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Time to think big

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Over the past months, the Philippines has benefited from a steady stream of visits from foreign dignitaries including US President Barack Obama, US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser. More recently we were visited by a large number of high-powered delegates to the World Economic Forum. These visits reinforce the apparently spreading international perception that with its high GDP growth rates and moves against corruption, the Philippines may indeed be where the action is in the region, or at least the place that deserves yet another serious look-see. That’s the good news.

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Let’s ‘Arangkada’

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For the third consecutive year, I was honored by an invitation from the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines to be a principal speaker at its annual Forum.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Last three minutes

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For a basketball-crazed country like the Philippines, the phrase “last three minutes” conjures up the feverish excitement of being able to put the finishing touches to an apparent march to victory or to come from behind to “snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.” Neither of these is easy to accomplish and both require steel nerves, intestinal fortitude, and calm yet decisive resolve. This imagery is analogous to the situation in which the present administration finds itself. Some would venture to say that for this administration, the halfway mark is at hand. I tend to view the situation with somewhat more urgency and thus think in terms of its approaching the last three minutes of the ball game.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Inclusive happiness

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Without a doubt, the most effective national tagline we have crafted to date is “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” which, as Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez puts it, captures the essence of the Filipino character.

Posted: September 20th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lenten musings: the chosen people (2)

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I had originally intended to compose a synopsis of a speech I delivered last Feb. 26 at the Second Annual Arangkada Forum of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce, hoping thereby to make my life easier. However, the Management Association of the Philippines featured virtually the entire speech in the March 4 issue of the Inquirer, and while I felt honored, I also realized that my lazy ploy had been thwarted.

Posted: March 8th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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