Social Entrepreneurship


Manos Nail Lounge: More Than Just Manicures

May 27, 2017 7:00 pm by Taste.Company

By Carissa Mangubat It was never just about manicures and pedicures at Manos. One of our goals at Manos is to reinvent the spa experience by building and promoting social and environmental consciousness through our products and services. When we were conceptualizing Manos some six years ago, we knew that we […]


Add Color and Nostalgia to Life with Pinta PH

May 1, 2017 12:09 am by Katrina Castaneda

Pinta PH is a startup business that principally aims to create tools and artisanal paints from Philippine resources by Filipinos, for Filipinos. Like all things, it started with a question, How do you actually make watercolor? “As a visual artist myself, I’ve never actually made paints before and curiosity sparked […]


Vela Manila: Weaving Smiles and Hopes

February 23, 2017 7:00 pm by Karla Ramos

A social enterprise is a revenue-generating business that uses its profits in achieving social outcomes such as humanitarian and/or environmental causes, to provide jobs to people in need, protect natural resources, improve the quality of life of poor communities, and much more. This venture takes perseverance, hard work and creativity […]


Puzzle Gourmet Café: Empowering the Differently Abled

February 19, 2017 7:00 pm by Karla Ramos

As you fill your empty stomach with delicious comfort food, this family-owned Puzzle Gourmet Cafe Store will also widen your knowledge on mental health disabilities particularly on autism because this place was constructed to foster autism awareness.  The Canoy family opened this one-of-a-kind cafe to support and ensure the future […]


Habi Batangan: From Nanay with Love

February 15, 2017 10:23 pm by Eunice Guzon

Oh, February! It’s that time of the year again when flowers, hearts and sweet something’s and nothing’s make us feel giddy or make some of us cringe. And since we’re all in a ‘love month’ mood, we searched the Google world (from the Book of Corinthians to Taylor Swift) for […]


Lumago Designs Invites You to #BeadTheChange

February 5, 2017 7:00 pm by Eunice Guzon

Lumago means ‘to blossom (abundantly)’ in Filipino. This word is a perfect fit for Lumago Designs, an enterprise that sprung from a little bud of hope — an idea that could potentially create a sustainable, environment-friendly and creative enterprise for the women of Dumaguete City. December, 2016 — I still […]


The Amazing ECHOStore

January 13, 2017 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

In 2008, before buying organic, natural, sustainable or local became trendy in the Philippines, the one-stop social enterprise ECHOstore was born. Conceptualized by three like-minded friends Jeannie Javelosa, Pacita “Chit” Juan and Regina “Reena” Francisco over dinner, ECHOstore (an acronym for Environment, Community, Hope and Organization) started out as a […]


Threads and Trends that Go Beyond Borders

January 10, 2017 7:00 pm by Eunice Guzon

These are the blankets that take the living tradition of abel weaving beyond borders Traditional loom weaving in the Philippines is slowly becoming a dying art. This sad and alarming reality pushed Marga Palafox and her partners to go Beyond Borders in order to preserve the tradition of abel weaving. […]


Kalsada: Giving PH Coffee an Avenue for Export

January 7, 2017 7:00 pm by Gabriella Galvez

It took one photograph for Carmel Laurino to begin plying an unpaved road in search of answers regarding the export of Philippine coffee. The photograph, found during Laurino’s undergrad years in the University of Washington, was of the Filipino Coffee Co. at Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market, taken sixty two […]


Museo Pambata

December 16, 2016 1:25 am by Gabriella Galvez

Manila’s pioneer interactive children’s museum stays ahead of the curve with engaging exhibits and activities for kids, parents, and educators alike. Museo Pambata rings quite a bell for Manila locals, and rightly so. The brainchild of Nina Lim-Yuson, an early childhood educator, visited the Boston Children’s Museum in America during […]