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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...

How Coca-Cola, Netflix and Amazon Learn from Failure

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

The start-ups most likely to succeed have technical founders who hire...

By Martin Murmann Identifying, recruiting and retaining the right employees are among the most important tasks in the formative stages of a new business—and among...

Top News

Govt to ease restrictions on foreign investments

President Duterte has instructed his economic team to further liberalize certain investment areas, such as private recruitment and contracts for construction and public works, as part of efforts to bolster foreign participation in the...

PHL now in Dream Cruises program

By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror THE Philippines is now included in the itinerary of Dream Cruises, a luxury cruise line for the Asian market created by Genting Cruise Lines, owner and...

Industry group asks local officials to stop issuing blanket ban on fireworks

The domestic fireworks industry, which employs around 150,000 people, is asking local government units (LGUs) to refrain from imposing a blanket ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnics, stressing that there is no law or issuances...

ING, FINEX cap successful search for the country’s most outstanding CFO

After a nearly half-a-year search, Dutch financial giant ING Bank and the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) bestowed the coveted title “11th ING FINEX CFO of the Year” to Jose Teodoro K....

PCC backs Duterte offer to China to end duopoly

The country’s competition body is backing President Duterte’s offer to China to break the duopoly in the telecommunications (telco) industry and liberate Filipinos from the burden of paying relatively high fees for slow Internet...

News

MGB exec seeks security for mine sites to deter communist...

Mining companies operating in remote areas with zero military presence are forced to pay revolutionary tax or risk attacks by communist-led New People’s Army...

Gov lauds PCSO for P1.2-B assistance to Pampanga folk

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda has lauded the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for the P1.2 billion in financial assistance it has...

Swedish trade exec: It’s still hard to do business in...

The head of a Swedish business delegation said the Philippines had remained a “complicated” nation to engage in trade with, notwithstanding its robust economic...

Naia’s 1,057 building attendants get 3-yr continuous employment

The 1,057 building attendants working at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) terminals will enjoy uninterrupted employment for three years effective on December 1. Manila International...

Entrepreneur

A look at Trump’s business associates across Asia Pacific

President Donald J. Trump has temporarily put his sons in charge of his company, but the Trump Organization still does business abroad. That has prompted questions...

Limjoco recognized at International Women Entrepreneurs Challenge

The Philippines took the center stage anew, as the country’s franchising ambassadress and the universally acknowledged Mother of Philippine Franchising Ma. Alegria “Bing” Sibal-Limjoco was recognized...

50 years of passion, dedication: A chief speaks

The business started out almost 50 years ago in a makeshift outdoor office under a santol (cottonfruit) tree. However, never in her wildest dreams did...

NFA palay purchases down 72.64%

Unmilled rice purchased by state-run National Food Authority (NFA) in the January-to-October period fell by 72.64 percent to 21,684.45 metric tons (MT), from 79,244 MT a year ago. NFA Spokesman Rebecca Olarte said the food...

Govt pressed to allow farmers to export corn

The National Corn Competitiveness Board (NCCB) said removing the restrictions on exporting corn would give farmers enough elbow room to ensure their profitability, particularly when farm-gate prices are too low. NCCB Executive Vice Chairman Roderico...

Proudly IP, export-quality creations displayed at Sikat Pinoy

Story and photos by Efleda P. Campos / Senior Editor FORTY indigenous craftsmen and artisans proudly joined over 200 mainstream master-handicraft makers from all over the country to display one-of-a-kind creations, mostly handwoven fabrics, to feature...

Perspective

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 own drugstore with me as the industrial partner. I’m...

Virtus Awards: Recognizing excellence among hotel sales and marketing professionals 

With more than 7000 islands, nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, tropical biodiversity and a great range of cultural traditions, the Philippines is one of...

PHL fisheries output declined by almost 4% in Q3–report

Fisheries production in the Philippines continued to decline and fell by nearly 4 percent in the third quarter due to the anemic performance of the commercial and municipal subsectors, according to data from the...

PHL rice output to hit 19.4 MMT

The country’s paddy production for 2017 would settle at 19.4 million metric tons (MMT), 10.11 percent higher than the 18.15 MMT produced last year, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority...

Celtics’ streak ends

By Tim Reynolds / The Associated Press MIAMI—Dion Waiters watched his three-point try bounce off the rim, ricochet off the top of the backboard, then hit...

Westbrook, Thunder storm past Warriors

OKLAHOMA CITY—Russell Westbrook said in the buildup before playing ex-teammate Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors that it was just another game. His play...

Racela: Tams have grown

FIRST-TIME collegiate coach Olsen Racela and Far Eastern University (FEU) fell short against Ateneo de Manila in the Final Four of the Season 80 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament...

Fajardo leads Gilas charge

HEAD Coach Chot Reyes will field a team that is tailor-fit against Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Friday. Naturalized player Andray Blatche leads the 12-man squad along with fellow big man...

‘Shared bonds, interests’ with PHL hailed on Austria’s National Day

Story & photos by Recto Mercene         NOTHING could spoil a party worse than a heavenly downpour, so Austria’s Ambassador to the Philippines Bita Rasoulian...

Mexican Embassy rekindles tradition for the departed

IN a rare occasion, the Mexican Embassy in the Philippines celebrated the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos in Spanish) with an invitation...

