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Filipinas named to top posts in prestigious global organizations #PinayPride

By  | Yahoo SHE

Thumbs up for Filipina pride. (Thinkstock)

When Miss World 2013 Megan Young was interviewed by the BBC after she won the crown, the former TV host and actress made a telling observation.

Growing up, she said, “I did not feel that there was a difference between men and women.” Instead, she was raised on the idea that everything is “based on skill,” she said.

“If you can do something, if you show people that you’re capable of doing something, then you can succeed in life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman,” she added.

CEO of ad agency Publicis Singapore

On December 17, just a month after Young’s victory, another Filipina brought pride to the country.

Lou Dela Peña was named the new CEO of global advertising agency Publicis in Singapore. Her term formally began on January 17.


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Her “tenacious, hungry spirit to embrace the challenges of a radically evolving business landscape” was cited by Dean Bramham, CEO of Publicis South East Asia, the website Adobo reported.

Dela Peña said in a statement that the agency’s “vision of building success based on innovation, client obsession and entrepreneurship…(reflects) the same fundamental values that I strongly believe in and I have applied in building my career since I started in advertising.”

The University of the Philippines – Diliman graduate began her own agency in 1997 with clients like Kodak, Citibank and Jollibee.

Winning pitch

She later brought her skill and talent to a number of international ad agencies, where she earned her executive stripes.

Dela Peña was managing director for Bates/141 before moving to Singapore to become business director for two leading ad agencies.

It was her winning pitch for Singapore Airlines that led Publicis to woo her from her post as general manager of rival agency TBWA and appoint her chief of Publicis Singapore.

Pinay replaces US news vet

Last Tuesday, another Pinay broke similar ground.

Investigative journalist Sheila Coronel was appointed the new dean of academic affairs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Coronel is the first Filipina to occupy the position, replacing the 38-year news veteran Bill Grueskin who was the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal’s online edition.

Photo of Sheila Coronel courtesy of Columbia Journalism School

Photo of Sheila Coronel courtesy of Columbia Journalism School

A ‘terrific choice’

“Sheila’s a terrific choice,” Columbia’s new dean Steve Coll told the website Capital. “I had the good fortune to co-teach a class with her last fall, and I saw how gifted she is at helping students understand the power and potential of doing great journalism.”

Reacting to her appointment, Coronel said in a statement, “I am honored and delighted to have this opportunity to serve as academic dean of a great institution. We are at a period of uncertainty, as well as tremendous possibility, for both journalism and journalism education. It’s an exciting time to be at a top-tier journalism school.”

(Columbia administers the annual Pulitzer Prize, which honors excellence in journalism and the arts.)

Began career in political turbulence

Coronel began her reporting career during an equally exciting time.

In the 80s, she began writing about the historic changes that were taking place in the Philippines, when former dictator Ferdinand Marcos was losing his grip on power and Corazon Aquino was on the ascent.

As well as reporting for local papers, Coronel became a a stringer for The New York Times and London’s the Guardian. She also wrote about human rights abuses and later co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).

A recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Award for Journalism in 2003, Coronel was a political science graduate from the University of the Philippines. She earned her master’s degree in political sociology from the London School of Economics in 1991.

With additional reporting by Ces Rodriguez


PH joins list of fastest-growing tourism spenders

UNWTO says Filipino tourists’ spending overseas up 18% in ’13

The Philippines was identified as one of the top emerging markets in terms of expenses overseas on tourism for 2013, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Based on the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, the Philippines registered an 18-percent growth in outbound expenditures, outpacing the growth performance of “key advanced economy source markets” such as France, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

The Philippines joined Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait, Indonesia, Ukraine and Brazil on the list of the so-called emerging markets with substantial growth in outbound expenditures.

The top two markets for outbound tourism last year were China and Russia.

International tourism results have remained well above expectations, according to the UNWTO, with arrivals growing by 5 percent in 2013 to reach a record 1.087 billion arrivals, amid global economic challenges.

Demand for international tourism, in relative terms, was strongest for destinations in Asia and the Pacific and Africa, which both registered a 6-percent increase in tourist arrivals last year, followed by Europe at 5 percent.

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How a Detox Really Affects Your Body

By  | Healthy Living

Stripped of essential nutrients, detox diets can be downright dangerous

By Laura Beil, Women’s Health

Thinking of signing up for a fruit juice cleanse? You might first consider how your body reacts to a week with no protein or fat and fewer than 1,000 calories a day.

After the first sip
Your brain’s hunger signals are answered with a dump of pure fruit-juice sugar. And don’t get any ideas–veggie-based body cleanses aren’t any healthier.

