Julius Babao bids goodbye to ABS-CBN after 28 years

by James Patrick Anarcon
Dec 31, 2021
Julius Babao last day on TV Patrol
In his last day as a Kapamilya TV anchor, Julius Babao looked back at his career in ABS-CBN for the past 28 years: "Dito na po ako lumaki sa ABS-CBN. Nagkaroon ng magandang karera, nakilala ang aking magandang asawa at nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na makatulong sa maraming mamamayan."
PHOTO/S: TV Patrol (ABS-CBN)

Julius Babao has formally said his goodbyes to ABS-CBN tonight, December 31, 2021.

Julius did his last TV newscast as a Kapamilya on TV Patrol tonight, where an audio-visual presentation of his entire ABS-CBN career was presented by co-anchor Zen Hernandez.

After the video, Julius quipped, "Parang ang tanda-tanda ko na doon sa video na iyon, ha!"

Julius then said his farewell message to the Kapamilya network and the viewers.

He said, "Hindi po ito pagpapaalam kung hindi isang pahayag ng pasasalamat sa lahat ng aking mga naging Kapamilya sa loob ng 28 taon. Dito na po ako lumaki sa ABS-CBN—kung inyong mapapansin, napakapayat ko pa noon.

"Nagkaroon ng magandang karera, nakilala ang aking magandang asawa at nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na makatulong sa maraming mamamayan."

Julius then went on to thank the executives of Kapamilya network such as ABS-CBN News head Ging Reyes, as well as the late TV Patrol director Rolly Cruz and former reporter Boo Chanco.

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"Hindi ko na masyadong iisa-isahin mga Kapamilya, sasabihin ko na lang po, dito sa ABS-CBN natupad ang mga pangarap ko sa buhay.

"Nagpapasalamat po ako ng lubos sa mga naging boss ng ABS-CBN, unang-una na kay Mr. Gabby Lopez. Sir, thank you. Mr. Freddie Garcia, Ma'am Charo Santos-Concio, at kay Mr. Rolly V. Cruz.

"Maraming salamat din po kela Mr. Mark Lopez, Mr. Carlo Katigbak, at Tita Cory Vidanes. Salamat sa taong unang tumanggap sa akin dito sa ABS-CBN, si Mr. Boo Chanco at si Mr. Rolly Reyes.

"At sa aking mga naging ama sa industriya, Jake Maderazo at kabayan Noli de Castro at kay Tita Arlyn de Castro, maraming maraming salamat po.

"At sa aming boss sa ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, Miss Ging Reyes, maraming salamat, Ging, sa 28 years nating pagsasama sa trabahong ito at pag-unawa sa dahilan ng aking paglisan.

"At higit sa lahat, thank you po sa lahat ng empleyado ng ABS-CBN, mga dating empleyado ng ABS-CBN, mga Kapamilya, sa mga viewers na nakasama ko sa aking paglaki sa harap ng telebisyon at radyo.

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"Hindi ko po mararating ang kinatatayuan ko ngayon kung hindi po dahil sa inyo kaya maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat.

"Hangad ko mga Kapamilya ang pagbabalik ng ABS-CBN sa free television at sa radio sa darating na panahon."

Zen, who is Julius' partner in DZMM Teleradyo's TeleRadyo Balita, said that she won't say goodbye yet since Julius will do his last show on the radio program on January 2.

Zen then looked back at the six years they've been working as "partners."

She told Julius, "Mixed emotions, pinagpraktisan ko ito, partner, para hindi ako umiyak.

"Mixed emotions talaga kasi matagal din tayo nagsama, since 2015 di ba? Six years, di ba, going seven sana kung hanggang 2022.

"Pero malungkot man, I'm thankful na nakatrabaho kita dahil kung ikaw, natupad ang pangarap mo dito sa ABS-CBN, ako, natupad ang pangarap ko na makatrabaho ka. Alas Singko Y Media, isa ako sa mga suking nanunuod niyan!"

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Anchor Alvin Elchico then told Julius, "Pero kahit saan ka man mapunta, Kapamilya. Mananatili kang Kapamilya. Goodluck Juls."

During the broadcast of ABS-CBN, Julius posted a photo on Twitter where he was seen looking at the big ABS-CBN logo at the lobby of the ABS-CBN Main Building.

ABS-CBN STATEMENT

Following Julius' announcement of his departure, ABS-CBN News released a statement about Julius leaving the Kapamilya network.

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The statement read: "Julius Babao announced tonight (Dec. 31) on TV Patrol that he is signing off as a Kapamilya news anchor. On Sunday (Jan. 2), he will make his final broadcast on TeleRadyo Balita.

"Julius began his career in broadcast journalism at ABS-CBN, where he embodies the company's mission of service for 28 years by reporting on important national issues and events, producing unflinching exposes of abuses that benefited the helpless, and serving Filipinos in need of various types of assistance through his TV and radio programs.

"We respect his decision to pursue his professional career outside of ABS-CBN and wish him well in his future pursuits."

It was on December 29 when Julius' departure from ABS-CBN was first confirmed, through an Instagram post by Karen Davila.

Julius is rumored to be replacing Raffy Tulfo in TV5's flagship newscast, Frontline Pilipinas. Raffy left the show when he decided to run for a senate seat in the 2022 elections.

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Julius started his ABS-CBN career in 1993 as a TV reporter in TV Patrol. In 1995, he was given his own show, the morning program Alas Singko Y Medya, where he met his wife, Christine Bersola-Babao. The show aired until 2001.

He also hosted the talk show Talk TV with Christine, Janette McBride, and Ryan Agoncillo from 2001 to 2002.

In 2003, Julius became the main anchor of TV Patrol until 2010, when he was transferred to the late-night newscast Bandila.

Among the other TV shows that Julius did in ABS-CBN were XXX: Eklusibong, Eksplusibong Expose (2006-2013), Bistado (2012-2015), and Mission Possible (2015-2020).

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In his last day as a Kapamilya TV anchor, Julius Babao looked back at his career in ABS-CBN for the past 28 years: "Dito na po ako lumaki sa ABS-CBN. Nagkaroon ng magandang karera, nakilala ang aking magandang asawa at nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na makatulong sa maraming mamamayan."
PHOTO/S: TV Patrol (ABS-CBN)
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