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If You Position Products as a Set, People Are More Likely...

Just how far are people willing to go to achieve “completeness”? Recent research I conducted with Leslie John, Elizabeth Keenan and Michael Norton of...

How to Give and Receive Feedback About Creative Work

Feedback is crucial for learning and improving, but it’s rarely fun to be on the receiving end of it when it’s critical. In a...

How Coca-Cola, Netflix and Amazon Learn from Failure

Why are so many successful business leaders urging their companies and colleagues to make more mistakes and embrace more failures? In May, right after he...

Top News

‘Economic Cha-cha not enough to end PHL woes’

Lawmakers now at the forefront of efforts to amend the 1987 Constitution at the House of Representatives on Monday rejected calls from business groups to limit the Charter change (Cha-cha) initiative to the economic...

TRAIN-induced price hikes to peter out–Pernia

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia on Monday assured consumers that the uptick in prices due to the impact of the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) Act is only temporary. In the meantime, the...

Visitors to Manila’s walled city reached 1.68 million in 2017

THE Intramuros Administration (IA) exceeded its visitors target for 2017 by some 57 percent, attracting some 1.68 million to its museum and parks. Lawyer Guiller B. Asido, IA administrator, attributed the rise in visitors to...

Integrity pacts and open contracting: The EU perspective

In 2016 one in three Europeans felt that their governments and political leaders were mostly or entirely corrupt. The European Commission consequently teamed up with Transparency International to pilot the use of integrity pacts...

‘Capitalism with a heart,’ v. 3.0 gaining more advocates in PHL

Part One ANTONIO S. Yap is a big man with a big heart who wants to go bigger, particularly in the practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Yap is the founder and chairman of the Benita...

News

Senate probers: P3.5-billion Dengvaxia deal rushed

Senate probers are poised to press charges against Sanofi Pasteur, the French pharmaceutical company that supplied the “risky” P3.5-billion Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine administered by...

TRAIN rebates may get stalled, lawmaker warns 

Citing lack of manpower, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto warned on Monday the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) must first address its manpower...

Entrepreneur

Rise of the branded rice: Sunnywood revolutionizes marketing of the staple

A quiet revolution has taken place in the supermarket in the last two decades. Sunnywood Superfoods Corp., a local company, has greatly influenced the...

DTI to expand coverage of mentorship for entrepreneurs

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to reach more Filipinos this year with its training programs to promote entrepreneurship. Trade Secretary Ramon M....

Recession’s business survivors revisited

They are business survivors— owners whose small companies withstood the Great Recession that forced thousands of others out of business. Along the way, many...

Asian stocks higher despite US government shutdown

BEIJING—Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Monday after global investors shrugged off the latest United States government shutdown. The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 percent to 3,497.08, while Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 ended flat at...

DOLE urged to exempt skilled workers from OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

A group of recruitment agencies appealed to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) last Sunday to allow the deployment of skilled and vacationing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait. The Philippine Licensed Agencies Accredited...

DTI pushes new approach to promote ease of doing business

THE government’s interagency task force on Ease of Doing Business (EODB) is speeding up reforms to improve the country’s competitiveness. Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said the strategy is to pursue a “whole of government...

D.O.E. pushes for smart, energy-efficient technologies

The Department of Energy (DOE), is the executive department of the Philippine government responsible for preparing, integrating, coordinating, supervising and controlling all plans, programs,...

Upgrade may dethrone Manila’s ‘King of the Road’

The Philippines’ iconic passenger jeepney, once regarded as Manila’s “King of the Road,” is chugging toward change and uncertainty. A remnant of World War II,...

Farm-gate prices up nearly 5% in 2017

Prices received by farmers for their produce rose by almost 5 percent in 2017, as traders were forced to pay more for some crops that recorded declines in output, according to the Philippine Statistics...

Farmers risk lashes as 4-year civil war decimates South Sudan’s breadbasket

Each time Patrick Okello goes to tend his crops, he has to tell the soldiers or face 50 lashes with a whip when he returns. They’re “always watching and very suspicious,” said the 43-year-old who...

Serious wake-up call

MELBOURNE—Angelique Kerber remains the only Grand Slam singles winner in the Australian Open women’s draw after rallying to avoid a major upset. For a while,...

Battle left wide open

WHEN Willie Desjardins coached Canada’s 2010 world junior team stacked with future National Hockey League (NHL) players Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Brayden Schenn, Alex...
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Lady Red Spikers avoid upset ax, Lady Blazers end two-match skid

SAN BEDA College struggled to extend its unbeaten run to five games by surviving stubborn Colegio de San Juan de Letran in five sets, 17-25, 25-15, 25-16, 27-29, 15-12, in Season 93 National Collegiate...

Mondilla resumes hunt

Clyde Mondilla hopes to turn his brief Asian Tour stint into a positive drive as he resumes his hunt for a second Philippine Golf Tour Asia (PGTA) crown in the International Container Terminal Services...

Indian envoy to capitalize on strengths in synergies

AMBASSADOR of India to the Philippines Jaideep Mazumdar will have his hands full during the next three years or so he is posted in...

Harvard grads gather for networking night

FROM Boston to Berlin, Geneva to Guangzhou, Kingston to Kampala, Istanbul to Indianapolis, Oslo to Ottawa, Santiago to Singapore, Prague to Providence, New York...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets China’s Xi as Rohingya censure intensifies

BEIJING—Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing growing international criticism over her country’s persecution of Rohingya Muslims, said last Friday that her government has made progress in creating a peaceful society but acknowledged...

