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Monday Morning

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...

Identifying High-Potential Employees

By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Seymour Adler & Robert B. Kaiser Talented employees are force multipliers. By word and deed, they model and teach winning behaviors that shape...

When Political Temperatures Run Hot

By Karen Firestone It’s not as unusual as it once was for partisan discussions to flare up at work. As a CEO, I try hard...

Top News

Balisacan bucks high rice tariffs in lieu of QR

While the removal of the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice will promote greater competition in the country’s rice sector, Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) Chairman and former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan said replacing...

Government to invest P7.7 billion for free Wi-fi service in next 5 years

IMPROVING the state of the Internet in the Philippines—described as slow, expensive and congested—will require an investment of roughly $150 million, or P7.7 billion, from the government over the course of President Durterte’s term,...

PHL needs above 6% GDP growth up to 2040 to end poverty–expert

If the Philippines wants to eradicate poverty, it must post a GDP growth of at least 6 percent every year until 2040, according to a former dean of the University of the Philippines (UP)...

Can PHL wean itself off coal?

Conclusion A REPORT for educational and informational purposes by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) provides an overview of the country’s coal sector. “The...

‘Papa P’ is DOT’s new tourism ambassador

MULTIAWARDED actor and singer Piolo Pascual, whom fans and netizens fondly call “Papa P”, has been designated as the country’s newest tourism ambassador. This was revealed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) during the formal...

News

Duterte to jeepney drivers: Support modernization or face consequences

Malacañang on Wednesday urged jeepney drivers and operators to contribute to the development of the jeepney-modernization program, rather than holding strikes and protests that...

DENR earmarks P25 million to jump-start biodiversity projects in coastal areas

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has set aside P25 million from its budget to boost biodiversity-friendly enterprises in coastal communities next...

NTC backs bill to reclassify broadband as ‘basic service’

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has backed the passage of a bill that would classify broadband access as a “basic service.” In a position paper,...

Writ of amparo filed vs ‘Tokhang’ in San Andres

A PETITION was filed on Wednesday before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking the issuance of a writ of amparo to protect certain individuals, as...

Entrepreneur

Corporate career to entrepreneur: How to prepare for the big leap

After two decades in the workforce, Ohio businesswoman Deborah Wasylko found herself faced with the prospect of having to move to keep her job...

WCC Aviation prepares students for ‘highest-paying’ jobs

Following the growth of the global economy, the demand for aviation professionals continues to boom in the Asia-Pacific region. Recent data by the Philippine...

Grohe stages ‘Oktoberfeast for the Senses’ on Oct 20 at BGC 

GROHE, the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings and a global brand dedicated to providing innovative water products, will be staging “Oktoberfeast for the Senses” on...

DA wants perks for firms buying local produce

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will ask Congress to enact a measure mandating the grant of incentives to businesses that would source agricultural products from Filipino farmers. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the plan...

CDO EdTech Startup to represent PHL in Start Jerusalem

A START-UP from Cagayan de Oro will represent the Philippines in an all-expense paid trip in Start Jerusalem (Start JLM) from November 5 to 11, after besting four other local start-ups during the Pitch...

DTI cites rise of global value chains, NEMs in exports growth

IN a recent seminar coorganized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Asean Japan Center (AJC) titled “Changing Trade and Investment Landscape in Asean and the Philippines,” the DTI cited the...

Perspective

Retail billionaire gets a taste for e-commerce as Alibaba nears

By Ian Sayson & Cecilia Yap | Bloomberg John Gokongwei oversees an empire spanning airlines, malls and property. Now the billionaire’s family is preparing to...

It’s time to give Taiwan a look

CLINKS of cutlery and indistinct chatter interrupted the early silence of that grand welcome dinner in downtown Taipei. The mood was stiff and movements...

Pork output seen growing by 3.15% in 2018

Philippine pork production next year could reach 1.635 million metric tons (MMT), 3.15 percent higher than the projected output of 1.585 MMT for this year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In...

Rice imports in 2018 to hit 1.7 MMT–USDA

Philippine rice imports next year could increase by more than half to 1.7 million metric tons (MMT), from the 1.1 MMT projected for 2017, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA...

On its National Day, Germany hails ‘people connection’ with PHL

Story & photos by Recto Mercene GERMANY recently celebrated its National Day of Unity in Manila led by its Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Gordon...

Big businesses could learn from social enterprises

Story & photos by Thomas Graham LAST year my company MAD (Make A Difference) Travel had the opportunity to welcome Frenchman Jean-Philippe Courtois, the president...

