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Pilipino Star Ngayon

Pilipino Star Ngayon, a Tagalog-language daily tabloid, first came out on March 17, 1986, with the aim to provide news to the masses at a more affordable cost. It prides itself as an intelligent alternative for its Filipino readers expressed through its slogan “Dyaryong Disente para sa Masang Intelihente” (The Decent Newspaper for the Intelligent Masses).

Founded by the Belmonte matriarch Betty Go-Belmonte shortly after the February 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., the newspaper was the precursor of the English daily The Philippine Star, also founded by Go-Belmonte, with Max Soliven and Art Borjal. The three were members of the so-called “Mosquito Press” during the Marcos dictatorship.

Aside from its daily serving of news and entertainment, the tabloid is a hit among readers due to its popular columnists, “dyaryo-seryes” (newspaper series), and Libangan (leisure) pages. Nielsen’s 2023 Q2 Report ranked it the most-read Filipino-language tabloid for that period.

Riding on the online bandwagon, it now also airs entertainment shows on its Facebook and YouTube pages.

Today, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Inc. is majority-owned by Hastings Holdings, Inc.(80%), one of the holding companies headed by business mogul Manuel V. Pangilinan, along with The Philippine Star. Its parent company is PLDT’s media arm, MediaQuest Holdings, Inc.

The remaining 20% of shares still belong to the Belmonte family, with former House Speaker, Feliciano; Jr., STAR Group president and CEO, Miguel; Philippine Star head of editorial board, Isaac; Philstar Global CEO, Kevin; and Quezon City Mayor, Joy, each with a 4% stake.

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Media Companies / Groups

Philstar Media Group

Hastings Holdings, Inc.

MediaQuest Holdings, Inc.


Ownership Structure

Pilipino Star Ngayon is operated by the Pilipino Star Ngayon, Inc. which is 80% owned by Hastings Holdings, Inc. with the Belmonte family whose stake is 20%. It is part of the umbrella group PhilStar Media Group together with its sister media outlets like The Philippine Star,, Business World and The Freeman.

The immediate parent company of Hastings Holdings, Inc. is PLDT’s media arm Mediaquest Holdings, Inc., chaired by business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan.

Meanwhile, the Belmonte family’s 20% stake in Pilipino Star Ngayon, Inc. is equally divided into 4% each among its patriarch Feliciano, and his children Miguel, Isaac, Kevin and Joy. Feliciano was the husband of the late Betty Go-Belmonte, one of the founders of The Philippine Star.

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Affiliated Interests Founder

Betty Go-Belmonte

was the matriarch of the Belmonte family that currently controls and operates the STAR Group of Publications. She was one of the journalists who established the broadsheet The Philippine STAR and its tabloid counterpart, Pilipino Star Ngayon. Her family (the Gos) had already been in the newspaper business for decades.

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Miguel Belmonte

is the president and CEO of Pilipino Star Ngayon. He is the third son of the broadsheet’s founder Betty Go-Belmonte. His father Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. was a former House Speaker while his sister Joy Belmonte is the incumbent Quezon City mayor.

Miguel is credited for the growth of the PhilStar Media Group which is now a multimedia enterprise that includes People Asia, BusinessWorld, The Freeman, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Pang-Masa, Banat, and InterAksyon.

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Jo Lising-Abelgas

is the current Editor-in-Chief of Pilipino Star Ngayon.

Affiliated Interests other important people

Lucien C. Dy Tioco

is the Executive Vice President of Philstar Media Group. He heads the Sales and Marketing of The Philippine Star, Business World, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Freeman, Banat, and PM. He also oversees The Philippine Star's multimedia platforms.


202 Roberto Oca corner Railroad St, Port Area, Manila

Telephone: +632 8527 2389 / +632 8527 7901



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2,435,701 Mil US$ / 134,911,302 Mil PhP

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Audience share is based on Consumer & Media View survey for newspapers under Nielsen’s Philippine Media Landscape Report for Quarter 2 of 2023.


Media Landscape Report for Quarter 2, 2023, available upon purchase from Nielsen Company (US), LLC

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