Abante: Una sa Balita
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatTabloid
Owner(s)PRAGE Management Corporation
News editorJeane Lacorte
Jose Randy Hagos
Fernando Jadulco
FoundedMay 1987 (age 36)
LanguageTagalog
Headquarters3/F 3316 Karrivin Plaza Bldg., Chino Roces Avenue Extension,
Makati, Philippines
CountryPhilippines
Websitewww.abante.com.ph

Abante (lit. Move forward) is a daily Filipino tabloid publication in the Philippines. Its office is in Makati and it is owned by Prage Management Corporation, a media company owned by two veteran journalists who took over the management and operations of Abante and its sister tabloid, Abante Tonite from the Monica Publishing Corporation of the Macasaet family in October 2017.[1] Aside from Abante, Abante Tonite and NewsKo, the newspaper also operates Abante: TNT (Tunay na Tabloidista), a real-time online news website and its sister websites Bilyonaryo, Politiko, Atletiko, Bankero and Abogado, Radyo Tabloidista online radio, Teletabloid, and Celebrity Radar, an entertainment magazine.

Abante, founded in 1987, was first published by the Banahaw Publishing Corporation, owned by national artist Virgilio Almario. The tabloid was bought in 1988 by Amado Macasaet, chairman of Monica Publishing Corporation (MPC), whose son, Allen, became the company's president.[2][3] At that time, MPC was already publishing a weekly magazine for students.[3]

Abante is published every morning.[4] In 1989, MPC began publishing Abante Tonite, its afternoon edition, with the elder Macasaet as its founder.[2][3][4]

Abante has been targeting readers, mostly of low-income class. Upon its success in circulation, it later reduced its most dubious content to reach more advertisers and readers, a strategy later adopted by other tabloids.[5]

Its online platform was launched in 2006.[2]

Reportedly, Abante had won most of at least 50 libel cases, few were settled out-of-court.[2]

During the State of Emergency in 2006, operatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group tried to raid Abante's office but withdrew when they saw that there were television crew in the area.[6]

On September 9, 2019, four armed men burned the Abante Tonite printing house in Parañaque City. It was the first violent attack on the newspaper since its inception in 1987. The incident was condemned by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.[7]

On October 10, 2022, Abante launched is online morning newscast called Abante Teletabloid and public service show I-Abante Mo! both shown on the tabloid's social media accounts.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Prage Management Services bagong may-ari ng Abante". Abante TNT. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Abante". Media Ownership Monitor. MOM-GMR. 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c "Abante" Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Abante Tonite". Media Ownership Monitor. MOM-GMR. 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  5. ^ Kusaka, Wataru (2017). Moral Politics in the Philippines: Inequality, Democracy and the Urban Poor. Singapore: NUS Press. pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-981-4722-38-4. Retrieved May 13, 2023 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Journalists rally against attack on press freedom". Sun.Star Network. February 26, 2006. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved February 8, 2009.
  7. ^ "Abante Tonite printing house stormed, burned by 4 armed men". RAPPLER. September 9, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  8. ^ Villanueva, Angelica (October 9, 2022). "Abante Teletabloid pilots newscast, public service programs". Manila Standard. Retrieved October 10, 2022.