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Tourism, investments and livelihood in Oriental Mindoro

THE Provincial Capitol in Calapan City.

Tourism, investments and livelihood play an important part in the development of Oriental Mindoro, and thus the three disciplines have been placed, so to speak, under one roof: the Provincial Tourism, Investments & Enterprise Development Office (PTIEDO), based in the capital city of Calapan.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

This diner-café, it seems, is ‘extremely’ successful

WHAT’S your order? Photo by Amadís Ma. Guerrero,  Contributor

The giant sculptural hamburger in the façade says it all. It is an invitation for you to come inside and order this food item which is as big as a pizza, and can be consumed by many diners. Not only that. There’s an even a bigger pizza which costs twice as much as the hamburger.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

This Subic boutique hotel is like home

CASA hotel in Subic

The façade is modern, bright red and rather severe. But you are in for a pleasant surprise when you enter the “Italian rustic-inspired” interior, with its antebellum atmosphere, a touch of art nouveau, floral designs, stairways with wood carvings, a few antiques, a Grandfather clock belonging to the owners, and a warm, cheerful atmosphere.   [...]

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Death care industry is big business

P1.8 MILLION 24 KARAT GOLD PLATED COFFIN: Robert Gregorio, chief operations officer, Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes Inc. shows their  solid bronze 24 karat gold plated promethean casket. JUNJIE MENDOZA/CDN

The profession may be morbid, as you say, but it’s big business,” says a friend, confirming what is common knowledge and conjuring up scenarios on the high cost of dying. She was referring to some high-profile funeral houses, possibly franchised, which are part and parcel of what is now known as the death care industry.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

‘Selling’ the Philippines overseas

BENITO “Bong” Bengzon, Jr. photo By Amadís Ma. Guerrero, Contributor

Our objective is to develop new tourism markets for the Philippines, geographic, specific markets; and to achieve optimum balance between tourism as an economic activity and protection of natural resources.”

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Inquirer Features | Read More »

Care for some lovely, ‘repurposed’ products?

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It started as a project of the office of Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City. Some 90 women (and one male) from low-income communities in the city, mostly from Payatas, had to be trained to weave, sew, process food, make soap and the like.

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Conductress of ‘Symphony of Desserts’ has nice problem

Entrepreneur Marge San Diego

When Marge J. San Diego studied at the Isabel Center for Asian Culinary Studies in San Juan, Metro Manila, she won a bronze medal in the pastry division. And that was when she had a Joycean epiphany: She realized that pastries would be her professional focus from now on, following the failure of her Asian food restaurant in San Juan city.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

A sleek, elegant boutique hotel by the bay

SPIC-AND-SPAN, squeaky clean lobby. Photo by Amadís Ma. Guerrero, Contributor

A native of Lyon, France, the young and personable Yann Roche has worked in 5-star hotels in different countries in Europe. He is also something of a linguist. Apart from his native French, he speaks English, Spanish and Italian, and is learning Tagalog and Visayan.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Faces of the Filipino micropreneurs

Sharpening bladed tools

Alwin, 39, father of four, had a hard time in his native Iligan City because of his limited education. To top it all, he was courting a girl named Angelie. They got married, and decided to migrate to Metro Manila in search of a better way to earn a living.

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

High-end sales: Gowns and fashion accessories for milady

TRENDY boutique store in Makati

Joyce Peñas Pilarsky wears many hats, uh, bonnets. She is a model, beauty queen (People’s Choice Award in an international beauty competition in Niagara Falls, New York), former stewardess for PAL and Saudia, style icon, a bleeding heart for children in need of help, photographer, painter, sculptress, and so on.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Dimas-alang, 1919: ‘Historical’ bakery in old Pasig

THIS BAKESHOP started operations in 1919. Photo by Amadís Ma. Guerrero, Contributor

The oldest business establishment in Pasig, then part of the province of Rizal, is Panaderia Dimas-alang, which began operations in 1919. The name itself is historical, as it was used by Rizal in his novel “Noli Me Tangere.”

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Your taxi problems over?

COMPANY emblem. Photo by Amadís Ma. Guerrero, Contributor

It was not your usual press conference. First of all, there was the venue: the K-Pub BBQ Bar in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila, which as the young would say is a “cool” place, dark even, with the ambience of a disco club.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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