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StreetBy won at the APEC Forum in Malaysia to represent Philippines in 2019 APEC O2O Summit in Taiwan

April 18, 2019

StreetBy, the Mindanaoan super app based in Cagayan de Oro just made another milestone as it represented the entire Philippines at the APEC Online-to-Offline (O2O) Forum in Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Entitled “Empowering SMEs to Go Global through Digital Transformation”, the forum aspires to bolster digital transformation and identify issues of SMEs in the APEC region, create advanced and effective strategies and impart comprehensive methods in developing a digital transformation for SMEs in the region. Out of the startups in the Philippines, StreetBy was handpicked by Department of Trade and Industry and QBO Philippines to represent the startup community and the entire country. There were 5 other delegates from other  Asian countries who joined a pitching and mentoring session but StreetBy stood out from the rest and won a ticket to 2019 APEC O2O Summit. StreetBy will again represent the Philippines and compete in Taiwan. Beaming with pride and startup passion, the StreetBy’s Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer Miss Cherryanne Lee Angoy, proudly represented and wowed the audience with her presentation. “We are the first Filipino-made, total lifestyle app, you can call us a super app or mega app if you want but ultimately our goal is to support the SME sector. A sector that fuels our economy with 5M job creation every year and a 40% GDP contribution. When you support StreetBy, you are not just supporting our company but the millions of Filipinos who rely on the micro, small medium business. I invite all of my fellow Mindanaoan, to download the application and start using StreetBy.” as said by Chief Strategy Officer during her presentation. StreetBy is a product of hard work and dedication of 7 founders who stand firm in their goal to be a business solution provider for SMEs. Data shows that 80% of SMEs fail every year and factors include: customer and marketing insights, ineffective promotional strategies and lack of access to innovative technology. StreetBy serves as a tool for SMEs to increase their sales through a wide marketing mileage and access to a mobile application. To build a website and mobile application would cost a fortune for most of the SMEs, hence, StreetBy merchant sign up is for free. Listed here are the some of the many solutions StreetBy provides to its partner merchants: Multi Channel to Omni Channel for our Food Merchant Partners, Cashless Payment, CRM, Delivery Platform. It serves as a marketplace where consumers can search and transact goods and services to its partner merchants conveniently. As per DTI, SME sector contributes to the economy providing about 5M jobs every year. The challenge is if we can help reduce the number of SMEs that fail yearly, then that would mean we can boost the employment rate –this is what drove StreetBy to be up in the market despite the growing pains of startup and strong competition in the digital technology.   

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Feast of the World by The Primer Group of Companies

