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The scent of everything beautiful from ‘ÀNDRO PROFUMO’

Leandro Tan was supposed to go to a perfumery school overseas later this year, but this pandemic happened. He ended up opening a perfume biz to remind people of beauty in life.

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Leandro Tan was supposed to go to a perfumery school overseas later this year, but this pandemic happened, so all plans needed to be pushed back.

All the same, “while I was reviewing the requirements, I missed the part (where they) require us to have a fragrance that we have curated as a part of the admission screening. So I did my research and scouted for partners that would turn my vision into reality.”

Eventually, Leandro decided to turn it into a business “since I would have excess bottles to sell. It also gave me a platform to gauge if it is still worth going to a perfumery school since they are buying the bottle for my vision and from there I could decide if I should go full steam.”

And so ÀNDRO PROFUMO came into being.

“I was not inspired by somebody… but surprisingly something intangible: memories,” Leandro said. “You know the feeling, when you smell something and it takes your mind to a time and place that’s long forgotten because we are too busy running our lives? I want to help people remember the smell, the emotion, who they are with, etc. I want to be the reason why everytime they smell a fragrance from ÀNDRO, the memories rush in.”

Did he ever imagine he would be going into this field/line of work/line of business?

“Honestly, no. Even if I love fragrances and making floral arrangements, I would tell my friends, maybe in another life, I would be a perfumer or a florist. But I finished Fashion Design and Merchandising, so I guess there is a relation of some sort since some big fashion houses have ventured into fragrance lines and some even have floral ateliers. Growing up being exposed to beautiful things and being educated in an art school has taught me a lot, and overtime, has refined my sense of taste when it come to things.”

There are still challenges.

For instance, mixing fragrances was challenging “since I have no prior knowledge when it comes to mixing fragrances. My partners/suppliers did all the mixing and I was the one giving the ratios of different oils until they eventually figured out how I want it to smell.”

Yet another problem is the pandemic, so “meetings are limited to messaging and phone calls.”

But this biz immediately grew.

And for Leandro, this is understandable because clients are ” getting something curated with passion through my point of view and I think that makes it unique.”

“It is not always going to be sunshines, rainbows and cupcakes. So on the days that you are too lazy to work, or even when things get tough, it will give you drive to do what you have to do and get the job done.”

What are the bestsellers?

“So far, majority of our clients love BIANCO and OSCURO. They cost PhP420.00 each.”

While Leandro already attained ROI, “I am still figuring out on how to scale on things. So for the new release, I had to re-invest more than I profited. Regardless of what the outcome may be, I think I still win because at the end of the day, I learned a lot of things that I thought I can’t do and that in itself is a return of investment.”

All the same: “From where I am standing, I can see that it is a very profitable venture, but it will take time and a lot of patience before I could truly feel the fruits of my labor. And I am definitely okay with that because I am in it for the long haul.”

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

“As cliché as this sounds, venture into something that you are very passionate about. It is not always going to be sunshines, rainbows and cupcakes. So on the days that you are too lazy to work, or even when things get tough, it will give you drive to do what you have to do and get the job done,” he ended.

Interested to know more or to order from ÀNDRO PROFUMO? Head to ÀNDRO PROFUMO’s IG page, @androprofumo.

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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.

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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 (https://www.facebook.com/theholycrabph) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/theholycrabph/); or email holycrabph2018@gmail.com.

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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.

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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.”

MUST-TRY GOODIES

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.”

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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 lordeiwbc@gmail.com; or call/text 09566090363.

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Offering nature’s goodness via D’s Hive Bee Farm

Want to savor what nature offers? Check out D’s Hive Bee Farm.

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Andrea A. Austria’s partner had been watching bee-keeping in YouTube for a while, “and he got interested with how wonderful and hardworking bees are,” she said. And since “we were really thinking of starting a business,” this became that biz idea.

In July 2018, they established D’s Hive Bee Farm.

“A dear friend knew someone – seasoned beekeeper Mang Sendo – who offered us 15 bee colonies,” Andrea recalled.

Roughly, they spent PhP90,000.00 to start the business.

But ROI has already been achieved. Though also, there’s “self fulfillment since we are working with nature.”

On offer are different varieties of honey (from cultured honey bee, wild honey bee to stingless honey bee). “We also provide affordable yet quality and real raw honey. The location of our farm is not saturated with bee colonies, which results to easy foraging for our honey bees. They collect pollen and nectar from but not limited to: dragon fruit, passion fruit, coconut trees, corn, mango, makahiya and kamias. In addition, we also produce beeswax and honey vinegar.”

The bestsellers are the Cultured Bee Raw Honey (Laywan); Stingless Bee Raw Honey; and Pre-ordered Honeycomb. Prices vary depending on the weight of the honeycomb.

Want to savor what nature offers? Check out D’s Hive Bee Farm on Facebook and Instagram. You may also call or text 09566688805.

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