Aljo Bendijo


Aljo Bendijo (born Alexes Joseph Rubia Bendijo[1] on February 6, 1974) is a Filipino broadcast journalist. He anchored ABS-CBN's flagship newscast TV Patrol from 2001 to 2003 with Korina Sanchez and Henry Omaga-Diaz and Batingaw (which became Teledyaryo Final Edition) of People's Television Network from 2008 to 2012, as well as one of the hosts of One Morning Cafe and Good Morning Pilipinas. Prior to his stint at PTV, he joined RPN to anchor Newswatch Aksyon Balita in 2006 to 2007. He now anchors Ulat Bayan and Rise and Shine Pilipinas on People's Television and host for BIRADA BENDIJO, a news and commentary radio program, on Radyo Pilipinas 738 khz.

Aljo Bendijo
Aljo Bendijo
Aljo Bendijo as one of the hosts of Good Morning Boss shown simulcast on PTV 4.
Alexes Joseph Rubia Bendijo[fn 1]

(1974-02-06) February 6, 1974 (age 48)
NationalityPhilippines Filipino
EducationAB Mass Commucation
AB Broadcast Communication
Bachelor of Laws
Alma materAteneo de Davao University
Holy Cross of Davao College
Polytechnic University of the Philippines[1]
Arellano University School of Law
OccupationJournalist, newscaster, radio commentator
Years active1995–present
AgentABS-CBN News and Current Affairs (1995–2004)
Media ng Bayan (2007–2012; 2015–present)
Known forTV Patrol Davao
Hoy Gising!
TV Patrol
Sapul Kayo Dyan!
Magandang Umaga Bayan
Hataw Balita
NewsWatch Aksyon Balita
One Morning Cafe
Batingaw/Teledyaryo: Final Edition
Good Morning Boss
News @ 6
Sonshine NewsBlast
Isyu at Batas
PTV News
Ulat Bayan
Daily Info
Spouse(s)Melanie Galita (m. 2012)
ChildrenNyquollo Bendijo and Nicole Tupas
  • Alice Marquez (mother)

Early life and backgroundEdit

Bendijo was born and grew up in Davao City, Philippines

Aljo Bendijo was born as Alexes Joseph Rubia Bendijo on February 6, 1974, in Davao City and is the eldest of three children. He started out having part-time jobs as waiter and janitor while in college. A proud scholar, he took up AB Mass Communication for two years at the Ateneo de Davao University before moving to Holy Cross of Davao College. He also obtained a degree in Broadcast Communication at Polytechnic University of the Philippines[1][2] and pursued law at Arellano University School of Law in Pasay City where he earned his Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) in 2016.[3]


1995–2004: ABS-CBN News careerEdit

Bendijo started his television career at ABS-CBN Regional Network Group's Davao station in 1995 while obtaining his college degree and hosted a public-service program on the station's regional radio station DXAB. He then became anchor of TV Patrol Southern Mindanao with Girlie Balaba in 1997 following a reformat in the program. It was renamed TV Patrol Davao.

He then rose to national fame when he was first TV reporter in ABS-CBN Manila of Hoy Gising anchored by Ted Failon and Connie Sison on May 8, 2000 and the former national reporter and by named as one of the three anchors in the reformat of the main TV Patrol on March 5, 2001.[4] He joined after Noli De Castro left as anchor to participate at the 2001 Senatorial elections, alongside returning anchor Korina Sanchez and then-interim anchor Henry Omaga-Diaz. His anchoring skills were absolutely commended by the management that they gave him his own show, Sapul Kayo Diyan!, which aired on Saturdays at 10:30pm. Aside from these three shows, Bendijo also excelled as one of the field reporters of the News & Current Affairs Division.

He bagged the "Best New Male TV Personality" award at the 15th PMPC Star Awards for Television in 2001. Following his anchor stint, he was named as one of the hosts of the morning show Magandang Umaga, Bayan (MUB) and was its newsreader, alongside Katherine de Castro, on March 5, 2002.

In 2003, he was not seen on TV Patrol for unknown reasons and following this, the newscast underwent a reformat change adding Julius Babao to the roster, joining Sanchez. He left MUB also after a year, ending his 9-year career in the network.

2006–2007: Various TV appearancesEdit

Bendijo was seen in 2006 anchoring Hataw Balita on UNTV, following his three-year hiatus from TV, with Daniel Razon, Jay Sonza and lawyer Mel Mauricio (Razon and Sonza had been ABS-CBN anchors, and then transferred to GMA with Mauricio), hosting the Hataw Balita segment. He left the show and transferred to RPN. In the network, he became one of the first anchors of RPN Action News (later became NewsWatch Aksyon Balita) with former ABS-CBN talents Erwin Tulfo and Connie Sison for a year, which replaced Arangkada Balita, anchored by then-Teledyaryo anchor and former TV Patrol anchor Angelique Lazo.

