Unknown to other cycling buffs, Mr. Ed Badua, originally known as M2 (Mobil Unit No. 2) and partnered with Mr. Earl Sapelino (M1), Mr. Barr Samson, and Mr. Bal Domingo, in the 1970s and 1980s, used to cover the famed Tour of Luzon and Marlboro Tour and was part of the cycling entourage in the embryonic years of Philippine cycling.
M1 Earl Sapelino and Ed Badua, who held the original moniker M2, were buddies, colleagues and radio reporters along with M3 Barr Samson and Bal Domingo at the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) way back. Also, they were sports broadcasters, especially in cycling competitions. However, in 1987, Badua parted ways with Sapelino, as PTV-4 requested the former to do a news anchor stint in 1987.
Meanwhile, Sapelino had continued covering cycling events on the radio until he died in 2005. In the same year, Ed Badua retired in the state-run Philippine Broadcasting Service after covering five presidents in his 33 years in government service.
M1 Earl Sapelino and M2 Ed Badua hailed from the Province of Pangasinan. In the interim, both became station managers of some satellite radio stations of Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the archipelago. Sapelino managed Radyo ng Bayan Tuguegarao, whereas Badua took the helm of Radyo ng Bayan stations in Virac, Baguio City, Dagupan City, and Bontoc.