Ricky Carandang

Ricky Carandang
Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office
In office
July 30, 2010  December 31, 2013
President Benigno Aquino III
Succeeded by Manolo Quezon
Personal details
Born (1967-09-02) September 2, 1967
Nationality Filipino
Residence Makati City, Philippines
Alma mater Ateneo de Manila University
Occupation Cabinet Secretary
Profession Journalist
News Anchor
Website rickycarandang.com

Ricky Carandang (born September 2, 1967) was a Filipino News Anchor of ABS-CBN and ANC correspondent. On July 9, 2010, he resigned in ABS-CBN to become a part of the communications team of President Benigno Aquino III.[1] He served as PCDSPO Secretary under the Presidential Communications Group (Philippines). He is currently the Vice President and Head of the Integrated Corporate Communications of First Philippine Holdings, First Gen and Energy Development Corporation.

Early Life and Career

Ramon “Ricky” Arellano Carandang was born on September 2, 1967 in Manila, Philippines. He is the son of St. Luke’s College of Medicine President Dr. Brigido Carandang, Jr. and clininical psychologist and MLAC Institute for Children and Families Founder and President Dra. Maria Lourdes A. Carandang.

He spent his early years in Sacramento, California entering elementary in Isadore Cohen Elementary School. He returned to the Philippines and finished high school and college at the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Arts in Management Economics in 1989.

He spent the whole of the 1990s in the business sector, as a stock broker for Pryce Securities, HG Asia Securities, and Kim Eng Securities.

Media career

Before venturing into public service, Ricky Carandang was a top news anchor for the ABS- CBN News Channel (ANC). He co-hosted the evening news show The Rundown, hosted the national affairs talk show The Big Picture, and was a field reporter for ABS-CBN’s Filipino-language free-television news programs TV Patrol and Bandila.

Public Service

Secretary Ricky Carandang is the first head of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), created in 2010 at the beginning of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s term. PCDSPO serves as the President’s chief message-crafting body. He resigned on December 12, 2013 effective by the end of the year.[2]

Awards/ Distinctions

He was proclaimed “Broadcaster of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Manila in 2010, the culmination of a career in broadcast journalism that spans the years 1976 to 2010. He was also President and Business Editor of Newsbreak Magazine from 2000 to 2004.


  1. Ching, Willard (15 November 2010). "Ricky Carandang resigns from ABS-CBN". abs-cbnnews.com. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  2. Carandang resigns; Customs chief named. Rappler. December 12, 2013.

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