DANTE FRANCIS M. ANG II, Manila Times President, CEO and Executive Editor, and Rene Q. Bas, Publisher-Editor, jointly announced on Friday the appointment of Nerilyn Tenorio as Editor-in-Chief.
A graduate of Journalism with more than 10 years of editing experience for global and regional news organizations based in Hong Kong, Nerilyn Tenorio, Bas said, “is a welcome addition to our editorial team.”
Her editing stint in the former British colony gave her a close-up view of China’s transformation into a major market player that would change the global balance of power and reshape the world economy as the new millennium unfolded.
Hired from Manila by Agence France-Presse unit AFX-Asia, she moved to Hong Kong 14 years ago to join its regional sub-editors desk, which handled economic and business news from more than 10 bureaus positioned across Asia.
The Philippines she left behind was also once a darling beat for the international media as its economy struggled to get back on its feet following the collapse of the dictatorial Marcos regime. She wrote reports about a vibrant stock market, “raring to take off” in the early 1990s. The economic and business beat provided her solid grounding as a correspondent for Reuters Manila before she moved over to the editing desk of AFX in Hong Kong.
But outside the financial beat, the Philippines in the post-Marcos era also offered her a rich source of dramatic news stories as a reporter. From the many failed coup attempts against then President Corazon Aquino and the hurried departure in 1991 of American soldiers from the US military bases while Mount Pinatubo was erupting in the background, the Philippines to her was a bittersweet, colorful story to tell.
Today, back home after serving foreign news agencies abroad, she sees the challenge of dispatching news fairly about the Philippines’ continuing struggle to unshackle its grassroots economy from the effects of frequent natural disasters and deeply entrenched corruption in high and low places of governance.
With Tenorio as Editor-in-Chief of the Philippines’ oldest English-language daily, Ang as Executive Editor and Bas as Publisher-Editor will concentrate on corporate and policy decision-making.
Bas will also continue serving as Opinion Editor, principal editorial writer and supervising editor of the Sunday Times Magazine, whose Editor is Tessa Mauricio-Arriola.