Opinion and Commentary

Lauengco: Barangay Elections Last Minute Campaign Guide (Part 1)

October 11, 2023, 5:56 pm

“How do you win an election? Get more votes than your opponents” - Anonymous In eight days, the official campaign period for the 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections will begin. Candidates for the various positions involved will officially have 10 grueling days to convince voters… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Strengthening Philippine tourism

October 10, 2023, 9:40 am

With the accelerating shift towards greater normalcy after the pandemic, new opportunities for recovery and growth are opening across different industries—particularly those badly hit by the global crisis. Here in the Philippines, tourism is among the sectors that have steadily recovered with… Read More

Samonte: The 'New Society' parliaments of 1976-1985

October 5, 2023, 12:56 pm

In my column last week, I partially discussed the niceties, in my view, of the modified unicameral federal system of government introduced through the 1973 Constitution under the "New Society or Bagong Lipunan" concept of then President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. (Dec. 30, 1965-Feb. 25, 1986). I… Read More

Lauengco: Cults: Thoughts and Theories

October 4, 2023, 12:56 pm

“Culture and cult derive from the same word; what a culture worships defines it.” – Michael Knowles Lately, we have seen several news headlines about a series of Senate hearings on an alleged cult based in Surigao del Norte. Since the Senate investigations started, several “horror”… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Consideration in customer service communications

October 3, 2023, 1:01 pm

For the past months, tourism has seen a strong recovery—both locally and globally with leisure travel regaining its momentum after the pandemic slowdown. The Department of Tourism over the weekend reported that tourism arrivals in the Philippines have breached the 4-million mark, putting the… Read More

Samonte: Federalism and the 1973 Constitution

September 28, 2023, 1:50 pm

When President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. pitched for federalism during a recent gathering of his party mates in the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), he might have been thinking of a new fundamental law of the land somewhat similar to the 1973 Constitution. "The Philippines has taken the first… Read More

Lauengco: Remembering Mayor BF's unique management style

September 27, 2023, 11:31 am

“The right way is not always the popular and easy way” – Margaret Chase Smith When I first met then-Marikina City Mayor Bayani Fernando (BF) back in 1998, I was a newly minted City Administrator of the neighboring Antipolo City under, then first-term Mayor Angelito Gatlabayan. Since it was… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Realizing growth, economic development, sustainability through mining

September 25, 2023, 11:21 am

With the vast mineral resources of the Philippines, mining has immense potential to become a major economic driver for the Philippines. However, we have yet to fully develop this industry. Challenges such as policy issues, and environmental and safety concerns have hindered the growth of the local… Read More

Lu: Rising to the rice challenge: Ensuring PH food security

September 21, 2023, 5:33 pm

On September 1, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. announced a price ceiling for rice, ranging from P41 to P45. This announcement comes as a relief to consumers who have been grappling with soaring prices, not only for rice but also for essential commodities. The President's directive is a response to… Read More

Samonte: Memories of the Sept. 21, 1972 martial law

September 21, 2023, 4:19 pm

Exactly 51 years ago on this day, or on Sept. 21, 1972, then President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. signed Proclamation No. 1081 that placed the entire country under a state of martial law which, he said, "was a final recourse to combat two principal sources of grave danger to the Philippine society… Read More

Lauengco: Restoring Hinulugang Taktak

September 20, 2023, 12:49 pm

"Tayo na sa Antipolo at doo’y maligo tayo, sa batis na kung tawagin ay hi-hi- hinulugang taktak…” - German San Jose. Last Sept. 14, a simple ceremony was held at the Hinulugang Taktak Nature and Adventure Park. The activity commemorated the “strengthening of the partnership” of Manila… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Towards a sustainable energy future

September 19, 2023, 12:35 pm

As the Philippines moves towards achieving its target of becoming an upper middle-income country in the future, the need to ensure energy security has become more prominent to power economic growth and national development. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., in a speech during the US-ASEAN… Read More

Delos Reyes: Running on grassoline

September 19, 2023, 12:07 pm

IN doting fondness, one can look back at how the horse-drawn calesa was king of the road, braving chest-deep floodwaters of Espana Blvd. ages back, while even SUVs and similar smoke-belchers were stalled or towed. If my memory serves right, calesa fare was cheaper than a taxicab's. If only for… Read More

Lu: Addressing the alarming surge in road rage incidents

September 15, 2023, 10:58 am

In recent times, a spate of violent road rage incidents has dominated headlines, prompting both chambers of Congress to conduct investigations in aid of legislation. These distressing episodes, often captured by vigilant citizens and swiftly disseminated on social media platforms, have garnered… Read More

Samonte: Father's advice to his son feeling lonely in England school 53 yrs ago

September 14, 2023, 1:44 pm

"Loneliness should never be shunned by anyone who wants to be a leader because if you are a leader, loneliness is always the other side of the coin, not only of freedom but of leadership. You can never be free unless you learn to be lonely and alone. You will never be a leader unless you are… Read More

Lauengco: Will new AI replace lawyers in drafting contracts?

September 13, 2023, 1:40 pm

“You adapt, evolve, compete or die.” - Paul Tudor Jones One of the primary functions of lawyers in corporations is contract drafting and review. There is, however, a new artificial intelligence (AI) program called Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) system that can generate contracts faster.… Read More

Delos Reyes: Home, planting camote

September 11, 2023, 11:50 am

One silly reason to heed that halcyon counsel, "Go home and plant camote," was I wanted to bring back scarab beetle, dor beetle, May/June beetle, or salagubang. It was a lovable toy of boyhood years past – the pair of rear legs are tied with a string, then, poor critter is whirled to fly, fly,… Read More

Zaldarriaga: Basketball and positive change

September 11, 2023, 9:32 am

With the end of the FIBA World Cup 2023, we are once again reminded of the impact sports, particularly basketball, has not just on the lives of athletes and fans—but on communities around the world. Through the years, we have seen how basketball can improve lives and impact positive change in… Read More

Samonte: The significance of September in PH history

September 7, 2023, 4:41 pm

Among the so-called four "ber" months of the year, September can be considered as the most significant for being the birth month of four of the 17 Philippine presidents so far since 1898, including a father and his son 57 years apart. The late fourth Philippine president, Sergio S. Osmena Sr.… Read More

Lauengco: The bamboo tree and flood control

September 6, 2023, 4:41 pm

“Sometimes the best things are right in front of you…” - Gladys Knight We often fail to see the value and importance of the seemingly ordinary and simple objects around us. There are many things we consider mundane that possess more value than we realize. Take the humble bamboo tree, for… Read More