Mar 312017
Anna Meloto-Wilk

Anna Meloto-Wilk

Social enterprise Human Nature founder Anna Meloto-Wilk has been named the 2017 Woman of the Year by the global Beauty Industry Awards.

Meloto-Wilk is cited for being a pioneer and game changer championing significant innovations in the cosmetics and personal care industry with the Gawad Kalinga social enterprise, Human Nature (Gandang Kalikasan Inc.).

The Human Nature founder is the first Beauty Industry Woman of the Year awardee in Cosmetics Design’s inaugural recognition rites – the only singular person, and the only Asia-Pacific awardee among the 7 major recipients, 6 of which are beauty brands from the Americas and Europe.

The Filipina entrepreneur bested Europe’s Sarah Chapman, founder of the Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis, and the Americas’ Nanette de Gaspé Beaubien, CEO of Nannette de Gaspé Beauté.

The Pinoy global winner competed against more than 250 brands and individuals in the regional levels, winning the AsiaPacific regionals before claiming the global championship award.

Meloto-Wilk’s work with Human Nature co-founders, sister Camille and husband Dylan, since 2008 has brought forth ground breaking innovations such as using natural ingredients like the Coco Nectar (from the flower of the coconut), a breakthrough ingredient for the scalp which was used by Human Nature, the first beauty company to utilize the ingredient.

Human Nature

The Filipino enterprise uses the best ingredients sourced and produced locally to showcase world-class Filipino products while helping restore poor communities to be self-sustaining as part of the development model of the Gawad Kalinga global Filipino movement for nation- building.

Human Nature takes pride in using fair trade prices when sourcing raw and finished products from rural and urban communities.

The Philippine made personal care products are at least 95% all natural and biodegradable, safe for humans, and do not harm animals in their creation.

Human Nature also bagged the 2016 Sustainability Pioneer Award at the Sustainability Beauty Awards at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Paris.

The 2017 Beauty Industry Award for Meloto-Wilk will be a highlight at the in-cosmetics Global awards ceremony in London on April 5.


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Mar 312017
Makati Business Club remains bullish on PH economy

Filipino businessmen are looking at the Philippine economy in a positive light and continuing big investments in the country this year, according to a survey of the Makati Business Club (MBC). The First Semester Executive Outlook Survey for 2017 released by MBC to the media revealed the optimistic outlook of Filipino executives in the following areas: A majority 83% of senior business executives projected a higher gross domestic product growth in 2017 compared to last year’s 6.8 percent rate About 57 % expect a higher rate for the 91-day Treasury Bill than the previous year’s 1.5 percent 53 % see exports to either increase by 29 percent or stay unchanged at 24 percent 64 % expect imports to be lower than last year’s $73.72 billion “On investments for 2017, the projection remains bright. A positive outlook remains in terms of corporate performance for 2017, with a large majority of the respondents projecting an increase in both gross revenues and net income in the coming year,” the MBC said in the Philippine Star report. About 74 percent of the businesses confirmed they even add to their investments in 2017, pegging an average amount of P785 million. The MBC survey was conducted among the senior executives of the country’s largest corporations.   The post Makati Business Club remains bullish on PH economy appeared first on Good News Pilipinas. Related posts: Philippines is Asia’s fastest growing economy in Q1 2013 World Bank projects PH economy to expand 6.4% PHL posts strongest economic growth Read More …

Mar 312017
PHL among the Top 10 world destinations to celebrate Easter

Manila has been ranked in the Top 10 Destinations to Celebrate Easter by Fairfax Media New Zealand’s Stuff. [via THA Holiday] The multi-award winning news and information website for New Zealanders cited how Easter “is a big deal in the Philippines” with its majority Catholic population. Writer Brian Johnston recommended Makati district for hosting the “most colourful celebrations, featuring roadside shrines – sometimes up to 40 in a kilometre stretch of street – in masterful creations of folk art.”  “Street parades include religious re-enactments, marching bands and choirs. Street hawkers sell sweets and rice puddings, and a carnival atmosphere reigns,” wrote the travel writer who has been to Philippine tourist spots several times. The Philippine government tourism site for Australia and New Zealand was also recommended for travelers.   The post PHL among the Top 10 world destinations to celebrate Easter appeared first on Good News Pilipinas. Related posts: PHL in Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations to visit in 2015 Galera, Anilao among Asia-Pac’s top diving destinations Forbes names PHL in 21 Best Budget travel destinations Leon Gallery among world’s top 250 auction houses

Mar 312017
How businessmen can tap digital technology

Armando Bartolome Smartphone technology has made the world more interconnected, providing businessmen opportunities to reach their market. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter have evolved from mere social networks to powerful advertising tools. How does a company connect to the right people in this digital world? A website is the company's digital home. It should allow customers to interact with the company aside from providing photos and corporate information. About 80 percent of consumers now rely on online information before buying want they want. They search for the following: A good review about the service of a store. The price of products with a clear description alongside a good quality of the image of the product The proximity of the store to where the consumer is. A 24/7 customer service is helpful as this will allow the company to extend their services anytime of the day. Just take a look at the success of eBay, Alibaba and Lazada. Since their businesses are based online, they are able to serve people anytime, anywhere. There are, however, businesses that manipulate how they are seen in the virtual world through "backlinking." Thanks to the Google’s Panda update, sites are now regularly monitored and instantly blocked if caught making use of illegal activities. With the help of the social media sites, companies are able to reach their audience more efficiently. All they need to do is designate an employee to handle all their social media accounts. Providing great customer service is one of the key Read More …

Mar 292017

We have long known that foreign investment in the Philippines helps our country get by, through employment generation, stimulation of economic growth and promotion of technology transfer, among others. While some may prefer to fully liberalize the Philippine economy, our Constitution recognizes the fact that some industries are better left for Filipinos to control, especially those that affect national interest. The policy objective is to preserve the National patrimony and heritage for the use and enjoyment of the Filipino people. This somehow helps us value our freedom and independence from foreign occupation, something our heroes have fought long and hard to achieve.