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Believe It or Not: When ASEAN Began 50 Years Ago, PH Had Biggest GDP Among the 5 Founders

A look back at key economic and social indicators of the regional grouping’s five initial members

On August 8, 1967, when five southeast Asian countries formed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines was the preeminent economic force in the region. The current value of its GDP, a measure of economic output, stood at $6.8 billion, ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 03, 2017 04:00:00
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Which of the Biggest PH Businesses are Investing in the ASEAN Region?

Vietnam and Singapore attracted the most attention from the country’s largest conglomerates

Economic integration within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) achieved a crucial milestone with the formal establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015. The AEC aims to transform the region into a single market and production ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | April 27, 2017 02:00:00

FranchiseTalk: What Duterte’s recent state visits mean for franchising

Local businesses stand to benefit from stronger economic ties with China, Japan

 President Rodrigo Duterte recently had state visits to China and Japan, with the intent of strengthening our economic ties with these two nations. In the case of Japan, in particular, it remains the largest source of foreign direct investments and the largest ...

by Sam Christopher Lim  | November 05, 2016 12:00:00
Business Ideas

Investor confidence in PH assessed, found solid

China’s rise, effects of terrorism, Brexit and Trump presidency examined at PIC 2016

  The very nature of business makes it vulnerable to various factors, be it demographic or socio-political. So much so that entrepreneurs, especially those who engage with global clients and trends, have constantly been on the lookout for the latest data on world ...

by Jerricho Reynaldo  | October 04, 2016 06:00:00
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Small businesses urged to take advantage of ASEAN integration

MSMEs should not fear competition, says DTI

With the ASEAN Economic Community in full swing, the Department of Trade and Industry is doubling its efforts to educate and engage micro, small and medium enterprises to be active participants of the integration process. “MSMEs (micro-, small and medium enterprises) should be ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 02, 2016 05:00:00
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PLDT organizes biggest digital conference for MSMEs

TechIsland 3.0 aims to introduce, guide them in finding, taking opportunities in an evolving market.

MANILA, Philippines – PLDT Smart SME Nation, the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) business unit of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is organizing what it describes as the largest digital conference for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the ...

by James Humarang  | April 13, 2016 07:00:00
Run & Grow

How homegrown Bo's Coffee competes with Starbucks

The strategy of delivering a distinctly Filipino coffee experience works wonders for this Cebu-based coffee chain led by Steve Benitez.

Steve Benitez felt threatened when he heard Starbucks was setting up shop in the Philippines.Sure, Bo’s Coffee had a bit of a head start against the Seattle-based global chain when it opened here in 1997: Bo’s was already in Cebu when Starbucks ...

by Maricris Carlos  | April 03, 2016 11:00:00
Run & Grow

How the PH travel, hospitality industry can win in the ASEAN economy

"Let's make sure we're the best in what we do before we dream of competing with the best in another country," says a consulting group exec.

Aside from the freer flow of goods and services within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), more manpower and capital are set to cross regional borders since the ASEAN Economic Community rolled out in end-2015.“The [ASEAN economy] is here at our ...

by Shadz Loresco  | March 22, 2016 12:00:00
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Kick start your day, March 10: Which PH business records P1-billion sales in 2015?

Plus, know about an international fund heist allegedly involving a PH bank.

RCBC under probe for money launderingRizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) is now under probe for allegedly being involved in money laundering.The bank is being investigated for the $81-million deposited in its Jupiter, Makati City branch, including the transactions made via the account, ABS-CBN reported ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | March 10, 2016 08:00:00
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10th ASEAN Leaderspeak: Weaving the cultural heritage of ASEAN through design and innovation

In preparation for the ASEAN integration, the textile industry of the Philippines is exerting great efforts to promote native fibers such as abaca and pińa.

On its installment for this academic year, the ASEAN Leaderspeak series featured two highly respected industry leaders from the textile and apparel industry. While opportunities await forward-looking businesses, experts spelled out issues and outline ways to prime up the sector's readiness in ...

by Press Release and Press Release  | May 07, 2015 06:00:00
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WORLDBEX 2015: Building visions in the realm of ASEAN Integration

A diverse field of world-class quality exhibits await construction and design professionals and enthusiasts in this year's WORLDBEX.

On its 20th year, the grandest and biggest construction and design event of the year gathered local and international exhibitors as the entire South East Asian region gears up for the ASEAN economic community implementation. With almost 500 exhibitors-from seasoned construction and ...

by Press Release  | March 13, 2015 09:00:00

3 reasons to invest in a beauty and wellness business

Why is it the best time to invest in beauty and wellness? Here are three reasons you should consider.

by James Humarang  | March 03, 2015 12:00:00

IT's role in the upcoming ASEAN Integration 2015

Are local SMEs ready for the anticipated ASEAN Integration? What will be the important role to be played by information technology in boosting businesses' competitiveness?

by Renz Lyndon Paguio  | December 30, 2014 01:00:00