April 17, 2019

I recently joined the Fete de la Monde Annual Primer event, which means 'Feast of the World' just last March 6, 2019 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel. Big thanks to the invitation of Ms. Norgelyn Bihag, the Cluster Head of Mindanao Primer.  I have also met the Philippine Sales and Operations Head of Primer Group of Companies from Manila Ms. Marisel Sunga Sy who was very warm and articulate, and of course the natural talented dancer during their program presentations Sir Edgar M. Rabino, the Regional Head, Sir Neil Fernandez, another Cluster Head in some areas in Mindanao and the rest. I have also personally met so far the brand managers of several brands from Manila namely; Ms. Ruth Carmina Sanchez of Fitlop, Sir PJ Chua of Native, Sir Llander Simon Cham of DC Shoes, and Sir Paulo Santos of Herschel Supply Co.  Having met them individually, I have observed that they are such a big united family that effectively draw different good outcomes through their positions. I have seen and felt that when they work, they really work hard even with happy smiles on their faces and when they play, they do really enjoy to have fun and play hard.   As I was marveling by myself how this great company was formed, I find out more of the good dynamics and foundation they have built over the years. So we ask, exactly what makes up a big, effective and strong company? I looked back at the history of this dynamic yet humble great family. I learned that the Primer Group of Companies was founded in the Philippines in 1985. In 1992, the company Primer Group ventured into apparel licensing of Disney and Warner Bros. Later the same year, Uniglobe Travelware Co., Inc. was established, opening the Primer Group's first retail concept store specializing in luggage - The Travel Club. Five years later, the first Bratpack store was launched; a unique lifestyle concept store for the young, hip and bold generation of today. It has been long standing for over 30 years now! This model company must be highly commended as a role model for any  They say when a company strived to reach 10 years old, it could be considered established yet the Primer Group of Company stood by and exceeded this with its own smooth transitions. The company believes in 'E.P.I.T.S.' which is the five primary values namely: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Passion for Success, Integrity, Teamwork, and Self-Discipline. From this alone, we start to learn of its core values and upholding the utmost importance of maintaining the high quality and standards as far as merchandising is concerned.  Primer Group of Companies is a Philippine company engaged in the retail sale and distribution of consumer brands and products. The company carries international brands mostly lifestyle products. The Primer Group also operates its own lifestyle boutique which includes Res/Toe/Run, The Travel Club, Ladybag, Flight001, Bratpack, GRND, General and R.O.X .In addition to the retail and distribution, The Primer Group recently opened its first retail and merchandising academy - APEX The company continued to grow in the year 2000s. From a retail and distribution company in the Philippines, Primer Group expanded business to its neighboring regions in Asia and to date, the company distributes to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand with 100 free-standing concept stores and 600 consignment deals in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Just wow, right?! The consumer brands carried by the Primer Group include DC, Hedgren, Herschel, Quicksilver, Volcom, Roxy, Fitflop, Kickers, KruZin, Native, Olukai, Sanuk, Sledgers, Tretorn, Ace, Eagle Creek, Delsey, Design Go, Mendoza, Tumi, Victorinox, World Traveller, Boxfresh, Eastpack, Ellesse, Gaiam, Hedgren, High Sierra, Jansport, Kangol, Slenderstone, Timbuk2, Tough Jeansmith, Outdoor Gear, Coghlans, Columbia, Mountain Hardware, Nalgene, Nathan, Salomon, Salvas, Sea to Summit and The North Face, ETC. Amongst all these, the company also has industrial products.  Now, we can just sigh and imagine how successful this company truly is! Of course, big things come from small things and before all these came to realize, everyone behind the success of Primer company exerted endless sacrifice, hardwork, hard-earned lessons, tried and tested systems, and all the necessary efforts and factors any thriving and flourishing company is equipped to have. Big kudos to all individuals responsible for its consistent growth behind the Primer Group of Companies! Celebrate your natural inner beauty!  Follow your passion  Be a Passionista!

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Herbalife Nutrition Wellness Tour begins in CDO

April 5, 2019

Premier global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition, has started the 2019 Wellness Tour in Cagayan de Oro City with leading nutrition expert  Dr. Hamid Jan bin Jan Mohamed as guest speaker. Dr. Hamid is the Chairman of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at University Sains Malaysia and an Associate Professor with expertise in nutrition and obesity. He has received several industry awards during the course of his career. These include the Malaspina Scholar Travel Award by the International Life Sciences Institute, USA in 2015, and Fellow Membership of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia. During a press conference at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, Dr. Hamid explained the ways on how people can age healthy and gracefully. He said the key nutrients to help a person manage aging is by looking after their digestive, heart, bone and eye health. One needs to maintain a high in fiber diet for digestive health; take fish and krill oil or L-Arginine and L-Citruline for a healthy cardiovascular function; take calcium and vitamin D for strong bones and teeth; and take lutein-rich foods for healthy cells in the eyes.   At the same time, Herbalife Nutrition released the findings from its Asia Pacific Healthy Aging Survey. Conducted in 2018 with 5,500 respondents aged 40 and above in 11 markets including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, the survey uncovered insights into the meaning of healthy aging, the importance of lifestyle changes for healthy aging, as well as key motivators and influencers for healthy aging.

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How Did This Great Man Beat the Dragons in the Newspapering Industry?

