News anchor Rhea Santos bids goodbye to GMA after 19 yrs

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GMA News and Public Affairs anchor Rhea Santos departs from the network, starting her new chapter abroad.

Rhea Santos has bid farewell to GMA after serving for 19 years as a news anchor and host, on Friday, August 2. 

Her reason for leaving the network was to migrate to Canada with her family next month in order to pursue digital journalism there. 

On Wednesday, her Unang Hirit family held a despedida party for her where she was not able to hold her emotions. 

“Mga Kapuso, papasok po ako sa bagong kabanata ng aking buhay, pagkatapos ng labing-siyam na taon sa industriya ng broadcasting. Hindi naging madali ang desisyon na magpaalam, sa tahanan na nagmahal sa akin at minahal ko,” the 40-year old news anchor said.

“Babalik po ako sa pag-aaral at makakasama ko ang aking buong pamilya para magsimula ng bagong buhay sa ibang bansa. Ipinagdasal naming ito at ibinigay naman sa amin, kaya malakas ang loob ko na kaya ko at kasama ko ang aking buong pamilya,” she added.

“I take this opportunity siyempre, para magpasalamat sa GMA para sa tiwala, salamat sa lahat ng katrabaho na naging kaibigan at pamilya ko na po. Higit sa lahat, salamat sa inyo mga Kapuso, na nagbukas ng kanilang tahanan para papasukin ako tuwing umaga sa loob ng labing-siyam na taon,” Santos said.

“Maraming salamat po inyo sa pagtanggap, sa pagsuporta, at pagmamahal… Salamat po dahil sa inyo, natupad po ang mga pangarap ko,” she said, expressing her gratitude to those who supported her.

Santos is one of the well-known and most successful female news anchors in the Philippine television. She began her career in 2001 as a segment producer and segment host for Unang Hirit. Then, she immediately rose and became the lead female anchor of the program’s Unang Balita segment. 

Meanwhile, Balingtahali Weekend anchor Mariz Umali, who was recently welcomed in Unang Hirit, was reported to be her successor on the show. However, further announcement has yet to be made.

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