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Monday, February 20, 2017
By Christopher Bodeen SINGAPORE—Many thought it might never happen: The presidents of China and Taiwan—inheritors to the Communist and Nationalist regimes that fought a civil war and remained bitter rivals for decades—coming together as equals for talks. While it isn’t yet clear what the impact will be, or whether and when...
Who are the Uighurs? The Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gurs) are a Turkic-speaking Muslim ethnic group native to China’s far western region of Xinjiang, which was sporadically controlled by Chinese dynasties over the centuries. They have long complained of ethnic discrimination and religious restriction under the Chinese government, which is dominated by...
Innovation drives economic growth. This logic dominates the discourse in development circles. policy-makers and development-minded business leaders embrace innovation as a panacea for unemployment and economic underperformance. From the evidence of 2014, the innovation mindset has gone global. India’s Narendra Modi called for a revival in Indian manufacturing and greater...
By Josh Lederman MANILA, Philippines—As anxiety about Syrian refugees entering the US took hold this week, President Barack Obama was having none of it. Halfway across the globe, he scolded politicians questioning his plan to take in 10,000 Syrians in light of the Paris attacks, dismissing them as fear-mongers scoring...
By Abby Gayle Abbu CERTAIN practices make the Filipinos unique when it comes to staging weddings. Although local wedding rites carry strong Western influences, some traditional practices are still observed by Filipino couples. Filipino culture has been largely influenced by the Spanish, the Americans and the Chinese. Early Filipino practices were combined...

Angelica Suiza, no underdog

Angelica Suiza is not your typical successful woman in the corporate world who parades in posh high-heel shoes, attention-grabbing stylish bag or well-trimmed coat and skirt, though she can really throw a very elegant look if she has to. This petite woman has a long history in the marketing and...
Matt Day | The Seattle Times SEATTLE—For August Hill, the job offer from Microsoft was a dream come true. The soft-spoken developer started his career deep in the guts of software programming for a telephone company in Saint Louis, working to make it easier for developers to build programs out...
By Roger Pe MILLENNIALS today may not recall Philippine National Bank’s (PNB) “Para kang nakasandal sa pader ” ad campaign, but it was a blockbuster of a slogan during its time. The copywriter did a great job in crafting a catchphrase—street-smart, colloquial and brilliant. How else would you respond to...
SHENZHEN, China—In China’s factories, the robots are rising  For decades, manufacturers employed waves of young migrant workers from China’s countryside to work at countless factories in coastal provinces, churning out cheap toys, clothing and electronics that helped power the country’s economic ascent. Now, factories are rapidly replacing those workers with...
THERE is one special holiday that is always celebrated in May. It celebrates and honors the unselfishness and the wonderful life of someone who is greater than any superhero. Inay, nanay, mama or mommy—these are but a few of the appellations we call our mothers. Whatever we decide to call...
Recently McDonald’s, the world’s largest food-service provider, has been (forgive the cliché) through the grinder. Poor performance led to the departure of its CEO and plenty of critical attention in the business pages. Part of this story relates to the provenance, or origins, of its products: Chains such as Panera,...
The expression of confidence is intimately tied up with leadership. Would-be leaders are careful to present a confident face because it helps gain them credibility and convince others that they know what they are doing. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got in trouble recently when he predicted that a...
Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in their minds, as is the elation when American forces finally rescued them in the closing months of World...
Working with the top executives at a company I’ll call Titan, which designs and makes transit concrete mixers, I noticed that they were flat-out busy doing everything except thinking about strategy. The executives set the pace for everyone else in the organization. Many of Titan’s employees worked 12-hour days. All...
2016 has brought a bumper crop of wins, from Pia Wurztbach taking the Miss Universe Crown, Kylie Versoza being crowned as Miss International, Hidilyn Diaz taking home a silver medal from Rio Olympics, and Manny Pacquaio winning the WBO welter weight belt, among others. Adding to this harvest of wins...
It was a news story that read like the plot of a Peter Sellers or Mike Myers picture: Vertically challenged dictator of a starving populace, overweight and addicted to imported Swiss cheese, falls off his high heels and breaks both ankles. He is sent off to rehab and, in...
By James Fenton | New York Times News Service Landing last December at the  Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines brought back memories of Ninoy Aquino himself arriving from the United States in 1983 on the tarmac that was to be christened with his blood. He was the leading figure...
WANDERING around Manila’s Malate district will give you a good taste of modern living in the city. There is always something to do in Malate—it offers affordable relaxation activities, a number of shopping and dining indulges, and a very contemporary entertainment culture—which is why it is considered as the entertainment...
In a country where a quarter of its population, roughly over 25 million people, live in poverty and cannot afford decent meals, let alone avail themselves of health services, preventing infections and diseases is the best strategy to ensure that people stay healthy and in good condition. Considered an important...
The White House recently released a repo rt about the danger of big data in our lives. The report’s main focus was the same old topic of how big data can hurt customer privacy. However, big data holds many other risks. Chief among them, to my mind, is the threat...