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U-Belt Businesses: Hello MNL Store is your haven for local brands

In this home for ‘everything Filipino’, a product needn’t be an Instagram star to be sold

Some would agree that Filipino products only have a little chance to succeed in the market competition amidst the presence of foreign and more established brands. Often times, introducing home-grown products in the big market remains to be a huge challenge.But 32-year-old ...

by Robert Vergara Jr.  | October 03, 2016 05:00:00
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U-Belt Businesses: Joli’s General Merchandising

This art and general supply store is the unsung study buddy of UST art majors

In 1982, an art supply shop opened in front of Roque Ruano Building which houses UST’s College of Engineering. More than three decades after, it has become the go-to shop of Thomasians with its array of school materials and printing services offered ...

by Robert Vergara Jr.  | September 12, 2016 12:00:00
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U-Belt Businesses: Holy Family Residence and Santa Catalina Ladies' Residences

For more than 50 years, these two congregations keep students feel at home

In the vicinity of the 400-year-old University of Santo Tomas is where some of the oldest dormitories around this university belt can be found.Despite the fierce competition brought by the mushrooming of high-rise condominiums around the campus, two dormitories built decades ago ...

by Robert Vergara Jr.  | August 27, 2016 12:00:00
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U-Belt Businesses: Exile on Main St. Bar and Restaurant

Lovers of art, books and simply good food flock to this beloved DLSU-Taft hideaway

Its regulars simply call it “Exile,” and that nickname alone already gives us the hint that this restaurant is not only a place where one can eat. It is where you go whenever you want to chill, to hang-out, to read – ...

by Serina Alonzo  | August 25, 2016 10:00:00
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U-Belt Businesses: Tiny Bakeshop

From just setting up stalls in the DLSU area to being a hit in the metro’s bazaars

When student-athlete Anne Janelle “AJ” Francisco started taking orders in July 2012, little did she know that four years after, the tiny bakeshop she started at home would grow into the hit online store and bazaar stall her customers, especially university students, ...

by Serina Alonzo  | August 24, 2016 06:00:00