Jiggy Manicad

Rodrigo Defeo Manicad Jr. (born November 15, 1974, popularly known as Jiggy Manicad) is a Filipino television news producer/reporter and newscaster.

Jiggy Manicad
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Personal details
Rodrigo Defeo Manicad Jr.

(1974-11-15) November 15, 1974 (age 45)
Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte, Philippines
Political partyIndependent (under Hugpong ng Pagbabago)
ChildrenSamantha Manicad, Sabina Manicad, Simone Manicad
ResidenceQuezon City, Philippines
OccupationTelevision newscaster, reporter and politician

He was formerly an anchor of the weekend edition of GMA Network's flagship news program 24 Oras and on GMA News TV's Quick Response Team[1][2][3] before resigning from the network in April 2018 and running as senator on the 2019 Midterm Elections under PDP-Laban.

Biography and careerEdit

Rodrigo Defeo Manicad Jr. is the son of Rodrigo Manicad Sr. and Lusviminda Defeo Manicad. He was born on November 15, 1974. He finished elementary and secondary in San Pablo Colleges. He took Communication Arts in the University of the Philippines Los Baños.[4] As a kid, he loved animals specially dogs. As a matter of fact, his dog Tikboy was chosen as one of the K-9 dogs of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). He worked as assistant editor of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Years later, he found himself back in Manila, becoming one of the writers of the popular show Magandang Gabi, Bayan in ABS-CBN. He later transferred to GMA Network for he wanted to be become a newscaster. He got the shot and is currently working as a reporter of Reporter's Notebook. During the May 1, 2001 Riot in Mendiola, San Miguel Manila, he was seriously injured his head in the middle of the riot between the protesters and the authorities.

His stories include insurgency and extremism in Mindanao, disasters and the illegal arms trade. In 2004, he was awarded the British Chevening Scholarship Award. He then took a postgraduate course in International Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff University in Wales. He was chosen from 800 applicant-journalists from all over the country. As part of the program, he had his practicum at the BBC in Norwich, England. He is also an awardee of Ten Outstanding Young Men for 2012 for journalism.[5][6][7]

On April 20, 2018, Manicad announces his departure from GMA Network and resignation from media service during his program, News TV Quick Response Team, after the prospective senatorial candidate under the ruling PDP–Laban political party for 2019 midterm elections.[8][9][10][11]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards and Nomination
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Network Results Source
2017 Gandingan Awards Best News Anchor 24 Oras Weekend GMA Network Won [12]
Best Investigative Program Host Reporter's Notebook Won


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Videos". GMA News Online.
  3. ^ "GMA News and Public Affairs wins three USIFVF awards". PEP.ph.
  4. ^ Interview with Jiggy Manicad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irO_QYslLDA
  5. ^ Del Mundo, Ida Anita Q. (January 13, 2013). "2012 TOYM Awardees: Aspiration and Inspiration". philstar.com. The Philippine Star. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Medina, Andre (December 12, 2012). "Apl.de.ap, Jiggy Manicad among 2012 TOYM awardees". gmanetwork.com/news/. GMA News and Public Affairs. GMA Network. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  7. ^ Burgonio, TJ (January 10, 2013). "Azkals' Caligdong, apl.de.ap lead 2012 TOYM awardees". inquirer.net. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Adel, Rosette (April 22, 2018). "Jiggy Manicad leaves media for 'next level' of public service". Philstar.com. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Watch: Jiggy Manicad announces his departure from the media". Media Newser Philippines. April 23, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Gabinete, Jojo (April 20, 2018). "Jiggy Manicad, nagpaalam na sa mga programa niya sa GMA News". Philippine Entertainment Portal (in Tagalog). Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Baltan, Angela (April 24, 2018). "JIGGY MANICAD BIDS FAREWELL TO HIS SHOWS ON GMA NETWORK". www.lionheartv.net. LionHeartTV. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "OFFICIAL LIST OF WINNERS (GENERAL AWARDS)". University of the Philippines Los Baños. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.

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