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Entrepreneur Magazine launches the Next Big Food Entrepreneur Challenge


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In its quest to lend support to those who dream big and hope to contribute to the country through their enterprising capabilities, Entrepreneur Magazine announces the extension of Solane’s Next Big Food Entrepreneur Challenge. Running on its second year, the contest is in partnership with Solane LPG and Mercato Centrale Philippines.

Last year’s winners were husband-and-wife team Ping and Jewel Joven of Ping Gu Mushroom Fries and JR Inciong of Mocktail Madness for the student’s category. They bested other entrants who aspired to be the first Next Big Food Entrepreneur.

The contest is open to all amateur and professional food entrepreneurs, 18 years old and above, who are residing in the Philippines. It is also open to teams composed of three (3) persons who are eligible to join.

Contestants undergo three steps: the Food Taste Test; Food Selling; and Submission of Business Plans. The individual or team that garner the highest-scored business plan shall win a cash prize worth P100,000 tax free, a six (6) month rent-free stall in Mercato or Soderno, and a feature in Entrepreneur and Yummy Magazines.

Interested parties may submit their entries until July 25, 2013 by sending their name, short description of dish concept, email address, mobile number, landline (optional), and desired time in a brown envelope labeled Solane’s Next Big Food Entrepreneur. Entries must be submitted to In-Magazine Promos, Summit Media, 7th floor Robinsons Cybergate Center Tower 3, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong or through fax number 451-8888 local 1074, from Mondays to Fridays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Submissions will be accepted until July 25, 2013 only.

For more details on Solane’s Next Big Food Challenge and for the full mechanics, grab a copy of the June issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide. You can also visit Entrepreneur online at www.entrepreneur.com.ph.

Get more updates when you follow them on Twitter via Twitter.com/EntrepreneurPH or like its Facebook page www.facebook.com/entrepreneurmagazine.ph.

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Mercato Centrale Brings ‘Food Tourism’ to SM Mall of Asia this July


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Did you know that one of top tourist destinations in Manila is the SM Mall of Asia (MOA)? And what’s one of the best ways to welcome foreign guests to one of Manila’s top tourist destinations?  By sharing with them a variety of great-tasting dishes from different parts of the Philippines!

That’s why the Mercato Centrale group, the organizers of Metro Manila’s premier night food and lifestyle markets, is bringing a new ‘food destination’ experience to the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay with Fiesta Bahia – ‘the food tourism’ market – every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting July 12 (Friday) from 4pm to 3am.

“In an interview with Today Show food blog, Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmen predicted that Filipino will be the next big thing.  Chef and culinary expert Anthony Bourdain of “No Reservations” also shared in his blog on the Travel Channel website that he enjoyed sisig and Cebu lechon during his visit to the country.” said Anton Diaz, co-founder of Mercato Centrale and the popular food and travel blogger behind http://www.OurAwesomePlanet.com.

“As our tourism industry continues to boom, I’m sure many foreigners, balikbayans and even locals would like to sample the richness of our Filipino cuisine. That’s what Fiesta Bahia is all about – a food market where you can enjoy popular dishes from the different regions all in one place!” Anton added.  “Aside from that, they can enjoy the popular gourmet and artisanal food from our suki Mercato Centrale vendors.”

“Our location along SM By the Bay is also a great place to bring tourists, friends and family!” shared Vanessa Ledesma, co-organizer of Fiesta Bahia. “They can take in the beauty of the Manila Bay shoreline, enjoy the weekend fireworks, and listen to live acoustic music while enjoying a great salo-salo meal.”

“We’re actively looking for food entrepreneurs who specialize in provincial cuisines from all around the Philippines.” Said Rache Diaz, co-organizer of Fiesta Bahia. “If you’ve got a great homemade dish from your hometown, we would love for you to share a taste of your own local culture with foodies from around Manila and the rest of the world!”

For interested food vendors who want to join Fiesta Bahia, please contact (+63 917) 840-1152 or (+632) 812-0102 or admin@mercatocentrale.ph. We are prioritizing vendors who specialize in regional/provincial food. The more unique, the better!