March 20, 2019

FROM AN AGRICULTURE EXPERT TO A NEWSPAPERING GURU JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, MDN online editor 4th of a series - Conclusion Beating The "Dragons" Beating the dragons in the newspapering industry was a hard thing to do. Many have tried but they failed. The dragons have already built their empire in Southern Philippines. But when this young and fresh graduate challenger back in the 90s joined the industry, everything was changed, as little by little he climbed the ladder of success, imprinted his footprints and after a few years he beat them all and build his own empire of publications. This man I've been telling you is no other than Mr. Dante Macasero Sudaria. He was just an agriculture graduate at MOSCAT in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental. All his life was focused in agriculture. No experience in newspapering. No. Nothing at all. But mind you guys. He graduated a cum laude - so that we can conclude that this great man from the province must be a wise man, a great thinker and an awesome planner. But how did he beat the dragons? 1. He created his influence in the media community and also in the private sector.  After his graduation in agriculture back in the 90s, Dante Sudaria transferred in Cagayan de Oro City to seek for greener pasture. He knew that despite graduating a cum laude, opportunities in his hometown in Claveria were very limited. And since being part of the media, he knew that he has influence to meet top politicians not only in the city but the Philipines in general. He also knew that he can easily get connected with business owners and other influencers in the city who could help him succeed in his future endeavors.   His plan was very successful as month after month he has seen great developments in his career in the media and of being a salesman. His earnings increased tremendously - to the point of earning P100 Thousand per month, and he became known in the mainstream media, professionals and the private sector. These great improvements gave him an idea that he was at the right track in his quest to achieve success in the newspapering industry.  To make his influence in the private sector more solid, Dante Sudaria joined Rotary Club and Eagle's Club, two of the country's prominent and prestigious organizations of professionals and business persons. His clout in the business sector grew even more. Rotary is an international organization saturated all over the globe. The Philippines is under District 3870 and composed of hundreds of different Rotary Clubs nationwide.  2. His plans and programs were very clear to him Although this great man has no experience when he joined newpaparing business, but his plans and programs were very clear to him. Sudaria could not have graduated a cum laude for nothing. He was destined to make things happen in his own favor. Having very clear plans and programs became his advantage than those other newspaper publishers who failed. While Sudaria was working very hard in his first and only job employment in his entire career, he studied closely how to run a newspaper business. He carefully learned the ins and outs of being a publisher and how to influence and manage his subordinates who would become his partners in running his own publications in the future. He also studied very carefully both the management side and of being a simple rank and file employee of a newspaper firm. 3. He makes sure he is surrounded with great people in the industry Although Sudaria was already the boss in his own newspaper business but he learns to handle different types of people in the industry. He welcomed old and new generations of reporters, veteran broadcasters, journalists and top salesmen, who could become his great "Think Tank" to plan and implement greater ideas for the company's new endeavors and maintain its good reputation as the leading newspaper in Southern Philippines, in terms of publication, circulation, readership and technology.     He accepted new and old colleagues to join the paper like former editor of GSD Cris Diaz, Bureau friends Like Pat Samonte in Butuan City, Chris Panganiban in Agusan Del Sur, Al Jacinto /Aj Coral  in Zamboanga, Tom Caballero and Sara Castor in Davao City, Rommy Sanchez of Digos City, and some other media friends all over Mindanao, making MDN widely destributed and circulated in Southern Philippines. Humble beginnings of Mindanao Daily   Mindanao Daily was founded on May 18, 2011, while its office was still at Lapasan Hihgway, now SOGO hotel building. It was conceptualized first for a Visayan newspaper purposely for street sales like Sunstar Super Balita. It looks like a traditonal tabloid newspaper. MDBs pioneering editors in the Visayan version also included Joe del Puerto Felicilda, Joe Pantoja and Sony David and regular editors Nelson Constantino and Ruel Pelone. Its was named "MINDANAO DAILY BALITA or MDB." The concept lasted for 6 months. Dante's management team conluded that MDB cannnot compete with existing street newspaper editions like BRIGADA, BIRADA, and SunStar SUPER Balita. Changing the tabloid MDB to simi broadsheet newspaper When Sudaria was in Manila in 2011, he met a media colleague from Gensan, Mr Mario Basillo, of PUNTO newspaper. They talked about newspapering business as they have the same line of business ventures. There goes the idea of changing MDB into a simi broadsheet paper, since it was only a tabloid like Brigada news back then. "As I came back home from Manila I immediately ordered Ruel Pelone, the Editor-in-chief, to change the paper size to a bigger one. We also change from Visayan version to English version to accomodate the growing demands of an English newspaper," Dante narrated. Then we moved from Lapasan office to the current location in Brgy Consolacion. Late in 2011, the building owner called up and told Dante that a Hotel will be renting the whole building in Lapasan. He was forced to look for another location until he found Tanleh Bldg in Consolacion. It was more spacious to run a newspaper publishing business and more spacious to house the printing machines. It was also in 2011 that Mr Allan Mediante the former editor-in-chief of GSD for 15 years came home to Philippines from USA. At that time, his wife died from cancer illness. Upon Dante's invitation, Mediante also joined Sudaria's fastest growing newspaper business. Business Week's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) With Sudaria's partnership with Allan Mediate, the first Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards was conceptualized. As a corporate social responsibility of BusineassWeek Mindanao, it is aimed at honoring businesses that help propel the economic growth of Mindanao in terms of developments. The first business awards was held sometime in October 2012 at Pryce Plaza hotel, with the help and support of the hotel's former manager Ped Quiamjot. Then it was also followed with another flagship awards for journalism writers. It was dubbed as "The Mindanao Journalism Execellence Awards." The purpose is to recognize elementary, high school and college students active and excellent activities in journalism. This also included LGUs and  National agency information officers and corporate writers. Aside from that, BusinessWeek is also regularly initiating trainings and seminars for journalism and broadcasting at its Media Center. The project is under the able leadership of veteran broadcaster, Mr Joe del Puerto Felicilda as the Training Director. Business Week Mindanao under the editorial management of veteran editor Nelson Constantino aldo garnered journalistic awards from PPI or Philippine Press Instutute as the best weekly newspaper in the country in Business and Economic reporting.  Dante Sudaria's favorite motto that give him a colorful life and business Despite his tremendous successes in the newpapering industry, Sudaria remains to be humble and live a simple life. His day to day life was only focused with his family and business. In a span of almost 2 decades, Dante has lived a life of abundance and happy family. He has also established his own multi-million house in the city, with solid mediterranean concept and style, a Toyota Pick Up and the famous Montero vehicle. When asked about his guiding motto that propels him to fly high and just enjoy what life brings, he simply answers "GOD WILL PROVIDE, DISKARTE LANG." ### READ ON 1st Part  2nd Part 3rd Part  

