Bernardo M. Villegas
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Getting to Know St. Joseph

           We are now in the Year of St. Joseph, as proclaimed by Pope Francis last December 8, 2020.  This commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church will last till December 8, 2021.  There is  a beautiful coincidence with the celebration by Philippine Catholics of the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of Christianity in our Archipelago.  It was in 1521 when Ferdinand Magellan landed in Cebu, bringing with him the Cross.  As I wrote last week,  Catholics in the Philippines are fortunate that during these very troubled times of the pandemic they can turn to a very powerful intercessor to ask God for protection and help, whether they be overseas workers, workers in general and fathers especially of little children.

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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: