MANILA, Philippines – TV Patrol, ABS-CBN's flagship newscast and the country's leading news program in the past two decades, unveiled its second marker, this time in Marikina City, Wednesday, as part of its
25th anniversary celebration.
The TV Patrol team had an intensive coverage in Marikina City during the “Ondoy” tragedy which happened Sept. 26, 2009 when flood waters from rivers and dams submerged Metro Manila.
Marikina City has become part of delivering the biggest news across the Philippines in the last 25 years, prompting its inclusion in the historical markers of where TV Patrol covered, or the “TV Patrol Balitandaan.”
ABS-CBN chairman and chief executive officer Eugenio Lopez III, News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes, TV Patrol anchors Ted Failon, Korina Sanchez and Noli de Castro led the unveiling of this second marker.
TV Patrol reporters and officials were also present to grace the event.
The first 'Balitandaan' marker was erected in Pampanga on March 5, 2012, when TV Patrol officially opened its year-long 25th anniversary celebrations.
Pampanga was the site of the devastating Mount Pinatubo eruption, a tragedy covered intensively by the TV Patrol team during its early newscast years.
Later, TV Patrol would chronicle Pampanga's story of recovery and resurgence.
The Pampanga and the Marikina 'Balitandaan' markers both bear QR (quick response) codes which lead to Internet addresses containing TV Patrol files, after the codes are scanned by a smartphone or a device with QR code scanner.
TV Patrol’s 25th anniversary will also feature the “25 para sa Kabayan Ko,” which will encourage people to give P0.25 in TV Patrol cans all over the country.
It aims to collect P2.5 million that will be given to selected beneficiaries. – Report from Sol Aragones, ABS-CBN News