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‘I got exposed to our jewelry and luxury watches business at age 17. In a way I was some sort of an apprentice in my grandfather’s store untilI graduated from collegein 2002 at 22. “After that, when I was 25, I was pursuing my masteral  studies at the Asian Institute...
THERE are many products that do not become brands and eventually become failures. Blame it on hit-and-miss marketers who do not begin with the basic: Market research. Market research has been called the bedrock of brand success. When companies ignore it for new product development or testing new advertising campaigns,...
HE found himself seated inside an office of a Pakistani bank, bored by an accounting job that paid him really well. It didn’t matter to then 25-year-old Safdar Hayat that his profession was highly sought after, and that it could lead him and his future family to a better life....
IT was the First Quarter Storm, a time of many uncertainties. Student activism was raging. After completing his AB Humanities in Ateneo de Manila, Gabby Lopez boycotted his graduation with 20 other students. Then, he was accepted at the University of the Philippines Institute of Planning (now the UP...
TURNING 25 was a meaningful year for Adrian Williams, a second-generation Filipino in London who cofounded Philippine Generations, a not-for-profit voluntary organization that promotes Philippine culture in the United Kingdom. His group has grown big and now provides educational, inspirational, as well as empowering, services to members of the...
WHEN President Duterte appointed lawyer Caesar R. Dulay to the crucial position of Internal Revenue commissioner, nobody could recognize his name, not even his fraternity brothers from the College of Law of Ateneo de Manila University. “When we heard the name, it seemed like nobody knew who he was. Even when...
MORE than 260 kilometers away from Manila, the young company executive officer is preparing administrative requirements for his battalion in a remote municipality in Quezon Province. Skin charred from days of training under the scorching heat of the sun, Salvador Mison, known to his comrades as Buddy, was tasked...
TODAY Samie Lim is hailed as the “Father of Philippine Franchising.” But at age 25, he was just newly wed and about to embark on the first of many steps in his mission to change the face of the Philippine appliance retail industry. In 1975, in the thick of the...
  FORMER President Fidel V. Ramos’s vow to become a civil engineer, instead of a lawyer like his father, was fulfilled at age 25, when he hurdled the difficult Civil Engineering Board Examination at the National University in Sampaloc, Manila. The epiphany came to him at age 17, while crossing the...
WHILE successful business leaders of her generation were inside their cozy offices checking on the day’s turnout, Ma. Alegria Sibal-Limjoco was out in New York with her friends selling cosmetics to women for extra income. Despite coming from a family of businessmen, Bing, as industry friends call her, wanted to...
AT 25, diligence and a solid work ethic have already been deeply ingrained in the character of financial adviser Roberto G. Manabat, the same qualities that have kept him at the top of his game. Born in Manila, not far from the Blumentritt public market, Roberto “Bert” Manabat knew early on...
  NOT many people had the honor of sitting behind the desk of a company chief executive at age 25, but Robert John L. Sobrepeña had the privilege of doing so. It was not a grand office. After all, his company was still at its budding stage in 1980. The quaint...
  ‘NOONG 1962, when I was 25, sikat na artista na ako,” former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito “Erap” Estrada recounted in Taglish as he sat behind his desk at the Manila City Hall. He has just finished giving a lengthy discourse to a group of visitors at...
By Joel Pablo Salud |Special to the BusinessMirror It was half past the summer of 2009 when, as the new boy in the Philippines Graphic newsroom, I was introduced to the company’s chairman emeritus, Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua. I was then just recently hired as the magazine’s new managing...
THE halls of Colegio de San Juan de Letran were witnesses to how a terror professor once prophesied Jaime J. Bautista’s ascension to presidency of a company, adding fuel to his hope of being—at the very most—a firm’s vice president for finance. Jimmy, as he is known in the airline industry,...
BRO. Raymundo Belardo Suplido, FSC, PhD,  is the 23rd  president of De La Salle University (DLSU). External circumstances led to his appointment that also brought some excitement and milestone—he was fifth university president in the last five years! In 2010 then-DLSU President Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC, accepted the position of secretary of...
IN 1969, when the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman was a roiling caldron of student activism as they rally against an overstaying strongman in Malacañang, a promising 25-year-old student of the UP College of Law had just placed third in the Bar Examinations. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon...
By Leony R. Garcia WHEN buying cars, men like to go fast, while women like to go efficient.  According to a survey by TrueCar.com among 8 million US car purchases, men tend to prefer fast and large autos, while women tend to look for value and fuel economy. TrueCar analyst Jesse...
THE eldest of eight children of a tenant-farmer in a remote barangay in Nueva Ecija, Donnies T. Alas made a difficult choice at a young age when he decided to come to Manila to fulfill a dream for a better  life.  Armed with just “a prayer for strength, courage, direction...
‘I NEVER really consider myself a success until today, frankly,”  said Lim Kok Hin, president and CEO of Canon Marketing Philippines Inc. (CMPI) in an e-mail interview with the BusinessMirror. “Life for me is one long learning journey. But I realized very early in life, even before my education was...