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How small malls compete with big malls

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NEW TIONG SAN towers over Burnham Park along Harrison Road in Baguio City. It has branched out into the La Trinidad Valley in Benguet.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The Philippines’ shopping mall chains have virtually taken over the provinces, branching toward every urbanizing town or city to offer products that provincial customers used to buy only from Metro Manila stores.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Power investors interested, but shortfall still looms—Almendras

Energy Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras

As the demand for electricity in Metro Manila increases, at least seven Japanese firms are eyeing investments in the Philippine power sector, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said.

Posted: October 16th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

7 Japanese energy firms eyeing investments in PH—Almendras

Energy Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras

As demand for electricity in Metro Manila increases, at least seven Japanese firms are eyeing investments in the Philippine power sector, according to Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras.

Posted: October 15th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Nueva Ecija farmers get gold daily from carabao dairy

MILK collector Florencio Jacinto of Talavera, Nueva Ecija. Photo by ANSELMO ROQUE/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Sylvia Pasaña, 45, a farmer’s wife in Barangay Bibiclat here, was in front of her house one early morning to wait for the most important person that she was certain to come.

Posted: August 25th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ex-janitor lives it up in lively amusement sector

RAMON Santos of Westech International (right) with Reynato Arimbuyutan of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Photo by Anselmo Roque, Inquirer Central Luzon

To support himself through college, Ramon Santos worked as a janitor in a Metro Manila-based firm engaged in the importation and supply of amusement rides.

Posted: June 16th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Makati engineer turns back job to raise carabaos


In 1979, when the carabao was generally regarded only for its power, Jaime Ramos of Barangay (village) San Ricardo in Talavera town, Nueva Ecija, decided to stake his future on this animal.

Posted: April 16th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

It really is a bed of roses for Nueva Ecija trader


For one who is in a rural setting, performing a yeoman’s job, running two rice mills, managing a lot of workers and dealing with lots of customers, the days may be tiring and boring.

Posted: February 27th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

In N. Ecija, so many owe trade success to so few


Backed by a compulsion to empower the poor, the Alalay sa Kaunlaran Inc. (Aski) has evolved into this city’s most vigorous microenterprise development organization.

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

In Ecija, wives find ‘back to basics, going natural’ good business

VILMA Joson, president of the Kababaihang Masigla ng Nueva Ecija (KMNE), holds up a bottle of “Vin Arroz” rice wine produced by members of the association.

Do you know what really pays in this part of the country? Going back to basics and going all natural. A women’s group in Nueva Ecija has been reaping good fortune—and accolades —from homegrown organic food products which it has managed to turn into name-brands. The Kababaihang Masigla ng Nueva Ecija (The Zestful Women of Nueva Ecija) or KMNE operates in Barangay Ilog Baliwag in Quezon town, and is composed of around 30 farmers’ wives and retired teachers.

Posted: July 23rd, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ecija’s ‘pilipit’ queen expands to real estate

LETICIA Uy of Cabanatuan City was named “countryside investor of the year” in 1990 by the late President Corazon Aquino.

CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines—At 19, Leticia Uy decided to go into production of baked goods with pilipit, a twisted native pastry, as her main product. Her first attempt failed. The pastry she made, which was supposed to be crunchy, turned out soft when she undercooked it. But that experience only pushed her to try harder to [...]

Posted: April 9th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Business Stories,Regions | Read More »

People find their calling in artificial insemination


SCIENCE CITY OF MUÑOZ – At dawn on a typical working day, Cornelio Agustin, 37, would get up, ride his motorcycle to go to a farmer’s spread and, once there, he would take out from his backpack the instruments he would need to artificially inseminate a carabao. Once he’s done, Agustin would travel to another [...]

Posted: March 26th, 2011 in Headlines | Read More »



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