Malaya (newspaper)

Malaya, originally named Ang Pahayagang Malaya(“The Free Newspaper” in Filipino)[2] is a broadsheet newspaper in the Philippines, headquartered at Intramuros, Manila and owned by People's Independent Media Inc. The newspaper is known for being one of the publications that fought against the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos.

Malaya front page on June 26, 2015.jpg
The front page of Malaya on June 26, 2015
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)People's Independent Media, Inc.
Founder(s)Jose Burgos, Jr.
PublisherAmado P. Macasaet
PresidentAllen A. Macasaet
(Previous Editor-in-Chief who died: Joy de los Reyes[1])
EditorEnrique P. Romualdez (Executive Editor)
Associate editorIrma Isip
Managing editorsMa. Teresa A. Molina
Political alignmentIndependent
HeadquartersChinese Commercial Bldg., 652 Sto. Tomas Street, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

The newspaper also publishes a business section called the Malaya Business Insight which is placed before the actual Malaya.


The newspaper's name was derived from the Filipino word that means "free". In 1981, Malaya was founded by Jose Burgos, Jr.[3] as a daily written in Tagalog language. It eventually published its content into English in 1983 when President Ferdinand Marcos closed down WE Forum, a sister publication of Malaya. It continued to fight the administration of Marcos during its last years in power. During the events that lead to Marcos' ouster, Malaya published one million copies daily, a feat never been done before in the history of newspaper publishing in the Philippines.[4] After the EDSA Revolution, Amado P. Macasaet, veteran journalist and then Business Editor of Malaya, became the new owner of Malaya. Macasaet also owned two tabloids, Abante and Abante Tonite.


  1. ^ "Joy de los Reyes, Editor in Chief of Malaya Business Insight; 59". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Veteran journalist Jose Burgos Jr. laid to rest today". The Philippine Star. 2003-11-22. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  3. ^ Teddy Montelibano (24 February 2011). "Heroes of EDSA People Power 1". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  4. ^ Ariel Sebellino (24 February 2011). "EDSA 1 as seen by two journalists with alternative press". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 26 May 2011.

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