WORKING VALENTINE'S DAY FOR AQUINO

The country’s bachelor president spent Valentine’s Day at work , hopeful that her sister Kris, who also celebrated her birthday yesterday, would not leave her kids with him. President Benigno S. Aquino III who admitted that he nearly forgot her birthday, greeted Kris on her birthday, thankful to Senator Sonny Angara for reminding him. “At least siguro hindi naman idedeposito sa akin ni Kris yung kanyang mga anak itong araw na ito [At least, Kris won’t probably deposit her kids with me today],” Aquino added. The President is known for his fondness to Kris’ children. Still single, The President spent Valentine’s Day without a romantic date and instead spent the day of hearts at work and later with friends.

ALSO: Pope's marriage recipe: 3 simple words; 'Please, Thanks, Sorry'

Pope Francis offered some Valentine's Day advice Friday for a lasting marriage, telling 25,000 lovebirds
that the recipe for success lies in saying three simple words: "Please, thanks and sorry."Francis told fiancés gathered in St. Peter's Square for a special papal date that expressions of courtesy, gratitude and contrition go a long way toward conserving and enhancing love over time. "Never finish the day without making peace!" he begged them. "Because if you end the day without making peace, what you have inside becomes hard and cold and it becomes harder to make peace the following day." Francis has on several occasions met with young couples to give them advice before embarking on marriage. The need for such church counseling, both before and after the wedding, is a theme he's expected to elaborate on at a major Vatican meeting on the family in October.

ALSO: P-Noy's Love Life: 10 Women Who Caught His Eye

When President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was sworn into office, he wasn't warned that it would be tough being the bachelor-President of a nation that’s fond of matchmaking. Then again, he should know that by now. In an interview published in The Philippine Star on February 21, 2010, P-Noy revealed that he had his first girlfriend when he was 18. He said that since then he's been in many relationships, but, for one reason or another, he just hasn't gotten around to getting married.

LIFESTYLE by Wilson Flores: Our economy needs more dreamers like Michael Martinez

Despite a lack of resources, Michael Christian Martinez’s inspiring dream recently focused the international media spotlight on the Philippines at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The 17-year-old Martinez was not only the country’s lone competitor there, he is also the first figure skater ever to represent a Southeast Asian country! In business terms, who would attempt such an unlikely dream, such as South Korea with Samsung, Taiwan with HTC or China with Huawei and Lenovo?


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Working Valentine’s Day for Aquino

MANILA, FEBRUARY 17, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Genalyn Kabiling – The country’s bachelor president spent Valentine’s Day at work , hopeful that her sister Kris, who also celebrated her birthday yesterday, would not leave her kids with him.

President Benigno S. Aquino III , who admitted that he nearly forgot her birthday, greeted Kris on her birthday, thankful to Senator Sonny Angara for reminding him.

“At least siguro hindi naman idedeposito sa akin ni Kris yung kanyang mga anak itong araw na ito [At least, Kris won’t probably deposit her kids with me today],” Aquino added.

The President is known for his fondness to Kris’ children.

Still single, The President spent Valentine’s Day without a romantic date and instead spent the day of hearts at work and later with friends.

The President first attended the 21st Travel Tour Expo 2014 at the SMX Convention Center and then held two private meetings with some cabinet members in Malacañang.

“Mamaya naman ay magtitipon kami ng mga kaibigan ko. May kaunting salu-salo hanggang doon na lang yun [Tonight I’ll hang out with some friends. We will have a small gathering and that’s it],” Aquino said in a media interview after attending the travel fair in Pasay City.

President Aquino’s bachelorhood has attracted public curiosity since he assumed office in 2010. He has dated a number of women but apparently has not found his partner for life.

Aquino has repeatedly appealed for privacy when it comes to his love life but at times, he highlighted his personal life in public events. He recently said he might remain single until the end of his term since he is focused on his work. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)

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Pope's marriage recipe: 'Please, thanks, sorry' By Nicole Winfield (Associated Press) | Updated February 16, 2014 - 7:08am 0 29 googleplus0 0


Pope Francis greets faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Pope Francis met a group of engaged couples on Valentine's Day. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered some Valentine's Day advice Friday for a lasting marriage, telling 25,000 lovebirds that the recipe for success lies in saying three simple words: "Please, thanks and sorry."

Francis told fiancés gathered in St. Peter's Square for a special papal date that expressions of courtesy, gratitude and contrition go a long way toward conserving and enhancing love over time.

"Never finish the day without making peace!" he begged them. "Because if you end the day without making peace, what you have inside becomes hard and cold and it becomes harder to make peace the following day."

