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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...

How to Get Men Involved in Gender-Parity Initiatives

When it comes to programs aimed at increasing gender parity, diversaity officers struggle to engage men. In a paper recently published in Organization Science, we...

Top News

Updated: Marketing veteran will head TPB as OIC

MARKETING veteran Arnold T. Gonzales was chosen as officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), following the resignation of the agency's COO, the actor Cesar Montano. In a news statement, the Department of Tourism...

Espenilla delivers 2nd deposit reserve cut

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced on Thursday yet another cut in the deposit reserve requirement ratio (RRR), further bringing down the banks’ vaulted cash. The Monetary Board’s decision to bring down the deposit requirement—or the...

P70 billion for 4Ps should go to farms–Piñol

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) wants to convert the P70-billion Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) into a livelihood funding assistance instead of a cash dole-out to help improve the farm sector. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol...

Despite inflation, growth goal doable–think tank

DESPITE high inflation, the national government can hit its economic growth target for the year on the back of strong consumption spending, according to a local think tank. In its latest Market Call report, First...

As PHL trails rivals, experts pitch faster infrastructure rollout

THE government must accelerate the rollout of its infrastructure program if it wants to see its competitiveness ranking improve in the next years, as rival economies continue to develop their business environment at the...
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News

AFP chief confirms ongoing ISIS recruitment in Mindanao

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. on Thursday confirmed that Mindanao- based terrorist groups, particularly the combined ISIS (an acronym for the...

Government orders Boracay service providers to enhance water-treatment capacity

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) told Boracay Island’s two private water service providers to enhance their wastewater-treatment capacity to accommodate consumers...

Zarate: Meralco power rate hike to cost consumers additional P54-billion per...

PARTY-LIST Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate of Bayan Muna on Thursday questioned the additional P1.55-per-kilowatt-hour (kWh) rate hike from Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), amid...

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,...

Entrepreneur

Jam Melchor: Preserving Philippine culinary heritage

AT 31, millennial chef Jam Melchor has already accomplished what many of his contemporaries would take a lifetime to do. His success, however, came after...

MetLife Foundation partners with Kiva to support entrepreneurs and build financial...

HONG KONG—MetLife Foundation has partnered with Kiva, a global non-governmental organization, to support entrepreneurs around the world through an employee-engagement campaign. As part of this...

How small businesses can navigate rising interest rates and remain profitable

It’s a good news-bad news situation for small businesses when interest rates rise. The Federal Reserve says that the economy is doing well, so it...

This ex-BHP engineer is ready to supply camel milk

Marcel Steingiesser gave up a 14-year career at the world’s biggest mining company to stake his future on what he says is an even better opportunity—Australian camel milk. That’s because while demand is growing in...

Lack of drivers’ database stymies ‘Pantawid Pasada’

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday admitted that the lack of a drivers’ database has delayed the implementation of the “Pantawid Pasada” program under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. During...

Philippines, Russia follow through on JCTEC initiatives

TRADE Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo and Ministry of Economic Development Deputy Minister Alexey Gruzdev met in Manila on April 19 for the cochairmen’s meeting of the Philippines-Russia Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation (JCTEC)....

A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

By Danica Kirka, Jill Lawless & Gregory Katz  | The Associated Press WINDSOR, England—The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed...

What is Iran’s atomic deal? Why is it targeted?

By Jon Gambrell | The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers faces its biggest diplomatic challenge yet as President Donald...

Import 100,000 MT of sugar, SRA told

The government must allow the importation of 100,000 metric tons (MT) of refined sugar to immediately fill up the demand of industrial users for the sweetener and halt the surge in local sugar prices. The...

Alaska dive fishermen plead for relief from sea otters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Northern sea otters, once hunted to the brink of extinction along Alaska’s Panhandle, have made a spectacular comeback by gobbling some of the state’s finest seafood—and fishermen are not happy about the competition. Sea...

Celtics a win shy of finals

BOSTON—LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger. Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points—his ninth 20-point game of the postseason—and...

No time to celebrate

HOUSTON—The Houston Rockets have a chance to take their first lead in the Western Conference finals with a victory over the Golden State Warriors...

PHL Masters: Rates, Carlos stay on top

Joenard Rates and Jobim Carlos matched birdie-birdie finishes on opposite nines for 71s as they kept their spots on top, one stroke ahead of...

Viray twins on track in PSL Challenge Cup

TWINS Nieza and Jeziela Viray kept Foton Blue Energy’s flag aloft as they trounced Cecilia Bangad and Caitlyn Viray of Smart, 21-10, 21-17, to...

Cariño rules Le Tour de Filipinas

BAGUIO CITY—Make way for the newest toast of Philippine cycling. Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance’s El Joshua Cariño fulfilled a cherished dream as he seized the 2018...

