Luckily, the aforementioned country has several English-language publications. This is understandable, since (American) English is one of the country's official languages. They're of varying quality, of course: Some publications cover only entertainment news, while others are obviously biased in favor of a certain party. Of the expat-friendly publications, the best ones are:
InterAksyon is the online news arm of TV5. Its articles often have a different yet conservative take on hot-button issues such as politics, the economy and other topics relevant to Filipinos. They also have a "World" section, where you can check for updates on the latest international events. If you're looking for substantial yet un-sensationalist pieces on Philippine news, InterAksyon is the place to visit.
Rappler, on the other hand, leans more on the liberal side. The site is unique in that it has a "Mood Meter," where readers can express whether an article made them feel "Inspired," "Happy," "Angry," "Sad," "Amused," "Annoyed," "Afraid" or "Don't Care." (You can see the mood results on the side bar of every article.) Rappler also excels in feature-length, investigative pieces — though it does have the occasional clickbait item. The site seems to be geared towards heavy social media users, as evidenced by the glut of articles geared towards millennials.
Also, if you're looking for a unique take on mainstream Philippine news, check out Rappler's MovePH section. Described as the site's "citizen journalism arm," MovePH aims to stimulate thoughtful discussions on what's hot in the country today. It has, among other things, think pieces from prominent authors all over the country, so check those out!
It might be a stretch to call this the "Wall Street Journal of the Philippines," but it's pretty close. As the name implies, BusinessWorld covers everything an entrepreneur needs to know about the country — from the state of the economy, to the state of one of the major corporations in Metro Manila. If you're curious about how Philippine stocks fare in general, BusinessWorld's Stock Market section is the place to go.
The publication isn't all business, though. There's also the "World," "Arts & Leisure" and "Sports" sections for anyone who's interested in them, as well as the lifestyle sections High Life, HerWord and Weekender.
Of all the major broadsheets in the country, this is one of the most reliable (if not the most reliable) news sources. The Philippine Daily Inquirer covers local news, national news, sports, lifestyle, technology, business, entertainment and other topics under the sun. It also sources articles from the Associated Press, Agence France Presse and Reuters, so a lot of the pieces under its "News" section are quite credible.
As for the locally-written pieces, they're more of a mixed bag. Like Rappler, the Inquirer excels in investigative pieces — as shown when it was the first to expose the 2013 pork barrel scam. On the other hand, it occasionally publishes pieces that wouldn't look out of place on a personal blog — particularly in the Lifestyle sections. For the most part, though, it's a must-read for anyone who wants to stay in touch with the goings-on in the country.
2. The Manila Times Online
Since its inception in 1898, when the Philippines was first handed over the United States, The Manila Times has supplied the growing demand for American news. It's not as sensationalist as some of the more well-known broadsheets, but it excels in examining current topics through critical lens.
Also, it's unique in that it has an "Expats & Diplomats" section, where news articles about the Philippines' relationship with other countries are published. Other than that, it contains the standard daily broadsheet items, like "Sports," "Business," "Life & Times," "Health," etc.
1. CNN Philippines
Yes, CNN has a Philippine arm. As expected from a prestigious news outlet, CNN Philippines publishes both local and international news for the benefit of their target readers. The site also has a clean, responsive layout, which means you can read it on your mobile device at your convenience. Lastly, you can stream the CNN Philippine news channel live from the site, and stay updated on the latest events that matter.
And these are our top choices for English language publications in the Philippines. They were chosen based on reliability, breadth and depth of news coverage, and how readable they are for non-Filipinos. You may not be too keen on, say, the recent AlDub phenomenon currently sweeping the Philippines, which requires a whole different discussion altogether.
Anyway, we may have missed out on other great publications. If you know of any, tell us what they are, and why they should have been included on this list!