History

The country’s leading journalistic voice for over 30 years.

For more than three decades, the Philippine Daily Inquirer secured its place as the country's most widely-read, most credible, most influential and most-awarded newspaper, and along the way, spawned new media companies anchored on its legacy of journalistic independence and excellence. This is the Inquirer story.

1985
THE BEGINNING

December 9

The Philippine Daily Inquirer is born. The first issue is produced by a 40-person staff working in a 100-square-meter newsroom at the one-story Star Building on 14th and Railroad Streets in Port Area, Manila. The seed money for the new paper: less than one million pesos. The maiden issue, priced at P2, sells 30,000 copies.

1986

The country’s first woman president, Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, takes her oath of office before Supreme Court justice Claudio Teehankee at San Juan’s Club Filipino, replacing ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos. (Photo by Johnny Villena)

1990

July 28, 1990

PDI becomes the #1 Broadsheet in the country

The Inquirer overtakes the lead of another daily to become the country's biggest circulated broadsheet, with an average net paid circulation of 200,759, according to a circulation audit conducted by SGV for the Print Media Audit Council

FALLEN

Rescue workers sift through the rubble of collapsed Hyatt Terraces after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Baguio City (Photo by Toots Serrano)

1991

MOUNT BOOM

Newsmen race for their lives after Mount Pinatubo erupts in San Marcelino, Zambales (photo by Boy Carbido)

1995

Pope John Paul II draws at least 4 million people - the biggest crowd of the pontificate-to Rizal Park for his celebration of a Mass to mark the end of 1995 World Youth Day (Photo by ROGER MARGALLO)

1996

Boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco Jr. punches his way to a silver in the light flyweight division at the Atlanta Olympics

1997

October 1, 1997

1st Broadsheet to have on-line presence (Inq.Net)

The Inquirer goes online at inquirer.net to become the prime mover in Philippine online news.

1998

June 12, 1998

1st Time PDI went into Full color

The Inquirer, which started as a black-and-white newspaper, begins to print its front page and Section A in full color in time for the centennial of Philippine Independence.

February 2, 1998

CDN is launched

The Inquirer's Cebu Daily News roll out its first issue. A comprehensive, community-oriented newspaper, it is the first to introduce to the Philippines a global trend in newspapers called the "compact" format

2000

FINALLY FREED

Out of captivity in Zamboanga City in various states of ecstasy (photo by Dennis Sabangan)

2001

November 19, 2001

Libre was launched

Maiden issue of Inquirer Libre is distributed to Metro Rail Transit and Light Rail Transit commuters. Libre pioneers in being a free paper and in reinventing tabloid readership with access to decent and useful news and feature articles, and in attracting a substantial number of young and female readers-who used to avoid the tabloids for their racy photos and stories-and a host of advertisers. (It has a circulation of over 125,000, and is distributed during weekdays).

IPI was launched

November 7, 2001

Bandera was launched

Inquirer acquires the Bandera and Tumbok tabloids from the Gokongweis. The two titles along with Cebu Daily News from the nucleus of Inquirer Publications, an Inquirer unit for titles addressing the different needs and interests of specific audiences.

EDSA II

The Philippine flag is waved in protest as thousands of people converged on Edsa to press the ouster of Pres. Joseph Estrada. His departure from office led to the installation of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, his vice president, to the premiere post in the land.(Photo by Mike Alguinto)

2003

OUR SIDE

Leaders of the Magdalo group of rebel soldiers explain the reasons behind their decision to call attention to their cause during a press conference at the Oakwood Apartment building which they occupied, in Makati City (Photo by Erik Arazas)

2004

ONE LITTLE CANDLE

The tally of votes in the 2004 presidential elections continues under candlelight in Parang, Maguindanao (Photo by Ryan Lim)

2006

Triathlete Leo Oracion becomes the first Filipino to step on “the roof of the world” when he reaches the summit of Mt. Everest.(PHOTO FROM PHILIPPINE EVEREST))

2007

Former President Joseph Estrada is convicted of plunder. (Photo by Rem Zamora)

2009

December 4, 2009

Megamobile was launched

Through an affiliate, Inquirer acquires a majority stake in Megamobile, a digital content and applications developer, as its mobile arm.

WATERWORLD.

Tropical storm “Ondoy” turned many streets of Metro Manila into waterways with chest-deep water suitable only for rubber boats or for wading, a situation that lasted several days. (Photo by Edwin Bacasmas)

2010

RED CARPET READY

Now the country’s head of state, President Noynoy Aquino strides into the Palace reception hall like born to the presidential office to meet and greet foreign guests and diplomatic corps for the vin d’ honneur. (Photo by Rem Zamora)

September 2010

Radyo Inquirer was launched

DzIQ Radyo Inquirer 990kHZ-the broadcast arm of the Inquirer Group of Companies-mark its official launch.

2014

The Ombudsman indicts Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Revilla Jr., businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and five others in the Sandiganbayan for plunder over the P10-billion pork barrel scam. (Photo by Richard Reyes)

2015

Manny Pacquiao fights Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 12-round megabout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather wins via unanimous decision.(Photo by REM ZAMORA)

2016

Rodrigo Duterte takes his oath as 16th President of the Philippines (Presidential Photographers Division)