Korina Sanchez

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Korina Sanchez-Roxas
BornKorina Maria Baluyut Sanchez
(1964-10-05) 5 October 1964 (age 49)
Victoria, British Hong Kong
ResidenceCubao, Quezon City. Merville, Paranaque. The Fort, Bonifacio Global City
Other namesKorina, Koring, K
EducationUndergraduate - Miriam College
Notable credit(s)

Spouse(s)Mar Roxas Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government
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Korina Sanchez-Roxas
BornKorina Maria Baluyut Sanchez
(1964-10-05) 5 October 1964 (age 49)
Victoria, British Hong Kong
ResidenceCubao, Quezon City. Merville, Paranaque. The Fort, Bonifacio Global City
Other namesKorina, Koring, K
EducationUndergraduate - Miriam College
Notable credit(s)

Spouse(s)Mar Roxas Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government

Korina Maria Sanchez-Roxas (born 5 October 1964) is a Filipina broadcast journalist, television news anchor, senior field correspondent, magazine show host, radio anchor and newspaper columnist. She is currently Chief Correspondent for the Integrated News and Current Affairs Division of ABS-CBN Corporation airing on TV Channel 2, AM Radio DZMM and cable TV ANC.

Korina attended St. Theresa's College in Quezon City for her elementary and secondary education, and then Maryknoll College (now Miriam College), where she dropped out. Her first love was writing, but not so active in extra-curriculars like singing, theater, public speaking, and high school varsity volleyball. In college, Korina did not excel in courses related to creative writing, thesis writing and speech. Sanchez had inclinations towards the performing arts but believed her "calling had always been in the field of information and communication" and maintains that, before being an on-camera personality, she is "first, a politicians wife".



Korina started her career as an editorial assistant at the age of 19 at the then Marcos government-run Maharlika Broadcasting System under the Ministry of Information. She soon after advanced to be the hourly newsbreak announcer and primetime news weather girl, having trained with Chief Forecaster Amado Pineda of PAGASA.

President Ferdinand Marcos had closed down the Lopez-owned station during Martial Rule in the 1970s. The network was returned to the Lopez family by President Corazon C. Aquino in 1986 after the EDSA Revolution. Sanchez joined the reopened ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation as one of the handful of staff of the network News Department working as a field reporter. Her regular beats then were Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), police and health stories.


Then company president Freddie Garcia reprogrammed Channel 2's lineup and started programming using the Tagalog vernacular from mostly English-speaking shows on ABS CBN. Sanchez was pulled put from her reportorial chores and was chosen for her first regular show, the morning magazine program 'MagandangUmaga', to tandem with Noli de Castro from 1986 to 1988. De Castro left the show to start the long-running public affairs show, 'Magandang Gabi, Bayan.’ Sanchez then took over production and became Executive Producer and lone host of 'Magandang Umaga Po' which ran 3 more years. It was in this platform that Sanchez honed skills at executive producership, budgeting, staff administration, writing and directing. Later, Sanchez also became co-host to programs such as 'Bayan Ko, Sagot Ko' and the late night newscast, 'PulsoAksyonBalita' with Ted Failon.

Unusual for on-camera personalities, Sanchez was the executive producer, writer and host at the same time for most of her platforms. Such programs created by Sanchez are the public service shows, 'HOY! Gising!,' the roundtable political discussion show OPTIONS, the weekly talk program 'Mel and Jay', and 'ISYU 101' which she co-hosted with Cito Beltran. The most popular of Sanchez’ productions were the daily public service show, 'Hoy! Gising!’, the daily magazine show 'Balitang K' both of which were given the go-signal for production and airing by then President and COO Freddie Garcia. Including the currently airing 'Rated K', these shows were and are commercial as well as critical successes.

When De Castro ran for public office in 2001, Sanchez became the station's first solo woman anchor for its flagship primetime news program TV Patrol. TV Patrol won its first Catholic Mass Media award for Best Newscast during this time under Executive Producer Beth Frondoso. Sanchez also continued to work as field reporter for the News Department and was promoted to director level as Chief Correspondent for Philippine and Global Operations in 2004.

Notably, Sanchez was recognized as Finalist for Best News Reporter/Correspondent in the 2009 New York World Festivals for Television besting contender representatives from over 50 countries. Sanchez submitted her reports on the election vote count manipulation in Davao; wiretapping devices entering the country for use against high ranking government officials; substandard skin whitening pills proliferating the market; an exclusive interview with the MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad at a time of tense peace negotiations with government. Her investigative series on the proliferation of substandard glutathione pills in the Philippine market also won the Silver World Medal for Investigative Report Category in the same New York Festival Awards that year. Sanchez' report caused the collapse and closure of the No.1 brand of glutathione "whitening pills" in the country at the time, Lucida, and had government enforce a stricter policy and implementation of laws against substandard health supplements.

