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Bernadette Sembrano
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Sembrano during the 9th Gawad Tanglaw as she receives the Best TV Anchor award
Born
Bernadette Lorraine Palisada Dominguez Sembrano

(1976-02-18) February 18, 1976 (age 48)
Quezon City, Philippines
Occupation
  • Reporter
  • journalist
  • radio broadcaster
  • musician
  • author
Years active 1997–present
Employer
Television
  • The Probe Team (host/producer, 1998–2003)
  • Wish Ko Lang! (host, 2002–2004)
  • TV Patrol Weekend (co-anchor, 2005–2011)
  • Salamat Dok (host, 2010–2020)
  • TV Patrol (co-anchor, since 2015)
  • Tao Po! (host, since 2023)
Spouse(s)
Emilio Aguinaldo IV
(m. 2008)

Bernadette Lorraine Palisada Dominguez Sembrano-Aguinaldo (Tagalog: [pɐlisaˈda dɔmɪŋˈgɛs sɛmˈbɾanɔʔ ɐˈgɪnɐldɔ]; born February 18, 1976) is a Filipina reporter, news presenter, television host, musician, and author.

Career

Newscasting career

Sembrano started with IBC as a newscaster in 1997 before moving to the GMA Network in 1998, where she was the anchor of GMA Network News and the first wishing program of the country, Wish Ko Lang!. She and GMA had issues with a TV show she was hosting - exposing alleged graft and corruption of a government official - which the network delayed airing but with a certain disclaimer that caused her to walk-out on an evening news cast. From 1999 to 2004 she worked as the radio co-anchor in the noontime newscast Balita ng Bansa of DZAR Angel Radyo 1026 Manila by Nation Broadcasting Corporation (and later by Sonshine Media Network International in 2005). GMA terminated her contract on December 20, 2003, but she continued to work with Wish Ko Lang! until February 14, 2004. She was then wooed by the rival ABS-CBN in 2004 where she hosted the public service show Lukso ng Dugo, an OFW Drama Anthology entitled Nagmamahal, Kapamilya and the morning show Magandang Umaga, Pilipinas. She also served as a correspondent for ABS-CBN's longest investigative journalism show, The Correspondents.

Sembrano was also a co-anchor on TV Patrol Weekend from 2005 to 2011, a newscaster on the DZMM radio station programs like Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Dose, Gising Pilipinas, and Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Kwatro (alongside Alex Santos), and a host of Salamat Dok, Umagang Kay Ganda, and other ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs programs. She later anchored the morning program Lingkod Kapamilya on DZMM and TeleRadyo until 2023.

On August 3, 2015, she was named permanent co-anchor of the weeknight edition of TV Patrol, succeeding Korina Sanchez. She later left Umagang Kay Ganda on October 2 to focus on her role as TV Patrol anchor. When DWPM Radyo 630 was launched on June 30, 2023 as the successor of DZMM on the 630 kHz AM frequency, she began anchoring Tatak: Serbisyo alongside Winnie Cordero.

She remains one of the more visible newscasters, television hosts, and correspondents of the ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs.

Music career

On August 17, 2020, Sembrano was credited as co-lyricist alongside Star Music creative director Jonathan Manalo in the song "Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin" by Aegis, the theme song of the Philippine drama television series of the same name. In November 2020, she wrote and recorded the song "Yakapin ang Pasko," her very first song as singer.

On May 5, 2021, one year after the ABS-CBN shutdown, Sembrano released her second single "Yakap", which she composed and performed. It was revealed that she initially planned to release the single in 2020, but Manalo suggested that the single be released on the network's first anniversary of being off-air instead.

Personal life

In June 2008, she married Emilio "Orange" Aguinaldo IV, the great-grandson of the first President of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo. She suffered a miscarriage in 2018, as she revealed to have reproduction issues.

In July 2011, Sembrano announced that she has Bell's palsy and underwent therapy.

Education

Sembrano graduated elementary and high school from Angelicum School (now Angelicum College), a private Catholic school in Quezon City, Philippines. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Discography

Singles

  • Yakapin ang Pasko - 2020 (under Star Music)
  • Yakap - 2021 (under Star Music)
  • B Happy - 2022 (under Star Music)
  • Bubog - 2023 (Independent)

Filmography

Television

Year Title Network
1998–2002 GMA Network News GMA Network
1998–2003 The Probe Team
2002–2004 Wish Ko Lang!
2003 Saksi
2005–2011 TV Patrol Sabado/Linggo/Weekend ABS-CBN
DZMM TeleRadyo
2007–2011
2011–2015
Umagang Kay Ganda ABS-CBN
2010–2020 Salamat Dok
2015–present TV Patrol ABS-CBN
Kapamilya Channel
TeleRadyo Serbisyo
ANC
2017–2023 Lingkod Kapamilya sa TeleRadyo TeleRadyo
2023–present Tao Po! Kapamilya Channel
Tatak: Serbisyo TeleRadyo Serbisyo

Radio

Year Title Network
2009–2011 Gising Pilipinas DZMM
2011–2017 Radyo Patrol Balita Alas-Kwatro
2017–2020 Lingkod Kapamilya sa DZMM
2023–present Tatak: Serbisyo DWPM

Published works

  • When Bad News Is Good News: Stories To Keep Your Hope Alive (Feast Books; September 15, 2023) ISBN: 978-9710072736
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