By Mia A. Aznar
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
IF THERE is anything economic forecasts and a feng shui master agree on, it is that the country faces some good business prospects in 2011.
Marites Allen, a feng shui consultant who was the guest speaker during the economic briefing hosted by the Cebu Business Club and Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, explained that feng shui entails a lot of analysis and its readings are not plucked out of thin air.
“It is not a religion. It is not magic. And it is not a superstition,” Allen said.
She said feng shui analyzes the path chee chart, which holds the destiny of the year.
To demonstrate, she showed that the previous year, 2010, had an unbalanced chart, as the elements of water and fire were missing.
As a result, 2010 was riddled with earthquakes, flooding, snow storms, heat waves and volcanic eruptions.
For this year, Allen noted that the elements are clashing.
She sees assassination attempts, violent clashes using small and big weapons and natural disasters.
She also warned that 2011 is not the time to change careers.
In the year of the metal rabbit, Allen said businesses under the wood element have a discouraging outlook.
She identified plantations, agriculture, publishing, public relations and flowers as some of the businesses under the wood element.
However, she identified businesses under the metal element such as jewelry and appliances as being competitive if the right strategies are applied. She added that there may be short-term profits in such businesses.
Under the fire element, Allen said stocks, the entertainment and restaurant industry and bright lighting businesses will take off. She especially predicted the Philippine Stock Exchange to do well in the summer months.
Businesses such as banking, shipping, transport, tourism and fishing were identified as being under the water element and are also expected to prosper.
Earth element businesses such as mining, construction, hotels, real estate and property are expected to yield medium term profits.
As for the country’s prospects, Allen said the Philippines has a status star, which means many will bring honor to the country.
She added that it also has the three general star, which is expected to have good leaders and potential chief executive officers.
Also under the country’s path is a star of art, which she says means Filipinos who are skillful such as designers, actors, singers and painters will succeed. She encouraged the country’s leaders to send out more talents abroad.
The flower of romance is also in the Philippines’ way, which Allen interprets as making it attractive in the international market.
Allen also said a lunar virtue star shows many opportunities for the Philippines.
“It is up to us to grab it,” she said.
Allen also sees big wealth for the country, especially from outside sources, which she said, could come from exports.
She noted, though, that the wealth distribution could be uneven and that the power lies in the hands of the rich.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 10, 2011.