Francis has on several occasions met with young couples to give them advice before embarking on marriage. The need for such church counseling, both before and after the wedding, is a theme he's expected to elaborate on at a major Vatican meeting on the family in October.

Francis has often lamented how many marriages end in divorce and has blamed such failed relationships on today's prevailing "provisional culture" that makes people unwilling to make lifelong commitments.

Originally the audience was due to be held inside a Vatican auditorium. But the response from soon-to-wed couples to Francis' invitation for a Valentine's Day date was so great — Vatican officials said 25,000 people from 30 countries showed up — that the event was held in the piazza on a perfect, sunny afternoon after weeks of rain.

Francis joked that we all make mistakes and that no one is perfect: "The perfect family doesn't exist, nor the perfect husband nor wife. Let's not even talk about the perfect mother-in-law!"

EARLIER REPORT FROM SPOT.PH

P-Noy's Love Life: 10 Women Who Caught His Eye On February 8, his birthday, we ask: Will the country’s bachelor-President ever find a First Lady? Published on: Feb 8, 2012 - 11:00am

(SPOT.ph) When President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was sworn into office, he wasn't warned that it would be tough being the bachelor-President of a nation that’s fond of matchmaking. Then again, he should know that by now.

In an interview published in The Philippine Star on February 21, 2010, P-Noy revealed that he had his first girlfriend when he was 18.

He said that since then he's been in many relationships, but, for one reason or another, he just hasn't gotten around to getting married.

Well, he turns 52 today, February 8, and he's still (technically) single. And, yes, we still think he may just surprise us one of these days.

For his birthday, we've decided to cut P-Noy some slack and, for a moment, forget the hardcore issues he faces.

We figured it's time for some pointless fun. We know this won't change the world nor wipe out poverty in the Philippines, but, hey, we decided to list the women who have caught P-Noy's eye over the years.

Since he became President, it sure looks like P-Noy's love life is on overdrive.

Aside from the women on the list, P-Noy has also been linked to TV5's Trish Roque, actress Iza Calzado, and Bais City Mayor Karen Villanueva.

His sister Kris Aquino also pointed out that he and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would make a good pair. In any case, click on to check out the 10 who made the list.

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Our economy needs more dreamers like Michael Martinez BULL MARKET, BULL SHEET By Wilson Lee Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 17, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Clockwise from upper left: Michael Christian Martinez, Southeast Asia’s first figure skater in the Winter Olympics. Henry Sy Sr., builder of the Philippines’ first ice skating rinks. PCCI president Alfredo “Fred” Yao. Motorbike entrepreneur James Yap and girlfriend Michela Cazzola of ADB. From OFW to top caterer: Engineer Alex Michael del Rosario. Philippine Stock Exchange CEO Dr. Hans Sicat When you cease to dream, you cease to live. —Malcolm Forbes

Despite a lack of resources, Michael Christian Martinez’s inspiring dream recently focused the international media spotlight on the Philippines at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The 17-year-old Martinez was not only the country’s lone competitor there, he is also the first figure skater ever to represent a Southeast Asian country!

In business terms, who would attempt such an unlikely dream, such as South Korea with Samsung, Taiwan with HTC or China with Huawei and Lenovo?

Thanks to visionary “rags-to-riches” taipan Henry Sy Sr. for dreaming of and pioneering the first-ever ice skating rink in the Philippines at SM Megamall in 1992. Sy told me before that the reason for this totally unheard-of idea was his love for ice skating during his foreign travels. This is the reason CNN and other media highlighted the fact of Martinez as “being an unlikely competitor from a country without snow.”

Philippine STAR senior vice president for sales and marketing Lucien C. Dy Tioco said: “Saw this kid practicing at SM Southmall skating rink three years ago and my jaw dropped as he did the Biellmann spin. I thought to myself, ‘This kid should be in the Winter Olympics. And what do you know, he now is!”

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Local entrepreneurs, prepare for 2015 ASEAN integration

Is our Philippine economy and our local entrepreneurs ready for the inevitable 2015 ASEAN economic integration of a tariffs-free and borderless region? What are our government and business leaders doing about this?

The new leadership of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), led by president Alfredo “Fred” Yao, told the STAR in an interview: “Our advocacy is to help local businesses to be ready with this 2015 ASEAN integration, because you cannot stop that. If you ask government, they say that yes they are prepared, but the stakeholders of the Philippine economy, the local businessmen, are not prepared. Out of 10 businesses, maybe only two or three of the mostly big corporate ones are preparing, but the rest don’t even know what is going on.”

