Veteran broadcaster Angelo Castro Jr. passes away at 67

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MANILA, Philippines—Veteran broadcast journalist Angelo Castro Jr. succumbed to lung cancer Thursday. He was 67 years old.

Reports said Castro Jr., ABS CBN News Channel’s (ANC) “The World Tonight” anchor, died at the St. Luke’s Medical Center after many years of battling lung cancer.

His death was confirmed at the official Twitter account of ANC.

He is survived by his wife, June Keithley, and son Diego, among other children.

In a statement posted at www.gov.ph, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said, “We mourn the passing of Angelo Castro Jr. For many years he was a calm and reassuring presence in the late evening news. His passing marks the closing of an era of gentlemanly broadcasting, where erudition and dignity were the hallmarks of news and current affairs.”

Castro was known for being the main anchor of “The World Tonight” when it returned on air on ABS-CBN in 1986, after the People Power Revolution.

He was behind TV Patrol, said to be the longest-running newscast in Filipino. When he became ABS-CBN’s senior vice president for news and current affairs in 2000, he continued to be an anchor of The World Tonight.

Castro was given three months to live after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008. After taking a hiatus of almost three years, he returned to ANC as an anchor in 2011.

Before he became a broadcast journalist, Castro was an actor, and even got nominated for a Famas [Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences] award as Best Supporting Actor for Kumander Alibasbas in the ’80s.

Originally posted: 4:13 pm | Thursday, April 5th, 2012

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4UUKT3KMR3HZPFPTGCWK5XQ2WY Mark

    Sana, si NoyNoy Mongoloid na lang ang namatay ng lung cancer.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O5TQQYPGVHXCQLU4BRQR4FVBNA ramone

      Such a cruel and insensitive comment, which can only come from someone with no proper breeding and education. You don’t wish death on anyone, even if s/he is your enemy.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4UUKT3KMR3HZPFPTGCWK5XQ2WY Mark

        Bakit ako sinisisi mo?

        Kung si NoyNoy Mongoloid nga, walang pakialam na magka-cancer dahil sa kaka-yosi.

        I am just stating a fact.

        NoyNoy wants to die.

        If he doesn’t, matagal na siyang tumigil.

        Suportahan natin siya.

        Do you understand, estupido?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JHYGNXUWU6AG54XRDATEXPITSY susan

         dumi talaga ng bibig mo mark. or is that a bunganga? kulang ka siguro sa pagmamahal at pag-aaruga sa tunay na buhay. wawa ka naman.

      • Mark Suarez

         sige suportahan mo sya, kuha ka ng kutsilyo tapos isaksak mo kay noynoy para maging masaya ka na.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/34GM2ASY763P7BTXR6GY2FQPYM Robert

        wow pilit pa pinapalabas na tama at makatwiran yung comment nya with yet another senseless comment. ang lupit mo mark. sagad sa baba ng pag iisip mo.

      • maria_t11

        Mapatawad ka sana ng Dios kabaleng Mark sana di bumaliktad ang sinabi mo st ikaw ang mauna sa ilalim ng lupa dahil wala kang kuwentang tao st breeding, at higit sa lahat Bastos at makapal ang mukhang at walang kaluluwa na magsabi sa Presidente na Mamatay! may God Forgive You! Kaawaawang mga magulang mo kc nagkaanak sila ng katulad mong uneducated,mand no Breeding, Shame on you

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JHYGNXUWU6AG54XRDATEXPITSY susan

      mark, bastos mo, walang modo! para kang walang pinag-aralan. di mo man lang ginalang ang article na eto tungkol sa patay. dito ka pa nagkakalat. kung wala kang respeto sa sarili mo, respetuhin mo ang patay.

    • sanjuan683

      Coming soon!!!!!!! pa lang hehehehehehe

    • http://civilservice.boxpinoy.com/civilserviceexam.php Rorschach

       I admire your parents, Mark. Wala silang kahirap hirap sa pag-aaruga sa iyo.

    • sinauna

       sana boung pamilya mo na lang,para mabawasan ang taong galit sa mundo

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jom-Lansang/100000598891244 Jom Lansang

       According to the Bible, wishing death to a human being is already a sin against the fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill”.. It is very unkind to wish death to someone you do not even know personally.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SX7LIB4TWYWW6VG3SN6UIKJ734 Jamie

      alam mo mark, kung wala ka din namang sasabihing matino, makipagkwentuhan ka nalang sa mga kaugali mo at sakanila mo sabihin yan. baka sakaling matuwa pa sila sayo. Wala ka sa lugar magpakita nang kapangitan ng ugali mo. Storya to tungkol sa namatay. ibang klase ka lang.  

  • patriotic_act

    I always watch “The World Tonight” when I was young and I envy this man specially his superb command of the english language during news reports together with another veteran news anchor Tina Monzon-Palma..

    May you rest in peace..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O5TQQYPGVHXCQLU4BRQR4FVBNA ramone

    May he rest in peace, and may his family be comforted in this time of their bereavement. Angelo has brought news to us almost every night when he was healthy. He will be long remembered as a newscaster with a baritone voice.

  • bigmach4

    Sana si Noli de Castro Corruption na lang ang nadale. Ito pang mabait na taong si Angelo ang nauna. Bad grass talaga ang animal na de Castro na yan.

  • http://jaoromero.com/ Jao Romero

    “We mourn the passing of Angelo Castro Jr. For many years he was a calm
    and reassuring presence in the late evening news. His passing marks the
    closing of an era of gentlemanly broadcasting, where erudition and
    dignity were the hallmarks of news and current affairs.”

    Lacierda trolling Noli de Castro, lol. and rightly so. I grew up watching World Tonight and i really admire this man as an anchor. erudition and dignity indeed. how far ABS-CBN has fallen with Noli de Castro barking like a jeepney barker with his TEVEEEEEE PAAAAAATROOOOOOOL.!!! pathetic. didn’t know jeepney barkers now sideline as news anchors.

    • bigmach4

       You’re right! There is a very deep contrast among the two. Angelo Castro Jr. is a man of honor and dignity. Noli de Castro is just an anchorman and a corrupt to the core person. Angelo Castro Jr. is a university graduate and can write and speak english superbly and fluently. Noli de Castro has never entered college but he is flaunting he graduated BS Commerce from FEU. He is insulting the true graduates of that school because you can never find an FEU alumni who can not write and speak English fluently unlike Noli de Castro. He only knows how to read a tagalog teleprompter in delivering news and never in English. In one instance just after the Oakwood mutiny where Sonny Trillanes was investigated in the Senate, Noli de Castro then a senator said. “Mr Trillanes, are you a widow?” Trillanes in a low voice answered “What?” In which de Castro repeated “Are you a widow?” Trillanes just smirked and said “No! maybe you mean a widower not a widow”.  There was a big guffaw from the crowd and this de Castro acted as if he was pelted with a stone on his head … and never realized where he had gone wrong… hehehe! A university graduate eh???…. hahahhh 

      • Ulipur

        Si Mr Angelo Castro Jr. magaling sa English. Si Kabayan Noli de Castro magaling sa Tagalog. Pa3reho silang magaling. Iginagalang ni Mr. Angelo Castro Jr. si Kabayan. May respeto sa isa’t-isa.

        May you rest in peace, Mr. Angelo Castro Jr

        At mabuhay kayo, Kabayan.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_USGTTCKV3CFPNKDMC4HSKPY4SY fpc

        Please correct me if I am wrong, Noli de Castro was from UE not FEU.

      • bigmach4

        In many instances he was telling he graduated from FEU until lately however he stopped talking about it anymore. A group verified the veracity of his statements both at FEU and UE but they found negative. This guy really never entered college… nor high school.

  • Pluma Mana

    wala man lang binabanggit o ibinabalita ang gmanews tungkol dito.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JHYGNXUWU6AG54XRDATEXPITSY susan

       pluma, GMANEWS in twitter already had

    • sanjuan683

      siyempre hindi sasabihin ng switek na ABS-CBN dahil scoop ito para sa kanila. hehehehe esep esep ka lang. heheheh

    • Mark Suarez

      kakapanood ko lang sa GMA NEWS FLASH REPORT binalita nila ito…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

      nai-newsflash na nila!

    • Ben Tampadong

      kababalita lang po mga ilang minuto bago mo pinost ang comment mo.

      Lagi ko siyang pinapanood sa ANC, and inaabangan yung quote before the end of the show. My condolences to his family. RIP Mr. Castro.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    siya yung gumanap na pulis na naghahanap sa boardmate ni daniel fernando sa ‘scorpio nights’

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NOMVLC5HDV6PZCEUSYH26O4JI yaptangcom

    Angelo Castro was the Philippines’ answer to Walter Cronkite of the United States. His self-assured and measured delivery of the news made him a legendary nightly news anchor whose cool, calm and collected demeanor somehow conveyed to his audience that no matter how bad the news got, all was still well with the world. This is particularly true as he would segue to quoting famous and not-so-famous adages at the end of the program. Rest in peace, Mr. Angelo Castro, Jr., your work is done in this world–and what a job well done!     

  • EdgarEdgar

    RIP. Your listeners in 104.3 will miss you.

    • TGM_ERICK

      He is now a true angel in heaven. I also listen to 104.3. This station airs my type of songs.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGGD5HDR6JLY5J7LRTMCHWRY7U Barbara

      Are you referring to the 1:00PM-3:00PM slot?  I understand the voice over is not his.  But I would have loved to if it was his.  Nevertheless, just to think and imagine that as if he is the one making the voice over is equally entertaining as the type of music being played.

      • EdgarEdgar

        I’m not sure about the 1 to 3pm voice over, but on several occasions when I was up early in the morning, I heard him in the 5am slot.

      • TGM_ERICK

        HAPPY EASTER BRILLIANT EdgarEdgar!

      • TGM_ERICK

        HAPPY EASTER BRILLIANT EdgarEdgar!

      • EdgarEdgar

        Happy Easter to you too tgm_erick :-))

      • TGM_ERICK

        THANK YOU! :)))))

  • INQ_reader

    This I heard during the time Angelo was still anchoring the late night news. Girls would try to stay awake to know what color of tie he would wear.

    Rest in peace, Mr. Castro.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CZS2DG54GHTF7WV34AKNR6JSRE ferds

    He is the most respected and tv anchor for long years,  a truly gentleman in broadcasting industries.   Magaling talaga.     Bata pa lang ako, nakikita ko na sya sa TV kahit sa movie, magaling na aktor din.

    Condolence to the bereaved family,  Rest in peace Mr. Castro Jr..

  • botets

    Farewell Angelo Castro Jr.

  • http://twitter.com/chly2rees Chly Torres

    rest in peace, mr castro. we just lost a brilliant journalist

  • http://twitter.com/mega_chat mega chat

    RIP to a great person. I remember that he played “Bong” in the TV show “Baltic and Co.” from the comics strip. Also in that show were Bert “Tawa” Marcelo as the janitor, and I think Prospero Luna as Mr. Baltic. I think Mely Tagasa was also in that show. Let’s pray also for June Keithley, one of our EDSA heroes, cuz i heard she’s also battling cancer. 

  • nennen12345

    may the Lord God is with you now.

  • ghostbuster2012

    My condolences to the family of Mr. Angelo Castro Jr., the most respected Filipino broadcaster of all time. He reminds me of the late Harry Gasser from RPN 9 NewsWatch, both of them have exceptional command in the delivery of news in English.

