A MULTI-AWARDED broadcast journalist who remained proud of his roots in spite of what he has accomplished, BBC World News Anchor Federico Jose M Hizon got the unanimous nod of the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Commission en Banc to confer on him the Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa come Nov 23 at the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP), Iriga City.
In a letter to UNEP President Remelisa Alfelor-Moraleda, CHED Chairperson Patricia B Licuanan, PhD confirmed Hizon’s conferment by virtue of Resolution No. 126-2012 during the commission’s 393rd meeting on June 11, 2012.
Moraleda was elated upon hearing the good news having pushed for the resolution a few months back after the International Anchor set foot at the university ground as Commencement Speaker and Guest of Honor last year.
UNEP Media Relations Director Melody Ordoñez was instrumental to Hizon’s coming in 2011 being the anchor’s acquaintance and colleague in the media industry during his early stints in television when he was just starting to carve his niche in the broadcast world.
Fondly called Rico by his close friends and colleagues, Hizon slowly rose from being a reporter at GMA7 to being a business correspondent covering the latest news on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) until he joined CNBC Asia in April 1995. He was temporarily stationed in Hong Kong then.
His potential in news casting got the attention of the company’s bigwigs and made him the main anchor of the CNBC Today-Morning edition. Since then, Hizon’s face became a regular television feature – from Squawk Box , Market Watch to Power Lunch television shows, Hizon’s face became the televiewer’s favorite news companion.
Widening his horizon, Hizon decided to move camp and joined BBC World in 2002 where he is now the current news anchor and editor.
The Honoris Causa will be another feather on his cap and will be added to the long list of local and international achievements and recognitions that he has received in acknowledgement of his great contribution in the broadcast industry.
Yet Hizon’s humble nature will serve as an inspiration for others – to pursue their goal and to keep the flame of hope alive that someday, they will be like him—- a certified global achiever. – Bicol Mail