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Filipino buffet in Beijing offers rare taste of Philippines in capital

It’s been 36 years since diplomatic ties were established between the Philippines and China, and to celebrate, the lovely folks at the Pinoy Embassy here in Beijing teamed up with Chefs Gene and Gino Gonzalez of the Asian Centre for Culinary Studies to bring regional cuisine to the capital. Read more

How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place

Mechai Viravaidya was recognized by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today with a $1 million award for confronting “taboo subjects like sex and HIV/AIDS directly in order to save lives." Photo: AFP/Getty

I think the Philippines should take a closer look at neighboring Thailand. They used to have a 3.3% growth rate, much worse than our 2% growth annually. Mechai Viravaidya, or Mr. Condom of Thailand, shares in this TEDxChange video how Thailand was able to raise the Thai standard of living by using population control as the first step. Keep in mind that the majority of Thais are Buddhists but still, the same can be done here if we will finally separate Church from State.

Thanks to Krishna for sharing with me this video.

Video of PNoy's No-Holds Barred Panel Interview

Noynoy Aquino

Last September 9, 2010, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III had a no holds-barred panel interview with 3 representatives from media. It was broadcast live on television and radio and lasted for several hours. Below are videos of the entire coverage by ANC which were posted on Youtube.

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Empathy

During periods of crisis, it is incumbent upon leaders to convey a sense of empathy in a way that collectivizes and shares the pain and suffering felt by the community in response to a tragedy.

The crest of public sympathy for the Aquinos was what Noynoy rode all the way to Malacanan this year – similar to the way in which his mother swept Mr Marcos from office back in 1986 with the wave of outrage over her husband’s assassination.

Ironically, a little over a year since her passing, the carnage of hostages comprised of Chinese citizens at his inaugural site covered live by the media has led to public outrage and sparked initial condemnation from China over his government’s handling of the incident. Read more