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Raul Fabella

Math Olympiad gold medals and brain parity

November 29, 2016

INRTROSPECTIVE by Raul Fabella (The Philippine Star) November 23, 2016   A nation’s sense of self like everything else in the universe is subject to the Second Law of Thermodynamics: its natural tendency is to dissipate into heat death unless it is sustained continuously by a flow of energy. Our sense of national self-worth comes […]

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Federalism 101: Meaningful autonomy, virtues and frailties

July 18, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Raul V. Fabella (Business World) July 18, 2016   Venezuela is the poster boy for how mindless populism runs an economy down to the ground. The country is on a free fall and Venezuelans are teetering on the edge of starvation. It is also a poster boy for how not to organize a […]

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Dado, Flight of Tradables and Innovation

April 11, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Raul V. Fabella (Business World Online) April 10, 2016 In one workshop called FIL 2040, Friday, 8 April, organized to ruminate over possible futures for the Philippines which has been mired in the last 40 years, as it were, on south side of mediocrity, I was gladly surprised that Diosdado ‘Dado’ Banatao was […]

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The Supreme Court and the Poe disqualification case

March 16, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Raul V. Fabella (Business World Online) March 13, 2016   The Philippine public has been treated to many erudite and well-reasoned treatises on how the Supreme Court (SC) should decide on Senator Grace Poe’s disqualification case. The legal issues are either involved and lengthy or simple and open-and-shut depending on who is making […]

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Fiscal space in the season of generosity

January 2, 2016

Introspective by Raul V. Fabella (Business World) December 20, 2015   It is said that poverty is more in the mind than in the pocket. I, for one, am a firm believer. Most income-challenged nations are poor not because of scarcity of resources but because of inability to manage fleeting instances to plenty. Existence for […]

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One step back, two steps forward in the power industry

November 24, 2015

Introspective by Raul V. Fabella (Business World) November 22, 2015   “One step back, two steps forward,” was Mao Zedong’s favorite tactical advice. Sometimes, one step back is the best way forward. One such episode was connected with Oct. 27. That was the date set by law for the issuance of the Implementing Rules and […]

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Coherence and punishment

September 29, 2015

Introspective by Raul V. Fabella (Business World) September 27, 2015   Coherence is the foundation of modern civilization. A world without coherence is unthinkable — it is a world without electric power and that’s the Dark Ages. How you ask? Well, electric current is produced when a coil of copper wire moves from one pole […]

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Of CALAx, industrial policy and the nature of the State

June 29, 2015

Introspective by Raul V. Fabella (Business World) June 28, 2015   The Cavite Laguna Expressway (CALAx) is a 47-km. eight-interchange tollway project to link the South Luzon Expressway and the Cavite Expressway. CALAx is to be procured under the government’s Public Private Partnership program.   The first CALAx auction in June 2014 — won by […]

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Widodo, the Danes, and lessons from the little match girl

May 25, 2015

Introspective by Raul V. Fabella (Business World) May 24, 2014   HANS CHRISTIAN Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” is the tale I share with my students to welcome the Christmas break. A little girl, clad in rags, blue with cold, and ravaged by hunger, was hawking matches to passing churchgoers and townspeople on a New […]

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Afraid of a fresh start?

April 6, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) April 6, 2015   Easter is about a fresh start. The sins and omissions of the past are of the past and the time has come for change in the hope of better outcomes. In the temperate countries, Easter happens in Spring and Mother Nature celebrates […]

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