Famous Filipino Journalists

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Miriam Defensor Santiago
(The First Filipina to be an International Criminal Court Judge)
Miriam Defensor Santiago
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Birthdate: June 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City
Died: September 29, 2016

Known for her legal expertise and her resolve to fight corruption, Miriam Defensor Santiago also became the first Filipina and the first from an Asian developing country to serve as a judge of the International Criminal Court. The senator was also a Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient and died of lung cancer.

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Maria Ressa
(Journalist)
Maria Ressa
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Birthdate: October 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manila

Filipino-American journalist and author Maria Ressa is the co-founder and CEO of Rappler, an online news website. She was a lead investigative reporter in Southeast Asia for CNN for almost two decades.  A court in Manila found her guilty of cyber libel in 2020. This move was condemned by human rights activists as an attack on press freedom. 

Marcelo H. del Pilar
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Birthdate: August 30, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulakan, Bulacan, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died: July 4, 1896

Marcelo H. del Pilar was a Filipino lawyer, writer, freemason, and journalist. Along with Graciano López Jaena and José Rizal, Del Pilar became known in Spain as the leaders of the Reform Movement. He is considered the Father of Philippine Journalism for his 66 editorials and 150 essays. He is also regarded as the Father of Philippine Masonry.

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Nick Joaquin
(Filipino Journalist and Writer)
Nick Joaquin
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Birthdate: May 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manila
Died: April 29, 2004

Nick Joaquin was a Filipino journalist and writer. He is best remembered for his novels and short stories written in the English language. Counted among the most prominent Filipino writers of all time, Nick Joaquin was the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the National Artist Award and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Literature.

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Carlos P. Romulo
(Filipino Statesman, Diplomat, Journalist, Soldier, and Author)
Carlos P. Romulo
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Birthdate: January 14, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Intramuros, Manila, Philippines
Died: December 15, 1985

Carlos P. Romulo was a Filipino statesman, diplomat, journalist, soldier, and author. He is best remembered for his service as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on three occasions between 1950 and 1984. Among several other important posts, he also held the office of the Secretary of Education from 1965 to 1967. Romulo was the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

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Amado V. Hernandez
(Filipino Revolutionary, Labor Leader, and Writer)
Amado V. Hernandez
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Birthdate: September 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hagonoy
Died: March 24, 1970

Amado V. Hernandez was a Filipino labor leader and writer. He is best remembered for his participation in the communist movement, for which he was arrested and imprisoned. Amado V. Hernandez criticized the social injustices in the Philippines through his writings and often included his experiences as a labor leader and as a guerrilla in his socio-political novels.

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Isabelo de los Reyes
(Co-Founder of the Philippine Independent Church 'Iglesia Filipina Independiente')
Isabelo de los Reyes
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Birthdate: July 7, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vigan
Died: October 10, 1938

Isabelo de los Reyes, also known as Don Belong, was a prominent Filipino politician and activist who co-founded the independent Philippine church Iglesia Filipina Independiente. A labor leader and author, too, he served as the senator of the Philippines. He also wrote extensively on folklore, religion, and history.

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Loren Legarda
(Filipino Journalist, Environmentalist, and Politician)
Loren Legarda
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Birthdate: January 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Malabon

A former broadcast journalist, Loren Legarda was known for anchoring shows such as The World Tonight, before she stepped into politics and rose to be the President pro tempore of the Senate of the Philippines. The former senator is also a prominent environmental activist.

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Lourd de Veyra
(Journalist, Musician, Activist, Radio, Singer, Songwriter)
Lourd de Veyra
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Birthdate: February 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Quezon City
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Jose Jaime Espina
(Journalist)
Jose Jaime Espina
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Birthdate: March 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Died: July 7, 2021