‘(Filipino) talent is a million times better than the others’


The Philippines has been cited as one of the emerging companies in Asia and the only country that recently posted an impressive economic growth.

People are taking notice. One independent production house did an investment feature on the Philippines entitled “Philippines Moves Forward,” to be aired through Singapore-based cable Channel News Asia.

Asia Business Channel is coming up with a two-part series which will focus on various industries and sectors that helped the Philippines gain momentum on economic growth.

“The Philippines is the only country in the world upgraded by the IMF (International Monetary Fund),” said Carleen Krug, program manager of Asia Business Channel. “It shows an economic prosperity we haven’t seen for quite some time.”

The first part of the investment feature, which will be aired in January, focuses on energy and tourism. The Philippines has been aggressive in promoting the country as a tourist destination with international campaigns aimed to entice different nations to visit.

The focus on the energy sector was triggered by what Krugg has described as “unexplored opportunities” and the need for more investments in places like Mindanao.

The second part, which is hoped to be completed by the first quarter of next year, puts the spotlight on banking and finance, health, information and technology, property development, telecommunications, trade and industry, and transportation.

“We are lucky to have a ringside seat of Philippines transformation,” Krug said, “And we feel that it is imperative that the country capitalize on investors’ renewed interest by presenting a clear picture of the strides that have been made in the Philippines.”

“Philippines Moves Forward” features the country’s challenges and successes during the present administration. “There is too much good happening in the country to fit in just 30 minutes,” Krug said.

Francisco “Kit” Reyes, is a Filipino who migrated to Canada when he was 14, is the producer of the feature. He and filmmaker Stefan Herbruger shot for three months in different locations in Metro Manila and other provinces. The whole production lasted for almost half a year.

Reyes said that they didn’t have any problems with access to the Philippine government and cabinet secretaries.

Reyes said that he is proud to promote his birth country to the rest of Asia. The main objective of the feature is to prompt investors take a closer look at the Philippines to continue on its positive performance.

Reyes, who has a degree in radio and television from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, said that a lot of people come to the Philippines because “the labor is cheap.” But what other countries and companies overlook is the enormous talent Filipinos have. “(Filipino) Talent is a million times better than the others,” he said.

Asia Business Channel is an independent production company specializing global developments with Asian perspectives and jointly works with Channel News Asia in airing its productions. Channel News Asia airs in 24 Asian territories and other cities including London, Moscow, New York, and Washington, D.C.

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  • im_earth

    proud proud.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Alisin mo ang no. 1 export ng bansa (OFWs) tignan natin kung ano ang mangyari……pero sa kabila nun ang serbisyo kapalit ng kanilang sakripisyo ay parang utang na loob pa ng OFW at sub-standard pa kadalasan, kung hindi pa din madalas masigawan ng mga kinatawan ng pilipinas sa ibang bansa1

  • bedouintrip

    We should thank other countries for providing employment for our fellow OFW’s and sends their dollars back to our country and raise our economy. In a sense the foreign employers/countries are doing us good. Thanks to them they raise our GDP because the dollars OFW sends can buy commodities, food, electrical app and those commodities are manufactured by our local companies without really providing additional employment to local people. Think about this 1 OFW will send 60T pesos, divide that to 5 persons and you will get 12T for each. Spend the 12T for cellphone , food, mall shopping, cigarettes and beverages for each member. Then summarily you will get a bigger GDP. We are not yet capable of manufacturing a viable product (well known over the world) that is 100 percent local source. Thailand, Malaysia can produce an automobile from local suppliers we cannot. Indonesia can supply the world with paper from their own source.

    • Alexander Aamproz

      In HK rent are too expensive for local’s family,
      two solutions:

      a) going to live far away with all the inconveniences and they are many,
          first of all is commute hours daily.
      b) Stay in the City, enroll an house maid, and Madame can go working and bring

      In HK peoples are very happy and thankful with Filipino’s and are the winner’s, not the maid, but better than nothing at home.

