Get to know The Manila Times in 120 methods
TODAY, Oct. 11, The Manila Times celebrates its 120th yr as the nation’s oldest English-language newspaper. It has gone via many ups and downs, skilled loads of firsts and lasts, been revived various occasions, and been beneath the possession of some notable Filipino households.
Listed here are 120 trivia relating to Asia’s should-learn English every day in addition to one in every of the nation’s extensively learn broadsheets:
1. Based on Oct. 11, 1898 after information that the Treaty of Paris—the switch of sovereignty over the Spanish empire to the United States from Spain—can be signed.
2. Thomas Gowan, an Englishman dwelling in the Philippines, created the paper to serve the American settlers in Manila throughout the Spanish-American warfare.
three. Gowan was stated to have employed Chofre y Compania, a small printing press on Calle Alix (now Legarda St., in Sampaloc, Manila) to place up the paper, whereas the paper’s workplaces have been in Escolta, Manila.
four. Throughout the Spanish occupation, most of the newspapers in the Philippines have been written in Spanish and different native languages. Solely The Times was in English.
5. The maiden difficulty consisted of two leaves of paper (or 4 pages) measuring about 12 inches by eight inches, with every web page divided into two columns. The first web page was allotted for bulletins and ads, whereas the second web page was for information and editorial tales. The remaining pages have been for cable information from Europe and the US relating to the Spanish-American Warfare.
6. The first editorial learn: “Since the United States forces had been in the Philippines, there has been a keen demand for an American newspaper here with a daily supply of American news. Several schemes have been talked about, but have come to nothing. We have not talked about The Manila Times, but we have been working and hoped to complete the arrangements in a few days. Now we have the news of such importance that we feel compelled to publish it promptly, instead of holding it back until completion of our plans. The Manila public will readily see that news in this issue [is]of such a nature as to demand immediate publication, and to excuse defects in the manner of publishing. What The Manila Times lacks in quantity, it makes up in quality, today at any rate. We have made arrangements for a daily service of telegrams from the United States, and we undertake to continue that as long as the public desires. We cannot guarantee to provide as great a piece of news each day as we give today, for Paris Conferences do not sit often, and the United States does not acquire territories every day.”
7. Earlier than The Times, newspapers in the Philippines have been written in a nationalistic and revolutionary method.
eight. In 1899, Gowan bought The Times to its enterprise supervisor, George Sellner, who, in flip, bought it to a gaggle of American businessmen in 1902 however reacquired it three years later.
9. In 1907, Sellner bought The Times to Thomas C. Kinney, who included a board of administrators composed of American and British businessmen, in Times Co.
10. Apparently, Sellner purchased the paper not for the love of journalism, however for revenue.
11. Throughout Kinney’s possession, R. McCulloch Dick, a British sailor who got here to Manila with the US Navy, was appointed editor of The Times, owing to his expertise in newspaper.
12. Martin Egan—well-known for his articles in Saturday Night Publish in the US as a struggle correspondent in the Philippines throughout the Spanish-American Warfare—took over from Dick as editor of The Times. His spouse, Eleanor Franklin Egan, joined him later as subeditor.
13. On July 25, 1914, The Manila Times moved to its new workplaces at the Cosmopolitan Bldg., in Binondo, Manila. With its switch, The Times modernized its gear by buying the newest Linotype—a line casting machine utilized in printing newspapers, magazines, and books, amongst different publications.
14. Earlier than the modernization of its gear, the paper had been typesetting by hand since its founding in 1898.
15. In 1918, stories say that Filipino staff of The Times referred to as for an “all-out strike” towards the firm, accusing it of disrespecting the Philippine custome earlier than a visiting celebration of American congressmen.
16. Carlos P. Romulo, former resident commissioner of the Philippines and reporter for The Manila Times, was reported to be the chief of the strike. The report gained credence when the motion was stated to be impressed by then-Senate President Manuel L. Quezon and different Filipino political leaders. This was adopted by the appointment of Romulo as certainly one of Quezon’s cupboard secretaries throughout the latter’s presidency.
17. From 1918 to 1921, The Times was beneath the possession of Quezon. He later bought it to a Hawaiian senator, George H. Fairchild, who was engaged in selling the Philippine sugar business.
