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Effort, opportunity, and the standard of success

An address delivered before the School of Economics Graduating Class of 2018, during Recognition Rites held 22 June 2018 at the University Theater, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

Effort, opportunity and the standard of success: a commencement address.

In the final accounting, though, we might say at least that we have done our best in those moments when we were challenged or have avoided the worst possible outcomes.

A dream of foreign education fulfilled

Sometime last month, an invitation from the Philippine American Economic Foundation’s 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program in the Philippines set me to think about my youth and the connection of economic development with foreign education.

Tribute to Ruping Alonzo by former UP President Roman

Former UP President Emerlinda R. Roman pays tribute to Professor and former University Vice-President Ruperto P. Alonzo.

Slices of life with Ruping: at work and after hours

Dante Canlas pays tribute to his late colleague Professor Ruperto Alonzo.

Washington SyCip, 96: at life’s many stages, a whiz

The outpouring of testimonies to the good and useful deeds he has done attest to a life well-lived. That life involved a search for excellence with hard work and good example.

By John H. Power: Sen. Jose W. Diokno lectures Gerry Sicat on political feasibility of economic policy proposals

John Power was an American visiting professor from the University of Wisconsin who possessed powerful economic insight. He helped contribute to the understanding of the shortcomings and mistakes of Philippine industrial policy that have, however, taken long to correct.

Marcos and how he formed his economic team

The times were propitious for technocrats to be taken into high responsibility. When he was elected president, Marcos had followed in the footsteps of other models elsewhere. He was highly influenced by John F. Kennedy who brought with him many professionals from business and from the academe when he took office.

The heroes of August and national unity

Heroes signify important moments in the nation’s history, appearing when it is triumphant and full of proud accomplishments and also when the country faces moments of danger. Heroes emerge during high and low points in a nation’s narrative as a country, serving as inspiration and moral guide.

Eulogy for Gelia T. Castillo

Gelia’s life embraced the peak moments of many lives and many lifetimes. She never stopped asking but she understood more than most.

Secretary Diokno addresses the UP graduates of 2017

The presence of a strong and competent technical staff in government is a strong buffer against corruption, inefficiency, and ineffectiveness in the government. When you have enough people in the government who are competent and confident in their skills and knowledge, it’s much more difficult for illegal and unethical transactions to pass through.

Commissioner Guanzon addresses the 2017 UPSE graduating class

The tradition of protesting against wrongs is inseparable from our tradition of honor and excellence. It is inseparable because UP brought us up to serve the people, with honor and excellence. So when some say we protest too much, I tell them they protest too little.