Channel News Asia Premieres Special Report on the Philippines

Asia Business Channel, an independent production house specializing in exclusive country profiles, today unveiled Channel News Asia’s special presentation, “The Philippines Moves Forward”, an investment documentary on the Philippines, to key personalities from the public and private sector prior to its public airing in January 2013. 

With a special focus on energy and tourism, the first of a two-part series features the Philippines’ most influential business personalities, high-level government officials and country ambassadors headlined by President Benigno Aquino, Jr., Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Ramon del Rosario, Jr. and Jaime Zobel de Ayala, speaking on the pervading air of optimism that is leading investors to look at the country with fresh eyes.A second report scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2013 will take the story further with a focus on finance and banking, construction, trade and industry, IT and telecommunication, health, transport and logistics.

“The eyes of the world are on the Philippines right now, and it’s imperative that the country capitalize on investors’ renewed interest by presenting a clear picture of the strides that have been made in the Philippines under President Aquino’s leadership,” says Carleen Krug, ABC country manager, who, together with International Business Analyst Alexandra Gurneeand Program Coordinator Patrick Olson led the production which took up nearly six months to shoot.  “We worked closely with President Aquino and the members of his cabinet to develop a powerful and informative program, and collaborated with members of the private sector in order to present a full 360-degree view of opportunities available in the Philippines.”

High-level personalities echo the positive outlook on the country in the ABC special feature:

“The Philippines has had so much potential and still has so much potential, and now finally the potential is being realized.” – President Benigno Aquino III

“We are a live museum of how a free democracy builds itself.” – Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez 

“The fundamentals are very strong, consumption is there, people are positive; domestic investments are literally overflowing.” – Cabinet Secretary (previously Energy Secretary)Jose Rene Almendras

“This is a narrow window of opportunity for our country where so many good things are happening and I think it is a wonderful time to be looking at our country with fresh eyes.”–Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr.

“We talk about the four Tigers, I just read an article from one of the investment analyststhat the Philippines could be the fifth tiger.” –Asian Institute of Management President Steven J. DeKrey

Channel News Asia reaches over 35 million individuals and 16.3 million homes across 24 Asian territories.

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