18. Throughout Fairchild’s possession, he supervised the paper’s editorial insurance policies, favored information on the sugar business, and believed to be intensely proAmerican and antiFilipino when it got here to politics.
19. In 1926, Fairchild bought The Times to Jacob Rosenthal, a businessman engaged in the importation and manufacture of footwear.
20. On Dec. 10, 1928, the Cosmopolitan Bldg., the place The Times housed for almost 20 years, was reported to have burned down, forcing Rosenthal to promote the paper to D.H. Thibault, basic supervisor of Tribune-Vanguardia-Taliba (TVT) publications owned by Don Alejandro Roces, Sr.
21. On Feb. 15, 1930, Thibault made an advance announcement that The Times would fold up a month after, or March 15, after 32 years of existence.
22. The paper’s “Swan Song”—a last public efficiency or skilled exercise earlier than retirement—was revealed on March 14, 1930.
23. After 15 years, The Times resumed operations in 1945 underneath Don Roces, Sr.’s TVT publications.
24. In the wake of World Conflict II, the heirs of Don Roces, Sr. have been stated to have gathered to debate the revival of The Times. The house owners agreed to drop the TVT identify and to type an organization named The Manila Times Publishing Co., Inc.
25. On Might 27, 1945, the paper’s first revived concern got here out as The Sunday Times, which rolled out each Sunday.
26. On Sept. 5, 1945, the first day by day problem of The Manila Times reappeared on the streets of Manila.
27. Data present that employees members of The Times throughout the postwar interval included Jose P. Bautista, prewar editor of The Tribune; Jose Luna Castro and Emilio Aguilar Cruz, employees members of the prewar Graphic; Vicente J. Guzman, previously of the Bulletin; Luis Serrano, Crispin Gonzales, Anatolio Litonjua, Andres B. Callanta, Jose L. Guevara, Benjamin Osias, and Zosimo Resurreccion. Amongst those that served as society editor have been Jim Austria, Carole Guerrero, Rosario Delgado, Jovita Rodas, Estrella Alfon, Cita Trinidad, and Consuelo G. Abaya.
28. The late senator Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., who then a teenage reporter for The Times masking the police and different minor beats, was despatched out to cowl the Korean Warfare. He was assigned to the Military beat upon his return to the Philippines.
29. One other notable Philippine politician who shared her journalism expertise with The Times was Maria Kalaw-Katigbak. She was a columnist, writing articles that have been claimed to be extremely appreciated by the studying public, particularly ladies.
30. The Times once more closed operations when Martial Regulation was imposed in September 1972. It remained closed for the subsequent 14 years.
31.The Marcos regime allegedly used The Times presses as its personal, printing points underneath the identify The Times Journal, which carried out information and occasions associated to and accepted by the authorities.
32. Days earlier than the EDSA Individuals Energy Revolution that ousted Marcos, the Roces household once more revived The Manila Times. After three years, nevertheless, the household bought the paper to businessman John Gokongwei.
33. The paper was sued for P101 million throughout the Estrada administration, after it revealed a narrative that allegedly referred to as then-President Joseph Estrada an “unwitting godfather” to a supposed fraudulent deal. 34. In 1996, The Manila Times Village was constructed in what’s now Metro Manila’s Las Piñas Metropolis. Of the three potential places in Las Piñas, solely the one in Pamplona Tres had materialized as a website for the house of the newspaper痴 staff. Divided into 200- to 300-square-meter tons, the new village was named after the newspaper and the streets took the names of the different publications beneath the Roces group裕aliba, Selection, Sunday Times, and so on. The principal street was referred to as Manila Times Ave.
35. The paper folded up for the third time on July 23, 1999. Then it was purchased by Mark Jimenez, allegedly one in every of Estrada’s shut associates.
36. At first, Jimenez needed his acquisition to go undisclosed, working underneath the supposed proprietor, Reghis Romero (one other shut affiliate of Estrada’s), from October to November 1999. Then it was disclosed to Estrada that Jimenez had, certainly, bough The Times.
37. In August 2001, Jimenez bought The Times to its current proprietor, Dr. Dante Arevalo Ang, who’s now the paper’s chairman emeritus.
