Express Balita
Logo used since January 2, 2017.
Also known as IBC Express Balita (July 13, 1998-January 4, 2002)
Format Newscast
Live action
Created by Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
Developed by IBC News and Current Affairs
Directed by Jose Chito "Jet" Cabatuando (1998-2013)
Ellen "Renz" Argano (2013-present)
Presented by Weeknight anchors
Snooky Serna-Go
TG Kintanar
Rolly Gonzalo
Weekend anchors
Karen Tayao-Cabrera
Jess Caduco
Theme music composer Jimmy Antiporda
Opening theme "Last Hurdle" by David Flavin and Rolly Rudzitis (2010-present)
Country of origin Philippines
Language(s) Filipino
No. of episodes n/a (airs daily)
Executive producer(s) Dave Llavantes, Jr. (Weeknights)
Pia Castro (Weekends)
Gina P. Borinaga (News Manager)
Location(s) IBC Newscenter
Broadcast City, Quezon City
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time 75 minutes (Weeknights)
30 minutes (Weekends)
Original channel IBC
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Mono
Original run July 13, 1998 – present
Preceded by Headline Trese (as late afternoon newscast)
External links

Express Balita (lit: Express News) is the flagship national network news program of IBC in the Philippines. It airs from Monday to Friday at 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. (PST) while its weekend edition runs every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (PST). It can be heard simultaneously on radio through DZTV Radyo Budyong 1386 and its cable channel counterpart DZTV TeleTrese, IBC News Network and its provincial radio stations in Iloilo, Roxas and Kalibo, Aklan, along with several Radyo Budyong stations nationwide. It is also broadcast overseas via IBC's international brand, Global IBC and INN International. It is the longest-running Filipino language newscast on Philippine television since its inception on July 13, 1998, next to the longest-running newscasts are ABS-CBN's TV Patrol in 1987 and.GMA Network's 24 Oras in 2004. Express Balita is also streamed live via Facebook on IBC News' official Facebook account.

Airing historyEdit

1998-2000: Soriano eraEdit

IBC Express Balita premiered on July 13, 1998, replacing Headline Trese. It was first anchored by Anne Marie Soriano and Alice Noel. It was aired at 4:30 pm as the afternoon slot right before the VTV block on IBC. In July 26, 1999, Noel left the newscast to anchor late-night newscast IBC Balita Ngayon and she was replaced by Ida Bernasconi, the newscast had a several changes of the opening billboard.

2000-2001: Serna-Go eraEdit

On February 21, 2000, Bernasconi was left the newscast to co-anchor the late-night newscast of the network Ronda Trese and she joined with IBC veteran newsman Elmer Mercado as the main anchor, returning media personality Snooky Serna-Go took Bernasconi's anchor spot and landed as a main anchor, with a brand new opening billboard, graphics, soundtrack and stand-up news delivery. Serna-Go has the famous closing line is "Maraming salamat sa inyong pagsubaybay" to end of the newscast.

2001-2009: Castelo eraEdit

On January 8, 2001, both Serna-Go and Soriano were replaced by former teen star Precious Hipolito-Castelo and Malacañang correspondent Ron Gagalac as their new anchors maintaining the same title card, soundtrack, and graphics. On January 7, 2002, Noli Eala became the main anchor and Castelo's new co-anchor replacing Gagalac, which he transferred to ABS-CBN as a news reporter years later. By that time, it dropped the "IBC" brand and retain the title Express Balita as the current brand and expanded its broadcasting time to 60 minutes and updated its studios, opening billboard and graphics.

On November 4, 2002, Eala was replaced by Adrian Ayalin as the former was appointed to anchor IBC News Tonight, and Castelo promopted again as the main anchor. However, Ayalyn left the newscast in December 12, 2003 as he transferred to ABS-CBN as its news reporter, leaving Castelo as the sole anchor of the program.

