24 Oras Davao

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24 Oras Davao
24 Oras Davao title card (2017).png
Created by GMA Davao
Developed by GMA News and Public Affairs
Directed by John Joseph Fandiño
Starring Tek Ocampo
Sarah Jane Hilomen-Velasco
Real Sorroche
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Cebuano
No. of episodes n/a (airs daily)
Executive producer(s) Margarita Dacanay
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time 30 minutes
Original network GMA Davao
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release October 4, 1999 - November 7, 2014 (as Testigo)
November 10, 2014 - September 30, 2016 (as 24 Oras Southern Mindanao)
October 3, 2016 (as 24 Oras Davao) – present

24 Oras Davao, formerly Testigo and 24 Oras Southern Mindanao, is a regional news program aired over GMA Davao. It provides news and features primarily around Davao City and the entire Southern Mindanao. It also covers the Soccsksargen regions, North Cotabato and Maguindanao provinces (including Kidapawan City and Cotabato City) and Surigao del Sur of Caraga (including Tandag City and Bislig City even they're moved from the now-defunct spin-off newscast of GMA Northern Mindanao 24 Oras Northern Mindanao (formerly Testigo Northern Mindanao) after it was abruptly cancelled one year ago). The newscast airs from Monday to Friday from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM with its broadcast center located at Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City. It is also simulcast over radio slightly-delayed basis on via DXGM 1125 AM.


Its main newscaster is Tek Ocampo, he started with Testigo in 1999 and made a name as a national reporter for GMA News when he left the show in 2002. After his stint with GMA Manila, he came back to Davao to anchor the program once more.

To strengthen its commitment of bringing the latest, most credible and most comprehensive news from the region, in February 2013, the newscast started its international broadcast on GMA News TV International alongside other regional newscasts Balitang Amianan and Balitang Bisdak.[1]

Testigo ended its 15-year run on November 7, 2014 as it adopts the branding of its now-main newscast 24 Oras as 24 Oras Southern Mindanao effective November 10, following their change of graphics and theme music of the network's flagship newscast of the same name.

Since February 1, 2016, this program is the only GMA regional newscast to use the 24 Oras branding after two of its other regional newscasts reverted branding to its original names, Balitang Amianan (since 2008) and Balitang Bisdak (since 1999).

On October 3, 2016, 24 Oras Southern Mindanao changed once again its branding simply as 24 Oras Davao. The rebranding coincided to the 17th anniversary of the regional network's news department alongside GMA Cebu's Balitang Bisdak, as well as expanding out the coverage of GMA Dagupan's Balitang Amianan. [2]

On January 2, 2017, the newscast updated its opening billboard, soundtrack and lower third graphics similar to 24 Oras, together with other newscasts Balitang Amianan and Balitang Bisdak.

On April 17, 2017, senior correspondent Real Sorroche was promoted as anchor of the newscast, with his own segment Usapang Real.

Titlecard as Testigo used until 2009, when their theme and graphics were updated; and kept their former newscast's title until November 7, 2014.
Titlecard as 24 Oras Southern Mindanao used until September 30, 2016.
Titlecard as 24 Oras Davao used until December 30, 2016.

Area of Coverage[edit]

Main Anchor[edit]


  • Tek Ocampo - Senior Desk Officer
  • Sarah Jane Hilomen-Velasco
  • Real Sorroche


  • Cherry Maning



  • Helen Quiñanola
  • John Paul Seniel - Senior Desk Officer
  • Sheillah Vergara-Rubio
  • Margie Montejo Dacanay - Executive Producer
  • Rgil Relator


  • Jun Digamon
  • Vladimir Fernando
  • Solomon Gonzales
  • Brecil Kempis
  • LJ Lindaan
  • Derf Maiz
  • Fem Nacario
  • Richy Nalagon
  • Julius Pacot
  • Jett Pogoy
  • Sheryll Lou Pontillas
  • Mariz Posadas
  • Antoinette Principe - currently 3rd District councilor of Davao City
  • Jennifer Solis
  • Jan Bautista
  • Dotty Ibanez
  • Donna Timbal-Senajon
  • Leo Villareal - currently Davao CIO officer-in-charge
  • Marlon Palma Gil - former relief anchor for Tek Ocampo


  • Alerto
  • Balitang Showbiz
  • Balitang Business
  • Dear Kapuso
  • Time Out
  • Panahon Karon
  • Suroy Ta!
  • Special Report
  • Kastigador
  • Birada
  • Health Tips
  • Trabaho Karon
  • Bida Ka!
  • Usapang Real

See also[edit]