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Selling at the Summit

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WOMENBIZPH chair Boots Garcia with co-panelist Ralitsa Vasileva of CNN

Do you want to listen to the world’s leaders, men and women, in a fun gathering in Paris? That is a sample of what I look forward to every time the Global Summit time comes around. So far, I have attended the summits in Hanoi, Istanbul, Athens and last year in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Activist promotes heirloom rice

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SAMPLES of heirloom rice

“I am an activist,” she proudly says. Vicky Carlos Garcia is a slow food activist and the prime promoter of heirloom rice from the Cordillera region. She met a Peace Corps volunteer Mary Hensley while both were in school in 2001, and Mary made a thesis on the Future of Heirloom rice and how to preserve it through promotions and marketing.

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

The business of Feeding the Planet

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THE FEED The Planet Declaration

Seven billion people. Only 60 percent of farm produce goes to feeding people, while 30 percent of agricultural produce goes to feeding animals. What if we increased what went straight to people’s tummies instead of growing what would just be animal feed?

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

Green business thrives in Coron

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AL WHILE speaking at the Green Leaders Forum

How would you combine your passion for photography, your love for the environment and your desire to keep your birthplace as pristine as when you first saw the light of day? Al Linsangan III surely has found a formula to do just that. And make some money in the process as well.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

How to open a cafe

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COFFEE 101 at Enderun’s Ducasse Institute in Taguig City discusses History of Coffee, Basic preparations of coffee, roasting, grinding and of course How To Open a Coffee Shop.

I remember opening my first coffee shop after college right along Katipunan Avenue. That was many years ago and to this day, I remember the long hours we devoted to trying out recipes and doing what in today’s culinary language would be called “R&D” or research and development.

Posted: April 27th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Sustainable lifestyles

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We recently convened around 60 people from business, the academe, NGOs and even the religious in a one-day workshop on Sustainable Lifestyles.

Posted: April 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Organic farming–starting from scratch

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THE ECHOfarm project started in 2010

In 2005, I dreamt of having my very own coffee farm. Both my parents were born in Manila so we really never had a province to go home to. So, everyone like me who is city-bred longs to have a place you can “go home to,” right? I got involved with Amadeo, Cavite when we adopted a coffee farm of the mayor then to showcase as a Barako Farm. I would go and take our friends there to see coffee growing amidst bananas and papayas.

Posted: March 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘It’s not about the money’

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CHASE and Sharon Tan

Sharon Tan Chua is a young mother of three who used to be a pre-school teacher until she put her career on hold to take care of her growing sons aged 7, 4 and 2. Sometime July this year she wrote to us at ECHOstore and asked if she could open a store just like it. It was a very touching e-mail. She praised us for our concept and expressed her desire to have one like it in her “neck of the woods”—in Quezon City.

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The bearded man sells heirloom rice

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BUY the rice, help these mountain farmers preserve  traditions.

I met him during a Coffee Training sponsored by the DTI-CAR and Philippine Coffee Board Inc.(PCBI) in Tuguegarao a few months back. I realized this as I went through my camera photos and saw the same bearded man who I had a chance to get to know better during our daily breakfasts in our hotel while attending Salone del Gusto Terra Madre 2012.

Posted: November 10th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Learning the coffee shop business

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The author (standing) delves into the perks and grinds of the coffee trade.

It was a little less than 20 years ago when I first signed up for a Coffee Education course in Caffe D’Arte in Seattle.

Posted: October 13th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Helping create a paradise in the country

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THE ECHOSTORE founders pose with Vicky (right) at her Bohol Bee Farm.

Vicky Wallace-Sandidge is a wife, mother, nurse. But most of all she is a Filipina by birth and a Filipino by business.

Posted: September 15th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Coffee educator changes coffee scene in the US

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COFFEE guru Bruce Milletto meets the author in Kape Isla at Serendra.

It used to be that coffee just meant a cup of brown liquid poured into your mug, ad libitum while eating your California breakfast of fried eggs “sunnyside up” bacon and sausage or your lox and bagel if you happened to be in New York.

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

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