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The conglomerate that a ‘sari-sari’ store built

PANGLAO ISLAND, Bohol—A group of companies that grew from a sari-sari store in Bohol’s capital Tagbilaran City has been so dominant in the commercial center business that mall magnates like the Sys, Ayalas, Gokongweis, Gotianuns or Gaisanos have not gained a foothold in the province.  Alturas Group of Companies (AGC) is the clear mall king...


Going local and green to build 50-hectare, mixed-use ‘family dream’

PANGLAO ISLAND—Bohol’s homegrown conglomerate, the Alturas Group of Companies, began as a sari-sari store 50 years ago in the provincial capital of Tagbilaran.  Now it is expanding its beach resort here into a 50-hectare, mixed-use estate at a cost of P25 billion. The expansion is a vote of confidence in the prospects of tourism on...


Promoting physical, mental wellbeing tops home developers’ agenda

In the not-so-distant past, buying a house or condo unit simply involved considering its location, the amenities offered, its size, and finally, the price (does the monthly amortization match one’s budget?). But since early 2020, homebuyers’ considerations have been altered in a big way. When, during the pandemic, people were restricted from going outdoors for...