Pangunahing Balita

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Pangunahing Balita
Genre News program
Live action
Created by Associated Broadcasting Company
Developed by ABC News and Public Affairs
Starring Paul Lacanilao
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino
No. of episodes n/a (airs daily)
Running time 15 minutes
Original channel Associated Broadcasting Company
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original run February 5, 1962 (1962-02-05) – September 23, 1972 (1972-09-23)
Followed by Balitang Balita

Pangunahing Balita (lit: Headliner) is the first Filipino language newscast of ABC 5 from February 5, 1962 to September 23, 1972 when DZTM-TV 5 was closed down due to Martial Law.

ABC-5 (1962–1972)[edit]

Premiered in February 5, 1962, Pangunahing Balita is the first Filipino language late afternoon newscast of ABC 5. Anchored by Paul Lacanilao, the newscast airs the news of the day in the local and international scene. It was also became an inspiration to have other TV stations a Filipino-language newscast like Mga Balita Ngayon of ABS-CBN, which aired from 1969-1972.


It was aired in the late afternoon slot, and has 2 editions. The first edition airs at 4:30 pm, while the final edition airs at 5:45 pm.

PTV-4 (1988–1998)[edit]

In 1988, PTV 4 launches Pangunahing Balita as its Filipino-language newscast. It became the household name for their Tagalog newscast.


  • Paul Lacanilao (ABC-5) (1962–1972)

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