Born on November 2, 1965, Arnold Clavio is a prominent Filipino radio and television broadcaster, a renowned journalist and a popular TV host. Arnold is an active member of the editorial staff of the school’s organ during his elementary and secondary days. He earned his degree in Journalism at the University of Sto. Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters. Immediately after graduation, he worked as a news writer at DWIZ, and transferred as a radio field reporter at DZBB, GMA’s flagship radio station.
“Brigada Siete,” was his first major break in TV broadcasting as a reporter, opposite Jessica Soho and the late Louie Beltran which was in 1994.
In 1995, he was awarded the top prize by the Department of Health in their Philippine AIDS-STD Media Awards for his Sarah Jane Salazar report. The same year is a lucky year for Arnold, because his coverage about the Abu Sayyaf was also recognized as the Best Reportage of a Crisis for DZBB by the Asian Broadcasting Union. The KBP Golden Dove Awards awarded his radio program “Dobol A sa Dobol B” as the Best Public Affairs program on Radio in 1999. He also became a host of ‘Emergency,” late night news and public affairs program which was previously hosted by Edu Manzano. He is also currently hosting “Unang Hirit,” GMA’s morning news and lifestyle program, “Saksi,” late night newscast opposite Vicky Morales, and also “One on One with Igan” on DZBB.
Almost every Filipino knows Arnold Clavio. He has his own identity with a distinct voice that almost everyone can hear everyday making newscasts and other commentaries when you wake up in the morning and before sleeping at night. Arnold is a hardworking man, who is admired by a lot of the Filipino people. He usually goes earlier to work and practically goes home late every night. Arnold founded his Igan Foundation years back to help those poor people especially the very needy ones who have typically nothing at all. He still attends to other charity works on his spare time amidst her busy schedule.
He considers changing other people’s live as the biggest challenge because he had also been a poor man himself, grew up in Tondo, in a house of a relative. Food was scarce back then, and his father had to make both ends meet, which is sometimes impossible, in the effort to send his son to college. Arnold believes that it is his duties to educate not only inform the public, and it’s not all talk but actions and implementations.
Arnold Clavio had not regretted any decision that he had made especially in broadcast media. He took his poverty as an inspiration to achieve his dreams in life. Arnold believes that hardships are one of the best attributes that makes one successful. One of the most important lessons that he had learned from the late Ka Paeng Yabut is his advice: “Arnold, never sell your soul.” Arnold says he may have lacked luxury and material things but his father taught him to always value dignity.