In December 15, 2003, when IBC relaunched their new slogan and station ID (Ang Bagong Pilipino) on December 12, 2003, the newscast also done changes on its studios, opening billboard and graphics; and its also reused its first soundtrack theme of the newscast (which used from the latter's debut in 1998 to 2000) for follow-details before and after news reports. On October 11, 2004, Ali Atienza replaced Ayalin, which he transferred to ABS-CBN as a news reporter. The same year, the runtime once again reducing to 30 minutes. Atienza become signature close "Magkaisa na pong tayong lahat, Mabuhay!" to end of the newscast. However, Atienza left the newscast on February 9, 2007 in order to run for Mayor of Manila. He was temporarily replaced by the radio personality Errol Dacame until he was replaced again by Atienza in March 31, 2008.

In October 20, 2008, DZRH radio anchor Bing Formento became Castelo's co-anchor, replacing Atienza. A signature close of Formento to end of the newscast is "ito po naman ang inyong katotong Bing Formiento, pansamantalang kami magpapaalam, muling magbabalik sa lunes alas-kuatro y medya ng hapon sa isa pang edisyon ng IBC Express Balita. Mga katoto, mahalin natin ang bansang Pilipinas!". The team-up continued until 2009, when Castelo decided to run for Councilor of Quezon City.

2009-2011: Morales eraEdit

On November 9, 2009, Jake Morales replacing Hipolito-Castelo and Formento as the new anchor; the newscast relaunched to their graphics, soundtrack and opening billboard. For several weeks, Morales was joined by Toni Marcelo, then later on, Karen Padilla finally took the anchor's chair replacing the former. However, Padilla, being the wife of Erwin Tulfo, left the newscast in July 16, 2010 to be acquired by TV5 to anchor for Aksyon Breaking on AksyonTV, leaving Morales as the sole anchor of the program.

On July 19, 2010, it shifted the timeslot from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in order to the network's answer to the longest-running newscasts TV Patrol and 24 Oras. Since then, Express Balita regained into the second early-evening newscast after Balita sa IBC from 1986 to 1989 when it was moved to afternoon timeslot from 1989 to 1990. It introduced the new theme music based of Last Hurdle by David Flavin and Rolly Rudzitis. Also, the official Express Balita pages in Facebook and Twitter account and the new public service segment Serbisyo Express.

2011-2012: Kintanar eraEdit

On June 17, 2011, Morales left the newscast and becoming the sports anchor for IBC News Tonight with Cathy Eigenmann as its new anchor. On June 20, 2011, it appointed with the return of veteran news anchorman TG Kintanar took over the solo anchor. The reformat also changing to the graphics, new logo got a banner news program (using the the globe world theme with the new color of all-blue icing and red), tltle card and new OBB while shows the timecheck of the news ticker. With the introduction of international broadcasts in 2011 to the international channel Global IBC, Express Balita became the first Philippine newscast to be broadcast in overseas with expanded reach through Global IBC and the live web streaming on its offcial webpage.

In the opening ident, gave a sneak peek of the headlines with clips from the specific news items, after which, the new opening billboard with Terrence Khan provided the voice-over, "Live!, mula sa IBC news center, ito ang Express Balita..." to introduce the newscast and its anchorpersons. Kintanar used her signature closing line, "Maraming salamat sa inyong pagsubaybay" to end the newscast. Also, IBC Regional newscasts for Baguio, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao will be introduced for Express Balita branding. This changes are answers to competition of its long-time rivals ABS-CBN's TV Patrol and GMA Network's 24 Oras. It will also given their live reporters in contrast to the OB Vans used by its competitors.

On August 8, 2011, along with IBC Headliners and News Team 13, Express Balita adopted the new set using the IBC News studios with floating large rear projection screens that allow the anchors to virtually "talk" to correspondents in live feeds. The same day, weatherman Jeff Arcilla was added as the weather forecaster for Ulat Panahon and Georgina Wilson also added as the segment host for Showbiz Express, an entertainment news segment features the entertainment scene with the stars of TV and movie industry. Since August 29, 2011, the newscast began its simulcast on the newly launched AM radio station for news and public service, DZTV Radyo Budyong 1386.

