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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

TRAIN not an excuse to lay off workers–Lopez

The country’s trade chief warned firms not to use the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, which raised excise taxes on sugar- sweetened drinks, as reason to strip workers...

NFA warns government rice stock gone by April

The National Food Authority (NFA) will ask the NFA Council (NFAC) to reconsider its earlier decision to set the arrival of rice imports in June, as it warned that the government’s stockpile could be...

Boracay resort says it hasn’t violated environmental laws

THE management of Boracay West Cove Resort said it has hewed closely to environmental laws, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) even issuing it a certificate of disposal of hazardous waste. In...

A single volcano can change world’s atmosphere–expert

A single volcano can change the world’s atmosphere, even permanently, depending on the intensity of the volcanic eruption, a pollution expert said. According to Mylene Cayetano, PhD, the head of the Environmental Pollution Studies Laboratory of...

Duterte not diluting EO on contractualization

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday allayed fears of labor groups that the new executive order (EO) on contractualization to be signed by President Duterte will be a “watered-down version” of...
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Turning Points 2018

News

DTI Davao confident low tariff on cement to erase smuggling in...

DAVAO CITY—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here said the declining tariff on many products, including cement, in the Association of Southeast Asian...

Caloocan real-property tax collection breached P1-billion mark in 2017 

The Caloocan City government collected P1.241 billion in real-property taxes (RPT) last year, from P840 million in 2016. This is equivalent to a 44-percent increase,...

Entrepreneur

Preserved roses bring Valentine’s Day sales jolt to Ecuador

IN a warehouse north of Ecuador’s capital, a small, busy army of dexterous workers puts the final touches on a shipment of made-to-order roses...

2018 trends: Bringing the ‘sexy’ back to HR

AS digital technologies continue to disrupt the human-resource (HR) landscape, Sprout Solutions, a Filipino tech start-up that provides a complete suite of HR software tools,...

From noble warriors to noble bakers

Sgt. Eric Ubalde is no ordinary soldier of the Special Operations Command of the Philippine Army. He’s a man of many lives, as his...

Rustan Supercenters begin building first Shopwise outlet in Batangas

RUSTAN Supercenters Inc. (RSI) officially broke ground on Tuesday for its first Shopwise outlet in Batangas as the retail chain sets its sights to expand further in Southern Luzon, particularly in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas,...

Govt told: Reveal details of pending labor deal with Kuwait

A migrant advocate group called on the government to disclose all the provisions of its pending labor bilateral agreement with Kuwait to protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Migrante International expressed concern the new accord may...

Pinoy herbal H&B company captures Mid East market

IN November 2017  a Filipino company, C and H Cosmetic Industry, got its Municipal Permit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to distribute their products in the mainstream market and Filipino stores. This February, an...

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...

Go unlimited this Year of the Earth Dog and beyond

How many online videos have you skipped on or songs you didn’t play, or games you had to quit from because of capped Internet...

House OKs bill penalizing land conversion on 2nd reading

The House of Representatives has recently approved on second reading one of its priority measures, which prohibits the conversion of irrigated and irrigable lands to ensure the country’s food security. Through viva voce voting, lawmakers...

Hike palay-buying price to P20/kg–Piñol

The government’s palay-buying price should go up to P20 per kilogram (kg) so the National Food Authority (NFA) could buy more local paddy to beef up its stockpile, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said...

Pyeongchang’s legacy? Perhaps debt and anger

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—The equation was supposed to be simple. To build a world-class ski destination, simply add the Olympics and wait. But, even as South...

Olympic hockey history etched on rink

GANGNEUNG, South Korea—The moment was too important to be overshadowed by a loss. No matter the final score. The Korean women’s hockey team, the first in...

Sprint to finish

LEBRON JAMES had a trophy in his hands and a smile on his face. That was last Sunday at the All-Star Game, when James again rose above the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) best in winning...

Literally, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

GANGNEUNG, South Korea—The first notes of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” had just played when Gabriella Papadakis suddenly became aware that people were about to see a whole lot more of her shape than...

Brit champions cause of countryside football

ASK a typical Filipino which sport he or she follows or plays, and easily that one would reply basketball, volleyball or boxing. Perhaps, this is...

More Filipinos discover Israel—‘The Holy Land, Start-up Nation’

THE Embassy of Israel has welcomed the increase in the number of visitors from the Philippines in 2017 who have discovered their country, known...

Bangladesh gives to Myanmar official the names of refugees for repatriation

DHAKA, Bangladesh—A Bang-ladesh Cabinet minister gave a list of 8,032 Rohingya refugees to his Myanmar counterpart to begin repatriations of the Muslim minority under a November agreement between the two countries. Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman...

