Responsible journalism at 26
After twenty six years of providing concise news and information to the public and relevant views and opinions about the issues that matter, Manila Standard Today proved to be one of the daily broadsheets trusted in this highly innovative and competitive industry.
The newspaper was born shortly after the Martial Law era where the media gained its freedom and democratic rights as former President Corazon Aquino’s administration ratified the Constitution. The Elizalde Group formed the Standard Publications, Inc. as the publisher and owner of Manila Standard. The first ever issue of the newspaper was released on February 11, 1987.
Rod T. Reyes took the leadership as the publisher. He was the former news editor of the Manila Times and former editor in chief of Manila Chronicle before Martial law. He later then served for the Estrada administration as Press Secretary from 1998-1999. Reyes was joined by Alejandro del Rosario as editor, Val Abelgas as managing editor, Chato Garcellano taking over as editorial page editor, Rusty Otico tasked as associate editor, Lynette Villariba as art director, Caeserson Bismonte took the position as editorial cartoonist, Sammy Señoren as business editor, in charge of sports section was Tony Siddayao, Nini Yarte as feature editor, Perry Solis was made as foreign new editor, and a number of reporters and photographers from the Daily Express and Tribune which stopped operations.
Manila Standard was originally on a broadsheet format until it adopted the tabloid-size on September 19, 1988. The newspaper became noticeable as a convenient newspaper delivering serious content with the mindset of giving relevant and significant news to its readers.
The size was not the only change that happened for Manila Standard. In 1989, the Sorianos bought the company from the Elizalde group and renamed it as Kagitingan Publications. On the subsequent year, Cipriano Roxas took the role as the new executive director.
Alfonso Yuchengco came in as investor in June 1991 which paved way to the creation and offshoot of another company, Kamahalan Publishing Corporation, which serves as the new publisher of Manila Standard.
On February 11, 1993, Manila Standard added six centimeters in its size to accommodate more news, photographs, features, and fearless commentaries. The innovation was considered as one of the many improvements to guarantee that the newspaper would get ahead of the game in the print industry.
In 1997, Manila Standard returned to its broadsheet format despite the wide perception that the bigger size format served as a unique identity of the newspaper. The standard format was still the norm and advertisers recognized it even more. As a result, circulation had increased by a good number. Manila Standard became one of the recognizable dailies in the newsstands once more.
On the same year, Enrique Razon Jr. bought the shares of Yuchengcos and Jullie Yap Daza took the reigns as editor in chief.
In 2001, the Soriano group made the same move and sold its interest in the company to the Razon group making them the sole owner of Kamahalan Publishing.
Manila Standard underwent another momentous juncture with the merger with Today, a newspaper owned and published by New Day Publications owned by then Makati Rep. Teodoro Locsin. Hence, the broadsheet changed its name to Manila Standard Today, headed by Jojo Robles as its editor in chief. It was an excellent move since the union combined their strengths and this made the newspaper stronger and better.
In 2008, Victor Agustin became chairman of the Editorial Board. The company implemented an advocacy for the environment under his helm. On the same year, the anniversary supplement was themed to support the advocacy for the environment.
In 2010, the ownership of the Manila Standard Today changed hands again. This time, the Razon group sold its interest to the Romualdez group, who acquired the newspaper just as the Aquino Administration took the reins of power.
Today, Manila Standard continuously seek ways to provide reliable news and information to the public. To catch up with the changing society and technology, the creation of its website,www.manilastandard.com, aims to deliver timely and worthy reports with just a few clicks. With up and coming innovations, Manila Standard stays committed to deliver responsible journalism beyond twenty-six years.
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