In April 2020, unemployment records showed that 17.7% or 7.3 million Filipinos were unemployed. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) warned that unemployment may reach 12 million before the year ends. That estimate turned out to be conservative. The latest survey from the Social Weather Station (SWS), conducted from July 3-6, 2020, showed the estimated numbers of jobless […]

Many businesses are affected by COVID-19, but what may be more important is the lead-up to the pandemic’s challenges: the reasons some businesses have crumbled can be traced to how they may or may not have anticipated the lockdown and their response (or lack thereof) to it. In other words, business problems rising from COVID-19 might just be a symptom. The […]

Austerity Marketing is marketing to consumers who do not want to spend, such as in an economic downturn. It is the natural behavior of consumers to be a lot more conservative during a recession, but marketers still have a mandate to satisfy the changing needs of the consumers while simultaneously growing their brand profitably. The biggest myth, however, is that […]

Below is the number of annual foreign tourist arrivals in nine selected Southeast Asian countries from 2011 to 2019.     2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 Cambodia 2,882 3,584 4,210 4,503 4,775 5,012 5,602 6,200 6,700 2 Indonesia 7,650 8,044 8,802 9,435 10,407 11,519 14,040 15,810 16,100 3 Malaysia 24,714 25,033 25,716 27,437 25,721 26,757 […]

Metro Manila has had a backslide and is back to a modified ECQ from August 4 to 18, 2020. To be fair, at least 126 other COVID19-affected countries are also experiencing a new wave of COVID-19 infections. It is scary, as I remember that the second of the 1918 Spanish Flu’s four waves was the deadliest of them all. The […]


I have a proposal on how big drugstore chains such as Mercury, Watsons, TGP, Rose, South Star, and more can help retrenched employees get their medicines for free without costing them a single centavo (no, it’s not asking for them from suppliers!). Like when rounding off tips in restaurants, drugstore chains should allow customers to round off their purchase amount […]

On August 11 2020 (Tuesday) during the first of sixth series of the 15th Mansmith Young Market Masters Summit (YMMS), the marketing community will experience the first FREE Marketing Unconference in the Philippines. What exactly makes this unconference different compared to traditional marketing conferences? Read the quick guide below: Mansmith and Fielders Inc. has adopted the theme “Reconnecting Marketing in the […]

China was the first country affected by COVID-19, and was also the first country to recognize the need to stimulate their economy quickly to reverse a minus 6.8% in their gross domestic product (GDP) during the first quarter. They were successful, resulting in a 3.2% growth in GDP for the second quarter of 2020 when most economies registered a negative […]

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