Former Asean Sec-Gen Surin dead at age 68

BANGKOK—Former Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan has died in Thailand. He was 68. Thailand’s Democrat Party said Surin died last Thursday in Bangkok of a sudden heart attack. Surin is former lawmaker from...

Credible Charter change

We tend to agree that the best option for amending the 1987 Constitution—if we are to go through with it at all—is through a...
By Cai Ordinario & Lenie Lectura MULTILATERAL development banks (MDBs) have been financing various energy projects in the Philippines for many years. These efforts are done through various sources, including their internal sources, or in partnership with other MDBs or financing institutions. The Washington-based World Bank Group currently has four active...
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Nurseries worthy of a bohemian lullaby

Traditional nursery décor tends to be a gently stirred mix of cute animals, soft hues and nicely matched furnishings. And there’s much to be...

‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES—The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the female-focused and -led Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) last Sunday with wins...

Life

2017 is a landmark year for artist Fernando Zóbel

Spanish-Filipino artist Fernando Zóbel was 60 years old when he died of a heart attack in Rome. It was 1984 and, most likely, he...

Top blushes for ‘morena’ skin

IF you’re a morena, it’s likely that you’ve struggled with finding a blush that would suit your complexion. Blush is actually trickier than lipstick...

Will Bitcoin eventually rule the financial world?

OLDER people, those aged 60 and above, find reassurance in holding cash. Perhaps it’s because they lived through more difficult times; or maybe it...

Some good things never last

Prior to becoming a rising star in the crazy jungle called Philippines show business, JC Santos has never had to deal firsthand with the...

Apple may test the bounds of iPhone love with a...

By Michael Liedtke | The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO—Apple is expected to sell its fanciest iPhone yet for $1,000, crossing into a new financial frontier...

Cook & Dine

Shrimp Sea-viche

You will probably find an avocado a curious ingredient in this ceviche, but this is something quite common in Latin countries like Mexico and...

Lose weight by eating these foods

Most people believe that exercise is the best weight-loss weapon. Of those surveyed in a study, it was found that 71 percent of adults...

Feed your child right

Many of us are fond of children who are chubby or on the fat side. This may look “cute” and appealing but we should...

Papaya: The fruit that heals

Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the “fruit of the angels”...

Green

Support group for Baguio’s ‘future priests’ launched

BAGUIO CITY—As a concrete initiative for the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons (YCCP) that was declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of...

DSWD in Davao region covered more senior social pensioners in 2017

DAVAO CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Davao region assisted 136,067 indigent senior citizens in 2017 through its Social Pension...

Business Sense

Two years ago the world pledged to keep global warming “well below” 2°C hotter than pre-industrial times. Climate scientists and campaigners purred. Politicians patted themselves on the back. Despite the Paris agreement’s ambiguities and some setbacks, including President Donald Trump’s decision to yank America out of the deal, the...

BM Reports

SIX days after the New Year, another mall went ablaze, more than 400 kilometers away from the NCCC Mall. With these two consecutive fires that gutted down two shopping malls in Davao City and Cebu City recently, questions about public safety against deadly fires linger anew. How safe are our...

Property

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When green is the new black in real estate

THE elusive search for a Philippine-relevant environmental green standard for building and construction may finally come to an end. I first heard of Building for Ecologically...

Journey

Sarangani’s shining silver year 

SARANGANI has the unusual distinction of being one of the country’s youngest provinces and, at the same time, one of the oldest. Youngest because it...

Answering the call of adventure on Tarak Ridge

Story & photos by Marky Ramone Go with added images from BaseKamp Ever since I left my college mountaineering club in the University of Santo Tomas,...
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Motoring

NLEX Expansion, Enhancements and Excellence

THE Manila North Tollways Corp. was recently reorganized as Nlex Corp. and 2017 was as a year of “Triple Es”—expansion, enhancements, excellence—for the company. New...

Soon, ‘our’ car will replace ‘my’ car mentality

I give way to Vince S. Socco, the eminent industry mogul who humbly says: “Wala ng position. Basta OFW lang ako. Happily working with the regional...

Ford gives back to the community

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino FOR the past several years, Ford Philippines has been active to various corporate social responsibility initiatives.  Recently, the...

Data-Protection Compliance: Failure will be costly

Data protection is in the news daily. Reports on data breaches are common and the damages involved are substantial, in the Philippines, in the...

Laying the foundation for a skin-care empire at 25

A pharmacist of a dermatological company asked me to partner with her to put up our...

A risk-taker at 25

If one is to list adjectives describing today’s millennials, “daring” would almost certainly be in...

PRA GM Bienvenido Chy From Star Basketball Player to Reformist Lawyer @25

‘Looking back, I have no regrets. ‘I’ve lived a life that’s full…I did what I...

Datem president was an up-and-coming project manager at DM Consunji

LEVY V. Espiritu, president of Datem, one of the country’s leading homegrown construction companies, was...

Finding his life’s purpose at 25

Dennis B. Funa was a happy-go-lucky person in his 20s, as he described himself in...

Businessman, gemologist and part-time student at 25

‘I got exposed to our jewelry and luxury watches business at age 17. In a...

Challenge for data-protection officers: Breaking down the walls

The world of data security is a highly complex and fluid environment where businesses must set in place policies and procedures that are proactive,...

ECHOstore founder: Think like a Millennial to grow retail biz

THE advent of the digital age posed a tough challenge for traditional retailers as their businesses have to slug it out against virtual operators,...

Marketing

Shameless self-promotion can also work for you

When I was still actively teaching in the Communication Arts department of the University of Santo Tomas, I usually start my class by doing...

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