Rafael “Raffy” Teshiba Tulfo is a Filipino broadcast journalist known for hosting the public affairs show “Wanted sa Radyo,” which was created by TV5 and Radio Mindanao Network and developed by News5. He has also been serving as the news anchor of “Aksyon sa Tanghali” on TV5 since 2014.
Tulfo’s wife Jocelyn Pua Tulfo is the second nominee of ACT-CIS party list, which won three slots in the 2019 Philippine general elections. His show “Wanted sa Radyo” aired on DZXL from 1994 to 2011 and has been airing on Radyo5 92.3 News FM since 2011.
Fondly called Idol by his fans and supporters, Raffy is a household name in the Philippines but his life is not an open book. Here are some known facts about the Filipino journalist:
- Born in Davao City, Philippines on March 12, 1960, he speaks English, Filipino, Bisaya and a little bit of Spanish.
- Born in 1915, his father Colonel Ramon Tulfo Sr., a member of the Philippine American Scout of the Philippine Constabulary, died in 1985.
- Born in 1925, his mother Caridad Teshiba Tulfo is half-Filipino, half-Japanese and was a prisoner of war during World War II.
- He is the eighth among the 10 children of Ramon and Caridad.
- A college dropout, he spent four years in different universities and studied several majors including Economics, Political Science, Agribusiness and Commerce but did not finish a degree.
- He used to run a pizza parlor in the United States, which he managed to grow into two branches but he had to give up after it was robbed.
- He married his former wife Julieta Nakpil Licup Pearson, who is now married to Arthur Joseph Pearson, at the office of the then mayor of Capaz, Tarlac, Philippines on October 25, 1982.
- He and Julieta have a daughter named Grendy Licup Tulfo, who was born on March 6, 1984.
- To be able to marry Arthur on October 5, 1992 and move to the U.S., Julieta filed a petition for declaration of presumptive death of Raffy, which was approved by the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
- He and Jocelyn had two wedding ceremonies, which were at the Office of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Luna, Isabela, Philippines on June 24, 1993 and at the Little Quiapo restaurant in Diliman, Quezon City on January 20, 1995.
- He and Jocelyn have a daughter named Maricel Tulfo, who was born on July 2, 1992, and a son named Ralph Tulfo, who was born on July 7, 1996.
- One of his pet peeves is misspelled names.
- He loves to collect shoes.