BM Broader Look
The BusinessMirror provides readers with a broader look at the nation’s business in these challenging times. It covers not just economies or industries or companies or markets, but all the people and elements whose dynamics influence developments, movements and trends.
7 days ago
“Why do you think it’s important for society to allow trans women to enter the Miss South Africa competition?” This was a question in the 2021 Miss South Africa pageant, and Zimi Mabunzi’s viral answer blew me away.
Wednesday Oct 13, 2021
My grandfather was born in 1886. At that time 72 percent of humanity lived in “extreme poverty.” In “Relative Poverty” —85 percent—were those who “from the social perspective have a much lower living standard compared to the economic standards of the surrounding population. This is a measure of income inequality.”
Tuesday Oct 05, 2021
Today we podcast a conversation with Mr. Amar Babu, who heads the business of Lenovo Group Limited in the overall Asia Pacific region, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Asean, Australia, New Zealand, and India / South Asia. Mr. Amar Babu spoke to BusinessMirror Special Projects Editor Anne Ruth de la Cruz about his journey with Lenovo and the technology firm’s business before and during the pandemic as well as its plans for the future.
Wednesday Sep 29, 2021
IT has been easy not to talk about the Philippine stock market for months. In 2021, the range is basically between 7,200 and 6,400 (on a monthly basis) for about a 10 to 12 percent range. There has been some volatility.
Wednesday Sep 22, 2021
The world stopped on a morning in New York City 20 years ago. It does not matter if you were an old man or even not yet born. The world has not been the same since then and every life has been affected in the ensuing time.
Tuesday Sep 21, 2021
One day, you hear about a trending issue, maybe an interview of a dictator’s son, so you pull up Twitter, Facebook, Tiktok, or another social media platform to learn what happened. Maybe the issue is political, religious, scientific, whatever. What matters is that your timeline says there are only two general opposing sides : the pro and the anti.
Wednesday Sep 15, 2021
The concept is so much a fundamental part of nature that it is found in almost all scientific disciplines. Yet there is only one place that it is a common term. The definition of “grind” is “to wear down, smooth, or sharpen by abrasion or friction; to reduce to fine particles, as by pounding, crushing or pulverizing.” But it is also used to describe a “dreary, monotonous, or difficult labor, study, or routine.”
Tuesday Sep 14, 2021
I was born in 1998, so I have no firsthand experience of the Marcos regime. Everything I know about that time is based on stories from people who lived through that period and are still alive, or from those who retell their stories. The strange thing about the situation is there appears to be two drastically different sides to the “debate,” despite the truth that there are indisputable facts that render one side the clear winner. Nonetheless, this made me wonder: will the same thing happen with this pandemic?
Wednesday Sep 08, 2021
Today’s podcast features singer and song writer Lea Halili who recently launched her first solo single titled “Fourth of July.” The BusinessMirror Soundstrip editor Edwin Sallan talked to Leah about her album, her love for music, her band the Ransom Collective and about living amid the pandemic.
Wednesday Sep 01, 2021
Although different in magnitude by a factor of a million, what happened in Afghanistan has similarities to what happened prior to World War II. On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from meeting with Adolf Hitler. Chamberlain, from outside 10 Downing Street, said: “My good friends, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.”
Tuesday Aug 31, 2021
Back in our time, specifically for those born before the 2000s, we had to get “real” jobs because these were supposedly more impressive—even if we didn’t want to, we had to be doctors, lawyers, engineers, nurses, and all the other occupations that required pretty diplomas, years of study, and board exams.
Wednesday Aug 25, 2021
IT is probably a good thing that we have the triumphs of Philippine Olympic athletes to occupy our attention because Covid and the lockdown are taking a serious toll on us, not only economically but also psychologically.
Thursday Aug 19, 2021
REP. Joey Sarte Salceda of Albay took off his sports jacket and ran a hand on his blue tie during an online discussion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZIczR2aWjk) on a law that he touts as “the most readily available tool for economic recovery.” Salceda appeared exasperated, especially with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), in that online forum days after President Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) 11534 on March 26. Four months later, the House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman remains bullish that the law, also called Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises, or CREATE, that he helped craft is one of the country’s tools to climb out of the economic rut.
Thursday Aug 19, 2021
In a real sense we are all like Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, looking through the window of the rich man’s house at the servants with the family gathered around the dinner table, and then going home to more humble “middle class” surroundings.
Tuesday Aug 17, 2021
MY Generation Z sisters are on video calls all day. They have infinite Messenger groups and Discord servers, and they can handle digital socialization 24/7 (for those unfamiliar, Discord is essentially a messaging app on steroids but in a good way). Meanwhile, the sound of Viber and Messenger notifications make my heart drop, and I think my fellow non-Generation Zs can relate.
Thursday Aug 12, 2021
HERE comes the sun, thanks to Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz. As Diaz lifted a combined 224 kilograms it felt a weight, albeit temporarily, was lifted from the shoulders of a country hunched with the heavy load of debt. Indeed, as the rains at Monday’s dusk drowned the droning-on of President Duterte during his last State-of-the-Nation Address (Sona), the republic faced the danger of debilitating debt. Finance officials have said that the Philippines could see the ratio of debt to gross domestic product (GDP) to tip the scale at around 58.7 percent.
Tuesday Aug 10, 2021
Welcome to Business Minds, a segment of the BM Broader Look podcast, which provides a view of the people behind a business in their own words. Today's Business Minds podcast segment puts a spotlight on payment gateway operator Xendit. Anne Ruth dela Cruz, BusinessMirror Special Projects coordinator, engaged Yang Yang Zhang, managing director of Xendit Philippines Incorporated, in a conversation on Xendit and the Philippine market. For stories on Xendit, please visit the businessmirror website. For the print edition, please read the BusinessMirror newspaper.
Wednesday Aug 04, 2021
IF you want to understand how the stock market works, think back to the good old days when we travelled by airplane.