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The Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) first saw the light of day as a weekly paper in 1960 and ended up as a daily publication in 1994.

After coming out as a weekly, twice-weekly and later thrice-weekly paper, the Bulletin finally graduated into a daily paper on October 2, 1994.

Founder and first Editor-Publisher was the later Lino Villanueva Moles, a veteran newspaperman-novelist during his time, who also founded Kapawa News Digest and was later elected president of Sumakwelan, a society of Hiligaynon writers in Negros Occidental and headed the Negros Press Club, the oldest press organization in the country today.

The ND bulletin was co-founded by the later Santiago S. "Santi" Alacapa, who acted as Business Manager until 1966 when Moles gave way as Editor-Publisher in order to assume a government post as Provincial Standards Officer of Negros Occidental under the Bureau of Commerce.

Teaming up with Alacapa as Publisher was Ruperto G. Toga, a protégé of Moles, who was given the position of News Reporter, Circulation Manager, Managing Editor and finally as Editor. Eventually, Toga became the Editor-in-Chief of the daily paper, and subsequently when the publication was duly incorporated with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1995, was chosen President of the Negros Bulletin Publications, Inc.

From then on, the paper sailed through rough waters but survived the hard times, notably under Martial Law in 1972 through 1985 to become a twice-weekly in 1991, a thrice-weekly in 1993 and finally as a daily in 1994 to date.

It was an uphill struggle all the way for the community paper, but its editorial and business staff led by Alacapa and Toga, proved to be made of sterner stuff, refusing to give up in the name of press freedom and their common desire to pursue journalistic profession.

Fired with the enthusiasm to uphold the paper’s avowed mission to persevere, the pioneering mediamen gathered some colleagues to form themselves into a corporate entity, known as Negros Bulleting Publications, Inc. to manage the paper and its printing facilities.

The new media corporation was duly registered with the SEC on September 19, 1995 with the following as its organizing officers: Santi S. Alacapa, Chairman of the Board; Ruperto G. Toga, President and Editor-in-Chief; Arman P. Toga, Secretary; Daniel N. Cajurao, Treasurer; Atty. Erwin Javellana, Legal Counsel; Rolando L. Espina, Ramonieto L. Padilla, Cecilia G. Toga, Edith B. Colmo, Gilbor I. Camporazo, Nestor L. Padesio, and Bro. Leo G. Claridad, directors.

To date, it has reorganized with the demise of some of its founding directors, including its Board Chairman who died some years ago. Tapped to fill the post of Chairman is Rolando L. Espina, former Director and a veteran newspaperman in his own right. Named legal Counsel who also writes a column is Atty. Juan Rubrico, prominent law practitioner and preacher.

The paper’s first editorial and business office during the ‘60s was a room at Iris Theater Building at Araneta Street, Bacolod City. Today the daily paper’s rented office space and printing press are at Door A-1, Esteban-Magdalena Building, Hernaez Street, formerly Libertad Street, Bacolod City.

In 1987, the Negros Bulletin, still a weekly, was admitted as regular member of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), an association of the country’s leading community and metropolitan newspapers. Sometime in 1997, PPI and Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF) ofGermany co-sponsored a yearly search for outstanding community newspapers in the country, designed to upgrade the quality of publications in the Philippines.

The Negros Daily Bulletin, with the use of its offset printing facilities acquired through the help of Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP)m won several nominations in the regional level. Among these were for the Best Business & Economic Reporting, Best Design and Best in Photo Journalism.

Finally in the years 2000, 2001, and 2003, NDB garnered the national award in succession for "Best Environmental Reporting."


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