Ted Failon

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Ted Failon
Born Mario Teodoro Failon Etong
(1962-03-29) 29 March 1962 (age 53)
Ermita, Manila, Philippines[1]
Ethnicity Filipino
Occupation Journalist, Public Servant, Radio Commentator
Notable credit(s)

Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Trinidad Arteche-Etong
(1984–2009, her death)
Children Katrina Etong
Karishma Etong
Parent(s) Jose Garson Etong
Josefina Quibilan Failon[1]

Mario Teodoro Failon Etong (born March 29, 1962), professionally known as Ted Failon, is a Filipino broadcast journalist, radio commentator, and a former congressman representing the first district of Leyte, Philippines, from 2001-04.

Early life[edit]

Ted Failon was born in Ermita, Manila and raised in Tacloban City, Leyte.[1][2] Working early on to financially support his studies, he finished St. Andrew's School Parañaque in 1974, and high school at the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta - Las Piñas Campus Department of Business High School in 1979.

He took up AB Economics in Colegio de San Juan de Letran while working as a disc jockey in a small joint along EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City. He earned a Bachelor in Broadcast Communication degree from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila in 1996, and has attended the Bachelor of Laws program of Arellano University.[2]

Early career[edit]

Failon first worked as an announcer at DYDW Radyo DIWA 531 kHz in Tacloban City from 1983 to 1988, and later Program Director at DWGV-FM 99.1 in Angeles City, Pampanga from 1988 to 1990.[2] In 1990, he moved to ABS-CBN where he went on to become an executive producer and news anchor. In ABS-CBN, he anchored Hoy Gising! from 1992 to 2001, TV Patrol in 1992, and Pulso: Aksyon Balita from 1999 to 2000. He joined DZMM in 1990 and was first heard in the Gising Pilipinas until 1997. He hosted the top public service radio show Aksyon Ngayon with Korina Sanchez from 1991.[citation needed]

House of Representatives[edit]

Mario Teodoro F. Etong
Member of the House of Representatives from Leyte's 1st district
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2004
Preceded by Alfred S. Romualdez
Succeeded by Remedios L. Petilla
Personal details
Nationality Filipino
Political party Independent
Occupation broadcast journalist,
radio commentator,
former congressman

In 2001, Failon entered politics when he ran for a seat in the House of Representatives, representing the 1st District of Leyte. He won the seat, defeating veteran politician Alfred Romualdez,[2] the nephew of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos. He would soon retire from broadcasting to concentrate on his Congressional duties. Failon served in the 12th Congress, but retired at the end of his term in 2004 to resume his broadcasting career at ABS-CBN.[2] He was succeeded by Representative Remedios L. Petilla, a former governor of Leyte.

Return to broadcasting[edit]

After serving as Representative of 1st district of Leyte,[2] Failon resumed his broadcasting career at ABS-CBN in 2004. On 15 November 2004, he and Karen Davila joined Julius Babao in anchoring the newly rebranded TV Patrol World. He was also assigned to be the weekday anchor of Radyo Patrol Balita: Alas Siyete (Radio Patrol News: Seven O'Clock) the same year. On 24 October 2009, he was given a public service and magazine show, Failon Ngayon. On 8 November 2010, he was joined by veteran anchors Korina Sanchez and Noli De Castro on TV Patrol.

On 10 January 2011, he was joined by TV Patrol co-anchor Noli De Castro as the anchor of Radyo Patrol Balita: Alas Siyete. He was also assigned to join De Castro in his radio program Kabayan in its last 30 minutes after the said newscast.[2] He also currently hosts a weekday morning commentary program on DZMM entitled Tambalang Failon at Webb (successor of Tambalang Failon at Sanchez with Korina Sanchez) with Pinky Webb.[citation needed]

Wife's death[edit]

Failon was married to Trinidad "Trina" Arteche–Etong (1965–2009) for 25 years. On 15 April 2009, Trinidad Etong was rushed to the hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head.[3] She died from her injuries the following day.[4] Failon himself had rushed his wife to the hospital, and subsequently issued a statement saying that he had found his wounded wife in their bathroom after she had used his handgun in a suicide attempt.[5] Hours after the shooting, Failon was arrested, allegedly for tampering with the crime scene,[5] though he was able to leave police custody the following day to be at his wife's bedside.[6]

Failon denied any involvement in the shooting,[7][8] and he tested negative for powder burns in a paraffin test conducted by the Quezon City police.[9]

The family driver and three housemaids of the Failon family were charged by the Quezon City police for obstruction of justice, for allegedly destroying important evidence in the shooting, which occurred at the Failon family home. This was followed by the arrests of Mrs. Failon's brother and sister by the Quezon City police, allegedly for obstruction of justice.[10]

In March 2010, the NBI ruled Trina's death a suicide due to depression and cleared Failon and others of the charges.[11]



Year Title Role Network
2013 Sa Gitna Ng Daang Matuwid: State of the Nation Address 2013 Host ABS-CBN
2009–present Failon Ngayon Host
2004–present TV Patrol (Formerly TV Patrol World) News Anchor
2004-2005 Hoy Gising! Kapamilya Host
1999-2000 Pulso: Aksyon Balita Anchor
1992-2001 Hoy Gising! Anchor


Year Title Role Station
1990-1997 Gising Pilipinas Anchor DZMM
1991 Aksyon Ngayon Anchor
2009–present Failon Ngayon Host


  • Winner, Best Male TV Newscaster "TV Patrol" - 26th PMPC Star Awards For TV 2012
  • Winner, Best Male TV Newscaster Metro Manila "TV Patrol" - KBP Golden Dove Awards
  • Winner, Best Male Radio Newscaster Metro Manila "Radio Patrol Alas Siyete" - KBP Golden Dove Awards


  1. ^ a b c "Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984 Image Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984; ark:/61903/3:1:939J-CS91-JF?i=166 — FamilySearch.org". Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Cyril L. Bonabente. "Failon on Estrada's Senate list". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Dennis Carcamo. "Ted Failon's wife shot, critically wounded". Philippine Star. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Abigail Kwok. "Failon wife dies in hospital -- doctor". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Agence France Presse. "Top Philippine Broadcaster Arrested, Wife Shot". Agence France Presse. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Failon 'slips away' police office to go to hospital; cops pursue him". GMA News.TV. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ces Drilon Interview with Ted Failon" (PDF). ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 18 April 2009. 
  8. ^ John Carlo Cahinhinan. "Failon insists, "I didn't kill my wife". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  9. ^ Willie L. Catapat. "Failon negative for powder burns". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  10. ^ "Police arrest two relatives of Failon". ABS-CBN News.com. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  11. ^ DOJ affirms move to clear Ted Failon on wife’s suicide, newsinfo.inquirer.net; accessed 23 March 2015.

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