An award-winning news anchor of the British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC World News, Mr. Rico Hizon will be the speaker of 37th Commencement Exercises of UP Visayas on Friday, June 24, 2016, 4:00 pm, at the Iloilo Convention Center, Megaworld Blvd., Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Hizon has won as news anchor of the daily business and finance program “Asia Business Report,” and the general news-based show “Newsday” aired live from Singapore and London, every weekday morning. These news programs are broadcast to more than 300 million households worldwide. “People Asia” also named him as one of the “Men Who Matter” in 2016.
His program “Asia Business Report” is produced out of Singapore and offers viewers up to the minute economic and market news from the Asia-Pacific region, with in-depth analysis of the latest trends from the movers and shakers in the business world. On “Newsday,” he reports on the latest political and social issues from the people who make the news, and also a thorough viewpoint from more than 200 BBC correspondents around the world, and its impact on the global scenes.
His reporting job has taken him all over the region to include Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and the Philippines. As a broadcast journalist for 25 years he has interviewed famous personalities in the financial, political and sporting world.
Hizon studied in De La Salle University and started his broadcast career at the Manila-based GMA Network from 1988 to 1995 where he was responsible for covering capital markets, banking and finance, real estate, investment and corporate developments. He anchored the daily business program, Business Today, GMA News Live and Stock Market Live from the trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange.
He then joined CNBC Asia in April 1995 based in Hong Kong and later in Singapore, where he was the main anchor of the morning edition of CNBC Today, Squawk Box, Market Watch and Power Lunch.