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PHIL SME EXPO PRESENTS SME LEADERS TALK


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THE PHILIPPINE SME BUSINESS EXPO – “Your SME Business Gateway”, the country’s premier business expo to be held at the SMX Convention Center Taguig, located at the 3rd floor of SM AuraPremier, on July 12 to 14, lays down a roster of prominent personality to speak during the three-day event.

On this three-day expo, participants and visitors will get the latest industry insights through the country’s leading business experts and leaders. Visitors will also be able to enjoy exciting discounts and raffle prizes which include gift certificates, an iPad and a brand new car.

Register online for FREE at http://philippinesmebusinessexpo.com/registration.php and get updated through Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineSMEBusinessExpo and Twitter: http://twitter.com/PhilSMEexpo via #EmpoweringSME.

July 12, 2013 (Friday):

2:30-3:30pm – “THE IMPACT OF THE TAX SYSTEM ON SMEs” with Mr. Mon Abrea,                           President, CSR Philippines and Chief Strategy Officer, Abrea Consulting Group

4:00-5:00pm – “SOCIAL ENTERPRISES AND ECO-FRIENDLY CONCEPTS” with Ms.                                     Charlene Tan of Good Food Community, Ms. Reese Fernandez, President of Rags2Riches & Ms. Noreen Bautista of Jacinto and Lirio.

5:00-6:00pm – “HEALTH, BEAUTY AND WELLNESS ENTERPRISES with Ms. Cory                             Quirino, Health and Wellness Guru and Coach Rio de la Cruz, Running Coach and Event Organizer.

6:00-7:00pm – “COMPANY BRANDING & DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIES” with Mr. Ralph Wunsch, President, MetroDeal Manila.

July 13, 2013 (Saturday):

2:00-2:45pm – “4 SITUATIONAL MODES OF MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP FOR SMEs” with Mr. Rowen Untivero, Partner, Senior Consultant & Head of Sales                                  Practice, Mansmith and Fielders, Inc.

4:00-4:45pm – “DIGITAL ENTREPRENEUR MINDSET” with Ms. Janette C. Toral, E-Commerce Specialists, DigitalFilipino.com

4:45-5:30pm – “SECRETS OF TYCOONS SMEs CAN LEARN FROM” with Mr. Wilson Lee  Flores, Palanca Award Winner and Philippine Star Columnist.

6:00-7:00pm – “WHY VALUES MATTER IN BUSINESS” with Mr. Judah Paolo, President, Lead Out Coaching & Consultancy, Inc

July 14, 2013 (Sunday):

 11:00am-12:00nn – “UNLOCK THE SECRETS TO SUCCESS” with Mr. CHINKEE TAN, Motivational Speaker & Wealth Coach.

3:00-3:45pm – “A TALK ON PERSONAL FINANCE” with Mr. Randell Tiongson, Director of Registered Financial Planner Institute of the Philippines.

3:45-4:30pm – “CRISIS MARKETING MANAGEMENT” with Mr. Alex Flores, Philippine                          Marketing Association.

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Quiznos!!


Healthy food options for the entire family

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One of the challenges of modern living is feeding the right food to the family. Working mothers, especially, are always confronted with problems on how to negotiate the avalanche of junk food available in the market today.

Although far from being the healthiest choice, junk food remains a popular choice because it’s tasty, affordable, and accessible.  But they are known to often be high in sugar, fat, and calories, while containing minimal nutrients. Working mothers who have to balance busy schedules and have little time to personally prepare their children’s baon can now breathe a sigh of relief. The Denver, Colorado-based, Quzinos has partnered with the ACA Group to introduce the celebrated toasted and healthy sandwiches in the country. The company cited the Philippines as a market with good potential given the Filipinos’ passion for eating and their strong attachment to American culture and food.

Besides its unique, famous toasted recipes, Quiznos will be offering over 25 new chef-inspired menus, including grilled flatbreads, salads, and sub sliders. Moreover, Quiznos will offer only all-natural chicken, freshly sliced deli meats, and artisan breads and cheeses to ensure healthy and convenient eating. This is the perfect opportunity for parents, especially working, mothers to give their kids a healthy, balanced, and nutritious meal.