Sanchez was also chosen as Philippine Representative to the Asian interview show In Conversation. Spearheaded by Malaysian producers upon the imprimatur of then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, 'In Conversation' had Korina join other journalists from Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia and Singapore in interviewing heads of state "from the eyes of the Asian" reporter. The show had a short run airing on Malaysian TV and with interviews with then newly installed East Timor President XananaGusmao, PM Mahathir Mohammad of Malaysia, then-Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and then Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

In 2003, Sanchez was asked to pinch-hit as co-host with actress Kris Aquino for the daily morning show Morning Girls with Kris and Korina. It was a clear departure from Sanchez' serious and hard-hitting style on socio- political issues and current news events. 'Morning Girls' was a light entertainment and lifestyle talk show. What was supposed to be a two-week temporary replacement to the show's original hosts (Pops Fernandez, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Carmina Villaroel), became a commercial success and landed a more permanent contract for the two new hosts. The show ran for sixteen months.

In 2004, the primetime news program TV Patrol was reformatted. Under then company President Cito Alejandro (after the retirement of Freddie M. Garcia) Sanchez was replaced as anchor of TV Patrol. She was promoted as ABS-CBN's Chief Correspondent for Philippine & Global Operations while she concentrated on the success of her newly launched magazine show, Rated K.

In July 2006, Sanchez debuted the daily interview program Korina Today on the ABS CBN-News Channel (ANC). The show ran for 3 years and was nominated for Best Talk Show at the 2008 Catholic Mass Media Awards. After an almost two year hiatus from newscasting, Sanchez was re-installed as news anchor of the late night news program, Bandila, on 3 July 2006 with co anchors Henry Omaga-Diaz and Ces Drilon.

On May 8, 2009, Sanchez took an indefinite leave from her DZMM radio morning program and evening newscast Bandila, in preparation for her wedding to then Senator Mar Roxas and her involvement in her husband's presidential bid for the 2010 Philippine presidential election. She maintained work on her magazine program Rated K which remained part of the network's Sunday evening programming.

In October 2010, Sanchez was invited to resume primetime news casting by Regina Reyes, then incoming Senior Vice President for the station's News and Current Affairs Division replacing Maria Ressa (Ressa was head of the Division for six years). By this time Charo Santos-Concio had been promoted to replace Alejandro as company President by its Chairman and CEO Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III.

On November 8, 2010, Sanchez, together with former Vice President Noli de Castro and former congressman Ted Failon were relaunched in the new version of the station's primetime newscast, TV Patrol, now currently airing daily at 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm Mondays to Fridays.

Rated K[edit]

Sanchez then had to leave the daily morning show with Aquino in 2004 when offered a primetime Sunday slot which had also been suddenly vacated. What was originally offered for a 'Mar and Korina' talk show (to compete with the 'Mel and Jay' formula airing on the other network) was shelved for Sanchez' idea for alternative programming against competition a magazine format much like the daily Balitang K, against GMA Channel 7's 'Mel and Jay' talk format. Rated K has been number 1 on its time slot nationwide since it started in 2004. It continues to receive recognition from the most prestigious award giving bodies including the Catholic Mass Media Awards, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, ANAK TV Awards, STAR Awards for Television. Most notable of these recognitions is the Finalist Certification of Rated K twice from the New York World Festivals for the News Magazine Format Category in 2009 and again in 2012.


Sanchez also maintains a career in talk radio through DZMM, ABS-CBN's AM Band radio station. It was former VP for Radio Rolly V. Cruz who hired Sanchez to join Ted Failon for a daily radio show. The program was first entitled AksyonNgayon, a daily afternoon public service program. It was later renamed to TambalangFailon at Sanchez when the tandem was brought to morning primetime daily at 8 to 10 am with mostly discussion of current issues and socio-political commentary. The show was consistently number one in its time slot against competition. When Failon ran for public office and was elected Congressman of the first district of Leyte province in 2004, Sanchez hosted the program alone. The show was renamed Korina sa Umaga and was recognized twice by the Kapisanan ng mga Bodkaster sa Pilipinas as Best Talk Show Program and Outstanding Public Affairs Program in 2001 and 2004. After three years in Congress, Ted Failon returned to DZMM. The show reverted to Tambalang Failon at Sanchez after Failon opted not to run for another term.

