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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

PHL growth seen breaching 6% even without elections

Elections are no longer a major factor in Philippine economic performance, economists said, allowing the country to stay away from “boom-bust” growth cycles seen in previous administrations. Economists also said a GDP growth of more...

TRAIN to dampen consumer spending this year, experts say

The country’s GDP may grow at a slower pace this year, as the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law could cut consumer spending, economists said on Tuesday. The National Economic...

Government to evaluate, audit power facilities

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued guidelines for the performance assessment and audit of all power generation, transmission and distribution systems and facilities. The set of guidelines, signed by Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi...

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

Conclusion ONE man is shrugging off the superb performance of the Philippine economy: Antonio S. Yap. The founder of the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF) believes determining if social-development schemes benefit desired stakeholders go beyond...

Wałęsa in Manila for series of speaking engagements

Former Polish president and retired politician Lech Wałęsa flew in from Warsaw via Hong Kong on Tuesday night for a series of speaking engagements in the country. Two Polish businessmen and politicians, Tomasz Turkowski and Jan Litynski, accompanied...

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...

PUV modernization program launched in Tacloban City

TACLOBAN CITY—Pushed to cancel due to heavy and continuous rain brought by Typhoon Urduja last December 15, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the...

Court orders government to answer petitions against TRAIN law implementation

THE Supreme Court (SC) has directed the Palace, the Senate and the House of Representatives to answer the  two petitions questioning the constitutionality of Republic Act...

Estrada to clear Manila streets of tricycles, pedicabs this year

EVEN before the iconic jeepney becomes a thing of the past in the coming years, Mayor Joseph E. Estrada expects the phaseout of all...

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...

Converge ICT vows to continue improving customer experience

Converge ICT Solutions Inc. (Converge ICT) vowed that it will continue to make customers experience better this year as it builds on the company’s...

Compliance guide to the Data Privacy Act

Philippine companies are given until March 8 to fully comply with the second and final phase of the implementing rules and regulations of the...

Market prices rise as GDP fails to meet expectations

SHARE prices managed to gain on Tuesday despite GDP figures falling slightly below consensus rate. The Philippine Stock Exchange index closed at 8,999.02 points, a new record high for the main index, gaining 48.40 points from the...

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 underscores halal development, promotion efforts

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), as the lead agency in developing and promoting the Philippine halal industry, underscored its efforts toward developing halal as a premium brand through industry development leading to...

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,...

Rice output in H1 seen exceeding 8.7 MMT

Paddy production in the first half of 2018 could rise by 1.63 percent to 8.709 million metric tons (MMT), from last year’s record of 8.569 MMT, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Data from...

Russia expands global reach of wheat sales with surge in Sudan

Russian wheat exports are expanding further across the globe as the world’s biggest shipper edges out competitors. In the latest example, its shipments to Sudan have jumped 87 percent so far this season, turning the...

Belgian Hope

MELBOURNE—A year after opting out of qualifying for the Australian Open, Elise Mertens has reached the semifinals in her debut at the season-opening Grand...

Pelicans’ Cousins books historic triple-double

NEW ORLEANS—DeMarcus Cousins had 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists, Anthony Davis scored 34 points, and the All-Star pair led a 17-point New...
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Slumping Milwaukee Bucks fire Kidd

MILWAUKEE—Seeking change amid midseason struggles, the Milwaukee Bucks fired Coach Jason Kidd on Monday after a slide that left a team with designs on challenging the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) best in eighth place...

Lady Chiefs unscathed

ARELLANO University kept its poise against a stubborn University of Perpetual Help University side, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-5, on Tuesday to close in on a Final Four spot in the women’s division of...

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...

No sector should be left behind in Cha-cha

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released on Tuesday the latest GDP figures, which showed that the country’s economy expanded by 6.7 percent in 2017....
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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The revenge of the midrange

AMID the shopping madness which unfolded over the holiday season at SM Mall of Asia, a terrifying scene of which I’m certain was replicated...

London Zoo names okapi ‘Meghan’ to celebrate royal wedding

LONDON—London Zoo has honored Prince Harry’s fiancée by naming its newborn okapi after her. The zoo said last Wednesday the animal born in early-December was...

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

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 and Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF), a group based in Mabalacat, Pampanga, that has been advocating...

Property

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DX architect changing the face of commercial real estate

THE new age of commercial real-estate spaces is upon us now, one where properties and brands interact seamlessly with buyers, customers and other stakeholders...

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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