MARGIE T. LOGARTA

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A banker redefines the true meaning of success Philip G. Soliven could have stayed in the heady world of banking and finance if not for a quiet epiphany that happened over time and spurred by frequent forays into the countryside. The former trader, who has chalked up stints in Boston,…

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Old formula of hard work fuels hometown boy’s climb to the top Dennis A. Uy, whom everyone’s touting as the next “Big Tycoon to watch,” yawned three times during our interview. It seems sweeping up companies – the latest was FamilyMart of the Ayala-Tantoco groups acquired in October 2017 –…

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Until such time teleportation – “Beam me up, Scotty!” – becomes a reality, we will just have to keep making use of courier services and freight forwarders. Which is just fine for logistics czar Ulidrico “Rico” V. Brizuela, chairman of AAI Worldwide Logistics (AAI) and his sons Arnie and Allan,…

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BUSINESSMAN DEVOTES LIFE TO BUILD AN ENTERPRISING NATION A delightful oil painting dominates the tasteful reception area of RFM Corporation’s head office in Pasig City. The 141 cm x 223 cm frame holds the Molong Galicano canvas of a chubby toddler in baker’s garb, studying a plump loaf, ostensibly the…

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Property maverick sets the trend for branded living Jose E.B. Antonio, the real estate titan redefining the Metro Manila skyline, could have chosen to carve out a niche in brash America. But the feisty Ermitaño – he grew up in a one-story house across Ermita Church in Ermita, Manila –…

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ALEXANDER “Alex” Dacanay succumbed to myelofibrosis – a rare kind of leukemia – on Monday at the National Kidney Institute. He was 71.Dacanay, a six-year stalwart of Nikkei and veteran of media outlets such as WHO and Panorama magazines, had been in and out of hospital for several months. When…

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I couldn’t help it. I just had to ask billionaire boy wonder Edgar “Injap” Sia II how he maintained his perfect flat top haircut. A must-do weekly trip to the barber, he says. With all that moolah – earned from the fabulous deal which handed his popular Mang Inasal…

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Passion for others yields money services for the masa As far as he can remember, Xavier Marzan had always “wanted to build things and make a difference.” Could growing up on Mapagbigay (generous or giving sort of person) Street in a Quezon City suburb have rubbed off on the young…

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Gary Espino, CEO and President of Pure Energy Holdings Corporation, is capable of lighting up any room with his enthusiasm for renewable energy and well, life in general. That broad smile of his never let up during our 90-minute recorded conversation for this week’s Boardroom Watch. It was like witnessing…

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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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