Ernie Baron

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Ernie Baron
Born Ernesto Baron
(1940-08-15)August 15, 1940
Dagupan, Pangasinan, Philippines
Died January 23, 2006(2006-01-23) (aged 65)
Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines
Cause of death
Heart attack
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Broadcaster, weatherman
Known for The Philippine Walking Encyclopedia

Ernesto Baron (August 15, 1940 – January 23, 2006) was a Filipino broadcaster and inventor. He spent more than 40 years in the field of broadcasting. He was best known as the weatherman in the ABS-CBN news program TV Patrol. He was also known as The Walking Encyclopedia.[1]

Considered as one of the pioneers of Radyo Patrol, which counts as contemporaries, among others, Rey Langit, Noli de Castro, Joe Taruc, Mario Garcia, Bobby Guanzon, Orly Mercado and Bong Lapira, Baron, Ka Ernie to his legions of followers, started his radio career with the general information program, Gintong Kaalaman, on the old DZAQ, the forerunner of what is now DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.

When ABS-CBN returned on the air after the Marcos regime, he hosted the radio program Knowledge Power as well as its spin-off show on television of the same title. He also advocated the use of herbal medicine called pito pito and cleansing diet in his programs and media appearances, which irked medical professionals and then dismissed him as promoter of quack medicine.

Baron appears his first movie Pera o Bayong (based on the game segment from Magandang Tanghali Bayan).

Baron was also a proponent of scientific and technological advances in the Philippines. To attest to this, he was the inventor of the so-called Baron Super Antenna, a sophisticated yet reasonably-priced outdoor TV antenna.

He died of myocardial infarction on the morning of 23 January 2006 in Muntinlupa at the age of 65. Broadcaster Mel Tiangco announced his passing at the end of the said date's episode of 24 Oras.

He is survived by his wife Josephine B. Baron and their daughter, Shirley.

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Event/Award-giving Body Award Reason/Program Year
Star Awards Best Educational TV Program Host Knowledge Power (Radio Show) 2001
ABS-CBN "one of 10 Most Interesting Personalities in 2001" 2001
Film Achievers' Association Broadcast Journalist of the Year 2005

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