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‘Windcatcher’ for the wind-ravaged

PROJECT partners—from Bahaghari, SERDEF, DOLE and PESO offices of Marikina and Taguig— show off samples of the windcatcher. Proponent Jojo Navarro is at extreme right.

When Super Storm “Yolanda” barreled through most of the Visayas last November and took a horrific toll on lives, property, agriculture and business, many Filipinos were jolted into action. So great was the devastation many felt compelled to do more than pray, give a bit of cash, and send bags of relief goods.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

DNA solutions for fathers in doubt …

THE LAZATINS, off work

Jaime Lazatin, owner-manager of Infinitech Center, is often asked whether his company caters mainly to OFWs. Infinitech, located at Scout Gandia, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City, is in the business of parentage and other relationship testing. It is the exclusive distributor of services of DNA Solutions Pty Ltd., an international DNA testing laboratory based in Australia.

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

Letting go of fear–both in business and in art


For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the sun …

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Tinkerer turns customized toymaker

WORK in progress

If you asked him to describe himself, Jan Carmichael Calleja would likely answer: “Mahilig magbutingting.” Tinkering was what he loved most doing as a child. He’d build airplanes from illustration boards, folders and other objects lying around.

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

For Mona Serrano, there is no ‘escape’ from entrepreneurship

MONA Serrano and daughter Marquee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Is there such a thing as entrepreneurial genes? Can business skills be learned in school? Can entrepreneurship be sustained by passion? If the answer to these questions is “Yes,” then there is no way Mona Liza Lee-Serrano could have missed the entrepreneurial calling.

Posted: May 25th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Advice to small business owners: Pay yourselves salary


At the Serdef’s online small business clinic, someone who signed himself “Alan R from Taguig” asked for advice on whether he should pay himself a salary in the small signage business he owns.

Posted: April 21st, 2013 in Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Passing on the gift of livelihood and entrepreneurship

PASSING on the gift at Tabak, Kalinga

“Give not a cup (of milk) but a cow” is Heifer International’s version of “Teach a man how to fish to feed him for life.”

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

Chinese entrepreneurs in PH: What makes them tick?


Henry Sy. Lucio Tan. John Gokongwei. Just a few of the so-called taipans in the Philippines. Migrants or sons of migrants who started small but grew phenomenally to own global business empires. There are many more of them, less recognizable names, smaller-scale and less prosperous perhaps, but still with thriving businesses in their own right.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

A primer on how to collect overdue accounts


Uncollected payments from customers and clients can be a big headache for small businessmen who typically have limited capital resources.

Posted: November 5th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Enterprise Bank of Mindanao: Microfinance bank in transition

CHITO Alvizo addressing the UP ISSI-Serdef Competitive Entrepreneurial Leadership forum

In 1976, The New Rural Bank of Lianga in Surigao was put up by a native son, Ignacito “Chito” Alvizo, who had a vision to “be an instrument in alleviating poverty in Mindanao” where six of the bottom ten provinces in the country can be found.

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

A tale of two women in business

MYRNA Bituin and Cynthia Villar

Myrna Castro Bituin and Cynthia Aguilar Villar. Successful women entrepreneurs both, but poles apart in motivation when they were beginning their respective ventures.

Posted: July 28th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

SHAPII makeover: From traditional to trendy

Loreta Rafisura

“We have grown. We are no longer the same company,” Loreta Rafisura, president of Salay Handmade Paper Products, Inc. (SHAPII), declares.

Posted: July 7th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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