On October 5, 2011, it begin the coverage of the PBA games on AKTV on IBC, Express Balita aired at 6:30 pm after the first game (4:30-6:30 pm) and before the second game (7:00-9:00 pm) during Wednesday and Friday.

2012-2016: Serna-Go and Kintanar eraEdit

On July 2, 2012, Snooky Serna-Go returned to the anchors and she anchored it from 2000-2001 replacing Bernasconi who moved to Ronda Trese from 2000-2002, she joined Kintanar who was put as the male co-anchor of Serna-Go. The same day, along with IBC Headliners and News Team 13, the newscast was reformat and were change the new innovation of redesigned and revamped 3D graphics package design along with Facebook and Twitter page, new title card, adding its newsdesk, new opening billboard (OBB) with the new HD television, opening titles and new set, when it started its simulcast on IBC News Network at the same time. A new public service segment called Lingkod Kapinoy anchored by Serna-Go herself continues the program's mission operating through notable for philosophy works of IBC Lingkod Kapinoy Foundation while Serna-Go also become a host for the public service program Snooky. The same day, Serna-Go sit-in anchor for newsdesk and Kintanar also had a stand-up anchor and during the closing time where two anchors will have a stand-up anchors. The newly improved weather graphics and new reporting of IBC Weather Center from PAGASA. Serna-Go has the famous closing line is "Maraming salamat sa inyong pagsubaybay" to end of the newscast. And for the first time since 2012, this program will be presented in a hybrid news delivery format (most of the show will be presented in a standup format while some will be delivered in a sit down format, mostly for Serna-Go parts).

According to data from Kantar Media Philippines, Express Balita become the highest-rating primetime news program garnered a rating of 29.7% in Mega Manila since July 2, 2012, the newscast was listed top 25. from the Kantar Media where IBC gained the top rating, for making Express Balita, the most-watched primetime newscasts. Aside from that, it made for IBC to become the number three in Mega Manila ratings since 1996 and in the nationwide ratings in 2012. On December 21, 2012, Express Balita covered the Save the World of 2012 with the longest telecast in the history, lasting for about from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Our special broadcast Save the World: 2012 Coverage since morning as hundreds of millions die in catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis worldwide where the earth is safe would not be end. The edition covered the world safe from disaster to the millions of viewers worldwide with reporters stationed.

On July 15, 2013, Express Balita marked on its 15th anniversary since July 13, 1998 and reformatted their graphics and new opening titles (featuring the Express Balita logos of the past and the present).

On August 12, 2013, Express Balita reexpand its time again into an hour-long newscast from 6:30-7:30 pm. In line with the network's effort to gain the top slot in the ratings game, it also still aired at 6:30 pm slot in order to compete with TV Patrol and 24 Oras among its competitors.

On September 30, 2013, Express Balita, along with News Team 13, updated its new improved IBC news center was also seen with a brighter flooring and background.

Due to consistent top-rater on January 6, 2014, Express Balita expanded from its time to 75 minutes, airing from 6:30-7:45 pm, because of the success of the network's first fantaserye Janella in Wonderland aired from 7:45-8:30 pm. To beef up the primetime ratings of IBC that expand into horizontal programming from Monday to Friday (6:00 pm to 12:00 mn) under the Kapinoy Primetime (now known as Primetime Ang Dating) block, Express Balita remained as the #1 most-watched newscast in the country while Janella in Wonderland resulted as the #1 most-watched fantaserye, according to data from Kantar Media Philippines.

On September 19, 2014, Express Balita aired a special coverage from Media ng Bayan of Bagyong Mario. It garnered 34.6% for the special coverage, while TV Patrol (28.4%) and 24 Oras (18.5%) in the same, according to a copy of the official ratings game from the survey of Kantar Media.

