‘Anyare? (What Happened?)

We all thought we were moving the industry forward. Demand in the mid-range market is higher than ever. Prices have become competitive and our locally made footwear can now be compared to imported ones. Micro brands have started popping up all over the Internet offering variety and a great price. “Mura at Matibay“, the old Marikina slogan, became something that stuck to consumers’ heads. The … Continue reading ‘Anyare? (What Happened?)

A Bespoke Life

Bespoke is a word that is thrown around by brands and businesses the past few years to describe their products. From bespoke suits to shoes to small leather goods and even food. It normally refers to a product or service that is tailored specifically to a client, but what does it really entail to be something truly bespoke? Bespoke is the past participle of the … Continue reading A Bespoke Life

A Time to Hope – Fighting for the Marikina Shoe Industry Heritage

While there is a resurgence in interest in Marikina made products, the main foundational issues still remain. So buying Marikina doesn’t necessarily mean helping Marikina. As with many aspects in life, we need to first acknowledge that we have a problem and recognize it before we can address it. Supporting Marikina by buying Marikina is a typical response but is no more than a band-aid … Continue reading A Time to Hope – Fighting for the Marikina Shoe Industry Heritage

Passion Microbrand Culture

Recently, people have been asking me for what I would advise young entrepreneurs in starting their own business. I would give some quick answers but they are pretty much scattered all over the place. Common answers like “persistence” and “timing” are often on top of my head, but it goes deeper than that. Those words are oversimplifications of what I went through when establishing the … Continue reading Passion Microbrand Culture

Small Scale Marikina Shoemaking

Marikina has developed its own identity as the shoemaking capital of the Philippines. Over the years, trends and traditions have evolved to suit the industry demands and thus created its own brand of shoemaking. As I was learning shoemaking from a journeyman shoemaker (who eventually became Black Wing’s first foreman) during the first year of the workshop, I noticed that the local method had to … Continue reading Small Scale Marikina Shoemaking

Business and Leisure Interview

Here is a video of an interview I did last December 2017 for sir Butch Gamboa’s Philstar column and was eventually translated into a short video feature for the Business and Leisure website under the Strictly business segment. The interview also got reactions from readers of his column. The article can be read at: https://www.philstar.com/business/2017/12/08/1766520/readers-react We hope to bring more awareness about our industry in … Continue reading Business and Leisure Interview

Business: Servant, Master, Slave

In a world where big businesses have taken over the majority of the market, small and micro brands have┬áto find a way in order to survive and etch their mark in the ever changing whims of the consumer market. The nature of small businesses though allows it to be flexible and can implement changes quicker albeit less efficiently. This trait, coupled with a properly set … Continue reading Business: Servant, Master, Slave