Archive for the ‘Philippines’ Category

The Luzon Economic Corridor as the United States’ Southeast Asian litmus test

Via East Asia Forum, a report on the Luzon Economic Corridor: At their April 2023 trilateral summit, the presidents of the Philippines, Japan and the United States jointly unveiled the ambitious Luzon Economic Corridor (LEC) initiative. This unprecedented undertaking could channel a staggering US$100 billion into the Philippine economy within ten years, a transformative sum […]

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The Philippines Needs Rice, But Young People Don’t Want To Farm It

Courtesy of The Washington Post, a report on the Philippines – where 2.4 million Filipinos work as rice farmers. But for young people, a rice farmer’s grueling and often impoverished life holds dwindling appeal: In the Philippines, people say, “Bigas ay buhay”: “Rice is life.” It’s a neutral canvas for every meal. Other foods are often […]

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Philippines Courts Investors For ‘China-Free’ Nickel Supply Chain

Via The Financial Times, a report on Manila’s efforts to pitch itself as alternative for western countries seeking to diversify sources of EV battery material: The Philippines is scouting for western investment to further develop its nickel reserves, pitching itself as an alternative to the China-dominated supply chain for the critical battery metal. The country, which […]

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American Fried Chicken Now Served From The Philippines

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at how services may make the developing work rich: In April, a New York fried-chicken shop went viral. It was not the food at Sansan Chicken East Village that captured the world’s imagination, but the service. Diners found an assistant from the Philippines running the till via video link. The […]

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Filipino Fried Chicken Takes Flight

Courtesy of Fortune, a look at Jollibee – which has a cult-like following in the Philippines and among the Filipino diaspora – and whether its ‘Chickenjoy’ and sweet spaghetti ever truly challenge McDonalds globally? There may be no busier place in Hong Kong on a Sunday than the Jollibee restaurant on Connaught Road. Nestled between […]

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Philippine Hotel Chain Goes Global with Japan Ski Resort Development

Via Nikkei Asia, an article on a Philippine hotel chain going global with a Japanese ski resort development: Singapore-based Philippine chain Hotel101 is planning to launch one of its first overseas facilities at the northern Japanese ski resort of Niseko based on a model of fast-food-style standardization, its global CEO told Nikkei Asia. Hotel101, aiming […]

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