Boots Anson-Roa, the network's president and CEO of IBC, said Express Balita's high ratings for the said coverage were "expected because of the weather condition to millions of viewers worldwide like Tropical Storm Mario." In the interview, the PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio revealed the typhoon and the storms of the rain about the flood, tropical storms and class suspension in school.

In March 2, 2015, Pat Natividad replacing Georgina Wilson as the segment anchor for Showbiz Express as she delivering the entertainment news, while Aldczar Aurelio retained as a weather forecaster from PAGASA.

On March 7, 2016, Express Balita and News Team 13 revamped its opening billboards, graphics and ticker; while the logos for both programs remained the same, the logos were presented in a 3D-like format.

On July 13, 2016, Express Balita celebrated its 18th anniversary. As part of the celebration of the milestone for the longest-running Filipino news program of IBC, an event was held at Broadcast City on July 29, 2016 which was attended by IBC executives, past and present anchors of Express Balita. A documentary on the history of Express Balita on August 21, 2016 entitled 18 Taon ng Express Balita ng Bayan: Express Balita 18th Anniversay Documentary Special, produced by IBC News and Current Affairs.

2017–present: Serna-Go, Kintanar and Gonzalo eraEdit

On December 28, 2016, IBC announced the appointment of Rolly Gonzalo as the third anchor and male co-anchor of Express Balita as he joined Snooky Serna-Go and TG Kintanar on January 2, 2017. As part of their new trio and new era, Express Balita and News Team 13 revamped its opening billboards, graphics and ticker; while the logos for both programs remained the same and retained in a 3D-like format.

On July 13, 2017, Express Balita celebrated its 19th anniversary.

Weekend editionEdit

On July 17, 2010, Express Balita also on weekend edition with Abel Cruz as its first anchor and aired every weekend at midnight. On September 28, 2013, the weekend edition introducing the newest anchormen Vincent Santos replaced Abel and added to the most promising female news anchor Phoebe Javier. On October 4, 2014, the timeslot of Saturday moved to its early evening time slot after PBA. During this period, the weekend edition shifted from midnight into late night slots.

On January 3, 2015, Cathy Eigenmann prompted as a co-anchor of Vincent, replacing Javier, which she transferred to PTV as a news reporter. The weekend edition decided to moved at its present late evening time slot as of August 1, 2015. On August 6, 2016, Czarinah Lusuegro replacing Eigenmann as Vincent's co-anchor.

As of November 26, 2016, the weekend edition returned to a present early evening time slot after PBA.

On January 7, 2017, Vincent Santos and Czarinah Lusuegro were replaced by Karen Tayao-Cabrera and Jess Caduco. The same day, the weekend edition moved to a new timeslot at 9:00pm to give way for the return of Iskul Bukol which will be turned into a millennial high school era of the sitcom.

Theme musicEdit

The third theme under Data Assembly by Joseph Saba and Stewart Winter (December 12, 2003-November 6, 2009). The current theme music of Express Balita was introduced on July 12, 2010, arranged and composed by Jimmy Antiporda as the composition with an epic heroic heavy metal rock-styled introduction based on Last Hurdle by David Flavin and Rolly Rudzitis.


Weeknight anchorsEdit

Main anchorsEdit

Segment anchorsEdit

Weekend anchorEdit

Former anchorsEdit

Weekday anchorsEdit

Substitute anchors

  • Current:
  • Kathleen Forbes (substitute anchor for Serna-Go for weekdays and Tayao-Cabrera for weekends)
  • Toff Rada (currently a substitute anchor for both Kintanar and Gonzalo for weekdays and Caduco for weekends)
  • Former:
  • Nitz de Onon-Rosales (substitude anchor for Noel)
  • Ina Rubio (substitude anchor for Noel)
  • Chele Mendoza (substitude anchor for Noel)
  • Maricel Halili (substitude anchor for Castelo)
  • Jeffrey Zaide
  • Rida Reyes
  • Alvin Sejera
  • Kara Cruz

