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Ces Drilon
Cecilia Victoria Oreña

(1961-07-08) July 8, 1961 (age 61)
Other names Ces Drilon
Alma mater University of the Philippines Diliman
Occupation Broadcast journalist
Years active 1985–2020
Spouse(s) Rock Drilon
Children Ory, Miko, Gian, Andre

Cecilia Victoria Oreña-Drilon (born July 8, 1961), better known as Ces Drilon, is a Filipino broadcast journalist. She presented news and public affairs programs for the News and Current Affairs division of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation from 1989 to 2020.

Personal life

Ces Oreña-Drilon is married to painter Rock Drilon, a nephew of Senator Franklin Drilon. They have four children: Ory, Miko, Gian and Andre. She graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication research.


Ces Oreña-Drilon began her television career in 1985 when she joined the Maharlika Broadcasting System (now People's Television Network) as a news reporter. Her reporting on the capture of Army renegade Col. Gregorio Honasan caught the attention of ABS-CBN Network, which hired her in 1989 to cover the Philippine Senate. She appeared regularly on The World Tonight as the program's business correspondent.

Together with Cathy Yap-Yang, she hosted Usapang Business, a weekly business-oriented show which was soon cancelled due to budget cuts. She later presented several news and current affairs programs for ABS-CBN and for the ABS-CBN News Channel, including Pipol and The Correspondents. Since the 2000s, Oreña-Drilon has served as a co-anchor of the ABS-CBN late-night news program Bandila, and as an alternate anchor for TV Patrol.

In 2007, Ces Oreña-Drilon was among several Filipino journalists covering the Manila Peninsula rebellion who were briefly detained by the Philippine military, shortly after the mutiny was quashed.

On July 2020, Oreña-Drilon was retrenched by ABS-CBN as Congress rejected its fresh 25-year franchise. She then returned to farming.

Penalty of suspension

ABS-CBN, on July 5, 2008, punished Ces Oreña-Drilon with 3 months suspension as news anchor of Bandila and as Senior Correspondent, for disobeying orders not to go to Indanan, Sulu (violation of Standards & Ethics Manual). Earlier, Ces apologized "for unwittingly endangering lives." Maria Ressa noted the “grave consequences of her error in judgment.” On October 6, 2008, Oreña-Drilon returned as co-anchor of “Bandila” after the suspension's lapse. She announced the airing of a segment on the physical and psychological effects of the Mindanao conflict on Armed Forces of the Philippines's soldiers.

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