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The Belmonte Family

The Belmonte Family

The Belmonte family is known for their involvement in the media industry through their partial ownership of one of the country’s leading newspapers, The Philippine STAR, and other multimedia enterprises that include People Asia, BusinessWorld, The Freeman, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Pang-Masa, Banat, and InterAksyon.

The family has played a pivotal role in shaping the direction of the family’s newspaper business having been involved in the industry for decades and has maximized the Internet to maintain a strong presence online.

The Philippine STAR was established in 1986, seven months after the EDSA People Power Revolution that ousted the dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Under the leadership of the Belmonte matriarch’s children, it has grown to become a trusted source of news, analysis, and information for Filipinos.

The Belmonte family operates PhilStar Daily, Inc. which publishes the broadsheet The Philippine STAR while its subsidiary PhilStar Global Corporation runs Philstar’s online website philstar.com and Interaksyon; Pilipino Star Ngayon, Inc. which handles STAR’s tabloids Pilipino Star Ngayon and Pang-Masa, STAR’s business magazine BusinessWorld, and regional newspapers The Freeman and Banat News.

Although the Belmonte family retains management and editorial control over the Philstar Media Group, Hastings Holdings, one of the many Pangilinan-controlled companies created from the PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund, owns the majority of the shares of Philippine Star’s multimedia enterprise.

Their eldest son, Isaac was the former head of Philippine STAR’s editorial board. Their second son Miguel currently sits as the CEO of the broadsheet The Philippine STAR and has grown the company as a multimedia enterprise. On the other hand, Kevin currently manages the broadsheet’s online website, philstar.com, and currently sits as its CEO.

The family is not only involved in the media industry. Their father Feliciano was a former House Speaker and their sibling Joy, is the incumbent Quezon City mayor.

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Millet M. Mananquil

is the Associate Editor of The Philippine Star. She was a former Lifestyle editor and has been a journalist since 1970.

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