Manuel L. Quezon III was born in 1970. He is a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, an Editor-at-large at Spot.ph, and a partner in DDI Strategic Communications. He teaches journalism courses in Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Manila.
He served as Undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Development Strategic Planning Office, established in 2010 under the communications reforms of President Benigno S. Aquino III, until 2016.
As deputy head (2010-2014), and then head (2014-2016), of the PCDSP has was assigned specific responsibilities. He formulated the editorial guidelines and policies for state media in line with the Executive’s Communications Plan. He ensured consistency in the implementation of the corporate identity of the Executive Department. He was the custodian of the institutional memory of the Office of the President. He is also editor-in-chief of the Official Gazette. The Official Gazette was the journal of record of the Republic of the Philippines, edited by the Office of the President of the Philippines by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 638. In addition, he was tasked with administering the New Media responsibilities of the PCDSPO. He also sat in various committees within the Office of the President, such as the Honors Committee which deliberates on presidential awards.
Platypus Publishing, Inc.: Vice-President for Acquisitions
Contributor, Connecting Flights: Filipinos Write from Elsewhere, Anvil Publishing, 2009
Contributor, Baler, Edgardo J. Angara, 2008
Contributor, In Pursuit of the Philippine Competitive Edge: An Oral History of a Continuing Journey by 50 wisdom-keepers, AIM Policy Center, 2007
Conceptualizer and co-author, Assembly of the Nation: A Centennial History of the House of Representatives of the Philippines 1907-2007, Studio5 Publishing, 2007
Contributor, Heroes, 20 profiles of 20 Edsa 1 heroes, Alab books, 2006
Contributor, The Liberal Chronicle: A Brief History of the Liberal Party, 1946-2006, a history of the Liberal Party, 2006
Conceptualizer and co-author, Malacañan Palace: The Official Illustrated History, Studio5 Publishing, 2005
Contributor, JolB Book, a history of Jollibee, 2004
Contributor, Consuming Passions: Philippine Collectibles, Anvil Publishing, 2003
Editor and producer, 20 Speeches that Moved A Nation , a 5-CD audio series and book, 2001
Editor & conceptualizer, 1900-2000: The Philippine Century, Published by the Philippine Free Press in 1999
Essays in the Fookien Times Philippines Yearbook 1997, 1998, 1999; Essays Editor for the 1999 edition
Articles in the multivolume series Kasaysayan published in 1998 by A-Z Direct Marketing in cooperation with Reader’s Digest
An article in Linking and History: A Monograph Commemorating the Philippine Cenntennials published by the Reading Association of the Philippines, 1997
A compilation of TODAY columns, titled Then & Now published by Anvil Publishing, September, 1996
Awards and Distinctions
Presidential Medal of Merit, 2016
Freedom Flame Award, Friedrich Neumann Foundation, 2016
Opinion Writer of the Year, 1994 and again in 2005, RCM Journalism Awards, Rotary Club of Manila
Shared distinctions for the books Malacañan Palace: The Official Illustrated History and Assembly of the Nation: A Centennial History of the House of Representatives of the Philippines 1907-2007 which were finalists for the National Book Awards; Baler won the National Book Award in 2008.
Special Prize for non-literary writing, Philippines Free Press Literary Awards, 1998
Monthly winner (July 1998), LRP Journalism Awards
Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, First Prize for the Essay in English, 1997
Honorable Mention, short story category, 1994 Student’s Literary Contest, Dept. of English, U.P. Diliman
Bishop’s Prize (for highest service to the school) Brent International School, Manila, 1989
Previous media work:
ANC: Host and writer: The Explainer, and The Explainer Dialogues, 2006-2010. Contributing writer for Korina Sanchez. The Explainer also returned as a mid-news weekly segment from 2016-2018.
Philippines Free Press: (on leave) Assistant Managing Editor from January, 1999; Editorial writer since September, 1996, both until 2010.
Philippine Daily Inquirer: Editor, Inquirer Briefing section, 2016-2018. Host, Quezon’s Avenue, a current-affairs program from Monday to Friday, 9-10 AM webcast on Inquirer.net (May-June, 2010); Head, Speaker’s Bureau (March, 2005-June, 2010); columnist (“The Long view” February, 2004-June, 2010); contributing editor February, 2004-February, 2005.
