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British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad recently revealed that the United Kingdom is convincing local legislators, educators and university owners to allow foreigners to teach or engage in joint ventures here in the country. During a gathering of Chevening scholars at his residence in Forbes Park last week, Ahmad...
By Jun V. Lao In his native Australia, 62-year-old Rudolf Schiller has had several successful ventures spanning close to five decades, which included stints in life insurance and finance brokerage. On the side, he got his feet wet, literally, leisurely pursuing scuba diving as an instructor. He was making waves in Perth’s...
On Thursday, February 16, the Embassy of France to the Philippines kicked off the 70th anniversary celebration of French-Philippine diplomatic relations this year via the PhilFrance Fashion Week. Setting into motion of the yearlong festival, billed “PhilFrance: Feel French!”, the SM Aura Premier was set in distinctive French flair as...
British Ambassador Asif Ahmad recently welcomed 27 young Filipinos who were distinguished with the prestigious Chevening Scholarships by the United Kingdom government for academic year 2015 and 2016. Four of the returning scholars took center stage inside the ambassador’s residence, and shared their “visions for a progressive Philippines” through a...
By Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin /Representative of ROC (Taiwan) to the Philippines Taipei Economic and Cultural Office A Filipino foreign worker Jakatia Pawawas was executed in Kuwait last month. She was accused of killing her employer’s daughter in May 2007 and found guilty and sentenced to death in 2008 in...
Starting this year until the end of the Duterte administration in 2022, the Department of Tourism (DOT) expects an even more equitable distribution of air-passenger traffic, as the popularity of secondary destinations in the Philippines increases. Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said there is an increasingly larger share of air-passenger...

Perfect timing

The head of a Spanish-based multinational construction and civil-engineering company in Manila believes the infrastructure boom in the Philippines is still to come, predicting that in the following decades, Metro Manila would have a network of viaducts and highways, and a new airport and railway system that will connect...
By Roger Pe Moving to a new condominium building? Wait a minute. It could be beautiful outside, but could give you hidden costs inside. The builders could pass on to you added burdens because the project is unsustainable on many counts. Simply put, a building that takes too much energy to...

Feel French, be bon vivant

When he said the interview would be at five in the afternoon, he meant just like that. Five o’clock. Not a few minutes late, not a few minutes early either. He was ready on the dot considering that his schedule was tight and he needed to give newly crowned Miss...
Story & photos by Bernard Supetran / Food photos by Teddy Pelaez If home is where the heart is, then the Philippines is undoubtedly the home for Indian restaurateur Komal Khanchandani and her family. This rural girl from the port town of Vishakapatnam in Andra Pradesh state heard about the proverbial greener...
By Euden Valdez| Contributor Looking forward to a better 2017, Turespaña, the Tourist Office of Spain for Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand Tourism, generously hosted a thanksgiving affair for Philippine-based travel agents at the Discovery Primea in Makati City. Leading the gathering was Turespaña Director Eva Maria Riesgo Ramos, who...
The wallets, fans and key-holder samples were created by Rowena, Telyz and Angelita—all members of a women’s group in Barangay Cogon in Tagbilaran, Bohol. The souvenir items were made from used plastic shopping bags and snack wrappers. The women were trained by  27-year-old Japanese volunteer Chisato Kanno, who was dispatched...

The kitchen experience

German Executive Head Chef for Solaire Resort and Casino Michael Dinges said it was his family’s influence that pushed  him to where he is today. He recalls working in the kitchen for more than 12 hours as something that comes off as regular to him, especially growing up with a...
Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely said their country was affected by the decision of the United States to pull out from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Gorely said the decision of US President Donald J. Trump delivered an unexpected blow to America’s Asian allies. “Yes, Australia is one of the signatories to the...
As the cofounder of the social tourism enterprise MAD Make A Difference Travel, I get to meet many people from around the world eager to find hope and inspiration in the Philippines. Many of them pass by the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan. This week, I have...
Renowned French choreographer Emmanuelle Huynh said any change in the government’s national policy must run alongside the development of contemporary arts. Huynh, who was a recent visitor to the Philippines, led a contemporary dance workshop with 15 young beneficiaries from French-Philippine non-governmental organizations, like Association Compassion Asian Youth, ATD Quart...

Candy in the sun

Funny how time flies.  Every second to every hour and moving from the days to the months, time goes by in a blink of an eye. The Christmas season, no matter how long it is being celebrated here in the country, went by so quickly for me.  A couple of...
It was sweet serendipity for newly installed Swedish Ambassador Harald Fries in meeting his Filipino wife while also entering the diplomatic community. Two months after the Swedish Embassy reopened its doors to the public in the Philippines, after being closed for eight years, Fries sat down with the BusinessMirror to...

The best of the Filipino

"Give me 10,000 Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world.” These are the famous words of General Douglas MacArthur, who was so astonished by the resilience and strength of the Filipino guerrilla forces against the Japanese during World War II. In the Korean war, one of the most famous...
Filipino historians, along with arts and culture professionals, discussed the need to revisit details and connections in history to further deepen relations in countries. The symposium, which was held in Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Hall and was organized by the Japan Foundation Manila, brought together Fukuoka Prize recipients...