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Neri: Young entrepreneurs

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THE young people of today belong to an empowered generation. In this day and age of the internet, they have access to all kinds of information which make them more knowledgeable and open to innovative ideas. Exploring possibilities and looking out for business opportunities are therefore givens for these millennials and centennials.

Three young ladies who chose to be productive when the lockdown began thought of baking goodies. Sisters Andrea and Anya Chan, and their cousin Nina Chan took to the kitchen and tried out different recipes for desserts. So many yummies came out of their oven which in no time, became a big hit among family and friends.

The thought of starting a business soon came to mind. What to specialize in? Apple pie was the first choice because they had the treasured recipe of Grandma (Dr. Maria Chan) and they had spent time mastering it. They also added some special touches like the “crust art” developed by Anya who is Grade 10 at the International School. She is the meticulous hand behind the lattice designs which make the pies so very irresistible.

Another specialty from their kitchen are the mango and pineapple tarts which Nina (a graduate from Assumption University Thailand) and Andie (a graduate of Cebu International School) concentrate on. And very recently, Andie came up with the Apple Pie Bites which Nina soon mastered.

Next step was coming up with a business name. Thinking long and hard, the three young bakers wanted a name that would aptly represent their products. After some deliberation they decided on Whisk Sanson because whisk is a word associated with baking. And then they also add that they love “to whisk up goodies.” Sanson Road in Lahug is where the family home is located so Whisk Sanson completes their brand identity.

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Teatricha, a theater-themed milk tea is the brainchild of Miren Sofia Jordana who is in the theater industry. She completed her Bachelor of Performing Arts in Speech and Theater Arts from Siliman University. With the shelving of the theater projects lined up for this year, she had to think of something to keep busy. She and her boyfriend Stephen John Ramirez (also in the theater industry) then decided to go into business.

Both milk tea lovers, Sofia and Stephen are aware that milk tea has a large following in today’s generation. They figured out that giving their product a theater theme would make it unique and attractive. And so Teatricha came to be. The name is a play on words—“teatrika” which means theater, and “cha” which is tea.

Hands-on and innovative, Sofia and Stephen personally mix the teas. They use a non-dairy creamer so lactose intolerant drinkers can still enjoy milk tea. They also don’t add fructose nor artificial sweetener for a healthier drink. The different flavors on their menu have catchy names like “Beautea and the Beast” for the special concoction featuring red velvet and cream cheese; “Sweet Charitea” for the chocolate flavor; “Alexander Hamiltea” for the winter melon; “Lady Tea-ang” for a taste of Thai; and “Sweetie Todd” for the tea with brown sugar.

Please check the Facebook pages of Whisk Sanson and Teatricha for more info.


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