Unang Hirit

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Unang Hirit
Unang Hirit title card.jpg
Title card since 2017
Directed byNoel Cabacungan
Presented by
Theme music composerJimmy Antiporda
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Tagalog
Executive producer(s)
  • Amy Sy-Guevarra
  • Ryan Insorio Juego
Production location(s)Studio 3, GMA Network Center, Quezon City, Philippines
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time185 minutes
Production company(s)GMA News and Public Affairs
Original networkGMA Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseDecember 6, 1999 (1999-12-06) –
External links

Unang Hirit (transl. First Strike) is a Philippine television newscast show broadcast by GMA Network. Currently hosted by Arnold Clavio, Suzi Entrata, Lyn Ching-Pascual, Rhea Santos, Lhar Santiago, Love Añover, Susan Enriquez, Ivan Mayrina, Connie Sison, Luane Dy and Nathaniel "Mang Tani" Cruz, it premiered on December 6, 1999 replacing Mornings @ GMA and worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV. The show is the longest running morning show in the Philippines.


Unang Hirit was premiered on GMA Network on December 6, 1999, replacing Mornings @ GMA. Lyn Ching, Suzi Entrata, Ryan Agoncillo, Mickey Ferriols, Arnold Clavio, and Miriam Quiambao started the show as the original hosts.

On July 15, 2002, the show was reformatted with its new news segment “Unang Balita”.

On June 30, 2003, the show relaunched its studio set, and graphics package. It changed its set and graphics again on March 15, 2004 as Clavio became the anchor of the late-night newscast Saksi.

The show relaunched with the introduction of the show's clock mascot (used from 2005 to 2010).

On August 11, 2008, the show relaunched its main studio, graphic package. The studio for Unang Balita was also used for Q's Balitanghali and News on Q. Around 2009, Unang Hirit aired its special edition on Sunday for the typhoon coverage. On December 2009, the show celebrated its 10th anniversary by launching a new logo. On March 22, 2010, corresponding with the summer season, newly upgraded graphics have been shown with a summer aspect to it. This was also the day when Pia Archangel, Connie Sison, Luane Dy and Monica Verallo were formally announced on-air that they are officially part of the UH Barkada. A new OBB was also launched again corresponding with the summer season. On June 2010, the new opening billboard is launched corresponding with the school opening. On January 3, 2011, the show was renamed or had an added tagline "Bagong Dekada" in the show's name.

On February 21, 2011, along with 24 Oras, Saksi and GMA Flash Report, the program introduced a new studio set, new graphics, new theme, and new OBB. On April 11, 2011, UH original host Edu Manzano returned to the show. A day later, Lhar Santiago accidentally broke his right arm and his injured right eyebrow during the show's game called "Tumbang Preso". He was later sent to the hospital. On October 19, 2012, Susan Enriquez left the show to anchor and host the newest morning newscast-commentary program Kape at Balita aired on GMA News TV beginning October 22; however, due to the cancellation of the show in 2013 later, Enriquez later returned on the show. On October 22, 2012, the show updated its graphics and GMA reporter Jun Veneracion join the show as a replacement for Clavio less than a month when he came back to the show on November 12, 2012.

"Unang Hirit" logo used from March 3, 2014 to April 21, 2017

On March 3, 2014, Unang Hirit re-introduced a new studio set, a newer and better graphics, and launched new segments suchs as: "UH Online Tambayan", and Unang Selfie (a contest where the viewers then and now selfies will give away free grocery packages). Pia Arcangel was dropped out from the newscast, Ivan Mayrina and Susan Enriquez joined Clavio, Santos, and Sison. The show's jingle was corresponding with the summer season, in which, this time the jingle was performed by the UH Barkada in fiesta version, naming itself "Pambansang Morning Show" celebrating its 15th anniversary on the air. This is, for the first time, the only GMA News program that reformatted a new look, unlike other newscast such as 24 Oras and Saksi, and also, some GMA News TV newscast.

Recent developments[edit]

On April 24, 2017, the programs change 3-dimensional logo from new graphics along with two of GMA News TV newscasts, News to Go and Dobol B sa News TV respectively.

