THE ILOCOS TIMES turns half a century plus two years in the service of the Ilocano, and it is fitting that we thank the family behind the institution.
While this paper is a family business, I don’t think its continuous operation is driven by profit. Community newspapers are not known as big earners. Truth to tell, many local newspapers in different provinces have folded up into oblivion on account of financial woes. In Ilocos Norte alone, a couple of weeklies have come and gone, and only The Ilocos Times remains legitimate and strong.
Members of the Ramos Family, I’m sure, make sacrifices to let this paper thrive. I assume there are issues when advertisements do not suffice to cover the cost of printing, even as the paper is sold at only seven pesos a copy, one of the cheapest in the Milky Way galaxy. Continue reading “Thank you, Ramos Family”