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The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is a newspaper in the Philippines.


The Philippine Daily Inquirer was a daily newspaper founded on 9 December by publisher Eugenia Apóstol, columnist Max Solivén, together with Betty Go-Belmonte (wife of House SpeakerFeliciano "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.[1]

The Inquirer succeeded the weekly Philippine Inquirer,[1] created in 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 Apostol also published the Mr & Ms Special Edition, a weekly tabloid opposed to the Marcos regime.[1]

Beltran years (–89)[edit]

As the successor to the previous Mr. and Mrs. Special Edition and the weekly Philippine Inquirer, it was founded on a budget of P1 million and enjoyed a daily circulation of 30, in its early days. The new daily was housed in the dilapidated one-story Star Building on 13th and Railroad streets in Port Area, Manila. It was put out by 40 editors, reporters, correspondents, photographers and other editorial employees working in a square meter newsroom. Columnist Louie Beltran was named its editor-in-chief.

The newspaper was instrumental then in documenting the campaign of Corazón Aquino during the presidential elections and, in turn, the People Power Revolution. Its slogan, Balanced News, Fearless Views, was incorporated to the newspaper in January after a slogan-making contest held during the first month of the Inquirer's existence.[1]

On July , questions about finances and a divergence of priorities caused a rift among the founders which led Belmonte, Soliven, and Art Borjal's split from the Inquirer to establish The Philippine STAR.[2] As Belmonte owned the Star Building where the Inquirer was headquartered, the newspaper amicably transferred to the Soliven-owned BF Condominium in Aduana Street, Intramuros.[2]

Pascual years (–91)[edit]

In February , Federico D. Pascual, former assistant managing editor of the Daily Express, was named executive editor of Inquirer and was appointed editor-in-chief two years later.[1] It was during his term in that the Inquirer took the lead from the Manila Bulletin to become the Philippines' largest newspaper in terms of circulation.

However, on July , the Inquirer headquarters in Intramuros was damaged by an earthquake. On 5 January , the newspaper transferred to the YIC building along United Nations Avenue and Romualdez Street in Malate.

Jimenez-Magsanoc years (–)[edit]

Inquirer's longest-serving and first woman editor-in-chief, the late Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc,[3] was appointed on June 14, She was a former columnist and editor of the "Panorama" Sunday magazine of Bulletin Today (now Manila Bulletin) who was sacked for writing articles poking fun at Marcos. She edited Mr & Ms Special Edition until the fall of the Marcos regime. She is also the first editor in chief of Sunday Inquirer Magazine.[4]

Under her term, in , the Inquirer moved to its current headquarters in Makati City after transferring headquarters four times.

During the administration of president Joseph Estrada, he criticized the Inquirer for "bias, malice and fabrication" against him—this charge to the newspaper was denied. In , several government organizations, pro-Estrada businesses, and movie producers simultaneously pulled their advertisements from the Inquirer in a boycott that lasted for five months.[5] 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.[5]

In , 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] Magsanoc died on December 24, at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City.[4][6] A month after her death, Jimenez-Magsanoc was recognized as the Filipino of the Year by the Inquirer.

Nolasco years, acquisition by Ramon Ang (–present)[edit]

In February 2, , the Inquirer appointed its managing editor Jose Ma. Nolasco as the executive editor, the new top position of the newspaper, replacing the traditional "editor in chief" position that used by Inquirer for more than three decades.[7]

Nolasco was the managing editor of PDI for 24 years, and he is part of the first batch of reporters of Inquirer when the paper started its publication in

On October 6, , the Inquirer launched a "rethink" of its print and digital presence by overhauling its newspaper design and website, and the launch of "My Inquirer" which converged the platforms of Inquirer in print, desktop, smartphone, tablet, and smartwatch. The redesign was done in collaboration with Dr. Mario Garcia of Garcia Media.

On July , the Inquirer announced that business tycoon Ramon Ang had acquired the majority shares in the company after the Prietos divested a majority stake in the company after their control for the past 25 years. The company is frequently criticized by President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the alleged non payment of taxes for Mile Long, a government property in Makati City being leased to them. The deal was consummated on November 22, , though Ang did not disclose the amount of the said takeover.

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.[8][9]

The Inquirer Group[edit]

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



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

  • F&B World
  • MultiSport
  • Cocoon
  • Look
  • Baking Press
  • Turista
  • Game!
  • Scout
  • PBA Life
  • Baby
  • Northern Living
  • Southern Living
  • Cebu Living
  • Makati Leads
  • Soul BGC
  • Inquirer RED[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.[10][11]


Founded in , Megamobile is the online, mobile and outdoor solutions company of the Inquirer Group. Among its services are mobile application development, digital advertising, mobile value-added service and voice service.

Megamobile is the developer of the following mobile applications:

Radyo Inquirer and Inquirer Television[edit]

Main article: DZIQ

Main article: Inquirer Television

Radyo Inquirer (DZIQ &#;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, with Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo and broadcasting veteran Jay Sonza headlining the list of broadcasters for the new station.

Inquirer Television is a radio television news channel of the Philippine Daily Inquirer currently broadcasting on digital terrestrial television. Programs from the main radio feed are simultaneously aired on the television channel. Inquirer TV is also airing TV programs simulcast on the radio feed such as "Arlyn Dela Cruz Reports", "Radyo Inquirer Special Report" and "Magandang Gabi Pilipinas".

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External links[edit]

First issue of Inquirer, December 9,
PDI logo prior to the relaunch
  1. ^ abcde"History". The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 6 May &#;
  2. ^ abYu, Doreen (28 July ). "The beginnings of The Philippine Star". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 6 May &#;
  3. ^"Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc: Stars of Asia-Opinion Shapers". Sheridan Prasso. 3 July Retrieved 18 May &#;
  4. ^ abNery, John (25 November ). "Magsanoc, who led the Inquirer for 24 years, writes 30". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 25 December &#;
  5. ^ abBalana, Cynthia D. (). "Isagani Yambot: PDI grammar cop, pillar of free press, friend". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved &#;
  6. ^"Inquirer editor in chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc dies".&#;
  7. ^"Nolasco appointed PDI executive editor". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved February 3, &#;
  8. ^Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 January , p. 1
  9. ^"History of the Filipino of the Year award". 19 January Retrieved 25 December &#;
  10. ^Google (). "Banner Advertising with". Paul Agabin. Retrieved &#;
  11. ^"PBA, renew partnership | Inquirer Sports". Retrieved &#;