Korina Sanchez

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Korina Sanchez-Roxas
Korina Sanchez at the garden.jpg
Korina Sanchez in 2013.
Born Korina Maria Sanchez
(1964-10-05) 5 October 1964 (age 50)
Victoria, British Hong Kong
Nationality Filipino
Other names Korina, Koring, K
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s)
Religion Christianity
Spouse(s) Mar Roxas (m. 2009)

Korina Maria Sanchez-Roxas, professionally known as Korina Sanchez (born 5 October 1964), is a Filipina broadcast journalist, magazine show host, radio anchor and newspaper columnist. She currently serves as the Chief Correspondent for the Integrated News and Current Affairs Division of ABS-CBN Corporation, DZMM, and the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).



Sanchez started her career as an editorial assistant at the age of 19 at the then Marcos government-run Maharlika Broadcasting System under the Ministry of Information. She soon after advanced to be the hourly newsbreak announcer and primetime news weather girl, having trained with chief forecaster Amado Pineda of PAGASA.[4]

President Ferdinand Marcos had closed down the Lopez-owned station during the martial rule in the 1970s. The network was returned to the Lopez family by President Corazon Aquino in 1986, after the People Power Revolution that deposed Marcos as president. Sanchez joined the reopened ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation as staff of the network's news department, working as a field reporter. Her regular fields were the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), police, and health-related stories.[4]


Korina Sanchez in ABS-CBN studios during the Halalan 2013 midterm election coverage.

Then-company president Freddie M. Garcia reprogrammed ABS-CBN's lineup and started programming using the Tagalog vernacular from mostly English-speaking shows on ABS-CBN. Sanchez was pulled put from her reportorial chores and was chosen for her first regular show, the morning magazine program MagandangUmaga, to tandem with Noli de Castro from 1986 to 1988. De Castro left the show to start the long-running public affairs show, Magandang Gabi, Bayan. Sanchez then took over production and became the executive producer and sole host of Magandang Umaga Po, which ran for three more years. It was in this platform that Sanchez honed skills at executive producership, budgeting, staff administration, writing, and directing. Later, Sanchez also became co-host to programs Bayan Ko, Sagot Ko and the late night newscast, Pulso: Aksyon Balita, along with Ted Failon.[4]

Unusual for on-camera personalities, Sanchez was the executive producer, writer, and host at the same time for most of her platforms. Programs that were created by Sanchez included public service shows, Hoy Gising!, the roundtable political discussion show OPTIONS, the weekly talk program Mel & Jay, and Isyu 101, which she co-hosted with Cito Beltran. The most popular of Sanchez's productions were the daily public service show, Hoy Gising!, the daily magazine show Balitang K, both of which were given approval for production and airing by then-President and COO Freddie M. Garcia. Along with the currently airing magazine show Rated K, a show similar to her previous Balitang K, these shows were and are considered critical successes.[4]

When De Castro ran for Senator in 2001, for which he won, Sanchez became the network's main anchor for its flagship primetime news program TV Patrol. TV Patrol won its first Catholic Mass Media Award for Best Newscast during this time under executive producer Beth Frondoso. Sanchez also continued to work as field reporter for the channel's news department and was eventually promoted to director level as Chief Correspondent for Philippine and Global Operations in 2004.[4]

Sanchez was recognized as a finalist for Best News Reporter/Correspondent in the 2009 New York Festivals Television & Film Awards, which she garnered from her reports on the electoral fraud in Davao[when?], wiretapping devices used against government officials, the sales of substandard skin whitening pills (a report that also earned her a Silver World Medal for Investigative Report), and an interview with MILF chairman Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim. Her investigative series on the proliferation of substandard glutathione pills in the Philippine market also won the Silver World Medal for Investigative Report Category in the same New York Festival Awards that year. Sanchez' report on the sales of substandard skin whitening pills also caused the collapse and closure of the brand's company, Lucida, and had the government enforce a stricter policy and implementation of laws against substandard health supplements.[4]

Sanchez was also chosen as the representative for the Philippines to the Asian interview show In Conversation on Malaysian television, in which she interviewed Asian heads of government, along with other Southeast Asian journalists. In 2003, Sanchez co-hosted the daily morning show Morning Girls with Kris and Korina, along with Kris Aquino. Sanchez's co-hosting duties was initially a temporary replacement to the show's original hosts (Pops Fernandez, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Carmina Villaroel), but it however became a commercial success and she landed a more permanent contract for the two new hosts. The show ran for sixteen months.[4]

In 2004, Sanchez became the anchor of the reformatted primetime news program TV Patrol, in which she was also promoted as ABS-CBN's Chief Correspondent for Philippine & Global Operations. That same year, her magazine show Rated K was also launched.[4]

