History of Journalism in the Philippines

History of Journalism in the Philippines

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The 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 in 1905.
  • 1907, Sellner sold the second time to Thomas C. Kinney, who then incorporated the Times' Company.
  • 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.
  • 1927, 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 papers.
  • 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 in English.
  • 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.