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|Born||Bienvenido Teshiba Tulfo
March 15, 1955
|Other names||Ben Tulfo (known as the host of Bitag.)
Tol Ben (T3)
"Morning Man" In Disc Jockey Days
|Occupation||Radio and TV personality, Entrepreneur, Production Company Executive|
|Years active||1996 – present|
|Notable credit(s)||BITAG, Kilos Pronto, Pinoy US Cops|
|Relatives||Ramon "Mon" Tulfo (brother)
Raffy Tulfo (brother)
Erwin Tulfo (brother)
Wanda Tulfo Teo (sister)
|Family||Ramon S. Tulfo Sr.
Caridad Teshiba Tulfo (born 1925)
Bienvenido "Ben" Teshiba Tulfo (born March 15, 1955) is a TV and radio personality, Entrepreneur and production company executive. Ben and his "BITAG" program has won numerous public service and investigative shows from different award winning bodies.
He is primarily known for being the brains behind "BITAG", a documentary-reality and investigative Public Service program that also won as the "Best Public Service Program" for many years.
He has also produced shows such as “Pinoy US Cops”, “BITAG Live”, and “Kilos Pronto.”
TV, Radio, and Print
In 1996, Ben was the brains behind the TV show "Bitag" and was aired on RPN-9. Mon hosted the program but after its successful launch, Ben left the show. Then in 1997, he launched "Philippine's Most Wanted" (patterned closely to "America's Most Wanted") on PTV-4 but later expanded from TV to radio (through DZXL (defunct)). The program was hosted together with his brother, Raffy. However, after a year of hosting Philippine's Most Wanted, he left the program which in turn, leaving Raffy to go solo.
Ben later returned to the field of broadcast media in 2001. His program, “Bahala si Tulfo” (Now BITAG Live) was later offered a mid-morning time slot by DZME. He was later offered to be the Editor in Chief for Manila Standard, then he wrote his column for "Saksi Ngayon", a sister publication of Manila Standard.
While BST Tri-Media was conceived in 2002, he became a columnist for Philippine Star's Tagalog counterparts: "Pilipino Star Ngayon" and "Pang Masa". As of 2017, he is still writing for these columns.
On July, 2005, UNTV Channel 37’s Daniel Razon offered him to join UNTV and be one of their anchors. Three months later, he became one of the hosts of “Pilipinas, Gising Ka Na Ba?” which was immediately followed by “Bahala si Tulfo” from 8 AM to 10 AM. It was also simulcast at DZME.
Erwin later joined Ben at UNTV in 2006. “Bahala Si Tulfo” was later renamed to “Tulfo Brothers: Bahala si Ben at Erwin”. However, in June of the same year, Erwin left to host “Isumbong Mo – Tulfo Brothers” at RPN-9. Ben went solo again and renamed the show back to its original title.
2013 was a rough year for TV5 as it faced ailing finances. This does not stop him from staying as a talent-host for T3 together with Erwin and Raffy. However, T3 officially folded up on April 2016. This caused the brothers to part ways with separate commitments within the network.
On June 2017, Ben and Erwin have decided to cut ties with TV5. He also pulled out "BITAG Live" and later moved to PTV-4.
Up to this day, Pinoy US Cops still airs during primetime Saturdays before BITAG on PTV-4.
During a Maundy Thursday (March 28) back in 2002, the idea of a documentary reality (often shortened as “docu-reality”) show was conceived during a vacation at the Plantation Bay in Mactan, Cebu. From there, “BITAG” was born.
He then formed BST Tri-media Production (Now known as BITAG Media Unlimited Incorporated) to produce BITAG as a block timer. Its official launch was on the 14th of September 2002, a date often mistaken by fans and former production staff to be its original “anniversary”. The show was aired on ABC Channel 5 (Now TV5). BITAG focuses on ensnaring criminals and their modus operandi, and they also feature drug raids in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement elements.
The show ran for 2 years on ABC5. But, Ben was offered a primetime slot together with a co-production contract by Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13) back in 2004. After signing the contract immediately, Bitag began airing on its first episode with IBC-13, marking his big-break on Philippine television.
For eight years, BITAG is still running strong at IBC-13 and UNTV. However, Ben's "Bahala si Tulfo" was changed to “BITAG Live”. On 2010, ABS-CBN's The Filipino Channel (TFC) came knocking on Ben's door to show "BITAG" at their Filipino Channel. He was offered a timeslot for "BITAG" to be shown overseas.
In 2011, Shows like BITAG and BITAG Live are still airing in their respective channels. BITAG is still with IBC-13, while BITAG Live still airs in the morning at UNTV.
At the last quarter of 2012, TV5 offered Ben an exclusive contract for BITAG. This move prompted him to terminate his contract with IBC-13 and pull out BITAG on ABS-CBN TFC, a result of the said contract.
On March, 2013, Ben conducted changes to his shows. His daily analysis show, BITAG Live, moved to 92.3 News FM which simulcasts at AksyonTV. From here, he officially concluded his contract with UNTV. In October of the same year, TV5 was later marred with financial limitations, which prompted Ben to move both BITAG and Pinoy US Cops to PTV-4. BITAG Live was unaffected with these changes, thus, allowing him to host his daily show as well.
Right after the financial fiasco at TV5 back in 2013, BITAG together with Pinoy US Cops were moved to PTV-4 and later considered as syndicated programs from 2014 up to the present. Since then, Ben did not accept any exclusive contracts from other media networks.
Up to this day, BITAG still airs during primetime Saturdays on PTV-4 with replays and news episodes being produced from the ground up. BITAG Live ater moved as a daily show up to this day in PTV-4 then simulcast at Radyo Pilipinas 738 AM band.
To date, Ben's BITAG Media Unlimited Inc. is officially a content provider for PTV-4, acquiring the primetime blocks , transferring all of his television shows.
Starting as a segment in "BITAG Live", Kilos Pronto's nature is also similar to that of the full-blown program, a call-to-action public service entity. It was supposed to launch as a separate program away from "BITAG Live" but it never happened.
In October, 2016, Kilos Pronto successfully launched as a full-blown one hour program at UNTV. The show was hosted by Ben Tulfo together with Alex Santos and the late Nikka Alejar. Similar to the segment's roots, it was also a fast paced program featuring call-to-action public service. However, instead of being a single segment, the show covered different complaints (ranging from local disputes and anomalies) and featured tourist attractions, delicacies, and other tourism-related events through a segment called "Travel Pass".
However, Ben Tulfo had to part ways with UNTV on January, 2017, and then transferred to a new home, the state-run channel PTV-4. In June of the same year, Erwin Tulfo, hosted Kilos Pronto together with his brother after parting ways with TV5.
Numerous time slot changes occurred throughout the course of the program. During its run with UNTV, the show aired from 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM, then later on PTV-4, it ran from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and then from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. However, to accommodate Erwin as he is also a newscaster for PTV News, Kilos Pronto later moved to an earlier time slot of 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
Outside of Media
From 1998 to 2000, Ben ventured in food extrusion technology, a direction that is completely different from his roots. His clients include Universal Robina, Purina, and Feedmix, an agriculture company in the Philippines. Most of the marketed extrusion utilities came from a Kansas-based food extrusion manufacturer.
- Dumlao, Doris C. "TV5 offers early retirement incentive to curb losses". Retrieved 2017-12-01.