In July 2006, Sanchez debuted the daily interview program Korina Today on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). The show ran for three years and was nominated for Best Talk Show at the 2008 Catholic Mass Media Awards. After an almost two-year hiatus from newscasting, Sanchez co-anchored the late night news program, Bandila, on 3 July 2006 along with co-anchors Henry Omaga-Diaz and Ces Drilon.[4]

On 8 May 2009, Sanchez took an indefinite leave from newscasting in preparation for her wedding to then-Senator Mar Roxas and her involvement in her husband's presidential bid for the 2010 Philippine presidential election. She maintained work on her magazine program Rated K which remained part of the network's Sunday evening programming.[4]

On 8 November 2010, Sanchez joined the group of anchors for the current version of the channel's primetime newscast, TV Patrol, which also consisted of former Vice President Noli de Castro and former congressman Ted Failon.[4]

Rated K[edit]

Sanchez then had to leave the daily morning show with Aquino in 2004 when offered a primetime Sunday slot which had also been suddenly vacated. What was originally offered for a 'Mar and Korina' talk show (to compete with the 'Mel and Jay' formula airing on the other network) was shelved for Sanchez' idea for alternative programming against competition a magazine format much like the daily Balitang K, against GMA Channel 7's 'Mel and Jay' talk format. Rated K has been number 1 on its time slot nationwide since it started in 2004. It continues to receive recognition from the most prestigious award giving bodies including the Catholic Mass Media Awards, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, ANAK TV Awards, STAR Awards for Television. Most notable of these recognitions is the Finalist Certification of Rated K twice from the New York World Festivals for the News Magazine[4]


Sanchez also maintains a career in talk radio through DZMM, ABS-CBN's AM Band radio station. It was former VP for Radio Rolly V. Cruz who hired Sanchez to join Ted Failon for a daily radio show. The program was first entitled AksyonNgayon, a daily afternoon public service program. It was later renamed to TambalangFailon at Sanchez when the tandem was brought to morning primetime daily at 8 to 10 am with mostly discussion of current issues and socio-political commentary. The show was consistently number one in its time slot against competition. When Failon ran for public office and was elected Congressman of the first district of Leyte province in 2004, Sanchez hosted the program alone. The show was renamed Korina sa Umaga and was recognized twice by the Kapisanan ng mga Bodkaster sa Pilipinas as Best Talk Show Program and Outstanding Public Affairs Program in 2001 and 2004. After three years in Congress, Ted Failon returned to DZMM. The show reverted to Tambalang Failon at Sanchez after Failon opted not to run for another term.

In January 2012, Sanchez also returned to AM talk radio. 'Rated Korina,' a news magazine talk show anchored solo by Sanchez, and now airs daily Mondays thru Fridays at 10am to 11 am over radio DZMM. She occasionally does an television interview show, Up Close and Personal, for ANC (the ABS-CBN News Channel). She has so far done special episodes of this show --- on the resurgence of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar, an interview with American celebrity financial adviser SuzeOrman and one with Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.


Korina Sanchez has also maintained her columns and regular articles in several magazines, broadsheets and tabloid newspapers. She has written or continues to write for the following print media platforms:

  1. About Time, Manila Times, thrice weekly column
  2. Chambers, The Philippine Star, Sunday column (current)
  3. Coming Home, People Asia Magazine, monthly article
  4. 24 K, Pilipino Mirror, thrice weekly column (current)
  5. That Does It, Cebu Freeman, thrice weekly column
  6. ISYU Ngayon, daily column
  7. K Ka Lang?, Pilipino Star Ngayon. (current)
  8. Bulgar four times weekly column (current)
  9. Sanchez's Philippine Star column 'Chambers' was finalist at the Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Column.

Personal life[edit]

Sanchez is currently married to former Senator Mar Roxas, whom she married on 27 October 2009 in Quezon City.[5]


Year Title Network
1986–1988 ; 1988–1991 Magandang Umaga and Magandang Umaga Po ABS-CBN
1991–1995 Options ABS-CBN
1992–1996 Hoy Gising! ABS-CBN
1996–2001 Balitang K ABS-CBN
2001–2002 Isyu 101 ABS-CBN
2003–2004 Morning Girls with Kris and Korina ABS-CBN
2006–2009 Korina Today ANC
2008 Harapan ABS-CBN
2006–2009 Bandila ABS-CBN
2004–present Rated K ABS-CBN
1992; 1995–1996; 2001–2004; 2010–Present TV Patrol ABS-CBN

Advocacies and charities[edit]

People's Health Watch[edit]

In her role as media practitioner, one of Sanchez' well-known advocacies is her effort for the legislation of a law promoting Patients' Rights and Responsibilities and against medical negligence. Her mother, Celia Sanchez, is known to be a victim of misdiagnosis in a well-known Philippine hospital. Sanchez was able to get her mother cured of stage 2 colon cancer in New York's Cornell Hospital (misdiagnosed as stage 4 terminal in the Philippines). Her mother was alive and well for another two years. Celia Sanchez succumbed to severe infection after a simple surgical procedure in another Manila hospital. Sanchez was quoted as having believed her mother died because of, again, medical negligence by another doctor, practicing in the Philippines.

