Success is something most human beings strive for in their lifetime. But what it means to be successful is something that’s ever-changing. For children, success may mean being the best at video games. For teens, that may mean studying in a prestigious university with a certainty of graduating with flying colors. It might mean having a stable job with opportunities to grow for a 20-year-old.
YOUNG people walk into a bar. Sensing they are minors the bartender asks which generation they belong to. They said “Y to Z.”
WE sang and sipped. On January 25 at Skippy’s BGC, the BusinessMirror celebrated the launch of the newly-expanded and renamed Millennial Universe page: an 8-page tall boy insert called “Y2Z,” which also includes the new addition of the SoundStrip page, as well.
IN 2013, Arthur Hayes was biding his time as an equities trader for Citigroup Inc. in Hong Kong. His energy—Hayes is a fitness fanatic and an early riser—was better suited to another era in finance.
FROM the moment we wake up every morning, we are waiting.
ANOTHER year, another round of making original Pilipino music (OPM) history as Rakrakan Festival just keeps on getting bigger, louder and bolder—and there’s no stopping it!
AN original Filipino rock concert, Rockamania 2 caused quite a tremor—of a rocking, musical kind, that is—on November 18, 2017, at the Rizal Park open-air auditorium.
THREE years since the release of their second extended play (EP) Pieces of Recovery, dark, melodic punk darlings The Skeleton Years has released a new EP entitled In Memoriam, which consists of five songs recorded and produced independently with the help of independent labels Still Ill, Loud Carrot Recordings and Counterflow.
GETTING an academic degree is seen as opening doors to success of an individual in the Philippines.
THE #MeToo movement has been embraced by legions of women as a vital step toward countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct. This week, more so than at any point in the movement’s brief history, there’s visceral discussion about its potential for causing harm.
THE advent of the digital age posed a tough challenge for traditional retailers as their businesses have to slug it out against virtual operators, online stores and applications that promote e-commerce.
THE constitutions of many countries confer vast powers to their leaders. Yet, these powers are not absolute.
TALKING about God is tricky. In my family, there are two basic truths about God: the first being that there is only one, the second being that you probably shouldn’t bring Him up during dates or on the dinner table.
MOST people rely on something to make them feel important. You could say it’s their idol because it replaces God in their life or the place where God should be.
SO much for those kale chomping, kombucha chugging, gluten-free and organic twenty-somethings: Millennials spend more of their grocery money on prepared foods, pasta, sugar and sweets than other generations, a United States Department of Agriculture analysis found.
EVER wondered how much time millennials spend staring at a screen? United Kingdom statisticians have come up with some answers.
MILWAUKEE—Harley-Davidson is placing a renewed emphasis on teaching people to ride as part of its efforts to attract more customers.
I once read a Facebook post by my high-school classmate: “I hope we are like math so that aside from we have a relation, we also have infinity.”
I loved the fact that a little child who was “disfigured” and weak since birth was able to elicit so much goodness in the movie Wonder. For those of you who haven’t watched the film, it is a positive slice of life where Auggie, a 9-year-old adjusts to entering school for the first time after being homeschooled all his life by his doting parents. We also see a glimpse of the lives of the other characters that orbit around the sun that is Auggie, his sister, his friends and the hows and why’s that made them so.
HAPPINESS is sweet and cloying. It is sunshine and roses.
WHAT corporate France lacks in cost-cutting potential, it makes up for in style. That at least appears to be the recipe at Joon, the latest aviation brainchild of Air France-KLM Group.
IT all started with my deep dissatisfaction with how dating seemed to be going about in the millennial generation.
A study commissioned by Lenovo Corp. has found that Asia’s millennials, who will make up more than 50 percent of the work force by 2020, will drive transformation in workspaces across Asia Pacific, excluding Japan (APeJ).
EXPERIENCING depression in her young life failed to deter Maria Isabela Blancas to make a difference at a young age of 13.
“DEDMA” is the shortened version of two English words, dead malice, meaning to ignore. It is the Tagalog translation of the expression “patay malisya.”
BLAME a canned, cooked meat if your bandwidth was slow on November 11.
IN the late-1980s and early-1990s, Burlington became a byword among young Filipinos because of the brand’s association with sports.
Story & photo by Rizal Raoul S. Reyes
RENE Ledesma Jr., the man behind the dining business carrying the Mercato Centrale brand, has tweaked the food-market operator’s space to appeal to Filipino millennials.
A survey revealed majority of millennials that use the Twitter platform are most hyped up about Christmas, even before the day honoring the dear departed has passed.
THE statement “I’m depressed” gets thrown around pretty loosely nowadays.
HAT YAI, Thailand—Upon arriving at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport, I was greeted by the airport staff with a warm smile. It’s true, then, that Thailand is the Land of Smiles.
