Learning the value of hardwork, money

HE JUST wanted to make his father happy and in doing so, he has made himself familiar with how his family operates their businesses in Davao City even at a very young age.

Philip Marco Dizon is the only son of a prominent business clan in the city .

“Being the only son I have always put in mind that one day my father will want to retire and will want to spend more time with the family,” he said.

Born to a family exposed to business, Dizon learned the value of hardwork and money.

He first ventured the world of business through selling hamburgers and french fries at the Davao Crocodile when he was still 13 years old.

He spent his secondary level at Ateneo de Davao University - High School and his college years at Enderun Colleges in Taguig City taking up Entrepreneurship to equip himself as he entered the world of business and continue what his father and his family have started.

Dizon started to work at a real estate development company called Urban Hive, now Datem Homes, a family business partner for the development of a mid-rise condominium in Davao City. Before moving back to the city, he worked for the audit department at family-owned Dizon Farms.

His journey continued with taking parts in organizing some major events in Davao.

He is currently the chief financial officer of the Davao Crocodile Park, a major tourist destination in Davao City as it features various exotic animals such as monkeys, snakes, birds, bearcats, tigers, various type of reptiles with of course Crocodiles.

He is also running two other businesses, one involved in the production of world’s most expensive coffee called Civet Coffee.

The Mount Apo Civet Coffee and Mt. Apo Altura Coffee beans are also available at the Davao Crocodile Park. The other one is the PhilDiz Cocoa Development Corp. which aims to establish a one stop information and buying station for premium quality cacao which response to the international market.

“All these experiences and lessons I learned before were valuable to leading me to where I am now,” Dizon said.

He added he may consider to engage in the food and beverage business to fulfill his passion for cooking and eating.

According to him, he loves to cook and eat but as a businessman, he said that having no single career path is very important since learning and gaining experience from different field is very essential to become successful.

The journey is not always plain, he faced challenges in fulfilling obligations on a daily basis and looking for new markets.

According to him, “This includes your obligations to your customers, clients, and your stakeholders.”

Marco Dizon, with all his achievements, continues to dream. Dreaming is free, but making it turn into reality cost much of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

“I have goals now that I haven’t achieved yet, one of it is to have the best zoo in the Philippines. And with my team decide me I have no doubt that we can achieve that,” he said in confidence. (Lyka Amethyst Casamyor, MSU-intern)
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