Random thoughts, insights, experiences of a Manila-based journalist
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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.
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.
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.
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.