The Philippines Free Press dates to 1907. Its editorials and editorial cartoons, features, had a durable impact on Filipino culture and politics: Juan de la Cruz, the Filipino everyman, as a term and the iconic depiction of him, was created by the Free Press; the term “Pinoy” was also first used in its pages. From 1908 to the 1960s was led by its editor-in-chief, R. McCoullough Dick.
It was then published by Teodoro M. Locsin and then by his sons.
Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., who succeeded his father as editor-in-chief of the Free Press, continues to write regularly in Interaksyon, and has a nightly feature, “Teditorial,” on ANC’s The World Tonight.
The following articles give insights into the history of the Philippines Free Press and its crusading editors:
“The bible of the Filipinos” by Frederic S. Marquardt, covers the prewar period.
80 years of the Free Press by Gigi Galang, gives an overview of the Free Press from its foundation, its suppression during the Japanese Occupation and Martial Law, and its recovery.
Mr. Dick, by Teodoro M. Locsin, provides a character sketch of the longest-serving Editor-in-Chief of the Free Press.
The Poet, The Fighter, The Locsin of Memory by Manuel L. Quezon III, provides a character sketch of the first Filipino Editor-in-Chief of the Free Press.