Call centers: co-opting the Filipino identity

By Jan M. Padios/baltimoresun.com – What changes when a country devotes itself to servicing the businesses of other countries? Call centers are big business in the Philippines. As a doctoral student, I researched the industry there between 2008 and 2013, when the Southeast Asian nation became a top destination Read more »

[ANALYSIS] Why is Philippine inflation now the highest in ASEAN?

By JC Punongbayan/rappler.com – Yesterday, we were greeted by truly shocking news: the Philippines’ inflation rate, which measures how fast prices are rising, reached a whopping 6.4% in August. Not only is this the highest in 9.4 years, it also exceeded the government’s upper forecast of 6.2%, and is Read more »

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Philippines’ Richest 2018: Real Estate Tycoons Post Gains Amid Losses For Most Others

By Grace Chung/Forbes.com – This story is part of Forbes’ coverage of Philippines’ Richest 2018. See the full list here. There’s been a general lift in Philippine real estate and construction fortunes, and then there’s Manny Villar. His wealth has tripled over the past year, making him now the country’s Read more »

House passes 100-day maternity leave

via CNN Philippines – The House of Representatives passed a bill expanding maternity leave to 100 days on its third and final reading on Tuesday. Both houses of Congress are expected to meet soon to reconcile House Bill 4113 and its counterpart measure Senate Bill 1305. The Senate proposal was Read more »

Duterte Orders Arrest of Philippine Senator, One of His Top Critics

By Felipe Villamor/nytimes.com – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of one of his most prominent critics in the Philippine Senate, declaring that an amnesty granted to the senator years ago over his role in two military uprisings was invalid. The senator, Antonio Trillanes, a former naval officer, called Read more »

First Filipino table tennis Olympian Ian “Yanyan” Lariba dies at 23

By Chuck Araneta/espn.com – Ian “Yanyan” Lariba, a Filipino athlete who represented the country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio passed away after a lengthy battle with leukemia. The Twitter account of the Philippine Sports Commission broke the news. She was 23. Born in Cagayan De Oro on October 13, Read more »

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