A new generation of 'colours'

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

LONG before the creation of mobile editing apps such as Instagram and Camera360, there were photo shops, and users would have to go to these places to have their roll of film developed, edited and printed.

In Cebu, one of the go-to shops for this service is Colours. Founded in 1987 by Kelly Uy, Colours, in its earlier years, was known as where to buy a roll of film or the latest camera, and where high school students would queue up for to have a “barkada pic” taken in the studio.

Advancements in technology have since lessened the popularity of those activities, yet the company has continuously expanded, as it reinvented itself and adapted to trends.

Colours, up to this day, remains a key player in the photography industry.

Twenty-five years since he first started the business, now assisting Kelly in managing it is his only son, Martin, a 22-year-old budding entrepreneur, who’s all prepped and ready to take on the growing enterprise.

Martin finished his secondary studies at the Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu and then his degree in entrepreneurial management at the University of Asia and the Pacific. He has been with the company for a nearly two years, and he is presently the operations officer.

“I assist in overseeing the daily operations such as inventory, sales, marketing and our promotional activities,” Martin said. “I also recommend what products our company should carry. Just recently, we included GoPro and Fuji Instax.”

He was only a toddler when his dad was managing Colours’ first branch in the old Abacus Centre in Gen. Maxilom Ave. But this year, Martin gets to play a major role in the opening of the company’s newest store, as it will bear its newest logo and concept design. It will be unveiled on Dec. 11 alongside the opening of Ayala Center Cebu’s new wing.

“This is something I’m really excited and proud of,” he said. “Our new store will be at the third floor in the new wing. It will be a new Colours experience, so it’s definitely something to look out for.”

Already diversified, the new Colours, Martin said, will be providing a wide array of photography products and services, from heavy-duty equipment for professionals to portable gadgets for the everyday users.

It will also be the flagship store, and eventually the company will be renovating its other branches in Cebu City, in Tagbilaran, Dumaguete and Cagayan de Oro.

Innovative, assiduous and aggressive, Martin said that the biggest influence in his life has been his parents. “They taught me the importance of family, respect and the value of hard work,” he explained. “I am eternally grateful for my parents and I wouldn’t be who I am today without them.

My dad, especially, he taught me everything I know for me to succeed.”

Not to say that he’s all about work. In his free time, Martin said that he enjoys being with family and friends, and also by playing basketball, biking, traveling or going to the beach.

“I’m an adventurous and outdoors type of person,” he said, and added that he always strives to lead a balanced life.

Quoting a line that he read online, Martin added, “Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop the negatives and if things don’t work out, take another shot.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 09, 2013.


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