Bandila (TV program)

Bandila (Tagalog translation for "Flag") is 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 currently airs every weeknights from 10:50 PM to 11:20 PM. It also airs worldwide via TFC.[1]

Official logo since July 4, 2016.
Live television
Citizen journalism
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)Shiela Diamse
Production location(s)ABS-CBN Newscenter Manila, Quezon City, Philippines
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 3, 2006 (2006-07-03) –
present (on hiatus)
Preceded byInsider
External links


Sanchez-Diaz-Drilon era (2006–2009)Edit

Bandila debuted on July 3, 2006 replacing 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 for Insider with Atty. Dong Puno) and Henry Omaga-Diaz as the original news anchors. During the pilot episode, it aired 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 and 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 news anchors because they are the three of the most seasoned and experienced broadcast journalist in the network.

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

Diaz-Drilon era (2009–2010)Edit

On May 8, 2009, Sanchez took an indefinite leave from Bandila and 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 news anchors, 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 the first time that 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 Bandila. Their arrival to the late-night newscast was scheduled to November 8, but was postponed when Babao was on a vacation 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 to the newscast, replacing Omaga-Diaz who decided to return on field reporting.[4] The same night, the program 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 program's original news anchors) was moved to TV Patrol in turn. The addition of Babao and Davila in 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 to an earlier timeslot with the addition of Boy Abunda as one of the anchors, upon which it focuses on entertainment. This resulted in updating their title card and a new opening billboard. Another innovation for the newscast is by sending reactions through text messaging. Another addition is the segments Trending Balita (which focuses on different showbiz personalities) and the popular Ikaw Na! (where Boy Abunda interviews showbiz personalities.)

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

On February 7, 2014, Boy Abunda left the news program to host the late-night talk show Aquino & Abunda Tonight.

Babao-Davila-Drilon era (2014–2017)Edit

On February 10, 2014, the original Bandila 2013 opening billboard (OBB) was updated to show the three remaining news anchors prior to Abunda's exit, which was used until May 9, 2014. This time, the opening of the title card is animated in flag form. On May 12, 2014, the news program's OBB and graphics its segments were updated again.

From June 25 to July 3, 2016, the main studio for TV Patrol and Bandila underwent major renovations, resulting in both programs to temporarily broadcast on the newsroom of ABS-CBN News.

On July 4, 2016, Bandila and TV Patrol 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. Both programs are also broadcast in a newly-renovated set, which includes a large screen display and green chroma set. The revamp coincides the 10th anniversary of Bandila.

On April 17, 2017, Bandila returned to DZMM and DZMM TeleRadyo while undergoing programming changes. It became a standalone broadcast and premiered at 10:00 PM, while the main edition on ABS-CBN will be retained unlike prior to 2011 when it was simulcasted on a slightly-delayed basis. The simulcast ended on May 20, 2019.

Babao-Davila era (2017–present)Edit

On December 21, 2017, Ces Oreña-Drilon announced that she will be leaving Bandila to focus on her new position in the network as "lifestyle content head".[5] On December 25, 2017, the current Bandila 2016 OBB was still used showing the three news anchors prior to Drilon's exit. Few days after, the opening billboard becomes shortened to exclude Drilon.

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, with a temporary background music replacing the news program's theme song "Isang Bandila".

On July 2, 2018, Bandila launched its new original theme song, entitled simply "Bandila", performed by Ebe Dancel.

On April 21, 2019, the program temporarily transferred back to the ABS-CBN Newsroom when Studio 7 is being prepared for the coverage of 2019 midterm election (titled as Halalan 2019.) The newscast then returned to the newly renovated studio on May 13, 2019 during the election coverage, while retaining the current OBB, logo and graphics since 2016, and its theme song since 2018.

On March 17, 2020, Bandila was temporarily replaced by the replay of TV Patrol on its timeslot as provisional programming due to the curfew caused by the quarantine done to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.


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 newscast begins with the segment "Sa Mga Balitang Bumabandila" (lit. In The Waving News) that discusses the top stories of the day. Usually, Sanchez would start the program by saying "sa mga balitang bumabandila." 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 Julius Babao and Karen Davila to the news 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 television 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?").

2011 formatEdit

The addition of Boy Abunda to the news 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 the three news 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), and "Tatak Noypi" (wherein Tony Velasquez reports about the unusual and unique characteristics of the Filipino people.) These segments have been discontinued in 2016.


Main anchorsEdit

Former anchorsEdit

Theme musicEdit

Bandila's primary theme song 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). The song was written and performed by Rico Blanco. The theme song was used from 2006 until 2018.

On its twelfth anniversary in 2018, Bandila decided to adopt a new theme song in order to "attract younger audiences." The new theme music is simply called "Bandila", an original song performed by Ebe Dancel. It is composed, arranged and mixed by Jimmy Antiporda.[6][7]

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 Worldwatch. 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 One/SBSHD is at 8:05 AM every Tuesdays to Saturdays with replays at 2:30 PM on SBS Two, while TV Patrol Weekend is shown every Sundays and Mondays.

Awards and citationsEdit

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.[8][9]

  • 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.[10] In 2007, she was recognized in the same category but became number one among ten most well-liked female TV Personalities.[11]
  • Bandila earned 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 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.[14]
  • In 2007, Bandila won the Best News Program category in the 21st PMPC Star Awards for Television.[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 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.[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 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. ^ a b "Kapamilya revamps late-night newscast". 17 June 2006.
  3. ^ "Korina says wedding day 'sooner than later'". 9 May 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "WATCH: Ces Oreña-Drilon bids 'Bandila' goodbye". ABS-CBN News. December 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ebe Dancel sings new 'Bandila' OST". Myx. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Pagmamahal sa bayan, tema ng bagong tunog ng 'Bandila'" [Love for the country is the theme for the new song of ‘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. 21 August 2007.
  9. ^ ""Bandila" earns Emmy nomination for its "Subic Rape Case Promulgation" episode". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 23 August 2007.
  10. ^ "ABS-CBN bags Anak TV Seal Awards". ABS-CBN News.
  11. ^ Ricardo Lo (10 December 2007). "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. 22 August 2007.
  13. ^ "ABS-CBN news program earns RP's first-ever Emmy nod". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 22 August 2007.
  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". The Manila Bulletin. 21 November 2007.
  16. ^ "Filipinos top Asian TV Awards". 30 November 2007.
  17. ^ a b "(UPDATE) ABS-CBN dominates 19th KBP Golden Dove awards". ABS-CBN News.

External linksEdit