MARGIE T. LOGARTA

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Former investment banker builds empire on feel good products In 1977, Josie Cruz Natori walked away from a ball-breaking position as Merrill-Lynch’s first female vice-president of investment banking. It startled her peers on Wall Street. It dismayed her parents Felipe F. Cruz and Angelita Almeda Cruz back in Manila.…

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BANK CEO highlights the link between sports and leadership As a fourth-grader at the Ateneo, Alfonso L. Salcedo, Jr., president and CEO of Security Bank Corporation, was urged by a classmate to try his hand at softball. “Yogi” – as everyone, including his younger colleagues, ends up calling him –…

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Lazada’s CEO raises the level of online shopping How many of us are offered the job of our dreams but given only minutes to decide, yes or no? Inanc Balci, one time hot shot investment banker at Nomura in London, found himself in this delicious predicament in February 2012 when…

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SM executive finds a Corporate home for her value system “I’ve almost died – twice.” When Corazon Pilar P. Guidote, senior vice president of Investor Relations, SM Investments Corp., talks about her dangerously near brushes with Death, she could very well be discussing SM’s performance on the stock market that…

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A senior citizen ages gracefully, guided by Lao Tzu’s teachings A fortune teller once told pioneering motorcycle dealer Vicente N. Ongtenco that he should not expect to lead a long life. The gentleman celebrated his 91st birthday last June and has completed a book of annotations on the philosopher-teacher Lao…

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Businessman wants Pinoys to taste his sweet wine Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. GENESIS 9, VERSE 20 Would you believe this was one of the first tasks the famous ark builder performed after landing on dry ground after 40 days and 40 nights adrift…

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Big dream and hard work earn a place in the pharma world You’ve seen them often enough while waiting for your turn at the doctor’s clinic – young women and men, smartly dressed, whose eyes instantly dart to the secretary when a patient exits the consultation room. Not everyone of…

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Passion for a cold dessert led to one of the best artisanal There is the usual affectionate horseplay between father and son Francisco “Paco” and Jaime Magsaysay, who are hamming it up for the camera. Except that their antics take place in a walk-in freezer where the temperature is -30…

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A renowned chef explains the link between cuisine and national identity Watching Chef Margarita Forés dart around Lusso, her jewel box of a restaurant in Greenbelt 5, greeting diners, instructing wait staff to add more citronella to the alfresco tables and dishing out reminders to her assistant Bianca, leaves me…

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A pioneer shares insights on the industry she helpED shape One does not mess with Alejandra Clemente. Do so and she is likely to give you an earful. Except these days, the well-known chairman of Rajah Tours Philippines Group of Companies, feels the persons – and they shall remain unnamed…

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