Judge halts deportation of Indonesian Christians

HIGHLAND PARK, New Jersey—A federal judge has temporarily halted deportation proceedings against Indonesian Christians who are in the United States illegally but are seeking to gain legal status, including a man honored for his...

Our fair share

Recent statements from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have again brought crucial public attention to the urgent need for transparency and...
FROM earth we were made and there we shall decay. Considered as the element of firmness, it is the bedrock of fields, mountains, volcanos, archipelagos—a vast 30 percent of the planet is made of it. Earth signifies dozens of juxtapositions. As much as it is the symbol of stability, it...

Don’t want to bother with cat litter? Japan offers robots

TOKYO—Japan, home of the kawaii cult of cute, has always had a soft spot for companion robots, in contrast to the more industrial or...

Westminster show dogs have some unusual food faves

NEW YORK—Benjamin is a grand champion English toy spaniel, but he’s not a champ at chow. The otherwise undemanding dog tends to balk at...

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...

Tinder love

"A LOVE so tender, holdin’ me close to you, baby I surrender....” Only the “feelennials” will get this reference. Love is the thing that makes the...

Hitting his mark

Everybody has a chapter they don’t read out loud. Singer-actor Mark Bautista stayed for a time in Seattle, Washington, last year for the United States...

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

Green Day: Savory Steamed Parces

Steaming is one of the best and healthiest cooking methods you can use. While steam can’t make whatever you’re cooking crispy, or golden or...

Drinking is hazardous to youth’s health

Robert remembers little of his blackout—a lack of memory for events that occur during a night of heavy drinking—except that he attended a party...

Monitoring your heart rate during exercise

Before undertaking an exercise program, most especially one that will involve cardiovascular exercises, such as running and cycling, among others, it is important to...

25 Foods That Improve Your Health, Lower Risk of Diabetes

Part One These foods will improve your overall health and can be consumed without fear of aggravating diabetes. This post from Cure Joy unveils 25...

Green

Asean officials learn about marine-protected areas

Several officials from environment offices of some Southeast Asian countries visited marine-protected areas (MPAs) in Batangas province in the Philippines early this month in...

PHL to harness wave energy for hybrid trimaran vessels

Energy from ocean waves? Yes, the Philippines will harness energy from ocean to provide energy for hybrid trimaran cargo vessels. At the same time, the...

Bishop to faithful: Fight indifference

An official of the Catholic Church called on the faithful on Ash Wednesday to fight indifference to extrajudicial killings and corruption and even the...

Figure skater saves pups from South Korea dog-meat trade

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel is hoping to win a gold medal in South Korea this month—though no prize could be more...

DLSU welcomes 116 new scholars

MORE than 100 top performers in De La Salle University’s (DLSU) entrance examination for school year 2018-2019 were recently welcomed as scholars of respective...

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 REPUBLIC Act (RA) 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act, has created the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) in line with further improving the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the law and making it more adaptable to the changing procurement environment of the country. According to GPPB-Technical Support Office...

Property

Where to best invest in real estate in Asia Pacific 

"The Philippines’s real-estate market remains healthy,” said emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2018. “Manila growth may be held back by lack of...

Journey

Come Sail Away

THE American band Styx captured in its 1977 hit perhaps the best rock song about the age-old art of sailing. But that song applies...

Isabela’s dancing scarecrows…and more

Dubbed the “Queen Province of the North,” Isabela is regarded as the country’s agriculture powerhouse being the biggest producer of corn, the second-largest producer of...

Motoring

Ford rolls out its first-ever Ranger Raptor  

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino FINALLY, Ford made its famous flagship off-road performance DNA available for the Asia-Pacific market with the introduction of...

Isuzu, GMA Kapuso Foundation in tie-up

AS part of its corporate social responsibility program, Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC), the country’s leader in commercial vehicle segment, has formally signed a memorandum...

Ford set to launch 7 vehicles

DESPITE the new vehicle excise-tax regime, Ford Philippines continues to sell their SUV lineup, as well as the Ranger pickup.  According to their latest...

Tony & Nick

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,...

Pics or it didn’t happen

IN Indonesia’s Menoreh hills, villagers built a treetop adventure course in 2008 to lure thrill-seeking tourists. Instead, visitors are coming for the perfect Instagram...

Marketing

‘The Greatest Showman’ and Its Six Priceless Lessons in Public Relations

Two weeks ago, in between our singing in church, Wena, my choirmate, whispered to me: “Have you seen the movie The Greatest Showman? OMG,...

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