August 15, 1940
Dagupan, Pangasinan, Commonwealth of the Philippines
|Died||January 23, 2006
Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|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.
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 is survived by his wife Josephine B. Baron and their daughter, Shirley Baron.
|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|
- Charlatan to some, but idol to many
- Ernie Baron Passes Away at 65
- ABS-CBN News - Ernie Baron 'always a kapamilya'
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