Homes just aren’t that affordable, central bank tells Malaysians

Malaysia’s central bank has a response to those saying it needs to do more to spur home loans: Houses simply aren’t affordable. Bank Negara Malaysia has created a web site packed with data aimed at debunking...

Bangladesh PM says government will continue to help Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh—Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said last Saturday that her government would continue to support nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled neighboring Myanmar to escape violence. Hasina said the government was pursuing...

The Broader Look

THE Philippines continues to experience remarkable economic growth since 2010 and is forecasted to grow faster than expected with the strong private sector’s confidence in the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Some business leaders feel that foreign investors are looking at the Philippines as the best investment hub in...
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Standing and adapting to the test of time

It’s not only within the walls of Intramuros that time stands still. The concept of running seconds, and the vicissitudes along with it, is also...

Words of ‘kidsdom’

IN line with the theme of Kids’ Month, I got into thinking how our kids can just blurt out of the blue such “wise”...

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...

Tips to convert a spare room into a multifunctional walk-in closet

By Melissa Rayworth / The Associated Press Longing for a bigger closet? Remember that rooms in your home don’t have to be used the way they were...

Smartphone battle royale gets fiercer with return of Moto and Nokia

“Nostalgia is a powerful feeling; it can drown out anything.”—Terrence Malick BEFORE the rise in popularity of Huawei, Samsung and the first iPhone, the two...

Strong Philippine delegation in Busan

THE 2017 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is ongoing, and the Philippine flag is definitely flying high. There are seven films from the Philippines...

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

All Hallow’s Eve Surprise

I can’t count how many times I’ve said that Halloween is my favorite occasion to bake goodies for. There’s nothing like ghouls and ghosts,...

Health & Fitness

Suicide: Death by self

Part Two Tyron Perez was on his way in show business when his manager, Douglas Quijano, died.  After that, his career dwindled. Later on, he...

The Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend In Las Vegas: Monster Physiques,...

Las Vegas, Nevada—As a sidelight to the Mr. Olympia 2017 bodybuilding  and physique competitions held here early in September was the Olympia Fitness &...

50 Ways Happy, Successful People March to Their Own Beat

Part One 1 Stop consuming caffeine Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is, they really don’t. Actually, we’ve become so dependent on caffeine...

Green

Protecting the endangered ‘pawikan’

With the continuing decline of the global population of marine turtles, the Philippines is mulling over to move for stronger conservation measures under the...

Strengthening support for biotechnology in PHL

In its September 15 issue, the BusinessMirror cited diocesan priest Fr. Emmanuel Alparce, a member of the Department of Agriculture Biotech Program Technical Committee...

On the death-penalty revival, priest asks: ‘What message are we sending...

The revival of the death penalty would risk sending the wrong message to society, especially the young people, a Catholic priest said. Jesuit priest Fr....

National Artist Frank Sionil Jose leads 2017 Dangal Awardees

National Artist for Literature Frank Sionil Jose led this year’s sterling list of awardees at the 5th Dangal (Dakilang Adhikain ng Ating Lahi) Awards...

Business Sense

Arkady Volozh, the bearded cofounder of Yandex, Russia’s largest search engine, bristled at hearing his company branded “the Google of Russia.” Far from emulating the American firm, he pointed out, Yandex launched in 1997, a full year before Google. More crucially, the moniker poorly describes what Yandex offers today, which...

BM Reports

Part Two ENVIRONMENTAL activists group Greenpeace Philippines claims the burning of fossil fuels, specifically coal, is detrimental to the environment and human health. “Specifically, traditional means of generating energy that involves the burning of polluting fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas and oil, have been scientifically proven to be...

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...

Alviera: Future premier hub

AFTER establishing an impressive mark in township development, Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) enhances its marquee project Alviera—a gigantic mixed-use estate in Porac, Pampanga, that...
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Motoring

Seeing the Ford EcoSport in a different light

FORD Group Philippines recently invited the motoring media, including this writer, for a test-drive event to Tagaytay dubbed as the “EcoSport, Out of Town...

Rubbers for the all-purpose machine

Story & photo by Ronald Rey M. de los Reyes NOWADAYS, with the looming excise tax just around the corner, customers are on panic mode flocking...

The next (big) step in local motorsports

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino MOTIVATED by the passion for motorsports, Tuason Racing School (TRS) has taken the giant step to encourage local...

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...

Working in Dubai great experience for two Filipino women millennials

AS far as Ann Cyndel Abilon and Chazel Mae Arizabal are concerned, working in Dubai is a great experience, so much so they encourage...

Marketing

Rice output likely grew 13.9 percent in Q3–PSA

Philippine palay production in the third quarter likely rose by 13.9 percent to 3.38 million metric tons (MMT), from last year’s 2.97 MMT, according...

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