A growing number of Filipinos are converting their homes into offices to escape chronic jams and raise their young families.
As the economy grows, the fattest paychecks await those working in aviation, geology, graphic design and construction.
Wanderlust on a budget
Budget carriers continue to drive travel. In February, Cebu Pacific's system crashed briefly after it offered seats for as low as P1.
Rival AirAsia announced in September that it was offering up to 5 million seats at discounted rates.
Banks in spotlight
Bank of the Philippine Islands' electronic services were paralyzed for 2 days in June due to what it said was an "internal" error, prompting a Senate investigation into the industry's security systems.
In July, Metrobank said it caught an executive while trying to shift P2.25 million in interest payments from unauthorized loans. The lender was sanctioned by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' Monetary Board in November.
The government took over maintenance of the MRT in November after it cancelled its contract with Filipino-Korean consortium BURI due to frequent breakdowns. Courtesy of Ivan Villegas
Rail undersecretary Cesar Chavez resigned and took responsibility in November, even as the MRT's woes could be traced back to previous administrations.
Before Chavez stepped down a woman's arm was severed in a freak accident and 2 train cars detached from each other, forcing commuters to walk on the tracks. ABS-CBN News
Jollibee goes viral
The country's largest fastfood chain welcomed a VIP guest in November, Canadian Prime Minister and erstwhile "APEC Hottie" Justin Trudeau, who stopped by one of its stores in Manila on his way to ASEAN meetings. Ted Aljibe, AFP
But not all attention was positive. The company promptly apologized twice for receiving flak online.
In May, a mascot was caught on video gyrating to Bruno Mars' "Versace on the Floor." In August, a member of the LGBT community who was doing outsourced work, complained of discrimination. Bunny Cadag Facebook post
Asia's worst no more
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport appeared to have recovered from the "tanim-bala" or bullet planting racket after a travel blog struck it out of its list of Asia's worst airports. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
At least 7 of the country's biggest companies are forming a "super consortium" to modernize the capital's main gateway, including Ayala Corp, LT Group, Filinvest, JG Summit Holdings, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Metro Pacific, and Megaworld. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Filipinos who want to succeed in business look to Henry Sy, the country's richest man who pioneered mall culture in the country. SM also recently launched a retail experiment to pay tribute to his humble shoe store roots. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
A recent visitor to Manila, Chinese e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma, said successful businessmen should have intelligence, emotional and love quotients. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News