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How Mineski's Ronald Robins Turned Competitive Video Gaming into Big Business

The company's network of 140 cybercafé branches in four countries highlights esports' growth

August 25 saw the conclusion of The International 2018, a global Dota 2 tournament organized by the game’s developer, Valve Corp. The eighth in the series, it is most notable for breaking the record set by the previous year’s event as having ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | August 29, 2018 12:00:00
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Sili Ice Cream: Bicol Restaurateur Turns Cold Treat into Hot Dessert

The unique treat accounts for 20 to 30 percent of First Colonial restaurants' sales

First Colonial's bestselling item is its sili ice creamMost tourists flock to the Bicol region to see the majestic Mt. Mayon and eat the spicy local dishes. After all, the region is famous for its food infused with siling labuyo (small chili ...

by Cherrie Regalado  | August 22, 2018 09:00:00
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After 14 Business Failures, Ex-OFW Now Makes Millions of Pesos by Reinventing the Simple Leche Flan

Princess San Diego developed as many as eight flavors of the popular Filipino dessert

Princess San Diego started 14 other businesses before finally hitting it big with her flavored leche flan concept What's Your Flan?In her best-selling book titled Grit, scientist Angela Buckworth argued that the main driver of success is not entirely someone’s talent or ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 13, 2018 03:00:00
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From Php500 to Php10,000: Batangas Carinderia Owner Multiplies Daily Income by Bottling Local Dish

How a cook found a profitable way to can sinaing sa tulingan while preserving its original flavor

Nestor Velasquez started his own canning business using a recipe for sinaing na tulingan or braised mackerel tunaNestor Velasquez had a stable job in Iloilo, working for a shipping company as an officer-in-charge of day-to-day operations. Despite being with his employer for ...

by Cherrie Regalado  | July 14, 2018 10:00:00
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Only 24 Years Old, This Full-Time Stock Trader Manages a Multi-Million-Peso Portfolio

Rafael Roces shares his experiences, insights and scars from his year-and-a-half as a full-time stock trader

Rafael Roces talks during Inspire PH, a one-day conferene organized by Investagrams last AprilWhen it comes to people who actively invest in the stock market, one usually pictures older individuals who are years into their careers. Indeed, the 2017 Stock Market Investor ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | July 09, 2018 10:00:00
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After Papaya and Coconut Oil, is Bicol's Pili the Next Big PH Beauty Export?

Mary Jane Tan-Ong's Pili Beauty is shipping anti-aging products made from the tree to the US and Canada

Pili Beauty co-founder Mary Jane Tan-Ong never imagined herself in the beauty industry, but after trying her mom's initial run of cosmetic products infused with extracts from the pili tree, she became a believer and formalized the businessCandied, sweetened and packed in a ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 05, 2018 09:00:00
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15 Years and Counting: The Fabulous Story of Club Mwah

Showstopping performances from mostly gay and transgender performers are the big draw in Manila's premier entertainment venue

Nightclubs and entertainment hotspots have notoriously short lifespans. Rare is the establishment that is still standing and bringing in the crowds 10 or even five years since it opened. That makes Club Mwah, a 15-year-old events and entertainment venue that puts on ...

by Paul John Caña  | June 30, 2018 09:00:00
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David Leechiu: The Making of a Property Wunderkind

Only 45, he now leads the country's biggest property brokerage founded only two years ago

Parents won’t admit this to their children but sometimes doing badly in school can lead to something good. Just ask David Leechiu, the CEO of Leechiu Property Consultants, the country’s leading commercial property brokerage founded only two years ago.As a high school ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 01, 2018 09:00:00
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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
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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
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This UP Law Student Also Heads His Own Manufacturing Company

Rafael Ricalde is proof that it’s possible to juggle a thriving business with the demands of law school

Rafael Ricalde is president and CEO of Primatech Paper Solutions. he is also a fifth-year law student at UP College of LawOnly a quarter of the 2017 bar examination takers made the cut, proving once again that not everyone is able or ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | May 04, 2018 09:00:00
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Who Wants To Be a Shirt Millionaire?

James Fernando started his online shirt business in high school. Today, he’s helping other people do the same

The shirt.ly teamJames Fernando was only 16 years old when his high school Economics teacher required their class to set up a business. His classmate, Mike Gallego, had a knack for designing shirts and they teamed up to create their first t-shirt ...

by Nicai de Guzman  | March 27, 2018 09:00:00
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Amid Dominance of Imports, Why Did Starmobile Start Making Phones in the Philippines?

In an industry dominated by international brands, Starmobile is now one of the largest local manufacturers of mobile phones

According to Digital in 2018, a report on the global digital landscape by social media agency We Are Social and social media management platform Hootsuite, there are 61 million unique mobile users in the Philippines today, equal to 58 percent of the ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | February 22, 2018 09:00:00
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