The Business Manual: Propelling Brilliant Ideas To Take Flight - The Scene

Paying it forward by helping entrepreneurs take their business to the next level.

One MEGA Group launches the first online subscription-based business website designed for aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners, and young professionals.

Catering to all things business, The Business Manual sets the standard as the country’s first online subscription-based business website and will be the coming together of business minds and all things business. It is among One MEGA Group’s roster of media titles including MEGA, MEGAStyle, MEGA Man, MEGA Entertainment, MEGA Drag, MEGA Active, Lifestyle Asia, BluPrint, Modern Parenting, and The GAME.

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Future success starts here

Because starting or running a business may seem daunting and even overwhelming for many, The Business Manual steps in to offer support and guidance.

One MEGA Group’s eco Archie Carrasco shares, “I understand firsthand the value of having someone give you your ‘big break’—to teach you the skills that you need and introduce you to the right people in order for you to succeed in business.”

He continues, “I am where I am today and I have seen many of my dreams come to fruition because once upon a time, Ms. Sari [Yap] saw my potential, took me under her wing, and gave me my life-changing break.”

“This is why we established The Business Manual: I want to pay it forward and help Filipinos who have a brilliant business idea, but may not know how to execute it, or entrepreneurs who don’t know the right people to help take their business to the next level,” he adds.

Redefining the business scene

From success stories to thought pieces and testimonials, business discoveries, career advice, entrepreneurial endeavors, how-tos, news, and more, The Business Manual seeks to redefine the business scene with the 3 i’s:


Provide up–to-date, relevant, and exclusive business, lifestyle, and industry news in a way that is understandable to the audienc


Encourage learning by asking the experts themselves. The Business Manual will feature content from a wide variety of business experts, thought leaders, and influential figures.


Feature up-and-coming businesses and business owners through comprehensive, thought-out, and well-written content that seeks to inspire others to do the same in order to speak to an aspirational audience.

The first online subscription-based business platform

All businesses come with a plan—a manual—and The Business Manual mirrors that through its content. As the first online subscription-based business platform, this publication provides a platform for business minds to come together and everything there is to know about business.

Debuting this October, the website will feature exclusive stories—from interviews to cover stories, and how-tos—which can only be accessed after paying an annual subscription fee of PHP120. However, there will still be some free content in the form of news and events that readers can easily access.

The Business Manual will also be launching a video feature, which houses webinars, interviews, and content—exclusively for subscribers.

True to its nature of being a publishing platform, The Business Manual will also run a monthly cover feature. By highlighting the business journey through an exclusive interview, readers can finally get the answers to questions that they’ve been wanting to know. From quotable quotes to business tips, stories, and more, the website weaves all this into an exclusive feature where yes, all eyes are on the brand’s chosen person.

At the helm

But what is a business without a leader? Taking the reins of this new business publication is RJ Ledesma. A man with just as many titles under his belt, he is known foremost as an entrepreneur and as the co-founder of Mercato Centrale and the founder of franchise platform Easy Franchise. Aside from that, he also runs his own podcast and doubles as both a host and motivational speaker.

Before all this, he was the editor-in-chief of Manual Magazine—one of MEGA’s former publications. Now back in the company, it’s all business for this maverick as he steers The Business Manual to new heights.

“It’s great to be back in the publishing industry with the privilege of re-animating my beloved Manual Magazine for a new audience and with a new advocacy,” Ledesma shares. “The Business Manual looks forward to inspiring and motivating my fellow businesspeople and entrepreneurs through our in-depth features and engaging tutorials to successfully navigate their own businesses to survive and thrive in the post-New Normal environment.”

RJ Ledesma is The Business Manual’s editor-in-chief

Joining the ranks as The Business Manual’s managing editor is’s former Senior Associate Editor, Diane Go. A lifestyle writer and content creator who has dabbled in many areas in the field of business—from marketing to social media management, freelance writing, and writing for various online publications like The Asian Parent and When in Manila—she eventually found her niche in One Mega Group.

The Business Manual’s managing editor, Diane Go

“The transition from writing about lifestyle to business and lifestyle is a refreshing change—one that I am excited to be part of,” she says. “With many small businesses on the rise here in the country, I believe that The Business Manual will be a good avenue for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners  to learn and grow by example, as we will be featuring many success stories and highlights from the veterans and experts themselves moving forward.”

Making business easy and approachable

Beyond the how-tos, news, and more, The Business Manual aims to share the success stories of well-established business figures in the country. Just like networking—one of the key tools in doing business—The Business Manual aims to connect aspiring professionals with these brilliant minds.

“Business is a very technical concept and some are intimidated by it. But with The Business Manual, we aim to make business more approachable. To dissect and explain it in a way that many can understand, in order to help aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners,” Go says. “That’s the vision we have for The Business Manual.”

“We hope that by educating these budding entrepreneurs, connecting them with like-minded business experts that can provide actionable insights, and giving them access to knowledge and resources that otherwise may be out of their reach, we can help them kickstart their business growth, inspire them to go for bigger goals, and consequently, improve the quality of life of the Filipino people overall,” Carrasco concludes.

The Business Manual. Your success starts here.

To learn more, visit The Business Manual website, follow them on Instagram @businessmanualph, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and TikTok @businessmanualph.

Banner photo courtesy of The Business Manual.

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