Ces Drilon


Cecilia Victoria Oreña-Drilon (born July 8, 1961), simply known as Ces Drilon, is a Filipino broadcast journalist. She presented news and public affairs programs for the News and Current Affairs division of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation from 1989 to 2020. She is currently the host of the nationally syndicated afternoon public service program Basta Promdi, Lodi via RMN-DZXL in Metro Manila and in key cities in the Philippines.

Ces Drilon
Cecilia Victoria Oreña

(1961-07-08) July 8, 1961 (age 61)
Baguio, Philippines[1]
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman
OccupationBroadcast journalist
Years active1985–2020, 2021–pesent
Spouse(s)Rock Drilon

Personal lifeEdit

Ces Oreña-Drilon is married to painter Rock Drilon, a nephew of Senator Franklin Drilon. They have four children.[2] She graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication research.


Ces Oreña-Drilon began her television career in 1985 when she joined the Maharlika Broadcasting System (now People's Television Network) as a news reporter.[2] Her reporting on the capture of Army renegade Col. Gregorio Honasan caught the attention of ABS-CBN Network, which hired her in 1989 to cover the Philippine Senate.[3] She appeared regularly on The World Tonight as the program's business correspondent.

Together with Cathy Yap-Yang, she hosted Usapang Business, a weekly business-oriented show which was soon cancelled due to budget cuts.[2] She later presented several news and current affairs programs for ABS-CBN and for the ABS-CBN News Channel, including Pipol and The Correspondents. Since the 2000s, Oreña-Drilon has served as a co-anchor of the ABS-CBN late-night news program Bandila, and as an alternate anchor for TV Patrol.

In 2007, Ces Oreña-Drilon was among several Filipino journalists covering the Manila Peninsula rebellion who were briefly detained by the Philippine military, shortly after the mutiny was quashed.[4]

In June 2008, she along with her companions were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu but were later released.

In July 2020, Oreña-Drilon was retrenched by ABS-CBN as the network was shut down by both the National Telecommunications Commission and Office of the Solicitor General last May due to an expired franchise and Congress rejected its fresh 25-year franchise.[5] She then returned to farming.[6]

In 2021, Oreña-Drilon would later join Radio Mindanao Network-DZXL, wherein she is the host of afternoon public service program Basta Promdi, Lodi.[7]


  1. ^ "Ces Drilon celebrates birthday at her birthplace — Baguio". Philippine Daily Inquirer. July 12, 2022. Retrieved July 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Interview: 'Pulso' Anchor Ces Drilon". Philippine Daily Inquirer/Philippine Headline News Online. May 7, 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2008.
  3. ^ Sampan, Johanna; Go, Kendrick (June 10, 2008). "Drilon: Multi-awarded television journalist". The Manila Times. Archived from the original on June 13, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  4. ^ Bordadora, Norman (December 4, 2007). "Ces Drilon: 'If I knew, I wouldn't have worn heels'". Archived from the original on June 13, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  5. ^ "Veteran journalist Ces Drilon among early faces of ABS-CBN job cuts". ABS-CBN News. July 16, 2020.
  6. ^ Brosas, Alex (July 23, 2020). "Ces Oreña-Drilon returns to farming after losing ABS-CBN job". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  7. ^ Mauricio-Arriola, Tessa (July 25, 2021). "Why new radio show, 'Basta Promdi, Lodi,' is worth a shot". The Manila Times. Retrieved November 18, 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Kidnap Charges Laid Against Mayor Isnaji and Son[permanent dead link]
  • Ces Drilon at Telebisyon.net