TeAmo: No one’s ever too young to dream

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Sunday, May 25, 2014


ILIGAN CITY— Bounded with indie music, modern-vintage shabby chic atmosphere, contemporary tackles, and their endearing young servers, this new destination in the city will overlay the stresses and challenges your day has set you.

TeAmo/TeaMo, which denotatively means “I love you” in Spanish and “Your Tea” in Filipino respectively, combine both and you’ll get “I love your tea.”

“I have always been an enthusiast of milk teas. Every time I study or have my lone time, tea shops definitely top my choices. Then I wondered, ‘when can I ever have my own tea shop?’ Right then did I realize that no one’s ever too young to dream and start walking through it to achieve,” Carmela Dalangin, TeAmo proprietor, said.

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Never did this person dawdled, as young as her age, would likely to put up a business as intense as the youth is looking for nowadays—a tea shop.

Carmela is a 19-year-old blogger, disc jock, a fashionista and an upcoming sophomore studying BS Development Communication at Xavier University.

Tea shops are famous to the young generation. Enjoy it plain, flavored and with sinkers, and it totally perfects your day. But what’s more interesting with TeAmo are their adorable little servers.

Kids at your service

TeAmo is owned by 3 families—Magallon, Echiverri and Dalangin.

“Our parents are community mates, also exposed to businesses and with that, they wanted us to venture into business and learn,” Dalangin said.

There are six kids who are managing the business. When I say manage, they really talk to customers, take orders and personally deliver.

Managers are Carmela Dalangin (19), Melkiah Magallon (16), Kyle Magallon (14), L.A Echiverri (11), Yvonne Echiverri (9) and Josh Magallon (9).

“I like working with them [kids] because they inspire me from being idle at times. They remind me to continue and never stop. After a long and tiring day, customers will surely smile when they turn to their servers, inspiring them to smile because these kids have not forgotten it yet […] I will never get tired of walking through this business with them [kids],” Dalangin expressed.

More of TeAmo

TeAmo does not only serve milk teas, also it caters lunch, pasta, pastries, ice cream and a lot more coming.

“For example, especially during school days in which I only have 11 am-2 pm break and I want to have tea during lunch time. It is where we can have the best of both worlds,” Dalangin said.

With inspiring quotes all over the place, you will enjoy and get motivated to work, study and be hopeful as you face the everyday challenges of life.

TeAmo opened on Thursday, May 22 and it’s open to serve all young-at-heart out there.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 25, 2014.

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