BUSINESS AS USUAL. Throngs of people walk past vendors selling different kinds of goods at the famous Divisoria shopping district in Manila on Thursday (Jan. 26, 2023). The Philippine economy expanded by 7.2 percent in the last quarter of 2022, bringing full-year growth to 7.6 percent, driven by increased economic activity mainly from pent-up demand as it fully reopened amid an elevated inflation rate. (PNA photo by Yancy Lim)