Yao said the PCCI is now holding meetings with various industries to raise awareness and encourage preparedness for the challenges of stiffer competition and the entry of duty-free imports due to the integration and to boost our local factories, exporters and tourism. He said the other day he met with the fashion-industry bosses of Bench, Bayo and others. He urges, “Let’s be ready, be more competitive to survive the challenges and also seize the new economic opportunities in the ASEAN integration.”

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James Yap expands motorbike business, idolizes Ramon Ang

Recently I had an interview with basketball star James Yap and his Italian girlfriend Michela Cazzola of the Asian Development Bank at their favorite restaurant, Ramen Santouka in Greenhills. He shared that his expanding business retailing Italy’s Vespa scooters and Aprilia motorbikes with Mototechnik started due to help from his late good friend Miguel “Mike” Coyiuto, who died last year at age 52. Now his business partners are non-relatives Jeffrey Yap of Fabulous Autoworks, James Yap, Renato Alfante and Andy Cheng.

The basketball star shared that his idol in business is San Miguel Corp. and Philippine Airlines boss Ramon Ang, whom he has known for 10 years and who he describes as “very humble and a cool guy.” Ang advised him: “Always save your money. Before going into a business, study first the business very well.” Yap said that secrets to doing well in business are almost similar to basketball excellence: “You need hard work, focus, discipline, competitiveness, passion and teamwork with others.”

Yap said that he saw Vespa scooters all over Italy during his trips there with his girlfriend Michela and told his friend Mike, who then brought him to the Philippine distributor. After they each bought one unit, they later decided to open this Mototechnik business in Granada Street, Quezon City, in 2013. Now, Yap and his partners reveal that they’re planning to open two new branches on Quezon Avenue and Mindanao Avenue late this year.

Yap said that everyone, whether celebrities or ordinary people, should try to save money. He puts part of his earnings mostly in the bank; he bought his own condominium unit and invested in the Mototechnik business.

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Less than 1% of Filipinos invest in stocks

Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) president Hans Sicat recently told me that among their goals to support true economic development include expansion of the Philippine stock market in terms of more publicly listed companies, bigger trade volumes and encouraging more ordinary people to invest their savings in stocks.

When asked how much of the total Philippine population (now over 100 million) are investing in stocks, former international investment banker Dr. Sicat replied: “The number of investors in our stock market is less than one percent of our population, because there are only close to 600,000 individual stock investor accounts in the Philippines. The good news is, we are promoting and we launched a new product called TradeX as an online platform. People can do stock orders via smartphones or computers.”

When asked why among ASEAN’s original five economies, we lag behind and have the smallest stock market by many metrics, whether market capitalization, number of listed firms, etc., Sicat said, “Yes, true we’re still the smallest by many metrics among the ASEAN 5, but the good news is that over the last two to three years, we’ve grown tremendously in size and average values. We’ve also extended stock trading hours from mornings only to include afternoons now, starting in 2012.”

Dr. Sicat also urged more privately held companies to explore the possibility of public listings or initial public offerings (IPOs).

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Success secrets of wedding & debut entrepreneurs

Weddings in the past were just organized by the bride or family members, but nowadays an unmistakable sign of our growing Philippine economy and the increasing sophistication of consumer spending is the fast growth of the weddings-and-debuts sector into a big industry. Entrepreneurs, suppliers and the public are invited to the Philippines’ biggest annual bridal fair from Feb. 21 to 23 at SM Megamall’s Megatrade Hall.

Some of the entrepreneurs behind this bridal fair shared their success secrets. Juan Carlo The Caterer, Inc. founder, engineer Alex Michael del Rosario of Batangas, was a former overseas Filipino worker whose business now employs over 250 people and sometimes handles 13 weddings a day. He said hard work, attention to detail, nonstop creativity and hiring good employees are important to his success.

Nice Print Photo owner Charisse Tinio used to own 10 Konica photo developing retail shops, but she shifted to wedding and events photography before photo film became less popular. Now her business can handle up to eight weddings a day. She said, “The key to success is service; there is no dictated SRP or standard retail price for great service and clients are willing to pay for superior service.”

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Businessmen & professionals invited to free up orchestra concert

I recently got to know University of the Philippines summa cum laude graduate, UP Orchestra musical director and music professor Edna Marcil “Michi” Martinez. She is inviting businessmen, professionals and the public to a free concert by the UP Orchestra and UP Arco on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the UP Theater, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The concert is a voluntary fundraising to help typhoon victims in UP Visayas with donation boxes at the venue. Interested people can get free control tickets at the UPD OICA Office at UP Theater, 928-1928.


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