The Guidon

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TypeStudent publication
Owner(s)Ateneo de Manila University
Founder(s)Manuel C. Colayco
Editor-in-chiefDanielle Margaux R. Garcia
FoundedJune 22, 1929
HeadquartersPublications Room (MVP 201-202), Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines

The GUIDON is the official student newspaper of the Ateneo de Manila University. Published monthly between August and March, The GUIDON is a member of the Ateneo's Confederation of Publications and is one of the founding members of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines,[citation needed] along with The Varsitarian of the University of Santo Tomas, The Philippine Collegian of the University of the Philippines Diliman, and The National of National University (Philippines).[1] As of 2019, The GUIDON is in its 90th year, with its Editor-in-Chief being Alithea C. Soriano, its Associate Editor being Margarita C. Gonzalez, its Managing Editor being Jyra Zoe T. Ang, and its Design Executive Editor being Jason T. Mariano.[2]


After several years of Ateneo de Manila students asking for a school newspaper,[citation needed] The GUIDON was founded on June 22 by 1929 by Rev. Frank O'Hara, SJ, with Manuel C. Colayco as its first Editor-in-Chief.[2][3] During the 1930s, the paper immersed itself in national issues with a Catholic slant, which included its protestation at the time of a proposed divorce bill. It ceased publication at the onset of World War II, eventually resuming operations in 1946 under the editorship of Maximo Soliven.

In the 1950s the paper began international distribution and expanded its focus to include major global issues and more social issues.[4] During this time it received numerous awards, with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Associated Collegiate Press consistently recognized its excellence.[citation needed]

In the 1960s, The GUIDON began discussing the possibility of co-education at the University and sought to lessen its domination by elite Filipinos.[citation needed]

In the 1970s, the paper involved itself in national issues, with issues 38 and 39 being published as Ang Pandayan (English: The Foundry). During this time, the paper's Editorial Board became increasing politically divided, leading to the publication of two versions of The GUIDON.[citation needed] Both versions of the paper were temporarily shut down by the martial law declaration of Ferdinand Marcos, eventually resuming publication as a single newspaper in 1973.[citation needed] The same year women were admitted to the University for the first time, with Chao Chuatico becoming the paper's first female editor-in-chief.[citation needed] After the assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr. in 1983, the paper increased its coverage of national issues.[citation needed]

In the 1990s The GUIDON editorial team began using modern computer technology to create its newspapers and began splitting them into two sections.[citation needed] During this time the paper renamed its Research Department to the "Inquiry Team" and created an outreach program called Pamaskong Handog. The newspaper also expanded to include the Operations, Human Resources, and Marketing positions and increased its involvement in University legislation, proposing amendments to the Campus Journalism Act of 1991.[citation needed]

In 2003 the newspaper renamed its Operations position to Externals and created the Human Resources Training and Development Team.[citation needed] In 2007, The GUIDON launched Beyond Loyola, a new section of the newspaper that would discuss Filipino social, political, and economic issues.[citation needed] In 2008 the newspaper launched an online lifestyle magazine called g,[citation needed] relaunching it as Katipunan Magazine in 2012,[citation needed] and as Vantage Magazine in 2014.[5] In 2017 The GUIDON launched its Broadcast News staff and recreated its Research position to help research topics that include quantitative analysis.


The GUIDON's twenty six-member staff team is divided into three departments: the Writing Cluster (abbreviated as W7), the Design Cluster (abbreviated as D4), and the Organizational Cluster (abbreviated as O4).

The Writing Cluster, headed by the Associate Editor, produces content for the newspaper, with separate staff members for the News, Sports, Beyond Loyola, Features, and Inquiry sections of the newspaper, the cluster also has its online presence in the form of the Broadcast News and Vantage Magazine staff.

The Design Cluster, headed by the Design Executive Editor, creates multimedia content for the newspaper, with separate staff members for Photos, Graphic Design, Video Production, and Digital Development.

The Organizational Cluster, headed by the Managing Editor, manages various organizational tasks for the newspaper, with separate staff members for Human Resources, Externals, Social Media, and Research.

Content and activities[edit]

The GUIDON has four sections: the Main Section (which includes News, Opinion, and Sports), the Beyond Loyola section, the Features section, and the Inquiry section. The Beyond Loyola section discusses with national and international issues while the Inquiry section discusses explanatory and investigative journalism.[6] Aside from its newspaper, The GUIDON also publishes broadcast news and has an online magazine called Vantage Magazine. The GUIDON's special publications include Blue Ballot and the Graduation Magazine. Blue Ballot reports on elections, including national elections, Ateneo freshmen elections, and Ateneo's general elections.[7][8][9] The Graduation Magazine is a publication for seniors graduating from Ateneo de Manila University, featuring special events and significant teachers and students, among other topics.

The GUIDON also participates in several events, including the ACED-The GUIDON Workshop and PressPlay. ACED-The GUIDON Workshop is a collaboration with the Ateneo Center for Educational Development that instructs Filipino public school students interested in journalism on basic news writing, editing, photography, and lay-outing. Pressplay is an annual student press convention between The GUIDON and The LaSallian, De La Salle University's official newspaper, featuring seminars in writing, editing, photography, and art.[10] The event also includes contests for individual student publications.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ateneo de Manila University". Ateneo de Manila University. Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "The GUIDON - About the Publication". Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. ^ "History of the Ateneo". 10 December 1997. Archived from the original on 10 December 1997. Retrieved 10 March 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "The GUIDON - About the Publication". Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ The GUIDON August and November 2007 issue
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-06-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Archived 2012-07-07 at
  9. ^ "Blue Ballot '07: The GUIDON Election Special". Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  10. ^ a b [2][permanent dead link]

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