Venus Raj: Message of Major Importance

Venus Raj is a Filipina television and film actress, model, and TV host who is a five-time co-winner as PMPC Star Awards Best Morning Show Host (shared with Umagang Kay Ganda hosts). Venus is also a beauty queen, having won the titles of Miss Philippines Earth 2008, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010, and 4th Runner Up Miss Universe…

Ramon Manzana: Advice for Start-up Entrepreneurs

Ramon Manzana is an unassuming humble man who has interests in the Banking and Motorcycle industries.  He happens to be President of Honda Prestige Traders Inc., Managing Director of Bank of Makati, among other business concerns. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tanglaw ng Buhay Foundation and an Elder at Christ’s…

Beth Sanders: Portrait of a Mentor

Beth Sanders, the former Miss Austria (the latter being her maiden name), had a flourishing career in banking.  She and her husband, Martin (an engineer) had started to get settled into their beautiful home on the hills in the pretty suburbs of sunny San Diego, California raising their children Leah, Bekah, and Andrew (as well…

Chef Sandy Daza: Food Imprints

Do you know how Chef Sandy Daza‘s restaurant, Wooden Spoon, got its name?  Straight from this Cornell graduate (in Hotel and Restaurant Administration)/ tv host / over-two-decade-long PDI food columnist/ restaurateur/ cookbook author/ food consultant whom you might consider as having Philippine royal culinary pedigree, he explained, “When I had my cooking show, everytime I talked…

Atoy Llave: Cool Car Customizer

Have you ever been stuck in Metro Manila roads at the onset of a holiday weekend traffic jam when a sudden heavy downpour came? Or have you ever just sat in traffic wishing you could use transit time to accomplish your task list right then and there? Victor “Atoy” Llave of Atoy Customs thought you…

Movie: Ben-Hur in 4DX

The only two things I knew beforehand about the new movie Ben-Hur are that it is a remake of an old old movie (actually, it’s the fifth remake of the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace) and that Lisa Bevere reposted (Ptr) Rick Warren’s IG post endorsing this movie. The other night after…

Stephanie Franco: Handling People and the Value of Difficulty

Stephanie Merida Franco is Managing Director of Fresenius Medical Care (Philippines), the world’s leading renal care company.  She has had extensive management experience in the pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and life sciences industry. Our class valedictorian and a dear, precious friend who has covered me in much prayer, Steph is my go-to person when I need a two-sentence primer…

What Makes Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay Number One?

Searching for lodging in the popular tourist destination of Tagaytay on Tripadvisor.com.ph will yield over 370,000 results.  The Number One spot goes to Hotel Kimberly (the 2015 and 2016 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice winner), a well-appointed yet affordably-priced hotel in the quiet, rural area of Barangay Kaybagal North.  Even though its barangay name means “so slow,” Hotel Kimberly offers such…