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.
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)