There is no age limit to discovering new things, to learning new skills, to reinventing yourself. National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab taught me this recently when he opened his first art exhibition last month. Yes, that’s right. The Maestro also paints, and he does a mean job of it.
SURPASSING the 30-year milestone is an achievement not many companies are privileged to reach. This year, as FuentesManila once again celebrates being a thirty-something Public Relations (PR) agency, we raise a toast not just to over three decades of working with hundreds of amazing clients, brands, and people; we also express gratitude for being on the front row, to witness and be amazed by how this industry of ours has evolved over the years.
WE are always busy, aren’t we? Is anyone in public relations ever not busy? As things are, it is difficult to even find time to sleep, let alone do anything else. But it’s those other things outside of work—those things we call hobbies—that may spell the difference between burnout and productivity in the workplace.
Last May, the World Health Organization officially declared that the global health emergency was over, followed this month by the Philippine government’s own advisory on the same status. However, even before such official announcements were made, I had observed many people going about their business in public—without face masks. Although the use of face masks is no longer mandatory, I believe that as we continue to watch our health, wearing face masks is one practice we must retain along with other fine habits that the three-year health crisis compelled us to adopt.
IT hogged the headlines and television newscasts—and set social media on fire—this past week. With scores of netizens joining the fray, and Cebu City’s local executives rushing to the defense of the embattled DOT Secretary, a good friend/editor asked me if I could write about the raging issue for this column.
WHEN we were babies, we were like sponges: we absorbed a lot of things both consciously and unconsciously. We were curious beings when we were children, using all our senses to take in everything the big world had to offer. According to multiple studies, the things we were exposed to from birth to three years old served as the foundation for our grown-up selves.
I asked the readers for feedback to my recent article “Another Look at Artificial Intelligence The Pros and Cons for Communicators” published in this column on May 29, 2023 and I was quite happy to receive not one but five well-thought out replies, two from the creative industry, one from the medical profession, one from a close friend and astute businesswoman and the longest one from a retired former marketing executive who is now an active member of a brotherhood of international businessmen and professionals.
MOST of us believe that meetings—whether virtual or face to face—are a necessary evil. Without them, author Minda Zetlin says in an article in Inc.com, “communication would break down, important information would get missed, there would be less collaboration, and your team would stop feeling like a team.”