Umagang Kay Ganda (lit.'A Morning So Beautiful', also known as UKG) is a Philippine morning show that aired on ABS-CBN from June 25, 2007 to May 5, 2020. Prior to broadcast stoppage and COVID-19 pandemic, the program was aired every weekday mornings from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM on the network's Umaganda morning block. It also aired worldwide via TFC. The program was ABS-CBN's longest-running morning show.


The main ingredient in this morning show was audience interaction and participation. In line with the format, they aired their show from Club O (formerly Dish) in the ABS-CBN compound to make the show more accessible to the audience. The program included live traffic points from six key points in Metro Manila, as well as occasional regional news.


In some provinces at 7:00 AM, ABS-CBN Regional Network Group would cut this program mid-way (without any notice) to air sixty minutes of provincial morning programming. Each local morning program, produced by their respective news departments, features news and features related to its target regional audience. Due to the network's shutdown, these regional programs were then aired on their respective Facebook pages and YouTube at 7:00 AM.


Umagang Kay Ganda premiered on June 25, 2007 at 5:30 AM, replacing Magandang Umaga, Pilipinas. The original hosts include Edu Manzano, Pinky Webb, Lucky Mercado, Anthony Taberna, Alex Santos, Winnie Cordero, Donita Rose, Zenaida Seva, Ogie Diaz, Kim Atienza, Bernadette Sembrano, and Rica Peralejo.

Edu Manzano and Ogie Diaz left the program more than two years later. Manzano was running for Vice President, while Diaz was concentrating on hosting Entertainment Live.

On May 11, 2009, Umagang Kay Ganda launched "Boto Mo iPatrol Mo Ako Ang Simula" in preparation for the 2010 Philippine elections.

On July 13, 2009, Ginger Conejero and Atom Araullo separately joined the program, filling the vacancy by the departure of Manzano and Diaz.

On October 21, 2009, Kim Atienza left the program to join the talent competition program Showtime (later known as It's Showtime) as one of the hosts.

On March 22, 2010, Andre Felix, Bekimon, and Phoemela Baranda joined the program as hosts. The same year, Araullo left the show to concentrate on field reporting.

On February 7, 2011, the program was reformatted, with Iya Villania, Jeffrey Tam, and Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj joining the program to replace Sembrano, Peralejo, Conejero and Bekimon. On August 1 of the same year, Bernadette Sembrano replaced Webb after the former's six-month hiatus from the show.

On January 30, 2012, Bianca Gonzalez replaced Donita Rose (who left the show to train as a professional chef), while Anthony Taberna and his Dos Por Dos co-host Gerry Baja joined the program as hosts.

On June 4, 2012, comedian-actor Ariel Ureta joined the program as one of the new hosts.

On January 28, 2013, Jorge Cariño joined the program replacing Santos, while Araullo returned to the show after three years.

On February 10, 2014, Umagang Kay Ganda shortened its timeslot from 5:00 AM to 7:30 AM to give way for the airing extension of talk show Kris TV.

On October 2, 2015, Bernadette Sembrano left the program to focus on TV Patrol.[1]

On October 23, 2015, ANC ended its simulcast for Umagang Kay Ganda in preparation for the major revamp of the channel's programming, logo and imaging. The timeslot was replaced by Mornings @ ANC and Early Edition.

On June 20, 2016, Umagang Kay Ganda brings back its original three-hour runtime from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM.

On September 15, 2017, Atom Araullo left the program (following his departure from ABS-CBN) due to his decision to return to GMA Network.[2] The next year, Kori Quintos and Jeff Canoy joined the show replacing Araullo and former PAGASA weatherman Alvin Pura.

On April 2, 2018, Umagang Kay Ganda switched to high definition format, along with the other ABS-CBN News programs.

On July 29, 2019, Canoy officially became part of UKG as a permanent co-host after filling-in for Araullo.

On March 18, 2020, Umagang Kay Ganda was temporarily replaced by the simulcast of DZMM TeleRadyo on the show's timeslot for the first time in years as provisional programming. Gerry Baja's Garantisadong Balita aired at 5-6am, followed by Noli de Castro's Kabayan (6-7am; 7:30-8am), and the tag team of Ted Failon and Noli de Castro in morning newscast Radyo Patrol Balita Alas-Siyete at 7-7:30am. The program returned to air on May 4, though it began at 6:00 am rather than 4:55 am as DZMM's Garantisadong Balita remained on air. However, due to the shutdown of ABS-CBN on the evening of May 5, 2020 caused by a cease-and-desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission after its legislative franchise expired the day prior,[3] the program continued broadcasting as "Umagang Kwentuhan" on Facebook Live the day after until June 30, 2020. The program was formally cancelled on July 15, 2020 when the abolition of the network's Current Affairs division became official as a result of the denial of ABS-CBN's legislative broadcast franchise five days prior.[4]


Final hosts

Main hosts


  • Bryan Termulo (2014–2020)
  • Hanz Cua (2015–2020)
  • Marlo Mortel (2015–2020)
  • K Brosas (2016–2020)
  • Long Mejia (2016–2020)
  • Dawn Chang (2016–2020)
  • Tommy Esguerra (2018–2020)
  • KaladKaren Davila (2018–2020)
  • Lady Pipay Navarro (2018–2020)
  • Jackque Gonzaga (2018–2020)
  • Isabela Vinzon (2018–2020)
  • Justin Cuyugan (2019–2020)
  • Jeremy Glinoga (2019–2020)

