All posts by Lala Rimando

I’m a journalist focused on governance in Southeast Asia, home to some of the world’s most exciting economies. I've been doing print, broadcast and online journalism for nearly two decades, and have extensive experience in daily reporting, editing and managing multimedia reporting and business news teams. I did communication strategy consulting and wrote perspective pieces in between, while kickstarting my yoga and pilates practice. I'm currently writing a book on Philippine conglomerates, the first project by a journalist to explain this economy from the point of view of big business.

Yoga without a mat: How a Filipino kid thrives amid COVID19

An 8-year-old from a remote area joins a Kids Yoga session streamed live. Nicole doesn't have a yoga mat.

Manila lockdown: the upside and lowdown

Getting past the stark realities of our uninspiring leaders, and giving up the urge to hoard or pass on juicy but unverified news are actually opportunities to self-examine

Let’s break down the Manila Water deal between Ayala and Razon groups

Is there politics in the Manila Water ownership changes? Or is this just business?

What the Ayala-Razon deal on Manila Water means

Two of the richest Filipino families just announced a water deal that is suspect for its timing. One is at the bitter end of Duterte's tirades against the business elite, the other an ally.

The day Philippines became the most dangerous place on the planet to be a journalist

A snapshot of what it was like in a newsroom on November 23, 2009, the day of the #AmpatuanMassacre

The full story of why I yoga

When I'm not writing or managing newsrooms, I am on a yoga mat. I'm sharing here my parallel journeys as a journalist and as someone who process my human frailties...while I practice yoga.

Richest Filipino congressman now owns majority of Philippine AirAsia

Philippines’ richest congressman Michael “Mikee” Romero is now the majority owner of the local affiliate of budget airline AirAsia. Romero’s stake in the Philippine AirAsia was raised to 44.5%, higher than Malaysian AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes and partner’s 40%. Romero acquired the AirAsia Philippines stakes of Ambassador Fred Yao and Maan Hontiveros. Romero, Yao, Hontiveros ...

Central bank gov Nestor Espenilla Jr, my kindred spirit gone too soon

We had several things in common: powerful foes, health woes, and more

Jumping into the (un)known

Is cliff jumping into this sinkhole in Bohol worth it?

Jon Ramon Aboitiz, a proud Cebuano who doesn’t fall in love with business

Jon Ramon Aboitiz, 70, was a pillar in one of the wealthiest, most enduring, and aggressively expanding conglomerates in the Philippines

Ayala has most family members named ‘Management Man of the Year’

FERNANDO ZOBEL DE AYALA is Management Man of the Year 2018, the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) announced today. This makes the Zobel de Ayalas the family with most members (three) in this elite list. Previous to Fernando, his father Jaime and brother Jaime Augusto, or JAZA, were separately featured as “Management Man of ...

About Lala Rimando

I’m a business journalist focused on explaining wealth

Thunder in the Far East​

Can President Duterte calm the political and economic storms in the Philippines?

Who are the most generous employers of them all?

P98 million to P2.1 million was the range of average executive pay the most valuable listed firms paid each of their top executives in 2017

Dennis Uy on business and politics: What’s next won’t be what was

Businessman Dennis Uy, a close friend of President Rodrigo Duterte, delivers a speech on being a disruptor

Craving for a statesman: Notes from Senate’s necrological service for former Sen. Edgardo Angara

I interrupted my business story -writing to listen to lawmakers honor a "statesman," a mark I miss from our leaders.

2018 Forbes Billionaires: Henry Sy is now richer than Elon Musk; Manuel Villar doubles his wealth

Henry Sy, the only Filipino in Forbes’ annual list of Top 100 world dollar-billionaires, is richer than Elon Musk who is half his age.

Jack Ma (#JackMaXDLSU): Find a good boss, not a good company

"Don't be discouraged when people don't help you. Why should people help you? You should earn the right to be helped."

What I learned from “BBC Dad” about the two Koreas

Of course, the "BBC Dad" got my attention. Here are my notes from the Ateneo lecture Dr. Robert Kelly gave on North and South Korea.

Um, Yasay as next foreign secretary?

I have an uneasy feeling about Yasay's appointment as our chief diplomat. It seems none of his past experiences, including those I've interviewed him on as a business journalist, equipped him to handle foreign policy, especially with issues as sensitive as the sea dispute with China.