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China Business Philippines - 10 August 2009
Subject: China Business Philippines - 10 August 2009
Send date: 2009-08-09 18:43:32
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China Business Philippines - 10 August 2009, Monday

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It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Corazon C. Aquino (1933-2009)

To get the attention of politicians is one of the hardest things in life. Their span of attention is about three minutes.

PCCI VP for Energy Jose Alejandro

Choosing cabinet members isn’t like “American Idol.”

Senior aide to the US President David Axelrod

More Outspoken

Identity Crisis
By Gerel & Wayne Roa

Do you know what you’re eating? Don’t always believe what food claims to be on the label.

A recent landmark case in the UK saved Proctor & Gamble millions of Euros when the courts ruled that the popular snack Pringles is NOT a potato crisp (potato products are slapped a 17.5% VAT in the UK, unlike most other food products). The reason?

Full story

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KopiRoti Bo's Coffee

(And 2 dozen other coffee houses in the metro. Oh, and ask to take China Business home!)

East Meets West
By Marysol L. Balane

[Photo of David Henry Hwang]
Famous for Tony winner M. Butterfly, award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang is a Chinese American whose ancestors lived in Cebu.

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Jade Walls, Silver Platter

By Francesca M. Baja

[Photo of a jade mural at Mabuhay Palace]
During a visit to China, Manila Hotel chairperson Dr Emilio T. Yap came across an intricately carved jade mural. It was love at first sight.

Full story

[Trade Finance Corporation's moving banner ad]

[Bailout beggar cartoon]

Bitter Bailout Pill
By ST Ang

Financial instruments—with fancy acronyms derived from subprime—have proven to be the cancer of the financial system.

Full story

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August 13-15
Hong Kong International Tea Fair
Venue: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Organizer: Hong Kong Trade Development Council

August 13-17
HKTDC Food Expo
Venue: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Organizer: Hong Kong Trade Development Council

August 14-16
Health, Beauty, Fitness and Lifestyle Asia 2009
Venue: World Trade Center Manila

August 19-20
Building A Strong Brand Equity: Effective Brand and Product Management
Venue: Astoria Plaza

August 21-23
Systems Integration Philippines 2009
Venue: SMX Convention Center

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