      It’s ok and polite to “thank other countries” but it’s a disaster for the maid’s children’s,
      and when you consider it’s often to buy beer, cigarettes, Juteng gambling’s, swaps
      in exchange of mothers, boosting the GDP to enriched SM and al.

      Is it sacrifice for nothing ? Maybe, for sure, again sufferances burying poor families

      Definitely Philippines is a slave factory not able to offer hope at home, 
      favoring filthy rich elites, an colonial and Clergy inheritance.

      Who should be thankful ?

  • ofwme2807

    2013 is an election year in the Philippines a positive growth stimulator and contributor to our economy next year….spending by the government and candidates will add more businesses and improve sales in our domestic economy that will add a few more percentage of growth in our GDP….lastly we pray for clean honest and peaceful election in the Philippines… 

  • ofwme2807

    they cant beat that…they cannot accept the fact that the Philippines is rising again and now it is being noticed by outsiders even the doubtful and negative people from the IMF WB ADB …of course we are not living in a good comfort yet and many things still to be done and fixed about our economy but one true fact remains, that despite all negative news typhoon destruction corruption sensational news killings and almost always the under-rated forecasts of Western financial analysts we managed enough to beat GDP growth expectations, we even beat our ASEAN neighbors’ GDP growth humbly and all the negative forecasts about the Philippines…we are enjoying still life in the Philippines and hope December and Christmas will be a better one than last year’s…. we do hope and pray that the Philippines may continue to continue to grow more next year and so on…May God continue to bless my country the Philippines….

    • KpTUL

       What are you talking about ? Its is just one time improved GDP, is it sustainable ? Why dont just continue cleaning the toilet there in the country where you are woring right now and let the economist do the real analysis. Seriously !

      • ofwme2807

        isa pa itonf prophet of doom…basahin mo ang comment ko above para naman may nalalaman ka kahit kaunti kawawa ka naman hindi mo alam ang nangyayari sa paligid mo at sa Pilipinas…buti pa ako wala sa Pinas pero alam ko ang lahat ng nangyayari di tulad mong ignorante sa mga balitang pang financial at economy…

    • Guest

       Compare the GDP per capita with other neighbor countries. Growing from a low base, which is of course to be appreciated, but nevertheless, not a challenge. Let us wait until we are on par with Indonesia (despite our fast quarter growth that is even a long way). Then it will get interesting.

      • ofwme2807

        you want to compare GDP growth of the Philippines and ASEAN neighbors go get the records for the last 5 years and see the trend we are competetive within ASEAN growth…and in 2012 it is only the Philippines who got improved forecast from IMF…the story of Philippines beating GDP growth forecasts by the ever conservative and doubtful IMF WB and Western financial analysts and even our ASEAN neighbors is not new….see for example the GDP growth of Singapore since the crisis began they are negative and at times in recession and the Philippines has overtaken GDP PPP of Singapore more than 2 or 3 years ago and it is irreversible now…..Philippines GDP PPP will surpass Malaysia in 5 years time and it will be irreversible also…they have higher per capita GDP due to their lower population.. our large and young population of the Philippines is fuelling expansion due to consumption domestic economy that is shielding us from the crisis everywhere……one more the Philippines’ foreign reserves have been growing at higher rates due to the yearly dollar surpluses in Philippine economy for the last 5 years now and 5 years is still not sustainable??the reserves is now bigger than our foreign debt by about 20B USD and the ratio is slowly reduced from more than 70% in 2004 and its now below 50% compared to GDP and will continue to be lower…now ask yourself these things are not sustainable or simply you dont know these things so first read and study the Philippine economy before you comment…obviously you’re simply ignorant….

  • KpTUL

    Another worthless contribution from Marlet D. Salazar

    Nandito na naman tayo. Why do we always lift our chair? It doesnt bother me that you guys keep on comparing and pit yourselves (Filipinos) against other races. What bothers me the most is that you end up lifting your chair and make things look like we are the greatest race and the best in the world (in which universe ?). Ms Salazar, are you aware of the term Occam’s Razor ? The principle states that ,”other things being equal, a simpler explanation is better than a more complex one.”

    If we are that good and we are better than the rest, then how come we are so poor and so politically f**ked up ? The negative list can still go on and on.

