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Pope Francis visits patients at the Villa Speranza hospice, which is connected to Gemelli Hospital, in Rome Sept. 16. The visit was part of the pope's series of Friday works of mercy during the Holy Year. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout) See POPE-MERCY-FRIDAY-LIFE Sept. 16, 2016.

‘We all need each other’

Posted on: May 16, 2017 at 3:08 am

Pope Francis used social media—a first in the papacy’s history—to address an international conference of diverse personalities including politicians, artists, entertainers, venture capitalists, and founders of the biggest tech companies. The powerful leader of the Catholic Church took part in the nonprofit talk series TED2017 late last month in Vancouver. Francis’ latest leap into the […]



Managing costly PR mistakes

Posted on: April 25, 2017 at 8:44 am

The recent United Airlines wrongdoing of dragging out a seated passenger to accommodate airline employees should serve as a warning that a PR crisis can be very costly. Per industry reports, on the day of the passenger-removal controversy, the shares of the $21-billion company fell as much as 6.3 percent in premarket trading, dropping by […]



How to handle media interviews

Posted on: September 13, 2016 at 12:08 pm

BEFORE HE left for the Asean Summit in Laos, President Duterte gave a short speech after which a Reuters reporter asked how he would respond if US President Barack Obama would lecture him about the extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs. Mr. Duterte got fired up and said: “Wala akong pakialam sa kanya. Who […]


PDI Anvil Throphy

Why you should win one Anvil Award in your lifetime

Posted on: August 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Last week the Makati Shangri-La Rizal ballroom was packed with some 700 guests, mostly businessmen from the country’s top 50 corporations, to receive their Anvil trophies at the 51st Anvil Awards, GABI NG PARANGAL of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP). Why are the country’s most prominent firms fiercely attracted to submit entries […]



Define the drug problem

Posted on: July 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Albert Einstein, the most influential physicist of the 20th century, reportedly said that if he were given one hour to save the world he would devote 55 minutes to defining the problem and five minutes to finding the solution. I think that is a rather lopsided proportion, but it does illustrate the point that we […]



The failure to communicate

Posted on: May 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

The centuries-old proverb “For want of a nail” has many variations, but these tell us only one thing: that a seemingly small or unimportant act of omission can lead to grave consequences. A short variation of the proverb goes: “For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse […]