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Why Does a Lot of Local Chocolate Come From Davao?

Here are some fun facts you need to know about chocolates

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who like chocolates and those who are wrong. We kid, of course, but if you find yourself wholeheartedly agreeing, then The Malagos Book of Chocolate (P1,500) is a must-have. Aside from telling the story ...

by Henna Yu for  | August 05, 2018 12:00:00
Business Ideas

This Philippine Chocolate-Maker is Raising the Standard For Chocolate Bars

Auro is a bean-to-bar company that sources their cacao beans from farming communities in Davao

Locally made chocolate is getting its share of the spotlight. And why not? Local chocolatiers are churning out smooth, creamy chocolate bars with flavors that dance on your tongue, totally deserving a spot on any chocoholic's list.Auro is a bean-to-bar chocolate company that ...

by The Team  | July 28, 2018 12:00:00
News and Events

Crazy Rich Asians of Davao? Ayala’s 70 Luxury Condos Priced Up to Php81-M Sold in Less Than 24 Hours

The president’s hometown is not just the nation’s new political capital but also a hot luxury property market

Artist's rendition of the planned Ayala Land Premier development called The Azuela Cove in Davao CityAyala Land Premier (ALP), Ayala Land Inc.’s luxury residential developer subsidiary, sold out all 70 units in the first tower of its flagship residential project in Lanang, ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 21, 2018 02:00:00
News and Events

From Gas Stations to Shipping to Casino Resorts: The Unstoppable Rise of Dennis Uy

At just 43, the Davao entrepreneur known for his close ties to the president has built a business empire worth billions

Starting with oil retail, Davao native Dennis Uy has since built up his business empire to include a logistics company, convenience store chain, hospitality management school and gamingWhen the local oil industry was deregulated in 1998, it paved the way for smaller ...

by Paul John Caña  | May 18, 2018 09:00:00
Run & Grow

Super Mom Runs a Salon and Café while Taking a Culinary Course. And She Homeschools Her Kid, Too

Stifanny Guira-Falconi credits her being a mother for her extraordinary ability to multi-task

As any entrepreneur will tell you, running a business is not easy. It can be extra challenging for mothers who also run a household. But Stifanny Guira-Falconi believes that mothers are very capable of accomplishing every task entrusted to them – be ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | May 13, 2018 08:00:00
Business Ideas

Global Tech for Local Needs: The Story Behind Davao’s Hirna Taxi-Hailing Startup

Hirna won LTFRB accreditation by adapting proven technology and collaborating with authorities

The Hirna co-founders decided to work with taxis rather than private cars because they did not want to encourage potential partners to buy new cars and increase road congestion in Davao CityHirna Mobility Solutions is one of the first new transport network ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | May 11, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

How Hirna’s Taxi-Hailing App Has Changed the Way Davao Residents Commute

President Duterte’s hometown is one of the first PH cities to implement the LTFRB’s taxi modernization program

Hirna is a ride-hailing service with roots in Davao City that charges no booking fees or surge prices. Passengers only pay for the metered fareDavao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte where he was mayor for decades, is known for safety and ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | May 07, 2018 02:00:00

Franchise Talk: This Davao-Based Barbershop Proves That It’s Okay to be Macho in an Industry of Chic Salons

Mach Mucho is a recipient of the GoNegosyo Award for Best Concept

Macho Mucho started in General Santos City and expanded to Davao City. It now has seven branchesThe men’s grooming industry has experienced a surge in sales in recent years according to a Euromonitor report from March 2016. About 3,000 households in urban ...

by Sam Christopher Lim  | March 31, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

Davao Tycoon Dennis Uy Eyes FamilyMart to Complement His Phoenix Petroleum

Acquisition seen to boost Duterte adviser’s 500+ retail gasoline stations

Listed independent oil company Phoenix Petroleum Philippines is set to acquire the Philippine arm of Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart, according to a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) last October 30.In the disclosure, Phoenix Petroleum revealed that it had signed ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 30, 2017 04:00:00
Business Ideas

Davao Engineering Firm’s R&D Pays Off as Earnings Surge 7-Fold in Three Years

RAD Green Solutions is poised to go global after getting a supply order from Saudi Arabia

Research and development (R&D) is not a strong suit of Philippine companies.An international ranking of how much companies spend on R&D compiled by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) showed that the Philippines placed 44th out of 138 countries. That’s way ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | October 04, 2017 10:00:00
News and Events

Amid Myriad Threats, How Should Hotels Balance Security and Comfort?

Davao city-based hospitality industry veterans share key insights

As government troops advance against the remnants of the steadily weakened jihadist forces in Marawi City in central Mindanao, police and military authorities are on heightened alert for diversionary or retaliatory terror attacks in other parts of the country.On June 30, Pacific ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | July 06, 2017 10:00:00
News and Events

Davao Fashion House Boosts Sales Tenfold Thanks to PH-Japan Trade Deal

Crystal Seas exports a bulk of its output despite trading constraints facing SMEs

Most of the time, commentary on the country’s trade deals are negative, dwelling on how the agreements are hurting local businesses and workers unable to compete with cheaper or better products from other countries.It’s a bit refreshing to hear, then, that a ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 23, 2017 03:00:00
News and Events

How Local Businesses are Coping with Martial Law in Mindanao

Business owners in Davao City share strategies to adapt to heightened uncertainty

President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao in response to the siege of Marawi City by the Maute rebel group took many people by surprise. In response, the local government of Davao City issued additional guidelines in pursuit of what ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | June 03, 2017 10:00:00