Weekend anchorsEdit

Segment anchorsEdit



  • Lingkod Kapinoy (July 2, 2012–present) - A public service segment under the projects and plans of IBC Lingkod Kapinoy Foundation, the socio-civic organization of IBC, led by Snooky Serna-Go, delivers a helping hand to those in need about heighten the level of public service by giving genuine concern and sincerity. As a daily segment of the flagship national network news program Express Balita, it also gained popularity into a weekly public service program every Thursday night as a TV version of the radio public service program on DZTV Radyo Budyong 1386.
  • Serbisyo Express (July 19, 2010–present) - A public service segment where the anchor TG Kintanar tried to solve community and government problems will be serve public needs that are sent to them either via email or text messaging.
  • Presinto 13 (pronounced as Presinto Trese) (January 7, 2002–December 12, 2003; July 19, 2010–present) - Rolly Gonzalo delivers the crime and police reports where the police beat on actions of authorities on peace and order with his updates on investigations, crimes, accidents and fires that happen in the area and accounts of true crime stories in the police blotters around Metro Manila.
  • Global Express (July 19, 2010–present) (formerly known as Ulat Internasyunal: February 21, 2000–December 12, 2003) - Foreign news from around the globe featuring the international scene in a world-class world news.
  • CCTV Express (July 2, 2012–present) - CCTV Report
  • IBC Weather Center (July 19, 2010–present) (formerly known as Weather: February 21, 2000–December 12, 2003) - Weather forecast of the day with PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio. with weather updates provided by IBC Weather Center and serve a weather condition.
  • Sports Page (July 19, 2010–present) (formerly known as Sports: February 21, 2000–December 12, 2003) - Sports news featuring the results of the PBA every Saturday and Sunday.
  • Showbiz Express (July 19, 2010–present) (formerly known as Entertainment: February 21, 2000–December 12, 2003) - Entertainment news anchored by emcee Pat Natividad as she takes on the local entertainment scene with exclusive interviews with the stars and intrigue at the local TV and movie industry plus the glitz and glamour.
  • Kakaibang Kapinoy (July 4, 2016-present) - a segment will focus on a light-hearted features (e.g., events and places, festivals, food, culture, etc.) that reflects the Filipino's feel-good habit. It is the newscast's closing segment.


  • Major Balita (July 13, 1998–February 18, 2000) - Detail about the main news thoroughly investigate IBC News team. Delivered live reports via voiced.
  • Metro Balita (July 13, 1998–December 12, 2003) - Voiced situationers reports and events nationwide to share as secondary news.
  • Balita Atbp. (July 13, 1998–February 18, 2000) - Miscellaneous reports or feature stories related to weather, business, crime, and many others.
  • Ang Bayan (January 7, 2002–December 12, 2003) - Opnion
  • Coolinarya (September 30, 2013–July 1, 2016) - Food Features
  • Cooltura (September 30, 2013–July 1, 2016) - Culture
  • Adventurista (September 30, 2013–January 15, 2016) - Travelogue

Express Balita on IBC RegionalEdit

Since 2011, Express Balita's editions are broadcast on all IBC Regional stations nationwide with simulcast on provincial AM radio stations (Radyo Budyong). All regional editions air at about 5:00pm (before the network's flagship Primetime Ang Dating evening block) with selected editions simulcast over Global IBC for overseas viewers. The IBC News YouTube page also has included archived videos of past editions since recently for those who have not watched the program as well as for overseas viewers.

Regional versionsEdit


Delivered in Filipino - Anchored by Ada Sibayan and Butch Mendizabal.


Delivered in Hiligaynon - Anchored by Bingbing Josue and Jun Arbolado.

Delivered in Cebuano - Anchored by Dante Luzon and Darlanne Sino-Cruz.

Delivered in Waray. Anchored by Clifford Nolido.


Delivered in Cebuano - Anchored by Ethel Cantor-Constantino and Stephen Manangan.

