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.

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