The sweet stuff prompts the pancreas to squirt out insulin, which moves sugar–now in your blood in the form of glucose–into your cells.

After 30 minutes
As your cells suck up the glucose, your blood sugar level can start to plummet and you may feel dizzy.

Meanwhile, lacking enough calories, your body is operating off its supply of glycogen, a form of short-term energy stored in the liver and muscles.

After two days
With each shot of juice, your insulin levels skyrocket, then crash. Your glycogen stores are pretty much gone, leaving your tank on empty–and you feeling weak and listless.

Since you’re getting only about half the calories you need, your body draws on two long-term power sources: triglycerides, a type of energy stored in fat cells (woo-hoo!), and protein, taken straight from your muscles (oops). You begin to lose muscle mass, even if you’re still exercising every day.

After three days
Your brain is not happy. It enters into semi-starvation mode and gobbles ketones, fuel that comes from the breakdown of fat. Ketones work, but they’re like low-grade gasoline; as a result, you may feel unfocused or irritable. (Any “mental clarity” is likely due to a strong placebo effect.)

Sans a fresh protein infusion, your brain is also lacking amino acids, the raw materials that neurotransmitters need to maintain your mood. If you’re prone to depression, you may start feeling blue.
The proteins in your shrinking muscles break down into ammonia and uric acid, unwelcome chemicals that invade your bloodstream. Now your kidneys are busy detoxing your detox.

Stay near the bathroom: The juice’s high carbohydrate load causes a surfeit of water to enter the intestines. That extra H2O in your gut means you’re apt to get diarrhea.

After four days
With no food to digest, your small intestine feels ignored. Its villi–the rows of tiny fibers that move food elements into the blood-start to atrophy. Your diarrhea may get worse, leading to dehydration… and there goes your rosy glow.

On the eighth day
Solid food! But uh-oh–you’ve lost muscle. Even if you go back to your regular eating habits, you now have less muscle mass to burn those calories; instead, the calories are more likely to be turned into fat.


Pinoy businessmen are world’s ‘most optimistic’

By The Roxas Boulevard skyline in the early evening. (Yen Baet)The Roxas Boulevard skyline in the early evening. (Yen Baet)

Filipino businessmen are the most upbeat about the economy, with a report saying optimism in the Philippines is more than thrice the global average.

Some 90 percent of businesses in the Philippines indicate economic optimism, global audit and tax firm Grant Thorton said in a new report.

This level of optimism was higher than any other country except the United Arab Emirates, which shared the Philippines’ spot as most optimistic.

It is also higher than the global average, pegged in Grant Thorton’s International Business Report at only 27 percent for the next 12 months.

Other countries on top of the economic optimism list were Peru (84 percent), Indonesia (78 percent) and New Zealand (74 percent).

At the bottom of the list, meanwhile, were Thailand (-20 percent), Spain (-9 percent), Taiwan (-6 percent) and Argentina and Italy (both at -4 percent).

Filipino businessmen’s optimism also shines brightest in ASEAN, where other countries except Indonesia posted optimism below 50 percent.

Vietnam’s optimism is pegged at 40 percent; Singapore, 24 percent; and Malaysia, 20 percent. Thailand is the least optimistic in the region and the world.

The Philippine economy enjoyed a series of gains in 2013 and bagged long-awaited investment grade ratings from top global debt watchers.

Such boom is expected to last until 2014, even as the country reels from the impact of natural disasters and a string of political scandals.


PH listed in British travel guide’s top 10 countries to visit in 2014



boracay, philippines

The British travel guide book, Rough Rides, has listed the Philippines as one of the top 10 must-visit countries in 2014. 

The publication cited the archipelago’s dazzling array of “pristine reefs, volcanoes, sleepy backpacker islands, and famed rice terraces.”

Among the things not to miss in the Philippines are visiting Boracay, the Ati-Atihan Festival, swimming with the whale sharks, and the authentic Filipino Halo-halo.

In the wake of typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda), tourism has become more important to the Philippines, the travel guide noted. It added, an estimated 97 percent of the country remains unaffected.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said the country’s inclusion in the list proves that the Philippines is being recognized as one of the world’s top tourists destinations.

About 3.8 million tourists visited the country in 2013. This year, the DOT wants to double the number.

Below is Rough Guides’ list of the Top 10 countries to visit in 2014:

1. Ethiopia
2. Madagascar
3. Brazil
4. Turkey
5. Georgia
6. Rwanda
7. Japan
8. Bulgaria
9. Macedonia
10. Philippines

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