Carmela Corro Tiangco-Cornejo, popularly known as Mel Tiangco (born August 10, 1955) is a Filipino television newscaster and television host, one of the GMA Network news pillar and multi-awarded news anchor.

Mel Tiangco
Carmela Corro Tiangco-Cornejo

(1955-08-10) August 10, 1955 (age 64)
Pilar, Bataan, Philippines
OccupationBroadcast journalist
EmployerGMA Network Inc.
OrganizationGMA Kapuso Foundation
TelevisionTV Patrol (anchor, 1987–1996)
24 Oras (anchor, 2004–present)
Powerhouse (former host, 2011–2013)
Magpakailanman (host, 2002–2008; 2012–present)
ChildrenWency Cornejo


Tiangco was born on August 10, 1955 in Pilar, Bataan to her parents Arsenio Tiangco, Sr. and Florencia Corro.

After graduating from De La Salle University, she became one of the leading presenters in Philippine television journal programmes. She first gained fame by being one of the original anchors of ABS-CBN's flagship newscast TV Patrol from 1987 to 1996. Currently, Tiangco co-anchors GMA Network's evening newscast, 24 Oras with Mike Enriquez and since 2014 Vicky Morales. She was also the host of the weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman and a co-host for talk show Mel & Jay with fellow journalist Jay Sonza, and Mel & Joey with comedian-TV host-writer Joey de Leon.

She is the mother of Wency Cornejo, a musician best known as the lead vocalist of Philippine rock band AfterImage (active in the 1990s). She is also involved in philanthropic work at the GMA Kapuso Foundation, the network's socio-civic arm. Tiangco served as the foundation's Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer until April 2016.



  • Edukcircle MOPIP TV Awards[1]


  • Anak TV Makabata Hall of Famers Award
  • People of the Year, People Asia Magazine


  • Most Outstanding Female News Presenter, COMGUILD Center for Journalism


  • Most Outstanding Female News Presenter of the Year, COMGUILD Center for Journalism


  • Outstanding Broadcast Journalist & Social Servant, Gusi Peace Prize Award
  • Outstanding Host for Partners Mel & Jay, 1st Golden Screen Awards for Television
  • Woman of Distinction Award, Soroptimist International


  • Best Talk Show/Program Host-TV, Partners Mel & Jay, 12th KBP Golden Dove Awards
  • Best Female Newscaster, Frontpage, Star Awards for Television
  • Outstanding Citizen of Quezon City for Mass Media


  • Paralegal ng Bayan Awardee, 16th Huwarang Pilipino Award for Media & Journalism
  • He & She (HAS) Club Awardee, Outstanding Woman of Bataan
  • Woman of Distinction Award, Soroptimist International
  • Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television
  • Best Female Broadcaster for Television, KBP Golden Dove Awards


  • Trailblazer Award, Outstanding Alumna, St. Theresa’s College


  • Finalist, Asian Television Awards, Singapore
  • Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award, KBP Golden Dove Awards


  • Finalist, New York International TV Festival, Mel & Jay, TV Host


  • Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television


  • Presidential Awardee, Best Non-Government Organization in Public Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • Presidential Awardee, First Media People’s Award
  • Best Magazine Talk Show Host, Star Awards for Television
  • Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television
  • Best Female Celebrity Talk show host, Star Awards for Television


  • Gintong Ina Awardee, Single Parent of the Year, Golden Mother & Father Foundation


  • Commendation: Humanitarian Concern, House Resolution No. 35-Series 1995, House of Representatives, Republic of the Philippines
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.
  • Gintong Ina Awardee, Celebrity Mother of the Year, Golden Mother & Father Foundation, Inc.


  • Best Female Television Talkshow Host, Star Awards for Television, Philippine Movie Press Club (Hall of Fame)


  • Pinakamahusay na Programa sa Telebisyon, Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines Awards for TV, Mel & Jay


  • Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television, Philippine Movie Press Club


  • Broadcast Journalism Award, Public Service on Radio (Mel & Jay DZMM), Rotary Club of Manila
  • TOWNS Awardee, The Outstanding Women in Nation Service (Public Service & Journalism)


  • Presidential Medallion, Presidential Awardee for Work for the Welfare of the Disabled, Apolinario Mabini Award

1988, 1990Edit

  • Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television, Philippine Movie Press Club.