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Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café

SEMBRANO developed her spicy adobo ribs recipe by experimenting with and then perfecting a dish made by her mother-in-law’s cook. Photo by 
Ma. Esther Salcedo-Posadas

The serving of spicy adobo ribs was tender and succulent, with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of red chili, enough to appease the spice-averse Filipino palate. Diners have complimented the chef on her delicious food and since they opened in March 2014, Concha’s Garden Café located in Silang, Cavite has been attracting new visitors.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cebu-grown bakery and wine cellar captures Parisian life

With its proximity to the TV network stations, some celebrities also visit the Rembrandt Hotel branch.

Originally from Lahug, Cebu City, the second branch of the French bakery and wine cellar “La Vie Parisienne” (“Life in Paris”) opened recently at the Rembrandt Hotel in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

The accidental florist and a cupcake biz

SANDRA Santos and her florist Obet Lainez work together. Photo by Ma. Esther Salcedo - Posadas, Contributor

There are some accidents in life that lead to unexpected ventures. Florist Sandra Santos, who opened her flower shop in May 2013, initially didn’t have the interest to start this business much less expected that she would also eventually tie up with her 21-year old daughter Tina Santos to open a café beside her store.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Business school poker nights revealed

DURING the tutorial sessions at Resorts World Genting Club, AIM alumni learn the rules of Texas Hold ‘Em Poker.  Chips used during the tournament are not convertible to cash.  Player who collects the most chips win.

The dealer distributed cards to each player who subsequently chimed in their bets, slowly or sometimes instantly escalating their bets until some are challenged to put in everything they’ve got.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

New highway stop opens a resto

REKADOS Café and Restaurante is also looking to expand into a bigger wedding and events place within the compound. Photo by Ma. Esther Salcedo-Posadas, Contributor

On your way up or down the Tagaytay–Sta. Rosa Highway, you could drive by a visually attractive store compound known as Balai Pasalubong. The business enterprise sells typical take home items such as buko pie (P150 per box) that is produced in the same facility as well as other goodies manufactured in a Sta. Rosa branch, namely, peanut roll, polvoron, sylvanna, peanut brittle and baked cashew.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Vietnamese eatery aims to keep family ties strong

IT’S easy to miss Pho Hanoi’s trademark amidst a sea of signage materials along the National Highway going to Calamba and Los Baños.  The eatery is located in between Burger King and Jollibee stores. The inspiration for the business came all the way from Hanoi where pho noodles originated, according to Mrs. Eleazar.

Pho Hanoi is a modest hole in the wall that is starting to catch the attention of foodies and bloggers. Its flavors are distinctly Vietnamese with the right combination enough to excite the Filipino palate.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Level 2 Calamba hospital hopes to reach international standards

CALAMBA Medical Center will soon mark its 25th year. Photo by Ma. Esther Salcedo–Posadas, Contributor

Founded by nine doctors from Batangas, Calamba Medical Center (CMC) opened its doors in 1989. From an initial two floors, the owners immediately expanded their facility to three floors within a year due to the profitable stream. After six years, another building was built.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Finance specialist relieves stress through her ribbon business

Ribbons are imported from the US since the quality is better. Photo by Ma. Esther Salcedo–Posadas

Marjorie Joy Zapanta is a Senior Budget Specialist at Globe Telecom and she created her bow tie business in July 2012 out of a sheer obsession over all things crafty.

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

Diamond Hotel’s awardee overcomes childhood poverty

BUENA always remembers his father’s advice, “Huwag matutulog sa pansitan.” [essentially means to be fast, alert and ready].

The Association of Human Resource Managers (AHRM) is a hotel industry organization that annually selects outstanding employees among its members and provides recognition through the Mabuhay Awards. Last Nov. 25, 2013, another batch of awardees were chosen.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ac-ac–national artist from Paete in the making

LUIS Ac-ac with his sculptures at the recent “Grace and Gratitude” exhibit of Paete’s visual artists at the St. Benedict Church in Laguna. Photo by Ma. Esther Salcedo Posadas, Contributor

The town of Paete in Laguna has long been known for its talented sculptors but it has yet to come up with a nationally recognized artist.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Good Shepherd store promotes person-centered business ethics

SISTER Jo has been in charge of the store business since it started in  Tagaytay eighteen years ago. Photo by Ma. Esther Salcedo – Posadas, Contributor

Bahay Pastulan is more popularly known for its Good Shepherd Tagaytay store that has been selling homemade goodies such as ube jam and other selections over the last 18 years. It is run by the Maryridge community of the Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters (RGS), a Catholic congregation that set foot in the Philippines about a century ago.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Executive coach blooms as an art teacher

ESCUETA is currently working on her “Squarcle” (Square paper and circle objects) Series for her upcoming exhibit at Ayala Museum scheduled for mid 2014.  She is aiming to finish 30 to 40 artworks that will showcase her still life renditions.

Eileen Escueta has been a Master Trainer with Development Dimensions International (DDI) over the last 23 years. Her job is to educate the trainers and it also includes getting involved in the company’s offerings such as Service Plus (customer service training), Interaction Management (communication techniques), Targeted Selection (training internal people to interview), and Assessment Center (situates participants in real-life scenarios).

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »



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