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Persevere to succeed – Arielou Barsaga

It was only in August 2020 when Arielou Barsaga started selling ‘kakanin’ (Filipino snack food) mainly via Facebook. “Tiyaga at sipag lang. Kahit maliit na puhunan sa simula, lalaki din yan basta my sipag at tiyaga at dasal sa Diyos.”

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It was only in August 2020 when Arielou Barsaga started selling ‘kakanin‘ (Filipino snack food) mainly via Facebook.

Napansin ko kasi karamihan (sa nagbibenta) mga burgers, fries, etc (I noted that most people sold burgers, fries, etc),” she said. Since laking-probinsya ako, mahilig ako sa kakanin. Kaya sinubukan ko lang (Since I grew up in the province, I like ‘kakanin’. So I gave this a go).”

And so introducing the kakanin from Dhea & Drei’s Home Made.

The offerings include:

  • Buchi with ube filling (P60/pack of six)
  • Buchi with cheese filling (P60/pack of six)
  • Palitaw with ube filling (P55/pack of six)

It is not always easy since “marami kang kalaban (you have lots of competitors),” Arielou admitted. At times she doesn’t sell a lot, so she loses money. She also trusted some clients who cheated her.

But she persevered.

And yes, this can be a profitable business.

Tiyaga lang (Just persevere),” she said, adding that it helps doing what you love doing – e.g. in her case, “Mahilig kasi ako magluto (I love cooking).”

In the end, for people who may want to also do business, perhaps aligned to what she’s doing, Arielou said: “Tiyaga at sipag lang. Kahit maliit na puhunan sa simula, lalaki din yan basta my sipag at tiyaga at dasal sa Diyos (Just persist and work hard. Even if you don’t have big capital, that will grow so long as you persevere, have patience, and keep praying to God).”

Visit Dhea & Drei’s Home Made in FB, or contact 09451337537 or 09615991008.

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Believe in your product – Jansen Prado

The Pantry Project Manila was established only on July 16, 2020, with a startup capital of approximately P25,000. “Make sure that you believe in whatever your product is. Be passionate. Challenges will abound and your passion will keep you going,” said Jansen Prado, owner of The Pantry Project Manila.

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The Pantry Project Manila was established only on July 16, 2020, with a startup capital of approximately P25,000.

“Our family loves to cook. We just love cooking and making our guests happy with food.. good food at that… And we always had this plan to launch our family’s heirloom recipes. We want to ‘put them out there’ and share to everyone the love and passion that goes into every dish,” said Jansen Prado, owner of The Pantry Project Manila.

In fact, by the end of 2019, “we were already gearing up to launch our mom’s estofado seco; and we planned to sell them in jars.”

But then COVID-19 happened…

Though, initially, “we decided to put everything to a halt… we saw how the pandemic hit so many of our ‘kababayans’. We had to do something.” And so “we aimed to help not just our own kitchen but other home cooks, too, who were displaced by the pandemic. We reached out to people whom we knew can lead us to people that can cook really well.”

And so, yes, The Pantry Project Manila came into being.

The first dish offered was the “badass bopis”, a recipe “loaned to us by our mom,” Jansen said.

Now, why bopis?

“(We) want the public to be comfortable eating bopis. That bopis can be very meticulously prepared, clean and positively distinguished. And that bopis can be gourmet and not be too expensive at the same time,” Jansen said.

ROI has already been reached, and “I am really very grateful.” This is also a profitable business, though “hard work and creativity are really essential.”

In hindsight, “I never thought I would be the one who will be pushing this plan. I have pictured my sisters to make this business materialize. I was so much into what I was doing in the corporate world that I did not see this coming,” Jansen said.

Fortunately for him, he has a degree in Marketing Management that “I find very helpful to the business.”

There remain challenges.

“The biggest challenge, especially during these times in the MSME world, is creating your market, your niche,” Jansen said.

Also, “with our main product, the Badass Bopis, it was hard to convince people that it is worth trying. A lot of people have reservations regarding eating the dish. So yeah, we had to add more to the menu.”

Businesses, of course, need to learn to face challenges.

For Jansen, the approach is to “focus on our purpose and knowing that there are a number of people who depend on the online pantry’s operations; this keeps us going.”

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

“Make sure that you believe in whatever your product is. Be passionate. Challenges will abound and your passion will keep you going. Always welcome change as it is inevitable. Patience. You need tons of this. Have faith. No day is the same, so stay calm, focus, work harder. Optimism will never hurt,” Jansen ended.

Wanna get in touch with The Pantry Project Manila? Head to Facebook or Instagram: @pantryprojectmnl; email pantryprojectmnl@gmail.com; or call/text 09052700617.

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How H-Audio Technologies hopes to make a name as a global Pinoy tech company

Discover Filipino-owned H-Audio Technologies that eyes to make a global dent as a tech company.

