ON August 8, 2001 Dr. Dante Arevalo Ang formally sat as publisher and chairman of The Manila Times. Ang promised to give readers news that is accurate, fair and comprehensive. He also pledged to reclaim the greatness of the newspaper.
“A window on the past and a door to the future,” is how Dr. Ang, now the newspaper’s Chairman Emeritus, describes The Manila Times as it flourishes under his watch.
He adds, “Our mission, then, is to inform clearly and accurately, to reflect on great decisions and events, to arouse the intellect, to excite curiosity and wonder, to honor the past and pave the way to the future, but always with the aim of sharing with our readers and advertisers the joys and sorrows, the triumphs and the defeats that are the stuff of our daily lives.”
In particular, Ang said The Times would publish enterprise-driven investigative stories. It would also honor its rich heritage and snoop into the future.
Fifteen years ago, Dr. Ang recognized that there is still a long way to go, but declared “we will get there.” He reiterated that commitment: “Recording, storing, perpetuating the national memory was the principal vocation of the old Manila Times. We intend to regain that distinction.”
To achieve this, the newspaper is aided with strong editorial, advertising and production teams that have a high degree of professionalism and experience while honoring the ethics of the trade.
Today, The Times, under Ang, continues to capitalize on its rich and illustrious—if not tumultuous—history since 1898. And a new vision of his is to make The Times “handsomely profitable,” as well as one of the top influential dailies in the country.
The Times also puts premium on enterprise stories, solid political and business reporting, and investigative exposés.
Majority of The Manila Times readers are distinctively defined as decision-makers and young business professionals. These readers belong mainly to middle-income families although the daily also enjoys a proportionately larger share of readers from the Class A bracket.
After 15 years, The Manila Times is slowly reaping the fruits of its success. According to the latest AC Nielsen report that covers the whole of 2015, The Manila Times is now in a firm fourth place among the national broadsheets in Metro Manila and continues to win new readers for being an independent, reliable and hard-hitting newspaper.
Dr. Ang is also proud of The Times’ Opinion Page, which he said is “ruminative and reflective,” delving more deeply into the meaning of the news and into the motive of those who make the news.
The paper received different recognitions and awards like the Jaime Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism and the Philippine Press Institute for its columns and its balanced news content. The Times has also been a Superbrand awardee since 2005.
The Times’ reporters and columnists have been consistently bringing home the bacon, a reflection of the newspaper’s reputation. It has won the Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Business Column, Managing For Society, penned by Dr. Benito Teehankee. Columnist Yen Makabenta was presented with the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas Award by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (Writers Union of the Philippines) for his essays in English. Business reporter Mayvelin Caraballo won the top prize in the 5th National Statistics Month Media Awards given by the National Statistics Coordination Board for her story titled “PH tourism needs to be more competitive,” the best article for the Professional Award for Print/Online category. Correspondent Jefry Tupas bagged first place in the European Union Peace Journalism awards for his story “The Teachers of Raja Muda,” which was published in Davao City’s NewsDesk.
The Manila Times College
Another milestone of Dr. Ang’s management is the creation of the journalism college. To help young people who want to pursue a career in journalism and mass media communication, The Times management established The Manila Times School of Journalism (now CHED-recognized and known as The Manila Times College).
The school offers a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism as well as junior college and senior college programs. It also offers Intensive Apprenticeship for Communication Arts students and Certificate Courses in Journalism, plus Acting for Film and TV, Film Production and Nursing Board Review.
The Manila Times College also offers Dual Diploma Degree programs in partnership with Emilio Aguinaldo College, National University, Baliuag University, Manuel L. Quezon University, and Lyceum of the Philippines University.
Moreover, The Manila Times College signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Goethe University in Germany and Thammasat University in Thailand to collaborate in facilitating the exchange of students to undertake on-the-job training, apprenticeship, enhancement studies, or similar activities in the areas of journalism, creative writing, and cultural studies.
The Manila Times College is the only journalism school that offers on-the-job training to students from Day One. It is the only educational institution in the country that is run by professional media practitioners.