Raymund Magdaluyo is one of the Philippines’ most successful restaurateurs. He has helped shape many seafood dining restaurant concepts (Red Crab Alimango House, ClawDaddy, Blackbeard’s Seafood Island, Crustasia, Johnny Kahuku Hawaiian Shrimp House), as well as non-seafood restaurant concepts (SumoSam and related restaurants, New Orleans, Cafe Creole, Patriots, Wolfgang’s Steak House). He was recipient of the Mansmith Young Market Masters (YMMA) […]

Q1: Acer is no. 1 player in the PC industry in the Philippines. How has the situation changed with smartphones getting cheaper and better, and how have you responded to slower demand to protect your PC lead? A: Acer Philippines is grateful to have sustained its No.1 post in the PC market for several years, we owe it to our […]

Edgar Sia II, better known as Injap, started Mang Inasal in Iloilo City in 2003. For his successful expansion and pioneering concept of the Filipino barbeque fast-food chain, he was awarded, among many others, the Mansmith Young Market Masters Award (YMMA) in 2009. In 2010, Jollibee acquired 70% of the company for P3 billion. Injap then focused on another start-up, […]

Q1: Pioneer is the market leader in hybrid corn in the Philippines. How has the industry been changing in the last decade? A: Pioneer continues to be at the forefront of innovation in both its product offerings and services. We’ve seen a tremendous amount of productivity improvement driven by an accelerated technology adoption over the last 5-7 years. Farmers shifted […]

Q1: Congratulations! After 25 years of waiting, the Philippine congress was able to pass the Philippine Competition Act. Who should be afraid of this? A: The Philippine Competition Act punishes entities that exhibit anti-competitive behaviours, cartel-like actions and abuses in dominant position. If your business is playing fair, there is nothing to fear. What this bill will do is to […]

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: 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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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, […]

Q1: Wrangler is among the top 3 to 5 brands in a crowded marketplace of over 20 brands in every department store. What did you have to do to earn that? Magnificent Jeans, Inc. took over the helm of Wrangler in the Philippines in May 2009. The takeover was abrupt and we did not have the benefit of having a […]

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