Not so long ago, residents of Tubod in Lanao del Norte had to travel two hours to the nearby cities just to find a place to chill and eat good food in a restaurant with a nice ambiance. To solve this problem, Andrew and his family established Andrew’s Pizza—Lanao del Norte’s first pizza house—last March 18, 2015. It is a full restaurant with 11 different pizza flavors and more than 30 Filipino and international dishes in its menu. Since then, it has played host to celebrities, VIPs and PBA stars.
Currently, Andrew’s Pizza has a sister restaurant, Andrew’s Casual Fine Dining, which serves international cuisine in a lovely Old English Cottage and a sister coffee shop, Brew Bros. Coffee, which is proudly brewing coffee beans from Northern Mindanao. Cebu Pacific SMILE Magazine February 2015 issue cited them as the “hottest spots in town”!
The massive devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas last 2013 also resulted to the high demand but low supply of hollow blocks in the region. This is when Mariel decided to start AgriBlock Builders—a company that builds AgriBlocks.
AgriBlocks are hollow blocks made of rice hulls which contribute to 45% of the overall agri-waste in the region. These AgriBlocks have been proven to have up to five times higher PSI, meaning, they are stronger than commercial hollow blocks. AgriBlocks are also cheaper and lighter. Not only does AgriBlock Builders solve the problem on supply and demand, it also reduces agri-waste in Eastern Visayas; thus, living up to its motto: Helping Nature. Building Homes.
Raphaelo is the man behind OVERHEAT Burgers—a mobile food vending truck that operates in a modified Volkswagen Beetle. It serves quality gourmet burgers that will satisfy a busy man’s hunger. Convenience is a major factor for this food truck business since it values its customers’ time and effort. Instead of going out of their workplace, OVERHEAT goes to the customers. In addition, OVERHEAT serves gourmet quality burgers that are really worth your every hard-earned peso.
Burger lovers can look forward to seeing OVERHEAT Burgers in its Volkswagen Beetle around Laguna and CALABARZON area. It also envisions expanding to other different areas across the country.
Textile waste is one of the overlooked problems in the fashion industry. This is the same problem that Pamela is trying to solve through her social enterprise called Phinix. At Phinix, Pamela gets to collect fabric scraps from fashion schools, textile waste from garment factories and old clothes from households and turn them into higher valued products such as footwear and accessories.
As a social enterprise, Phinix aspires to partner with poor communities for its production. Phinix celebrates rebirth, restoration and renewal by not only offering trendy, comfortable and durable footwear, but also helping the environment by reducing textile waste—what a fashionable way to recycle!
Brain Camp was founded when Michael, a student from UP Visayas, noticed the lack of facilities that cater to the needs of college students in the Tacloban area. With friends, he thought of establishing a study lounge designed to provide a conducive learning environment for students.
Brain Camp is designed to provide students with an affordable and accessible overnight studying area to facilitate optimum lesson absorption complete with the basic student needs like internet, food, printer, and a photocopying machine. It is strategically located at M.H. Del Pilar Street which is the heart of the Universities and other schools in the area. This year, Brain Camp will be opening its tutorial sector for elementary and secondary students covering the various subjects of their respective schools.
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