Insular Life has been operating since 1910. It is the first and biggest Filipino life insurance company and the only mutual company in the Philippines, with total assets currently over P143 billion. It markets various insurance products (personal, life, educational, health, retirement, group, business) alongside investment and rider options.  Nina Aguas is the executive chairman of Insular Life. Prior to Insular […]

In March 2020, the Enhanced Community Quarantine encompassed Metro Manila and neighboring cities, then expanded. Many companies were unable to operate despite good products. The constraints many businesses face below tell us many businesses did not have system thinking in place when designing their business. Those limited to existing customers had to fight with competition to retain declining numbers: a target market issue. […]

Two weeks before my April 22 birthday, we put out a call for SMEs: Get the chance for a free one-on-one consulting opportunity. The mentees were chosen from applications and, with a prior company profile and their concerns sent ahead for better mentoring flow, were each given a quarter of an hour with me. Not all were able to get […]

During a prolonged pandemic, many entrepreneurs think survival by cutting costs is the only way to go. Truth be told, while cutting costs is important, operational efficiency is a necessity, and it must be done alongside market development efforts, as no company has cost-cut themselves to greatness. They need to refocus on how to recover and thrive in a post […]

I have finally retired as CEO of Waters Philippines. It has been a good 26 years.  I remember it was Feb 1995 when we officially launched Waters Philippines in Nikko Hotel (later renamed Dusit Hotel) in Makati. It was launched after a 6-month pilot test.  We became the first company in the Philippines to use network marketing for home water […]

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from left (Johnlu Koa, Jet Parma, Aleli Arcilla, John Rubio, Harvey Ong, Greg Banzon, Neil Trinidad, Alvin So, Ana Aboitiz-Delgado, Dr. Nicco Tan, Steven Tan, Kakam Gabunada) The global pandemic has jabbed a wrench into many organizations’ plans, making the future seem unknown. But as new consumer trends begin to emerge and more leaders are now able to combine hard […]

Jayvee Badile II was recognized at the Mansmith Young Market Masters Awards (YMMA) in 2020, representing Sun Life Financial. Coming from humble beginnings as a jeepney barker, ‘takatak boy’, street peddler, house helper, firecracker maker, and vendor, Jayvee joined Sun Life as a walk-in applicant when he was just 24 years old. He became a unit manager after 10 months, […]

A few weeks before my birthday every year, I would ask my staff to send me a list of their wish lists that I might be able to help with. Instead of receiving gifts (my love language is not gifts), I wanted to be the one giving them. This also allows me to know about the needs of my people […]

Neil Trinidad, currently Chief Marketing Officer of Lazada Philippines, won the Mansmith Young Market Masters Awards (YMMA) in 2012. In this interview, he shares about the rapid growth of ecommerce. Neil will provide more inputs at the 12th Market Masters Conference on June 15-16, 2021.  Q1: How are marketing and distribution evolving in your clients’ organizations?  A1: The pandemic has accelerated the growth of […]

Gary Carandang is an entrepreneur and senior consultant of Corporate Achievers Institute (COACH). Prior to this, his corporate life includes being VP Commercial of Republic Cement, Key Account Director and Commercial Unit Director of Coca-Cola Femsa, National Sales Trade Director of Mead Johnson, VP Sales of Nestle where he was expatriated in Switzerland for a year and a half. Gary […]

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