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Echoing Women Empowerment by improving their health

March 13, 2019

In celebration of Women’s month this March, we hear a lot of emphasis towards empowering the female population and urge for gender equality. The Philippine Commission for Women (PCW) adopts the theme “Making Change Work for Women” which aims to implement programs and services that address strategic gender needs of women. In our society nowadays, more and more women are engaging in what used to be jobs only meant for men. In some cases, we witness women excelling in the corporate industry more than male. This development brings a positive outlook towards the goal of gender equality.      Aside from these developments, women still hold certain roles in the family, being a mother and a wife has its own necessities and striking a balance between these personas can be very challenging.  In order to do this, Women need additional supplements to stay healthy and be able to prolong their roles that they have to accomplish. It is noted that women needs more calcium intake than men. This is due to the fact that women go through several life stages that increases their calcium needs.      1. Puberty During this stage, women are at the prime of their being active physically. This is also the stage when they start menstruating. It is important to consume the right levels of calcium everyday to prevent the risk of different bone conditions, and try to build up your calcium levels from your younger days.       2. Aldulting In starting an adult life and having a family, Women needs a certain level of estrogen. Estrogen is essential for woman sex hormone. Estrogen also maintains the bone health. Calcium is crucial in maintaining estrogen intact in a woman’s body.      3. Pregnancy During this stage, woman is required to double their calcium intake regularly. This is to supply the calcium needs of the fetus as much as her own. The fetus needs normal levels of calcium to ensure proper heart function and rate as well as proper function of nervous system and muscles. Neglecting the additional calcium intake during your pregnancy will result in utilization of your stored calcium which will be harmful for you in the long term.      4. Menopause Study shows that the bone density declines by 20% after menopause when estrogen level starts to deplete, hence, it is recommended to take sufficient levels of calcium to prevent the problem of bones osteoporosis.      Osteoporosis, is a condition where bones become too porous and loose its density. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly increased. The loss of bone occurs silently and progressively. Often there are no symptoms until the first fracture occurs.      Having stated the importance of calcium in your body, it is important to take calcium supplements to assure you are getting your daily requirement of calcium and as well as other immune boosting supplements. Bewell-C plus Calcium combines the next generation organic calcium with the non-acidic form of vitamin-C and vitamin D3 in order to form a 3 in 1 vitamin supplement that strengthens both the immune system and the bone health of the patient. The patented Bewell-C plus Calcium formula takes advantage of the synergy of these vitamins to make an effective but affordable way to stay strong and healthy.      To know more about the product as well as healthy tips, visit their Facebook page @Bewellcpluscalcium. Bewell-C plus Calcium is available in all Mercury Drug nationwide.

