Luchi Cruz-Valdes

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Luchi Cruz-Valdes
Born Luisita “Luchi” Cruz
(1965-12-27) December 27, 1965 (age 51)
Manila, Philippines
Education Degree in Broadcast Communication
Alma mater University of the Philippines
Occupation Broadcaster
Head of News5
Years active RPN (1981-1985)
ABS-CBN (1986–1987, 2002–2008)
GMA (1988–2002)
ABC/TV5 (2008–Present)
Spouse(s) Lito Valdes

Luisita “Luchi” Cruz-Valdes (born December 27, 1965) is a Filipino broadcast journalist formerly affiliated with GMA News and Public Affairs and ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. She is currently the head of the news and public affairs department of TV5.

Life and career[edit]

Cruz-Valdes earned her degree in Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines (UP), and became a radio and television reporter and producer. She is married to Lito Valdes, an IT marketing manager, and has three children.

Cruz-Valdes joined the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) as a field reporter when it set up a Manila bureau for the 1986 Snap Presidential Election. After her ABC stint, Cruz-Valdes was hired by Cheche Lazaro when ABS-CBN reopened after president Corazon Aquino was sworn into position.

For 10 years, she was a co-host of The Probe Team with Lazaro, founder and producer of the program, and also Cruz-Valdes' professor in UP. She proceeded to become part of the GMA News and Public Affairs for three years before accepting the offer of rival network ABS-CBN to become its vice president for news production and current affairs in 2001.

Soon after leaving her post in GMA 7,[1] the network filed cases of breach of contract and injunction against Cruz-Valdes, which prevented her from working in ABS-CBN from December 28, 2001 to August 20, 2002. In July 2008, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court judge Tita Marilyn Villordon dismissed the cases and ordered GMA Network to pay its former employee in damages equivalent to the salary that Cruz-Valdes should have earned during her eight-month “forced” vacation.

Also in 2008, Cruz-Valdes was placed under preventive suspension pending the outcome of an internal matter, which ABS-CBN Corporate Communications head Bong Osorio described as “not merely a petty personal difference or simple administrative concern.”

In November of the same year, Cruz-Valdes filed her resignation. In 2010, she joined TV5 as its News Chief.

One of her notable roles in joining TV5 is moderating the 2nd leg of PiliPinas Debates 2016.



Year Title Role Network
2016 PiliPinas Debates 2016 – Visayas leg Debate Moderator TV5
2014-present Aksyon News Anchor TV5
2014-2016 Kaya Host
2012–present Reaksyon Host
2011-2012 Anggulo Host
2010-2012 Journo Host
2010 Dokumentado Host TV5
1999-2002 I-Witness Host GMA Network
1995-1999 Saksi News Anchor (substitute for Mel Tiangco or Karen Davila)
1986 Magandang Umaga Po Co-Host ABS-CBN


Year Title Role Station
2010–present Relasyon Host Radyo5 92.3 News FM

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

Catholic Mass Media Awards
  • Titus Brandsma Award for Excellence in Journalism
KBP Golden Dove (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas)
  • Broadcaster of the Year (2001)
  • Best Female Newscaster (2015)
  • Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award (2015)
New York Film and Television Festival
  • 3 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals for Best Documentary
Inding-Indie Short Film Festival
  • Most Outstanding Broadcaster Asian Media Award (2015)
  • Pinakamapanuri at Pinagkakatiwalaang Brodkaster of the Year Award (2016)