Ulat Bayan
Created by People's Television Network
Developed by PTV News and Public Affairs
Directed by John Cruz
Phillip Valdez
Boy Osoyos
Presented by Weeknight anchors
Alex Santos
Catherine Vital
Weekend anchors
Rocky Ignacio (Saturday)
Ralph Obina (Saturday)
Joseph Parafina (Sunday)
Eunice Samonte (Sunday)
Opening theme "Day Trader" by Giovanni Lodigiani, Proud Music [1]
Country of origin Philippines
Language(s) Filipino
No. of episodes n/a (airs daily)
Executive producer(s) KC Santos Juan (Weeknight Edition)
Dionisio Torres (Weekend Edition)
Producer(s) Edgar Reyes (Head, News and Public Affairs)
Usec. Raquel "Rocky Ignacio" R. Tobias (Head, News Operations)
Location(s) PTV 4 Studio A, Quezon City
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time 75 minutes (Weeknights)
45 minutes (Weekends)
Original channel People's Television Network
Picture format 1080i 16:3 (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo (Virtual Surround)
Mono (High fidelity)
Original run July 10, 2017 – present
Preceded by PTV News (Primetime Edition)
Related shows Bagong Pilipinas
Daily Info
Sentro Balita
PTV Newsbreak
PTV News Headlines
Ulat Bayan (Filipino word for "nation report") is the flagship national network evening news program of the People's Television Network 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 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (PST). It is anchored by Alex Santos and Catherine Vital, while its Saturday edition is anchored by Rocky Ignacio and Ralph Obina, and Sunday edition is anchored by Joseph Parafina and Eunice Samonte. The hour-long newscast is broadcast nationally via PTV-4 and simulcast on the government radio network DZRB Radyo Pilipinas 738 in Mega Manila and several of its Radyo Pilipinas stations nationwide. Ulat Bayan is also streamed live via Facebook on PTV's official Facebook account.


Ulat Bayan premiered on July 10, 2017 at 6:30pm, replacing PTV News (Primetime Edition) as part of programming changes brought by about the relaunch of PTV on June 28, 2017 as the network's premier early-evening newscast and the network's counterpart to ABS-CBN's TV Patrol, GMA's 24 Oras and IBC's Express Balita. PTV News primetime holdovers Aljo Bendijo was joined by Catherine Vital (formerly from 9:30 pm editon), joining them in one newscast, with Ice Martinez (PTV InfoWeather), Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta (Tapang ng Batas) and Angel Atienza (PTV Sports) as segment anchors. The weekend edition also premiered on July 15, 2017 at 6:00pm and is anchored by Rocky Ignacio and Ralph Obina on Saturdays, and Joseph Parafina and Marita Moaje on Sundays, with Trixie Jaafar (PTV InfoWeather) as the weekend weather forecaster.

On September 4, 2017, Ulat Bayan extended its runtime to 75 minutes, from 6:30pm to 7:45pm on Monday to Friday. Also, on September 9, 2017, the weekend edition moved to a new timeslot at 6:30pm to complement the daily primetime slot.

On September 11, 2017, along with Daily Info  Sentro Balita and PTV News Headlines, Ulat Bayan will be using the full stand-up delivery. These anchors are now standing with a large screen at their back.

On September 18, 2017, both Bendijo and Vital were replaced by the radio commentator and hard-hitting broadcaster Erwin Tulfo[2] (after he resigned from TV5, Radyo5 92.3 News FM and AksyonTV) and seasoned news reporter and beauty queen Diane Querrer who came from Daily Info as the new weeknight anchors. Tulfo began the subsequent episodes with his signature opening line, "Magandang gabi Bayan, narito na ang detalye ng mga pangunahing balita ngayong araw."

As a result of sweeping restructuring changes brought about by a controversy surrounding Erwin Tulfo and his brother Ben with the Department of Touism and PTV-4, Erwin was removed from the newscast shortly after the scandal broke out and a troika of rotating anchors (Aljo Bendijo, Ralph Obina and Audrey Gorriceta) filled in for his slot until June 1, 2018.

Alex Santos and Catherine Vital became the new anchors of Ulat Bayan on June 4, 2018, formally replacing Tulfo and Querrer, the latter being reassigned back to Daily Info with Audrey Gorriceta.[3] Vital returned to Ulat Bayan after a year of absense. On the same day as the relaunch, former UAAP courtside reporter Ina Ongsiako replaced Ice Martinez as the segment anchor for Inside Showbiz where she delivers the showbiz news, and the latter was retained as a weather forecaster for PTV InfoWeather.

On July 16, 2018, as a part of their new era, Ulat Bayan along with Daily Info, Sentro Balita, PTV Newsbreak and PTV News Headlines revamped its opening billboards, while the CGI logos for both progams remained the same, the logos were presented in a 3D-like format. Also, a new headline sequence and title card for the program was introduced, barely a few days after PTV's relaunch.

On August 4, 2018, the weekend edition reduces its runtime into 45 minutes, airing from 6:15pm to 7pm, due to the airing expansion of the 15-minute PCSO Lottery Draw in the afternoon.


Weeknight editionEdit

Main anchorsEdit

Substitute anchors

Segment anchorsEdit

  • Ice Martinez (PTV InfoWeather: 2017-present, Inside Showbiz: 2018)
  • Amee Olila (Traffic Watch)
  • Ina Ongsiako (born in 1992) (Inside Showbiz: 2018-present)

Weekend editionEdit

Main anchorsEdit

Segment anchorsEdit

  • Trixie Jaafar (PTV InfoWeather)
  • Migs Cruzada (Traffic Watch) (2018-present)

Former anchorsEdit

Weekday anchorsEdit

Weekend anchorsEdit

  • Marita Moaje (Sunday) (July 16-September 10, 2017; 2018)
  • Sweeden Velado-Ramirez (Sunday) (2018)

Segment anchorsEdit


  • Ulat Pulis - Police Report (the only PTV-produced newscast to do so, the other one is Sentro Balita as Sentrong Pulis)
  • Serbisyong Bayan - Public Service
  • Traffic Watch - Traffic Update
  • GIoBalita - Foreign News
  • PTV InfoWeather - Weather Forecast (Ice Martinez)
  • PTV Sports - Sports News featuring the results of the UAAP.
  • Inside Showbiz - Entertainment News (Ina Ongsiako) (April 16, 2018-present) (the only PTV-produced newscast to do so, the other one is PTV News Headlines since July 10, 2017 as Entertainment Headlines)

Regional versions Edit

As part of the expansion of PTV's local programming, a 30-minute regional newscast, Ulat Bayan Mindanao was launched on October 16, 2017 and broadcast on PTVisMin Channel 11 Davao. It is anchored by Elric Ayop and Hannah Salcedo. The newscast airs from Monday to Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (before the network's public service program Kilos Pronto).

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