I WAS on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) during rush hour, and this guy to my right accused me of touching his butt. This after the back of my hand accidentally brushed against his ass when I stuffed my pockets with my hands to keep safe my billfold and cell phone, which I always do when riding a train.
COUNTRIES will need Muslim-friendly tourist industries if they want a slice of one of the world’s fastest-growing traveler markets.
BEING an entrepreneur was written in the stars, so to speak, for Julio Miguel P. Azurin.
FOLLOWING the law of matter, I’ve been trying to figure whether souls are solid, liquid or gas. But since not everyone can see them, I surmise they most closely are gas, mixed with the air we ingest by eating too fast and sometimes come out as a fart.
HEEDING the call for rebuilding war-torn Marawi City and the lives of its displaced people, some 300 youth leaders and college students from Marawi’s neighboring locale, the city of Iligan and other parts of Northern Mindanao came forward to leverage volunteerism to complement the extensive rehabilitation efforts that the Maranaos need.
Story & photo by Oliver Samson
Story & photos by Rizal Raoul S. Reyes
THE ghosts I’ve seen on Halloween TV reenactments are all dressed in barong. My late friend Mel’s explanation was simple: You carry on the outfit you’re wearing when you die.
AS far as Ann Cyndel Abilon and Chazel Mae Arizabal are concerned, working in Dubai is a great experience, so much so they encourage millennials like them to mimic them if given the same opportunity.
ACTOR Enzo Pineda believes millennials are generally risk-takers because they want to experience a certain situation that will test their mettle and character when the time comes.
IN the Hollywood movie The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a dad who struggled to financially make ends meet.
KAREN Ibasco is both beauty and brains.
MY helper, Ate Tes, couldn’t get to my house to start her job because she didn’t have enough money for transportation. She said there was no Bumbay, a common cultural loan provider for Filipinos who have no access to credit. I gave her the money she needed. Other Filipinos are not so lucky.
I killed my grandfather.
THE thing with social functions is the constant assumption that everybody is watching you. And so it goes with a caveat: “Be graceful always,” which otherwise means “Be yourself.”
SHA Nacino is a prolific author of six books, a public speaker and a book-writing coach.
LONDON—Serena Rees, a founder of Agent Provocateur, who earned herself a fortune in the 1990s by making kinky lingerie a wardrobe staple, sat on a velvet sofa last month in her Marylebone townhouse. She was musing about the power of reinvention.
SKYSCRAPERS made her stay. Especially in the evenings, Cheryl Lynne Azarraga says she doesn’t grow tired of watching the skyscrapers weeks after landing in Dubai, the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.
ONLINE shopping portal Shopee said the Philippines remains an important market as a big portion of the population is composed of technology-savvy millennials.
SO much like almost infanticipating, my girlfriend would, as a matter of habit, crave for something, most often at such ungodly hours. And like fawning sycophant I’m like, OK, I’ll get it for you, “but, Miss, where am I supposed to get banana cue in the dead of night?”
DESPITE her achievements in running, Skechers brand ambassador Lauren Lim, 24, is flattered whenever she is called a prodigy because she thinks it is just a normal thing for an athlete to give her best during a competition.
South Korean consumer electronics firm Samsung is eyeing Filipino millennials as the main market for its Soundbar audio products.
IF you’ve read the latest headlines, you know millennials get a mixed financial rap. Some reports say they’re throwing their money away on avocado toast and dining out, while others claim they’re killing the earnings of restaurant chains by cooking at home more.
’MANSPLAINING” is a new jargon that essentially occurs when a man talks condescendingly to someone—most likely a woman—about something he has complete knowledge of with the mistaken assumption that he knows more about it than the person he is talking to.
HALF-a-dozen students, some in Syracuse University t-shirts, sat around a conference table joking about appropriate job-interview outfits. No bathing suits, pajamas or Halloween costumes. Added their instructor, not joking: “No tank tops.”
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Two young graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) did the unthinkable last summer: They quit enviable jobs in New York and moved back to beleaguered Puerto Rico, bringing their plan for a startup with them.
VON Lacorte is on a full-court press on the hard court of business.
ASIA-PACIFIC millennials’ concern about sun damage offer innovation opportunities for sun-care market, a study by market research firm GlobalData Plc. revealed.
ONE of my greatest fears is to die in the bath.
GIVING back to society makes most people feel good. For Michael Harris Conlin, it makes for good business.
PITTSBURGH—In 2015 Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here filled with cafés, hyped restaurants and brick-row houses being renovated by flippers. Last year in a much-publicized development, Uber began testing self-driving cars on the streets, putting this city at the forefront of the autonomous-vehicle revolution.
THE constant news on terrorism reminds me of my teacher who shared a story about paranoia.
NECESSITY invented this mother. And the need to raise her own cash brought Nikki Molina-Halili into the world wide web as a businessman.
MOSCOW—The West, in general, and the United States, in particular, are hatching all manner of diabolical anti-Russian plots, if reports in the state-controlled news media are to be believed.
