The late Mike Enriquez (GMA Network photo courtesy)

MANILA, Philippines – Esteemed broadcast journalist Mike Enriquez has passed away on Tuesday, August 29, as confirmed by GMA through its GMA News Facebook page and on the news program 24 Oras.

He was 71.

Enriquez’s illustrious career spanning over five decades in broadcasting commenced with an unexpected encounter in 1969.

During a 2022 interview with fellow journalist Pia Arcangel, Enriquez shared that what was intended as a visit to an old high school friend at the Manila Broadcasting Company transformed into a job application when his friend introduced him to the staff manager as a potential hire.

This serendipitous turn of events propelled the former disc jockey into the realms of broadcasting and journalism, eventually leading him to assume managerial roles within a radio network.

Enriquez contributed his expertise to the Freedom Broadcasting Network and Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), where he ascended to the position of vice president and board member.

Subsequently, he made a pivotal move to GMA Network in 1995, taking the reins of its radio division and spearheading its expansion efforts. (AI/MNM)