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How to grow a business, according to Dennis Uy

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The 43 year old businessman from Davao – also a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte – is one of the most aggressive dealmakers in the country acquiring companies left and right

Sit down interview with Phoenix Petroleum President and CEO Dennis Uy on July 12, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Meet Ramon Ang, Filipino billionaire and Duterte's friend

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:58 PM

As Ramon Ang aggressively expands his businesses he stays on the good side of President Rodrigo Duterte through his philanthropy and campaign donations

FRIEND. President Rodrigo Duterte (left) sees Ramon Ang (right), chief of San Miguel Corporation, as his fast friend

FAST FACTS: SM Investments Corporation

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Here s what every consumer should know about SM Investments Corporation the conglomerate of the Philippines richest man

How Chooks to Go built a business bigger than GMA Network

May 06, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Bounty Agro Ventures Incorporated – the group behind brands Chooks To Go Uling Roasters and Reyal – was not an overnight success While an egg takes about 21 days to hatch BAVI took 15 years

ASEAN PLAYER? Bounty Agro Ventures Incorporated, the largest poultry integrator in the Philippines and company behind the brand Chooks to Go, Uling Roasters, and Reyal, is setting its sight on regional expansion.

Jobless soon: 400 consultants of scrapped 3rd telco player

Jun 30, 2016 - 5:39 PM

Due to a change in business direction all 400 consultants under BellTel will lose their jobs by September this year

'BLINDSIDED'. 'We are disappointed. We felt cheated,' one of the over 160 terminated consultants says

Bank heist probe: Questions, contradictions hound PhilRem

Apr 12, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Money transfer services of PhilRem were used in the 81 million money laundering scam keeping the stolen funds out of sight and out of reach

CONNECTIONS. Salud Bautista of PhilRem (L) during the continuation of the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing. She is seated next to casino junket agent and an 'acquaintance' Kam Sin Wong (R). Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/Senate PRIB

Why revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant?

Jan 10, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Pro nuclear energy advocates say reviving the mothballed plant is a cheaper alternative

The facade of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

A long, winding road for better Metro Manila transport

Jan 09, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Several infrastructure deals that are seen to solve the nightmarish Metro Manila traffic are still hounded by delays

LONG, WINDING ROAD. Most projects that are supposed to solve the horrendous Metro Manila traffic have snagged delays by policy U-turns and legal roadblocks. Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

David SyCip: The visionary ideas behind ASEAN integration

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:24 AM

UPDATED A look at the ideas that influenced the creation of the ASEAN single market through the thoughts and writings of local visionary David SyCip

VISIONARY. David SyCip, business leader and one of the early proponents of an ASEAN community. Photo courtesy of the SyCip family

INFOGRAPHIC: A preview of the 21 APEC member economies

Nov 18, 2015 - 5:49 PM

This year s APEC Economic Leaders Meeting also includes Colombia as an observer

APEC 2015: How to make economic growth inclusive

Nov 13, 2015 - 6:30 PM

Growing economies in a manner that is quick and equitable is this year s tall order the APEC Business Advisory Council 2015 says

SPREADING PROSPERITY. These world leaders cite their own initiatives to link small players to the supply chain. From left: CEMEX Philippines' Arturo Rodriguez Jalili; PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk Franciscus Welirang; Ayala Corporation's Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala; Banco de la Microempresa's Cesar Vela Bazan; United Nations Development Program's Marcos Athias Neto. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Petilla: Give Competitive Selection Process a chance

Nov 13, 2015 - 4:26 PM

You need rules CSP is where everything is a level playing field and everybody competes other than just negotiates the former energy secretary and senatorial candidate says

RULES. Former Energy secretary and senatorial candidate Carlos Jericho Petilla says the Competitive Selection Process aims for balance between profit and public service in a market-driven energy sector.

APEC 2015: Where PH stands in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Nov 13, 2015 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED Interest in the TPP has surged on the eve of the APEC summit but it will take awhile to come into force say experts

JOINING THE CLUB. The 12 member TPP currently encompasses the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

APEC 2015: A sense of déjà vu

Nov 12, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The current and former NEDA chiefs compare the Philippine economy on the eve of the country s hosting of the APEC summit in 1996 and in 2015 Then and now the global community saw the country as poised to reach great economic heights

What will the Philippines gain from hosting APEC 2015?

