Korina Sanchez

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Korina Sanchez
Gender Female
Birth name Korina Baluyut Sanchez-Roxas
Born October 5, 1964 (age 52)
Birth place Philippines
Age 46
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s)

Korina Baluyut Sanchez-Roxas is a Filipina broadcast journalist. She is one of the frontline personalities for ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, her home network for more than two decades. She is married to Senator Mar Roxas.



Sánchez was born on October 5, 1964 in Hong Kong, where her parents met. Her mother, Celia, was a singer and her father, Ramon, was a manager in Ambassador Hotel. She is the second child and only girl in the family. Her family came to the Philippines and set up a carpet company that she says "that rose to one of the biggest in the Philippines."

She attended St. Theresa's College, Q.C. for her elementary and secondary school, and Maryknoll (now Miriam College), where she earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts. Her first love was writing, yet she was also into singing, theater, public speaking and varsity volleyball. She claims to be poor in Math and had to be tutored by her seatmate, who also taught her how to speak French. She completed a third-level French language course at the Alliance Francaise de Manille.

Korina initially wanted to be in the performing arts, just like her mother, but she believed her calling had always been in the field of information and communication. Seeing future-ABS-CBN-colleague Loren Legarda doing the news appealed to her enough to enroll in a newscasting school. Without telling her parents, she temporarily stopped college to take courses at Programs Philippines Incorporated. Before her parents knew it, she was delivering the news on TV. She left her family home shortly after she started working.

Korina Sanchez is also known for being an advocate against medical malpractice in the Philippines.[1]


Sánchez rose from the ranks. From being a station weathergirl at PTV-4 under the supervision of Greg Cendaña[2] she advanced to be the hourly newsbreak announcer, beat reporter and pinch-hit anchor to her seniors. She was one of ABS-CBN's pioneers when it reopened in 1986 after being closed down by President Ferdinand Marcos. She became executive producer and host to programs such as Magandang Umaga with Noli de Castro, Bayan Ko Sagot Ko, Hoy Gising!, Options, Balitang K, Isyu 101 and Pulso: Aksyon Balita.

When de Castro ran for public office on year 2001, Korina was elected by ABS-CBN's news department to be the anchor of flagship news program TV Patrol.

In 2003, she was asked to pinch-hit as co-host to actress Kris Aquino. The tandem clicked and what was supposed to be a two-week stint became a hit sixteen-month talk show. Morning Girls with Kris and Korina ended in May 2004 after Sánchez was offered a slot in a Sunday newsmagazine show, Rated K: Handa Na Ba Kayo?, which still runs to date.

Sánchez also has a career in radio through dzMM, ABS-CBN's Metro Manila radio station. She does socio-political commentary with longtime friend Ted Failón, who was also her co-anchor in Hoy Gising!. Their program was first entitled Aksyon Ngayon, and then renamed Tambalang Failón at Sánchez. When Failon was elected Congressman of the first district of Leyte province, Sánchez hosted the program on her own and it was renamed Korina sa Umaga. Three years later, the show reverted to Tambalang Failón at Sánchez after Failón opted not to run for another term.

2004 was an eventful year for Sánchez after her romantic relationship with then-Senatorial-candidate Mar Roxas was revealed to the public. Rumors spread, saying he paid her millions of pesos to help him gain votes. She also lost her parents barely three months apart: her mother to cancer and her father to a series of strokes. She was also removed from TV Patrol after 24 Oras of rival GMA 7 triumphed in the ratings with veteran Mel Tiangco. However, she was appointed by the network & remained as the news organization's Chief Correspondent for Philippine & Global Operations.[3]

After almost two years of Sanchez' hiatus in newscasting, she was re-installed as news anchor at Bandila, the news program of ABS-CBN which replaced Insider. It had its pilot last July 3, 2006 with a banner story about Danny Lim's withdrawal of support from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

On July 10, 2006, ABS-CBN News Channel celebrated its 10th Year in the broadcast industry. It introduced new programs that will make the channel a better provider of news. Included in the new programs is a noontime discussion (with a late evening rerun) show Korina Today, hosted by no less than Miss Sanchez herself.

Korina is also consistently included as one of the preferred senatoriables. Her name is always included in the top 12 preferred personalities for the Senatorial Race based on the surveys of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations, including the 2004[4] and recently released survey for 2007 elections.[5] However, Korina always declined invitations to join the political arena, thinking that it is better to watch mud wrestling than being part of it.[6]

Korina Sanchez was suspended by ABS-CBN for one week effective December 21, 2006, covering all her TV and radio programs. Sanchez was reprimanded by the network for “conflict of interest, several articles that called attention to her activities outside of the company, and an editorial lapse,” when she became a proponent of a firm that produces concerts for MYMP.[7]On November 8, 2010, Sanchez together with former Vice President Noli de Castro will join with Ted Failon in TV Patrol.[6]


Sánchez has received numerous awards from various award-giving bodies for television, including the Gawad CCP para sa Telebisyon, Community Outstanding Young Achievers Awards, Catholic Mass Media Awards, KBP Golden Dove Awards, PMPC Star Awards for Bet Female Newscaster which she shared with almost a decade winner and industry pillar Mel Tiangco. Her recent awards include Best Newscaster for TV Patrol, Best Talk Show Host for Morning Girls with Kris and Korina, Best Radio Program for Korina sa Umaga, Pipol of the Year 2004, best female newscaster award from UST TV Awards 2005, and Anak TV Seal 2006 favorite Female Personalities. [8]


Sanchez married Senator Mar Roxas in a simple wedding ceremony held at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City on October 27, 2009. Roxas' running mate on the 2010 election, Senator Noynoy Aquino---who happened to be a former boyfriend of Sanchez---became one of the couple's godfather. A number of guests from politically-influential clans were present. Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philippine Madrigal Singers provided the music during the wedding. Other notable performers included Basil Valdez, Robert Sena, and Jamie Rivera.


  1. ^ "http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2006/july/09/yehey/top_stories/20060709top3.html Korina group fight for the patient’s rights law]", Manila Times, July 09, 2006.
  2. ^ "Women broadcasters come together for Greg Cendaña", INQ7.net, August 29, 2006.
  3. ^ "ABS releases official statement about Korina", Manila Bulletin, November 18, 2004.
  4. ^ "Releases Voter Preferences for the 2004 Senatorial Elections", Pulse Asia.
  5. ^ "2007 Elections: Senatorial Preferences", Pulse Asia.
  6. ^ "Newsreaders, New Leaders? (ANC's Media in Focus)", October 2006.
  7. ^ "ABS-CBN suspends Korina Sanchez for one week", INQ7.net, December 23, 2006.
  8. ^ "ABS-CBN bags Anak TV Seal Awards", ABS-CBN News.

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