In January 2012, Sanchez also returned to AM talk radio. 'Rated Korina,' a news magazine talk show anchored solo by Sanchez, and now airs daily Mondays thru Fridays at 10am to 11 am over radio DZMM. She occasionally does an television interview show, Up Close and Personal, for ANC (the ABS-CBN News Channel). She has so far done special episodes of this show --- on the resurgence of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar, an interview with American celebrity financial adviser SuzeOrman and one with Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.


Korina Sanchez has also maintained her columns and regular articles in several magazines, broadsheets and tabloid newspapers. She has written or continues to write for the following print media platforms:

  1. About Time, Manila Times, thrice weekly column
  2. Chambers, The Philippine Star, Sunday column (current)
  3. Coming Home, People Asia Magazine, monthly article
  4. 24 K, Pilipino Mirror, thrice weekly column (current)
  5. That Does It, Cebu Freeman, thrice weekly column
  6. ISYU Ngayon, daily column
  7. K Ka Lang?, Pilipino Star Ngayon. (current)
  8. Bulgar four times weekly column (current)
  9. Sanchez's Philippine Star column 'Chambers' was finalist at the Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Column.

Personal life[edit]

Sanchez is currently married to former Senator Mar Roxas, whom she married on October 27, 2009 in Quezon City.[1]


1986-1988 ; 1988-1991Magandang Umaga and Magandang Umaga PoABS-CBN
1992-1996Hoy Gising!ABS-CBN
1996-2001Balitang KABS-CBN
2001-2002Isyu 101ABS-CBN
2003-2004Morning Girls with Kris and KorinaABS-CBN
2006-2009Korina TodayANC
2004–presentRated KABS-CBN
1992; 1995-1996; 2001-2004; 2010-PresentTV PatrolABS-CBN

Advocacies and Charities[edit]

People's Health Watch[edit]

In her role as media practitioner, one of Sanchez' well-known advocacies is her effort for the legislation of a law promoting Patients' Rights and Responsibilities and against medical negligence. Her mother, Celia Sanchez, is known to be a victim of misdiagnosis in a well-known Philippine hospital. Sanchez was able to get her mother cured of stage 2 colon cancer in New York's Cornell Hospital (misdiagnosed as stage 4 terminal in the Philippines). Her mother was alive and well for another two years. Celia Sanchez succumbed to severe infection after a simple surgical procedure in another Manila hospital. Sanchez was quoted as having believed her mother died because of, again, medical negligence by another doctor, practicing in the Philippines.

While Sanchez never bannered her own parent's case publicly or in any of her media platforms, she spearheaded the Manila-chapter of the non-governmental organization, People's Health Watch, to move the Medical Malpractice Bill in Congress. At the time, the bill had been shelved and sleeping for more than a decade. Sanchez' group documented thousands of cases from all over the Philippines proving incidents of malpractice by doctors. Sanchez suffered the ire of medical practitioners and doctors' organizations nationwide. Sanchez' efforts and representation through the poltiical lobby group Publicus helped move discussion in the Senate and House of Representatives. Sanchez appeared in Congress, attended hearings and discussions on the bill. After numerous debates and discussion Sanchez’ group agreed to a version of the original bill that is more acceptable to the doctors. The Medical Malpractice Bill was renamed Patients' Rights and Responsibilities Bill. The bill gathered considerable support in the Senate but later met opposition from a hostile senator. In the lower house, where many members of the Health Committee were themselves doctors, the bill did not budge despite lengthy discussions and media attention to the cause. Later, the Philippine Medical Association and Sanchez's group resumed talks for a more amicable Memorandum of Agreement in the face of a once-again lethargic Congress. The final draft of this MOA that is intended to bind all medical practitioners to conformity to a higher standard of accountability to patients has yet to be drafted and signed.

Lingkod Patrol[edit]

As anchor of TVPatrol between 2001 to 2004 Sanchez spearheaded the public service arm of the daily primetime newscast of ABS CBN. Through her team's advocacy, television and radio reports and personal solicitations lives of,mostly, children were saved and improved.