    Why cant we be humble and accept the things we dont have ? At the same time strive to be our best and improve our country. Isnt humility an important virtue of Christianity ? Do other nations/races should look like dumb for us to become great ?

    Ms. Salazar you better shape up and keep your facts straight. Google is no-brainer. You can just type and see how your country is. Better blog somewhere else and not in inq7.

    • Andrei Mendoza

      lift own’s chair?? hahaha wow! filipino vernacular.

      • KpTUL

         yeah it was intended like that para maintindihan ng mgat taon katulad mo.

    • themask celestial

      I think KpTul is right.  We started to think that we are one of the greatest race on earth and yet a simple innovation in Philippines cannot be implement. If we think we are good, then we will stop improve ourselves.  San ka ba nakakita ng MRT tiket lang pipilahan mo pa ng 5-15 mins everyday when it should be sell in any convinience store. Buti pa ang pasador, mabibili mo sa vendo machine.

      • KpTUL

         Galing mo celestial. Yung examlple sa tiket di ko naisip yun. Hahahah tama ka nga ! for a tiket pinipilahan ngg 15 minutes what a waste of talent !

      • lourda

        As long as the brain  is functioning, it will not stop  thinking of self improvement,  and that is normal,  just believe and have courage  then,  it’s all good.

    • Alexander Aamproz

      May I suggest to all of you to stop speaking “race”
      This is a wrong word, with an non existent signification.

      When Filipino’s speaking about race,
      it’s discriminatory for yourself, 
      as Philippines is a backward and failed country,
      nothing to do with peoples, 
      but the heavy Historical Colonial inheritance burden,
      “Little Brown Brothers”

      Every Filipino growing in an other surrounding, 
      will automatically become like his neighbor,
      no more, no less, Native or not.
      Same access to knowledges and food, same result.

      The Country importance put on skin color and whitening
      is more than stupidly discriminatory, amazing,
      it’s just scandalous and not acceptable.

      The US, Chinese, Jews and German’s have an improving attitude,
      but still leaders in racism, an unfair appearance’s judgments

      Size, color or origins have no significations outside appearances.
      Every Human is built on the same ways, same brain, 
      only educations and cultures are different.

      A child till 9 years old need about 10’000 different nutriments to built his brain.
      White rice with salty fish(for some, in case they have something to eat) 
      and time to time junk food, a way of life of almost the majority, 
      it’s a disaster for the majority brain,
      adding on that blood heavy metal’s pollutions, 
      producing a smaller brain is inevitable.

      It’s urgent for Pinoy’s to have cheap fruits and vegetables access,
      easy to do in a major fruits exporter paradise country,
      but the lands where Grabbed & Confiscated from the population 
      by an ugly colonialism, still running today with Clergy help…
      Starvation, a Stone Age and Feudal domination practice.

      Politicians, among other disgusting practices, 
      taking advantage while producing fake text book’s to ease 
      the masses control and exploitation.

      Don’t have any other words strong enough to qualify this attitude

      than Trapos.

      This is not opinions, but facts

  • Alexander Aamproz

    Flattery is done to pleased the imbeciles

    • KpTUL

       I couldnt agree more. This article is so stup*d. It should say something about the author weaving golden web from her empty head.  

  • Alexander Aamproz

    Still the worst Justice System,
    with no Law security,
    any investment are at risk,
    even if Pinoy’s are charming and the Country Wonderful.

    Still don’t like unexpected meeting with so many Palparan’s in hiding
    or to be a stupid “macho” stray bullet victim.

    The No trust No Business still prevailing,
    even if opportunities are obviously aplenty.

    What’s going on with Thomas Osmena death squad ?
    What’s going on with Cedu aquifer siltation ?

    Soon no more water ?

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       Technology alone is still 3rd world county technology!

  • Buknoy Bisaya

    ok, flatter yourselves to your contentment…

    ngayon pa lang natin nararasan ung economic takeoff..after decades of slump, at huling huli tayo sa mga neighboring asean countries.feeling natin, we are the best in the world na. hahay!

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