Manuel L. Quezon III

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Manuel L. Quezon III (born 30 May 1970) is a prominent Philippine journalist, essayist, blogger and political pundit, both on TV and in print. He is currently the Undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Development Strategic Planning Office (PCDSP) which was established in 2010 under the communications reforms of President Benigno S. Aquino III. He is also the Vice-President for acquisitions of Platypus Publishing, Inc and the editor-in-chief of the Official Gazette, the official journal and publication of the Philippine Government.

As the Deputy Head of PCDSP, he formulates the editorial guidelines and policies for state media, ensures consistency in implementation of the corporate identity of the Executive Department, and administers the new media responsibilities. He is also the custodian of the institutional memory of the Office of the President. He also sits in various committees within the Office of the President, such as the Honors Committee which deliberates on presidential awards.

Quezon was named Presidential Assistant for Historical Affairs in 2003. He drafted an order reforming the system of presidential awards. He has been a consultant for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas mint, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Office of the President.


Previous media work

  • Host and writer: ANC's The Explainer, and The Explainer Dialogues, 2006-2010
  • Host: Philippine Daily Inquirer's Quezon’s Avenue May-June, 2010
  • Head: Speaker’s Bureau, March 2005-June 2010
  • Columnist: The Long view, February 2004-June 2010)
  • Contributing editor: Philippine Daily Inquirer, February 2004- February 2005
  • Lecturer, “Opinion and Editorial Writing”, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 1st Semester AY 2007 -2008
  • Lecturer, “Opinion and Editorial Writing”, “Proofreading and Copyediting”, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 2nd Semester AY 2007-2008
  • Lecturer, “Online Writing and Research”, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 1st Semester AY 2008-2009
  • Columnist: Arab News, March 2005 to August 2009
  • History Curator: Ayala Museum, March 2004 to March 2005
  • Columnist: TODAY's Then and Now, September 1994 to January 2005=4
  • Editorial writer: TODAY, August 1995 to January 2004
  • Columnist for the following publications:
  1. Pinoy Times' Txt Mo Ko, January-December 2001
  2. Philippine Post's California, February-December 2001
  3. Bond Magazine's Caucus, 1998
  4. TAIPAN Magazine's women, 1995-1998
  • Co-founder, Associate and Politics Editor, political columnist PEN & INK:The Philippine Literary Journal's Girondist
  • Contributor to the following defunct publications:
  1. Internet World Magazine, 1997-98
  2. Business Revue Southeast Asia Magazine
  3. 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

  • 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 work

Other freelance work and writing/research projects for Jaime Zobel de Ayala, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Sen. Manuel Roxas II, Sen. Jamby Madrigal, the late Enrique Zobel de Ayala and the late Raul Roco.


  • 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 and conceptualizer, 1900-2000: The Philippine Century, Philippine Free Press, 1999
  • Essays in the Fookien Times Philippines Yearbook 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Essays Editor, Fookien Times Philippines Yearbook 1999
  • Articles in the multi-volume series Kasaysayan, A-Z Direct Marketing in cooperation with Reader’s Digest, 1998
  • An article in Linking and History: A Monograph Commemorating the Philippine Cenntennials, Reading Association of the Philippines, 1997
  • A compilation of TODAY columns, titled Then & Now, Anvil Publishing, September 1996


  • Member of the board, Drug Abuse Research (DARE) Foundation, Inc.
  • Member of the board, National Institute for Policy Studies (NIPS)
  • 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)

Past affiliations

  • Convenor for the Sub-Committee on Public Information, PSB Advocacy and Public Information, Governance and Organization Committee, PSB Project
  • Member of the board, Heritage Conservation Society
  • Member of the board & former Vice President, Quezon City Parks Development Foundation, Inc.
  • Member, and past president (1992-95), Brent School Manila Alumni Association. Brent International School, Manila
  • Member, Brent School Manila Management Committee (1992-93)

Conferences attended

  • “Big Brother and Empowered Sisters: The role of new communication technologies in democratic processes”, Collegium for Development Studies, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 16-17 April 2008
  • “The Library in a Changing Age of Information”, 29th Gabriel A. Bernardo Memorial Lecture Series, 14 March 2008, Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • “South East Press Alliance (SEAPA) Free Expression in Asian Cyberspace: A Conference of Asian Bloggers, Podcasters, and Online Media”, 18-21 April 2006 at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Makati City
  • “Stanley Foundation's Challenges to Democracy in Southeast Asia: Rethinking US Policy”, 20-22 October 2005, Airle Center, Warrington, VA, USA

Awards and recognition

  • Opinion Writer of the Year, 1994 and 2005, RCM Journalism Awards, Rotary Club of Manila
  • Finalist for the National Book Awards: Malacañan Palace: The Official Illustrated History and Assembly of the Nation: A Centennial History of the House of Representatives of the Philippines 1907-2007
  • National Book Award for Baler, 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, Student’s Literary Contest, Dept. of English, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1994
  • Bishop’s Prize (for highest service to the school), Brent International School, Manila, 1989


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