When I was growing up in Northern California — where Filipino migrant farmworkers started settling in the 1920s, and which today is home to one of the country’s largest populations of Filipino Americans — the scent of rice, still steamy and warm in the rice cooker, was the steady backdrop to my days. It was so constant from one house to the next, so dependable, that’s how I knew: Wherever I found myself, I was home. In a Filipino house, there is always food, more food than you could ever eat, stacked in the refrigerator, edge to edge on the counter and simmering on the stove. My brothers and sisters and I came home from school to giant pots of sinigang, a soup that’s sour enough only if you gasp a little at the first spoonful, and arroz caldo, an earthy rice porridge brightened by a squeeze of calamansi — a native citrus that looks like a mini orange but tastes closer to a lime — plucked from the tree in our backyard. My mom cooked all of this … [Read more...] about Angela Dimayuga’s 10 essential Filipino recipes
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MANILA, Philippines — People in Siargao love to surf. They also love surfing the net. That’s partly why Globe head Ernest Cu was in the “surfing capital of the Philippines” — a place where his caravan encountered stretches of 30 kilometers with no LTE service — last week to formally launch three new cell sites in Dapa, Pilar and General Luna. On his trip from Siargao Domestic Airport, he also noticed there were virtually no banks. Anywhere. That’s okay. Globe has virtual banks. “You don’t need banks here,” Cu told us, holding up his cellphone. “This is your bank.” He was talking about GCash, Globe’s e-wallet app that allows transferring funds electronically for everyday purchases. On that day’s visit, Cu was eager to share the power of a cashless society. But it was a joint message: Globe is now partnering with the Department of Tourism to “jump-start the digital transformation” of the … [Read more...] about Surfing for sustainability in Siargao
A leader from the back“She [my mother] was very diplomatic, ambitious and hard-working. She ingrained in us the value of education, to be respectful of people at all times…. She made sure we did not feel deprived… and had a chance in life.“ Talent search expert shares the importance of ‘followership’“Do the right things. Do things right.” Genil, who leads one of the top human capital consulting companies in Southeast Asia, had to earn every inch of success that came his way, both professionally and personally. He was born on March 20, 1960 in Taal, Batangas, known for its arguably well-preserved colonial houses and the hometown of several historical figures, among them revolutionary hero Felipe Agoncillo; Marcela Agoncillo, one of the three makers of the first Philippine flag; and revolutionary general Ananias Diokno. His father Ernesto toiled long hours as a jeepney driver plying the streets of Taal, while his mother Salome, or … [Read more...] about A leader from the back
John Gokongwei was selling peanuts to his classmates, Josephine Gotianun Yap was sticking stamps to letter envelopes and Hans Sy was emptying trash cans at SM Makati. Hong Kong’s richest billionaire Li Ka Shing was 15 when he worked at a factory producing plastic watch bands for 16 hours a day. Malaysia’s No. 1 tycoon and Shangri-La hotel chain founder Robert Kuok Hock Nien started work as an office boy while still in college. China’s Alibaba.com billionaire Jack Ma first worked as a teacher. The world’s No. 1 wealthiest billionaire Jeff Bezos was 16 when his first job was flipping burgers at McDonald’s in Miami City, while world’s No. 2 wealthiest Bill Gates’ first job was as a computer programmer in senior year in high school. The world’s No. 3 richest billionaire Warren Buffett was 13 when became a newspaper delivery boy. What were the first jobs of the Philippines’ top business leaders, their unforgettable experiences and … [Read more...] about Their first jobs
His books are on the recommended reading list of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and prominent opinion makers like Barack Obama and Bill Gates. This has made Yuval Noah Harari as one of the most influential intellectuals of this decade and probably this century. Harari’s books explore a wide diversity of questions and answers that are constantly being asked by most people. They range from the possibility that the biological and genetic revolutions in technology and income inequality will result in two classes of humans – the normal and the super mutants – to the questions why are people obsessed with eating sweets and desserts when it leads to obesity and diabetes? I read Harari’s book chronologically backwards. I first read his latest book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century published in 2018. It was a book about the present and how to make sense of today’s pressing issues. It tried to answer questions like: How do computers and … [Read more...] about Is humankind happier?