Tsinelas Campaign[edit]

In 2004, when the program Rated K began its weekly broadcast, Sanchez aired a public service segment in the show which was later to become a regular, nationwide project and household word. Sanchez began with one project for school children in Samar, Leyte and thought of bringing "smagol", the local term in the Visayas for rubber slippers (poor folk have come to know rubber slippers as 'smuggled from China', hence, the term "smagol"). It was a basic need of the poor especially children who either walk barefoot or wear tattered rubber slippers which are hardly wearable and kept together with straws. Immediately, Sanchez identified rubber slippers or 'tsinelas' as a basic need of the poor, especially the children. Since then, Sanchez has given away more than a million pairs of slippers in most provinces and cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao through the ABS CBN show Rated K. Her current project, "Isang Milyong Tsinelas", was launched in January this year, 2013, aiming to solicit one million pairs of rubber slippers in one year to give away to the poor nationwide.

Other Advocacies and Charities[edit]

Other advocacies Sanchez had become involved with are population control (long before the prominence of the RH Bill) breast cancer-awareness and justice against crime. She has received awards and recognition for her efforts promoting vigilance on these three issues. Sanchez has also been consistently vocal for pollution control, and coral and marine life preservation. She is a deep-sea diver.

Sanchez also has many personal charities such as children she sends to school, schools she has helped rehabilitate, the sick she has sent to hospital. But her personal charities, by choice, are not publicized.

Awards, Honors and Recognition[edit]


New York Festivals

Asian TV Awards

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Awards

Media Newser Philippines’ Top Media Winner of 2012

Anak TV Seal Awards


Catholic Mass Media Awards Hall of Fame Awardee

ANAK TV Seal Awards Makibata Hall of Fame Awardee

25th PMPC Star Awards for TV


Catholic Mass Media Awards

ANAK TV Seal Awards

USTv Students Choice Awards Students’ Choice for Female – Beat News and Current Affairs Host, Korina Sanchez


New York World Festivals

Anak TV Seal Awards

3rd Gandingan UPLB Isko't Iska Broadcast Choice Awards

Ateneo de Davao’s TAO Awards

7th GawadTanglaw Awards

National Public Attorneys of the Philippines Awards


Catholic Mass Media Awards

17th KBP Golden Dove Awards

Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards

22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television

Anak TV Seal Awards

2nd Gandingan UPLB Isko't Iska Broadcast Choice Awards

6thGawadTanglaw Awards


16th KBP Golden Dove Awards

Anak TV Seal Awards

21st PMPC Star Awards for TV


Catholic Mass Media Awards

15th KBP Golden Dove Awards

USTv Students Choice Awards

Anak TV Seal Awards


Anak TV Seal Awards

Catholic Mass Media Awards

19th PMPC Star Awards for TV


KBP Golden Dove Awards

People Asia Magazine People of the Year, Korina Sanchez with Sen. Mar Roxas

PIPOL (ABS CBN Channel 2) Pipol of the Year, Korina Sanchez

18th PMPC Star Awards


KBP Golden Dove Awards

Other Awards:

1. Gawad CCP Para saTelebisyon

2. Community Outstanding Young Achievers Awards

3. HuwarangAnak Awardee 2003


As Sanchez consistently figures as a commercially popular TV and radio personality and is critically acclaimed as a media practitioner, occasional controversies involving her have consistently become fodder for news headline material.

Sanchez and Francswisse[edit]

In July 2007, Sanchez' name was among those of several celebrities brought up in the controversial case of Franc Swiss, a pyramiding scheme. A headline on her own station's newscast TV Patrol World effectively implied she was "involved". Contents of the news items reported an NBI Agent telling reporters Sanchez was an "investor". On 10 July 2007, she released a statement saying, “I categorically deny making any investment in Franc Swiss. It was irresponsible for the National Bureau of Investigation to make the reckless allegation and erode my reputation as a responsible broadcast journalist, which I carefully built and protected through the years.” The Director of the NBI at the time issued a clarificatory statement emphasizing there was no evidence whatsoever to prove Sanchez had any involvement in the Franc Swiss pyramiding scheme ---- either as a promoter or victim of said scheme.[2]

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)[edit]

Shortly after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated the Central Philippines in November 2013, Anderson Cooper of CNN flew to Tacloban and reported that aid has not arrived. Sanchez then criticized Cooper[3] accusing him of not knowing what he was said. Cooper reported that she should come to Tacloban and see for herself.[4] There was a flurry of criticism against Sanchez and on 18 November 2013, it was reported that she was forced to take a leave of absence for at least one week. She denies the suspension claim citing that she is busily touring ravaged areas for a special on her show Rated K.

She was criticized yet again for ordering Rated K branded flip flops in the colors of her husband's campaign to be donated to the typhoon survivors.[5]


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