“The Voice of Truth” Joe Taruc honored on Walk of Fame


The late multi-awarded veteran  broadcaster  Joe Taruc, considered an institution in the Philippine broadcast industry, was one of those honored with a star at the Walk of Fame in Eastwood City, Quezon City  in this year’s ceremony held  Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017.  The Wall of Fame was patterned after the prestigious Hollywood Walk of  Fame.




Regarded as a pillar in broadcast media, Joe, who was born Jose M. Malgapo Taruc  Jr. , was one of the most respected and credible broadcast journalists in the Philippines  spanning five decades of dedicated work and contribution to media industry.

Joe  was  behind the biggest news and  the making of  history  in the country  always  being granted the opportunity to interview  hot shots in politics and current events (including present and  past presidents)  long  before martial law.




A household name — Joe  also known as “Manong Joe” (Brother Joe) anchored  the morning  programs  “Balitang Bayan: Numero Uno”,  “Liberty in Action” and “Damdaming Bayan,”  on the popular  station  Radio Station DZRH of  Manila Broadcasting Co. (MBC).   He  tackled the news and made in-depth analyses of  important national issues.


Referred  to  as  “The Voice of  Truth”  for his impartiality and sharpness,  Joe was well-loved and  admired  by his colleagues, friends   and millions of  listeners  for his  intelligence, wit  and modesty.




From his humble beginnings,  Joe rose to popularity  and has made several achievements  in his craft  because of his  inclination for public service and dedication to work.

Joe  was part of  different broadcast networks as a reporter before becoming part of  MBC  in 1986, where he also became a board director.

He was  the pioneer of  ABS CBN  DZAQ Radyo Patrol (predecessor of  DZMM before the Martial Law regime).

He acted as Vice President and station manager of  DZRH   for many years before  signing off   on  September 30, 2017 — 12 days after his 71st birthday.


Photo credit: Twitter account of Jay Taruc/GMA video via You Tube


Joe finished a degree in  Accountancy and  the eldest  in the brood of 10.  His family originated from Gapan Nueva Ecija.

A devoted husband and father, Joe left behind his loving wife,   three  sons and a daughter, which includes  GMA 7 TV network reporter  and  documentarist Jay Taruc.

He was the oldest brother of  #CKJS Winnipeg News Director Lito Taruc.

Aside from Joe, posthumous stars were also given   to  recently departed actress Isabelle Granada,  Amparo Robles Custodio or Chichay, Director Maning Borlaza, and Director Eddie Romero.

Several other celebrities and personalities were given their stars at this year’s  #WallofFame  which was created by  veteran  TV host German Moreno 12 years ago.


(With information from DZRH, Wikipedia, Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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