Pangunahing Balita

Pangunahing Balita (lit.'Headliner') is a Philippine television news broadcasting show broadcast by ABC and PTV. it premiered on March 19, 1962, and concluded on ABC on September 22, 1972. The show returned on October 26, 1987, on PTV replacing Early Evening Report. The show concluded on October 30, 1998, it was replaced by Pambansang Balita Ala-Sais in its timeslot.

Pangunahing Balita
GenreNews program
Live action
StarringSee anchors
Opening themeWe're on Your Side (Fast Breaking News Theme) (PTV 4)
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
No. of episodesn/a (airs daily)
Production locationsPTV 4:
PTV Newscenter, Broadcast Center, Quezon City (1988–1992)
PTV 4 Studio A, Quezon City (1992–1998)
Running time15-30 minutes (1962–1972, 1987–1998)
Production companies
Original networkABC (now TV5)
Original releaseABC 5:
March 19, 1962 (1962-03-19) – September 22, 1972 (1972-09-22)
PTV 4:
October 26, 1987 (1987-10-26) –
October 30, 1998 (1998-10-30)
Preceded byPTV 4:
Early Evening Report
Followed byABC 5:
Balitang Balita (1992-2004 prior to its re-launching)
PTV 4:
Pambansang Balita Ala-Sais


ABC 5 (1962–1972)Edit

Premiered on March 19, 1962, Pangunahing Balita was the first Filipino-language late afternoon newscast of ABC 5 (now TV5). Anchored by Paul Lacanilao, the newscast aired the news of the day in the local and international scene. It also inspired other TV stations to introduce a Filipino-language newscast, for example Balita Ngayon of ABS-CBN, which aired from 1967 to 1972. On September 22, 1972, DZTM-TV 5 was closed down due to declaration of martial law.


It was aired in the late afternoon slot, and had 2 editions. The first edition aired at 4:30 pm, while the final edition aired at 5:45 pm.

PTV 4 (1987–1998)Edit

In 1987, PTV 4 launched Pangunahing Balita as its Filipino-language newscast. The noontime program[1] became the household name for their Tagalog newscast.



  1. ^ "Olympic week on 4". Manila Standard. April 22, 1989. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  2. ^ Gallardo, Ricky (October 12, 2020). "News presenters make the big switch | Ricky Gallardo". BusinessMirror. Retrieved April 19, 2022.

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