Awards and recognitionsEdit

The national Express Balita and its anchors/reporters throughout its decades of airing got various local, national and even international recognitions like the Asian TV Awards and International Emmy Awards, as reported in the IBC Annual Reports. Also in the IBC Annual Reports, the regional editions of Express Balita and their respective news teams got notable local and even national recognitions (via KBP Golden Dove Awards). Among the award-winning regional editions and regional news teams hail from Express Balita Amianan, Express Balita Ilonggo, Express Balita Bisaya and Express Balita Davaoeno.

GCIC Innovative AwardsEdit

  • 1st GCIC Innovative Awards (Most Innovative Female Newscaster) - Won (Snooky Serna-Go)
  • 1st GCIC Innovative Awards (Most Innovative News Program) - Won

Catholic Mass Media AwardsEdit

  • 39th Catholic Mass Media Awards (Best News Program) - Won
  • 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards (Best News Program) - Won

GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment AwardsEdit

  • 2017 Winner, Most Popular TV Program (News & Public Affairs)
  • 2014 Winner, Top Rating News and Public Affairs

Golden Screen AwardsEdit

  • 2014 Winner, Outstanding Male News Presenter (Vincent Santos)
  • 2014 Winner, Outstanding News Program

Mabini Media AwardsEdit

  • 2014 Winner, Best Television Male News Program Anchor (TG Kintanar)
  • 2014 Winner, Best Television News Program

USTv Student Choice AwardsEdit

  • 10th USTv Student's Choice Awards (Students’ Choice of News Program) - Won
  • 10th USTv Student's Choice Awards (Students’ Choice of News Host) - Won (Vincent Santos)

Gawad Tanglaw AwardsEdit

  • 2016 14th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best Female Anchor) - Won (Snooky Serna-Go)
  • 2016 14th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best News Program) - Won
  • 2015 13th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best News Anchor) - Won (Vincent Santos)
  • 2014 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best News Program Anchors) - Won (Snooky Serna-Go)
  • 2014 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best News Program) - Won
  • 2013 11th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best News Program Anchors) - Won (Snooky Serna-Go)
  • 2013 11th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best News Program) - Won

Gandingan: UPLB Isko't Iska's Broadcast Choice Awards AwardsEdit

  • Gandingan 2014: The 76th UPLB Isko’t Iska’s Broadcast Choice Awards (Best News Program) - Won
  • Gandingan 2013: The 75th UPLB Isko’t Iska’s Broadcast Choice Awards (Best Female Newscater) - Won (Snooky Serna-Go)
  • Gandingan 2013: The 75th UPLB Isko’t Iska’s Broadcast Choice Awards (Best News Program) - Won

Anak TV Seal AwardsEdit

  • 2017 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Household Favorite Program) - Won
  • 2016 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Well-Liked TV Program) - Won
  • 2015 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Well-Liked TV Program) - Won
  • 2014 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Well-Liked TV Program) - Won
  • 2013 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Well-Liked TV Program) - Won
  • 2012 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Well-Liked TV Program) - Won
  • 2010 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Well-Liked TV Program) - Nominated

Asian Television AwardsEdit

  • 2012 Asian TV Awards (Best News Program) - Winner

PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionEdit

KBP Golden Dove AwardsEdit

  • 2016 24th KBP Golden Dove Awards (Best TV Female Newscaster) - Won (Snooky Serna-Go)
  • 2016 24th KBP Golden Dove Awards (Best TV Newscast) - Won
  • 2013 21st KBP Golden Dove Awards (Best TV Female Newscaster) - Won (Snooky Serna-Go)
  • 2013 21st KBP Golden Dove Awards (Best TV Newscast) - Nominated
  • 2012 20th KBP Golden Dove Awards (Best News Program) - Won
  • 2011 KBP Golden Dove Awards (Best News Program) - Won
  • 2002 10th KBP Golden Dove Awards (Best TV Male Newscaster) - Won (Noli Eala)


External linksEdit

See alsoEdit

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