Chit Juan

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We are a lucky bunch—Lydia Echauz (former FEU President), Evelyn Singson (presidaent of Dusit Hotel and former MAP President), and myself to have heard first hand the stories of the beneficiaries of the 4Ps, or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The other members of the National Inspection and Monitoring Committee…

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Part 2 SO our turboprop plane finally lands in Busuanga airport, and we are driven to Coron town proper to meet the rest of the green advocates assembled for the Green Leaders Forum. The two-day conference hopes to gather like-minded resort and lodge owners, operators, restaurant owners and tour guides…

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Having been born in Coron, Palawan 36 years ago, he always knew he would come back to his birthplace even after completing studies in San Beda College and finishing an Economics degree. Alberto Linsangan 3rd, or Al as he is known to many, is Coron’s official photographer, videographer, eco tour…

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I remember when I entered an online contest for business ideas almost five years ago. I shared the contest rules with my two ECHOstore partners and we sent in our entries on the ECHOstore, a café and a market, one from each partner. The contest was Business in Development (BiD…

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When you make much, you give. When you fall down, you brush your knees and get up again. “Do not fight cancer or it will destroy you. Talk to the cancer and make friends.” Truly inspiring words from a cancer survivor, a depression survivor, a natural survivor. Giorgio The Guru…

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I first met Susan Santos de Cardenas when we were co-panelists in a MICE (the Tourism kind) conference in Cebu two years ago. She shared with me her experience in maintaining sustainable resorts in Peru called Inkaterra. There, they consult stakeholders before building the first hut, hotel or lodge in…

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I get mixed reviews whenever I talk about women empowerment. Though many initiatives have been made to empower the micro-entrepreneurs at the BOP (Bottom of the Pyramid), and these programs like the Great (Gender Responsive Economic Actions for Transformation) Project of the Canadian International Development Agency and Philippine Commission on…

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I just came from a seminar on entrepreneurship sponsored by the Philippine Embassy in London (correctly, I should say the PHL Embassy in the UK) co-presented by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC). I met many interesting OFWs, successful entrepreneurs and some inspired soon-to-become…

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My driver, Bernard, is turning 60 this year. He has been driving for me for over two decades now and has been exposed to many of my projects, knows many of my friends and colleagues, and is almost the telltale sign that “I am probably in the area” when our…

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