PROFILE: MIKE ENRIQUEZ

Mike Enriquez

       full name: Miguel Castro Enriquez

       postions: Senior Vice President for Radio, GMA Network Inc.; President, RGMA Network Inc.

       born: September 29, 1951 (he's a Libran in the year of the Rabbit)

       birthplace: Sta. Ana, Manila

       education: AB Liberal Arts in Commerce, De La Salle University (1973)

       family: Married to his wife Lizbeth, sad to say, they were childless :'(

       previous shows: Saksi, GMA Network News, I-Witness

       current shows: 24 Oras, Imbestigador, Saksi sa Dobol B, Imbestigador Ng Bayan sa Dobol B( both radio programs on DZBB 594 khz), Review Philippines (The first ever GMA news program of GMA Pinoy TV, aired worldwide)

       commercial appearance: ABS Bitter Herbs

      “Mike” is the Senior Vice-President for Radio of GMA Network Incorporated - one of the largest broadcast networks in the Philippines. He is also the president of RGMA Network, Inc. - a GMA affiliate that manages the network’s provincial radio and television operations. Before joining GMA, he was a vice-president and a member of the board of directors of Radio Mindanao Network - one of the biggest privately-owned radio networks in the Philippines.

      Mike also became the general manager of FBS Radio Network which at one time saw its Metro Manila AM and FM stations both simultaneously dominating their respective markets. He has also taught Broadcast Management at De La Salle University - one of the country’s most prestigious institutions of learning.

      Mike started his broadcasting career in 1969 as a staff announcer of the Manila Broadcasting Company. Since then, he has done work in various fields of broadcasting - from journalism to programming and senior management. He is also known in the broadcast industry for his active involvement in the Kapisanan Ng Mga Brodkaster Sa Pilipinas (Association of Broadcasters in the Philippines). He was the founding chairman of its Metro Manila chapter. He has served as its vice-president for radio, vice-president for television and as executive vice-president. In 1991 he was the chairman of the board and in 1992, he was the president. That was a challenging year for Philippine broadcasting. It was the first time free national elections were being held since 1969.

      Aside from his role as a broadcast executive, Mike is also one of two anchors of GMA Network’s prime time television newscast – “24 Oras”. He also hosts a popular radio program from 6:00 to 8 a.m. from Mondays through Fridays on GMA’s flagship station DZBB. He hosts another television program on GMA - “ Imbestigador” – which features bold investigative reports every Saturday at 8 p.m.. It is currently one of the Network’s highest-rating once-a-week prime time programs.

      In January 2003, the GMA late-night newscast “Saksi” won the gold medal in the New York Festivals. Mike was among those who pioneered the program which he also anchored until his new assignment in “24 Oras.”

      Just before the war in Iraq broke out, Mike led a six-man GMA news team into Baghdad from where they filed live reports. They were the first Filipino journalists to cover the war right inside Iraq. While the fighting was going on, Mike was also sent to Kuwait from where he did live reports. He and his co-members of GMA’s “Team Baghdad” produced a documentary called “Iraq - In the Navel of War” which won the Silver Camera Award in the 2004 US Film and Video Festival in Los Angeles.

      Mike spearheaded GMA’s radio expansion program. When he joined the network in late 1995 it had only four stations. Today GMA has 31 stations in all major radio areas throughout the Philippines.

      Mike is a recipient of the 1999 Golden Dove Award for Best Male Newscaster and of the Ka Doroy Valencia Broadcaster of the Year Award given by the Kapisanan Ng Mga Bordkaster Ng Pilipinas (KBP). He also received the Star Award for Best Male Newscaster of 1999 from the Philippine Movie Press Club of the Philipines. His 1999 grand slam was completed when he won the award for Best Newscaster in the Asian Television Awards held in Singapore. He is the only Filipino to win that award so far.

    &Mike is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of his Alma Mater - La Salle Greenhills. He is the Treasurer and Chairman of its Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Management Association of the Philippines.

From: www.igma.tv

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