Manila Bulletin started out as Manila Daily Bulletin, a four-page shipping journal founded on February 2, 1900 with Carson C. Taylor and H. G. Farris as its original staff. Its purpose was to give the public accurate and reliable shipping and commercial information of companies. It was supported principally by shipping interests. Bulletin entered into a contract with El Progreso as its printer, and the newspaper was distributed for free.
In 1957, the ownership of Daily Bulletin was transferred to Swiss-Filipino Brig. Gen. Hans M. Menzi. In 1961, Yap bought shares in the Bulletin Publishing Corporation from Menzi. Yap became the company’s chairman in 1984. Five years later, the company’s name was changed to Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation.
Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation maintains several publications: Manila Bulletin, a daily broadsheet; Tempo, an English-language daily tabloid; Philippine Panorama, a Sunday weekly magazine; Style Weekend, a Friday weekly magazine; and several special interest magazines covering topics from travel , agriculture, sports and travel, lifestyle, beauty and fashion, cooking, and animals.
Manila Bulletin’s office is located at Muralla and Recoletos Streets in Intramuros, Manila.
Media Companies / Groups
Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation
Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation is a subsidiary of U.S. Automotive Company, Incorporated, with 54.19 percent ownership. Its other subsidiaries include Cocusphil Development Corporation, Euro-med Laboratories, Philtrust Realty Corporation, and U.N. Properties Realty Corporation. It also has 15 percent ownership in Centro Escolar University.
Group / Individual Owner
U.S. Automotive Co., Inc.
U.S. Automotive Co., Inc., owned by the Yap family, has Cocusphil Development Corp., Euro-med Laboratories, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp., Philtrust Realty Corp. and U.N. Properties Development Corp. as its subsidiaries, while Centro Escolar University is an affiliate.
Owned by the Yap family, USAutoco, Inc. also owns 90 percent of the shares of Manila Prince Hotel Corporation.
Menzi Trust Fund, Inc.
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Carson C. Taylor H.G. Farris
Basilio C. Yap, Chairman
Affiliated Interests Ceo
He is currently the Chairman of the Board and President of U.S. Automotive Co., Inc., USAUTOCO, Inc., Philtrust Realty Corporation, Manila Prince Hotel, Cocusphil Development Corporation, U.N. Properties Development Corporation and Seebreeze Enterprises, Inc. Also, Mr. Yap is concurrently the Chairman of the Board of Centro Escolar University, Vice Chairman of Philtrust Bank, Director of Manila Hotel Corporation and Euro - Med Laboratories Philippines, Inc.
Crispulo J. Icban
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Crispulo J. Icban, Jr. is one of the Directors of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. He served as Press Secretary of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2010.
Other Important People
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr.
Former Secretary Alberto G. Romulo
Esperanza I. Cabral
Atty. Fe B. Barin Retired General Hermogenes Esperon
Affiliated Interests other important people
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Davide is Vice Chairman and Independent Director of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. He is also an Independent Director of the Philippine Trust Company (Philtrust Bank), and concurrently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Association of the Philippines and a member of the Council of Elders of the Knights of Rizal.
Alberto G. Romulo was elected Vice Chairman and Independent Director of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation in 2011. Prior to that, he served as Minister of Budget of former President Corazon Aquino, was elected senator, and became the Finance secretary, Executive Secretary, and Foreign Affairs secretary during the Arroyo administration. He also served as Chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2007.
Esperanza I. Cabral is an Independent Director of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. She was a former Secretary of Health, and of Social Welfare and Development.
Atty. Fe B. Barin is the Executive Vice President of the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. She served as the Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission and as a member of the Anti- Money Laundering Council. Prior to her appointment to the SEC, she served a member of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), and as the first Chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Commission. She is a member of the Women Lawyers’ Circle (WILOCI) and the Women Lawyers’ Association of the Philippines (WLAP), and the Board of Trustees and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Retired General Hermogenes C. Esperon is the Executive Vice President- Security Department of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. He was a former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and was appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, and later on as Cabinet Secretary, Presidential Management Staff.
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Sources Media Profile
Annual Report (2015), Manila Bulletin
SEC 17-!. 12-Q, Manila Bulletin publishing Corporation
General Information Sheet of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. (available upon request at SEC) (2016), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)