Raffy Tulfo biography: 13 things about journalist, politician born in Davao City, Philippines


Rafael “Raffy” Teshiba Tulfo is a Filipino broadcast journalist, philanthropist and politician born in Davao City, Philippines. He is the eighth among the 10 children of Filipino colonel Ramon Tulfo Sr. and Caridad Teshiba Tulfo, who is half-Filipino and half-Japanese.

Born in 1915, Ramon Sr. was a member of the Philippine American Scout of the Philippine Constabulary. Born in 1925, Caridad was a prisoner of war during World War II.

A college dropout, Raffy spent four years in different universities and studied several majors including economics, political science, agribusiness and commerce but did not finish a degree. Before becoming a popular journalist in the Philippines, he ran a pizza parlor in the United States, which he managed to grow into two branches but he had to give up the business after it was robbed.

Fondly called Idol by his fans and supporters, Raffy is married to Jocelyn Pua Tulfo, who became the second nominee of ACT-CIS party list when it won three slots in the 2019 Philippine general elections. She supports his interest in collecting shoes.

One of Raffy’s pet peeves is misspelled names. He is fluent in English, Filipino, Bisaya, Chavacano and Spanish.

Raffy is a father of three. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. On October 25, 1982, he married Julieta Nakpil Licup Pearson at the office of the then mayor of Capaz, Tarlac, Philippines. In 1984, she gave birth to their daughter Grendy Licup Tulfo. After he and Julieta separated, she filed a petition for declaration of presumptive death of him, which was approved by the Supreme Court of the Philippines, to be able to marry Arthur Joseph Pearson on October 5, 1992 and move to the U.S.
  2. In 1985, his father died.
  3. In 1992, Jocelyn gave birth to their daughter Maricel Tulfo.
  4. 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, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 20, 1995.
  5. From 1993 to 2006, he hosted the RPN show “Isumbong Mo Kay Tulfo.”
  6. He hosted the public affairs show “Wanted sa Radyo” on DZXL from 1994 to 2011 and on Radyo5 92.3 News FM from 2011 to 2021.
  7. From 1995 to 2002, he hosted “Philippines Most Wanted,” which aired on PTV and ABC.
  8. In 1996, Jocelyn gave birth to their son Ralph Tulfo.
  9. From 2002 to 2003, he hosted “Task Force Siyasat” on ABC. From 2003 to 2005, he hosted “Problema Mo, Sagot Ko!” on ABC. From 2005 to 2006, he hosted “Kamao Reloaded.” In 2006, he hosted “Isumbong Mo: Tulfo Brothers” on RPN with his brothers Ramon Tulfo Jr., Ben Tulfo and Erwin Tulfo. Their sister Wanda Tulfo-Teo served as the Philippines’ secretary of tourism from June 30, 2016 to May 8, 2018.
  10. In 2010, he hosted “Oplan Zero Tambay” on TV5. From 2010 to 2012, he hosted “Balitaang Tapat” on AksyonTV and Radyo5 92.3 News FM.
  11. In 2011, he hosted “Wanted” on TV5 and Aksyon TV. He hosted “T3: Alliance” on TV5, AksyonTV and Radyo5 92.3 News FM from 2011 to 2016, “Aksyon Weekend” on TV5 and AksyonTV from 2013 to 2014 and “Aksyon sa Tanghali” from 2014 to 2020.
  12. In 2017, he played a host in the Brilliante Mendoza series “Amo,” which aired on TV5 and Netflix. He hosted “One Balita Pilipinas” from 2019 to 2020, “Idol in Action” and “Frontline Pilipinas” from 2020 to 2021 and “Wanted: Ang Serye” in 2021. He appeared as a guest on “Gandang Gabi, Vice!” in 2020 and in “ASAP Natin ‘To” in 2021.
  13. On October 2, 2021, he filed for his certificate of candidacy for senator of the Philippines at the Harbor Garden Tent in Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City, Metro Manila. He was 62 years old when he ranked third among the 12 newly elected senators of the Philippines on May 9, 2022.

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