Cambodia’s top court orders opposition party dissolved

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Cambodia’s Supreme Court ordered the country’s main opposition party to be dissolved last Thursday, dealing one of the most crushing blows yet to democratic aspirations in the increasingly oppressive Southeast Asian state. The...

US would consider individual sanctions for Myanmar

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that the US is deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces, and called for an independent investigation into a...

PHL cryptocurrency: Is the time now?

The Philippines has the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of the future of money. The expertise for this is not going to...

The Broader Look

PRESIDENT Duterte may not have heard of Dani Rodrik, but at least they agree on China. By not copying the Western version of going to market, China applied its own version of capitalism, Rodrik wrote in “The fatal flaw of neoliberalism: It’s bad economics.” Whether that’s true or not, whether...
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Murder, mystery and Michelle Pfeiffer

By Elaine Lipworth FIRST coming into prominence in the cult classic Scarface (1983), starring opposite Al Pacino, Golden Globe winner and three-time Oscar nominee Michelle...

A partnership of ideas, passion and heart

IT took just 12 years for the Myron’s Group to make the grand leap from selling ready-to-eat gourmet food at the weekend markets in...

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...

Is ridesharing the answer to the worsening traffic situation?

HOW many times have you missed appointments, dates, events and other important matters because of traffic? “Leave early” is the advice we’re often told. The...

‘Christmas in Our Hearts’ almost never happened

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner. And whether they are blaring mall-wide from speakers while you plunge into your holiday shopping, or being “sung”...

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

True Blue Samgyeupsal and Other Staples

Samgyeupsal places are a dime a dozen, and its ubiquity in the country has spawned all sorts of interpretations of this classic Korean staple. But...

Health & Fitness

50 Ways Happy, Successful People March to Their Own Beat

Conclusion Here’s a list that you may find helpful in attaining happiness and success. 42 Have no more than 3 items on your to-do list each day When...

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: What Women Should Know

Rose, 32, owner of a business firm in Davao City, grew up having irregular periods and battling her weight. In her late 20s, her...

In search of alternative drugs against diabetes

‘Diabetes doesn’t need to be a life sentence of ill health. With prompt diagnosis, simple lifestyle adjustments and, if necessary, medication, people with diabetes can expect...

Green

Ecotourism for wildlife conservation

Endowed with rich natural resources, white sandy beaches, pristine waters, astonishing landscapes surrounding inland water bodies and a variety of wildlife, the Philippines has...

DNA laboratory set for researches, trainings

The Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus (PSHS-EVC) has received the chance of a lifetime to produce scientific researches, courtesy of the Breakthrough Junior...

Bishop lauds Asean pact on migrant workers’ rights

A Catholic bishop has lauded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in its bid to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers across...

BPI Sinag Accelerate 2017 names top 10 social enterprises

BPI Foundation has named the 10 awardees of the BPI Sinag Accelerate 2017. They will receive business-incubation training and up to P500,000 in seed-funding...

Business Sense

A year ago, Donald Trump was elected president. Many people predicted that American foreign policy would take a disastrous turn. Trump had suggested that he would scrap trade deals, ditch allies, put a figurative bomb under the rules-based global order and drop literal ones willy-nilly. Nato was “obsolete,” he...

BM Reports

Part Three WITH the increasing population and expansion of service areas of both Maynilad Water Services Inc., Manila Water Co. Inc. and the Bulacan Bulk Water project, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) is eyeing to serve around 20 million people by the end of the Duterte administration. Aside from...

Journey

Good times, good food

DRIVEN by the entrepreneurial spirit of its founding chairman, Dr. Gerardo “Gerry” Malvar Castillo, Allegra’s Kitchen opened its first store on September 8, 2015. The...

Bridging economic and housing developments in San Fernando City

PRIMED by various developments now taking place, San Fernando in Pampanga has, so far, become one of the progressive component cities in the country...
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Motoring

2017 Kia Soul 1.6 DSL EX: Soulful delight

ARE you wondering where Kia derived the name Soul, or if it represents a deeper meaning? Well, it happened to be the most straightforward...

Road safety program for kids

MORE than two years and 45 events later, Volkswagen Philippines continues its Child Safety Initiative program to promote road safety among youngsters. For the third...

All-new Vitara stages much-awaited comeback

Story and photos by Randy S. Peregrino THERE’s an addition to the wide range of subcompact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) in the country as Suzuki Philippines...

Judicial Issues and Corruption

During the very well attended Arangkada Forum on September 14, there was much focus on sectors with substantial growth potential—including agriculture, creative industries, information...

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...

Content is king, distribution is queen

THERE are many products that do not become brands and eventually become failures. Blame it...

What do you do when compliance issues arise?

There is no doubt that organizations and their managers are more and more exposed to compliance breaches, be it in data-privacy protection, anti-corruption, quality...

Couples need a cash plan, Pru Life gab bares

Story & photo by Rizal Raoul S. Reyes PLANNING together on financial matters is beneficial because it enables dynamic discussion regarding the future of those...

Marketing

DA unable to allot P1.6-billion Yolanda fund for agri damage

TACLOBAN CITY—Barely a month remaining before the deadline, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Eastern Visayas has still to allocate P1.6-billion of its Yolanda...

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