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Homemade goodness from ‘Cooking Momcy’

Aurora S. Angkiko turned her passion into a business. And with capital of only P3,000, her Cooking Momcy is making waves delivering homemade goodies.



Cooking Momcy was opened only this May, with a startup capital of only PhP3,000.00.

“I’ve had a passion for cooking ever since I can remember,” said Aurora S. Angkiko.

But as a housewife, and even is she wanted to make an honest living on the side, she was limited.

There was a point when “I thought of entering the BPO industry,” Aurora said, but then “my children pushed me to do what they knew I enjoyed doing and that is cooking. So with that said, Cooking Momcy came into fruition.”

Her kids pushed her to “open up our own business… They told me that my cooking deserved to be shared with others. They are my inspiration everyday.”

The name Cooking Momcy was an idea that came from the game “Cooking Mama”. But “since everyone calls me Momcy, we incorporated the two together and we thought it was quite a catchy name.”

“Learn to listen to feedback or criticism, whether they may be positive or negative, because it will help you greatly with your growth as an entrepreneur, and will also help the business and your products.”

Now, consider this: “Much to our surprise, after only a month into the business, we have reached our ROI. I can say that this type of business is indeed a profitable venture. In fact, just recently, I was able to pay my children’s tuition from our earnings.”

But what makes her offerings different from those already offered in the market? That is: What makes this business special compared to others?

“Here in Cooking Momcy, our products are made fresh and cooked on the same day of their order to assure the quality and freshness. We try our best to cater to our customers’ feedback and requests because they all have different preferences – e.g. some like their kimchi very fermented and some do not, and some like their fishcakes spicy and some prefer them just sweet. So we give the customers options to customize their order according to how they want them so they can enjoy our homemade goodness just the way they like it.”

What is the bestseller?

Try the Eomuk Bokkeum/Bokum Odeng, which is a sweet stir-fried fish cake topped with carrots, that buyers can enjoy in original or sweet n’ spicy. It is worth PhP100.00.

“In our first month, we sold over 400 tubs of the Eomuk Bokkeum alone,” Aurora said.

Looking back, “I was actually a Foreign Language student and reached third year of college-level education; my course was not in any way related to my current business,” Aurora said. But “it has been my dream opening a restaurant. My husband and I have opened carinderias before.”

There are still challenges.

For instance, “since we are currently under a pandemic, getting supplies/ingredients is harder due to some stores being closed, or closing early. At times, supplies/ingredients are also limited to none which becomes a problem for us. Our best way to counter these is to buy in bulk and buy early, while still making sure that our ingredients are fresh and up to par.”

But Cooking Momcy is here to stay, thanks to the goodness of what it’s offering.

And for people who may want to also open their business, what tips can Aurora give?

“Learn to listen to feedback or criticism, whether they may be positive or negative, because it will help you greatly with your growth as an entrepreneur, and will also help the business and your products,” she said.

Also: “When opening a business, especially when you have people with you, make sure to maintain a healthy environment and relationship among everyone. I have learned that when there is harmony at work, the job gets done way faster and more proficiently, there is less stress which is a big factor in how everyone works.”

For more information or to order, visit Cooking Momcy at IG or Cooking Momcy’s FB page. You may also call/text through 09494543850.


Making DIY packaging unique via ‘Put It In Paper’

It was around August 2017 when Gem Zapanta established “Put It In Paper”, with a start-up capital of PhP5,000. It was an easy decision to make, since Gem was the “go-to person for stationery and DIY (for) my peers.”



It was around August 2017 when Gem Zapanta established “Put It In Paper”, with a start-up capital of PhP5,000. It was an easy decision to make, since Gem was the “go-to person for stationery and DIY (for) my peers,” she said, adding that “I had too much stationery so I started selling those I didn’t use.”

But now a successful business, “Put It In Paper” tries to be unique, according to Gem. And this uniqueness is what sets it apart from others.

“I create value and experience for my clients,” she said, adding that with “Put It In Paper”, a client does not “just buy stationeries or have your invitation or wax seal made. Instead, I involve the clients in the process. thereby making it a unique experience for each and every item/parcel/project.”

Gem added that with “Put It In Paper”, what’s produced is “made specifically for you.”

Curious to try some of the offerings of “Put It In Paper”” Must-grab are the customized wax seal stamps, selling from PhP1,200.

But there’s more, so head to Instagram: @putitinpaper (

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Attention to detail as an edge for The Holy Crab PH

Lia Monica H. Chua established The Holy Crab PH in October 2018 with a starting capital of PhP50,000. ROI was attained in just a few months.



Lia Monica H. Chua established The Holy Crab PH (with a business partner; who happens to be her mentor) in October 2018 with a starting capital of PhP50,000.

