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Q1: SEAOIL is the largest independent fuel company in the Philippines and is now one of the top 60 corporations in revenues. Can you share with us the major challenges you encountered as a new entrant in the retail business in 1997 and how you overcame them? A: When we started the retail business, we were aware that we will compete with industry giants […]

Q1: What is one word you want your cakes to be known for and why? A: Bespoke…because it’s customized and personalized. Q2: You have been successful in the super premium cakes category. What have you been doing right all these years to create a niche leadership in the cake industry? A: Wow! Doing it right? It’s the first time I […]

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Cebuana Lhuillier is in the Guinness World Record as the largest chain of pawnshops in the world with close to 2000 outlets, bigger than many banks combined, serving mostly – the ordinary “unbanked” population. It’s president, Jean Henri Lhuillier shares his thoughts about innovation. Q1: How do you go about understanding your target consumers and what have you discovered about […]

Q1: What is IdeaSpace? Why was it set up? What is its vision?  A: IdeaSpace is aimed to help grow a Philippine economy through science and technology.  We were set-up by the First Pacific Group of Companies to foster a spirit of technopreneurship in the country and encourage more young people to consider becoming entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists.  The goal […]

Q1: Not many people know your history, but you actually took over FERN  Inc. as a turnaround operation. Please tell us about your early days. We Bring Prosperity to Every Home by Tapping the Entrepreneur in Every Filipino. This is the vision, which the pioneers of FERN Inc. had when they first started in 2003. We envisioned uplifting the lives […]

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