March 15 2019
GMA News pillar Jessica Soho—the Philippines’ most-awarded broadcast journalist—continues to be a loyal Kapuso as she renews her commitment with GMA Network in a contract signing held on Wednesday, March 13.
Present during the signing were GMA Network Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon; President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr.; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong; and SVP for News and Public Affairs Marissa L. Flores.
“Thirty-fours years na po akong Kapuso,” shared Soho, who started her career as a news reporter covering the military and defense beats. The self-confessed “promdi, or a small town girl, who made good” has only gratitude towards the people around her for success. “Maraming salamat sa mga kasama ko sa trabaho at siyempre sa mga namumuno po ng GMA Network. At of course, sa inyo pong aming mga manunuod. Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtitiwala.” She added that she looks forward to more years as a Kapuso. “Marami pa po tayong pagkukuwentuhan at marami pa po tayong pag-uusapan,” she said.
Atty. Gozon is also elated that Soho remains a Kapuso. “Tayo ay talagang nagagalak sapagkat ang programa ni Jessica (KMJS) ang number one program sa lahat ng program ng GMA at ng mga kalaban nito. Ganun kahalaga si Jessica sa GMA kaya talagang galak na galak kami na ipagpapatuloy natin ang kanyang more than 34 years dito sa GMA,” he said.
Duavit, on the other hand, is thankful for Soho’s loyalty to the Kapuso Network. “Jessica personifies, exemplifies all the virtues and values na tinataguyod natin hindi lamang ng [GMA] News and Public Affairs group kung hindi ng buong Network,” he shared, adding that the Kapuso Network is fortunate that Soho remains a Kapuso even after all these years. “Mapalad tayo na patuloy siyang magiging kasamahan natin,” he said.
Mr. Yalong, on the other hand, cited how Soho was very easy to talk with in terms of renewing her contract with GMA. "Alam niya kung gaano siya kaimportante to the Network especially yung programa niyang KMJS na nangunguna nga,” he said.
At present, Soho anchors GMA News TV’s flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho (SONA). She also hosts the country’s top-rating and trending program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) on GMA-7, and is the chief correspondent/ host of the investigative news magazine program Brigada on GMA News TV.
A two-time recipient of the highly prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, Soho was recently named as one of the members of this year’s New York Festivals Television & Film Awards’ Grand Jury. In 2018, she brought another honor to the country as the very first Filipino news anchor to become a finalist at the said international competition, taking home the Bronze Medal in the Best News Anchor category for State of the Nation with Jessica Soho (SONA). This year, the “Salay” feature in KMJS is nominated in the Community Portraits category at the 2019 New York Festivals “World’s Best TV and Films” Competition.
At the 2018 Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Awards, Soho was named the first ever Hall of Fame Awardee for winning the Most Trusted News Presenter award for eight consecutive years. She remains the Filipino journalist with the most number of Reader’s Digest awards to date.
Soho is also the first UP College of Mass Communication alumna to receive the Gawad Plaridel Award for Journalism from the University of the Philippines. At the HISTORY CON 2018, she was given the History Maker Award for her significant contribution to the nation’s life and culture.