History of Journalism in the Philippines

History of Journalism in the Philippines


Hiligaynon was released by the Roces Publishing in the year 1934. The paper stopped publication in 1974 and resumed in 1992 up to the present.

Hiligaynon, Bannawag and Bisaya are the vernaculars formerly owned by Don Ramon Roces. On the left top is the January 23, 1949 issue of the Ilongo magazine Hiligaynon. Bottom left is the inaugural issue of the Ilocano weekly, Bannawag, dated May 11, 1935. Down right is the first issue cover of the Cebu-Visayan weekly, Bisaya. These magazines were sister publications of the Tagalog weekly, Liwayway. At present all four publications were bought by the Bulletin Publishing Company and are produced by Liwaway Publishing Inc. with Joaquin R. Roces as its publisher.


Bannawag is an Ilocano magazine that came out in 1934 and was halted in 1941 when World War II begun. Nevertheless, it resumed publication in 1945 after the war. The paper had been the producer of writers like Leon Pichay, Hermogenes Belen, Godofredo Reyes, Benjamin Pascual and many others.


Bisaya was started in 1930 by Liwayway Publications. It was a Cebuano magazine that ceased circulation during the war and resumed on August 6, 1946.