Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Philippine Daily Inquirer
PDI's 1st Day Issue.jpg
First issue of The Inquirer, December 9, 1985
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.
Editor Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc
Founded December 9, 1985
Political alignment Center-left
Headquarters Makati, Philippines
Sister newspapers Inquirer Bandera
Inquirer LibreCebu Daily News
Official website

The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is the most widely read broadsheet newspaper in the Philippines,[citation needed] with a daily circulation of 260,000 copies. It is one of the Philippines' newspapers of record. It is a member of the Asia News Network.


The Philippine Daily Inquirer was a daily newspaper founded on December 9, 1985 by publisher Eugenia Apóstol, columnist Max Solivén, together with Betty Go-Belmonte (wife of Speaker of House of the Representatives Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte) during the last days of the regime of the Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, becoming one of the first private newspapers to be established under the Marcos regime.

The Inquirer succeeded the weekly Philippine Inquirer,[1] created in 1985 by Apostol to cover the trial of 25 soldiers accused of complicity in the murder of opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. at the Manila International Airport on 21 August 1983. Apostol also published the Mr & Ms Special Edition, a weekly tabloid opposed to the Marcos regime.[2]

As the successor to the previous Mr. and Mrs. Special Edition and the weekly Philippine Inquirer, it was founded on a budget of one million pesos and enjoyed a daily circulation of 30 000 in its early days. The newspaper was also instrumental then in documenting the campaign of Corazón Aquino during the 1986 presidential elections and in turn the 1986 People Power Revolution. Its slogan, Balanced News, Fearless Views, was incorporated to the newspaper in January 1986 after a slogan-making contest held during the first month of the Inquirer's existence. In 1990, the Inquirer took the lead from the Manila Bulletin to become the Philippines' largest newspaper in terms of circulation. Its current editor-in-chief, Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, was appointed on June 14, 1991.

After transferring headquarters four times, the Inquirer moved to its current headquarters in Makati City in 1995. During the administration of president Joseph Estrada, the president criticized the Inquirer for "bias, malice and fabrication" against him—this charge to the newspaper was denied. In 1999, several government organizations, pro-Estrada businesses, and movie producers simultaneously pulled their advertisements from the Inquirer in a boycott that lasted for five months.[3] The presidential palace was widely implicated in the advertising boycott, which was denounced by then publisher Isagani Yambot as an attack on the freedom of the press.[3]

In 2007, according to the survey conducted by AGB Nielsen, the Inquirer is the most widely read newspaper in the Philippines. The Manila Bulletin and the Philippine Star followed as the second and the third most widely read papers, respectively.[citation needed]

Master Chief[edit]

Letty Jimenez Magsanoc (1991 to present)[edit]

Columnist and editor of "Panorama, Sunday" magazine insert to the Bulletin Today who was sacked for writing articles poking fun at Marcos. She edited Mr & Ms Special Edition until the fall of the Marcos regime.[2]

Federico D. Pascual (1989 to 1991)[edit]

Frederico D. Pascual, former assistant managing editor of the Daily Express, was named executive editor in February 1987. Pascual was appointed Editor-in-Chief two years later.[1]

Luís Beltran (1985 to 1989)[edit]

Filipino of the Year[edit]

The Philippine Daily Inquirer annually names a Filipino of the Year, honoring a Filipino who has made the most positive impact on the life of the nation.[4]


The Inquirer Group[edit]

Inquirer Group's logo

The Inquirer Group is a group of companies under PDI's umbrella.


  • Bandera
  • Inquirer Libre
  • Tumbok (now defunct since '07-'08)
  • Cebu Daily News (Cebu)


Hinge Inquirer Publications (HIP), formerly Hinge Media Inc. (HMI), was established in 2003.

  • F&B World
  • MultiSport
  • Cocoon
  • Look
  • Baking Press
  • Turista
  • Game![edit]

Inquirer Interactive Inc., better known as, is the official website of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. It provides comprehensive coverage of both local and international news throughout the site's channels: News, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Technology, Business, Global Nation, and its recently relaunched Sports channel, which includes the official homepage of the Philippine Basketball Association.[6][7]

Radyo Inquirer[edit]

Radyo Inquirer (DZIQ 990 kHz Manila) is the radio station of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (licensed by TransRadio Broadcasting Corporation), with its broadcast team semi-independent of the main paper editorial team as it is mostly composed of career radio people. Its first terrestrial test broadcast on radio was on August 16, 2010 with Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo and broadcasting veteran Jay Sonza headlining the list of broadcasters for the new station.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b History,[dead link]
  2. ^ a b Coronel, Sheila. Eugenia Apostol and Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, Time Magazine
  3. ^ a b Balana, Cynthia D. (2012-03-04). "Isagani Yambot: PDI grammar cop, pillar of free press, friend". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  4. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 January 2007, p. 1
  5. ^ Whistle-blowers Luy, others are INQUIRER’s ‘Filipino of the Year 2013’
  6. ^ Advertising with 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09
  7. ^ PBA, renew partnership

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