Snacks supplier wins search for entrepreneurs-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A SUPPLIER of snacks from Barangay Cambaro in Mandaue City won this year’s search for Women in Need Now Entrepreneurs and
Role Models (Winners) of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce Industry (MCCI).
Hazel Del Castillo, 35, is a supplier of ice candy, masi, maja blanca, biko and empanada to jails and school canteens in Mandaue and Cebu City.
She was a former promo specialist and a call center agent but chose to be an entrepreneur as she wanted to manage her own time to allow her to personally mentor her children and learn entrepreneurial tips online.
She said her former colleagues were skeptical when she started out by selling 1,600 pieces of ice candies.
Aside from being an entrepreneur, Del Castillo is also involved in Barangay Cambaro’s program that teaches women in the community how to augment their income by selling snacks.
Together with the crown, Del Castillo also brought home P50,000, which as she said in a previous interview with Sun.Star Cebu, she will use to fund additional equipment for her business.
She said she will use the money to buy a bigger freezer and more ingredients. She also hopes to open her own food house in the future.
Del Castillo was also awarded Miss Gaisano Grand Mall, receiving P5,000 worth of gift certificates.
Sari-sari store owner Lourdes Badilles from Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City was named first runner-up while motor parts seller Winnie Sicad from Barangay Cubacub was the second runner-up. They received P30,00 and P20,000, respectively.
Badilles impressed the chairman of the board of judges, Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, with her story of how she was able to finish college despite not having parents to support her.
Badilles’ father died when she was in grade school and her mother married another man, pushing her early in life to earn money on her own by selling candies, junk food and newspapers to classmates and friends.
Badilles graduated with a degree in Education major in Mathematics and ranked 33rd when she took the Licensure Examination for Teachers.
Meanwhile, Winnie Sicad impressed judge and Laguna Garden Café proprietor Lita Urbina saying she salutes a woman like her who is able to do well in a man’s line of work.
Sicad is adept in scrap motor assembly but also works as a band singer who plays in well-known hotels in the Cebu.
Hailed as the Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur was Teresita Adrias of Barangay Guizo who earns P18,000 a day in making hanging rice. She also received a cash prize of P10,000.
MCCI 2013 chairperson Girly Garces encouraged all 20 participants to “rise from being common.” She told them to differentiate their businesses from others.
Garces reminded them to work on their attitude and skills to make it on top and along the way inspire others with their actions.
MCCI president Phillip Tan told the contestants in a gathering last month that winning or losing in the search did not mean success or failure for them but just the start of the hard work that awaits the women entrepreneurs.
The contestants will once again compete on Sept. 5 during this year’s Asian Carriers Conference where judges will choose who among them has the best ICT business plan.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 22, 2013.