Staycation during the time of coronavirus

March 15, 2020
OVER the weekend, I received a text message from my daughter Trisha advising that she would not be able to attend our regular Sunday family lunch. One of latest coronavirus cases reportedly is a resident of the condominium where she and my son-in-law Joy are staying. For this reason, Trisha has decided to isolate herself as much as practicable for an unspecified period.

The deaf don’t have to be mute

March 08, 2020
LAST Wednesday, my daughter Frannie and I watched a stage musical adaptation of “The Lion King” at the Carlos P. Romulo auditorium at the RCBC Plaza. The musical ran for more than three hours but we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. What truly amazed us was that all the student participants – coming from pre-school to Grade 12 – are deaf. By ordinary norms, none of the stage players should have been able to sing and deliver their lines. But deliver they did. And they should not have been able to dance in sync to the beat which they could not hear. But they did.

Muntinlupa’s road to cityhood

March 01, 2020
YESTERDAY (March 1, 2020) Muntinlupa marked its 25th anniversary as a highly urbanised city. When I assumed office as OIC mayor in June 1986, Muntinlupa was still classified as a fifth class municipality. It was earning approximately P28 million per year which was hardly sufficient to pay for the salaries of municipal employees.

BPI steps up bayanihan for Taal

February 23, 2020
IN the aftermath of Taal’s eruption last month, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) immediately responded by distributing relief goods to roughly 3,000 individuals (500 families). But even as displaced Taal families have started to return home, BPI does not intend to let up on its Bayanihan efforts. “Beyond emergency relief operations, BPI wants to help build something lasting, something that will greatly impact the communities affected by the calamity for the long term,” BPI President/CEO Cesar P. Consing said.

The Manila Massacres

February 16, 2020
75 years ago today, the battle to re-take Manila from Japanese hands (Feb. 3 to Feb. 29, 1945) was raging. Days earlier, the Japanese forces, mostly naval troops under Sanji Iwabuchi, received the following orders which they carried out with deadly efficiency.

Stepping up financial outreach to the unbanked

February 09, 2020
MYLENE Sanchez, 42, pushes a cart to sell coconuts. Through her BanKo loan, she now has a fleet of 12 carts and she was even able to put up a sari-sari store in her home. She earns P8,000 weekly from the carts and an additional P1,000 daily from the store. She now employs extra hands as vendors.

Leading the way in wealth management

February 02, 2020
PRESIDENT Sheila Marie U. Tan had every reason to be proud last week as she reported to her board about the record performance of BPI Asset Management and Trust Corporation (BPI AMTC). BPI AMTC, which is celebrating its third year anniversary as a stand-alone trust corporation this February, has reached P731 Billion in Asset Under Management (AUM). This represents a record peak and year-on year growth of 24% with an average annual growth rate of 7% for the past five years.

The Governor’s Report

January 26, 2020
FOR the last 27 years, it has been the tradition of all Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governors (since Governor Gabriel Singson) to speak before the 1st General Assembly of the Rotary Club of Manila. This usually happens on the very first week of the year.

Responsibility in social media

January 19, 2020
WE live in rapidly changing times, thanks to the technological wonders of internet and social media. As fast as we can click and send, we can broadcast messages to friends, relatives and to just about anybody, anywhere in the world. This despite the fact that Philippines remains the slowest and most expensive – in terms of connectivity – in this part of the world.

Muntinlupa @ 102

December 22, 2019
ON Muntinlupa’s 102nd founding anniversary last week, Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi reiterated the city’s thrust towards sustainable growth and development. On his anniversary speech at the jampacked Muntinlupa Sports Center, Fresnedi dwelt at length on education and development of human resource as the main pillars of the city’s sustainability.

90 and above

December 15, 2019
LAST Monday, I had the opportunity to attend the birthday celebration of Dr. James Dy. At 90, Dr. Dy has no plans of retiring any time soon. In an interview with Fun Magazine, the well known philanthropist-businessman said:

Let the facts speak

December 08, 2019
Allow me to present “My Side”, meaning Manila Water Side. In the interest of full disclosure, let me state that I am an Independent Director of Bank of the Philippine Islands which is related to Manila Water by virtue of their common ownership by Ayala.

All clear!

December 01, 2019
AS early as 23 July 2019, Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi created Task Force Discipline (TFD) to assist the local government “to maintain peace and order, and preserve the comfort and convenience of its inhabitants”.

Ganito kami noon

October 27, 2019
I WAS raised inside the Bureau of Prisons reservations in Muntinlupa. I studied at the Itaas Elementary School and later at the Muntinlupa National High School. I grew up with children of prison employees. I knew and interacted with prisoners up close. One of them, I found out many years later, was a convicted cop killer.