|Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office|
July 30, 2010 – December 31, 2013
|President||Benigno Aquino III|
|Succeeded by||Manolo Quezon|
|Born||September 2, 1967|
|Residence||Makati City, Philippines|
|Alma mater||Ateneo de Manila University|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.