The businessman, the man

By: Jose Santino S. Bunachita February 23,2018 - 11:25 PM

 

Bunny Pages

If there is an adage that would best describe how Bunny Pages approaches business, it would be “be curious; not suspicious.”

Pages, the founder and CEO of Pages Holdings Inc. (PHI), boasts of a wide portfolio of brands that each has its own distinct personality.

Each brand started as a mere idea, mostly by his second son Charlie, and in each idea that popped up, Pages said curiosity always fueled him to pursue it.

Being suspicious or wary is not the right attitude, he said, as it is like immediately shutting out an idea that could be the start of a successful business.

“I want to give credit to my family for our growth. There is no way I could have done this alone. For me, business is really a team sport,” he shared.

Although he is the face of PHI, Pages said each family member is involved in every business they undertake.

“We are a family business. We have an agreement that we will not open businesses individually. If we open a business, everyone should be involved. We are a true family business,” he said.

Their businesses include the Lantaw Native Restaurant, the Shaka Hawaiian Restaurant, the Cafe Racer and the recently opened Kampo Grill and Bar.

Pages has a degree in chemical engineering, but he started as a marketing officer for an oil company.

Then he shifted careers into an insurance agency where he worked for 23 years.

In 1996, when he turned 49, he decided to start his own business and the rest is history.

If you’re not a businessman, what would you be?

”Probably, a politician. I have this strong sense of civic service. But I never succumbed to the temptation and I don’t think I ever will.”

Hobbies?

”I drive sports cars and I’m active in the sports car club. I drive the newest generations of Mercedes Benz SL550, Ford Mustang GT and the Mini Copper S.

“Reading is very important”

My favorite books include Ready for Anything by David Allen and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.

His Jam?

“Oldies music — the 60s and 70s like those from The Everly Brothers and The Carpenters. I also listen to Jazz pieces and my favorite is Louie Armstrong’s ’What a Wonderful World.’”

Motto in life?

“Be curious; not suspicious.”

Food he enjoys the most?

Chicken pork adobo

Favorite place in Cebu?

”My home in Ma. Luisa Park Estate. I’ve got a nice view there. It’s a very nice home – a place where I can recharge, relax, and enjoy the view.”

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