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Sudaria Made The Bravest Decision Of His Life

March 11, 2019

FROM AN AGRICULTURE EXPERT TO A NEWSPAPER GURU BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL 3rd of a series * He gambled his 100K monthly earnings to start his own newspaper business After several years of leading the marketing and sales of that company owned by a Chinese-Filipino, the young and energetic entrepreneur has finally decided to start his own newspaper publishing business. Business Week Mindanao, Dante's first weekly newspaper was founded on June 8, 2009 while he was at the peak of his career with Gold Star Daily. At that time he was already earning 100K per month. It was also the time when Ruel Pelone and Nelson Contantino were still with GSD and they were commissioned to establish GSD Cebu City. They would work on Dante's editorial content during Saturdays and Sundays since it was only a weekly paper - and they would send the week's content to the layout artist Felix Santillan for layout and for printing. The said remote operation lasted only for 6 months. Perhaps, the GSD owner saw Dante's weekly paper as a future threat to his daily newspaper. He wanted Dante to decide whether to focus only on his newspaper or it's time to separate ways. Oozing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed on his new endeavor, Sudaria made the wisest and the bravest decision of his life to gamble with this 100K per month earnings and focus all his talents, skills, and experiences to his own newspaper "Business Week Mindanao." He left GSD and put up his own firm. Sudaria was all fired up and bravely put his heart and soul into his newly found company and met clients after clients. It was a final decision to shine even more - now that his ultimate dream of starting his own company was realized. On January 1, 2010, Dante acquired his first printer and continued the Business Week Mindanao operation despite encountering a lot of challenges. Meanwhile, Ruel Pelone and Nelson Constantino also resigned from their GSD Cebu operation as they also found it very hard to operate a newspaper with only two of them. They became jobless then. Later, they have also decided to join Sudaria Publications as full time editors, which at that time was very fresh and just starting to find its place in the industry . After a year's full time operation of Business Week Mindanao, some colleagues and sales agents of GSD also joined Sudaria's company. They were Allan Mediante, Riza Ares, Mike Baños, Felix Santillan, and Gerry Gorit.   Sudaria's love life While Sudaria was also at the peak of his career, he also found great time to follow what his heart desires. And since he would always met GSD's dazzling sales staff, Ms Rose Domingo back then, love grew so easily sometime in 1996 and they became lovers. They kept it a little bit of a secret, so not anyone of the employees would know. Finally, on October 18, 1997, Rose and Dante tied the knot and vowed to love each other in sickness and in health. Their marriage was blessed with four siblings: Dannycarose, Dante JR, Danrosbelt and Danielarose. The birth of a daily paper The young newspaper magnate saw it was ripe to start a daily newspaper to supply for the growing needs of its valued customers and advertisers. Thus, Mindanao Daily came into the picture and Sudaria changed the name of the company into Sudaria Group of Publications. Aside from Mindanao Daily, Cagayan Times was also started to cater to the exclusive coverages on entertainment and lifestyles. Right now Business Week Mindanao was already exclusive to business updates in the entire island of Mindanao, as well as economic growth of the island. The paper no longer cater to police and crime news as it did way back in 1996 and 1997...To be continued.        

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