Rockets even series with Warriors 2-2

OAKLAND, California—Chris Paul pounded the ball down demonstratively on Stephen Curry’s home court in sheer delight. And maybe he sent a little message: These Rockets...

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...

CEO transitions real-estate sector into the new digital realm

IN a society that celebrates men as leaders and initiators, she has always strived to break dictates of the norm. Having spent her early years...

Senior exec shares multifaceted proficiencies

JLL Phils. Inc. Country Head Christophe Vicic is a senior executive who enjoys working in international business environments, as they give him opportunities to...

Kids discover football, fun in Manila thru FFH

VISITING refugee children from Marawi City and Muslim orphans of war from the Dar Amanah Children’s Home in Silang, Cavite, were treated to a “fun day” by Football for Humanity (FFH) Foundation and VXI...

Japan hands over community learning center in Sorsogon

THE Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, led by its First Secretary Manabu Yasukawa, witnessed on May 8 the turnover ceremony of the  community learning center in the municipality of Magallanes, Sorsogon.  The project...

German leads conservation efforts in Davao

WHEN God made the Earth, He gave human beings dominion over it. But they did a lousy job of maintaining it in its pristine condition. Instead of taking care of the planet, mankind is close...
IT is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Philippines because of its vibrant tourism industry. As one of the Philippines’ major tourist drivers, it is in a class by itself. A World Heritage Site and countless other new and undiscovered wonders of nature can be found here. The city...

At Cannes, a #MeToo upheaval up and down the Croisette

CANNES, France—Fifty years after filmmakers shut down the Cannes Film Festival, the prestigious Cote d’Azur extravaganza was again shook by upheaval. From the start to...

In their element

WHEN I was in elementary, I fancied myself as an artist of sorts. I was engrossed in drawing, quietly emulating a Chinese classmate who...

Life

22 world records set at Christie’s Rockefeller auction

By Verena Dobnik | Associated Press NEW YORK—Twenty-two world records have been set at a Christie’s auction, including the $832-million total for the priciest private...

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...

Gadgets for good health

THERE’S no doubt that people can’t live without gadgets. The first thing we do when we wake up is check our mobile phones. We...

Half empty, half full

Heart Evangelista had been waiting for many years to get pregnant after she married politician Francis Escudero in early 2015. Just over a week...

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

Island Food

The coconut tree has always symbolized island life. The use of coconut and spice must go back to precolonial times. Like our neighbors in Southern...

Hormonal disorder among reproductive-age women

Part 1 IF you ask a man what polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is and he can’t answer, that’s understandable. But asking a woman what PCOS is...

Four reasons you haven’t achieved your dream summer body

IT'S a vicious cycle indeed. After the feasting in December, we resolve to look good in time for summer. With enough grit and hard work,...

Six Ways to Kick-Start Your Fitness Routine

WE can describe moms in many ways—hard working, hectic, hurried. But how about healthy? Living and loving a balanced life these days is close to...

Green

Managing protected areas through PPP

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is ready to accept applications for Special-Use  Agreement in Protected Areas (Sapa) after Environment Secretary Roy...

A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers

SAN FRANCISCO—The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. It became clear...

TIP students design sustainable packaging for Unilever products

IN its commitment to find sustainable alternatives to plastic sachets, Unilever Philippines recently partnered with the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) to engage...

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

Citystate Properties honors its top brokers

More than 100 real-estate brokers witnessed their peers get recognized during Citystate Properties & Management Corp.’s (CPMC) Brokers Appreciation Day held recently at the...

Journey

A journey to wellness in the south

Story & photos by Bernard L. Supetran MENTION “Cebu” and, immediately, images of powdery beaches, hand-crafted guitars, danggit, otap and Lapu-Lapu Shrine come to mind....

Lost in Yazd’s Old Town

Story & photos by Joshua Berida   I left Shiraz wanting to see more of Iran, and yet I was unsure of visiting Yazd, but the consideration...
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Motoring

Mercedes-Benz Actros now made even safer

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino MERCEDES-Benz just made its world’s safest hauler even safer. But how exactly they did that is by further...

RoadTrek makes ’em all green with envy–again

THE beauty of the Toyota RoadTrek is that it is like a golf course, if not a smorgasbord. OK, include watches, if not clocks,...

BMW’s first-ever X2 unveiled

Story & Photos by Patrick P. Tulfo BMW, now under the helm of Ramon S. Ang-led San Miguel Corp., launched the first-ever BMW X2 Sports...

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...

Indonesian online payment firm targets Pinoy millennials

INDONESIAN online payment firm PT UniPin Online Game Voucher (UniPin) is banking on millions of “unbanked” Filipino young gamers as it ventures and seeks...

Marketing

How can I get out of my comfort zone and find...

Dear PR Matters,  I like reading your column because I learn a lot of new things even if my work is not in PR. Some...

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