Angelo Castro Jr.

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Angelo Castro Jr.
Born Angelo Ylagan Castro Jr.
(1945-03-06)6 March 1945
Manila, Insular Government of the Philippine Islands
Died 5 April 2012(2012-04-05) (aged 67)
St. Luke's Medical Center, Makati City
Nationality Filipino
Other names ACJ, AC, OA
Occupation Broadcaster
Known for The World Tonight
Spouse(s) June Keithley
Children Angelo Diego Castro III
Gabriella Castro
Angelica Castro

Angelo Y. Castro Jr. (6 March 1945[1]  – 5 April 2012) was a Filipino broadcast journalist and actor.[2] He was a news anchor for The World Tonight, the flagship news program of ABS-CBN and ANC.[3] He anchored several ABS-CBN and ANC news and current events programs for the past 25 years.[4] Castro is a recipient of the Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year award from the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas.[3]

Castro died at age 67 after succumbing to lung cancer.[5] Philippine Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Castro’s death marks the "end of an era of gentlemanly broadcasting."[6]


Before becoming a journalist, Castro had a flourishing television and film career.[7] He was cast as Bong in "Baltic and Co." over GMA-7 during the mid-70s.

He was nominated in the 1980s for a Famas award as Best Supporting Actor for Kumander Alibasbas.[8]


Castro joined ABS-CBN when it reopened in 1986 after the EDSA Revolution[4] and became its news manager.[7][9] He created TV Patrol, the longest-running Filipino newscast.[3][7][8] Castro anchored The World Tonight in 1986 with Loren Legarda.[7]

In 2000, Castro became ABS-CBN’s senior vice-president for news and current affairs.[8] He left that post a year later[3] but continued to anchor The World Tonight.[7][8] He also hosted the travel show Las Islas Filipinas on ANC.[3]

Castro retired in September 2009,[7] but returned as news anchor on The World Tonight in November 2011.[3][7][10] He was joined by Tina Monzon-Palma and Teddyboy Locsin.[7] He finally left the show for the last time when his health continued to deteriorate.[5]


He was the son of former Press Secretary Angelo Castro, Sr.[11] He is the father of actor Diego Castro,[5] and Gabriella[3] and husband of fellow broadcaster June Keithley (1947-2013).[8] Castro is also the uncle of musicians Kenneth Ilagan and Mondo Castro.

Health and death[edit]

In 2008, he was diagnosed with Lung cancer and given three months to live.[12] Castro outlived this prognosis by three years,[1] dying at age 67 on April 5, 2012, at St. Luke's Medical Center.[5]

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said after it was announced that Castro had died:

We mourn the passing of Angelo Castro Jr. For many years he was a calm and reassuring presence in the late evening news. His passing marks the closing of an era of gentlemanly broadcasting, where erudition and dignity were the hallmarks of news and current affairs.[13]


  1. ^ a b Lo, Ricky (April 8, 2012). "Diego: Dad got his last wish". The Philippine Star. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Life and career of Angelo Castro, Jr.". April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Angelo Castro Jr dies". April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Broadcast journalist Angelo Castro passes away". April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Angelo Castro Jr. succumbs to cancer". April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ Ubalde, Joseph Holandes (April 5, 2012). "Angelo Castro's death signals 'end of gentlemanly broadcasting' - Palace". Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Broadcast journalist Angelo Castro, 67". April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Mangosing, Frances; Elona, Jamie Marie (April 5, 2012). "Veteran broadcaster Angelo Castro Jr. passes away at 67". Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "TV Patrol, now on domsat". Manila Standard. March 30, 1989. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Angelo Castro Jr. back in 'The World Tonight'". November 8, 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Wake for Angelo Ruiz Castro". Manila Standard. October 8, 1994. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Broadcast journalist succumbs to cancer". Sun.Star Manila. April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Presidential Spokesperson on the passing of Angelo Castro Jr., April 5, 2012". Official Gazette. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 

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