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DTI, business groups oppose transfer of Peza to OP

THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) wants to be under the direct supervision of President Duterte, but the country’s trade chief and top business leaders thumbed down the investment promotion agency’s proposal. Peza Director General...

BSP on curbing inflation: We know what we are doing

BANGKO Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. had defended its moves to tame inflationary pressures in the country, following rising concerns on their ability to bring inflation back to their target range. “We...

D.O.S.T., D.T.I. launch innovation center for electronics manufacturing

FOR 30 years, the semiconductor and electronics industry in the Philippines has significantly contributed to the economy, yet the industry has been limited to manufacturing intermediate products, assembly and testing services. Hopefully, things will get...

Tax perks lifting cited as investors shun Peza

INVESTMENTS committed to the Philippine Economic Zone Authority took a nosedive in the first half of the year, and the only way to prevent these from falling further is to exempt the agency from...

PAL ups the ante with XWB Airbus plane flying from Europe in just 13, not...

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) brought home its first A350-900XWB (extra-wide body) plane, the first of six A350s it ordered this year in what it describes as a bid to introduce another level of comfortable flying...

News

Regional wage boards in 4 regions okay pay hike for minimum-wage earners  

Minimum-wage earners in four regions of the country will soon get pay hikes after their respective regional wage boards separately issued new wage increase...

MMDA clears obstructions in major Tondo, Manila road

JOINT forces of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) on Thursday conducted clearing operations in Manila and removed obstructions,...

This Is Why You Should Make Your Business ‘Instagrammable’

In the digital age, a brand’s social media likes and followers are considered monetary values. A cosmetics brand with 1.5 million followers on Facebook...

Rainbow-colored Coke labels let you wear your pride

On a day that labels don’t matter, Coca-Cola made theirs matter even more. In celebration of Pride Month, Coca-Cola joins the LGBTQIA+ communities around the...

5 Ways To Create a Millennial-Friendly Workplace

Here are some surefire strategies to keep your well-performing millennial employees from hopping away from your company. Huge corporations and small & medium enterprises  (SMEs)...

This Is Why You Should Keep Your Employees Happy

Do you want to have a successful business? Invest in your employees' happiness and productivity. As an entrepreneur, you may be focusing all your energies...

6 Business Tips You Can Snag From It-Girls Georgina Wilson, Martine...

Georgina Wilson, Martine Cajucom and Bea Soriano are not just the country’s most gorgeous it-girls, they are also known for being business-savvy as evident...

Entrepreneur

CFW: The ‘living water’ that cures 

"Health is wealth,” so goes the adage, but wouldn’t it be better if one’s health is improved, and, at the same time, his livelihood is...

Sinalco provides Filipinos option for refreshing and excellent drinks

Filipinos are now enjoying Germany’s nonalcoholic drinks that has been refreshing the European market since early-1900s, thanks to the collaboration and common passion of...

The secret to start-up survival: Entrepreneurs tell their tales

Starting a business isn’t easy, and starting a successful one is even harder. So where to start? One good way is to listen to those...

More OFWs allocating funds for investments–BPI

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are increasingly allocating their hard-earned dollars to investments, as they look for ways to fund their long-term goals, according to a local bank. Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Asset Management...

DPWH to start construction of Estrella-Pantaleon, Binondo-Intramuros bridges by next week–Villar

Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar has announced that the Estrella-Pantaleon and Binondo-Intramuros  bridges will start its construction by next week. The two China grant-aid bridges are financed by the People’s Republic of China through...

DTI chief pushes for pragmatic direction in RCEP deal

TOKYO—Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez urged his fellow ministers to be more realistic to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP. Lopez represented the Philippines during the fifth RCEP Intercessional Meeting in Tokyo on...

A Thai cave, an extraordinary tale and a captivated world

By Ted Anthony | The Associated Press In the darkness, down the twisting stone tunnels and through the murky water, they awaited an uncertain future....

PPA sets sights on infra build-up as it marks its 44th...

Marking its 44th anniversary today, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is making a big investment in terms of port infrastructure in its bid to...

Chicken inventory more than doubled in June

The country’s dressed-chicken inventory as of June 18 more than doubled to 25,856.85 metric tons, from 10,023.9 MT recorded a year ago, the latest data from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) showed. Data from...

Oxfam report exposes plight of banana farmers in the Philippines

An Oxfam global campaign calling on supermarkets around the world to address the unfair treatment of farmers, workers and producers in their commodity supply chains recently exposed the plight of banana plantation workers in...

World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

PARIS—The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France’s victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris’s Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus on Monday...

Soccer Diplomacy: World Cup Host Putin gives Trump a ball

HELSINKI—Riding high after hosting a successful World Cup, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought a special gift to his summit with US President Donald J....

Djokovic rejoins Federer, Nadal in Big 3

LONDON—What had gone from a Big 4 to a Big 2 is now back to a Big 3, with Novak Djokovic rejoining Roger Federer...

Serena climbs to No. 28

LONDON—Serena Williams climbed 153 spots in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings after her runner-up finish at Wimbledon, putting her back in the top 30. Williams...

Cycling’s ‘servants’ do the dirty work at Tour de France

ROUBAIX, France—Mouth gaping, his huge body bent over the bike, Tim Declercq is doing the dirtiest job at the world’s most prestigious cycling race. The...

Fajardo dominates

WITH his eyes zeroed in on leading San Miguel Beer to another finals stint, June Mar Fajardo flashed his Most Valuable Player (MVP) form...

Awarding of foreign-backed transpo projects

Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Garry V. de Guzman (left) formalizes the Department of Transportation’s collaboration with the “Mission: PHL” Envoys&Expats Awards of the...

