AMERICAN author, political activist and lecturer Helen Keller nailed it when she said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
Any business would attribute teamwork as one of the reasons why they are thriving. The cooperation of every employee, from a company’s staff up to its top honcho, is just as integral to remain in the competition.
The same can be said withThe Manila Times team, most especially with the Editorial section.
Composed of both young and experienced journalists, the Editorial team relies heavily on teamwork to ensure balanced, well-researched and well-written articles from the first page up to the last one.
To do just so, each member of the team must adhere to their roles.
The heroes of the field, i.e., the reporters, give their advisories and file their stories before their daily deadline. The heroes of the desk—editors and deskmen—meanwhile, weave these stories, give their feedback, and double check the details to assure that no detail goes amiss.
Today, as we celebrate the 118th anniversary of the oldest English daily in Philippine history, we give faces and background stories to unsung heroes of the editorial team.
Meet the hardworking editors and deskmen of The Manila Times!
Dante F. M. Ang 2nd, Executive Editor
Awarded as an Outstanding Professional in 2014 by Superbrands, Dante Ang 2nd, also known as “Klink,” is currently the president and CEO, and concurrently the executive editor.
His exposure to journalism began in the late ’70s when his father, Dr. Dante Arevalo Ang, started publishing a small weekly paper and monthly magazines. After working as a reporter for the Tulsa Tribune in Oklahoma, he became responsible for the distribution outlets in Italy for Diwaliwan, a monthly magazine for overseas Filipino workers. Later, he was also appointed as Foreign Information Officer at the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto until 1997. After publishing Kabayan, the first Filipino broadsheet in the Philippines, his family acquired The Manila Times.
Besides his newspaper work, he also teaches journalism subjects at The Manila Times College, of which he is also the vice chairman, and at the Graduate School of Management of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
He finished his secondary education in Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas, in 1986 and his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University in Commerce. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from De La Salle University and is a candidate for a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Santo Tomas.
Rene Q. Bas, Publisher/Editor
Former Editor-in-Chief and current Publisher and Editor is Rene Q. Bas who now handles the OpEd Section. A seasoned journalist with more than 40 years of editing and writing experience, his first job with The Times was with weekly The Sunday Times Magazine.
He then worked with the world’s leading ad agency at the time, J. Walter Thompson (JWT), as a publicity writer and rose to become head of the JWT PR department, while contributing to the Free Press, the Graphic and still, The Sunday Times Magazine.
Living in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, Bas was also a journalist for the Asia Magazine, Pacific Communications, and editor for Asia Travel Trade, Orientations, Insight and Media Magazine, among others.
He returned to the Philippines in 1990 and wrote a column for the Manila Standard. In 1999 he joined the resurrected The Manila Times and has been with the paper since then. He is also Dean of The Manila Times College.
Nerilyn Tenorio, Editor-in-Chief
Nerilyn Tenorio joined The Manila Times in 2014 as Editor-in-Chief after working 13 years in Hong Kong and briefly in Beijing as editor of business and political news mostly for foreign news wire agencies.
Her stint with the Hong Kong-based Agence France-Presse’s AFX-Asia as editor of news from 10 bureaus across the region gave her a close-up view of China’s transformation into a major market that would change the global balance of power and reshape the world economy as the new millennium unfolded.
Today, she devotes her time leading a team of editors and reporters endeavoring to bring into reality The Manila Times vision of reclaiming its prime position as the most trusted newspaper institution since 1898.
Felipe F. Salvosa II, Managing Editor
To say that Felipe F. Salvosa II is an experienced journalist is an understatement. “Ipe,” as he is fondly called in the newsroom, began his journalism career with BusinessWorld, where he became associate editor and head of research. He previously worked for London’s Financial Times Group as Philippine researcher for FT Confidential Research, covering business and economic affairs as well as political risk. For a time, he was the publications chief of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, the country’s top policy think tank.
As a business journalist, Salvosa covered fiscal and monetary policy, trade and investment policy, the private sector, labor, foreign affairs, legislation, politics and defense. He was cited by the Economic Journalists’ Association of the Philippines for his trade and industry coverage in 2005, and was a finalist in the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Investigative Journalism in 2007.
When not beating deadlines for The Manila Times, Salvosa spends his time teaching journalism at the University of Santo Tomas, where he studied economics.
Leena Chua, News Editor
Leena Chua, more known as Leena Calso by colleagues in the media, started her journalism career at the tender age of 19. She was trying to finish her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Lyceum University of the Philippines when Malaya hired her and gave her a break.
After several months, she left Malaya and joined We Forum. When the latter shut down, she joined the Journal Group of Publications as a reporter for the Times Journal (which underwent several name changes – Manila Journal, The Journal).
