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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

PHL bent on regaining education-hub status

The Philippines is keen on regaining its education-hub status—now held by Malaysia—in the region through the liberalization of the education sector in the upcoming amendments to the Regular Foreign Investment Negative List (RFINL), according...

Metro condos selling like hotcakes amid rising cost

HOUSING demand in Metro Manila will continue to rise, as foreign investors from Southeast Asia, China and the Middle East infuse more capital into the Philippines, according to real-estate service provider Santos Knight Frank...

Neda, AIIB want to see Pasig River rehab on list of 75 flagship projects

The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) is keen on including the rehabilitation of the Pasig River, estimated to cost $4 billion, on the administration’s list of game-changing projects. On the sidelines of the Philippine...

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,...

News

Central Luzon police shift focus on jueteng after ‘tokhang’ freeze

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Following the formal freeze of the “Oplan Tokhang” last week, the National Police (PNP) in this region have now set their...

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...

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...

Eternal Gardens Lipa honors second-trimester achievers

ETERNAL Gardens honored its top-producing sales managers and agents in its Lipa branch for the second trimester of 2017, in a simple celebration held on October 14 at the Fidelis Ballroom of Lima Park...

‘Special’ chicken imports not needed, Piñol says

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is not keen on authorizing any special importation of chicken, as local output remains ample to meet the expected increase in demand during the holidays. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol...

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...

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...

PHL ships 56,092 MT of sugar to United States

The Philippines has exported an additional 56,092.25 metric tons (MT) of sugar to the United States at lower tariff rates under a preferential trading scheme. However, data from the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) showed that...

There’s so much pain in agriculture that traders are leaving

The success of modern farmers has become the misery of traders at the world’s biggest agriculture merchants. Profits are shrinking as years of bumper harvests sap volatility and trading opportunities, forcing companies to tighten their...

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...

Jeepneys: Out with the old

Over 50 years ago at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, a jeepney was exhibited at the Philippine Pavilion as a national image for...

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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Staycationing at Seda

SINCE Seda Vertis North formally opened in April, I’ve been sort of a regular visitor, the hotel being just in my neighborhood in Quezon...

Maru is like a drug

Contrary to popular belief, we showbiz writers don’t want to intimidate the people we interview. Moreover, we don’t want to make them cry. Crying...

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

The Hatch gets hotter

Story & photos by Patrick P. Tulfo VOLKSWAGEN Philippines has something for their ardent Golf GTI fans to cheer about nowadays, as their beloved “Hot...

Audi Q5 reintroduced

Story & photos by Ronald Rey M. de los Reyes WHEN the Audi Q5 was first launched about eight years ago, it became the German...

Isuzu Gencars opens Sta. Rosa dealership

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino ISUZU Gencars Inc. further expanded its presence in the Southern Luzon area by recently opening its dealership in...

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

Win Asian getaways with GetGo’s biggest promo yet

GetGo members, pack your bags and get ready to travel as we give you more chances to fly with Cebu Pacific. This September, you...

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