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Monday, May 22, 2017
I WANT to go back to basics today and talk about simple ways to save money. This feature is for young professionals, young couples or even teenagers who are money-conscious. Clip or share this column and share it with your loved ones who might need a little push toward...
I FIRST met Plaridel “Jun” or “JB” Bohol when we were starting to learn to love the game of golf. His fraternity brother, Al Perrerras, was my immediate boss in the intelligence service. Back then, JB and I played golf before the sun is up in Camp Aguinaldo, literally...
The socialized-housing gap cannot be plugged by the National Housing Authority (NHA) alone. Support from the private sector, among other stakeholders, must be harnessed. Under the innovative and participatory leadership of NHA General Manager Marcelino “Jun” Escalada Jr., public-private partnerships (PPPs) will be aggressively promoted. The NHA will soon adopt...
Starting up a business means innovation, and defying business traditions is the way to go. This is the classic message that I have seen in a lot of articles written on start-ups. While I haven’t gone to the extent of researching the business success of these article writers, it...
Let’s call some spades. First, no one is going to war in South China Sea. Not because Chinese President Xi Jinping was kidding when he told his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte last week that, in so many words, there would be war if the Philippines implemented the ruling last July...
Studies have shown that close to 80 percent of all commercial airline accidents is the result of pilot error. At least 90 percent of motor-vehicle crashes are caused by human error. It is safe to assume that nearly 100 percent of successful cyber attacks on computers are the result...

The roles of mothers

As we celebrate Mothers Day on May 14, I would like to write a short piece about the important roles of the mothers in our lives. We are all familiar with the saying, “The mother is the light of the home.” I do believe this comes from Proverbs Chapter...

Shape-herd

IN the book Way of the Shepherd, authors Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak shared valuable insights as to how leaders should manage people. Of the seven “ancient secrets” to managing productive people in that book, let me share the part where leaders have to “discover the SHAPE” of...

Saga continues

NO person shall practice accountancy in this country, or use the title Certified Public Accountant (CPA) unless such person shall have received from the Board of Accountancy a certificate of professional registration and be issued a professional identification card by the Board of Accountancy (BOA) and the Professional Regulatory...
A professor can be no prouder when his or her student makes his or her own distinct mark in the field of local governance, the subject this columnist teaches at the Ateneo Law School. Abby Binay-Campos is one such student. Now the chief executive of Makati City, the country’s...

The path of an insult

In an article reposted from the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines in 2009, some 14 million Filipinos are single parents. As early as 2002, there was already a move  amending the Solo-Parent Welfare Act of 2000. A 2014 Report from the Philippine Commission on Women  indicated the following: “Between...
THE Asian Development Bank economists have been debating on how can the Philippines and other developing Asian countries get out of the so-called middle-income trap. This is defined as a situation where the country is unable to break out of its “developing” status, so that it can join the...
A young man from a fairly wealthy New York family ventured on a “bird-watching” expedition to Venezuela in 1896. And William Henry Phelps would later become a famous ornithologist and businessman in Venezuela. Through his efforts, the forerunner of the “Caracas Country Club” was founded in 1918 as a recreational...
PRESIDENT Duterte this week made two important appointments, one drew a thumbs-up and the other a question mark, thus, displaying a remarkable ability to strike a balance in a messy political, social and economic environment that require the exercise of flexibility, creativity, understanding and competitive intelligence. The one that attracted...
WHILE it is true that Regina Paz L. Lopez may feel zealous about protecting the environment, she was not suitable as head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Hence, her short-lived foray into government service was an unfortunate one. It was unfortunate because I honestly believe that...

Via, Veritas, Vita

IN the light of Easter, sayings of Jesus heard earlier become clear in their full meaning. For instance, things Jesus is narrated to have said just before His passion in the beginning of the so-called Last Discourse (John 14:1-12) reveal their real import to His followers when meditated upon...

Tuition free

THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the De­partment of Budget and Management (DBM) have released the guidelines pertaining to the P8-billion fund for the gov­ernment’s free-tuition program for 2017. It will be implemented at the start of classes this June, and then again in August. The free-tuition program is...
IN contract law, we learn that one of the requirements for a valid object of a contract is for the same not to be impos­sible. Article 1348 of the New Civil Code specifically states, “Impossible things or services cannot be the object of contracts.” How do we know if...
IT is all systems go for the very first Board of Accountancy (BOA)- initiated Small Medium Practice (SMP) Summit. This summit, “Expanding the Horizons”, will be held on May 9 and 10 at the Metropolitan Club in Makati City. The SMPs that will attend the summit will get to know...

Marital bliss

This past long weekend, I was principal sponsor in two weddings of lovely couples Patrick and Fatima Gaspar, and Miko and Mich Alivia. Every detail was carefully planned: the outfits of the wedding entourage; the flowers and decorations at the church and reception; the sumptuous banquet; the video presentations and...
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