Due to her passion and hard work, Chua was later promoted and subsequently became the paper’s Features Editor, City Editor, Assistant News Editor and News Editor.
In 2011, Leena left the Journal Group, her second home for more than 25 years, to join The Manila Times as its news editor.
Tessa Mauricio-Arriola, Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor; concurrently The Sunday Times Magazine Editor
When young ladies her age were too occupied to plan for their sweet 16, Tessa Mauricio-Arriola has already began her career in journalism. Returning from secondary studies in England in 1992, she applied to the Manila Bulletin for an “extended summer job,” while waiting for the school year to commence at the Ateneo de Manila University. She was taken on as contributing writer for the paper’s Entertainment and Lifestyle sections, a post which she eventually retained throughout her college years. She also contributed to various magazines during this time, including Mr. & Ms Magazine, Business Review Philippines, and much later, Lifestyle Asia.
She also had a brief experience in television work in 1996, when she was invited to host the entertainment talk show Channel S over GMA Network, alongside two veteran showbiz scribes.
Badly bitten by the journalism bug, she chose to forgo plans to enter law school after securing a diploma in AB Social Sciences, and instead, opted to spread her wings in the industry she came to love.
In October 1999, she bade fond farewells to the Manila Bulletin, and became one of the youngest junior executives in the newspaper industry by joining The Manila Times as Assistant Editor for Lifestyle.
Eager to gain experience in all three media avenues, she co-anchored an entertainment and women-centered program over DZRV Radio Veritas for five years, where she hosted a special segment entitled, B.T.F. Atbp. (Beauty, Trends, Fashion, At Iba Pa).
In March 2004, she took on the reins as Lifestyle and Entertainment editor of The Manila Times, and concurrent editor of The Sunday Times Magazine. She also worked as Managing Editor of Kiddie and Health News magazines, former sister publications of The Manila Times for a number of years.
Soon after marrying businessman Je Arriola in December 2006, she decided to take a two-year hiatus in the United States where she continued writing as a features correspondent, profiling successful Filipino immigrants from the West Coast to the East Coast.
In 2010, shortly after returning to the Philippines with her young family, her family in publishing invited her to rejoin the company in her former capacities, and has since reestablished the paper’s Lifestyle and Entertainment sections, as well as The Sunday Times Magazine, with a lean but mean and dependable team in staff writers Christina Alpad and Iza Iglesias, and the desk’s latest addition, deskman Arlo Custodio.
Perry Gil S. Mallari, Sports Editor
Perry Gil S. Mallari is a Filipino martial arts (FMA) expert and scholar, Hall of Famer martial artist and conditioning coach. He teaches Physical Education at The Manila Times College and periodically serves as judge in local mixed martial arts tournaments. He has been with The Manila Times since 2005.
Mallari received the Award of Excellence for the Propagation and Development of FMA Education in the Philippines from the United States-based United Fellowship of Martial Artists in New Jersey on October 22, 2011. Consequently, because of his valuable contribution to the advocacy of FMA as a researcher and practitioner, he was awarded the Martial Arts Writer of the Year and Top 10 Martial Artists awards in the first Philippine Martial Arts Hall of Fame on April 21 to 22, 2012 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.
In March 2013, he launched his Tao of Malayang Anyo Wellness System where he is the Chief Instructor and Movement Education Specialist. Mallari is also a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, hypnotherapist and life coach. He holds an allied health science degree and a Physical Education Major CPES.
Unknown to many, Mallari is also a visual artist. Every week, he illustrates short stories and poems of The Sunday Times Magazine.
Viswa Nathan, Consultant and Roving Editor
Viswa Nathan started his career in journalism in New Delhi, India.
In 1965, Nathan moved to Hong Kong and joined the Far Eastern Economic Review. The following year, Thailand’s English-language daily, the Bangkok Post, offered him the position of assistant editor, which he accepted for one year, and afterwards joined the Hong Kong daily, the Hongkong Standard. Starting there as a copy editor he progressed as special writer, business editor, associate editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief, all in a span of seven years. Remaining in that position for the following six years, he was a frequent visitor to the Philippines, then under Martial Law, on reporting missions. During those years, he had interviewed President Ferdinand Marcos twice as well as traveled to Manado, Indonesia to cover the summit talks between President Marcos and Indonesia’s President Suharto.
Leaving the Hongkong Standard in 1980, Nathan worked with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) as a project consultant and then went on to become the founding editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine, Hong Kong Business.
Subsequently, he moved, in the early 1990s, to live in the Philippines and was later engaged by Teodoro Locsin Jr. as consultant for launching the daily newspaper Today. He later became its general manager for the next 10 years.
Nathan was also a Manila-based Southeast Asia correspondent for the daily New Indian Express as well as a project consultant with the Netherlands-based Communication Assistance Foundation.
Ben Kritz, Columnist and Sectoral News Pages Editor
Adding international flare to the editorial team is Ben Kritz. A former senior manager for BMW in the US and Germany, Kritz holds Master’s degrees in economics, business administration, and American history from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Utah.
While there might be not a single drop of Filipino blood in his veins, Kritz surprises people with his rich knowledge of the Filipino language and culture. He sometimes even strikes a Filipino conversation with his colleagues.
A long-time resident of the Philippines, Kritz now lives in Cavite with his Filipina wife and their three children. His Rough Trade column appears in the Business pages of The Manila Times on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Romy P. Mariñas, Senior Copy Editor
A weekend carpenter, as he likes to call himself, Romy P. Mariñas had been a correspondent, reporter, editor and columnist in the last 25 years or so for various local English-language broadsheets.
The newspaper legend has been with The Manila Times for almost 10 years, and intends to stay even as a senior citizen to get the written word out and printed.
Football is his religion.
Remia Bibit Eugenio, Deskman
For most Journalism school graduates, working for a newspaper right after getting their college diploma is just a dream. But Remia Bibit Eugenio turned this dream into a reality right after putting her foot out of her alma mater, Lyceum of the Philippines University.
Eugenio started her journalism career at 21 as police beat reporter. She was later assigned the desk works for Tempo of the Manila Bulletin. From then on, she went from covering the local government, particularly the Manila City Hall to the judiciary beat—City Prosecutor’s Office and the Regional Trial Courts for 12 years.
Currently amassing 30 years of experience in journalism, Eugenio joined The Manila Times on November 3, 2015 and has since managed the Regions section of the paper.
Peter Conrad Cariño, Deputy Motoring Editor
Formerly a sometimes swashbuckling individual and journalist, Conrad has mellowed down into an analytical writer and editor who also wants to mentor the next generation of journalists.
In his own words, Cariño specializes in writing about “ABC,” which stands for agriculture, boxing and cars. Starting his career with the now defunct Newsday and having a nearly seven-year stint with BusinessWorld, where he test drove more than 100 cars as its motoring writer, Conrad has found his second home in The Manila Times.
Still sometimes writing in a swashbuckling style, Conrad nonetheless is a true writer at heart.
Fatima Cielo Cancel, Deskman
Fatima Cielo B. Cancel finished her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at The Manila Times College. She belongs to the class of 2012.
As a reporter, she wrote stories related to health, tourism, politics, customs and the police. She later joined the Times’ online team. She also had a brief stint with an integrated marketing communications company but realized that the media industry is her natural habitat and rejoined The Manila Times.
Arlo Custodio, Deskman
Carlito Custodio Tugas also known as Arlo Custodio is one of the newest members of the Editorial team. He joined The Manila Times as Lifestyle and Entertainment deskman on August 12, 2016.
His stint as editor-in-chief of the university paper of MSU-Iligan Institute Technology where he finished Engineering Technology became his ticket to professional writing in 1992 starting with a monthly publication. Proficient in both English and Filipino, he was taken on as editor for the vernacular showbiz daily Gossip Tabloid; at the same time as entertainment columnist for the English tabloid Pinoy Tribune.
Years later, he became the entertainment editor of the defunct SunStar Manila paving the way for a co-hosting job on Radio Veritas with The Manila Times Lifestyle and Entertainment editor Tessa Maurico-Arriola. He wrote for The Manila Times, Sunday Times Magazine and the Kiddie Magazine during those years. His pieces also saw print in the Philippine Star, Today and many other publications.
Prior to getting back to mainstream media, he worked in the BPO (business process outsourcing) industry for six years, then as blogger and freelance online writer.
Lea Manto-Beltran, Supplements Editor
A working student and a contributing writer in the vernacular during her second year college at the University of Santo Tomas where she took up her journalism course, Lea Manto-Beltran also worked as an information officer at the Surian sa Wikang Pambansa under the Ministry of Education taking care of the institute’s monthly journal.
After her graduation in college, she joined MOD Magazine, a publication of Atlas Publishing for almost 12 years, after which she joined Horizons Travel Magazine, a SunStar publication, as associate editor.
In 1996, she became the Lifestyle Editor of Kabayan broadsheet and eventually became its managing editor when it was transformed into a tabloid when Dr. Dante Arevalo Ang bought The Manila Times. When Kabayan was bought by another company, she became the associate editor of HealthNews Magazine, another publication of The Manila Times Corporation. She is now the Supplements Editor of The Manila Times, in-charge of the Special Features and Marketplace sections of the paper.