Pia Guanio leaving '24 Oras'

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, May 29, 2015

Pia Guanio is leaving her post at GMA News' flagship newscast 24 Oras. GMA News announced Friday that the longtime anchor of Chika Minute has decided to bid farewell to her anchoring duties "to prioritize family life and raising her daughter Scarlet with her husband Steve Mago."

"GMA Network understands the importance of family and is fully behind Pia’s decision to move forward," the network said in a statement. "Pia has been with 24 Oras since it launched in 2004, carving a niche in entertainment news with her fun and classy news delivery. With Pia's help, Chika Minute has etched itself in the consciousness of Pinoy pop culture, with the trademark voice of Pia signalling the start of showbiz news."


Guanio has been part of the evening newscast since its inception in 2004, and has seen its growth from being a distant second competitor to TV Patrol to becoming the leading choice among Mega Manila viewers. With her departure, we heard from sources that Iya Villania, who made her return to the Kapuso Network in October, will make her debut tonight as Guanio's permanent successor.

Guanio will remain part of the GMA Network family as one of the co-hosts of the long-running noontime show Eat Bulaga and GMA NewsTV's Homebase. "Thank you for watching and making Chika Minute so much a part of your daily news habit," she said in a series of tweets. "I want to thank @gmanews for the trust they gave me anchoring Chika Minute for 11 years."

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