Bernardo M. Villegas
 
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Let Us Join Football Mania (Part 2)

           Given the uphill struggle of the Philippines Football League to become financially viable and to attract wider participation from its stakeholders, especially the spectators, we should celebrate every successful move forward.  Last May 17, 2018, the Philippines got a very welcome upgrade from rank 113 to 111 in the FIFA world football ranking.  According to Atty. Gastanes, the good performances of the leading clubs (Ceres, Kaya, and Global) were important accomplishments that explain part of this upgrade.  Ceres-Negros is currently in the ASEAN Zonal Finals.  Another major feat was the historic qualification of the national team (the Azkals) in next year’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.  This is the first time that our national team will be competing with such Asian football giants as Japan, South Korea and China.  The AFC tournament will be held in January 2019.  In a draw held last May 4 at the Armani Hotel in Dubai, the Azkals had been grouped with Korea Republic, China PR and Kyrgyz Republic.  Our national team will make its Asian Cup debut against Korea Republic on January 7, 2019 at the Rashid Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai before facing China on January 11 at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.  Kyrgyz Republic will be the last opponent on January 16 at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai.  Again, I enjoin all OFW football fans and their friends in the Middle East to be in the stadia to support our players.  Those of us who are in the Philippines should at least follow the matches live on the appropriate TV channels whether ABS-CBN Sports, Fox Sports or beIN. 

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POSITIVE DIMENSIONS OF POPULATION GROWTH

       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: