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THE City of Parañaque turns twenty today. And it marks its milestone, basking in the glow of an urban renewal that now positions it as a premiere city of Metro Manila. City Mayor admits that long ago, Parañaque was a place more popular for send-offs – for international travelers, on…

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WHEN results of the performance last year of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) arrived early in January 2018, the results reaffirmed that the government agency tasked with collecting customs revenues from imported goods, was on the right track under newly-installed Customs Commissioner Isidro “Sid” Lapeña: it had surpassed its monthly…

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WITH the first month of the year coming to a close, the last of the crystal balls into the state of real estate in 2018 may have just been divined. The consensus is that the sector is in for another good year. What are some of the factors fueling the…

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DONNIES Alas should be taking things easy. Already in his mid-60s, the chairman and chief executive of Alas Oplas & Co., CPAs—an independent member of global accounting network BKR International—should already have had a foot across retirement’s door. Instead, he’s chasing his career second wind—and a legacy for his industry.…

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2018 is now just waiting in the wings, ready to rid us of the smoke and smell of the fireworks of the 31st to finally declare it a New Year for all. So, what are you planning to do? You’ve probably got all the traditions lined up as a listicle…

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WHEN the then-American governor-general of the Philippines, Francis Burton Harrison, signed Executive Order 108, in 1917, carving out the municipality of Muntinlupa, he probably did not foresee that the vast tract of land—4,673 hectares—would, in 100 years, be the overachieving city that it is today. But the people who had…

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CUSTOMS Commissioner Isidro “Sid” Lapeña was a long-time policeman. A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, Class of 1973, he spent over three decades in the police service before retiring in 2007. These days, Lapeña is reprising his role, policing a government agency to arrest public perception of the bureau…

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HIS family name is one of the more recognizable ones in the Philippines; his entrepreneurial rise, a tale often told. His businesses are among the most successful; their brands, certainly among the most familiar to us. John Gokongwei Jr., 91, is founder and chairman emeritus of JG Summit Holdings, a…

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