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Monday, April 30, 2012

CNN's Eye on the Philippines

CNN's Anna Coren is asked:  "How do you make a show like “Eye On The Philippines” relevant to the West, which is only now starting to really take notice of Asian culture and growth?"

She says: "That’s definitely the case, and a lot that has to do with the improvements that are being made. You’ve got growth here; so much of the world is not experiencing growth. You’ve got four percent growth in the Philippines, you’ve got an economy that is improving after so long. From being the “Sick Man of Asia,” there’s real potential here. And that is why the world is sitting up and taking notice.

"You’ve got foreign investors coming in, the Ayala brothers told Andrew Stevens they’re investing $1.4 billion in the Makati area. The fact that money is pouring in is a positive sign, the fact that the government is cracking down on corruption is a positive sign. That’s what foreign investors want: stability and certainty. And that’s what this government is obviously trying to do. I mean, they need to do it if they want that investment."

And the CNN Press Release goes: "CNN’s ‘Eye On’ series is shining the international spotlight on the Philippines, with a special week of programming dedicated to the Southeast Asian country, airing to more than 280 million households around the world.

"From April 30 to May 4 ‘Eye On The Philippines’ features live daily reports from Manila, Batangas and Lake Taal and in-depth reportage on the people of the Philippines, the country’s politics, business and culture.

"The special week of coverage culminates with a half-hour program featuring highlights from the week, airing May 4 to May 6."

There is no way the Philippine government pays for this big time advertisement, not the whole Department of Tourism, not the whole Philippine business community.

This is one aspect of the Johari Window on the Philippines I will be watching.

Schedules of Airing:
Live reports air daily until May 4 (7 a.m.) on “World Report.” “Eye On The Philippines” airs
May 4 (11 p.m.), May 5 (6 p.m., 11:30 p.m.) and May 6 (8:30 a.m.). “Talk Asia: Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala” airs May 3 (12:30 p.m.); “Talk Asia: President Benigno S. Aquino III,” May 4 (5:30 p.m.), May 5 (8 p.m.), May 6 (6:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.), May 7 (8:30 p.m.), May 8 (3:30 p.m.) and May 10 (12:30 p.m.).

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