visa, business, buying

Digital transformation of PH gets a boost from PLDT Group

The necessary but painful quarantine restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 have accelerated the pace of digital transformation of Filipino companies of all sizes, from microentrepreneurs to the large conglomerates. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives know only full well that if they do not embrace the digitalization trend, they run the risk…

Balik Pinas Program: Providing sustainable business opportunities for modern Filipino heroes

Billy Belleza and Jazz Manzano are former overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). When they ended their careers and went home to Bicol, they both found a lucrative business opportunity in the Balik Pinas Program of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI), the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country. In July 2019, Belleza decided to end his…

ecommerce, selling online, online sales

Entrepreneurs invited to join Shopee University Summit

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, holds the inaugural Shopee University Summit with the theme, “Equipping MSMEs for E-Commerce,” to help budding entrepreneurs capture e-commerce opportunities. This May 27, industry leaders, successful online sellers and top brands will share their knowledge and expertise to help online business owners utilize evolving digital…

architecture, buildings, city

BSP promises to maintain credit line to cash-strapped gov’t

Amid expectations of slower growth this year, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has committed to sustain its short-term financing arrangement with the national government and assist in economic recovery, Governor Benjamin Diokno said on Friday. At the Washington-based Institute of International Finance’s (IIF) 2021 Asia-Pacific Summit, Diokno said the BSP had already released P2…

wellness, massage, relaxation

In Tagaytay, healing spa is evolving into dining destination

Nurture’s president Cathy Turvill had always admired Raintree head honcho Annabel Wisniewski for the group’s world-class level of hotel and restaurant operations. Turvill admitted that despite positive customer feedback, Nurture’s food service needed an overhaul. This could only be accomplished by a hospitality industry veteran such as Raintree. After the long lockdown that resulted in…

café, pavement cafe, al fresco

With patios inspired by parks, alfresco dining is now as comfy as indoors

In Taguig City, Uptown Mall’s “new normal” dining option features outdoor areas redesigned to resemble pocket parks. Uptown Food Hall has indoor tables, but due to the ever-changing quarantine classifications, the mall has created an extended alfresco area on the fourth floor complete with plants, wooden picnic tables, benches, fairy lights and chimes! The welcoming…

city, window, architecture

PH banks strong, ready to fund economic rebound, says Diokno

The Philippine economy is well positioned for a sharp rebound after the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to structural reforms implemented after previous crises, especially in the banking system, according to the country’s chief financial regulator. In particular, Philippine banks are strong enough to weather the downturn brought about by the COVID-19 crisis due to their sufficient…