2007–2012: Stint at People's Television Network (PTV)Edit

After his stint at RPN and UNTV, Bendijo then moved to the government-owned NBN 4.[5] He became the main host of the morning show One Morning Cafe with Veronica Baluyut-Jimenez from 2007 to 2010. He anchored the late-night flagship newscast Batingaw (which became Teledyaryo: Final Edition) with Kathy San Gabriel and Cathy Villar from 2008 to 2012. On September 1, 2015, he again joined People's Television Network's morning show Good Morning Boss as host and one of the main anchors of PTV's flagship news program News @ 6 now became an anchor of PTV News with Kathy San Gabriel and Ria Fernandez.[6][7]

He hosted Isyu at Batas with De La Salle University Law School Vice Dean and Law professor Atty. Antonio "Butch" Jamon, Jr. at DZAR 1026. The program deals with legal opinions on different issues of national interests and at the same time extending free legal advises especially to less fortunates and indigents. On September 12, 2016, Bendijo assumed as main anchor for RadyoBisyon aired live from Monday to Friday, 6:00 to 7:00 am, over PBS Radyo ng Bayan (now Radyo Pilipinas 1), PTV 4 and IBC 13 with co-host Czarinah Luzuegro. Radyo Bisyon words of "radio" and "television" is the national morning newscast of Media Ng Bayan. He also hosted Hamon-Bendijo, an issue based commentary radio program with Dean Butch Jamon also with Radyo ng Bayan 738 kHz right after RadyoBisyon. He once anchored Radyo Pilipinas News Nationwide with Alan Allanigue on Radyo Pilipinas. Currently, he hosts BIRADA BENDIJO, a news and commentary radio program, on Radyo Pilipinas 738 khz.

Other activitiesEdit

Business venturesEdit

Aside from his anchor stint, Bendijo tried merchandise and retail business in Imus, Cavite. He also managed the band Sidecrash, which had been known as 12 Months to Pay. The band is composed of five members who are also Davaoeños.[8]

Public imageEdit

He was named as one of the Top 10 Cutest newsmen in the country by in 2010 and a KBP Golden Dove awardee for Best TV Newscaster in 2001.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

[10] He has been married to Melanie Galita-Bendijo of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation since 2012.



Year Title Role Network Reference
2020–present Rise and Shine Pilipinas Host PTV
2020 Public Briefing: #LagingHandaPH Anchor PTV
2018–2020 Sentro Balita Anchor PTV
2017–2018 Daily Info Anchor PTV
2020-present Ulat Bayan Anchor PTV
2016–2017 The Breaking Point Host PTV
2016–2020 PTV News Anchor PTV
2015–2016 News @ 6 Anchor PTV
2015–2017 Good Morning Pilipinas Host PTV
2008–2010 Batingaw Anchor NBN
2007–2008; 2010–2012 Teledyaryo: Final Edition Anchor NBN/PTV
2007–2010 One Morning Cafe Host NBN
2006–2007 NewsWatch Aksyon Balita Anchor RPN
2006 Hataw Balita Anchor UNTV
2002–2004 Magandang Umaga, Bayan Host ABS-CBN
Sapul Kayo Diyan! Host ABS-CBN
2001–2003 TV Patrol Anchor ABS-CBN
2000–2001 Hoy Gising Anchor/Host ABS-CBN
1997–2000 TV Patrol Davao Anchor ABS-CBN Davao


Year Title Role Station Reference
2021–present RMN News Nationwide Anchor DZXL
2018–present Birada Bendijo Anchor Radyo Pilipinas
2017–2021 Radyo Pilipinas News Nationwide Anchor Radyo Pilipinas (Radyo ng Bayan)
2016–2017 RadyoBisyon Main Anchor Radyo ng Bayan DZRB 738 kHz
2012–2016 Sonshine NewsBlast Main Anchor Sonshine Radio DZAR 1026 kHz
2001–2003 Gising Pilipinas News anchor DZMM Radyo Patrol 630
1999–2004 Pasada Sais Trenta Anchor DZMM
1997–2000 DXAB at your Service Main Anchor DXAB Radyo Patrol 1296 Davao


  1. ^ Alternately spelled as Alexis Joseph Rubia Bendijo.


  1. ^ a b c "Remarkable Alumni". Polytechnic University of the Philippines website.
  2. ^ "Alumni".
  3. ^ "Aljo Bendijo: A promdi in the big city | Entertainment, News, The Philippine Star |". Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  4. ^ "PNoy, nagsermon sa selebrasyon ng ika-25 anibersaryo ng TV Patrol" (in Tagalog). DZMM. July 28, 2012. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  5. ^ "Aljo Bendijo, nasa NBN 4 na" (in Tagalog). October 11, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Aljo Bendijo". Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2016-02-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Whatever happened to Aljo Bendijo? | Entertainment, News, The Philippine Star |". Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  9. ^ "Top 10 Cutest newsmen in the country". April 29, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Bernadette and Aljo - Page 2 — Showbiz - Loveteams".

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