38. For an extended whereas, The Manila Times lived underneath the motto “Pioneer American Daily in the Far East,” with the blurb “Publishing every day since 1898” written underneath its masthead.
39. In his e-book “History of Journalism in the Philippine Islands,” Jesus Valenzuela stated that Quezon’s buy of The Times and the strike that occurred there have been in connection to latter’s founding of an English every day, The Philippines Herald.
40. Based on stories, underneath the possession of Fairchild in 1925, The Times revealed a narrative a few Senate member appearing as a spy for the governor-basic, Leonard Wooden. Fairchild was stated to have been summoned for investigation of The Times, the first in its historical past.
41. Jose P. Laurel, Juan B. Alegre, Jose O. Vera, Claro M. Recto, and Elpidio Quirino have been amongst the members of the Senate investigation committee that seemed into the matter. Accounts state that Quirino was stated to be pointing the finger towards The Times’ Senate reporter as the offender.
42. Additional accounts revealed that the actual wrongdoer of the story was the paper’s visitor reporter, James Montague-Parker, who escaped upon studying about the investigation.
43. Data declare that beneath Fairchild’s possession, The Times developed its pool of first-class reporters and editorial employees members.
44. Beneath Rosenthal’s possession, it was stated that he retained North Jenkins, the paper’s enterprise supervisor throughout Fairchild’s possession. Beneath Jenkins, the paper was reported to be financially plentiful.
45. Additionally beneath Rosenthal, The Times was publishing two day by day editions in addition to a number of weekly provincial sections and dietary supplements. Quickly after, nevertheless, The Times abolished the provincial sections and went again to being single-version.
46. The Manila Times and The Manila Bulletin had been subsequent-door neighbors throughout their tenure at the Cosmopolitan Bldg. and earlier than Bulletin moved out its plant to Evangelista St., in Quiapo.
47. In 1927, Ramon Roces, the son of Don Alejandro Roces, Sr., based The Philippines Graphic, a newsweekly and literary journal written in English.
48.Having gone into hiatus throughout Martial Regulation, Graphic had a rebirth in 1990.
49. Not lengthy after the declaration of Martial Regulation, Joaquin “Chino” Roces, one other son of Alejandro Roces, Sr., was jailed for being an activist of press freedom.
50. In January 1986, after the lifting of Martial Regulation, Ramon Roces, nephew of Don Roces, Sr., revived The Manila Times, registering it beneath the identify of his grandson, Alfredo Roces-Guerrero.
51. On Feb. 5, 1986, two days earlier than the snap elections, The Times reopened with Joaquin “Titong” Roces as its editor-in-chief.
52. After its revival, The Times reportedly had eight reporters and a handful of editors who labored in a small part of a publishing loft in downtown Manila.
53. Ramon Roces invested about $100,000 in placing The Times again in enterprise.
54. When Joaquin “Titong” Roces turned ambassador to Taiwan, his brother Alejandro took over his place as editor-in-chief.
55. On April 30, 1988, Chino Roces left The Manila Chronicle to rejoin The Manila Times. He handed away 5 months later.
56. Earlier than Mark Jimenez bought The Times, the Roceses reacquired the paper on Oct. 25, 1999, with their lawyer Katrina Legarda as writer and editor-in-chief of “The New Manila Times.”
57. The Roceses bought The Times to the Gokongweis as a consequence of monetary constraints.
58. John Gokongwei allegedly purchased the newspaper as a present to his daughter, Robina Gokongwei, who satisfied him to purchase the paper in order that she might categorical her ardour for journalism.
59.The Gokongweis retained most of the employees from the earlier Roces-owned publication.
60.On July 23, 1999, the last banner story of the Gokongwei-owned publication learn “Closed!”
61. The Times’ life-sized statue of the “newsboy,” who has stood prominently at the entrance of the paper’s assorted workplaces for years, is fondly nicknamed “Cosme” by the employees beneath the possession of the Ang household.
62.Cosme is as recognizable as The Times’ unchanged emblem, which has been used for years, apart from a quick interval throughout the editorship of Malou Mangahas when the paper was owned by the Gokongweis.
63. The paper’s present President and CEO, Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd, stated the statue seen at the entrance of The Times workplaces in Intramuros, Manila, is just not the unique model.
