Manila Bulletin

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The Manila Bulletin announcing the assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr.

Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet

Owner Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp.
Editor Cris Icban, Jr.
Founded 1900
Political allegiance Administration,
Headquarters Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines


Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation (PSE: MB) is a publicly-listed and Philippines-based newspaper company that publishes the Manila Bulletin. It is the oldest newspaper published in the country and the second oldest English newspaper in the Far East. The company is owned by Chinese-Filipino businessman Emilio Yap. Manila Bulletin bills itself as "The Nation's Leading Newspaper", which is its official slogan. As of December 15, 2010, the company has a total market capitalization of P1.8 billion and share price of P0.60.



Manila Bulletin was initially established as the Daily Bulletin by Carson C. Taylor in 1900. In 1906, The Daily Bulletin changed its name to Manila Daily Bulletin. In 1912, it was incorporated as Bulletin Publishing Company with Taylor controlling 75% of the company. Business operations continued until 1945 when at the height of World War Two in 1942, Japanese officials closed down the company. Three years later, the Manila Daily Bulletin office was destroyed in the Battle of Manila.

However, in 1946, the company would resume its publications under the leadership of editor Ford Wilkins and Han Linn. It was eventually sold to Menzi and Co., Incorporated owned by Swiss-Filipino Brig. General H.W. Menzi. In 1959, it was re-incorporated as Bulletin and Publishing Company. It was under Menzi’s leadership that the publication’s circulation increased by 20 times.

In 1961, Yap purchased the shares of Menzi and was unanimously elected as Vice-Chairman and Director. In 1972, the company was also shut down together with other major publications when former president Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed Martial Law. Two months later, it re-opened as Bulletin Today.

In 1989, it was renamed Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. On April 1980, its common shares were listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Other titles

Aside from Manila Bulletin, the company also publishes Panorama Magazine on Sunday, Style Weekend on Friday, and Travel Magazine on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Also included in its publications are daily tabloids, Tempo and Balita.

The company also publishes magazines of special interest. Agriculture Magazine talks about the latest programs and developments in farming that includes production of vegetables, poultry and cattle-raising, agri-business and fish production.

Cruise Magazine promotes local tourism and travel. It also includes information on travel routes, destinations, restaurants, lodging, resorts, and even flea markets. It also includes safety and medical advice for travellers. Animal Scene features news and information for animal enthusiasts. It also tackles veterinary concerns, tips on proper pet caring and grooming,

Manila Bulletin Sports Digest provides up-to-date news on sports, features athletes’ profiles and offer sports trivia. Sense and Style is a lifestyle magazine that promotes the latest trends in fashion and beauty, food and dining, gardening, and even opportunities for women. The company also publishes magazines in different vernacular. Liwayway in Tagalog, Bisaya in Cebuano, Bannawag in Ilocano and Hiligaynon in Ilonggo


The newspaper is regarded by many for being pro-administration regardless of whoever is in power and also for its optimistic and non-sensational journalism. These days, it is lumped together with The Philippine Star for newspapers that lean strongly toward the Arroyo administration.

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Newspapers/Magazines in the Metro Manila market
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Online-only Newspapers in the Metro Manila market
Broadsheets: Sun.Star Manila
Defunct Newspapers/Magazines in the Metro Manila market
Broadsheets: Manila ChroniclePhilippine Herald
Tabloids: BanatRemate TonightRP Daily Exposé