Kristel Dacumos-Lagorza

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Street-smart savvy helps businessman succeed in two disparate fields When other teenagers were planning their summer vacation or prepping for college entrance exams, Charles Paw was worrying about ways to make a living. “My father (Carlos) had told me early on that he would only support me until high school,”…

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ENTERPRISING CEO REAPS SUCCESS WITH BANANA LEAVES Growing up in a world of bolts, bumpers and ball bearings, entrepreneur Rommel Juan admits his foray into the food industry jump-started an unusual but eventful career path. Famously known as the man behind the Filipino fast food chain Binalot, Juan actually began…

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Former model strikes gold creating cosmetics for Filipinas Rissa Mananquil-Trillo is a stunning and inspiring woman – both brilliant and beautiful, and everything you could imagine in a make-up mogul behind the successful local beauty brand, Happy Skin. She stands tall, with a radiant smile, easy charm and an air…

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Like many stories of successful Filipino-Chinese entrepreneurs, Eric Yu – chief executive officer of CellPrime, the maker of Cloudfone, one of the leading mobile tech providers in the country – found himself naturally drawn to business. In his world, matters of profit, investment, innovation and service are subjects discussed freely…

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INSURANCE GOES BEYOND NUMBERS, THIS BUSINESS LEADER SAYS “Why? You think we all wear stuffy suits?” laughs the 44-year-old Rahul Hora, president and CEO of AXA Philippines, at our surprise to seeing him in a plain white shirt and jeans in an unmistakably corporate setting. The head of one of…

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Even in the world of beauty and cosmetics, the laws of doing good business are written in black and white. “Protect your credibility. Keep your integrity intact. You can lose money and earn it back, but never the credibility,” says Dioceldo Sy, the founder of the country’s No. 1 cosmetics…

SAVVY BUSINESSMAN MAKES HOPIA HIS BREAD AND BUTTER

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In his signature purple sports shirt, Gerry Chua, also fondly called “Mr. Ube,” is usually found standing at the doorway of Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli along Ongpin St. in Binondo. He’s a jolly fixture with matching purple glasses who happily assists customers, bellowing a cheerful “Hello! Welcome!” as they…