    • http://twitter.com/mega_chat mega chat

       ha? patay na ba si harry gasser?

  • http://www.facebook.com/yul.dorotheo Yul Dorotheo

    RIP Mr. ACJ! We will continue the noble fight against the tobacco industry that continues to cause so much addiction, disease, and premature death among the Filipino people.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGGD5HDR6JLY5J7LRTMCHWRY7U Barbara

    There has been no account whether Mr. Angelo Castro, Jr. had a hand in whoever would be his co-anchor in his nightly news program.  What was very evident, though, was that his great talent was absolutely infectious.  Who would ever discount Ms. Tina Munoz -Palma.  Or perhaps Ms. Loren Legarda who undeniably benefited, one way or another, from her partnership with Mr. Castro, Jr. in the TV evening news slots. Towards the end of the news, Mr. Castro, Jr. would sometimes tease Ms. Legarda – a short stunt that would eventually make the latter polish her collect composure, a perfect postular parameter for an honorable senator.

    My deep prayers for the repose of your soul, sir.

  • hustlergalore

    rest in peace angelo castro. trip kita kaysa sa mga andun sa teeeeeveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee patrol!

  • hustlergalore

    btw, also today (april5) is gloring’s birthday. LOL

    what a co-accident! char!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TVUT7G6UCDC5DCL3XXFNCOAV6U Montse

    My condolence to the bereaved family of Angelo De Castro. May he rest in peace with  the Lord God in heaven.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    Sad.  Even wife June has cancer too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TFNGUIV72VHZ7WKJSRCVUNRTQA Sorry Guys

    Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said, “We mourn the passing of Angelo Castro Jr. For many years he was a calm and reassuring presence in the late evening news. His passing marks the closing of an era of gentlemanly broadcasting, where erudition and dignity were the hallmarks of news and current affairs.”
    Very well said Atty. Lacierda! Angelo was a real gentleman broadcaster and a true Filipino. His news program was exceptional. I used to watch his evening news from the 1990s. His team up with Tina Monson Palma were a never miss program for every Filipino home.

    He was exceptional means you will never see him attacking any personality. Today many in this industry use the method of “Attacking Journalism” to “collect” or get rich.

    This great man will be dearly missed… May your soul rest in peace!

    My sincere sympathies  and prayers to the grieving family…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_USGTTCKV3CFPNKDMC4HSKPY4SY fpc

    I remember him shedding tears of joy in front of tv viewers when officially confirmed that Marcos left the country and that People Power was finally over. Our condolences.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VLO53PRSSY76BZOWLOHJDM33M jeray

      SO DID WE LOVE PHILIPINES ? AFTER MASCOS LEFT?

      • alice_in_chains

        it’s either you are a crony or your a kid.

  • http://twitter.com/decentworthy Henrietto Pex

    I dare say that he isn’t just a mere teleprompter reader. He delivered news objectively and NOT in a loud, tabloid tone. He represented news the way Filipinos really deserved. In a chaotic and highly politicized news organization that produced politicians and news makers, he is probably the last male journalist who left the walls of ABS-CBN newsroom with his dignity intact. 

    RIP Angelo Castro Jr of The World Tonight.

  • adrenalyn_high2011

    may your soul, Mr.Angelo Castro. Jr….rest in peace!

  • hernrique

    My heartfelt condolence to the family of Brod Angelo (Upsilon Sigma Phi, Univ. of the Philippines. From a ’57 Brod (UPLB).

  • http://twitter.com/Umbokpitaw Doodz

    Mr. Castro is a world class Professional News Caster..Not a Tabloid breed that more of shock and awe. He educated us how the news should be delivered (professionally) in contrast to those news casters who throw rubbish in our ears. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/jose.vallesteros Jose Vallesteros

      Fully agree ako diyan Doodz. Parang tabloid na dating ng karamihan sa news programs ngayon.

