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.

5 things I learned in Day 3 of probe into world’s largest bank heist

Solaire has defied the popular claim that casinos are the "blackhole" in anti-money laundering efforts. Junket agents play major role in cleaning or washing illegal funds via casinos. Chinese businessman Kim Wong seems to be the common thread among the different groups involved in the heist.

What you need to know about the CALAx project drama

Round One's winning bid was P11.66 billion. Round Two's is P27.3 billion. The difference is stark: P15.6 billion. Yet, the company that triggered a rebid, San Miguel, lost.

Goodbye….

Two were lost last weekend: Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao's bout with Floyd Mayweather, and Evangeline Escobillo's life. "Tita Vangie," as I have called her after we have moved on from our source and reporter roles to being friends, was always full of life that it is hard to imagine she is no longer alive. I consider her one of my most memorable mentors, the kind who have contributed to the shaping of my career as a business journalist.

Money or integrity? The Cavite-Laguna road project case study

The controversial CALAx road project is a damn-if-you-do-damn-if-you-don't issue. It's a toss up, really, between money and integrity. The president chose money.

Interesting insights on China’s rich

The number of rich Chinese is expected to increase to 1.2 million, and the super rich to 73,000. About 50% own and/or manage their own business. Majority live in Beijing.

Ghost and lifeless after 2014 Sochi Olympics. Image shows a screenshot of a picture taken by Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy as posted on his blog, http://macos.livejournal.com/939210.html

Sochi and why hosting the Olympics is not worth it  

'Hosting the Olympic Games is taking on one of the most financially risky mega projects that many cities and nations have learned to their peril.'

Stop counting Facebook ‘likes,’ learn from Coca-Cola’s ‘nickname bottle’

Coca-Cola has broken the secret code! The winning social media formula is the Narcissus strategy: Validate. Encourage. Reflect people’s specialness.

Sinking ferries: The difference between Philippines and Korea

Differences in the two separate ferry incidents happening 6 years apart and causing the senseless drowning of passengers include these: an effort to apologise, punishing the accountable ones, moving on

This is the LRT-1 project extending the current rail system to vote-rich Cavite. The consortium of conglomerates Ayala and Metro Pacific was the lone bidder last May 28, 2014 for the P65 billion deal. Map courtesy of PPP Center

Questions and an answer on San Miguel’s LRT-1 move

The biggest business group in the Philippines snubbed the bidding for the biggest infrastructure project of the government. Why is this raising eyebrows?

‘Dark site’ and Malaysia Airlines crisis

Public relations industry members and crisis managers are one in lauding the legacy carrier for its by-the-book moves, opting to tune out the criticisms, which are chanted in mainstream and new media day in and day out.

Is it Mar Roxas’ fault there are no CCTV cameras at NAIA-3?

No, but a year and a half ago, he set himself up to be blamed when a crime happened this December 2013.

Here’s why NAIA-3 has no CCTV security cameras

Five days before Christmas, four people were killed by drive-by shooters at NAIA Terminal 3. Why were there no CCTVs to document the crime?

Garnish or levy? Wading thru jargons in Pacquiao tax issue

'Garnish' doesn't just involve food. Make sense of a big news story involving major personalities in global boxing and local governance — and lots of jargon

Timelapse: Sun sets on Makati, Global Fort

Enjoy this feast for the eyes – the changing colors and moods I was blessed to enjoy everyday

Lonely at the top

Having lunch buddies is not a deal breaker, but it does help to have not just a warm body but a friend at the top

Before Thursday

I'm supposed to give my doctor an answer: yes or no.

She’s leaving, too

It is never easy to physically lose anyone. I'm guilty of instinctively giving in to making these milestones in their lives about me.

Airport moments

I let out a big sigh to calm a bit of heartache when I was writing a straight news about Singapore's new terminal facilities.

Struggling not to hate my Blackberry

My Blackberry has been driving me nuts since I first held it in June 2011. It feels old, it's clunky, unintuitive, and lacks battery power. It's a smartphone that does not make me smart.

I miss my best friend

One of my fears is starting to creep on me: losing my best friend. I truly hope and pray you are in good hands and happy -- and that I was just crazy to have even imagined otherwise.

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