Category: Streetwise

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Ask a Filipino nowadays what he or she knows about Colombia and chances are the reply will be about how the reigning Miss Universe, the Philippines’ Pia Alonzo Wurztbach, almost lost her crown to Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez, after the emcee mistakenly announced the Colombian beauty to be the…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Two hours before the New Year is ushered in, this accidental columnist struggles to write the last essay for the year. It isn’t easy. Writing has never been easy for someone who doesn’t write in pursuit of a muse or a career. I write because, fortuitously, I have been…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City is not called the “killer highway” for nothing. It is notorious for vehicular accidents involving all manner of wheeled conveyances: speeding buses and jeepneys whose brakes invariably “fail”; tricycles that aren’t even supposed to be plying this major thoroughfare; sleek late-model sedans and SUVs…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Lumad extrajudicial killings and forced evacuations due to military and paramilitary forces rampaging across the indigenous people’s ancestral domain in the remaining frontiers of Mindanao have finally made its mark on the national public consciousness. The arrival of the Manilakbayan 2015, a contingent of more than 700 people who…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Today, September 21, we commemorate the anniversary of the Dictator Marcos’ declaration of martial law and say “Never again!” This constitutes our collective denunciation of the evils spawned by 14 years of the brutally repressive, thieving and lying US-backed Marcos dictatorship. It is also a call to action to…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld James Cameron’s 2009 box-office hit film Avatar, about an alien world where primitive but highly evolved inhabitants defend their habitat, moved audiences across the globe, including the Filipino urbanite audience. We were enthralled by the lush and luminescent world of beings who end up waging a kind of asymmetrical…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld In the last two decades, the global mining industry has tried to repair its image and whitewash its blackened record in the wake of public furor over mine “accidents” and stiff resistance by mining communities to their operations. It has launched a coordinated, well-funded, and sustained public relations campaign…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld This year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) is President B. S. Aquino III’s last. He is expected to deliver a powerful speech replete with his regime’s achievements for the last five years with a summation of the legacy he will leave behind. Speculation is rife, less than a…

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld In recent months, China’s flurry of reclamation work and building of military installations on several of the islets and reefs in the disputed portions of the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea have set alarm bells ringing about China’s aggressive design to claim almost the entirety of the area as…