  • nolipunzalan

    We will miss your voice Mr. Angelo Castro Jr. Rest in peace.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VLO53PRSSY76BZOWLOHJDM33M jeray

    UNG NAG SASABI NG MATAPANG SA RADYO NALANG YUN….

  • Mamang Pulis

    Condolence po sa pamilya ng yumao….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VLO53PRSSY76BZOWLOHJDM33M jeray

    SO DID WE LOVE PHILIPINES ? AFTER MASCOS LEFT?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3OHBUSO2726MO4UK33EHFF6AJE Kevin

    Yes, very much unlike his current young generation crop of colleagues.  Rest in peace, Angelo, may you guide your colleagues from up there for the sake of the nation.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3OHBUSO2726MO4UK33EHFF6AJE Kevin

    Yes, rubbish that is labelled as news when these are their ignorant opinions that have little insight.  Unfortunately, these have lured our intelligent middle class who have become lazy to discern facts as they have fallen prey to crass sensationalist journalism that have catapulted the current leadership to its current popularity. 

    People will always remember Angelo’s quizzical look every time he delivers something worth looking into or taking in cheek.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FACGCS6OVVGEZMLAO7HCALVXTE DennisT

    in behalf of Mr and Mrs. Dennis Torres gave our deepest condolences to the Family of the late Mr Angelo Castro Jr. He was a Good person and a strong heart he will be remembered by the people of the Philippines

  • pedronimo

    Angelo Castro had the look, the voice, and demeanor of a respected TV newscaster.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ITHRKJWK3EGO2FR7BJSGPKJWF4 emmanuel

    ill miss my favorite newscaster. his newscast at 10pm has been a mainstay in my hectic medical school life from 1991-95. rest in peace

  • picker_blend

    GOD bless you sir, and may you rest in peace. May GOD give strength and comfort to your family in this time of deep personal sorrow.

  • PFaurasentinel

    While I sincerely mourn the passing of Angelo Castro, Jr., as he was indeed a pleasant presence on late-night TV, i also mourn the passing of decency in Edwin Lacierda.

    Erudition? Erudition??

    C’mon, Mr Presidential Spokesperson, so tongue-in-cheek.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DDSWS7OPLPYXFXR7R6AETHBVGA paulo

      what’s your point here?

    • JosephNess

      what’s wrong with saying this sir… 
      “…where erudition and dignity were the hallmarks of news and current affairs.”

      just nothing is wrong with the use of erudition and dignity sir…was there something wrong with erudition, or maybe, you just misinterpreted what’s erudition really mean here ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RXZ5XENTQSFR6HPWMLEUG3TGGY Kerby

    Sige YOSI lang! good for your health yan. at wag dadagdagan ang TAX ng mga YOSI para lahat ng Filipino makabili ng maraming YOSI. GO GO GO! GO YOSI GO! dapat nga bigyan pa ng gobyerno ng incentive lahat ng may dealings sa yosi eh.

  • Eva_G84

    rest in peace now, sir! you’ll always belong among the best broadcasters this country has ever produced!  condolence to your family…

  • jimmy48

    gone to soon…i hav been watching his progrram for the last 2 decades….. he is so gud and gentle……rest in peace sir,,,,i salute you….frm jimmy family

  • jayemdee_412

    My sincere condolence to the family of the late Angelo Castro, Jr. May his soul rest in peace.

  • samarutan

    RIP, Angelo Castro, Jr. Condolence to the bereaved family.

  • f35

    One of the few credible personalities in Philippine broadcast journalism. Rest in peace, Angelo.

  • jimmy48

    job well done sir…i salute you…millionss thanks …rest in peace sir…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CEKRTWG6RKLDB6GFTD5V4N47AI MichaelO

    To the bereaved family of Angelo Castro Jr.  Condolences…
    Godspeed, Angelo…I will surely miss your program…rest in peace…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Estillore/100000341212267 James Estillore

    night, bro.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Estillore/100000341212267 James Estillore

    angelo castro is THE man.

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