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Maja blanca with P2.4 million annual sales seeks place on Noche Buena table

The 28-year-old father of 1 grew a P10,000 micro entrepreneur loan 5 years ago into PK Maja's Special, supplying puto and kutsinta topped with cheese to schools, groceries and restaurants in 9 cities and towns in Batangas, south of the capital. → Read More

BSP pushes for digital services, microfinancing for small businesses

The BSP aims to improve the exposure of micro, small and medium enterprises’ (MSMEs) to loans by supporting policies for innovative services, Diokno said in a speech during the 17th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards. → Read More

'Catastrophe bonds' provide $225-M cover for Philippines: World Bank

The bonds, issued by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, will cover up to $75 million in losses from earthquakes and up to $150 million from tropical cyclones, the Washington-based lender said in a statement. → Read More

'Premyo Bonds' offer budget investing, crack at P1 million, hotel unit

The P3 billion 'Premyo Bonds' (Prize Bonds) offer shrinks the size of the typical debt paper 10 times to P500 from P5,000. At 3 percent interest, a P10,000 investment will earn P240 based on a sample computation, compared to P90 on a time deposit. It will also give the investor 20 entries to the raffle, drawn quarterly. → Read More

Radisson Hotels to open in Bacolod, Mandaue in next 2 years

Park Inn by Radisson in Bacolod City will open next year while Radisson RED Cebu Mandaue in Mandaue City will be operational by 2022, bringing its Philippines network to 7 hotels with 1,290 rooms, said its Asia Pacific vice president for operations Andre De Jong. → Read More

Money you can't touch: Filipinos ease into cashless, digital wallets

As digital wallets like GCash and PayMaya and online shopping platforms like Shopee and Lazada make the case for a cashless future, Filipinos, especially those who are not too digital-savvy, seek reassurance that the platforms are safe. → Read More

Jollibee's chief taste officer travels the world to challenge McDonald's, KFC

The potential acquisition target need not be large, but it has to offer 'superior' tasting food, said Jollibee Foods Corp CEO Ernesto Tan Mantiong. → Read More

About to miss your flight? Cebu Pacific offers flexible rebooking

CEB Flexi aims to address 'pain points' of passengers who miss their flights due to emergencies, failed visa and leave applications, traffic or bad weather, Cebu Pacific vice president for Marketing and Customer Experience Candice Iyog said in press briefing. → Read More

In Philippines' rice granary, farmers endure falling grain prices

Farmers in Nueva Ecija claimed that prices of unhusked rice or palay continue to decline after the rice tariffication law, a measure meant to ensure a stable supply, took effect in March. → Read More

SM malls to begin installing 'all-gender' restrooms in November

All-gender restrooms will be installed in select SM Supermalls in the capital starting November, its operator said Thursday. → Read More

Chicken joy with adobo rice? Jollibee says it’s possible as US testing ensues

Jollibee Foods Corp is exploring the possibility of introducing other Filipino food products to the global market such as Adobo rice, its CEO said Friday. → Read More

More Filipino shoppers search for gift ideas online: Facebook study

The use of mobile and other computer devices is becoming more “integral” in the holiday shopping behavior of Filipinos, taking “key roles” in the entire process even before the actual purchase happens, a Facebook study released Thursday showed. → Read More

Makati's Jollijeeps to go digital amid Grab's Southeast Asian expansion

Grab said it plans to digitize some 5 million micro-entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, including Makati's Jollijeeps, by 2025 as part of its Grab For Good initiative. → Read More

Grab to upskill millions of ASEAN workers, ‘digitize’ more businesses by 2025

Grab plans to improve the digital literacy of some 3 million Southeast Asians, digitize more small businesses and train future-ready workforce by 2025, its officials said Tuesday. → Read More

BPOs poised for more growth despite AI risk: property firm

Artificial intelligence and automation may soon replace repetitive and low-skilled tasks but it could take 10 years before technology could have “meaningful negative impact” in jobs, Leechiu Property Consultants co-founder and CEO David Leechiu told reporters. → Read More

Offshore gaming overtakes BPOs, as top office space demand driver: Leechiu

Demand from POGOs in Metro Manila reached 375,000 square meters for the first 9 months of the year, compared to BPO’s 294,000 sqm, Leechui Property Consultants co-founder CEO David Leechiu said. → Read More

Common tower joint venture aims to build up to 500 cell sites in its first year

The 50-50 joint venture of Malaysia's edotco and Philippines' ISOC Infrastructure Inc, which was formally introduced Tuesday, set a combined initial investment of $10 million. → Read More

Giant, Instagram-worthy art piece to rise in Robinsons development

The Victor is vying to become the 'tallest lighting projection' art installation in the world, Figueras said. → Read More

Robinsons' first township features QC-Pasig bridge

The 200-meter bridge that crosses the Marikina River is envisioned to help ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila's eastern portion. It is part of the 30.6-hectare Robinsons Bridgetowne. → Read More

SKY Fiber launches new unlimited fiber plans, country's first all-in box

SKY Fiber said it would offer affordable unlimited 'Super Speed Plans' including the 25mbps plan at only P1,499 a month, 50mpbs plan at P1,999 a month, 75mbps at P2,499 a month and 150 mbps at P3,499, which cost up to P900 cheaper a month than its rivals, it said. → Read More