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Prior to June 2017, Marcelle John (H or DJ HTown) Marcelino was approached by a friend – Marcus Strong from Seattle in the US – who inquired about “getting earphones made in China and slapping a logo on them.”

“Unfortunately, none of the manufacturers can get the sound delivery and quality that I wanted. So I ended up venturing to look for the right parts and suppliers to assemble them myself,” recalled DJ HTown.

And so in June 2017, H-Audio Technologies came into being.

There are numerous Filipino tech companies, though tech – per se – is not a field many Filipinos (generally speaking) often venture into. But DJ HTown said this was something he gravitated towards.

“I’ve been in the music business for over two decades as a producer, radio broadcaster, DJ, host, concert promoter, program director, sound engineer, etc. so it was not too far off that I saw an opportunity to bring great quality audio products without having to pay top dollars for it,” he said.

H-Audio Technologies is now also boosted by the presence of Earl Chua, COO; and Patrick Orante, Communications Manager.

“I’ve been in the music business for over two decades as a producer, radio broadcaster, DJ, host, concert promoter, program director, sound engineer, etc. so it was not too far off that I saw an opportunity to bring great quality audio products without having to pay top dollars for it,” H Marcelino said.

Looking back, DJ HTown said he never thought he’d be in this line of business.

“Not in a million years. Being that I was programming radio stations for 17years, I always thought that I’d be working in the radio broadcasting business,” he said.

In fact, he was offered a job at Spotify in Sweden for a music programmer position. “Fortunately, after a series of different interviews with their HR and executives, (the deal didn’t push through) because they said I was overqualified. They offered me a management role, but I went for a harder route instead because I needed the challenge. That’s when H-Audio Technologies started.”

That this is a profitable business is a given.

“If you do it right, build solid relationships, and have goals (global goals), it is a very profitable business,” DJ HTown.

Of course, it helps that their products have something different from those already available in the market.

Must-check include: the Replay 80s Throwback Headphone, Limited Edition PH3, and H3 Ultra Bass Earbuds.

As FYI: The important parts like the chipsets are from a US company called Qualcomm. Other parts like the aluminum and metals are from Japan or Europe, and assembly is done in China. Packaging is done in the Philippines.

“We focus a lot on the price points, quality, service, and most especially the relationship with our clients. Most companies that offer the same OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) and ODM (Original Design Manufacturing) in China will just give you the products that you ask for and send them to you. We actually care about your business. We help you with marketing, distribution, branding, and referrals. Because we want you to succeed further. And whether you decide to come back to do more business with us or not, we at least made sure that you got 100x more than what you paid for as a client. Consumer-wise, we always make sure that you get the best quality product at about half the price that the other bigger companies offer,” he said.

In an industry dominated by Western brands, there remain challenges for a Filipino company like H-Audio Technologies.

“Marketing, sales, finance, communications, everything,” DJ HTown laughed. “Just like every entrepreneur, most of us that is, all start with a dream. Then all the sudden you have to really put in the time to make every aspect of your business truly grow. I’m guessing facing these challenges only means that I find better people more suitable and smarter than me to fill each role. The true answer would be optimism and passion. We don’t just take in anyone to fill a role. We find the people who want to make a difference. People who want to grow into a company and someday leave us with the inspiration to do things on their own.”

H-Audio Technologies now eyes to open up distribution of its products and services in every corner of the globe.

This with an eye to also give back to the community via what H-Audio Technologies earns – i.e. To someday open a few community centers built specifically for the troubled youth, “so that we can help pave them towards a better direction. (And open/support) animal sanctuaries and shelters so that cats, dogs, etc. can be safe, away from harm, and possibly find their ‘furever’ homes,” DJ HTown ended.

For more information on H-Audio Technologies, head to https://www.h-audio.com/.

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OFW couple braves through new normal by becoming their own boss

Take it from Jobiegaile Jun and Stephane Mae Aquino, a couple currently based in Doha, Qatar, as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Santé Business Owners. They braved through the new normal by starting up a business that they describe as pandemic proof.

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Amid the new normal, some say that putting up a new business sounds quite impossible and too risky. But for others, starting your own business now might be a good option, especially if you have the right mindset and a business partner to guide you throughout your journey. 

Take it from Jobiegaile Jun and Stephane Mae Aquino, a couple currently based in Doha, Qatar, as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Santé Business Owners. They braved through the new normal by starting up a business that they describe as pandemic proof.  

Taking Chances Abroad 

Jobigaile Jun Aquino has been working as an OFW for almost 12 years. He was born and raised by his parents, both teachers, in Tacloban City in Leyte. Eventually, he moved to Metro Manila to start his career as an accountant in Ortigas, Pasig City. After six years, he decided to look for a greener pasture abroad to continue providing for his family. 

“I came from a big family. At that time, I was helping my parents provide for the needs of my nine other siblings. That is why when I got the opportunity to work abroad, I grabbed it so that I can continue providing for my family,” Jobigaile said.  

