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.

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.

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.