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Philippine Daily Inquirer
PDI's 1st Day Issue.jpg
First issue of PDI, December 9, 1985
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.
Editor Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc
Founded December 9, 1985
Political alignment Independent
Headquarters Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Official website

The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is the most widely read broadsheet newspaper in the Philippines, 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 founded on December 9, 1985 by Eugenia Apostol, Max Solivén, together with Betty Go-Belmonte (wife of Quezon City Mayor 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. 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 Corazon 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. It appointed its current editor-in-chief, Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, 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 Inquirer was denied. In 1999, several government organizations, pro-Estrada businesses, and movie producers simultaneously pulled their advertisements from the Inquirer. The presidential palace was widely implicated in the advertising boycott.

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.

Filipino of the Year

The Inquirer annually names a Filipino of the Year, honoring a living Filipino who has made the most positive impact on the life of the nation.[1]

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.

See also


  1. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 January 2007, p. 1.

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