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Retrenchment paved the way for this airline employee's break into business

Angela Valenzuela now owns franchises in food, retail, and service categories.

Angela Valenzuela lost her high-paying job seven years ago after the airline she was working for retrenched part of its workforce. But instead of wallowing in the loss, she decided to go into business.Making the most out of her retrenchment package, Valenzuela ...

by Ieth Inolino  | February 03, 2016 12:00:00
Business Ideas

Philip Rosales: The enterprising street artist

See how this frustrated architect makes a living by drawing signage for private and public vehicles.

MR. DISKARTE. The enterprising street artist and vehicle signage-maker Philip Rosales. Photo by Heidi Aquende / Entrepreneur Philippines“Artist ang may-ari nito (An artist owns this place),” said Philip Rosales, looking with interest at a jeepney wall mosaic, with hand-painted signs of popular destinations like ...

by Johanna Poblete  | January 26, 2016 08:00:00
Run & Grow

AKABA: From a group project to a fast-growing lifestyle company

Learn how this group competes with the kinds of Herschel bag by showcasing PH's loom-weaving industry.

Take a quick trip in campuses around the metro and you would not go home without setting sight on a student wearing a Herschel Supply Co. bag. The Canadian apparel brand, which only started in 2009, has gained a cult following since ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | January 25, 2016 05:00:00
Startup Tips

4 ways to turn your thesis into a startup

Complete your thesis by thinking of what you'd like to do 5-10 years from now, a tech 'trep advises.

College is where you can discover the Next Big Thing—or where good ideas find you. That was what college was for Gary Villame, co-founder of radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions provider Itemhound.In fact, the idea behind Itemhound was the focus of his ...

by Victoria Vizcarra  | January 25, 2016 12:00:00
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Keep it clean with Tidy Heidy

These Applied Chemistry majors from Ateneo put up a business selling color-safe, non-toxic stain remover.

Almost everyone’s been a victim of this: clad in an immaculate white shirt, you indulge in a sumptuous meal then, right after the break, you find yourself with a stain on your shirt.While this is more likely to happen to kids, anyone ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | January 24, 2016 10:00:00
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How celebrity entrepreneur Marvin Agustin stays relevant

The serial 'trep is not afraid to use seemingly unconventional methods to expand his restaurant empire.

OPPORTUNITY SEEKER. "There are so many opportunities out there, so it’s important to channel my energy wisely," says celebrity entrepreneur Marvin Agustin. Photo by Jason Quibilan. “I’m always in jeans and t-shirts now because I want to be like a millennial,” actor and ...

by Anna Felipe  | January 23, 2016 04:00:00
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Young 'treps take on specialty products for the modern mom

Urban Mom is inspired by the hands-on millennial mothers of today, the student 'treps say.

When Entrepreneurship majors Kristine Gonzales and Edric Ng Cha decided to put up a specialty shop for mothers as part of their undergraduate thesis, most of their peers got confused. Neither of the two are parents, and both are still in their ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | January 22, 2016 08:00:00

From shoe repairman to Mr. Quickie franchisee

See how hard work and loyalty paid off for this master shoemaker.

MASTER SHOEMAKER. Rodolfo Getes of Mr. Quickie. Photo by Vincent Coscolluela / Entrepreneur PhilippinesFor much of his life, Rodolfo Getes repaired shoes for a living. But in 2012, he became a proud Mr. Quickie franchisee, thanks to his boss, Emiliano Caruncho III (the ...

by Ieth Inolino  | January 21, 2016 04:00:00

'Clean' street food paves the way for a fast-growing enterprise

This entrepreneur found enormous opportunities in starting small-selling quality street food.

Reymont Choachuy got sick after eating street food in 2003. That got him thinking: Why not build a business selling ‘clean’ street food? With P350,000, the entrepreneur from Cebu put up Sam’s Everything on Sticks, a food cart business, at the Tutuban ...

by Bernadette Reyes  | May 29, 2015 12:00:00
Business Ideas

Former seaman pursues his passion; learns to operate his own gym

This former OFW came home to operate a gym he acquired.

For former seaman Ricardo Marinduque, the road to entrepreneurship involved several detours. After graduating from high school, he opted to get a job instead of going to college. “Mahirap ang buhay (life is hard),” he explains. He found employment as a waiter ...

by Mari-An Santos  | May 29, 2015 12:00:00
Business Ideas

Real tales: Turning a hobby into an artistic business venture

This entrepreneur combined her crafting skills with a bit of business savvy to put up a new venture.

After some time with paper, scissors, and glue, most people leave their scrapbooking tendencies in the arts and crafts box. For Sunshine Asuncion, thoughnam, what started out as a hobby turned into an artistic business venture, Treasured Memories. Now she uses her ...

by Alex Grant  | May 27, 2015 12:00:00
Startup Tips

How to find motivation as an entrepreneur

Life coach Andrea Goseco gives tips on how to bring you closer to your dream business.

Oftentimes, would-be entrepreneurs have great ideas for potential businesses but become paralyzed and easily discouraged when it comes to actual planning and implementation. asked U.S. certified life coach Andrea Goseco for tips on how entrepreneurs can overcome mental roadblocks commonly associated ...

by Andrea Goseco  | August 23, 2013 03:00:00
Business Ideas

A new bazaar south of Metro Manila

October is bazaar month on

For those looking for bazaar venues, there is a new weekend market set to open soon located south of Manila. Dubbed as Soderno@Molito, the new weekend market aims to create an entrepreneurial venue for people who want to test the market for ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | October 11, 2011 02:00:00