Q1: You graduated from West Point and is a co-alumni of former Philippine president Fidel Ramos.  What pieces of advice, experiences or lessons has he shared with you and other fellow West Pointers about government service? FVR Knows How To Manage People, Whether His Peer Or Subordinate. He Is A Great Motivator Who Understands How To Balance Interests. What I […]

Q1. In your marketing career, what are your top 3 most memorable marketing campaigns which you have initiated? Can you elaborate? A) The Alaska Value Line – During the series of price increases in the mid-2000, our Alaska Evap/SCM line was under siege. It was losing market shares, declining in volume offtake and household penetration. This was our heritage brand! […]

Q1: Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of Gingersnaps! What was your inspiration when you first launched a fashionable children’s wear and maternity wear business? We always loved kids, so it came very naturally for us to do something that involved kids. At that time, there was an absence of fashionable children’s and maternity clothing. We wanted to change the way […]

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There is a saying that “If you give a man a hammer, he will see everything as nails”. Similarly, when a person learns about the marketing mix (product, price, place and promotions) as a way to attain marketplace advantage, he may apply it without questioning the bigger picture for validity. My journey in analyzing marketing as a lifelong student continues to allow me to […]

Q1: You have been importing medicines for decades. What made you decide to open a retail network via franchising all of a sudden? What was the inspiration? A1:   In early 2000, physicians from PGH would recommend their patients to our office in Quezon Avenue, but since we are in the business of wholesale, unfortunately, we cannot sell retail to these […]

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In 1908, Ford launched the highly affordable Model T and dominated the automotive industry for the next decade, increasing market shares from 9% in 1908 to 61% in 1921. It was banking on the economies of scale business model, using the assembly line specialization that enabled fast production using only one color (black dried quickly as compared to other colors). […]

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Q1: Hyundai Philippines is a latecomer in the Philippine automotive industry and is now in the top three, this in spite of some out of stocks situations. Please share what were the strategies you successfully adopted to attain accelerated growth? First, we prepared by understanding the market.  And I do not mean churning out very complicated insights about the market, […]

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Q1: When you started Summit Media in 1995, your glossy, higher priced magazines became the new industry standard.  What was your insight behind the new concept or what inspired you to tackle something different? Did you have a back up plan if it had not succeeded? In 1995, when we launched Preview, our first title, the magazine industry was dominated […]

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