Category Archives: Filipino Entrepreneur

Ralph Colet: Firefighting Equipment Engineer

A Filipino engineer has been building custom-made airport rescue vehicles for nearly 30 years now. Pinoy engineer Ralph Colet’s vehicles are fast, sturdy and built to save airplanes and lives. Colet said the passion started as a young child playing … Continue reading

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Josie Natori: Conquers the Undershirt Fashion Industry

Josie Natori didn’t set out to revolutionize the lingerie industry. She might easily have ended up with another business: McDonald’s franchises (“They wouldn’t let me open in Manhattan,” Natori recalls) or antique furniture reproduction (“The chairs weighed more than I … Continue reading

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Heny Sison: MasterBaker

Heny Sison, the country’s premier cake designer and pastry chef, probably did not forsee her success in the field when she started out in her work. She was once an economic researcher and finance analyst, and only later found herself … Continue reading

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Lloyd Luna: Motivational Speaker

A motivational speaker can inspire many to achieve their goals. But what is it in turn that motivates them? Author and motivational speaker Lloyd Luna came from humble beginnings but he has gone a long way from the days when … Continue reading

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Cecilia Pagkalinawan: Online Fashion Retailer Queen

Cecilia Pagkalinawan is a Filipino-American woman who set the fashion trend among Internet executives in New York’s Silicon Alley, the East Coast version of California’s Silicon Valley at the height of the dotcom craze in 1999. She is the founding … Continue reading

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Engr. Gregorio G. Sanchez: Innovative Cebuano Entrepreneur

Engr. Gregorio G. Sanchez just had to find a way to keep alive the hundreds of piglets in his livelihood program. A kitchen experiment resulted in a food supplement formula that fattened the piglets and eventually, became the foundation of … Continue reading

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Joey Gurango: Filipino Software Engineer

JOEY GURANGO is the Chief Executive and Chief Technology Officer of Gurango Software. Prior to forming the company in 2003, Joey founded Match Data Systems (MDS) in the U.S. and served as its President from 1987 to 1991. In 1999, … Continue reading

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Rodrigo Rivera Sr.: Richest Filipino Fisherman

Mr. Rodrigo E. Rivera, Sr. was a banker for 20 years before he decided to put up his own company, RD Pawnshop, with very limited capital in 1976. While the pawnshop business was flourishing, Mr. Rivera and his wife, Mrs. … Continue reading

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Tony Tan Caktiong: The Making of a Global-Filipino Brand

Tony was the third of seven siblings born to poor parents who migrated from the Fujian province in China to look for a better life here in the Philippines. His father began as a chef in a Chinese Temple. Not … Continue reading

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Loida Nicolas-Lewis: Richest Filipina in the World

Born and raised in the Sorsogon City, Philippines, Lewis comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Her father started one of the country’s largest furniture manufacturing firms, Nicfur. She attended her secondary education in St. Agnes Academy (formerly Academia de Sta. … Continue reading

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