He spent the next seven years as a Senior Accountant for a steel company and then transferred to a Canadian company based in Doha as a Finance Manager. As his career progressed, he did not forget to go to his church to serve the Lord—this is where he met Stephane, a Filipina nurse, originally from Davao, but now, her family lives in North Cotabato. As a couple, they are now married for about five years. 

“I also went abroad to look for greener pastures. I used to work in the Philippines as a nurse but, I was not earning enough for my family. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to work here in the Middle East. I have been an OFW for about ten years already and, currently, I work here as a school nurse,” said Stephane. 

Starting a business amid a pandemic 

Having been OFWs for more than a decade, Jobigaile and Stephane have already created great careers in their own respective fields. But just like everyone around the world, they were also affected by the changes brought by the pandemic.  

“No one was able to prepare for the pandemic. When the authorities here imposed the lockdowns last March 2020, it greatly affected our jobs. We needed to stay at home, not knowing when everything will go back to normal. We lost almost half of our income,” Jobigaile narrated. 

At that time, Jobigaile already knew about Santé, a provider of premier natural and organic health and wellness products and services. He is among those who are avid users of Santé products.  

He said that a friend introduced him to Santé, and ever since, he has been consuming Santé Barley products because of its health benefits. He even became a Santé Member, primarily to avail discounts. 

“But when the pandemic started last year, it became a turning point for us. We lost some of our income, so we needed to look for other ways to earn while isolating ourselves at home. I am thrilled that I already know about Santé,” Jobigaile said.  

He added that “at that time, some of my officemates just learned about these amazing products. They liked it. As days went by, I received many orders from my friends and colleagues—this was when I decided to dedicate more time to this business. I even decided to invest and become a Santé Business Owner.” 

Working Hard to Achieve Success 

Jobigaile noted, however, that it is still hard work and the willingness to take risks that can lead a starting entreprenur to success. During the strict lockdowns in Doha, Jobigaile studied how to run his online business by attending webinars, training sessions, and product orientations provided by Santé through its Santé Engage.  

This platform offers all business owners the essential educational programs to help them grow their businesses, improve leadership skills, and even develop personal growth. 

Santé also came up with strategies to help business owners, like Jobigaile, adapt to the ever-changing world. For example, the Santé Mobile App will help them have easy business management, and a user-friendly website for hassle-free and convenient shopping. 

On the other hand, Stephane also became much more involved in their Santé business as they received orders from their fellow Filipinos in Doha. She also became a Santé Member and eventually also decided to start her own Santé business. 

“What’s good about this business is that you can manage it whenever and wherever you are because it is e-commerce ready. While Jun delivers the products to our customers, mostly our neighbours and friends, I will answer all the inquiries we receive in our online store. And then, eventually, I decided also to become a Santé Business Owner. It was our Santé business that filled our lost income during these trying times,” Steph said. 

A Pandemic-proof Business 

When asked about their reasons for choosing Santé as their business partner, the couple said that it is really because the company shares the same values and mindset as them. 

“As a company, Santé wants to help people live better lives. This mindset solidifies our belief that we found the right business to partner with. As Santé Business Owners, we are glad that we can help our customers maintain their healthy lifestyles with the natural and organic health and wellness that we offer, particularly during this global health crisis,” Stephane said. 

Since Santé is the top producer of barley grass products in the Philippines and soon worldwide, its business partners have a business model that revolve around the certified organic Santé Barley™ grass grown in Canterbury, New Zealand. This Biogro and Halal certified organic barley grass can be found in all Santé product offerings, such as nutraceutical vitamins, health beverages, health, and wellness, among others. 

Santé products also contain natural ingredients filled with a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and carotenoids, essential in strengthening the immune system up to the smallest cellular level. 

For Jobigaile, the idea of helping others achieve their dreams through their Santé business is, by far, his greatest success. “I am grateful to all our mentors for guiding us to become great leaders and business owners. Through this business, we are also helping other people have other sources of income. This is important because we are all greatly affected by the pandemic. Some even lost their livelihoods,” he said.  

The couple added that all these factors, particularly its products, core values, and willingness to help its distributors through trainings, webinars, and e-commerce readiness, make Santé a pandemic-proof business. 

Santé also cherishes its business partners’ role for the organization. Through its compensation plan, it provides incentives like bonuses in repeat purchases, infinity bonus, free gadgets, and a car and house incentive with free down payments and monthly amortization. 

More than a year after they started their online business, Steph and Jobigaile achieved a lot from being Santé Business Owners. They are now Executive and Platinum Executive Directors, respectively, and among the leading Santé distributors in Doha, Qatar. Their families in Leyte and North Cotabato have also recently started their own Santé Business.  

Founded by leaders with more than 70 years of combined Direct Selling and Marketing experience, Santé is now one of the fastest-growing distribution and direct selling companies globally. Aside from New Zealand and the Philippines, Santé is present in key cities such as Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Abuja, Lagos, and Cyprus. 

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