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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...

Strategies for Working From Anywhere

By Dorie Clark OVERWORKED professionals have always dreamed of escaping to a quiet beach. But, instead of sipping tiki drinks and sunbathing, the new dream is...

Top News

Business owners, workers brace for Boracay’s closure

BORACAY ISLAND, Malay, Aklan—For days, Charm (not her real name) was dreading this meeting. She is one of the waitstaff assigned to this posh resort, and the manager just called all the contractual workers...

Sell sunny PHL, Russian envoy urges

THE warm weather may allow the country to get a slice of the 22 million-strong Russian travel and tourism outflow market. This is according to Russian Ambassador Igor A. Khovaev, who’s also urging that the Philippines...

Taiwan champions universal health care coverage

Universal health care must be above politics. Anybody anywhere must have access to and be able to afford the best doctors, and the best medicine and health-care systems, “because we are all human.” This is...

Task Force Boracay told: Reveal names of violators

JUST two days before Boracay Island is to be closed for a six-month, state-led rehabilitation effort, the interagency Task Force Boracay has yet to reveal the names of the violators and government executives that...

Manufacturing sector powered GDP growth in Q1–Neda

The manufacturing sector’s strong performance in the first three months of the year likely boosted the country’s GDP growth in the first quarter, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). On Monday Socioeconomic...
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News

Labor group’s last-ditch appeal to end ‘endo’ ahead of Labor Day

A labor group on Monday urged President Duterte to reconsider his decision not to issue an executive order (EO) prohibiting contractualization, which, it said, could serve...

DILG plans to develop village spies, reporters

CLARK FREEPORT—Interior Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin B. Diño announced in a conference here on April 19 that the Department of the Interior and...

DOTr, LTO plate-making plant launched

The transportation department inaugurated its own plant for the production of license plates on Tuesday, one of the answers to the roughly 8.2-million plate backlog...

Entrepreneur

Once an industry joke, electric buses start to dent oil demand

Electric buses were seen as a joke at an industry conference in Belgium seven years ago when the Chinese manufacturer BYD Co. showed an early...

How to grow your backyard business in a hot market this...

Filipinos are some of the most fascinating and persistent entrepreneurs in the world. They are remarkably optimistic: More than half of the population believes...

Business guide to set up an internal audit system

When do you know it’s time to set an internal audit function for your business? An internal audit group, or officer, is essential as...

Grab modifies app; drivers to see destination only after ride acceptance

STARTING on Friday, Grab drivers will no longer see the destination of passengers on their job cards before accepting bookings, according to the chief of Grab Philippines, who said this could help reduce the “selective...

Industries post slower earnings growth in Q4

The expansion of the gross revenues of local industries slowed to 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Based on the data from the Quarterly Economic Indices...

DTI sees bright prospects ahead for Philippine coffee industry

WHILE the Philippines consumes as much coffee as countries such as the United States, Brazil, Japan and the European Union (EU), the country is also looking to be one of the top producers of...

Technology in medical industries leads to sustained growth

Many of the country’s hospitals has adapt to the changing landscape and developments in the health care industry by expanding the scope of their...

The Year of the Dog 2018 It’s going to be a...

Have you ever wonder why Mayon Volcano is raging? Along with the country’s pride—having the world’s perfect cone—other volcanoes have also erupted. Papua New...

DA to scrap ‘corruption prone’ farm subsidies program

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will establish an “accessible” financing scheme for farmers and fishermen instead of giving them subsidies to curtail corruption and fast-track project implementation. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol made the pronouncement...

Imports boost PHL frozen-pork inventory in March–report

The country’s frozen-pork inventory as of March 26 expanded by 88.78 percent to 23,852.88 metric tons (MT), from 12,634.95 MT recorded in the same period last year, data from the National Meat Inspection Service...

Rockets fire at will

MINNEAPOLIS—Though James Harden and most of the Houston Rockets were misfiring throughout the first half, their confidence never wavered. In the third quarter, those sharpshooters...

PHL bowlers take on Asia’s best in Open

FILIPINO bowlers go up against some of Asia’s best in the Second Philippine International Bowling Open at the Coronado Lanes in Starmall starting this...

Chan, Constantino emerge top seeds

Aidric Chan and Harmie Constantino used a pair of sizzling starts to dominate their respective sides and gain the top seeding in the Philippine...

All or nothing

IT is all or nothing for Far Eastern University (FEU) and Ateneo de Manila as they battle for the remaining Finals slot of Season...

Forever a Lady Bulldog

HER beloved National University (NU) down and on the brink of elimination by powerhouse De La Salle in the third set, 11-24, graduating Lady...

Nadal: Unbelievable!

MONACO—Usually modest about his achievements, Rafael Nadal allowed himself a moment to appreciate his record 31st Masters title last Sunday. Nadal was at his dominant...

Diplomatic, expat community; govt agencies show enthusiastic support for ‘Mission: PHL’

AMBASSADORS and representatives of the nation’s diplomatic circle, including executives and officials of government agencies, recently gathered for the inaugural event of  “Mission: PHL”—the ...

Neda in ‘Mission: PHL’

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia (seated, right) and BusinessMirror Publisher T. Anthony C. Cabangon (seated, left) finalize the memorandum of agreement to formalize the participation...

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...

CEO sees ‘green’ with innovative gift cards

CARLOS KORTEN, the Filipino-American CEO of Pasig & Hudson Consulting, has “green blood” running through his veins. As a Boston Celtics fan, he said the...

