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Alfonso Tomas Pagaduan Araullo
19 October 1982
Quezon City, Philippines
|Education||Ateneo de Manila Grade School
Philippine Science High School Main Campus
|Alma mater||University of the Philippines Diliman|
|Occupation||Field reporter, TV host, documentarist, model, occasional actor|
|Employer||GMA News and Public Affairs (2004–2005; 2017–present)
ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs (2005–2017)
ALL KAPS Talent Management Agency (20??–present)
Alfonso Tomas Pagaduan Araullo (Tagalog: [aˈɾaʊʎɔ]; born October 19, 1982), professionally known as Atom Araullo, is a Filipino journalist, model, television presenter, triathlete, occasional actor, and radio host.
Araullo is a national Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and was conferred the title after undertaking missions to visit displaced families in Mindanao, Bangladesh, and Jordan.
He is also an advocate for environmental conservation, notably in marine ecosystems. He received a star on the Eastwood City Walk of Fame on November 21, 2017.
Early life and education
Atom Araullo was born as Alfonso Tomas Pagaduan Araullo on October 19, 1982, the youngest child and only son of Miguel (nicknamed "Mike") and Carol Araullo (née Pagaduan). He has an older sister, Alessandra "Sandra" Araullo-Gonzales, who is a triathlete as well. Being the son of an activist family, Araullo spent most of his early childhood days with his parents battling it out during the Marcos dictatorship. This has exposed him to the political struggle in the country. During his early elementary school days, his parents exposed him to sports and the theater. As a result, he became part of several plays and has joined various competitions as a triathlete.
He finished his elementary education at Ateneo de Manila University, and his high school education at the Philippine Science High School Main Campus. Araullo graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics from the University of the Philippines Diliman. There he became a member of the League of Filipino Students (LFS), as well as the chairperson of the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights - UP (STAND-UP). He also won as Councilor in the UP Diliman University Student Council elections of 2003, garnering the highest number of votes.
1993–2003: Early beginnings
During his childhood years, Atom Araullo was part of 5 and Up (produced by Probe Productions, Inc.). He also used to host the Studio 23 morning show Breakfast, The National Quiz Bee, Probe Media Foundation Inc.'s Kabataan Xpress, Basta Sports and Kalye: Mga Kwento ng Lansangan with Anthony Taberna and Sol Aragones.
2004–2017: Beginnings as GMA News reporter and transfer to ABS-CBN
Araullo started his news-reporting career with GMA Network where he featured in the "ATOMic Sports" segment of 24 Oras. He moved to ABS-CBN in 2005. He hosted Red Alert and Umagang Kay Ganda.
Initially rumored, Araullo confirmed his resignation as a news reporter of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, specifically from his reportorial duties on TV Patrol, Bandila, and the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) in late August 2016. He explained that he wanted to explore opportunities and pursue other interests, debunking the rumor that he opted for resignation because of his strong opinions.
2017–present: Return to GMA Network
In September 2017, Araullo left ABS-CBN. He returned to GMA Network that same month, where he focused on making documentaries such as Philippine Seas (2017) and The Atom Araullo Specials (2018–present). Araullo acted temporarily as news anchor for 24 Oras in 2018 when Mike Enriquez took a medical leave from the program.
"Munting Bisig", an episode from the Atom Araulo Specials, won a silver award in the human concerns and social issues category at the Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards. The episode also won in the social issues category at the New York Festivals TV and Film Awards 2022 and best Asian documentary at the Asia Content Awards.
Araullo made his acting debut with a lead role in a noir crime drama film Citizen Jake directed by Mike De Leon in 2018, acting as a son of corrupt senator-turned-citizen journalist Jacobo "Jake" Herrera Jr.
Awards and nominations
|Awards and Nomination|
|Year||Award Giving Body||Category||Nominated Work||Results||Source|
|2008||22nd PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Public Affairs Program Host||Y Speak||Nominated|
|2013||27th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Morning Show Host (shared with Umagang Kay Ganda host)||Umagang Kay Ganda||Nominated|
|Best Documentary Program Host||Hiwaga||Nominated|
|2014||28th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Nominated|
|2015||USTv Awards||Student Leaders’ Choice for TV Personality||Won|
|Platinum Stallion Media Awards||Most Trusted Field Reporter Award||TV Patrol||Won|
|2016||USTv Awards||Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Personality||Won|
|Students' Choice of Social Media Personality||Won|
|Golden Laurel: Lycean Choice Media Awards||Best Morning Show Host||Umagang Kay Ganda||Won|
|2017||2017 New York Festivals||World's Best TV and Films||Documentary: Warmer (Climate Change)||Won
|Gandingan Awards||Best Public Service Program Host||Red Alert||Won|
|2017 PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Morning Show Host (shared with Umagang Kay Ganda host)||Umagang Kay Ganda||Won|
|2018||Citizen Jake||Jacobo "Jake" Herrera Jr.||Billed as "Featuring"||Cinema Artists Philippines|
- Red Alert sa DZMM (DZMM Radyo Patrol 630) (2013–2017)
|Mary the Jewess|