Colegio de San Juan de Letran; Lecturer, Opinion and Editorial Writing, 1st. Semester, 2007-2008; Lecturer, Proofreading and Copyediting, 2nd Semester, 2007-2008; Lecturer, Online Writing and Research, 1st Semester, 2008-2009
Arab News Newspaper: Columnist from March, 2005 to August, 2009
Ayala Museum: History Curator from March, 2004 to March, 2005
TODAY Newspaper: Columnist (“Then And Now”) from September, 1994 to January, 2004; Editorial writer, from August, 1995 to January, 2004
Columnist for the following publications:
Pinoy Times (“txt mo ko,” January-December, 2001); Philippine Post (California: February- December 2001); BondMagazine (“caucus”, 1998) TAIPAN Magazine (“women,” 1995-1998).
PEN & INK:The Philippine Literary Journal, launched in July, 1997 ceased publication in 1999: co-founder, Associate and Politics Editor, political columnist (“Girondist”)
contributor to the following defunct publications: Internet World Magazine 1997-98; Business Revue Southeast Asia Magazine and Banking and Finance Digest Magazine (1994-1995)
Other pieces have appeared in:
Rogue Magazine; Philippine Tatler Magazine; Katipunan Magazine; i Magazine; The American Israelite; Liberal Philippines; Mega Magazine ; Manila Inc.; In Style Magazine ; Chimera ; Parent’s Magazine; Women’s Today; Real Estate Magazine; PSSC Social Science Information; The Philippine Collegian
Previous Government Service:
Presidential Communications Development Strategic Planning Office: Undersecretary, August 2010-2016
Consultant, Office of the President of the Philippines, July-August, 2010
Adviser to the Philippine Chancellery of Philippine Orders and State Decorations, March 2004-July 2005
Presidential Assistant for Historical Affairs (Assistant Secretary) and Deputy Head of the Chancellery of Philippine Orders and State Decorations, January 2003-February 2004
Consultant, Presidential Museum, Malacañan Palace, August 2002-December 2002
Technical Assistant, Office of the President of the Philippines, January 2001-August 2002
Speechwriter, Office of the Vice President of the Philippines, 1999-2001
Speechwriter, speechwriting pool of Sen. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, 1997-1998
Consultant, office of Senator Raul S. Roco, 1996-1997
Other freelance work and writing/research projects for Jaime Zobel de Ayala, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Sen. Francisco Pangilinan, Sen. Manuel Roxas II, Sen. Ma. Anna Madrigal, the late Enrique Zobel and the late Raul Roco.
Member, Philippine Council for Foreign Relations
Co-convenor, One Voice
Co-convenor, Black & White Movement
sustaining member,Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc.
member, Distinguished Order of Quezon, Inc. (A private civic association similar to the Knights of Rizal)
Former member of the board, Drug Abuse Research (DARE) Foundation, Inc.
Former member of the board, National Institute for Policy Studies (NIPS)
Convenor for the Sub-Committee on Public Information, PSB Advocacy and Public Information, Governance and Organization Committee, PSB Project
Former Member of the board, Heritage Conservation Society , a non-governmental organization dedicated to the advocacy of the preservation of the nationâ€™s build heritage.
Former member of the board & former Vice President, Quezon City Parks Development Foundation, Inc. (A non-government organization tasked with the development and maintenance of the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City and related socio-civic projects)
Member, and past president (1992-95), Brent School Manila Alumni Association. Brent International School, Manila
Former member Brent School Manila Management Committee (1992-93)
Big Brother and Empowered Sisters: The role of new communication technologies in democratic processes, Collegium for Development Studies, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, April 16-17, 2008
THE LIBRARY IN A CHANGING AGE OF INFORMATION, 29th GABRIEL A. BERNARDO MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES, March 14, 2008, Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman
South East Press Alliance (SEAPA) Free Expression in Asian Cyberspace: A Conference of Asian Bloggers, Podcasters, and Online Media, April 18-21,2006 at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Makati City
Stanley Foundation, Challenges to Democracy in Southeast Asia: Rethinking US Policy, October 20-22, 2005 Airle Center, Warrington, VA, USA