The REPORTER online is a takeoff of the defunct pioneer
weekly newspaper, Reporter, in Eastern Visayas.
Late Gus C. Arnaiz, Sr.
The newspaper's first print was published on October
19, 1965 in Maasin, Southern Leyte by then late Agustin
C. Arnaiz, Sr., a.k.a. "Gus", as his way of
providing the public information covering Southern Leyte's
important political and socio-economic issues. It
continued to expand from its initial two-page (back to
back) publication to a regional newsweekly spanning for
36 years until it folded in 2003.
Gus' friends knew him as a legendary journalist who lived
a life with witty vibrancies yet with lucidness in his
heart. Despite his high school education, he was
however well read and could easily outsmart college grads
when exchange of viewpoints covered politics, socio-economics
and, yes, of course, life insurance (Gus was once an agent
for the underwriters of The Insular Life Insurance Company).
His affinity with journalism got him incarcerated a few
times for his openness in his views with the administration
of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and the infamous
Philippine Martial Law. With his rapport and outstanding
trait as a best conversationalist, Gus could easily energize
any gathering with his charisma and strong philosophy
on governmental issues worth disseminating to the townsfolk
of Southern Leyte. He was once an intellectual buddy
of the late Alfred Cobile who consistenly shared synonymous
personal convictions while enjoying the sweet acridness
of "bahal tuba" or "bahalina" during
weekend leisure times at the Cobile's backyard Mantahan
sea shoreline. Gus, having pioneered freedom of
the press in Southern Leyte and Samar for decades, selflessly
shared his life with those who mentored him as well as
those who plainly admired him as a person who made an
invaluable difference for his fellowmen.
With Gus' blessing, Januario "Jani" Arnaiz
launched the paper's online version on October 19, 2009
under the domain thereporteronline.com.ph as an attempt
to restore Gus' media achievement. Two months after
the paper attained worldwide visibility over the Internet,
"Gus" graciously passed away to natural causes.
The Reporter, now under a new domain, MaasinReporter.com,
continues with its forward momentum in cyberspace with
supporting sponsor Yel Cobile and his Webionic.com.
As a token of respect for the late Gus C. Arnaiz, Sr.
and family, Yel pledged to maintain the paper's continual
presence on the Internet. He reformatted its website
aesthetics and functionalism, hosted it on his servers,
and launched it in early September 2011.
To date, The Reporter continues to accrue high-volume
hit stats as recurring readership of Southern Leyteños
transpire. In essence, The Reporter came back with
a stronger intention of enticing the appetite of Maasinhons
and Southern Leyteños' with worthy news and information.
Jani as the Chief Editor and Yel as the IT Administrator,
under their joint endeavor, hope that the beacon light
of Gus' legacy will persist to prevail over the years
under the guise of The Reporter.