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CELEBRITY IN CHIEF

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In a celebrity-crazed country like the Philippines, show business is said to be the most convenient jump-off point to politics. You are given credence simply for being popular. While this is partly true for Herbert Constantine “Bistek” Maclang Bautista, better known as Bistek, being an artista also served as a challenge for him to prove that he’s more than...

INNOVATION CHAMPION

If you hover miles over Metro Manila, it will easily be the most visible city. Stretching over a vast 16,000 hectares, Quezon City occupies a fourth of the country’s National Capital Region. Its borders connect it to at least seven other cities in the metro, and is considered as a hub of economic activity and a preferred location for...

THE HEART OF MENTORING

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It was not easy working for and with Sen. Loren Legarda, public servant par excellence, but I am fortunate that I did. To some, she was like Meryl Streep in the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, and yes, there are similarities, but she has a heart of gold. She is not just a woman of substance, but works with...

RADICAL CHANGE

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Even from the outside, the past few months must have appeared as an overwhelming stretch for Tourism Secretary Bernadette “Berna” Romulo-Puyat. Her role in public service took a sudden turn with her appointment to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet early this year. The circumstances were unusual. The Department of Tourism (DoT) was embroiled in corruption allegations, owing to deals entered into...

WHO YOU ARE IS HOW YOU LEAD

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Most of his colleagues would take their chauffeur-driven cars every day to go to work. Most of them think nothing of taking the courtesy lane for VIPs at the airport upon arriving from an overseas trip. But not Muntinlupa Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon. The three-term legislator takes the MRT at peak hours. He knows how it feels to have...

Call to LGUs: SAVE THE OCEANS

“Even amid our abundant marine resources, our fishermen are among the poorest of the poor because of three major problems: declining fish catch, degraded marine habitats, and encroachment of commercial fishers engaged in bottom trawling.” — Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos Oceana Philippines Vice President “Alam mo naman sa gobyerno … alam na natin … kung ano … minsan effective, minsan hindi …” Such...

CHANGING LANES

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Metro Manila traffic is a riddle that’s tough to solve. Just ask anyone who has spent a few hours mired in gridlock. Heavy vehicular volume and chaotic pedestrian activity merely scratch the surface of the problem both undoubtedly complex and deep. In the middle of metropolitan thoroughfares are the men and women of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). They...

LICENSE TO PRINT

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  Our passport is one of the best. It has garnered an award for best design. It is an e-Passport recognized by almost all countries with e-Passport capabilities. It has never been compromised. Philippine government offices process a huge amount of documents, such as certificates, permits, and licenses, every day. We see these all the time, but have we ever stopped...

IN PURSUIT OF AN INDEPENDENT PHILIPPINE FOREIGN POLICY

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Philippine foreign policy has attracted quite a bit of attention in the international scene with the sudden turnabout in the way that the Administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte approached foreign policy. Three points have attracted attention that seemed to characterize this pursuit. First, was the expressed antipathy of the Philippine President towards the European Union and the United...

THE ROAD TO PEACE

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Finding a lasting solution to the conflict in Mindanao was one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promises in 2016. As the country’s first president to hail from Mindanao, he is determined to realize the great development potential of the island, which, for decades now, has been lost to the ongoing fight of the Muslims for self-determination. The Bangsamoro Organic...

COMPETITIVENESS IN FOCUS

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In the 6th Regional Competitiveness Summit held August 16, 2018, the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Competitiveness Bureau released the 2018 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI). Through this index, DTI aims to advocate and build a competitive governance paradigm of local government units (LGU) in order to raise the overall competitiveness of the country. Competitiveness indicates the ability...

HEALING THE WOUNDS OF WAR

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The course of human history has been, and will continue to be, painted with the conflict of war and its aftermath. Whether it be in the guise of fighting for the greater good, or serving the greed of the powerful few, truth remains that war is a crime against humanity—it destroys not only the lives of those involved but...

Moving Forward

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SECURITY GUARD LEADS BAGUIO’S OUTSTANDING CITIZENS In celebrating this year’s Baguio Day, the Society of Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB) had chosen five men and women to be awarded as the city’s best. Leading the laudable roster was the courteous security guard, Guillermo Battad Cortes, who was nominated by the owner of the Insular Life compound in the city’s McDonald's...

Carrying on the Legacy of Democracy

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In his two terms as a senator, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV has already passed 19 laws. Most of these focus on entrepreneurship and empowerment. His platform is based on his passion to uplift the Filipino’s way of living through inclusive growth. Through his programs, which are based on his background with working in the grassroots sector, he aims...

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