Reimagining Indigenous Jewelry

“Nawa means many things in T’Boli… one’s character or emotions. It could also mean ‘breath’, and in Tagalog it can mean ‘Amen’ or ‘let it be’. We created Nawa to showcase the amazing talent that comes from handmade Filipino jewelry. Around the Philippines, there’s so much talent to be tapped.”

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School Teacher Creates Toy Line To Help Fund Mother’s Cancer Treatment

 “My proudest moment is the time we were featured on TV. And when we watched the show, with my mom and dad beside us, my mom was just staring at the TV. I think she was thinking, ‘Are these my daughters? Are they really there, talking about our story?’ My parents really felt like we were doing something good.”

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How to drive a business by creating a people-centred workplace

“Back when I started the business, it was pretty tough. I was really just getting by and at the time I had a young boy to support. Actually, quite honestly I could have made more money more easily by working for someone else, but this didn’t matter because I was doing what I love. I love books, and I love the sort of interaction that I have with people here. I used to work really long hours. When you own a business, you really are at risk of it becoming your whole life. So I began to pull back and develop more systems for training staff. That was when I came to understand that well trained staff are a powerful asset.”

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Millenial brings easy 3D printing to the Philippines

“We see all this loss of opportunity, because people tell me ‘I don’t know how to do 3D design. I’m not an architect, I’m not an engineer. Where do we go from here?’ And if the average person can’t do it, how can we say we’re empowering the average Filipino?”

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Surviving in a dying industry with powerful customer service

“My parents trained me to be kind to customers. There are many kinds of customers. Some are very rude, but you have to stay cool. When I do business, I do business honestly, and give prices that are fair. If I buy something wholesale at $5 and sell it at $10, but the customer is willing to buy it at a discount, then negotiate a discount. You have to give them a bargain and always be flexible with your prices. As much as possible, if people come in, I don’t want them to leave empty-handed. As much as possible, I want to sell them something.”

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The high cost of success: the story of Pizza Planet Glebe’s owner

“Every day back when I was in year 5 or 6, my dad would take us to the shop to open up before going to school around 6:00 in the morning. School was like a holiday for me, because I had to work as a kid. I loved school! After school my dad would pick us up and take us back to the shop to work until closing. I’ve been doing that for 14 years and it pretty much became my way of life, my second nature. Today, I have three boys and I would want to have something lined up for them which they could take over.”

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Filling a gap in the Philippine film industry

“This is something bigger than us. More than the profit, is the social impact: I want our company, our films, to address issues and actually provoke audiences into doing something about them.”

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High school friends become business partners to reinvent bagnet in Manila

“We had to build it from the ground up. We used things from our own houses for the first six months to pay off the construction. Even our rice cooker was a regular one, not the big one that other stalls used… It was a big jump. We didn’t realize how big it was. When we were signing the contract, we were just laughing, like… oh, this is real!”

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How one man is changing the business of retailing records

‘I’ve made money, lost money, bought houses, sold houses, now I’m 57, but the main thing is I don’t have a boss. I’m in control of my own business. And I am still tweaking it. Stopping now is not an option. It is worth it, but it could be worth even more.’

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