Mike Enriquez

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Mike Enriquez
Mike Enriquez in White Plains, Quezon City.jpg
Mike Enriquez in 2016, outside QCPD in Quezon City
Born
Miguel Castro Enriquez

(1951-09-29) September 29, 1951 (age 69)
Santa Ana, Manila, Philippines
NationalityFilipino
Other names"Baby Michael" or "Baby Mike" (nicknames as a DJ)
"Mr. Saksi"
OccupationRadio and television newscaster
Years active1969–present
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)

Miguel Castro Enriquez (born September 29, 1951, Santa Ana, Manila), also known as Mike Enriquez, is a Filipino television and radio newscaster. He is also the Consultant for radio operations of GMA Network, and president of the network's regional and radio subsidiary, RGMA Network Inc., and the Station Manager of Super Radyo DZBB 594 AM.

Career[edit]

He started his career in broadcasting as a staff announcer at the Manila Broadcasting Company in 1969. It began when he visited a friend in that company and accidentally discovered his interest in radio.[1] He has since worked in various positions, as a broadcast reporter, a news editor, program director, and station manager, until he became manager of a medium-sized radio network. He also had stints in other radio networks such as Freedom Broadcasting Radio Network and Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), where he became vice president for the company. He was the man behind the huge success of DWKC 93.9, which stayed in the number 1 spot for so many years before he left in 1995. He is the voice behind the Mellow Touch 94.7 signature and introduction.[1] He also became a disc jockey known as "Baby Michael" and he played a cameo role as a disc jockey in Andrew E.'s 1992 movie Mahirap ang Maging Pogi (It's Not Easy Being Handsome).

In 1994, after leaving RMN, Enriquez would join GMA to head its radio division and expand its radio networks, with only 4 originating stations at that time.

In 1995, Enriquez was convinced by the network to be the anchor, in what would be his first on-cam appearance, of the 1995 senatorial election coverage, with then broadcast journalist Karen Davila as co-anchor. He would later remark numerous times, "Itong mukhang ‘to sa palagay mo pang TV ito?"

Months later, the network executives called for him to come back; he would anchor a 15-minute newscast, in the early evening slot, together with Davila. The late-afternoon news program, entitled Saksi: GMA Headline Balita premiered on October 2, 1995.

In September 1998, Enriquez would land his anchor-duties into the late-night newscast GMA Network News with Vicky Morales. Since his first months on Network News, they decided to change the language to "Taglish", and later, changed to Filipino in 1999.

In January 1999, Enriquez returned to radio via Super Radyo DZBB, with his new program based on his former newscast, Saksi sa Dobol B.

In August 2000, Enriquez hosted the public affairs program entitled Imbestigador; he was later named "Imbestigador ng Bayan".

On March 12, 2004, Enriquez left Saksi to re-join Frontpage anchor Mel Tiangco in GMA's newest primetime newscast "24 Oras".

Throughout his career as a news anchor, he would cover numerous news events ranging from the Payatas landslide, the eve of the Iraq War, the Funeral of Pope John Paul II Vatican, and Tacloban, which was then ravage from the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

He has been named as one of the most child-friendly personalities by the Southeast Asian Foundation for Children and thrice consecutively by the Anak TV Seal awards.[2]

On August 22, 2018, Enriquez revealed he has been on a medical leave because of a couple of ailments, which is why he hasn't been on 24 Oras and Super Radyo DZBB lately.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Enriquez is the eldest of three children.[4] He uses the term "destructive to a certain extent" to describe his curiosity-filled, active childhood.[4]

He had always been very active in church, and used to be an altar boy with an ambition to be a Franciscan priest.[5] However, his parents refused to sign a consent sheet that would allow him to stay at the seminary until he became a priest.[5]

Instead, he was enrolled at De La Salle College (now De La Salle University-Manila), taking up AB Liberal Arts in Commerce.[6] Enriquez finished his degree in 1973 and now teaches in Broadcast Management. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of La Salle Green Hills and acts as the Treasurer and Chairman of its Finance Committee.[citation needed]

Family[edit]

Mike has been married to Lizabeth "Baby" Yumping for twenty-nine years, but they have no children.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
1999 Asian Television Awards Best Newscaster Award N/A Won
Golden Dove Awards Best Male Newscaster N/A Won
Ka Doroy Valencia Broadcaster of the Year Award N/A Won
2000 Asian Television Awards Best News Presenter N/A Won
Golden Dove Awards Best Newscaster For Television N/A Won
Best Public Affairs Host for Radio N/A Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Male Newscaster N/A Won[7]
2001 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Public Service Program Host "Imbestigador" Won
2002 Catholic Mass Media Awards Best News Commentary "Saksi Sa Dobol B" Won
Golden Dove Awards Best TV Newscaster Metro Manila N/A Won
Best Public Affairs Program Host N/A Won
2003 National Consumers Award Best Newscaster Award N/A Won
New York Festivals Gold Medal "Saksi" Won
2004 National Consumers Award Outstanding Television Host N/A Won
US Film and Video Festival Silver Camera Award (for a documentary focusing on war-torn Iraq) Won
Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption Outstanding Television Host N/A Won
2014 BizNews Asia Broadcast Excellence Award N/A Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Accidental Broadcaster". Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2017-05-25.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Anak TV Seal Award 2008 winners announced". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  3. ^ Mike Enriquez explains absence from 24 Oras, Super Radyo dzBB
  4. ^ a b "HerWord : Spotlight". 2001-10-22. Archived from the original on 2001-12-26. Retrieved 2017-05-25.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ a b "Profile: Mike Enriquez". Geocities.ws. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  6. ^ "Enriquez, Miguel "Mike" C. | De La Salle Alumni Association". Dlsaa.com. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  7. ^ "Happy, triumphant faces at the 14th PMPC Star Awards for TV". The Philippine Star. October 9, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2016.