64. The unique brass statue of Cosme is owned by the Roces household.
65. The newsboy statue was reportedly made by Guillermo Tolentino, who was thought-about the “Father of Philippine Arts” for his works similar to the Bonifacio Monument, situated alongside the intersections of EDSA and Rizal Ave., and the Oblation statue at College of the Philippines. Tolentino, nevertheless, didn’t signal the artwork piece, as he was recognized to do together with his different works.
66. The stated inspiration for Tolentino’s Cosme got here from a small statue given to his father as a present from England, in line with Edgardo Roces, considered one of the youngsters of the late Chino Roces.
67. The unique statue exhibits Cosme sporting rubber footwear, which was not widespread in England. Tolentino then added the function of the carved “The Manila Times” onto the newspaper that the statue is holding.
68. The statue has two different replicas: one presently situated at the foyer of The Manila Times workplaces, and one other at the backyard of Casa Roces restaurant, in Malacañang compound.
69. One other function that Tolentino added to the statue was the slab of brown marble on which it stands.
70. In an interview with The Times “Lifestyle” part, Klink Ang shared that former chief justice Artwork Panganiban was a newsie, promoting copies of The Manila Times on the streets.
71. He was a newsie himself when he was younger, however not for The Times. He distributed a publication belonging to the so-referred to as “mosquito press” throughout the Marcos regime.
72. He loves golf, so The Times staged “The Manila Times 1st President’s Cup,” on July 21, 2016, at Eagle Ridge Golf and Nation Membership, in Basic Trias, Cavite.
73. On Feb. 10, 2016, the paper awarded President Rodrigo Duterte as the “Manila Times Man of the Year,” with the unveiling of a caricature of the President.
74. After its relaunch in 2001, The Times turned the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper when it comes to readership.
75. A current ballot ranked The Times as No. three in the Visayas area.
76. Underneath the Angs, The Times has acquired recognitions from the Jaime Ongpin Awards for excellence in journalism and from the Philippine Press Institute, amongst different awards.
77. Outdoors of the paper enterprise, Ang was appointed the first chairman of workplace of the Fee of Filipino Abroad, serving from 2004 to 2010.
78. In addition to being the chairman, Ang had additionally held different positions in the paper resembling writer, columnist, and president.
79. Ang was additionally recognized for his wealthy experiences in worldwide diplomacy, contributions to the improvement of democracy in the Philippines throughout and after the Marcos regime, achievements in the area of selling, and a very good monitor report in labor and employment.
80. On Might three, 2017, President Duterte appointed Ang as “Special Envoy of the President for International Public Relations,” owing to the latter’s large expertise in the subject of public relations.
81. Ang served as publicist to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
82. In 2002, Ang established The Manila Times Faculty of Journalism—now The Manila Times School (TMTC)—to advertise journalism as a career and excellence amongst practising journalists.
83. TMTC is claimed to be the first faculty being operated by a longtime newspaper, the place Ang additionally presides as chairman.
84. It’s the solely journalism faculty that gives college students on-the-job coaching from day one in every of courses.
85. TMTC has come to be referred to as the most progressive and accountable middle of journalism schooling in the Philippines.
86. Isagani R. Cruz, the prize-profitable journalist, artistic author, TV producer, and revered educator, beforehand presided as the school’s president. Likewise, Rene Q. Bas, former editor-in-chief and now writer emeritus of The Times, had served as school dean.
87. TMTC’s principal campus is situated inside the historic partitions of Intramuros, Manila. It has a department in Subic, the place it presents medical-associated programs except for its journalism program.
88. “Sunday Times Magazine,” “Fast Times,” “Maritime,” and “Expats & Diplomats” are amongst the weekly sections and particular sections revealed in the paper.
89. Former ambassador Rigoberto Tiglao joined the paper in 2013 as one among its columnists.
90. Essayist Juan T. Gatbonton, the Philippines’ most statesmanlike analyst of the political financial system, writes no less than as soon as a month for the paper.
91. In 2012, The Times and TMTC launched the Voice of Asia Speech Competitors, a contest that goals to encourage Asia’s youth to participate in intercultural discussions, share concepts about schooling, and symbolize their nation via the use of the English language.
