Saturday, September 20, 2014

What to expect in ASEAN integration

"(I)ncreased intra-ASEAN commercial and financial linkages as an evolutionary process, which will drive activity across a multitude of sectors not least infrastructure, automotives and tourism."

"Taken as a single entity, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) - which is made up of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - would rival the more traditional BRIC emerging markets in terms of economic importance."

ASEAN Integration: What To Expect

"The International Monetary Fund forecasts growth at 5 per cent this year for the Asean-5, which consists of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam - a figure that is in line with growth in the last few years."

"Genuine Asean economic integration - the free flow of goods, services, capital and people within the region - would deliver huge gains, not least from deeper integration into global supply chains."

"The bulk of intra-regional tariffs have been abolished. Partial progress has been achieved on simplifying and harmonising Customs procedures, cross-border infrastructure projects, and opening up Asean skies to low-cost airlines."

"(O)verall, the AEC is well behind its targets to reduce and abolish non-tariff and regulatory barriers in goods, services and investment."

Report card on Asean economic integration

"Asean leaders in 2003 resolved to establish an Asean Economic Community (AEC) as a single production base and market by 2020. In 2007, this date was advanced to 2015."

"A 2013 study by the Asian Development Bank and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies cautions that: “Although the self-imposed deadline for the realization of the Asean Economic Community is 2015, it should not be viewed as a hard target. One should not expect 2015 to see Asean suddenly transformed, its nature and processes abruptly changed, its members’ interests substantially altered. Rather, 2015 should be viewed more as a milestone year—a measure of a work in progress—rather than as a hard target year.”"

Asean's elusive integration

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Free Medical Consultations

Here's another find. The Generics Pharmacy provides free medical consultations through their Call-a-Dock program open 24/7. This is in addition to the free medical consultations that the company provides at their branches, through in-house doctors. I have already availed of this service at a nearby branch and I found the service at par, not to mention that it is totally free. Definitely better than self-medicating, something that doctors often advise us not to do.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Summer Art Workshops

Most of us now read our news from the Internet. We rarely get to read the printed broadsheets anymore. That is understandable because the news in print are either the same or are not as up-to-date as the news online, especially with breaking news posted almost instantaneously on the net.

What I think we miss in not reading the broadsheets are the ads and event announcements that are in them. While there are ads and announcements on news websites also, I doubt if they are as rich and as many as those on print. This is why I continue to browse broadsheets whenever there is opportunity and time.

One of my recent finds is this summer art workshops being offered in various venues in Quezon City by painter Fernando B. Sena. Checkout the pic for the schedules and venue. For details, call 3762196 or 09189519989.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Poll on Seminars/Trainings

I am running a poll here at Pinoy Seminars asking what kind of seminars/trainings would you be interested in taking. I'd like to know which of the following seminars/trainings would you be interested with:
  • Accounting for Non-Accountants
  • Income Tax for Individuals and Professionals
  • Credit and Collection
  • Personal Finance
  • Negotiations
  • E-Commerce Law
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Financial Literacy for Kids
Please take time to answer the poll on the side bar. If you have suggestions/comments, feel free to email me at

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Where to find jobs in the Philippines

It is the end of the regular school year again and thousands of fresh college graduates are about to join the labor force. While some of these graduates may be planning to give themselves some rest time, others I am sure are dead set on scouting and applying for their first jobs.

Where do you find these jobs? Here are some suggestions:

Of course, another option is to find companies known to be good employers and simply walk in. Still another option is to check your schools bulletin boards for announcements of job opportunities. Companies in need of applicants usually resort to writing to schools and schools normally just post their letters on the bulletin boards.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

List of top Filipino online stores

If you are Filipino or live in the Philippines, here is where you can buy goods online. We will update this list from time to time. In alphabetical order:
If you have experience buying from any of these sites, we would be glad to hear about it. If you know of other sites, please point them to us also.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Guess, what it is a few days to go before the the 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. It will be held on February 21 to 24 at the Clark Freeport Zone.

There will be early morning and late afternoon balloon flights, aeromodelling demonstrations, ultralights, and fixed-wing aircraft competitions. You can also watch paraglider pilots and skydivers float through the air, as well as witness our own servicemen perform rescue demonstrations.

But the highlight of this years fiesta will be the participation of the Breitling Jet Team, the largest civilian aerobatics team in the world. Now, I have been to previous hot air balloon festivals at Clark but the prospect of real live air daredevils makes me want to come back. Next weekend.

Tickets are available at SM ticketnet outlets for P250.

National Arts Month this Feb

Since 1991, when the Presidential Proclamation No. 683 was signed, we have been celebrating National Arts Month in February of each year. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the country's prime agency for the arts and culture, has been leading the celebrations, initially with activities focusing in the National Capital Region (NCR) until they covered more and more regions. At present, activities are held all over the country.

The activities for the National Arts  Month have been consolidated into what is now known as the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF). Now, the PAF is mainly comprised of the flagship projects of the seven committee's of the NCCA's Subcommission on the Arts, namely, architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater and the visual arts. You may check the schedule of activities at the NCCA website.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Juan time: Philippine standard time

It did not get much mileage but the sometime in the past the Philippines launched Juan Time, a campaign to promote the value of being on time, the direct opposite of the penchant to be late we commonly call Filipino time. The campaign involved the setting up of an online reference for the correct Philippine Standard Time (PST) meant to encourage Filipinos to value time more and to be punctual. To this day, the online service remains to be the most authoritative reference of the correct Philippine time. You may check it at

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Watch Sinulog 2013 live!

I have always wanted to witness Sinulog live but have not been able to, ever. But now, with technology, we can now watch it live. You may watch the live streaming of Sinulog 2013 at or at Viva Pit Senor!