Nov 11, 2015 - 9:01 PM

The APEC Business Advisory Council says larger economies are curious about the country s growth story

ALL EYES. The Philippines becomes the world's biggest stage for a week as it hosts this year's APEC. In the photo are (from left) APEC Business Advisory Council’s Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala,Tony Tan Caktiong, and Guillermo Luz. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

#AlDub intensifies network wars, boosts brands' sales

Oct 07, 2015 - 11:36 AM

Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza s budding romance on screen has posted through the roof ratings for 36 year old show Eat Bulaga and has been a boon for McDonald s Philippines and TNT

SPREADS MAGIC. From food to mobile phone endorsements, almost every company is gunning for the nationwide favorite #AlDub

Why PH has 2nd highest income tax in ASEAN

Oct 01, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Come ASEAN integration by yearend the Philippines will have the most uninviting tax system in the region

TO CUT OR NOT TO CUT? As the ASEAN region moves toward a borderless economic community, the Philippine will have the most uninviting tax systems among its ASEAN-6 peers should the government not implement a tax cut. Image from Shutterstock

How a brief thunderstorm can cause horrendous Metro traffic

Sep 11, 2015 - 6:57 PM

With inadequate pumps and drains even brief heavy rain can turn Metro Manila into a swimming pool bringing traffic to a halt transportation experts say

NIGHTMARE. With September 8, 2015 downpour, 4 flights are delayed, LRT2 trains reduced to 5, MRT3 tunnel between Buendia and Ayala flooded, and thousands of commuters and motorists were stranded. Photos by Analette Abesamis/Rappler

Second half will be better – economists

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:25 PM

The Philippine economy will pick up steam due to the expected surge in OFW remittances more infra projects and early spending for the 2016 polls

SUNNIER OUTLOOK. Higher infrastructure spending, election multiplier, and robust OFW remittances will be the main drivers of Philippine economy in the second half of the year, economists say

Unlike '97, Asian economies expected to bend, not break

Aug 25, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Painful lessons learned 18 years ago have left Asian economies far more able to withstand severe shocks economists say

New Internet speed minimum throwback to '90s?

Aug 18, 2015 - 11:25 AM

The Philippine government sets the minimum Internet speed at 256 kilobits per second But tech groups say this is hardly a broadband experience

POSITIVE. The development from NTC could benefit subscribers who are not experiencing the speed promised when they signed up for their broadband plans, which cost them wasted time and money.

#SG50: What PH's NAIA should learn from SG's Changi Airport

Aug 10, 2015 - 12:26 PM

Ninoy Aquino International Airport should emulate Changi Airport s ways of providing comfort to passengers to improve also the gateway s revenue generating capacity

#SG50: Why Singapore is a model for global competitiveness

Aug 09, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Sensible policies like Singapore implements can serve as guide to the Philippines which is now planting its feet in the global competitiveness arena

Rappler Talk: How public-private partnerships work in infra projects

Jul 18, 2015 - 7:03 PM

Infrastructure underspending is one of the culprits of lower than expected Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of the year

PH's PPP thrust: Work in progress

Jul 18, 2015 - 6:44 PM

UPDATED After 5 years since its kickoff in 2010 did the flagship public private partnership program of President Benigno Aquino III meet expectations?

PPP TRAFFIC JAM. 41-year-old Celina Garcia is just one of the millions Filipino motorists and commuters who find getting around Metro Manila more time-consuming than ever. Illustration by Mara Mercado/Rappler

Is the Philippine Competition Act really a game-changer?

Jul 12, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Conclusion: Lawmakers say the competition law is essential for the economy to reach its next level of growth

Keep the devil away from the Philippine Competition Act

Jul 11, 2015 - 6:13 PM

Part 2: After lawmakers succeeded in passing the measure the next challenge is to keep its powers intact and free from vested interests

What consumers need to know about the PH Competition Act

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:06 AM

Part 1: The measure aims to give consumers more choices and lower prices through stronger market competition

Greek crisis has 'little effect' on Philippines – economists

Jul 07, 2015 - 6:42 PM

But it is seen to cause volatility in the Philippine financial markets for about 3 months economists say

VOLATILE FINANCIAL MARKETS. After the Greece votes no, investors in the Philippines looked for safer assets to cash in on their funds. Image from Shutterstock

Downsizing workforce inevitable as PH TV surfs the digital wave

Jul 05, 2015 - 4:23 PM

Part 2: TV networks are forced to downsize its workforce as it spends more toward digitalization of its operations

