The Sun.Star Manila is a daily online newspaper published in Metro Manila, the Philippines. Founded in 1999, the newspaper is owned by the Cebu City-based Sun.Star group of community newspapers.
Initially a print publication, the Sun.Star Manila was partially funded by the acquisition of businessman William Gatchalian, also known as the "plastics king" for his dominance of the Philippine plastic industry, of a minority stake in the newspaper: his second attempt at investing in a newspaper after owning a minority share in the Sun.Star Cebu in the 1980s, which he sold off in 1986. He was invited to invest in the Manila edition as the family of former Transportation Secretary Jesus B. Garcia, which owns the Sun.Star Cebu and its sister publications, was unable to bankroll a Manila—and therefore truly national—edition on its own. The acquisition was controversial at the time given Gatchalian's closeness to then-President Joseph Estrada as a member of his so-called "midnight cabinet", leading to fears that the newspaper would be used to sway public opinion. This charge was denied by Hector Villanueva, then editor-in-chief of the Sun.Star Cebu. This was evidenced by the newspaper being one of only a handful of publications printing articles written by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) highlighting the extent of the Estrada family's business holdings, a decision criticized by critics of the PCIJ.
Despite the paper's initial success, with its 2002 daily circulation of 87,000 copies being larger than even more established newspapers such as The Manila Times, the Sun.Star Manila was not profitable, and publication of the print edition was ultimately ceased in favor of maintaining an online-only edition some time thereafter.