To make the offerings more enticing to the Filipinos, Quiznos will be adapting menus to fit the Filipino taste. This shows the commitment of Quiznos and the ACA Group to expand and build its brand equity in the country.  Furthermore, Quiznos is bullish on the Philippine market citing the fondness of Filipinos for eating and warm acceptance of American food.  Quiznos Philippines plans to open 250 stores in five years.

Quiznos has a solid partner in the ACA Group because the latter has an excellent track record in successfully launching brands and sustaining a strong network of business owners and franchisers. The partnership between the two organizations combines their core competencies in international food expertise and local franchising experience, respectively.

Founded more than 30 years ago, Quiznos will take eating sandwich to a higher level with butcher-quality meats, all-natural cheeses, chef-designed signature sauces, and toasted artisan bread.

Quiznos can be found in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City; Eastwood, Quezon City; Greenbelt 3, Makati; Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa; Regis Center, Katipunan Avenue; Shangrila Plaza, Mandaluyong; Robinsons Magnolia, Aurora Boulevard  and Venice Piazza McKinley

For franchise inquires, email Ms. Frances Kathrin H. Carreon, Franchise Sales AVP of Quiznos Philippines, at fhcarreon@quiznos.com.ph or visit http://quiznos.com.ph/

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ADVOCATES GATHER TO STRENGTHEN SME EMPOWERMENT


MediaCom Solutions Inc., in partnership with Esquire Financing Inc., held the exhibitors’ briefing for this yearspremier PHILIPPINE SME BUSINESS EXPO 2013 at the SMX Convention Center Taguig last June 14, 2013. The event gathered over 130 Small and Medium Business advocates as it was attended by both valued sponsors and exhibitors of the upcoming premier business expo. The guests were walked through the roster of exciting activities in store for them.   Representatives from MediaCom and SMX headed the plenary, discussing the line up of events for the PHILIPPINE SME BUSINESS EXPO. The roster includes seminars, presentations, promotions and raffles.The visitors will get to enjoy exclusive promos and discounts from exhibitors from various industries. They will also get a chance to gain great business insights from prominent business personalities like Motivational Speaker, Chinkee Tan, Personal Finance Guru, Randell Tiongson, Marketing Mentor, Josiah Go and Beauty and Wellness Advocate, Cory Quirino. Guests also have a chance to win exciting raffle items from sponsors like Esquire Financing Inc., Great Seal Packaging, V-Office, Mr. Aircon, Diet Doctor and many more; and participating visitors also have a chance to win a car proivded by Buy-A-Car.   The PHILIPPINE BUSINESS EXPO is dedicated to empower the Small and Medium Businesses and to nurture the growing entrepreuners. The event is a must go place for business owners that like to expand their business and network with other growing industry players from variouse business sectors. We also welcome young professionals that want to learn how to start a business and the public to explore the newest products and services the countries leading SMEs have to offer.”says Expo founder David Abrenilla.   The gathering was concluded with a commemorative photo of the group infront of the newly launched SMX TAGUIG lead by Mr. David Abrenilla, CEO and Co-Founder of PHILIPPINE SME BUSINESS EXPO.   The PHILIPPINE SME BUSINESS EXPO is presented by Esquire Financing Inc., the leader in growth stage financing; and co-presented by Buy-A-Car, Capitalife and PLDT KaAsenso. For registration visit www.philippinesmebusinessexpo.com.

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Advocates gathered in front of the SMX Convention Center Taguig with Mr. David Abrenilla, CEO and Co-Founder of the Philippine SME Business Expo

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Tiger Airways offers the freedom to fly with the free airfare promo


Filipino flyers get a chance to fly to their favourite destinations (local or international) for FREE as part of the launching of Tiger Airways Philippines.

“We at Tiger Airways Philippines embrace the simple belief that travel is about bringing people closer to their desires and experiences.  One way of making air travel more accessible is through offerings such as the free fare promo,” says Olive Ramos, President and CEO of Tiger Airways Philippines.