‘Mission: PHL’ opens embassy nominations for Project of the Year

THE BusinessMirror is enjoining all embassies, consulates, as well as economic and cultural offices to nominate their outstanding projects in the Philippines to “Mission:...

Mission: PHL fact sheet

WHAT IS MISSION:PHL? Mission:PHL, the BusinessMirror’s Envoys & Expats Recognition Awards, celebrates the role of nations as partners in Philippine development. It gives due recognition to...

‘Argonaut’ steers tech store to deliver happiness online

AMONG the vast array of virtual marketplaces populating the Internet and offering instant gratification to a need that could be had in an instant,...

Tacloban teenage booters bring PHL’s brand of football to Moscow

FROM Tacloban City, Leyte to Moscow, Russia, four young Filipino footballers joined more than 200 players from 48 countries at the 2018 Fifa Foundation...

PHL’s honorary consul to Fiji is new Rotary-Manila prexy

THE Philippines’s Honorary Consul to the Republic of Fiji Jesus M. Pineda Jr. was elected as president of the Rotary Club of Manila on May 30, as he took over the post previously held...

Exchange program alumni mark 70 years of US-PHL ties

THE United States-Philippines exchange alumni network, in partnership with the US Embassy in Manila, commemorated the 70 years of US government-sponsored exchanges in the country during the “Alumni Reconnects” reunion and networking reception on...

Japan celebrates anniversary of Self-Defense Forces Day

AMBASSADOR of Japan to the Philippines Koji Haneda hosted a reception for the 64th anniversary of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) on June 28. Some 250 distinguished guests, including former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos and...

Going EMV

Bloomberg News recently reported that the number of hacked US credit cards offered for sale to other criminals on the Dark Web jumped by...
If it ain’t broke, why fix it? This is a question some pundits posed when President Duterte started tinkering with the Constituton of the Republic of the Philippines. The Chief Executive believes—he’s adamant—the country’s problem lies in the way government is formed. And, hence, Duterte advanced that abandoning the unitary...

How Apple’s app store changed our world

SAN FRANCISCO—A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps, unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile...

The pluses and minuses of owning a turtle

WHILE turtles might seem like perfect pets—less work than dogs and cats, more interactive than fish—there are a few things to keep in mind...

Life

Silly old bear: Exhibition explores world of Winnie-the-Pooh

By Kate Brumback | The Associated Press ATLANTA—A new exhibition in Atlanta celebrates Winnie-the-Pooh, wandering through his magical world and giving visitors a peek behind...

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...

Form or function? This portable battery’s got both

WHAT do you look for in a portable phone battery or a power bank? For me, more than looks, it should be capability or...

Joem Bascon goes the distance

Joem Bascon has become a more interesting actor. He doesn’t balk at challenges, a consequence of not being burdened with the task of keeping...

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

Tuna ceviche with coconut cream

TRADE and colonizers have formed our culinary identity over the centuries. Among the few ingredients that we can call truly ours, vinegar remains an...

Diseases on the rise

Flooding, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, strong typhoons and water crisis. As if these are not enough, the world has to brace itself as temperature rises...

Leptospirosis: The flood-borne legacy

With antibiotics available all year round, deaths caused by leptospirosis can be avoided. But unfortunately, Filipinos still die of it. In the past years, leptospirosis...

Are you fit enough to be a US Marine?

Say the words US Marine and the image of a tough, muscled soldier who eats nails for breakfast comes to mind. Owing to countless Hollywood...

Green

Bishops: Suffering of the poor more serious than attacks on the...

Amid President Duterte’s relentless tirades against the Catholic Church, bishops said that church people are called to stand their ground, pointing out that their...

BPI Foundation, Philam Foundation team up for financial education campaign for...

ELEMENTARY schoolchildren will soon learn to save and invest more through a partnership between BPI Foundation and Philam Foundation. Through a joint project called Bayan...

BM Reports

Part One A “BETTER version” of Madrid  Fusión Manila. This was how Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Officer in Charge of the Deputy Chief Operating  Office for Marketing and Promotions Maricon B. Ebron described the Buhay Carinderia Redefined project in an interview with the BusinessMirror, a day after it was launched, noontime variety...

Property

Journey

My personal paradise in the Visayas

Part One HAS it really been 12 years since I stayed alone in what’s probably the most incredibly beautiful island in the Visayas—Sumilon? This place holds...

India’s unsurpassed past and monuments

Story & photos by Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero In this second part of my India travelogue, I reminisce the joy and fulfillment in surveying a...
Forland 970×250

Motoring

CTEK launches complete professional battery maintenance system

Story & Photos by Patrick P. Tulfo CTEK, the acknowledged leader in battery maintenance and smart chargers in the world, has gone a long way...

Ford offers reduced cost of ownership

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino FORD Philippines recently implemented its improved and reduced cost of Scheduled Service Maintenance for its three best-selling vehicles—the...

The new band of brothers

Story & photos by Ronald Rey M. de los Reyes TIME has indeed swiftly passed by for Suzuki Philippines vice President and General Manager for...

Corruption in 2018: Will we see change?

Over the last two years, scandals unveiled by the publication of the Panama and Paradise Papers grabbed headlines, shocking citizens and shaming the corrupt....

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...

We need whistle-blowers–but they have to be protected!

Representatives of the private sector were invited to a dialogue with the chairman and the commissioners of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to discuss...

OPM fans flock to Fête at the Park ‘18

Photos by Clang, Rommel Balawang, Toy Perez and Panda Choco Photography THIS year’s Fête at the Park amazed the June 16 crowd at the Rizal Park...

Marketing

How can I achieve work-life balance?

Part One Dear PR Matters, I am fortunate to be part of a company that puts a lot of importance on work-life balance.  We have had...

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