Miguel ‘Mike’ Enriquez was honored with a posthumous Makatao Award for Media Excellence by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP). The award was graciously accepted on his behalf by his wife, Mrs. Lizabeth ‘Baby’ Enriquez (third from left), in the presence of GMA Network’s First Vice President for Radio, Glenn Allona (second from left), and Assistant Vice President for GMA Integrated News, John Ray Arrabe (leftmost), during a ceremony held at GMA Network on September 15th.

Introduction: In a heartfelt tribute to one of the Philippines’ most revered broadcast journalists, the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) presented the prestigious Makatao Award for Media Excellence posthumously to Miguel “Mike” Enriquez. Recognizing his exceptional contributions to the industry, this honor stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment to public knowledge and responsible journalism. The award was graciously received by Mrs. Lizabeth “Baby” Enriquez, surrounded by colleagues and friends who celebrated Mike’s remarkable career.

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A Lasting Legacy: Mike Enriquez, a luminary in the world of journalism, left an indelible mark on the field through his relentless pursuit of truth and commitment to people management. A five-time Makatao awardee and Hall of Famer, he received this latest accolade in recognition of his dedication to the profession and his enduring legacy.

Over the years, Mike’s influence extended far beyond the confines of newsrooms, shaping public discourse and promoting responsible media practices. His impactful career exemplified the true essence of journalism as a vital pillar of democracy.

Awards and Achievements: Mike Enriquez’s remarkable journey in broadcasting earned him several accolades throughout his career. Notably, in 2013, he was acknowledged as the Best TV Male Newscaster at the 3rd Makatao Awards. Subsequently, Mike achieved back-to-back victories as the Best Radio News Anchor at the 6th and 7th Makatao Awards in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

His excellence continued to shine through as he clinched the Best Radio News Program Host award at the 8th and 10th Makatao Awards in 2018 and 2022. These awards underscored Mike’s versatility and unwavering commitment to delivering news with utmost professionalism.

A Life Well-Lived: Mike Enriquez, who departed this world on August 29, 2023, at the age of 71, left a profound impact on the broadcasting landscape. Serving as the President of RGMA Network, Inc. and Senior Vice President and Consultant for Radio Operations at GMA Network, he played a pivotal role in shaping the direction of media in the Philippines.

On Friday morning (September 15)at the GMA Network Center in Quezon City, Mrs. Lizabeth “Baby” Enriquez graciously accepted a posthumous award on behalf of Mike Enriquez from the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP).

Throughout his illustrious career, Mike anchored DZBB’s “Super Balita sa Umaga” and “Saksi sa Dobol B.” His authoritative presence was also felt on GMA’s flagship newscast, “24 Oras,” and the late-night newscast, “Saksi.” Furthermore, he hosted the long-running public affairs program, “Imbestigador,” which tackled critical social issues and empowered viewers with knowledge.

PMAP’s 11th Makatao Awards: Beyond Mike Enriquez’s posthumous honor, PMAP’s 11th Makatao Awards recognized several other outstanding Kapuso news personalities and programs. Atom Araullo, the anchor of “State of the Nation,” was awarded the title of Best TV News Program Host. Meanwhile, GMA Integrated News Digital Strategy and Innovation Lab’s online newscast, “Stand for Truth,” was celebrated as the Best Online Broadcast for its compelling “Emergency Landing” episode.

In the radio category, Arnold Clavio and Connie Sison earned recognition as the Best Radio Public Affairs Program hosts, while “Dobol Weng sa Dobol B” was crowned as the Best Radio Public Affairs Program. Completing the roster of awardees, Joey Reyes Zobel and Melo Del Prado were celebrated as the Best News Program Hosts.

PMAP noted on the award that it was bestowed in acknowledgment of his unwavering commitment and lasting impact on the enhancement of public knowledge and the promotion of effective people management practices in the nation, citing his illustrious career as a broadcaster and his remarkable achievement as a five-time Makatao Awards recipient.

Conclusion: Mike Enriquez’s posthumous Makatao Award is a poignant reminder of his enduring legacy in Philippine journalism. His dedication to the craft, commitment to responsible reporting, and unwavering pursuit of truth continue to inspire the next generation of journalists. As PMAP’s 11th Makatao Awards also highlighted, the Philippines boasts a wealth of journalistic talent and excellence, ensuring that Mike’s legacy lives on in the vibrant media landscape he helped shape.