European Literary Fair 2018 showcases continent’s best-written prose, poetry

THE European Literary Fair recently celebrated literature from our neighboring continent as dozens of new book titles are now made available to Filipino readers. The...

NJLA goes Asia Pacific; call for submissions ongoing

THE Philippines Graphic and the BusinessMirror have recently announced the expansion of the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards (NJLA) to member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Hong Kong, Taiwan, as well as...

Doctor-diplomat prescribes ‘preferential trading’ for enhanced Pakistan-Philippines relations

PAKISTAN’S Ambassador Dr. Aman Rashid claimed that there are many comparisons between his country and the Philippines, notwithstanding the geographical distance that separate them. “We have lots of similarities. Maybe, it’s because we’re both developing...

On its National Day, Pakistan pitches ‘twinning’ of Makati/Manila, Karachi

PAKISTAN’S embassy officials in Manila organized a special reception on March 23 to commemorate their country’s 78th National Day anniversary. With celebrations ongoing for the entire year, the regular diplomatic reception of Pakistan Day was...

Safe and easy riding

Motorcycles are a cheap and convenient way to get around our traffic-jammed roads, but more safety measures should be implemented to address the increasing number of...
SHE was the first princess I met and I was so dumbstruck I only noticed her smile, which was as radiant as the sun. Princess Jacel Kiram was wearing a hijab, all smiles and charming when we shook hands. What struck me most was she spoke English with crystal-clear clarity....

Smart brings free YouTube access to link Filipinos to richer video content

Story & photos by Pauline Joy M. Gutierrez TELECOMMUNICATIONS giant Smart Communications has partnered with leading global video-sharing platform YouTube to provide its subscribers one-hour free...

Comfort dogs in court do opposite for some defenders, judges

HARTFORD, Connecticut—As dogs and other animals are increasingly used in courts to comfort and calm prosecution witnesses, a few voices are calling for keeping...

Life

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...

Netflix is proving to be a tough act for copycats to...

SAN FRANCISCO—Netflix’s video-streaming service has been thriving for so long that other companies are striving to duplicate its success in other kinds of digital...

Rocco Nacino rocks

There is a scene in Alvin Yapan’s Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa where Rocco Nacino, one of the two lead actors, expresses his love...

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

Food from our neighbors

I MUST confess that this article should’ve come out last year. But careless old me misplaced the memory card I used to take the...

Meningococcemia contagious and fatal: Know the symptoms and be protected

Although the disease is not highly contagious, the Department of Health (DOH) warned that meningococcal meningitis can kill in a matter of hours. The DOH...

Health woes under the sun

Two days ago, Arman went out bike riding later than he normally did. Instead of biking at either 6 or 7 a.m., he did...

Why we shouldn’t worry about growing too much muscle

Some people have avoided lifting weights, fearing it may make them look too big or bulky, when what they truly aspire for is a...

Green

Championing biodiversity in Southeast Asia

‘Biodiversity is an environmental concern that knows no boundaries.” Thus said Theresa Mundita S. Lim, the former director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)...

‘You need deliberate focus to master a skill’

In this age of fast-food and instant gratification, hard work, patience and dedication are still the factors to propel an individual to success. In her...

Government-run dating service is Taiwan’s solution to aging society

TAIWAN hopes to tackle the most pressing of first-world problems through increased government intervention in people’s love lives. The interior ministry said it will organize...

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

Conclusion Lack of funds? The crafting of the management framework for sardines was initiated a few years back, but sources said it was later suspended because of lack of funding and a decision of Department of Agriculture (DA) officials to stick to the strategy of declaring fishing moratoriums for the meantime. Sources also said...

Property

Teching up real estate through Unity

Part One ONE of my long-standing work passions is technology and how it affects my various sandboxes—from financial services, agriculture, health care, retail and, more...

Journey

An unmatched living experience in Tagaytay

WHEN weekend daydreaming of the perfect getaway that’s just close to the Metro and where cool weather and a ton of activities await, the...

Bisikleta Iglesia is the country’s next big faith tourism event

Visita Iglesia, the Holy Week tradition introduced by Augustinian missionaries in the 1560s, has always been the top-of-mind Lenten activity among Filipinos. The practice of...
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Motoring

JAC Motors introduces lineup of passenger vehicles

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino JAC Motors finally brought in its complete lineup of passenger vehicles in the country through the exclusive distributorship...

I’ll head the Caretela Commission on one condition

AN open letter to Transportation Secretary Tugade. Dear APT, Why not put up a commission each for buses, taxis, jeepneys, transportation network vehicle service (TNVS), trains—and...

Car dealership in Boracay soon?

IT’S not done until it’s done. And so, the plan by President Duterte to transform Boracay into an agricultural haven still remains just that:...

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...

Risk Assessment/ Penetration tests/ Ethical hacking

Whether we like it or not, compliance and ethics management cannot be ignored when doing business locally and/or internationally. Successful compliance programs rest on...

Ways to engage young employees–according to Facebook

FACEBOOK is the first Fortune-500 company founded and led by a millennial, and we pride ourselves on having built a workplace designed by and...

Marketing

The power of storytelling

PETER Guber, Mandalay Entertainment Group chairman and CEO, engaged his audience as he shared his leadership story and the importance of storytelling in business...

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