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Condominiums: Secrets of the Philippine’s Top Entrepreneurs


Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & Dubai Following last years List of the Top Entrepreneurs, it would be beneficial to analyze the structure of wealth creation in the Philippines. We can see from Forbe’s list of Billionaires,  that the the Ayalas (Jaime Zobel de Ayala & Family) are strangely not on the list and Henry Sy’s net worth is a few hundred million dollar$ lower this year. 🙂

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In the past, it has been the landed and the ruling families that were dominating the market. Today, they still are. But newer players and companies are rising to take their place in Philippine business.

Philippine Entrepreneurs

Philippine Entrepreneurs in 2014

In the 1960s and 70s, the landed families are cashing-in from agriculture, fishing and garments and manufacturing. The earnings came from the working class, whether from sugar in Negros or rice, coconut or tobaco in North and Central Luzon. In 1974, the US closed its market for sugar imports. For the next decade, local produce from developing economies threw a stiff competition of subsidized agricultural imports with Philippines local produce. Continue reading

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Top Philippine Entrepreneurs List for 2016


Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & Dubai

Lots of Money can easily make anyone famous. If fact, Money has been the number one source of failure for both companies and people. Excellent stewardship of the resources that God has given you is a prerequisite to be on the top.

Philippine Entrepreneurs

Philippine Entrepreneurs

One of the comments I have heard working abroad is “Spaniards” are lazy. And while Filipinos are hardworking and industrious, there is still an influence of the “siesta” time. When I came for vacation back in 2008, I was surprised that banking hours were extended to 5pm. and it’s not hard to tell why. The Chinese Owner of this bank had enough power and clout to overrun the cultural practice of banking till 3pm only. It’s this new work ethic plus the strength of the Biggest Network of Malls in the Philippines that gave the push such that this bank is the biggest in the Philippines today. Continue reading


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John Gokongwei – Ateneo School of Management Speech, March 2002


Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & DubaiSpeech delivered last March 1, 2002 during the launch of the Ateneo de Manila University John Gokongwei School of Management

John Gokongwei, Jr corporate

John Gokongwei, Jr corporate

Good morning.

I am John Gokongwei, Jr. I am not an Atenean but I feel at home with you. Today, at least.

Sixty-two years ago, I could not have dreamt of appearing before the Jesuits and their students to tell the story of MY life. I was no more than a student then, at San CarlosUniversity in Cebu , when my father died suddenly. It left me, the eldest, the responsibility of taking care of my mother and five siblings. That was tough for someone who was 13. Creditors had just seized our home and business and I had no experience with earning a living.

But here I am–not all on account of my good looks or Continue reading


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List of the 40 Richest People in the Philippines


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Philippines Richest Men: Henry Sy

Philippines Richest Men: Henry Sy

Philippines Richest Men: Andrew Tan

Philippines Richest Men: Andrew Tan

  1. Henry Sy $7.2 billion
  2. Lucio Tan $2.8 billion
  3. John Gokongwei Jr. $2.4 billion
  4. Andrew Tan $2 billion Continue reading