July 24, 1934
Nueva Ecija, Philippine Islands
|Died||February 18, 2004
Quezon City, Philippines
|Other names||Ka Kiko|
Frankie Evangelista (July 24, 1934 – February 18, 2004) was a radio and television broadcaster of ABS-CBN since 1953.
He was born Francisco Fermin Evangelista on July 24, 1934 in Nueva Ecija. He started out as a DJ and was known to be a credible newscaster. He had a distinguished career in radio and his live coverage of special events was always competent. He became the voice that that impel errant government officials to shape up in the "Hoy Gising" portion of Radyo Patrol.
He was married to Patria Hipolito. They had 3 children.
Evangelista, also known as Ka Kiko, had career within ABS-CBN that spanned the entire 50-year history of the network. First hired as a radio personality, he rose to become a vital force in ABS-CBN's television shows as well, with credits that include news (TV Patrol, Hoy Gising!) and even entertainment (as an executive producer on the pre-Martial Law comedy show Super Laff-In).
Mr. Evangelista was last seen on his ANC shows Dateline Philippines and ANC News 3 PM, and was lastly heard on his DZMM talk show Hoy Gising. He was also part of the ABS-CBN 50th Anniversary documentaries Sa Mata ng Balita and Limampung Taong Ligawan.
Evangelista died at the age of 69 on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 of an undisclosed illness at the De Los Santos Medical Center. In a statement, ABS-CBN Vice-Chairman Jake Almeda-Lopez said of Mr. Evangelista's death, "The entire ABS-CBN family is saddened by the news about our friend Frankie. In a very true sense, he was one of the nicest fellows that I have met here in ABS-CBN. We were colleagues since before Martial Law, and he was one of the most professional of our broadcasters. ABS-CBN joins his family in this hour of grief."
- Newsday (IBC) (1975-1986)
- Balita Ngayon (ABS-CBN) (1986-1987)
- TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) (1987–1996)
- News 23 (Studio 23) (1997-1998)
- Sarimanok Network News (SNN)
- Frankly Speaking (ANC)
- Dateline Philippines (ANC)
- ANC News 3 PM (ANC)
- Father En Son (1995)
- "Outstanding radio personalities cited." Inquirer, 25 December 1999. http://www.inquirer.net/saturday/dec99wk4/spc_3.htm (accessed on August 8, 2007).