March 25, 2023

Angelo B. Palmones, Manila Philippines

Angelo B. Palmones (Angelo Barretto Palmones), also known as Kuya Angel, is a radio broadcaster, science journalist, and politician. He was born in Kidapawan, North Cotabato on 8 August 1966. He is the seventh child of Henry Faelma Palmones and Aurora Yumul Barretto. He is married to Nancy Rivas-Palmones, a Regional Trial Court judge with whom he has two children. He earned a bachelor of science degree in commerce, major in economics, from the Notre Dame College of Kidapawan, North Cotabato, in 1987. He attended an Executive Development Program at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City in 1999. He received the Thomas Jefferson Fellowship for reporting for Third World Countries in 2005.

Angelo B. Palmones, Manila Philippines 
Angelo B. Palmones, Manila Philippines 

Palmones began his career in radio in a local station in Cotabato. He moved to Manila and worked as a reporter in Radio Mindanao Network’s DZXL, where he worked his way up and became the news director. He moved to ABS-CBN’s DZMM and became its news manager in 1994. He then served as its station manager until 2006 and director of ABS-CBN’s integrated AM radio network until 2010. Palmones was also the station manager when DZMM Teleradyo, the cable television channel that shows the announcers while inside the radio booth, was launched in 2007. While at DZMM, Palmones hosted a number of programs, including Radyo Patrol Balita (Radio News Patrol), Hoy Gising! (Hey Wake Up!), Konsyumer Atbp (Consumer, Etc), and Magandang Umaga, Magandang Pilipinas (Good Morning, Beautiful Philippines). He is best known for the multi-awarded science and technology program Bago ’Yan, Ah! (That’s New!), which began airing in 1996.

In 2010-13, Palmones took a break from broadcasting when he served as sectoral representative of the party AGHAM, which stands for Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan, in the 15th Congress. As vice chair of the Congressional Committee on Science and Technology and member of the Joint Congressional Committee on Science, Technology and Engineering, he championed legislation on disaster risk reduction and preparedness.

In 2013, he returned to broadcasting as assistant vice president of news and current affairs of the Manila Broadcasting Company, where he anchors RH Ratsada Balita (RH Quick News), Barangay RH (Village RH), and Radyo Henyo (Radio Genius) on DZRH. He also anchors the news program Agila Balita (Eagle News) on the television channel Net 25 of Eagle Broadcasting Corporation and co-hosted a morning program on DZUP, the official radio station of the University of the Philippines, in 2016.

As a believer in the use of the media to promote public understanding and appreciation of science and technology for development, he co-founded the Philippine Science Journalists Association Inc and became affiliated with the following organizations: Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology, Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs Inc, Philippine Typhoon Committee Foundation Inc, National Press Club, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and Philippine Federation of Rural Broadcasters Inc. He spearheaded Project COMET, a consortium of four universities in the Philippines offering meteorological training toward a bachelor of science degree in meteorology, the first in Southeast Asia. He became a senior lecturer in the Department of Broadcast Communication of the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman, in 2000. He authored the books The Reporters Rules of Engagement (Vibal, 2006) and 100 Ulat sa Family Planning (100 Reports on Family Planning) (Vibal, 2006), and the science project modules for children Kaya Mo Yan, Bata (You Can Do It, Kid) (Vibal, 1999 and 2007).

Palmones received several awards, including the 2013 Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award from the KBP and the KBP Golden Dove Awards for Best Science Journalist in 2008 and 2009, Best Program Host for Science and Technology in 2006 and 2007, Best Newscaster in 2002 and 2004, and Best Public Show Host in 2001. He and his programs received other awards including Catholic Mass Media Awards and citations from the Department of Science and Technology and other professional and civic organizations.

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