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Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space

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RYAN Uy sits on the connecting sofa which costs P40,000. Photo by NELSON MATAWARAN

If you’re furnishing a one-bedroom condominium unit on a budget, a furniture company can provide the elements for less than P60,000.

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

Instagram inspires fashion journalist to become an entrepreneur

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BLUE Carreon: “No one is going to look after the business except you.” Photo by Nelson Matawaran

It only took a distinct perspective, a flair for style, well-composed vignettes and engagement with his Instagram followers that got fashion journalist Blue Carreon into retail.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Gondola lifts find a niche in the high-rise market

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HENRI Muzzarelli with Vonotec president and co-founder Rebecca Garcia. Photo by Nelson Matawaran

Three years ago, the news of ten construction workers who plummeted to their deaths in a high-rise construction, shook the real estate industry. While installing glass, the workers fell from the 32th floor to the seventh floor of a high-end, 39-story residential development in Makati. They were descending on a manual gondola lift when the cable snapped. According to some reports, the accident was caused by overloading. The capacity of the gondola was limited to six persons, but 11 workers rode on them. One survived the accident, but was severely injured.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Earl Chua: On running a purpose-driven restaurant

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RICHARD Abrilla from gourmet griller to team leader (management trainee). No position is out of reach for the employee.

With no college diploma, Earl Chua began his career running an automotive shop that checked emissions. In his journey, he ventured into business process outsourcing and websites. Although he was gaining a reputation in Golf.Ph, the country’s No. 1 resource in the sport, Chua found his calling as a restaurateur.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The Italian job: Finding a niche in the luxury market

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VICE GANDA wears these punk sunglasses designed by Agent Provocateur for Linda Farrow. PHOTO BY NELSON MATAWARAN

When the Linda Furrow luxury eyewear store opens at the City of Dreams, it will present diamond-studded, solid gold sunglasses worth over P1 million. Meanwhile its designer sunglasses made of snakeskin, studs and amethyst, have been selling like hotcakes at P50,000 to P60,000. Then there’s the upscale sportswear brand, Paul & Shark, which has polo shirts that range from P8,000 to P15,000. It’s said to be worth every thread because everything is made in Italy.

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

Marriott is gung-ho about PH’s hospitality industry

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ARTIST'S rendition of the Marriott Grand Ballroom. PHOTOS BY NELSON MATAWARAN

Construction is ongoing for the Marriott Grand Ballroom, which will have a capacity of 5,000 and an additional 228-room luxury tower at the Resorts World complex.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

She shows you how to walk your talk–quite literally

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DELBY Bragais: More than a stylist, the image consultant acts as a conscience. PHOTO BY NELSON MATAWARAN

A politician is seeking respectability and popularity. A marketing executive wants to impress clients. A supervisor is eyeing a promotion while a fresh graduate wants to establish herself in her new job.

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

Hotelier keeps Shangri-La in top shape

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ALAIN Borgers Photo by Nelson Matawaran

Looking at the multitiered gilt chandelier at the lobby of Makati Shangri-La, Belgian hotelier Alain Borgers recalls that it fell on the floor before the hotel’s formal opening.

Posted: November 9th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Gina Lopez: Becoming a late-developing entrepreneur

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GINA Lopez: “You need the money, but it can’t be the be- all and end-all.” Photo by Nelson Matawaran

At every milestone decade, Gina Lopez, managing director of the ABS-CBN Foundation Inc., always says she’s starting life over.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pat Santos–One of SM’s best kept secret

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PAT Santos with a model wearing a beaded gown from his upcoming RTW high fashion collection.

Without any fanfare, designer Patrick “Pat” Santos has been one of the top-selling supplier-business partners of SM Department Store.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Running a hotel as smooth as silk

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THE LANDSCAPES make  Seda Abreeza Davao very welcoming.

As business travelers insist on continual connectivity, hotels now look at technology as a way to distinguish themselves from the other chains. These hotels are taking a well-rounded approach to provide a satisfactory guest experience.

Posted: August 31st, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Stephen Sy: Going for the golden taps

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STEPHEN Sy: “We believe in catering to a diverse market.” Photo by Nelson Matawaran

Golden taps aren’t just for Arab sheikhs. Self-made entrepreneur Stephen Diypico Sy believes there’s a market that will take to Dornbracht’s 22k to 24k gold-plated faucets worth P150,000.

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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