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Mel Tiangco
Carmela Corro Tiangco

(1955-08-10) August 10, 1955 (age 68)
Pilar, Bataan, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Alma mater De La Salle University
Occupation Broadcast journalist, President and Founder of GMA Kapuso Foundation
Years active 1981–present
Employer GMA Network Inc.
Organization GMA Kapuso Foundation
Agent ABS-CBN (1986–1996)
GMA Network (1996–present)
Known for Co-anchor of GMA's flagship newscast, 24 Oras and hosts the weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman.
Television TV Patrol (anchor, 1987–1995)
Saksi (anchor, 1996–1999)
Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco (anchor, 1999–2004)
24 Oras (anchor, 2004–present)
Powerhouse (former host, 2011–2013)
Magpakailanman (host, 2002–2007; 2012–present)
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Carmela Corro Tiangco (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈtjaŋkɔ]; born August 10, 1955), professionally known as Mel Tiangco, is a Filipino television newscaster and television host. She is one of the news pillars of GMA News and Public Affairs and a multi-awarded news anchor.


Mel Tiangco was born as Carmela Corro Tiangco on August 10, 1955, in Pilar, Bataan to Arsenio Tiangco Sr. and Florencia Corro.

After graduating from De La Salle University, she became one of the leading presenters in Philippine television journal programs. She began her television career in September 1981 by working at the government station MBS (now PTV) where she anchored the station's newscast "Newscenter 4", as well as hosting a cultural program titled "Encore". Tiangco worked at the government station until the end of the Marcos regime, where she moved to ABS-CBN and became co-anchor of Balita Ngayon, one of the network's former newscasts. She gained fame by being one of the original anchors of ABS-CBN's flagship newscast TV Patrol from 1987 to 1995. She then transferred to GMA Network and became the anchor of Saksi from 1996 to 1999 and Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco from 1999 to 2004. She was also a co-host for talk show Mel & Jay with fellow journalist Jay Sonza, Mel & Joey with comedian-TV host-writer Joey de Leon, and public affairs show Sanib Puwersa with Arnold Clavio. She also hosted Powerhouse from 2011 to 2013 on GMA News TV. Currently, Tiangco co-anchors GMA's flagship newscast, 24 Oras and hosts the weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman.

She is involved in philanthropic work at the GMA Kapuso Foundation, the network's socio-civic arm. Tiangco served as the foundation's Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer until April 2016.

She is the mother of Wency Cornejo, a musician best known as the lead vocalist of Philippine rock band AfterImage (active in the 1990s). Her three other children are Ana Teresa, Melanie and Jose Miguel.

Suspension and transfer to another network

On January 16, 1996, ABS-CBN suspended Tiangco for three months without pay as co-anchor of TV Patrol and Mel & Jay (radio program but not the Sunday television show) following her appearance in a television advertisement for Tide in December 1995, allegedly a violation of an earlier-issued circular prohibiting news personalities from doing so without the network's prior approval, which was considered a breach of company rules. Reportedly, this is universally enforced in all print and broadcast meant to avoid any suspicions of bias or favoritism.

She then went on indefinite leave of absence; while Sonza resigned. Both transferred to GMA 7.

Complaint against ABS-CBN on her dismissal

On March 11, 1996, Tiangco filed a complaint against ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation for illegal dismissal and illegal suspension, as well as monetary claims. In April 1999, the Labor Arbiter ruled in Tiangco's favor. The said decision was later reversed in July 2006 by the National Labor Relations Commission, arguing that Tiangco and her co-host Jay Sonza (as also ruled by the Supreme Court in 2004, which eventually affirming the Labor Arbiter's dismissal of his own petition) are "independent contractors."

The decision was elevated to the Court of Appeals on the ground of grave abuse of discretion. The parties executed and signed a partial settlement agreement, dated December 15, 2011, wherein Tiangco agreed that ABS-CBN paid her in full the amount covering specific monetary claims.

The said agreement was approved by the CA in its January 27, 2012 decision which also declared that the other issues in the case were already moot.

Tiangco then filed the petition for review questioning the CA ruling, which was later dismissed by the SC which upheld the earlier ruling and decided that Tiangco is not entitled to the claims as she is an independent contractor. The ruling, dated December 6, 2021, only publicly released on June 2, 2022.

Complaint by ABS-CBN on her transfer to GMA

Also in 1996, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation filed a lawsuit against the two and GMA Network, Inc. before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to oblige them to comply to the contract banning them from working in any other media station for a year after they left the former network.