Guest and featured hosts

  • Robi Domingo (2015–2020)
  • Hashtags Members (2015–2020)
  • Clarence Delgado (2015–2020)
  • Mutya Orquia (2016–2020)
  • Dominic Roque (2016–2020)
  • Arron Villaflor (2016–2020)
  • Marco Masa (2016–2020)
  • Eric Nicolas (2016–2020)
  • Upgrade (boyband group) (2016–2020)
  • Pia Gutierrez (2016–2020)
  • Adrian Ayalin (2016–2020)
  • Renee Salud (2017–2020)
  • Jasmin Romero (2018–2020)
  • Cast of Team Yey! (2018–2020)
  • Pat Reyes (UKG Squad; 2019–2020)
  • Roxy Montealegre (UKG Squad; 2019–2020)
  • Jeffrey Hernaez (2019–2020)

Former hosts


  • Umagang Balita: A two-part news bulletin, competing with two other morning news bulletins including Unang Hirit's segment Unang Balita on GMA Network.
    • 6:00 A.M. - bulletin featuring national, international, regional, and showbiz news; anchored by Anthony Taberna, Amy Perez, Jorge Carino, and Jeff Canoy. This is considered as the main news bulletin of the morning show.
    • 7:00 A.M. - bulletin featuring more national, international and regional news.
  • Showbiz Balita: Entertainment news segment anchored by Amy Perez.
  • Eh Kasi Lalaki: Hosted by Anthony Taberna and Jorge Cariño.
  • Umagang Kay Sarap: Recipe of the day.
  • Ano ba yan?


Taberna's remarks on rape victim

On February 19, 2018, In the video, a news report of a 19-year-old girl was delivered; she was allegedly gang-raped after meeting up with someone she was chatting with online. In the background, however, Anthony Taberna's voice can be heard, saying, "This is just remarkable. It’s not the first time that this happened. There have been so many incidents like this of eyeball meet-ups. What’s more dangerous is you not only go to that eyeball meet-up, you even went out for a drink. That’s the problem, that’s the hardest of all, especially since you’re drinking out with an all-male group." Later, seemingly cutting off Jeff Canoy, Taberna was heard saying, "No. The truth is it’s easy to say that to men. Excuse me in so far as the victim is concerned, the one who must be given justice. But this should be a warning for future incidents. If you’re a woman, don’t enter a hole of evil-doers."[5]


Year Award Category Outcome
2018 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show Won
2017 UPLB GANDINGAN 2017 Best Morning Show Won
2016 30th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show Nominated
30th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show Host Won
2nd PUP Mabini Media Awards Best Morning Program Won
2015 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show Won
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show Host Nominated
1st Gawad Kamalayan Awards of Mapúa Institute of Technology Best Morning Show Won
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show
Best Morning Show Hosts
22nd Golden Dove Awards For Television Best Television Newscast Program Won[6]
1st PUP Mabini Media Awards Best Television News Program Won
2013 7th UPLB Gandingan Awards Best Morning Show
Best Morning Show Hosts
27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show-Hall of Fame Won
Best Morning Show Hosts Nominated
11th Gawad Tanglaw Best Morning Show-Hall of Fame Won
8th COMGUILD Awards Best Morning Show Won
2012 26th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show and
Best Morning Show Hosts
10th Gawad Tanglaw Best Morning Show Won
6th UPLB Gandingan Awards Best Morning Show
Best Morning Show Hosts
2011 25th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show
Best Morning Show Hosts
5th UPLB Gandingan Awards Best Morning Show
Best Morning Show Hosts
9th Gawad Tanglaw Best Morning Show Won
2010 Anak TV Seal Awards Most Admired Morning Show Won
24th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show
Best Morning Show Host/s
1st Media Newser Philippines Awards Won
8th Gawad Tanglaw Won[7]
4th UPLB Gandingan Awards Best Morning Show Won[8]
2009 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Morning Show
Best Morning Show Host/s
Golden Dove Awards For Television Best Morning Show Won[10]
7th Gawad Tanglaw Won[11]
3rd UPLB Gandingan Awards Won[12]
2008 6th Gawad Tanglaw Won[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Bernadette cries as she bids farewell to 'UKG' family". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Atom Araullo leaves ABS-CBN". ABS-CBN News. September 15, 2017.
  3. ^ News, ABS-CBN (May 5, 2020). "ABS-CBN to go off air in compliance with NTC order". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  4. ^ "Balita na lang natira! No more Umagang Kay Ganda, Rated K as ABS-CBN stops production of current affairs shows". Politics.
  5. ^ "Anthony Taberna slammed for blaming rape victim; quickly apologizes to public (Inquirer.Net)". February 22, 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "ABS-CBN wins big at KBP Golden Dove Awards". ABS-CBN News. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  7. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (23 January 2010). "Winners of 8th Gawad Tanglaw revealed". Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  8. ^ "ABS-CBN wins big at 2012 Gandingan Awards". ABS-CBN News. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  9. ^ "ABS-CBN is PMPC's best TV station". ABS-CBN News. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  10. ^ "ABS-CBN bags 24 Golden Dove awards". 22 November 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  11. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (10 January 2009). "7th Gawad TANGLAW honor list revealed". Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  12. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (30 January 2009). "ABS-CBN and GMA-7 honored anew in UPLB Gandingan Awards". Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  13. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (4 March 2008). "ABS-CBN named Best Station by Gawad TANGLAW". Retrieved 11 October 2021.

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