Abner Mercado (Abner Pangilinan Mercado)


Abner Mercado (Abner Pangilinan Mercado)

Mercado, Abner

Abner Mercado (Abner Pangilinan Mercado) is a broadcast journalist

Abner Mercado (Abner Pangilinan Mercado) is a broadcast journalist, writer, and instructor. He was born in Olongapo City, Zambales on 17 April 1970. He is the son of Santos Yumul Mercado and Milagros Pangilinan. He finished grade school at Olongapo City Elementary School and secondary education at Christ the King High School in Olongapo. He obtained a bachelor of arts degree in communication, major in film and audiovisual arts, from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, 1993. In 1997, broadcast network GMA sent him to Atlanta, Georgia, to study how international media outfits conduct their broadcast journalism. He lectures in the College of Mass Communication and the College of Arts and Letters at UP.


He started his career in broadcast journalism as a news researcher in GMA. In 1995, he became a segment producer for the weekly news magazine program Brigada Siete (News Brigade on Seven), hosted by Luis Beltran. From 1995 to 1999, he became an on-camera reporter in the daily primetime newscast, GMA Balita (GMA News).


He accepted an offer in 1999 from ABS-CBN to join broadcast journalists of the investigative documentary program The Correspondents, 1998-2010. The episodes he handled highlighted environmental, social, and political issues. His most memorable documentaries in The Correspondents are “Laya,” about persons aged 70 and over who were languishing in the country’s prisons; “Mount Cook Chronicles: The Road to Everest,” about the preparations of the first Philippine Mount Everest expedition starting from its members’ training in New Zealand; and the Mount Everest expeditions of Leo Oracion in 2006 and Pastour Emata in 2007. Oracion became the first Filipino to climb the summit of Mount Everest.


Since 1999, Mercado has been an on-camera reporter for ABS-CBN’s primetime newscast TV Patrol and late-night newscast Bandila (Flag). He also reports for news programs on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). From 2010 to 2012, Mercado made documentaries for another investigative show on ABS-CBN, Krusada (Crusade), 2010-13. His episode “Laya” (Freedom), aired on 23 June 2011, again highlighted the sad conditions of elderly women prisoners whose expected parole has yet to be granted.


He wrote the book Sa Bubungan ng Mundo (On Top of the World), 2007, a personal journal of his documentation of the first Philippine Mount Everest expedition in 2006.


“Mt. Cook Chronicles: The Road to Everest” won the Special Jury Prize at the Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films, 2005. “Mga Kampana sa Balangiga” (The Bells of Balangiga), also an episode of The Correspondents, was awarded Best Documentary at the Catholic Mass Media Awards, 2006. His documentaries for The Correspondents received the best TV documentary award from the Population Development Media Awards, 2009. Krusada’s “Laya” received the World Bronze Medal at the New York Festivals, 2011. Mercado received the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Fellowship for Professional Development, 2012, which entitled him to attend the US Embassy’s annual Visitor Leadership Program in Washington, DC, and New York City.


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