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All that has happened to us in 118 years

The Manila Bulletin marks historic milestone with its eye on the future


By AA Patawaran

  • MB@118 VIP guests graced the 118th anniversary of the Manila Bulletin (MB) at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel. Shown from left are MB Executive Vice President and former Presidential Communications Office Secretary Herminio ‘Sonny’ Coloma Jr., Rowena Domingo, MB Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Vista Land President and Chief Executive Officer Manuel Paolo Villar, Senator Cynthia Villar, SM Investments Corporation Vice Chair Teresita Sy-Coson, Senator Richard Gordon, MB Chairman Basilio C. Yap, and former Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo.

  • EVP Sonny Coloma sharing the story of Manila Bulletin on its 118th year

  • Installation of 118 photos of The Manila Bulletin issues through the years

  • Vince Carlos, Chuchi Fonacier,
    and Dr. Jaime Laya

  • Jun Ynares and Isabel de Leon

  • Jullie Yap-Daza and AA Patawaran

  • Louie Morales, Lory Cabañes,
    and former President Fidel Ramos

  • Asec. Ricky Alegre

  • Roel Tuquib, Johnson Macugay, Edward Yap, MB Chairman Basilio Yap, Anastacio Tuquib, Ramon Tuquib, Sammy Yap, and Ferdinand Yap

  • US Ambassador Sung Kim

  • Benito Ngo Sin Sing

  • Hiromichi Matsuo

  • Betsy Westendorp

  • William Go, Anna Periquet , and Jose Joel Sy Egco

  • Lory Cabañes, Amor Lopez, Cris Icban, Ed Bartilad, Rey Bancod, and Albert Garcia

  • Harry Angping, Domingo Yap, and Zenaida Angping

  • Michelle-Concepcion Reyes
    and Yvette Fernandez

  • Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, Chairman Basilio Yap, Sen. Dick Gordon, and Rufino Lopez, Jr.

  • Miriam Cu

  • Jordan Tan, Kathy Huang, and Michael Huang

  • Manuel Co and Antonio Hilario

  • Edgar Doctor, Ellen Capili, Ross Capili, Roy Veneracion, Susan Veneracion, and Luningning Doctor

  • Francisco ‘Kit’ Tatad, Adolfo Azcuna, Sonny Coloma, William Gosiaco, and Melencio Sta. Maria

  • Benjie Yap

  • Russian Ambasssador Igor Khovaev

  • Samuel Lee Uy

  • Hilario Davide

  • Allan Wong, Alejandro Co, and Stephen Sia

  • Danny Ocampo and Eric Cruz

  • Kingson Sian

  • Timor Leste Ambassador Jose Gaspar Dos Reis Correia Piedade and Mrs. Piedade

  • Johnny Yap and Ramon Bagatsing Jr.

  • Rey David and Hector RR Villanueva

  • Rachy Cuna and Georgina Hernandez-Yu

  • Nour Abubakar

  • Alberto Romulo

  • Joey Lina

  • Ito Ynares

  • Jun Santiago

  • Dante Ang

  • Molly Koscina

  • Rep. Toff De Venecia and Anna Mae Lamentillo

  • Ignacio Bunye

    On February 2, The Manila Bulletin hosted a cocktail get-together at the Fiesta Pavilion of The Manila Hotel, to celebrate its historic 118th anniversary, a milestone as significant to this nation as any because it coincided with the Philippines’ first attempt at self-governance through a revolutionary government set up by Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898.

    The Manila Bulletin was born only two years later, on February 2, 1900, at the height of the Philippine-American War that began in February 1899 and ended with the capture of Aguinaldo on March 23, 1901. It has since borne witness to the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for freedom, independence, and progress, through the American colonization, the US Commonwealth, the Japanese invasion, World War II, and beyond.

    While the 118th anniversary bash marked the milestone with a toast to The Manila Bulletin’s longevity, it also looked forward to its unwavering role in the journey of the Filipino people. In his welcome speech, The Manila Bulletin executive vice president Herminio Coloma Jr. paid tribute to the late Don Emilio T. Yap, former chairman of The Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, whose “enduring legacy is the values that have shaped and guided” the company as its chief product evolved from a newspaper to a multi-media organization, replete with a wide range of new products, from social media platforms to a video channel, to better accomplish its mission to Inform, Inspire, and Empower the Filipino people at this radically changing time. “[Chairman Yap] believed that for our country to move forward, Filipinos need to be fully informed. In performing our duty to inform, we are able to contribute more meaningfully to the country’s progress,” said Coloma.

    The celebration, led by the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation’s current chairman of the board, Basilio C. Yap, vice-chairman and executive vice president, Emil C. Yap III, and The Manila Bulletin editors, management, and staff, gathered the news organization’s stockholders, stakeholders, supporters, advertisers, and readers, as well as key political, economic, cultural, and social figures in the country.

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