Flights booked on www.tigerairways.com from June 1 until June 30, 2013 and with travel dates from July 1 to September 30, 2013 can be availed with for free. Among the destinations that Tiger Airways Philippines flies to are Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and local destinations such as Clark, Laoag, Bacolod, Kalibo, Cebu, Iloilo, Tacloban, and Puerto Princesa. It has also increased its flight frequency between Manila and Bacolod, and Cebu and Kalibo. A Singapore to Kalibo route will also be launched on July 18, making the carrier the only one to directly fly this route.

“Travellers now have more freedom to choose an airline that is safe, reliable and seamless.  We are offering this free fare promo for everyone to get a chance to experience the joy of finding a travel partner that understands their needs and truly cares for them.” Ramos adds.

Tiger Airways Philippines carries a distinguished regional brand that gives importance to safety and reliability, while offering the best value fare to travellers.  The airline operates Airbus A320 and A319, with wider leg rooms to give added comfort to its passengers.

For more details, log on to www.tigerairways.com or like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/flyseair

Sometimes, the best things in life, are still, FREE.

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Sell an item you don’t need and WIN a gadget you want!


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This rainy season, it’s high time to clear up some space in the house to welcome better things. De-clutter your closet by selling tight-fitting clothes, unused uniforms, formal wear and rarely used accessories online. You can also organize the kitchen, garage, attic and your cosy little siesta corner by letting go of items you don’t need, and posting them for sale on AyosDito.ph!

Welcome the fresh season this June with fun opportunities to earn extra, and to win amazing gadgets and other freebies from Team AyosDito.ph! How to join? Simply POST an ad selling any item you’re no longer using on AyosDito.ph; SHARE your ad on Facebook and Twitter; so you can get the chance to WIN a brand new SAMSUNG NOTE 2 or SAMSUNG S3 MINI!

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But wait, there’s more! Aside from giving away cool new gadgets to lucky AyosDito.ph sellers, up to 30 more sellers can also get the chance to win gift certificates and other freebies from Team AyosDito.ph just because they posted and shared an ad.

Do you want a new book to read? Or perhaps you want to entertain yourself with a weekend seeing the latest blockbuster movies? Now you can win National Bookstore Gift Certificates and FREE Movie Passes to any movie you want to watch at SM Cinemas nationwide just by POSTING and SHARING your ads online!

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Experience the rewarding feeling of clearing up space for better things to come by selling items you don’t need so your hands are free to win the things that you want! Just remember the habit: POST. SHARE. WIN!

For full mechanics, read below.

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1. To join AyosDito.ph POST.SHARE.WIN promo, simply POST an ad on AyosDito.ph.

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2. Once your ad is published, publicly SHARE your ad using either/both Share an Ad on Facebook and Share an Ad on Twitter button. Don’t forget to make the most out of your ads! Invite your friends to also SHARE your ads via the ‘sharing buttons’ from your ad page. (eg. “Please check out my item for sale at AyosDito.ph!”)

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3. It’s very easy to WIN! Each qualified shared ad is equivalent to one entry. All entries will be collected from June 10 to June 23, 2013. Winners will be randomly drawn from the qualified entries collected by Team AyosDito.ph.

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4. The winners for all prize categories will be announced via AyosDito.ph official Facebook Fan Page on June 25, 2013, Tuesday 4PM. Winners will be contacted via their nominated seller’s information as declared in their winning AyosDito.ph ad. The prizes are the following:

a. One (1) seller will win a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 2
b. One (1) seller will win a brand new Samsung S3 mini
c. Twenty (20) sellers will win P1,000 National Book Store Gift Certificates
d. Ten (10) sellers will win 2 FREE Movie Passes redeemable at any SM Cinema nationwide

5. Anyone can share AyosDito.ph ads but only the ad owner will be qualified to win a prize.

6. Winners should be at least 18 years old and living in the Philippines.
7. Metro Manila (NCR) winners can claim their passes at AyosDito.ph Makati office. Provincial winners’ prizes will be mailed.
8. Employees of 701 Search Inc. and its suppliers, partner agencies and relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity are not qualified for this promo.

Enjoy selling and happy sharing! POST. SHARE. WIN nasa AYOS na buy and sell website!

For more information, visit www.AyosDito.ph.

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