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Do you know that it was a Frenchwoman who spawned the act for the protection and rehabilitation of sexually abused girls in the Philippines? Cameleon Association Inc. founder Laurence Ligier has been living in the country for 24 years and tirelessly “adopt” these girls until such time they are equipped...
Story & photo by Recto Mercene A large group of senior dentists from Israel was recently in the Philippines to look at prospects of establishing medical cooperation between Tel Aviv and Manila’s leading dental practitioners. In direct coordination with Israel Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau, 120 Israeli dentists held their annual conference...

Strengthening cultural ties

For several generations now, the people of southern Mindanao and the Indonesian province of North Sulawesi have been trading goods and fishing in the porous international waters of Celebes Sea. Once part of the ancient Sri-Vijayan and Majapahit Empires, the two island groups share many cultural practices, as if they...
Kicking a football around as a teenager on the streets of southeast London, my heroes in 1990s Britain were the poster-boy soccer stars of that era who would adorn my bedroom wall. As exciting as their exploits were, those heroes existed in another world, disconnected from my own more ordinary...

2016 in review

By Danielle Gabriel Conclusion The second half of 2016 was also just as memorable for the BusinessMirror’s Envoys and Expats section, as a wide range of business executives and diplomats talked about their careers and lives. For the month of July, the following men tell their stories of dedication to work and...

A rotating door at the DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is set to have three secretaries with truncated tenures attributed largely to the practice of naming political appointees instead of choosing those coming from the rank and file. This unusual trend started in the waning days of former President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration,...
Filipinos are everywhere. In almost every country that I have been to, I have always met a Filipino. I have never been to Antarctica, but I am sure that if I did go there I would meet a Filipino. What greatly impressed me about the Filipinos I met in these...

Ushering the New Year

We have established that last year has been a bad one or so the media tells us, as we hear that modern icons, ranging from David Bowie to Mohammed Ali and Gene Wilder, have joined the firmament for good; and to the very end, 2016 showed no mercy around...

2016 in review

Part One With the election of a new Philippine government along with global developments, the BusinessMirror’s Envoys and Expats section looks back at the diplomats and business executives who were featured throughout 2016. The month of January saw envoys and expats who have found a way to merge their culture with...
It was a tumultuous 2016 for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), as President Duterte seemed to conduct his foreign policy on the fly, while Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. tried to make sense of it all. Since assuming office in June, Duterte has announced historic changes in the country’s...
I still remember back in 1984, during a school recess, when a classmate and I were playing hangman with bands being the subject. I vehemently protested when one of the bands he made me guess was named Band Aid.  I told my classmate that there was no such band out...

The business of love

Back in January 2016, I attended a business conference quite unlike any other. Accustomed to the regular business conference format involving “death by PowerPoint”, by the end of day one I was already explaining my take on love to several hundred delegates from across the world. Fully accustomed to having...

Caring for the children

French social worker and Virlanie foundation Founder Dominique Lemay said there is no better time in the year to be giving presents to less fortunate people than during the holidays. Virlanie is a private nonprofit organization created to help street children in the Philippines, and is currently keeping Lemay’s hands...

Thank you very much again

This is the second Christmas I am spending with the BusinessMirror as editor of the Envoys & Expats section. Beyond all the issues, concerns and problems that I encountered, what I am most proud of is the fact that every Sunday, we are able to come out with a section...
Despite the strong growth of coffee shops in the Philippines, the Filipino brand of coffee has yet to have a wider presence in the international market. World Coffee Events, a group that is part of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and Speciality Coffee Association of Europe, said the world...
Nowadays, employment does not have to be tied with the idea of a typical desk job. This is proven by social enterprise Zambawood and start-up online shopping company Zalora. For Rachel Harrison, founder and creative director of Zambawood, persons with disabilities and special needs should not be kept at home,...

Why are Filipinos so joyful?

I would dare to say the Philippines have the highest number of smiles per square kilometer in the world. I could challenge any foreigner to walk down any street in the Philippines and count the number of smiles he or she sees on the faces of the people they...

The 2016 Soiree Beaujolais

SOIREE Beaujolais, the most awaited French event in the Philippines since 1990, has its roots in the Beaujolais Nouveau Day which is celebrated every November in France and all over the world. In the Philippines, it’s the time when the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines...
For Architect Romolo V. Nati, coming to the Philippines was a decision he matured and worked on carefully after several exploratory trips. He probably would have never thought of coming over had he not met a couple of Filipinos while working and studying in Washington, D.C.  Having developed a very...
By Danielle Gabriel & Recto Mercene Even with a favorable economic agenda already in place, Nordic countries are still pushing for the Philippine government to establish a more liberalized foreign ownership set-up in the country. Nordic diplomats commended the 10-point economic agenda of the Duterte administration and its plight toward inclusivity....