Atom Araullo

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Atom Araullo
Atom Araullo at Mendiola, Manila, June 2009.jpg
Araullo in 2009
Alfonso Tomas Pagaduan Araullo

(1982-10-19) 19 October 1982 (age 39)
Quezon City, Philippines
EducationAteneo de Manila Grade School
Philippine Science High School Main Campus
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman
OccupationField reporter, TV host, documentarist, model, occasional actor
Years active1993–present
EmployerGMA News and Public Affairs (2004–2005; 2017–present)[1]
ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs (2005–2017)
ALL KAPS Talent Management Agency (20??–present)[2]

Alfonso Tomas "Atom" Pagaduan Araullo (Tagalog: [aˈɾaʊʎɔ]; born October 19, 1982) is a Filipino journalist, model, television presenter, triathlete, occasional actor, and radio host.

Araullo is a national Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and was conferred the title after undertaking missions to visit displaced families in Mindanao, Bangladesh, and Jordan.[3][4]

He is also an advocate for environmental conservation, notably in marine ecosystems. He received a star on the Eastwood City Walk of Fame on November 21, 2017.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Atom Araullo was born as Alfonso Tomas Pagaduan Araullo on October 19, 1982, the youngest child and only son of Miguel (nicknamed "Mike")[6] and Carol Araullo (née Pagaduan).[7] He has an older sister, Alessandra "Sandra" Araullo-Gonzales, who is a triathlete as well. Being the son of an activist family, Araullo spent most of his early childhood days with his parents battling it out during the Marcos dictatorship. This has exposed him to the political struggle in the country. During his early elementary school days, his parents exposed him to sports and the theater. As a result, he became part of several plays and has joined various competitions as a triathlete.

He finished his elementary education at Ateneo de Manila University, and his high school education at the Philippine Science High School Main Campus. Araullo graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics from the University of the Philippines Diliman.[8] There he became a member of the League of Filipino Students (LFS), as well as the chairperson of the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights - UP (STAND-UP). He also won as Councilor in the UP Diliman University Student Council elections of 2003, garnering the highest number of votes.


1993–2003: Early beginnings[edit]

During his childhood years, Atom Araullo was part of 5 and Up (produced by Probe Productions, Inc.). He also used to host the Studio 23 morning show Breakfast, The National Quiz Bee, Probe Media Foundation Inc.'s Kabataan Xpress, Basta Sports and Kalye: Mga Kwento ng Lansangan with Anthony Taberna and Sol Aragones.

2004–2017: Beginnings as GMA News reporter and transfer to ABS-CBN[edit]

Araullo started his news-reporting career with GMA Network where he featured in the "ATOMic Sports" segment of 24 Oras. He moved to ABS-CBN in 2005.[9] He hosted Red Alert and Umagang Kay Ganda.

Initially rumored, Araullo confirmed his resignation as a news reporter of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, specifically from his reportorial duties on TV Patrol, Bandila, and the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) in late August 2016. He explained that he wanted to explore opportunities and pursue other interests, debunking the rumor that he opted for resignation because of his strong opinions.[10]

2017–present: Return to GMA Network[edit]

In September 2017, Araullo left ABS-CBN.[11] He returned to GMA Network that same month, to focus more on documentaries[9] like Philippine Seas (2017)[12] and The Atom Araullo Specials (2018–present).[13] In response to the medical leave of Mike Enriquez, Araullo acted as an interim anchor of the newscast 24 Oras since August 2018, when he returned to the program.[14][15][16]

Acting career[edit]

Araullo made his acting debut with a lead role in a noir crime drama film Citizen Jake directed by Mike De Leon in 2018, acting as a son of corrupt senator-turned-citizen journalist Jacobo "Jake" Herrera Jr.[17][18][19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and Nomination
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results Source
2008 22nd PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Public Affairs Program Host Y Speak Nominated [citation needed]
2013 27th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Morning Show Host (shared with Umagang Kay Ganda host) Umagang Kay Ganda Nominated [citation needed]
Best Documentary Program Host Hiwaga Nominated [citation needed]
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Nominated [citation needed]
2015 USTv Awards Student Leaders’ Choice for TV Personality Won [citation needed]
Platinum Stallion Media Awards Most Trusted Field Reporter Award TV Patrol Won [citation needed]
2016 USTv Awards Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Personality Won [citation needed]
Students' Choice of Social Media Personality Won [citation needed]
Golden Laurel: Lycean Choice Media Awards Best Morning Show Host Umagang Kay Ganda Won [citation needed]
2017 2017 New York Festivals World's Best TV and Films Documentary: Warmer (Climate Change) Won
(Bronze medal)
Gandingan Awards Best Public Service Program Host Red Alert Won [21]
2017 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show Host (shared with Umagang Kay Ganda host) Umagang Kay Ganda Won [22]



Year Title Role Notes Film Production
2018 Citizen Jake[23] Jacobo "Jake" Herrera Jr. Billed as "Featuring" Cinema Artists Philippines



  1. ^ Welcome "Atom Araullo moved GMA News and Public Affairs"..GMA Network. September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Bonoan, Reggee (March 21, 2018). "ALL KAPS talent management agency, umabot na sa 28 ang mga alaga" (in Filipino). Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "UNHCR - Atom Araullo". UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Atom Araullo appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador". UNHCR. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Karen Davila, Anthony Taberna get stars at Eastwood Walk of Fame". ABS-CBN News. November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "What Atom Araullo learned from his father". ABS-CBN News. June 21, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  7. ^ "On the Spot: Atom Araullo". August 12, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  8. ^ Teves, Maria Althea (March 15, 2009). "Atom Araullo: From physics to activism to journalism". ABS-CBN News. Archived from the original on February 4, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Jarloc, Glaiza (September 22, 2017). "Atom Araullo returns to GMA Network". Sun Star Manila. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  10. ^ "ABS-CBN News reporter Atom Araullo resigns from reportorial duties". Manila Bulletin. August 27, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "Atom Araullo bids goodbye to ABS-CBN". SunStar. September 15, 2017. Archived from the original on March 8, 2022. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  12. ^ Siazon, Rachelle (November 5, 2017). "Atom Araullo 'very hands on' in shooting first Kapuso documentary Philippine Seas". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on March 7, 2022. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  13. ^ Tariman, Pablo A. (April 15, 2018). "Life beneath the bridge & other docu discoveries". The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  14. ^ Guerrero, Kaye (August 24, 2018). "Atom Araullo to pinch-hit for Mike Enriquez in 24 Oras". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on March 7, 2022. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  15. ^ Replay: 24 Oras Livestream (August 24, 2018) (Video). GMA News. August 24, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2022 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ Anarcon, James Patrick (December 13, 2021). "Mike Enriquez takes medical leave from 24 Oras, GMA News duties". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on March 7, 2022. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  17. ^ "Atom to make movie debut in new Mike de Leon film". ABS-CBN News. ABS-CBN. November 22, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  18. ^ Lo, Ricky (March 27, 2017). "The 'baptism' of Atom Araullo". The Philippine Star. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  19. ^ Parungao, Regina Mae (July 10, 2017). "Atom Araullo: From journalist to actor". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  20. ^ "Atom's documentary gets bronze at New York Festivals". ABS-CBN News. April 29, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  21. ^ "ABS-CBN wins big at UP's Gandingan Awards". ABS-CBN News. May 3, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  22. ^ Vice Ganda dedicates Star Awards win to Hashtags' Franco ABS-CBN News
  23. ^ Parungao, Regina Mae (July 10, 2017). "Atom Araullo: From journalist to actor". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved September 21, 2017.

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