While Sanchez never bannered her own parent's case publicly or in any of her media platforms, she spearheaded the Manila-chapter of the non-governmental organization, People's Health Watch, to move the Medical Malpractice Bill in Congress. At the time, the bill had been shelved and sleeping for more than a decade. Sanchez' group documented thousands of cases from all over the Philippines proving incidents of malpractice by doctors. Sanchez suffered the ire of medical practitioners and doctors' organizations nationwide. Sanchez' efforts and representation through the poltiical lobby group Publicus helped move discussion in the Senate and House of Representatives. Sanchez appeared in Congress, attended hearings and discussions on the bill. After numerous debates and discussion Sanchez' group agreed to a version of the original bill that is more acceptable to the doctors. The Medical Malpractice Bill was renamed Patients' Rights and Responsibilities Bill. The bill gathered considerable support in the Senate but later met opposition from a hostile senator. In the lower house, where many members of the Health Committee were themselves doctors, the bill did not budge despite lengthy discussions and media attention to the cause. Later, the Philippine Medical Association and Sanchez's group resumed talks for a more amicable Memorandum of Agreement in the face of a once-again lethargic Congress. The final draft of this MOA that is intended to bind all medical practitioners to conformity to a higher standard of accountability to patients has yet to be drafted and signed.

Lingkod Patrol[edit]

As anchor of TV Patrol between 2001 to 2004 Sanchez spearheaded the public service arm of the daily primetime newscast of ABS CBN. Through her team's advocacy, television and radio reports and personal solicitations lives of,mostly, children were saved and improved.

Tsinelas Campaign[edit]

In 2004, when the program Rated K began its weekly broadcast, Sanchez aired a public service segment in the show which was later to become a regular, nationwide project and household word. Sanchez began with one project for school children in Samar, Leyte and thought of bringing "smagol", the local term in the Visayas for rubber slippers (poor folk have come to know rubber slippers as 'smuggled from China', hence, the term "smagol"). It was a basic need of the poor especially children who either walk barefoot or wear tattered rubber slippers which are hardly wearable and kept together with straws. Immediately, Sanchez identified rubber slippers or 'tsinelas' as a basic need of the poor, especially the children. Since then, Sanchez has given away more than a million pairs of slippers in most provinces and cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao through the ABS CBN show Rated K. Her current project, "Isang Milyong Tsinelas", was launched in January 2013 aiming to solicit one million pairs of rubber slippers in one year to give away to the poor nationwide.

Other advocacies and charities[edit]

Other advocacies Sanchez had become involved with are population control (long before the prominence of the RH Bill) breast cancer-awareness and justice against crime. She has received awards and recognition for her efforts promoting vigilance on these three issues. Sanchez has also been consistently vocal for pollution control, and coral and marine life preservation. She is a deep-sea diver.

Most notable of these awards are the Silver Medal from the New York World Festivals for Television in 2008 for her Investigative Series on Substandard Glutathione Pills proliferating in the Philippines, the Finalist certification for Sanchez as Best Field Correspondent in the New York World Festivals for Television also in 2008 (for her reports on government wire tapping, election results rigging in Davao and an exposé on substandard food supplements), the Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award from the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas in 2009, the SWS Nationwide Survey as No. 1 Most Trusted Television Personality in 2009, the Hall of Fame award for Sanchez's show Rated K as Best News Magazine Program in the 2011 Catholic Mass Media awards, the Hall of Fame Award for Sanchez as one of the Most Admired Female TV Personalities from the ANAK TV Awards in 2011, the citation for Best News magazine host in the Asian TV Awards for 2012.

Sanchez also has many personal charities such as children she sends to school, schools she has helped rehabilitate, the sick she has sent to hospital. But her personal charities, by choice, are not publicized.

