Mall maker“I appreciated the fact that we were asked to give inputs on a mall that was tailored to a market outside Metro Manila, one which the Sy family was not familiar with.” She helped launch a new shopping experience in the South As vice president of SM Prime Holdings Inc.-VisMin, she has overseen the openings of most of the SM malls in the South: three in Cebu; one each in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Iloilo City and Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; one in General Santos City, South Cotabato; and two each in Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City. Fernan is quick to add that her job “was mainly to orchestrate the entire team, because we have good people who support us both locally and from head office.” Pioneering mallLuckily, the offer dovetailed with her wish to return to the Philippines — specifically Cebu — after 10 years in San Francisco, where she earned a master’s degree in business administration, major in international finance and … [Read more...] about Mall maker
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Destination diva“There were times I felt depressed, and questioned myself: ‘Why am I in this business?’ But what else could I do? I couldn’t stay home and cook and bake cakes. That just wasn’t me! I’m an entrepreneur.” Despite 40 years of promoting the country, she is still rediscovering a wealth of attractions The feisty chairman of Intas Destination Management Inc., a multidisciplined destination-management company (which usually handles incentives, conferences and conventions) and tour operator, has experienced several economic troughs in her more than four decades of promoting the Philippines. Not a homemakerThe Intas chief claims to have lost about $10 million when overseas groups canceled their bookings. Political instability, security issues and other problems associated with a developing country have hobbled the marketing efforts of Henderson and her industry colleagues. To their credit, however, most stayed the course.“Of course, … [Read more...] about Destination diva
[Delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on 22 July 2019] Thank you. Kindly sit down. Kumusta po kayo? Senate President Vicente Sotto III and the honorable members of the Senate; House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and the honorable members of the House of Representatives; Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, magandang hapon po sa inyo --- sa iyo, ma’am, [applause] kung nasaan ka; former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Ejercito, [applause] Macapagal-Arroyo [applause]; His Excellency Caccia and the esteemed members of the diplomatic corps; Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and the other members of the Cabinet; Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin and the Supreme Court; my fellow workers in government; mga mahal kong kababayan. Let me begin by extending my hand in gratitude to all who kept faith with me in our most trying times. Numbers speak a thousand words and tell a hundred tales. But the … [Read more...] about FULL TEXT: Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address
4TH STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS OF RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES TO THE CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES [Delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City | 22 July 2019] Thank you. Kindly sit down. Kumusta po kayo? Let me begin by extending my hand in gratitude to all who kept faith with me in our most trying times. Numbers speak a thousand words and tell a hundred tales. But the landslide victory of the Administration candidates as well as the latest survey results shows that my disapproval rating is 3%. [applause] I hope that the members of Congress --- sana hindi kayo included sa 3% [laughter] --- inspires me with determination to pursue relentlessly what we have started at the start of my administration. Few men imbued with the will and the courage to do what he believes is right and just and whatever be the opposition in terms of numbers and noise, makes a majority. For it is not the eagle in the fight but the … [Read more...] about FULL TEXT: Duterte’s 4th SONA
How many pushers, addicts are there? The PNP Directorate for Operations collates the latest drug war statistics: At least 6,600 pushers and users were killed in shootouts with police from July 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019. Another 240,565 were arrested and are now crammed to overcapacity in jails. Plus, 1,283,409 were home-visited by cops and warned to desist or else. The figures do not include those killed by vigilantes and rival narco-gangs. Or, those who have been rehabbed or still in clinic. The persistent finding though is that nearly all pushers are users who crave to sustain their vice. And their drug of choice is shabu (meth). So how many more of them remain out there? Obviously lots more, going by frequent interdiction of shabu by the tons, worth billions of pesos, at seaports and secret factories. Supply reflects demand; the risk of trafficking in huge volumes, for huge profits, indicates huge demand. A ton of shabu equals a million one-gram sachets, … [Read more...] about How many pushers, addicts are there?