Mel Tiangco

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Mel Tiangco
Gender Female
Birth name Carmela Tiangco-Cornejo
Born August 10, 1955 (age 62)
Birth place Manila, Philippines
Occupation Radio Anchor, TV News Anchor, TV Host, Philanthropist
Title Mel
Notable credit(s)

Carmela Tiangco-Cornejo popularly known as 'Mel Tiangco' (born August 10, 1950) is a veteran popular news anchor and television host in the Philippines.

Tiangco credits RPN 9 news director Edwin Fargas for encouraging her to audition for PTV 4 which was then looking for an on-cam talent. A week later, she was reading the news on air.

However, when 1986 Edsa Revolution took place, she was left jobless at the government-owned PTV 4. Prodded by her co-workers to apply when they heard an opening at the then being reorganized ABS-CBN Channel 2, she was immediately hired and tapped to anchor the primetime "Balita Ngayon" which later on became "TV Patrol" with Noli de Castro.

Tiangco gained further popularity when she was teamed up with Jay Sonza in 1989 to host the iconic first television talk show simultaneously broadcasted on radio, "Mel and Jay", one of the early high-rating shows of ABS-CBN. Tiangco was also actively involved as an organizer, spokesperson and Executive Director of the early years of ABS-CBN Foundation's "Lingkod Bayan".

However, after endorsing Tide in a TV ad in mid-1995, Tiangco was suspended from the network as a new memo authored by then ABS-CBN news chief, Dong Puno prohibited newscasters and reporters of ABS-CBN to endorse any product. This led Tiangco to file a labor case in court against ABS-CBN since her contract stipulated that she could do two commercials in a year. After almost a decade of court battle, she won her case and after 16 years, an undisclosed financial settlement was reached by the agreement of both parties.

Shortly after leaving ABS-CBN in 1996, GMA Network, welcomed her and partner Jay Sonza to the station, making Tiangco the lead anchor with Mike Enriquez in its primetime news, "Saksi" which became "Front Page"and then "24 Oras". Her partner Jay Sonza was given a new show to host, "Debate with Mare and Pare" alongside Winnie Monsod.

GMA Network also revived the popular Mel and Jay program, retitling it as "Partners Mel and Jay" in 1996. When Jay Sonza had to leave the show to run for a senate seat in 2004, the program was renamed "Partners Mel Tiangco". Eventually, Joey de Leon was introduced as Tiangco's new co-host, and the program became "Partners Mel and Joey". This brought forth new popularity, critics' approval and commercial success to the show. However after seven years and despite the high ratings and continued support of the sponsors, the program had its final telecast on July 17, 2011.

Tiangco also hosted the popular weekly drama anthology "Magpakailanman" in 2002 and the short-lived "Sanib Puersa" with Arnold Clavio in 2011.

Currently, aside from still anchoring 24 Oras with Mike Enriquez, Tiangco also hosts the docu-magazine program "Power House" in GMA News Channel.

She continues to be the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GMA Kapuso Foundation, the network's socio-civic arm.

Off camera, she is the mother of Wency Cornejo, and three other children. Wency is a composer/musician best known as the lead vocalist of the now-defunct Philippine rock band After Image (active in the 90s).


TV/Radio Programs

Year Title Network
2011-Present Powerhouse GMA News TV
2004–Present Mel and Joey GMA Network
2004–Present 24 Oras GMA Network
2004 Partners with Mel Tiangco GMA Network
2002 Magpakailanman GMA Network
2001 Debate with Mare at Pare GMA Network
1999 Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco GMA Network
1996 Partners Mel and Jay GMA Network
1996 Saksi GMA Network
1993 Pulis, Pulis Kung Umaksiyon, Mabilis DZMM
1988 Bahay Kalinga ABS-CBN
1987 Mel & Jay sa DZMM DZMM
1987 Mel & Jay ABS-CBN
1987 TV Patrol ABS-CBN
1986 Balita Ngayon ABS-CBN
1983 City 2 Balita BBC (now ABS-CBN)
1978 Helpline sa 9 RPN
1975 Us Girls RPN
1975 NewsWatch RPN
1973 Buhay Ngayon RPN
1969 Eyewitness Reports KBS-9


Year 2006

  • Most Outstanding News Presenter of the Year, adjudged by 20 college of arts and sciences deans from different universities in the Philippines during the Annual Conference of Journalism and Communication Students of the Philippines. The Award was given by COMGUILD Center for Journalism at the AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo on August 28, 2006.

Year 2004

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

Year 2002

  • 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

Year 2001

  • 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, Philippine Movie Press Club; Best Female Broadcaster for Television, KBP Golden Dove Awards

Year 2000

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

Year 1998

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

Year 1996

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

Year 1995-1997

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

Year 1994

  • 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; Member, Board of Judges, Bb. Pilipinas Beauty Pageant; Member, Board of Judges, 35th Anvil Awards; Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television, Philippine Movie Press Club; Best Female Celebrity Talk show host, Star Awards for Television, Philippine Movie Press Club

Year 1994-1995

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

Year 1994

  • 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.

Year 1990-1996

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

Year 1990-1993

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

Year 1990-1996

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

Year 1991-1992

  • 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)

Year 1990

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

Year 1988, 1990

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