Bernardo M. Villegas
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Human Tone

            In the twenty first century, there will be more and more countries that will attain per capita incomes of $10,000 or above, thus joining the ranks of developed economies.  The ones most likely to graduate to this higher stage of material development are the ones that are referred to as "emerging markets", led by Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) and followed by the so-called next eleven (N-11), which include Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines (VIP).  Can these emerging markets avoid the fate of most developed countries today that have lost a great deal of the human tone or human quality of their population as they became materially richer but spiritually poorer? 

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       The historical trends, empirical findings, and policy updates are discussed in detail in the essays compiled in this book. The most convincing argument that supports the thesis of the book, i.e. that population growth is a poitive factor in attaining sustainable human development, is found in the foreword to the book, which is adopted from an article written by Mr. Roberto de Ocampo, former Finance Secretary of the Philippines and multi-awarded finance official in Asia. Thanks to the continuing growth of the Philippines population, Filipinos are in more than 100 countries all over the world, contributing much-needed foreign echange and purchasing power to the Philippine economy and fostering the human and spiritual development of the most diverse of peoples and cultures on this planet.

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Antigua Forum Interviews 2012

 An interview with Dr. Villegas about the PH economy in Antigua Forum, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, last January 2012. See Link: