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Ernie Baron was born: August 15, 1940

Filipino broadcaster and weatherman Ernesto “Ernie” Baron was born in Bacoor, Cavite.

Widely recognized as the “Walking Encyclopedia of the Philippines,” Ernie Baron first came to fame when he hosted the educational radio program Mga Gintong Kaalaman in DZAQ in 1965.

When ABS-CBN reopened following its forced closure during Martial Law, he hosted the educational radio program Knowledge Power, where he would take calls from radio listeners and answer their questions concerning history and general information. On TV, he was the weatherman for the primetime newscast TV Patrol and had a segment where he also delivered interesting facts and trivia.

From 1998 to 2004, he also hosted the TV edition of Knowledge Power. A popular line that he delivers in Knowledge Power, “Kung Walang Knowledge, Walang Power” from the same quote by Francis Bacon, has caught on to many of its viewers over the years.

Apart from broadcasting, Ernie Baron devised and promoted a number of “alternative medicines” such as pito-pito, cleansing diet and Ernyforms and lent his name to the popular Baron Super Antenna. He died on Jan. 23, 2006.

References:

Bismarck, Maridol (January 24, 2006). “Broadcaster Ernie Baron dies of heart attack.” Philstar Global

Ka Ernie wanted Kuya Kim to be his successor.” ABS-CBN News. (November 27, 2012).

Ernie Baron ‘always a Kapamilya.’” ABS-CBN Interactive (September 26, 2007). Archived in web.archive.org.

Jorge, Rome (January 25, 2006). “Charlatan to some, but idol to many.” The Manila Times. Archived in web.archive.org.

Trivia Question:

What was the title of Baron’s trivia segment in TV Patrol, which he conducted after reporting the weather?

Yesterday’s answer: “Chinese half-breed adventurer”

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