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SM named 9th-best retail brand in Asia-Pacific

Retail giant SM was cited as the ninth-best retail brand in Asia-Pacific—the only Philippine brand to land on Interbrand’s top 30 list for the region. Photo from SM City North Edsa website

Retail giant SM was cited as the ninth-best retail brand in Asia-Pacific—the only Philippine brand to land on Interbrand’s top 30 list for the region.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

One of the world’s best Marco Polos opens

THOUGHTFUL provisions are made with the plush goose down bed toppers for the ultimate sleeping experience.

The Marco Polo Hotels Group, an international hotel chain based in Hong Kong that operates hotels in the Asia Pacific region, has recently opened its third hotel property in the country. Following its hotels in Cebu and Davao, the group is expanding its presence with the opening of a 316-room, five-star hotel in the Ortigas business district.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Hypertension ‘storm surge’ in Asia Pacific


Today, Saturday, I’m delivering my valedictory address as outgoing president of the Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension. I titled my talk “Addressing the Hypertension ‘Storm Surge’ in the Asian Pacific Region.” I hope my call to action will be heeded seriously by the hypertension experts from 38 countries who attended the congress.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

World Bank remains bullish on PH

The Asia-Pacific region likely remained one of the fastest-growing regions in the world despite the improvement of developing markets that is pushing capital back to countries like the United States.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

PH leads in office space growth

The Philippines outpaced the rest of the Asia-Pacific region in terms of the net absorption of office space in the first nine months of the year, which was proof of the country’s robust economic conditions and improved business sentiments, according to global real estate advisor Cushman & Wakefield.

Posted: November 22nd, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Free trade deal in region unlikely, says Malaysia

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak waves as he arrives to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Najib said Sunday the end of the year was a “very tight timeline” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  AP PHOTO/FIRDIA LISNAWATI

A huge free trade deal in the Asia-Pacific region is unlikely to be signed this year, Malaysia said on Sunday, a day after the United States said the yearend deadline was achievable.

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Davao is Park Inn’s springboard to Asia Pacific

ROOM at Park Inn Davao

It took quite sometime for Park Inn, the “baby” sister brand of the upscale Radisson Blu hotel brand, to break into Asia and when it finally did, the Philippines – Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economy, became its springboard. And it’s not in Metro Manila, not even within Luzon that its very first hotel opened.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Asia Pacific urged to boost consumption as economic driver


Asia Pacific economies must boost household consumption as a driver of economic growth, in tandem with efforts to liberalize trade and investment, a study said Thursday.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Apec economies seen to stay strong


Asia-Pacific economies are seen staying strong despite the slower-than-expected recovery of the global economic from the financial crisis of 2008, international debt watcher Moody’s Investor Service said.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

VW group back in PH


Volkswagen Group, the largest automotive manufacturer in Europe, has reopened its doors in the Philippines, as the company targets to further expand and cement its presence in Asia Pacific.

Posted: September 29th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

PH among ‘outperformers’ in Asia, says Moody’s


The Philippines has once again been recognized as one of Asia-Pacific’s expected outperformers, amid weak demand from the United States and Europe that has dragged down the export-driven economies of other countries in the region.

Posted: July 19th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Asia-Pacific to fuel global growth, say bank chiefs


Asia-Pacific will continue to be the world’s main growth driver as countries like the Philippines shift to trading with its neighbors and other emerging markets amid weak demand from the developed world.

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »



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