Today in Philippine History, July 6, 1839, Precios Corrientes de Manila begun publication

Thursday July 05, 2012 ()

On July 6, 1839, Precios Corrientes de Manila (Prices current in Manila), a weekly newspaper in Spanish and English, begun publication. This publication is believed to have lasted only two years.

It is nothing more than just a market report or price review.

The Precious was preceeded by a similar but monthly publication called Registro Mercantil in 1824. It was devoted exclusively to commercial and shipping information and current prices. The Registro was discontinued May 1833 due to lack of funds.

In 1843 the first publication that could really be called a newspaper was established as a weekly under the title of Seminario Filipino. It contained foreign news when available, a religious article, local news, miscellaneous items, a market review, and arrivals and departures of boats.

In one of its early issues, the Seminario announces the opening of a hospital in a house in Nagtahan and the inauguration of the San Miguel bridge (probably where the Ayala bridge now stands).

Reference:
Pambansang Komisyon Pangkasaysayan
History of Philippine press, Carson Taylor, 1927.


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