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Mindanao ready to showcase its quality coffee to the world

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MINDANAO now accounts for as much as 70 percent of the country’s total coffee production and it is ready to produce even more.

Think about the heady aroma of coffee and what will likely come to mind immediately is Batangas or Cavite when thinking about where it comes from in the Philippines.

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Features,Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Tina the Turner

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TINA grows the French kind called Sasso chicks.

She must be the second person I have met who is so proud of her color and race that her Facebook name is Tina Turner (instead of her real name) so she says “you won’t forget me” referring to the same name of a popular African-American singer of the ’80s who popularized the R&B song “What’s Love Gotta Do With It.” The other person who is also proud of her color and origins is Tes Mateo, a topnotch networker and catalyst who we always see at the Global Summit of Women. Tes uses her maiden name, she is proud to be a minority in Washington DC and is a proud dark-skinned Filipina.

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

An inspiration for OFWs to follow (There is life after being one)

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IMELDA Ahalul-Dagus (left), Dennis Ahalul and Putri Kumala Sug-Elardo. Tausugs about to open a cafe in Zamboanga after having 5 cafes in Jolo now.

Back story: In January 2012 I went to Sulu and met the owner proprietor of the only café in Sulu called Dennis Coffee Shop. I then wrote about my visit entitled “Sulu coffee is alive and brewing” in the PDI sometime February 2012.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Father Franco is now Padre Ninno

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THE AUTHOR at lunch with Father Franco in his farm

After a not-so-good experience of dealing with a copycat who copied his name, Father Franco had another name reserved for the products he made—PADRE NINNO. “After all, that is my name, too” he says. “My nickname is Ninno. Like a ‘baby’ in Italian,” says the Naples native who has been here in the Philippines for “350 years” he jokingly says.

Posted: May 18th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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 »

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