The court ruled on June 26, 1998, validating their cancellation of their contracts with ABS-CBN, as well as their transfer to GMA which had no hand over their decision.

The CA upheld the said decision on August 6, 2003, citing lack of evidence that Tiangco violated the prohibition upon her appearance in the commercial, justifying her unilateral action in dissolving the agreement, and considering the fact that Sonza is redundant without her in the show.

ABS-CBN later filed an appeal to reverse the ruling, which was dismissed by the SC, in a December 13, 2010 resolution, "for failure to sufficiently show any reversible error" in the CA's decision.

According to GMA Network, the network's act of suspension to Tiangco without solid proof and legal basis is a grave breach of contract, and supports her termination of the contract.

Despite the issue, Tiangco garnered support from the public. In the anniversary press conference for her show Magpakailanman on February 18, 2013, she said that she has already forgiven her former network. While she likened her experience in her former network similar to a cockroach being trampled on, she stated that she has already moved on from the suspension incident as she felt "vindicated" by her accomplishments in her current network and her program's success in the Philippine television.

Television programs

Year Title Network
1986–1987 Balita Ngayon ABS-CBN
1987–1995 TV Patrol
1989–1996 Mel & Jay
1990 Palibhasa Lalake: 3rd Anniversary Special
1995 Oki Doki Doc
1996–2004 Partners Mel & Jay GMA Network
1996–1999 Saksi
1999–2004 Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco
2004 Partners with Mel Tiangco
2004–2011 Mel & Joey
2004–present 24 Oras
2007 Philippine Agenda
2011 Sanib Puwersa
2011–2013 Dream Home GMA News TV


1988, 1990

  • Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television, Philippine Movie Press Club


  • Presidential Medallion, Presidential Awardee for Work for the Welfare of the Disabled, Apolinario Mabini Award


  • Broadcast Journalism Award, Public Service on Radio (Mel & Jay DZMM), Rotary Club of Manila
  • TOWNS Awardee, The Outstanding Women in Nation Service (Public Service & Journalism)


  • Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television, Philippine Movie Press Club


  • Pinakamahusay na Programa sa Telebisyon, Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines Awards for TV, Mel & Jay


  • Best Female Television Talkshow Host, Star Awards for Television, Philippine Movie Press Club (Hall of Fame)


  • Commendation: Humanitarian Concern, House Resolution No. 35-Series 1995, House of Representatives, Republic of the Philippines
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.
  • Gintong Ina Awardee, Celebrity Mother of the Year, Golden Mother & Father Foundation, Inc.


  • Gintong Ina Awardee, Single Parent of the Year, Golden Mother & Father Foundation


  • Presidential Awardee, Best Non-Government Organization in Public Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • Presidential Awardee, First Media People's Award
  • Best Magazine Talk Show Host, Star Awards for Television
  • Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television
  • Best Female Celebrity Talk show host, Star Awards for Television


  • Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television


  • Finalist, New York International TV Festival, Mel & Jay, TV Host


  • Finalist, Asian Television Awards, Singapore
  • Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award, KBP Golden Dove Awards


  • Trailblazer Award, Outstanding Alumna, St. Theresa's College


  • Paralegal ng Bayan Awardee, 16th Huwarang Pilipino Award for Media & Journalism
  • He & She (HAS) Club Awardee, Outstanding Woman of Bataan
  • Woman of Distinction Award, Soroptimist International
  • Best Female Newscaster, Star Awards for Television
  • Best Female Broadcaster for Television, KBP Golden Dove Awards


  • Best Talk Show/Program Host-TV, Partners Mel & Jay, 12th KBP Golden Dove Awards
  • Best Female Newscaster, Frontpage, Star Awards for Television
  • Outstanding Citizen of Quezon City for Mass Media


  • Outstanding Broadcast Journalist & Social Servant, Gusi Peace Prize Award
  • Outstanding Host for Partners Mel & Jay, 1st Golden Screen Awards for Television
  • Woman of Distinction Award, Soroptimist International


  • Most Outstanding Female News Presenter of the Year, COMGUILD Center for Journalism


  • Most Outstanding Female News Presenter, COMGUILD Center for Journalism


  • Anak TV Makabata Hall of Famers Award
  • People of the Year, People Asia Magazine


  • Edukcircle MOPIP TV Awards
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2000 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Celebrity Talk Show Hosts (shared with Jay Sonza) Partners Mel and Jay Won
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