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Photos by Jovel Lorenzo Special thanks to Marriott Hotel Manila Small business with big visions, and an even bigger heart—these are the stories behind Panorama’s special feature on start-ups with a cause. For these entrepreneurs, earning is the not the only drive of these personal ventures. Helping people, touching lives, and inspiring the young and young at heart—these businesses show us the things that really matter.   Joanne Endaya & Maan Sicam Happy Helpers: Happy Life There’s a very noble idea behind the concept of Happy Helpers. Apart from providing part time services of home cleaning and assistance to households looking for someone who can work around the house, Happy Helpers aim to portray household personnel or ‘‘helpers’’ as professionals who take pride in what they do, and for clients to treat them as specialists in their field. “We …

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4 easy ways to remove pesticide residues in vegetables

People are getting increasingly health-conscious these days. They want pesticide-free vegetables and other food products. They don’t mind paying a higher price for vegetables that are claimed to be organic or those grown without using chemical pesticides. The sad truth, however, is that there is not enough organically grown vegetables in the country. Most of the vegetables we eat are produced the conventional way. This means the farmers usually use chemical pesticides to protect the plants from pests and diseases. At any rate, here are four easy ways to remove pesticide residues in the vegetables we cook. Dr. Susan May F. Calumpang of UP Los Baños (UPLB)shared with us the four easy techniques. She is concerned because one can never be sure whether or not the vegetables available in the market have …

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Energy from the Ocean’s Waves

America could, according to a recent report, get 20 percent of its energy needs from waves if its coasts without encroaching on marine preserves. The U.S. Navy has established a test site in Hawaii which it hopes can eventually be used to produce clean, renewable energy for offshore fueling stations for its fleet, as well as electricity for coastal communities. Joseph Bryan, a deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, explained the project to the press: “More power from more places translates to a more agile, more flexible, more capable force. So we are always looking for new ways to power the mission.” Since Hawaii is known for its powerful ocean waves, developers are working to come up with the best design. Some buoys capture the side of the up-and-down motion of …

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How to make it in business now

I went to a conference in London last year and one of the most interesting sessions I attended  was  the subject of understanding the Gen Y or the Millennial generation. The speaker was Curt Steinhorst of the Center for Generational Kinetics. The Millennials occupy an important and central role in society. These young people age 20 to 38 occupy the largest consumer group in the world today, more so in the Philippines. Learning how to respond and motivate them therefore is of utmost importance if you are to survive in business. This should apply not only for startups but even for well entrenched business enterprises. While I am not a subject matter expert on Millennials, it would be valuable for you to pick up on some of the ideas Curt Steinhorst put …

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Tea for 30

Photos by JYD Tea for more than 30--30-plus influential Filipinas--who were there to meet, chat, and engage with the envoy from Australia. She greeted them wearing a white shirt with long sleeves embroidered in white, and a skirt woven by a Mindanao tribe. Another Filipiniana touch that she wore with pride was a long gold tambourine necklace, which went nicely with her blond hair. Ambassador Amanda Gorely, not quite one year in the Philippines since she left Canberra and New Zealand, introduced herself and her embassy staff (immigration, trade, politics), and the topic of the day, which was simply to know one another from a personal as well as diplomatic perspective--friends, in other words. In her welcome speech, graciously no more than five minutes long, she paid tribute to woman power without harping …

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In Defense Of Shirley Bassey’s ‘Never Never Never’

At the recent concert of Arthur Manuntag at Emilio Mina’s Italian restaurant Caruso on Nicanor Garcia Street in Makati, I joined the table of Rustan’s Group of Companies chairman Nedy Tantoco. At my table were Emilio’s wife Evelyn Mina, Greggy Araneta, Ping Valencia, Tony Leviste, Gen. Benjie Defensor, brother of the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago, and his wife Margarette, and Patrick Jacinto. I was prepared to enjoy a repertoire of standards from my father’s time, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it as thoroughly as every course of my four-course meal, particularly the platter of cold cuts for starters and my grilled lapu lapu that Emilio personally drizzled with olive oil. By the time dessert was served, a hearty tiramisu, I was blown over by Manuntag’s irreverent humor, vocal power, and ability to hold the audience’s attention. The highlight of the evening’s program, at least to …

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Trouble in the fourth estate

As evident in the turn of events, self-entitlement is not a Millennial problem. Lately, as the world at large expressed indignation over what was reported as President Rodrigo Duterte’s insensitive Hitler comment, likening himself to the vilified Nazi leader, German dictator, and mass murderer Adolf Hitler and, by so doing, insulting the memory of the millions of Jews that the Nazi regime oppressed and murdered. The report was far from the truth, if context were king. I watched the press conference in which the President delivered the statement upon his return from an official visit to Vietnam and I watched it again, playing back the relevant parts a few times, although I knew without a doubt just watching it once that he did not liken himself to Hitler—he was defending himself from his critics portraying him …

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Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, an original and a maverick (1945-2016)

Tributes kept pouring in for the late Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago two weeks ago as the “Iron Lady of Asia” and “the best president the Philippines never had” was laid to rest after losing her two-year battle with stage 4 lung cancer. Like most complex and intelligent individuals, Santiago, even in death, had captured the public imagination. She was also many things to many people. Let’s set aside for now the many appointments, elected posts, rulings, bills, and awards she earned, authored, pushed, and amassed over the decades. Let’s also refrain from tackling at length the many personalities she once sparred with, from former President Fidel Ramos and the late Sen. Raul Roco to socialite Bettina Aboitiz and lawyer and now Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, during a long and checkered career as a lawyer, law professor, judge, and three-term senator. To journalists …

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Of laws and men

By Alfredo N. Mendoza V We are a government of laws, and not of men—so said John Adams, one of the founding fathers of the United States, during a tumultuous time in the 18th century.  But little did Adams know that his quote would forever be revered in democracy and liberal countries, including the Philippines. Laws, which maintain the soundness of a country, are the job of no other than the Congress—the Senate and the House of Representatives. Both houses have come a long way from the turbulent turn of the 20th century. While seemingly different from one another, the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines function as a counterweight to each other—the Senate, which focuses more on the national agenda, and the House of Representatives, which focuses on a local …

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Small dairy project on installment

Here is one investment scheme in a small dairy project that is especially designed for OFWs, retirees, and aspiring agri-entrepreneurs. It can be obtained through installment if one does not have the cash right away. This is the Dairy Gold dairy investment scheme being offered by King Ranch Dairy Farm, which has a thriving milking herd in Rosario, Batangas. It is run by the father-and-son tandem of Alex and King Carlos. Based on their own experience, small scale dairying can be a good money-making proposition that can be undertaken in many parts of the country. Here is how the scheme works. The investor can choose from three packages what he thinks best suits his circumstances. Package A consists of three Holstein-Sahiwal heifers that are already three months pregnant. Package B consists of …

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