A grand gathering for The Manila Times’ anniversary
In the Philippines, there are but a few homegrown companies that have marked a sterling century. The case is even more rare in the publishing industry.
It is for this very reason that The Manila Times celebrated its 117th anniversary with a grand party on October 15 at Resorts World Manila’s Maxims Restaurant in Pasay City—a thanksgiving for another year of making and recording history in the Philippines.
Gathering close to 300 guests, The Times fittingly solidified its position as the country’s oldest and leading newspaper anew among supporters, partners and of course the men and women behind this iconic publication.
In his speech, The Times’ Chairman Emeritus Dante A. Ang acknowledged everyone who helped him turn the paper around when he acquired the company in 2001, and toasted to better days ahead for the proud publication.
The Times President, CEO and Executive Editor Dante Ang 2nd, meanwhile, recognized the determined and steadfast leadership of the Chairman Emeritus, whom he described as the most low key steward of this historic paper. He recalled the success of his father in the publishing industry as one for the books.
Leading the assembly of well-wishers were representatives of the finance sector with guests from UnionBank, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Landbank, and Maybank.
Loyal motoring advertisers were also present, among them representatives from Volvo, Peugeot, Mazda, Kia, PGA Cars, as well as developers Pro Friends, Ayala Land, and Empire East.
From government, there were guests from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Social Security System, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, and Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office.
Major companies and advertisers such as Mercalco, United Laboratories, Smart Communications, and Mondelez Philippines, among many others were also represented.
Of course, the night was also a “family affair” gathering the employees of The Manila Times, and giving a face to everyone involved in churning out the daily issues of the paper both on print and online.
In attendance were editors and reporters led by publisher and editor Rene Q. Bas and editor in chief Nerilyn Tenorio, as well as The Times’ most prominent columnists, namely Rigoberto “Bobby” Tiglao, Francisco “Kit” Tatad, Yen Makabenta, Ambassador Lauro Baja, Ambassador Jose Romero, Atty. Brigido Dulay, Maria Isabel Ongpin, Ben Kritz, Emeterio Perez, and Kim Lokin.
Straight from putting the next day’s issue to bed, Managing Editor Ares Gutierrez, News Editor Leena Calso Chua, Senior Copy Editor Romy Mariñas, Editorial Consultant Arnold Belleza; Deputy Editor Peter Conrad Cariño, World Editor Ben Kritz, Regions Editor Bernadette Parco, Sports Editor Perry Gil Mallari, Motoring Editor Anjo Perez, and Supplements Editor Lea Manto-Beltran also rushed to Resorts World Manila to celebrate the milestone.
Rounding up the editors was Lifestyle and Entertainment and The Sunday Times Magazine editor Tessa Mauricio-Arriola, who also served as the night’s lovely and lively host.
Layout artists, deskmen, photographers, reporters—whether newbie or senior—came in full force to celebrate as well.
Meanwhile, from the management side, Blanquita “Blanca” Calilung Mercado, chief operating officer for Sales and Marketing, led her team from the Advertising and Circulation departments; while Danny Ocampo, vice president for marketing and sales, enjoyed the evening with his hard working advertising executives, namely Mon Avorque, Dennis Bongon, Arnel Caguingin, Cynthia Camarse, Gemma Cuenca, Violy dela Cruz, Elvie Dequina, Catherine Lambina, Evelyn Mercado, Elaine Tan, Tony Velasco, Melchor Velasquez and Virginia Punzalan.
The Circulation, Human Resources (HR) and Finance, Credit and Collection, Management Information Systems (MIS) and Pre-Press and Production departments were all well represented by their respective heads and staff members.
Superb food, flowing drinks and camaraderie were the order of the evening, with entertainment from GMA Network leading man Aljur Abrenica and ABS-CBN’s charming Myrtle Sarrosa.
Aljur serenaded all the female guests with a heartfelt ballad, while Mrytle thrilled the crowd with her impersonation of Marilyn Monroe from one of her previous performances in the ongoing reality competition, Your Face Sounds Familiar 2.
Much of the success of the celebration is credited to organizing team of The Manila Times’ 117th Anniversary led by Evelyn Fauni with the assistance of Krischelle Fabriga, Rochelle Serafin, Mary Grace Cortez, Princess Adaro, April Hapiz, with the generous support of Resorts World Manila.