92. The Times had been a 10-year Superbrand awardee since 2005. It has been considered one of the most recognizable manufacturers in the Philippines, since most of the leaders in the enterprise and the authorities sectors grew up studying the paper.
93. The paper made a profitable inroad to the web medium, being considered one among the first Philippine newspapers to develop an internet version.
94. Its on-line version is amongst the nation’s prime hottest information web sites.
95. The Times was the first recipient of “National Newspaper of the Year” award when the Rotary Membership of Manila launched it in 1966.
96. It was additionally awarded as the 2018 “National Newspaper of the Year” by Rotary Membership of Manila.
97. In 2017, the paper acquired the “Outstanding Newspaper Award” from Volunteers Towards Crime and Corruption (VACC), a nongovernment group that envisions a comparatively crime- and corruption-free Philippines.
98. Additionally final yr, reporter Jefferson Antiporda acquired a VACC award for his wonderful reporting.
99. The Times and TMTC reinforces the school’s broadcasting course with the upcoming The Manila Times TV.
100. The publication’s digital presence may be seen in a lot of platforms, akin to its digital publication, cellular software (obtainable on iOS and Android), and social media websites like Fb and Twitter.
101. Throughout the paper’s 118th anniversary, Ang revealed his cause for purchasing the paper, saying “I bought The Manila Times largely on emotion and vision. I wanted my family to be part of history. In my own small way, I dreamed of continuing the good fight, the fight for truth and justice that our founders had fought for.”
102. The Times has achieved the distinction as the paper with the “Best Opinion Section.”
103. The paper underwent a reformat final yr, including new sections which are revealed weekly, specifically, “Boardroom Watch,” “Golf,” and “Campus Press.”
104.“Boardroom Watch” debuted on Might 19, 2017, with Jaime Bautista, president and COO of Philippine Airways, as its first prime-degree government interviewee.
105. “Golf” options professional and novice event outcomes, recommendations on how one can enhance one’s recreation, gear evaluate, golf attire, and rankings, amongst different subjects, for the native golf organizations and Filipino golf aficionados.
106. “Campus Press,” launched in February 2017, the place it invited college students to contribute information articles and options, to be revealed by the paper and rolled out each Thursday.
107. The digital platforms of The Times has movies, reside streaming protection, and different visible shows obtainable to its readers.
108. On Feb. 14, 2017, The Times’ first roundtable dialogue—with then-Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd—was streamed stay by way of Fb. The livestreaming lasted one hour, gaining greater than a thousand views.
109. The Times hottest roundtable, which was streamed on its Fb web page, was with then-Surroundings Secretary Gina Lopez.
110. Up to now, there have been eight roundtables uploaded on The Times’ Fb web page.
111. The Times’ launched reside streaming on its web site (manilatimes.internet), in 2017, with the first protection on President Duterte’s second SONA, or State of the Nation Addres.
112. In 2017, the paper additionally launched “microsites”—websites devoted to particular occasions—which can be found on its essential web site.
113. These microsites have been created for the 2017 SONA, the 2017 Southeast Asian Video games, in Kuala Lumpur, and The Times’ sixth enterprise discussion board.
114. Knowledge from a 2016 Fb perception confirmed that the paper’s on-line’s viewers—based mostly outdoors of the Philippines—included readers from Saudi Arabia,the US, Latin America, Canada, Australia, Europe, Asian nations, and the African continent.
115. The Times held its first enterprise discussion board entitled “Business as Usual in Unusual Times,” with former president Fidel V. Ramos as its keynote speaker on October 28, 2014, at the Dusit Thani Manila Lodge, in Makati Metropolis.
116. It created and arranged an award-giving occasion dubbed “The Philippine Model Cities and Municipalities,” to advertise the want for extra of the most-livable cities nationwide.
117. It staged its first “Women’s Circle,” a biannual gathering of profitable ladies throughout numerous industries, on June 22, 2016.
118. The second “Women’s Circle” was adopted 5 months after at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, in Ortigas, the place it targeted on health and beauty.
119. Throughout The Times’ fifth Enterprise Discussion board, which was held on Feb. 10, 2017, its keynote speaker was President Duterte.
120. At present, The Times is one among the nation’s main nationwide dailies.
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