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Recognized as one of the most influential people who matter in 2022, the chairman and CEO of AGC PHC shares his story of leadership and what drives him as a mentor and visionary.

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The prestigious Asia Leaders Awards is an award-giving body that recognizes the country’s top leaders and innovators for their contributions in promoting the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and beyond.

As the best of the best gathered at the Hilton Grand Ballroom on June 22 for the awarding ceremony, Archie G. Carrasco (AGC), the chief executive officer and chairman of media conglomerate AGC Power Holdings Corp. (AGC PHC), was named as one of the night’s distinguished honorees.


As one of the 15 Rising Tigers and Nation Builders under the Men and Women Who Matter in 2022, Carrasco has exceeded expectations despite the limitations presented by the global pandemic. The award, according to a press release from the award-giving body, goes beyond excellence and the celebration of leadership—for those on the list, it is about making an impact on this world and inspiring others. 

The Test of Authentic Leadership
For Carrasco, the onset of the pandemic was his biggest challenge. As he witnessed businesses shut down because of the worldwide economic crisis, he powered through and turned the setbacks into opportunities—not only to save his company, but also to take care of the welfare of his employees and their families.

“A test of authentic leadership.” That was how he described those uncertain times. He took bold steps to diversify his string of businesses, and above all, he put his people first. It has been Carrasco’s guiding principle to keep his employees safe and provide them with job security amidst the pandemic.

In his everyday life, Carrasco balances multiple companies despite the circumstances. He continues to report to the office every day to guide his executives and support the team of AGC PHC. And amidst the obstacles the pandemic brought, Carrasco molded his leadership skills and took the initiative to be present in meetings with the leaders of his companies and with the company’s clients, industry partners, and more.

Mentors Behind his Success

His journey to becoming the leader he is today was guided by the creative visionaries and pioneers who have and continue to inspire him, Carrasco said.  These inspirations include Frances J. Yu, his first mentor and a retail marketing guru, who guided him when he joined the company. Next on the list is the late Sari V. Yap.

Yap, the founder of One Mega Group (OMG), recognized Carrasco’s potential fifteen years ago and paved the way for him in his early career, Carrasco recalled. To this day, he holds on to the promise he made to Yap when she placed him as the president of OMG: to continue the legacy of the company; to guarantee that employees and stakeholders are cared for; and to preserve the standard of Filipino media excellence.

Over the years, Carrasco persevered. He stands tall as a mentor to others and has stayed resilient as challenges were thrown his way. Moreover, he created an environment that values his employees’ ideas and opinions. Time and time again, he has shown his great leadership, and has proven himself as a true visionary.

A Powerhouse Strategy

“Not doing what everyone else is doing is the secret,” Carrasco shared. “Limiting yourself to the status quo won’t work. Instead, one should project what makes you unique from others, and that’s how the world will notice your efforts.”

When it comes to going against the grain, he emphasized that change should be embraced by every leader. Leaders, he said, should constantly strive for an endless pursuit of innovation as it is the only way for evolution to happen in businesses. 

During the peak of the pandemic, he learned to move differently. He dared to dream big when everyone else decided to play safe.

The Team Who Matters

Stakes are higher as AGC PHC goes global.

With the success of his company, Carrasco never fails to give credit to every member of his team. In times of crisis, his team, he says, always delivers excellence in the form of creativity, loyalty, and dedication to the company. 

“I am fortunate to have an incredibly innovative and high-functioning team behind me. It was through their unwavering support, hard work and dedication that our company was able to expand and evolve despite the limitations brought by our current situation,”

Archie Carrasco

Beyond the accomplishments and awards, Carrasco believes that success happens when you achieve something that positively impacts the lives of others. 

“At the end of the day, the true meaning of success is your level of happiness dictated by what you have achieved and how you have inspired those around you. It is important to keep in mind that above all your successes, you must always remember to put your people first.”

Archie Carrasco

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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