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A government employee raising four kids in 1993, Lolita B. Cabanlet established CDO Handmade Paper Crafts as a business highlighting the need to care for the environment.

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“I often see landfills filled with plastic junks,” said Lolita B. Cabanlet, who was – in 1993 – eyeing to establish her own business. “I thought, there must be an alternative material (that I can use) that dissolves in waterways and disappears from earth.”

This led to the establishment of CDO Handmade Paper Crafts as a single proprietorship; which eventually evolved to SEC-registered ORO Handmade Innovations Inc. in 2019.

The startup capital was PhP10,000 to buy three blenders.

“I was a government employee with four children when I started making paper using blenders in my kitchen,” she said. And – going back to her concern for the environment – she thought that “abaca or fiber-based paper could be the answer to the problem of plastic solution.”

Lolita’s move proved providential.

“Our products are made of natural fibers and indigenous materials that are renewable and locally-sourced,” she said. “We don’t use artificial or synthetic fabrics in any of our items. We don’t use plastics in all our packaging. We are committed to 100% biodegradable products.”

Lolita added that they also “take conscious effort to ethical sourcing by giving fair market prices to rural and indigenous farmer suppliers.”

They’s reached ROI as early as 2015.

“We were in limbo from 2007-2012 due to the global financial crisis,” she recalled, with the business particularly affected by their exports.

But in the end, things turned out okay.

“Today, there is a growing concern to save Mother Earth and people are more aware compared to the 1990s. This is a big contributory factor to increased sales.”

For people who may want to also open their business, what tips can Lolita give?

“Make sure there is abundance of raw materials, and that you are within the vicinity of your workshop,” she said.

Also, for those looking at exporting (eventually), “attaining critical mass is key.”

To check out or to order the environmentally sustainable products of ORO Handmade Innovations Inc., send an email to info@cdohandmade.com or head to indigenous.ph.

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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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