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Justin Calderon

Justin Calderon is a research analyst for Inside Investor based in Manila, Philippines. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek (Japan), CNN Travel, GlobalPost, Global Times and The Nation (Bangkok). Living in and out of Asia since 2006, Justin spent two years in Shanghai working for a popular B2B magazine. He also hunkered himself down in Taipei for two years to teach English and study traditional Chinese characters. He is a Mandarin and Thai reader and speaker.
Philippine consumer spending primed for growth


Philippine households have among the lowest debt in Asia, solidifying a “long runway” for continued economic growth in the outperforming ASEAN nation, a...

No Al-Qaeda threat in Philippines, say officials


In the wake of a move by Washington D.C. to shut down embassies across the Middle East and North Africa due to a terrorist...

Indonesians most bullish investors in Asia


A recent index by Manulife Financial has revealed that Indonesians are the most bullish in Asia. The high optimism in ASEAN’s largest economy comes...

What Malaysian negotiators don’t want you to know about the TPP


The sheer magnitude of the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has not been lost on Putrajaya. The ambitious free trade agreement (FTA) involving 12 nations...

Philippines: Calling on a $25b BPO industry


In Metro Manila’s Eastwood City, a pair of statues fitted with headsets pays homage to call center agents, the lifeblood of the Philippines’ BPO...

Malaysia’s top car company enters Myanmar


Tan Chong Motors Holdings Bhd's (TCMH), Malaysia’s biggest car distributor, has won the exclusive rights to sell Nissan’s completely built-up (CBU) vehicles in Myanmar,...

Pulses and beans offer Myanmar top trade window


Before Myanmar was shackled by decades of dictatorship, the country was the world’s top exporter of rice. Today, that title belongs to India –...

Investment pledges for Philippines climb 39%


Yet more indicators are flooding in that the Philippines is the world’s newest emerging market darling. For the first six months of 2013, committed investments...

Charts outlining the Philippines’ economic trajectory


Here at Investvine, we have closely kept an eye on the fundamentals that have made the Philippines such a charmer for emerging market analysts. Phenomenal...

Filipino wins “The Apprentice Asia”


AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes hired Jonathan Allen Yabut, a 27-year-old University of the Philippines graduate, after he successfully competed against contestants from China, Singapore,...


The Philippines is increasingly dependent on its workers not only finding employment abroad, but also propping up the domestic economy. Philippines workers abroad –...

Vietnam economy recovers, but high growth uncertain


It appears Vietnam’s economy may be moving out of the emergency room. A recent report by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has...

PPP a pillar to sustained Philippine growth


Government spending in the Philippines’ public-private partnership (PPP) programme is a driving force behind the country’s phenomenal growth, banking giant Standard Chartered has said....

China opens valve for Myanmar gas pipeline


A 793-kilometer natural gas pipeline (see map here) linking China’s Yunnan province with the Bay of Bengal through Myanmar opened on July 28, a...

Japan on record spending spree in ASEAN


China’s slowing economy and a lackluster home market have encouraged Japan to embark on a record-breaking spree in ASEAN, scooping up a staggering $8.2...

China still center stage in Myanmar


As a no-questions-asked investor, China has been a clever bedfellow with Myanmar, notably the former military junta, a history that skewers sentiment negatively amid...

Future of Tanjung Manis’ halal hub uncertain


Tanjung Manis, long a favourite hobby horse, has begun to run out of steam. The oft touted 77,000-hectare swathe of coastal land earmarked to turn...

True costs of electronics manufacturing


Interview with Dan Lachica, President of SEIPI, Philippines