The Manila Times

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The Manila Times
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The Manila Times Front Page (January 12, 2018).jpeg
The Manila Times front page on January 12, 2018
TypeDaily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Dante A. Ang
FoundedOctober 11, 1898;120 years ago (1898-10-11)
Headquarters Intramuros, Manila, Philippines
Country Philippines

The Manila Times is the oldest extant English-language newspaper in the Philippines. It is published daily by The Manila Times Publishing Corp. with editorial and administrative offices at 2/F Sitio Grande Building, 409 A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila.

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It was founded on October 11, 1898, shortly after news that the Treaty of Paris would be signed, ending the Spanish–American War and transferring the Philippines from Spanish to American sovereignty. [1] It presently bills itself as having the fourth-largest circulation of the newspapers in the Philippines, beating the Manila Standard , but still behind the Philippine Daily Inquirer , the Manila Bulletin and The Philippine Star .

The Treaty of Paris of 1898 was a treaty signed by Spain and the United States on December 10, 1898, that ended the Spanish–American War. In the treaty, Spain relinquished all claim of sovereignty over and title to Cuba, and ceded Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to the United States. The cession of the Philippines involved a compensation of $20 million from the United States to Spain. The Treaty of Paris came into effect on April 11, 1899, when the documents of ratification were exchanged.

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The current president and chief executive officer (CEO) and executive editor is Dante Francis "Klink" Ang II. On May 1, 2017, its chairman emeritus Dante Arevalo Ang was appointed by Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as special envoy of the President for international public relations. [2]


The Manila Times was founded by Thomas Gowan, an Englishman who had been living in the Philippines. The paper was created to serve mainly the Americans who were sent to Manila to fight in the Spanish–American War. At the time, most of the newspapers in the Philippines were in Spanish and a few others were in the native languages. Shortly after the paper's founding, reports reached Manila about the Paris Conference that would lead to the treaty ceding the Philippines to the United States from Spain.

The maiden issue of The Manila Times had a sheet of two leaves, or four pages, measuring about 12 by 8 inches, each page divided into two columns. The first page was taken up by announcements and advertisements. Page 2 was the editorial page. It contained the editorials and the more important news of the day. Page 3 was devoted to cable news from Europe and the United States all bearing on the Spanish–American War.

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  1. The Manila Times: 106 Years in a Nation's Rich History Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine , (based on the History of the Manila Times by Luis Serrano),, 2001
  2. "Times' chairman Dante Ang named special envoy". The Manila Times. May 10, 2017.
  3., CJ's official profile
  4., Chief Justice Puno: Times Person of the Year