Archive for June, 2009

Our real heroes

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

My friend Gus Infante, who left the Philippines two years ago and now lives in Ottawa, Canada with his family, emailed me a couple of days ago. He mentioned some insights about the Pinoy OFW.

“It (entrepreneurship) is the first step in the road to self-reliance and being able to hold our head up with pride. Given the downturn in the world’s economic outlook, one wonders how long the Philippines can continue to survive on the backs of the OFWs. One wonders if the level of remittances will continue to hover around the $20 billion mark or will this slowly start to dwindle as the global recession persists.”

Challenges we face as a nation

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

For the past columns, we have been featuring the dreams of some of this country’s successful entrepreneurs. They have shared their dreams for themselves and for their country as well. All of them are passionate and positive in moving this country forward, through their own advocacies and through their respective negosyos.

With the threat of a global meltdown and with all the problems arising in the Philippines, whether it has something to do with the fast approaching elections or the A(H1N1) that has reached our country, this is the time to stay positive. We need to keep our faith and hope, or better yet reinforce them. It is when we stay positive that opportunities appear and good things happen.

Let’s wait for 2010

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Sometime early 2008, I wrote a series of columns about the need to start an intelligent discussion on what could be the most appropriate form of government for our country – a form that will help us achieve progress and greater political stability. We proposed that the future candidates’ campaign will be based on their platforms, on their views on the constitution, and on their plans for our country to move forward. Both my father and grandfather, JoeCon and Salvador Araneta, were members of the constitutional convention during their time

The main proposal in my columns then was that any implementation of constitutional changes will take place after the 2010 election. This means that in the coming election, a question will be posted: Are you in favor of making the newly elected senators and congressmen to form themselves into a constitutional assembly? Or, are you in favor that a constitutional convention be formed instead? SO, ONLY AFTER THE 2010 ELECTIONS WILL WE DETERMINE WHAT FORM WILL BE USED TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION.

A Future for Philippine Tourism

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Over the past weeks, I have been traveling with my wife and kids in places that we have never been to – Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, and Budapest. We have been touring and visiting countless churches, going by train with heavy bags. Luckily, my children are now bigger, and their task is to carry the bags.

By visiting these countries, you can see that tourism is a main source of income for many citizens. There are many historical sites and beautiful churches that have been well preserved for many centuries. (By the way, even with so many churches in Prague, many people are still agnostic. In fact, they have one of the highest divorce rates at 70%.)