“There’s no big difference in terms of flavors or the cooking style we do in preparing our seafood versus others, since our bestselling platters can also be prepared from (other locations),” Lia admitted. But still, “what sets us apart is our attention to detail, receptive customer service and how we value customer feedback.”

These approaches have been helping define The Holy Crab PH.

To start, “I can say with certainty that our products are prepared in the most meticulous way possible, as we value consistency in the quality of our products… We (also) take great pride in the cleanliness and quality of our products. Similarly, all ingredients that do not pass are immediately withdrawn from the preparation line, and these are not to be served to our customers.”

Secondly, The Holy Crab PH takes pride in its customer service, including “how you engage with the customer, how fast you reply and how you address their concerns. We go by the statement that ‘customer is king’. We treat our customers as a part of our business, and we make sure to treat them with respect and to address their concerns and inquiries in a timely manner.”

And thirdly, The Holy Crab PH focuses on customer feedback. “Feedback from customers are the best indicator on which aspects you are strong in, and which you need to further improve on. In The Holy Crab PH, we make it a point to understand the customer’s experience with our service and product. You can never avoid criticism, but it is essential you learn from them.”

These are the reasons, too, why The Holy Crab PH was able to get ROI after operating for just a few month.

Curious to check the bestsellers?

Try the Crabs and Shrimps Platter in the signature butter garlic flavor. A tray costs PhP1,399, and this contains a kilo of crabs and 400 grams of shrimps.

Must-try, too, is the Baked Salmon topped in creamy cheese sauce. Regular size good for four to five people costs PhP1,499, while the party size good for eight to 10 people costs PhP2,399.

And yes, there’s the Surf n’ Turf rib party platter, which includes a combination of crabs, shrimps and the American back ribs. Prices range from PhP2,999 to PhP3,999 depending on the size.

For more information about The Holy Crab PH, head to Facebook ( or Instagram (; or email

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Must-try offerings of Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner

Try the offerings of Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner not just for a cause but also because they’re really yummy.



Eight years ago, Lordei Camille Anjuli, then a fourth-year UP Diliman B.S Political Science student and active student leader, was robbed, stabbed seven times in the left side of her head with an ice pick and beaten in the face with a metal object.

The most fatal stab wound pierced through from the left to the right side of her brain (just like “na-barbecue”); likewise, a skull bone fragment of one centimeter in size got embedded in her brain. Moreover, the beating before the deadly stabbing fractured both of Lordei’s sinuses and nose bridge.

Lordei survived as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) victim. But the double brain injuries impaired Lordei’s memory, speech, cognitive and motor skills.

To engage in a productive activity as part of her therapy based on the advice of her doctor, Lordei started baking.

This gave birth to Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner.

“The business is also a way to help her augment the cost of her continued medication and therapies,” said Connie Hina, Lordei’s mom. “As a single mother, I am the sole breadwinner for my daughter.”


What makes Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner’s offerings different from others in the market is “that we always take pride in our use of high quality ingredients and a blend of different spices and herbs. Meaning, our products are not so sweet as compared to those available commercially.”

For example, for carrot cake, one can taste more of the carrot than the flour. Same with banana and apple cinnamon loaves.

“It is also baked with love and passion as we want our supporters and patrons not just to feel satisfied and get back their money’s worth, but it can create unique taste memories for them and those others who have tasted; for them to remember the taste of Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner,” Connie said.

These approaches have been working.

“So far, we received very positive and highly favorable reviews. Common comments are ‘hindi tinipid ang ingredients at mas masarap kaysa other commercially available ones’. There have been comments also that our products are like those being served in five star hotels,” Connie smiled.

The goods are sought after, in fact, that “we thought we will only be delivering here in Metro Manila, but our baked goods have reached as far as Norther Samar, Laguna and Rizal. We also have repeat customers and supporters who are from abroad, e.g. Malta, Iraq, Laos, Sweden, Australia, etc. who ordered online to be delivered to their families here in Metro Maniola as a surprise and gesture that they care. We also get orders from other provinces like Leyte and North Cotabato to be delivered for friends and relatives here in Metro Manila.”


What are the bestsellers?

For cakes, try the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and triple dark chocolate cake with peppermint mousse (PhP 950 and PhP900 per piece, respectively).

For the loaves, try the banana loaf and apple cinnamon (PhP300 and PhP350 per piece, respectively).

For the cookies, definitely try the chocolate crinkles (PhP235 per dozen).

The prices exclude the delivery fee, which is paid by those who ordered.

That these goods should be tried is a given.

To support Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner, head to Facebook; email; or call/text 09566090363.

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