DOUBLE-EDGED DIGITIZATION. Most TV networks in the Philippines are forced to downsize their workforce and spend more to stay afloat in today's digital wave

PH telcos, TV networks ride double-edged digital wave

Jul 04, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Part 1: The digital shift is forcing local telcos and TV companies to spend more lay off people and redefine their business model

DIGITAL WAVE. There is no time to lose for the telco and media industries, as technology change accelerates significantly and new digital platforms and devices are emerging, IDC says. Image by Shutterstock

Why GMA-Ramon Ang talks collapsed

Jun 24, 2015 - 8:21 AM

Many analysts say the network could be fishing for a higher offer There s a lot of speculation at this point

NOT AGAIN! This was the third time broadcast giant has terminated acquisition deals with a possible investor, after two failed talks with Manuel Pangilinan (MVP). MVP's photo by AFP

PH to miss 2015 GDP growth target – economists

May 28, 2015 - 8:11 PM

UPDATED Economists say the Q1 2015 GDP letdown only shows that government needs to accelerate public spending and grow other sectors

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Considerations for the Philippines

May 17, 2015 - 8:30 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Developing member countries of the AIIB such as the Philippines will have to adhere and implement transparency efficiency and accountability in the utilization of loans and investments it receives

In this file photo, Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei (L) gives a speech with the guests of the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 24 October 2014. EPA/Takaki Yajima / POOL

Marks & Spencer breaks with tradition to get more agile on style

Mar 05, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Britain’s former retail powerhouse is overturning more than a century of retail history by taking full control of its supply chain

China's economic slowdown: A double-edged impact on PH

Feb 20, 2015 - 8:00 AM

But it is unlikely to drag down the Philippines’ economic growth analysts say

Uber offers PH gov’t information access to drivers

Feb 03, 2015 - 7:48 PM

Uber’s proposed information sharing scheme would include the disclosure of their drivers’ personal data to government regulators

DRIVER DETAILS. Uber is offering the Philippine government an access to its drivers' information to address concerns over the smartphone-based chauffeur service's safety. Photo by Uber

Reforms to buoy PH growth in the long term

Jan 30, 2015 - 2:10 PM

While rosy economic prospects loom for the former Sick Man of Asia analysts warn of a turnaround if serious reforms are not put in place

Cebu Pacific holiday mess: Why blame absent staff?

Jan 23, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The reality is that airline employees are supposed to work during the holidays

Clipping PAL's 'too many wings'

Oct 24, 2014 - 9:39 AM

As Lucio Tan buys back PAL Jaime Bautista returns to sort out the mess and make it soar again to profitable skies The first order of business: reviewing the airline’s re fleeting program

Power emergency: What it means

Jul 29, 2014 - 4:04 PM

By summer of 2015 there will be a power crisis – 20 days of rotating blackouts won t be remote Emergency powers for the President is deemed to be the ‘fastest’ solution for now

Why SM is after the MRT-LRT common station

Jun 14, 2014 - 5:46 PM

Saying it has a valid contract with government the company will fight tooth and nail for the station which is expected to bring high foot traffic to its largest mall in the Philippines

What Meralco's rate hike tells us about the power sector

Mar 13, 2014 - 9:42 PM

The record high increase in Meralco s charges last December is caused by a combination of problems that have plagued the Philippine power sector

INFOGRAPHIC: How WESM affects your electricity bill

Jan 22, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Meralco says its record high rate hike was due to high prices at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market or WESM What is WESM and how does it work?

INFOGRAPHIC: Ways to lower your electricity bill

Jan 05, 2014 - 4:40 PM

With a little strategy you can greatly lower your energy consumption and your bill

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Phones on planes: New guidelines

Jan 04, 2014 - 3:06 PM

Here s an infographic of new CAAP regulations allowing the use of mobile phones laptops and other electronic devices on flights but on certain conditions

Pasay reclamation: Clash of the property giants

Jan 02, 2014 - 12:21 PM

Other developers raise questions over Pasay City s deal with SM for a multibillion peso reclamation project; nat l government eyes bidding

Know your stock market lingo

Sep 01, 2013 - 1:39 PM

Looking to start trading stocks? Brush up on these stock market terms

INFOGRAPHIC: Are Filipinos ready for a brighter life?

Jul 18, 2013 - 4:14 PM

Insurance penetration in the Philippines remains low but outlook is bright

INFOGRAPHIC: How PH budget airlines change the game

Jul 03, 2013 - 2:35 PM

Airlines offering low fares and more destinations create ripples