AT the corner of Fatima Avenue, something aromatically familiar grasps passersby.
THE ability to concentrate and focus is at an all-time low.
THE playlists of country buses I usually ride in the wee hours of the morning include Scorpions’s “I’m Still Loving You”, which drives my musings into the red-light recesses of my brain and gives me homosexual thoughts.
Story & photo by Rizal Raoul Reyes | @brownindio
NEW YORK—As a product designer, Janet Lieberman often finds flaws in everyday tech devices. This was particularly true when it came to vibrators, which she would spend hours shopping for on Amazon.
AS a millennial and a teacher of millennials, I’m growing weary of think pieces blaming my generation for messing everything up.
ONCE you survive the toxic—yet fun— environment of the call center industry, you realize you can survive anything.
A LONG the stretch of Gov. Pascual Avenue in Malabon sits a business that harkens to the taste of three generations: baby boomer, Gen X and millennial.
Vernon Velasco / MIllennial Universe
‘F’ is for Feminist. For fairness in our pay.” “‘J’ is for Justice! Justicia for all.” “L-G-B-T-Q! Love who you choose.” Those sprightly injunctions, sandwiched between bright cardboard covers, are a sampling from A Is for Activist, a popular alphabet primer. The Cat in the Hat for a new generation, it is one in a rash of pointedly topical titles—A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy (Wee Rebels), Global Babies, Feminist Baby— that line the shelves at Book Culture, an indie chain with three stores on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
NEW YORK—Billy McFarland, the entrepreneur behind the Fyre Festival, which was sold as an ultra-luxurious music event in the Bahamas but collapsed spectacularly in April, leaving behind angry ticket buyers, investors and workers, was arrested by federal agents at his home in Manhattan last Friday and charged with one count of wire fraud.
Few people are really able to succeed, as the masses of Millennials settle for the job that pays for the needs of today.
MILLENNIALS are forcing us to change the way we think about sports. And it’s a good thing, because the grown-ups have gone plum nuts.
I’M Marty and I am from the Generation Z. Generation Z is composed of people who came after the millennials and were born mid-1990’s to early 2000’s. People born in this time frame tend to be glued to, wired to and, like me, depend on technology, to have a healthy state of being.
EMPLOYERS craft a lot of strategies to ensure their key workers will stay long in their company. Some are forced to think out-of-the box to make their programs “cool” to young employees.
AS darkness hugged the city street, Richerbert Curso methodically switched on lights in a watering hole he and his business partner Lester Paje thought was “only a dream”.
UNLIKE their senior counterparts, millennials express their activism in different platforms and avenues. The availability of numerous options, like social media, has given them to pursue their brand of activism not only in the streets but also in cyber space to push for social change.
THE Faustos is a family on a mission. They want to save the Filipino millennials from a potential debt trap by teaching the development of a “financial quotient”.
THE days of cash as king may be a step closer to ending. After six years of laying a foundation, major banks are ready to introduce Zelle, a digital payments network that will allow people to send money instantly through participating banks’ mobile apps.
TEHRAN, Iran—Mostafa Meisami has given up on the farming life, trading his old job raising cattle for a better-paying gig ferrying commuters through the notoriously traffic-clogged streets of the Iranian capital Tehran.
AT the center of etiquette is just respect. And though it may seem like we are not dealing with real people with feelings in virtual reality, we are.
SHE offers a fresh face of inspiration. Meredith Hazel C. Cua, 27, has a strong passion for academic excellence since she was young.
BERKELEY, California—When Dan Goldwater first attached kaleidoscopic LED lights to the spokes of his bicycle wheels and rode through the Burning Man festival at night, the crowd was wowed.
IN an age where transactions can be done online, there is a copious amount of equivalent mobile app for just about anything.
READINGTON, New Jersey—Timothy Piazza started out a shy high-school student in New Jersey who flushed so deeply scarlet when speaking to a girl that some called him Barney after the purple dinosaur. A growth spurt turned him into a gentle giant, keen to protect more vulnerable peers. He fell in love, became gregarious.
ASEAN content and consumer company Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) is targeting millennials to grow its business in the Philippines.
Sharp Philippines Corp. announced on May 19 it will develop appliances with the millennials segment of consumers in mind.
CULTURES change, and new generations are born out of those changes. For many, this might sound obvious.
IT was hard to tell if the opening of Sephora’s new store near Herald Square in New York was a red-carpet affair or a girl’s night out at the spa.
WITH graduation gifts, it’s the thought that counts. The cash is nice, too. Spending on graduation gifts in the US is expected to reach $5.6 billion this year, according to a new survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF). That tops last year’s $5.4 billion and is the highest level in the 11 years of the NRF’s graduation spending survey, which covers high school and college.
MILLENNIALS have enough problems as it is. Must they give up their avocado toast, too?