DIN, alongside Helvetica, both used in Unang Hirit and Unang Balita, alongside 24 Oras and Gotham is used, similar to that of rival network ABS-CBN.

Defunct regional morning shows[edit]

In 2007, GMA Regional TV began to air regional morning shows patterned from the national morning show itself through Buena Mano Balita of GMA Cebu, Arangkada of GMA Western Visayas (Iloilo and Bacolod stations) and Una Ka BAI of GMA Davao; and in 2009 with Primera Balita of GMA Dagupan. On April 24, 2015, as part of the streamlining of regional operations of GMA, the three regional morning shows were being cancelled without saying goodbyes for their final episodes,[1][2][3] except for Primera Balita which was managed to bid farewell to the viewing public.

These programs were aired during the second hour block of this program:


Current hosts[edit]

  • Arnold Clavio (since 1999)
  • Suzi Entrata (since 1999)
  • Lyn Ching-Pascual (since 1999)
  • Rhea Santos (since 2001)
  • Lhar Santiago (since 2001)
  • Love Añover (since 2002)
  • Susan Enriquez (since 2009)
  • Ivan Mayrina (since 2009)
  • Connie Sison (since 2010)
  • Luane Dy (since 2010)
  • Nathaniel "Mang Tani" Cruz (since 2013)

Guest and featured hosts[edit]

Former hosts[edit]

Former segment hosts[edit]


  • Buena Manong Balita - Top News and Stories of the Day
  • Bantay Presyo - Price Watch
  • Ronda Reports - Police Reports
  • GMA Weather - Weather Forecast (Nathaniel Cruz)
  • Kitchen Hirit - Recipe of the Day
  • UH Serbisyong Totoo
  • Kapuso sa Kalusugan - Health
  • Talakayan with Igan
  • Hirit Trapiko
  • Hirit ni Mareng Winnie (Winnie Monsod)
  • Kapuso sa Batas - Legal Issues (Atty. Gabby Concepcion)
  • #LugotCam
  • Unang Balita - A morning newscast segment anchored by Arnold Clavio, Rhea Santos, Ivan Mayrina, Susan Enriquez, and Connie Sison (5:50 and 6:50)
    • Breaking News
    • Unang Ronda - Police News
    • Huli sa CCTV - CCTV Reports
    • Traffic Hirit - Traffic Updates
    • Lodi Noypi
    • #DashCam
    • Unang Chika - Entertainment News (Luane Dy)
    • Hirit Good Vibes
  • Showbiz Hirit/Showbiz Bullets - Showbiz News (Lhar Santiago and Luane Dy)
  • UH Barangay Blowout - In the Barangay Blowout segment, loyal UH viewers in a certain barangay receives prizes from the morning show similar to Juan for All, All for Juan segment of the noontime show Eat Bulaga!
  • People, Places, and Events - Press/Media Releases
  • UH Online Sikat
  • UH Summer Outing
  • UH Game


Catholic Mass Media Award
  • 2011 Best Public Service Program
PMPC Star Awards for Television
  • 1999 Nominated, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2000 Nominated, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2001 Winner, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2002 Winner, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2003 Nominated, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2004 Nominated, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2005 Nominated, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2006 Nominated, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2007 Nominated, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2008 Winner, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2009 Nominated, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2013 Winner, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2015 Winner, Best Morning Show & Hosts
  • 2016 Winner, Best Morning Show
  • 2017 Winner, Best Morning Show
  • 2018 Winner, Best Morning Show Hosts
UP Gandingan Awards
  • 2008 Winner, Best Morning Show
Anak TV Seal
  • 2004 Anak TV Seal Awardee


  1. ^ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/entertainment/2015/04/25/gma-statement-recent-strategic-streamlining-being-implemented
  2. ^ http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/55521/gma-retrenches-200-staff-to-streamline-regl-stations-2
  3. ^ http://bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Nation&title=laid-off-media-employees-in-iloilo-plan-next-move&id=106889
  4. ^ PEP.ph (December 22, 2018). "Clint Bondad, magiging co-host sa Unang Hirit?". PEP.ph. Retrieved January 3, 2019.

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