Filipinos have a love-hate relationship with the news. On one hand, the news provides helpful warnings and shines a spotlight on issues that should be resolved. On the other hand, it highlights a depressingly repetitious carousel of disasters and scandals.
Despite these drawbacks, Filipinos can’t help but watch the insanity and theater of it all. The benefits are too important. The news helps people keep abreast of current events and stay ahead of the curve in their careers and lives. Because of this service, many require a constant stream of news from the papers, the radio, and TV. But that’s almost impossible in a busy day – unless a person has a smartphone.
The Philippines enjoys 40% smartphone penetration. Through ubiquitous and incredibly affordable apps, people can keep in touch with the news easily. Here are some of our favorites.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer is one of the most popular newspapers in the country with an average readership of 2 million Filipinos. Its circulation has risen through the years due to their popular content, which can now be accessed through their app.
Honorable Mentions: PDI isn’t the only newspaper with an app. The Philippine Star, the Manila Bulletin, and the online paper, Rappler have their own versions
The GMA News and Public Affairs’s advocacy campaign created an app that’s a bit more than just news but public service. It provides real-time traffic and weather updates as well as other helpful information.
Honorable Mentions: Other broadcast networks have also produced apps focusing on news. ABS-CBN News is a great service for local news.
Philippines Radio Live
Radio has some of the most hard-hitting commentators. In the realm of apps, radio offers AM FM aggregators, collecting as many radio streams as possible, with the real battle between UX and design. Philippines Radio Live has a clean simple design, which makes it convenient to use.
Honorable Mention: Radio Philippines – Free AM FM Radyo Pinoy
People that like news from different sources don’t have to download different apps. They can download a single RSS reader. RSS allows websites to publish content automatically to an app. One of the best is Feedly. It has a great and easy to use UI that lets you keep track of multiple news sources.
Honorable Mentions: Flipboard, Press, Newsify, Feeddler, Byline, Free RSS Reader
The 2016 election is just around the corner. COMELEC has already launched a new app for this election season designed to help people about their rights, eligibility, and other election-related information.
Honorable Mentions: One Good Vote by PPCRV
Mobile apps aren’t just for productivity. They’re a vital source for Philippine news.