Awards, honors and recognition[edit]

2014' <1st MITV Gawad Kamalayan<-<Best Magazine Show Host: Rated K<


New York Festivals

  • Finalist Citation for Best News Magazine Format, Rated K (Episode: "This is My Life")

Asian TV Awards

  • Best Current Affairs Presenter Category: Highly Commended, Korina Sanchez, Rated K (Episode: "Kwento ng Buhay Ko")

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Awards

  • Special Award TeleRadyo category, Rated Korina/ Korina Sanchez

Media Newser Philippines’ Top Media Winner of 2012

Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Anak TV Seal for child sensitive program, Rated K


Catholic Mass Media Awards Hall of Fame Awardee

  • Best News Magazine, Rated K – 2006, 2008, 2010

ANAK TV Seal Awards Makibata Hall of Fame Awardee

  • Most Admired Female Personality, Korina Sanchez – 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
  • Anak TV Seal for child sensitive program, Rated K

25th PMPC Star Awards for TV

  • Best Magazine Program Host
  • Best Magazine Program, Rated K


Catholic Mass Media Awards

  • Best News Magazine, Rated K

ANAK TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired TV Personality, Korina Sanchez
  • Top 20 TV Programs – Household Favorites, Rated K

USTv Students Choice Awards Students’ Choice for Female – Beat News and Current Affairs Host, Korina Sanchez


New York World Festivals

  • Silver World Medal -Investigative Report Category, "Substandard Food Supplements"
  • Finalist Certification – Best News Reporter Category, Korina Sanchez
  • Finalist Certification – Best News Magazine Format, Rated K (Episode: "Child")

Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired TV Personality, Korina Sanchez
  • Most Well Liked TV Program, Rated K

3rd Gandingan UPLB Isko't Iska Broadcast Choice Awards

  • Best News Anchor, Korina Sanchez
  • Best AM Radio Announcer, Korina Sanchez, 'Tambalang Failon at Sanchez', DZMM
  • Most Development-oriented Panel Discussion, 'HARAPAN'

Ateneo de Davao's TAO Awards

  • Favorite National Female Anchor, Korina Sanchez

7th GawadTanglaw Awards

  • Best Magazine Show, Rated K

National Public Attorneys of the Philippines Awards

  • Outstanding Broadcaster, Korina Sanchez
  • Outstanding Current Affairs Program, Rated K


Catholic Mass Media Awards

  • Best News Magazine Program, Rated K

17th KBP Golden Dove Awards

  • KaDoroy Broadcaster of the Year Award, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Host for TV, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Public Affairs Program Host for Radio, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Public Affairs Program, 'Tambalang Failon at Sanchez', DZMM

Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards

  • Broadcast Journalist of the Year for Television, Korina Sanchez

22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television

  • Best Magazine Show Host, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Program, Rated K

Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired Female TV Personality, Korina Sanchez
  • Most Well Liked TV Program, Rated K
  • Anak TV Seal for child sensitive program, Rated K

2nd Gandingan UPLB Isko't Iska Broadcast Choice Awards

  • Best News Anchor, Korina Sanchez
  • Best AM Announcer, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Program, Rated K
  • Best AM Program, Tambalang Failon at Sanchez

6thGawadTanglaw Awards

  • Best TV Anchor, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Show, Rated K


16th KBP Golden Dove Awards

  • Best Magazine Program Host (Rated K)
  • Best Public Affairs Program Host for Radio

Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired TV Personality, Korina Sanchez
  • Most Well Liked TV Program, Rated K
  • Anak TV Seal for child sensitive program, Rated K

21st PMPC Star Awards for TV

  • Best Magazine Show Host,Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Show, Rated K


Catholic Mass Media Awards

  • Best News Magazine Program, Rated K

15th KBP Golden Dove Awards

  • Best Radio Public Affairs Program Host, Korina Sanchez for Tambalang Failon at Sanchez, DZMM

USTv Students Choice Awards

  • Best Female Broadcast News and Public Affairs Host, Korina Sanchez

Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired TV Personality, Korina Sanchez
  • Top 10 Favorite TV Programs, Rated K
  • Anak TV Seal for child sensitive program, Rated K


Anak TV Seal Awards

  • Most Admired TV Personality, Korina Sanche

Catholic Mass Media Awards

  • Best Radio News Commentary, Tambalang Failon at Sanchez

19th PMPC Star Awards for TV

  • Best Magazine Program Host, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Magazine Program, Rated K


KBP Golden Dove Awards

  • Outstanding Newscaster, Korina Sanchez, TV Patrol
  • Outstanding Public Affairs Program on Radio, Korina Sa Umaga, DZMM
  • Outstanding News Program, TV Patrol, ABS CBN Ch.2

People Asia Magazine People of the Year, Korina Sanchez with Sen. Mar Roxas

PIPOL (ABS CBN Channel 2) Pipol of the Year, Korina Sanchez

18th PMPC Star Awards

  • Best Female Newscaster, Korina Sanchez
  • Best Celebrity Talk Show Host, Korina Sanchez with Ms. Kris Aquino
  • Best Celebrity Talk Show, Morning Girls
  • Best News Program, TV Patrol


KBP Golden Dove Awards

  • Best Talk Show Program on Radio, Korina sa Umaga, DZMM

Other Awards:

  1. Gawad CCP Para saTelebisyon
  2. Community Outstanding Young Achievers Awards
  3. HuwarangAnak Awardee 2003