Veteran broadcast journalist Abner Mercado is a certified Kapamilya through and through. He began his career in ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs in 1999. He took on various roles as a broadcast journalist. In his decades-long career, he has been a reporter, director, and producer. His most notable work is his coverage of the Philippine expedition to Mt. Everest in 2006. Entitled, “Mt. Cook Chronicles: The Road to Everest,” an episode from news and current affairs program “The Correspondents,” the said coverage featured historic mountaineer and triathlete Heracleo “Leo” Oracion became the first Filipino athlete to conquer the world’s summit. The said episode was awarded the Special Jury prize at the 9th Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Film.
In 2012, Abner Mercado’s stellar work in broadcast journalism was once again recognized, when he was selected as one of the recipients of the Aquino Fellows program. Spanning two weeks, the said fellowship is given to accomplished journalists who were particularly selected for the U.S. Embassy’s annual International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). In his acceptance speech, Abner Mercado reinforced his commitment to upholding the integrity of broadcast journalism. In the same year, he received the Bronze Medal Award (in the Social Issues/Current Events category) at the New York Film and TV Festival for “Laya,” in the series, “Krusada.”