six years. Unlike the previous iteration which was a slightly delayed simulcast of the show that aired on the main ABS-CBN network, Bandila had a separate and standalone edition for DZMM and DZMM TeleRadyo and aired at 10:00 PM. The DZMM version ended again on May 20, 2019.

On December 21, 2017, Ces Oreña-Drilon announced that she would be leaving Bandila to focus on her new position in the network as "lifestyle content head".[3]

On April 2, 2018, Bandila (along with the other news programs of ABS-CBN) has finally switched to high definition (1080i, 16:9 HDTV) format.

On March 17, 2020, Bandila's production was suspended due to the enhanced community quarantine done to help control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. Its timeslot was replaced by replays of TV Patrol. Furthermore, with the network shutting down operations due to the expiration of its legislative franchise and in compliance with the NTC's cease and desist order, the current status of the newscast remained unknown until it was eventually cancelled. Instead, ABS-CBN's former and ANC's current English late-night newscast, The World Tonight, was aired on the network's replacement channel, Kapamilya Channel starting July 27.[4]


Final anchorsEdit

Former anchorsEdit

Korina Sanchez served as an anchor.

International broadcastEdit

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

In Australia, SBS first aired the program with delayed telecast on the next morning at 6:50 AM from Tuesdays to Saturdays, replacing PTV's Teledyaryo as the Filipino news service on World Watch. Bandila is 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. The new timeslot on SBS/SBSHD is at 8:05 AM every Tuesdays to Saturdays with replays at 2:30 PM on SBS Viceland, while TV Patrol Weekend is shown every Sundays and Mondays.


Bandila's coverage of the Subic rape case earned the news program a nomination for the Philippines in the International Emmy Awards spearheaded by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.[5][6]

  • Henry Omaga Diaz was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Media Personalities by International Media Associates Inc. (IMAI) on November 29, 2006.
  • Korina Sanchez was also included as one of the Most Well-Liked Female Personalities in the Anak TV Seal Awards 2006.[7] In 2007, she was recognized in the same category but became number one among ten most well-liked female TV Personalities.[8]
  • Bandila earned its first ever nomination for an International Emmy Award for their report "The Subic Rape Case Promulgation".[9][10] It was the first time that an 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 network's primetime news program, was also chosen as one of the eight semi-finalists for the news category.
  • Bandila received 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.[11]
  • In 2007, Bandila won the Best News Program category in the 21st PMPC Star Awards for Television.[12]
  • Bandila was hailed as the Best News Program during the 2007 Asian Television Awards, featuring their news coverage of the Subic Rape Case Promulgation[13]
  • Bandila was awarded again 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.[14]
  • 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.[14]
  • Bandila won the categories for Best News Program and Best Male News Program Anchors (Julius Babao) at the 10th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (2012)


  1. ^ September 2006 issue of PJR Reports Center of Media Freedom and Responsibility
  2. ^ "Karen, Julius to join Ces in Bandila". ABS-CBN News. November 19, 2010.
  3. ^ "WATCH: Ces Oreña-Drilon bids 'Bandila' goodbye". ABS-CBN News. December 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Powerhouse newscasts "TV Patrol" and "The World Tonight" air on Kapamilya Channel starting Monday". ABS-CBN PR. ABS-CBN Corporation. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  5. ^ "2007 International Emmy Awards Nominees for News and Current Affairs Categories Span Asia, Europe & Latin America". The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 21 August 2007.
  6. ^ ""Bandila" earns Emmy nomination for its "Subic Rape Case Promulgation" episode". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 23 August 2007.
  7. ^ "ABS-CBN bags Anak TV Seal Awards". ABS-CBN News.
  8. ^ Ricardo Lo (10 December 2007). "Korina is Anak TV Seal's 2007 Most Admired Female TV lady". The Philippine Star.
  9. ^ "ABS-CBN's 'Bandila' earns Emmy nomination". ABS-CBN News. 22 August 2007.
  10. ^ "ABS-CBN news program earns RP's first-ever Emmy nod". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 22 August 2007.
  11. ^ "(UPDATE) ABS-CBN is Best TV Station in KBP Golden Dove awards". ABS-CBN News.
  12. ^ "ABS-CBN bags 32 trophies at 21st PMPC Star Awards". The Manila Bulletin. 21 November 2007.
  13. ^ "Filipinos top Asian TV Awards". 30 November 2007.
  14. ^ a b "(UPDATE) ABS-CBN dominates 19th KBP Golden Dove awards". ABS-CBN News.

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