Manila Times is the longest living broad
sheet name in the newspaper industry. Below are the red-letter dates in
Manila Times' decades of existence:
- October 10,
1898, a bulletin entitled Manila Times came out prior to the real paper
founded by Thomas Gowan. It was the first bulletin that carried press
cable in English that was received in the Philippines.
- October 11,
1898, the Gowan-published paper came out with a sheet of two leaves
and four pages measuring 12 by 8 inches. The publication carried the
motto: "Pioneer American daily in the Far East" and further
indicated: "Published everyday since 1898". At one point the
paper launched two issues, a noon and afternoon, but unfortunately it
was burned down in 1928.
- 1899, George
Sellner joined the Manila Times' staff as business manager and later
bought the paper from Gowan.
- 1902, Sellner
sold the paper to a group of American businessmen but reacquired it
- 1907, Sellner
sold the second time to Thomas C. Kinney, who then incorporated the
- 1917, Quezon
bought the paper but kept it only for 4 years then sold it to George
H. Fairchild in 1921.
- 1920, Hartendorp
was editor of the paper and during this time he encouraged Filipino
writers in English by publishing their works.
- 1926, Fairchild
sold Times to Jacob Rosenthal.
Don Alejandro Roces, Sr. acquired the Manila Times to operate with the
Tribune, which was established on April 1925.
- 1929, L.H. Thibault
bought Times for the TVT (Taliba - La Vanguardia - Tribune) chain of
- February 15,
1930, Thibault announced discontinue of the publication of Manila Times
on March 15, 1930. After 32 years of uninterrupted existence, Times
closed for the first epoch.
- 1945, TVT was
discarded to reincarnate Manila Times Publishing Company Incorporated
after 15 years of closure.
- May 27, 1945,
the first reincarnated issue of Manila Times came out as a weekly tabloid
carrying the name, The Sunday Times. Its launch was along with the rebirth
of Graphic magazine and Sunday Tribune, which featured Filipino stories
- September 5,
1945, the first daily issue of The Manila Times hit the newsstands.
Ramon resigned upon acquisition of the Times to concentrate on his comics
publication. His brother Joaquin "Chino" Roces became the
publisher. Also two other family members were involved in the publication,
these are couple Benito Prieto, who was chairman of the board and Antonia
Roces Prieto, who was director of the paper.
- September 21,
1972, the paper once again closed due to the declaration of Martial
Law. Sometime after, the great publisher Joaquin "Chino" Roces
was jailed for being an activist of press freedom.
- January 1986,
Ramon again revived Manila Times.
- February 5,
1986, post Martial Law Manila Times was launched with Joaquin "Titong"
Roces as editor. After some time when Titong became ambassador to Taiwan,
his brother Alejandro "Anding" took over his position.
- April 30, 1988,
Chino Roces left Manila Chronicle to rejoin Manila Times. However, five
months later Chino passed away and it was then sold to the Gokongweis.
- October 25,
1999, was a reacquisition for the Roceses. Progeny, Atty. Katrina Legarda
became publisher and editor-in-chief of the "New Manila Times".
Nevertheless, the paper was short lived and later on bought by a so-called
Estrada crony, Mark Jimenez, who up to present still run the paper.
- Sunday Times
was the reincarnated issue of the ManilaTimes, which came out May 27,
1945. The paper was a weekly in a tabloid format.