Mercato Centrale is one of the ten winners of the 1st Mansmith Innovation Awards. Multi-awarded entrepreneur and host RJ Ledesma and his team, along with their partners, popularized Mercato Centrale as a night market in BGC since 2010.  It has since expanded to different areas and day market with carefully curated food tenants. Mercato Centrale is the first food market to […]

Dr. Angela Yu is the incumbent president of Chinovation for Social Progress, moderator of the Binondo Heritage Group, and a past president of Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran. In this interview, she shares with us some pointers to understand how Chinese culture impacts how they think, behave, and approach their response to calamities. Before we delve into influences of the Chinese culture and the […]

Union Bank of the Philippines is one of the ten winners of the 1st Mansmith Innovation Awards. In this interview, we asked UnionBank President and CEO Edwin Bautista about the thinking behind the multi-awarded digital transformation of the bank, which was their direction under his leadership even before the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr. Bautista will be speaking at the 1st Mansmith […]

Happy New Year. I am honored to have Q&As with leaders of different industries. They made time and unselfishly gave their insights in order for others to benefit from the learnings they shared. Thanks to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippines no. 1 broadsheet, for cross posting. My top 10 Q&A (according to the number of readers) in 2020 are:  […]

Alfamart is a joint venture between the SM Group and Indonesia’s Alfamart, a company with over 16,000 stores in Indonesia. Alfamart in the Philippines recently reached a milestone of over 1,000 stores in the country last November 2020, while the COVID-19 pandemic was ongoing. Its Chief Operating Officer, Harvey Ong, shares the company’s business model and why strategy is about […]

REX Bookstore is one the major suppliers of textbooks to all the major schools in the Philippines. Celebrating their 70th year in 2020, it’s Chief Operating Officer, Don Buhain, shares with us insights about the book business. Q1: REX Book Store has preferred the school segment more than selling retail. What made you focus more on this segment? A1: For […]

If you could ask one or two important questions to the CEO of a major company, what would you ask and why? If you could get valuable insights from high-powered CEOs in numerous industries in the Philippines, how would it benefit you and your organization? There’s no denying the year has been full of extenuating circumstances that have significantly impacted […]

Francisco Lapid is the Chairman of SPAC Information Technology (IT-SPAC), an Information Technology and Human Resource provider celebrating its 15th year. Along with Entrepreneurs Jorge Wieneke, Zarah Juan and Dr. Anton Mari Lim, and honorary winners Secretary Ramon Lopez and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, Pax Lapid is part of the first batch winners of The WE Awards for Purposeful Entrepreneurship […]

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