‘Covid-19 worst crisis in Asia-Pacific since WW II’

COVID-19 has created the worst crisis in Asia-Pacific since World War II, exposing structural weaknesses and revealing gaps in health services, social protection, and digital connectivity in the region, a new study revealed. The study, Beyond The Pandemic – Building back better from crises in Asia, from the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. It said the …

Apple said borahae’: iPhone 12’s new color impresses BTS fans

Filipino online users quipped that Apple’s new iPhone 12 in purple targets the fans of popular South Korean boy group BTS. The tech giant introduced a purple finish for its latest phone model which accentuates its flat aluminum edges and is color-matched to the back glass. The unveiling of the new color prompted the keyword “iPhone 12” to enter local …

Work-from-home: Making the personal visible

Working from home during the pandemic provides a bird’s eye view into the personal lives of our colleagues, clients and even our bosses. With every Zoom call, we find ourselves being allowed into the private spaces of our co-workers in unprecedented ways. Zoom meetings have made the personal lives of our colleagues visible. Take for instance a British professor’s now-famous …

IT infra investment ensures inclusive economic recovery

Investing in information technology infrastructure is now among the priorities of the Duterte administration to ensure an inclusive recovery from the pandemic, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said. He added the government’s Build, Build, Build program targets to ensure the sustainable growth of the domestic economy while investment in human capital is the key in bringing down poverty …

Manage your money: Set savings goals

Keeping and finding a job has become difficult. Retrenchment and layoffs have become commonplace and those who had saved for the “rainy days” had a buffer for a month or two before their savings were depleted. With the pandemic requiring us to be financially savvy and prepared, it’s a good time now to put into practice some smart money tips. …

DOT welcomes Asean as single tourism destination

The Department of Tourism welcomed developments to ensure Southeast Asia’s competitiveness as a single tourism destination and to bolster tourism recovery in the wake of the pandemic. At the 24th meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Tourism Ministers, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat expressed her support of the initiatives under the updated Asean’s Tourism Strategic Plan until 2025. New …

Beyond five stars: The foodpanda awards

Foodpanda recently awarded establishments highly rated by its customers. Mark & Grace Bakeshop began in 2017 with simple pandesal offerings before it diversified into special pastries. The bakeshop was eventually known for its hopia ube topped with sesame seeds, huge Spanish bread and fried ube, among other treats. Because of these, the bakeshop bagged the “Sarap na Binabalik-Balikan Award” as …

DA projects improved palay harvest this year

The Department of Agriculture expects to harvest a record 20.4 million metric tons of unhusked rice or palay this year, thanks to the continued implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the country’s rice sector is gradually realizing the potential of the Rice Tariffication Law as both palay production and farmgate prices have increased this dry …

Workwear increasingly casual

Research suggests that since the beginning of the lockdown, workwear has become increasingly casual. While a minimal level of formality is maintained during video calls with clients, people are increasingly casual with colleagues. Some even report hosting virtual “Pyjama Days” as a team-building activity. The decision to dress casually is not only a desire for comfort, but also reflects both …