“My Puhunan” enters Year Four of championing Filipino entrepreneurs


A barrio boy turned international fashion designer, a grillery chain owner who started out as a waiter, a mother and son whose neighborhood burger joint has grown into a full-fledged franchise—they are just three of the many successful Filipino entrepreneurs who have been featured by Karen Davila on ABS-CBN’s “My Puhunan.”

Now on its fourth year, the program continues to transform the lives of many Filipinos by encouraging them to start their own businesses even with just a small capital. Just like “Lugaw Queen” Beverly Aquino, who started with only P1,000 capital and is now earning more than P50,000 a day.

According to Davila, her constant exposure to enterprising Filipinos has made her consider starting a business of her own.

“What I love about the show is that it changes the mindset of Filipinos that you need to work overseas to earn money and prosper. We show them that even with a small capital or through using one’s gift of gab or talent, one can be successful. I am learning from the program myself and now I want to have my own business,” she shared.

However, more than simply sharing the triumphant journey of Filipinos, “My Puhunan” has also empowered those that the program has featured to become mentors, as well.

To celebrate its fourth anniversary, Davila and the program recently brought their “Kabuhayan Caravan” to a barangay in Caloocan to conduct livelihood seminars for people in search of new or additional source of income for their families.

What made the project more special was that the businessmen imparting their ideas, skills, and tips to residents were alumni of the show, fondly called by the staff of the show as “Ka-Puhunan partners.” The likes of Grace Barios of BeauQuest and Remilly Co of Remilly’s Yema Cake suddenly became business resource speakers from being newbie business owners.

Another example is popular designer Avel Bacudio, who met the then 24-year old farm boy Joemel Calma when the latter was featured in the show in 2014. Avel shared his knowledge of the world of fashion and even some designing tools to Joemel, who took to heart the advice of his idol.

Joemel’s exposure on My Puhunan also led him to a job offer abroad, and now, he is dressing up celebrities and has his own success story to tell.

Remilly Co, a former vendor in Divisoria who is now managing over 20 branches of her cake brand, said her exposure in the program led to many orders.

“We couldn’t believe that there are viewers like that who upon seeing you on TV will look for you to try your product even if they live very far,” Co said.

The mother and son duo behind DonJar Big Boodle Burger, meanwhile, saw their branches double to 30 after the airing of their episode.

“After we were interviewed in the show, our phones won’t stop ringing, a lot of people were inquiring. Our franchises increased, we were so happy,” said Emilie Abejar, who also shared that people would recognize them from the program and ask for pictures with them.

Davila and the “My Puhunan” team, meanwhile, remain motivated in inspiring more Filipinos to get into business and in promoting Filipino-made products and local establishments. Through showing Filipinos how far hard work, faith in God, and trust in themselves can take them, they show is also able to contribute to society and in nation-building.

Watch “My Puhunan” every Tuesday, 9:30pm on DZMM TeleRadyo and after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. Viewers can also watch My Puhunan on ANC at 7:30pm on Sunday, with replays on Monday at 11:30pm, and Thursday at 1:30pm. They can also watch online via iwantv.com.ph and www.skyondemand.com.ph. For updates, go to www.facebook.com/MyPuhunan andwww.twitter.com/MyPuhunan.




Karen Davila, na-enganyong mag-negosyo



Isang taga-barrio na naging patok na fashion designer sa ibang bansa, isang dating waiter na may apat na restaurant na ngayon, at isang mag-ina na napalago ang kanilang simpleng burger stand—ilan lang ito sa maraming kuwento ng tagumpay ng mga Pilipinong negosyante na naitampok ni Karen Davila sa “My Puhunan.”

At sa ika-apat na taon ng programa, patuloy pa itong magbabago ng buhay ng mga Pilipino sa pag-eenganyo sa kanilang mag-negosyo kahit pa maliit lang ang puhunan. Ayon pa kay Karen, sa dami na ng negosyanteng Pinoy na nakausap niya, siya mismo ay nag-iisip nang pumasok sa pagnenegosyo.

“Ang gusto ko sa My Puhunan kasi binabago nito ang paniniwala ng ibang Pilipino na kailangang mangibang-bansa upang kumita ng pera o umunlad. Pinapakita natin sa Pilipino na kahit sa konting puhunan lang, minsan laway lang, minsan talento mo lang, pwede ka talaga umasenso sa buhay.  Ako mismo natututo sa programa at dahil diyan gusto ko na rin mag-negosyo!” ani Karen.

Pero bukod sa pagbabahagi ng tagumpay ng mga Pilipino, nais rin ng programa na makapag-abot din sila ng tulong sa iba pang Pilipinong nais maitaguyod ang kanilang pamilya.

Kaya naman para ipagdiwang ang ika-apat na anibersaryo ng programa, lumarga uli ang “Kabuhayan Caravan” ng “My Puhunan,” kung saan ang mga nagbabahagi ng kanilang oras at kaalaman sa livelihood seminars ay ang mga dating lumabas sa programa tulad nina Grace Barios ng BeauQuest at Remilly Co ng Remilly’s Yema Cake.

Ang batikang fashion designer naman na si Avel Bacudio, binigyan ng payo noon at ilang gamit sa pagdidisenyo ang 24-year old na si Joemel Calma sa episode ng “My Puhunan” noong 2014. Bukod sa nagkaroon ng “mentor” si Joemel kay Avel, nakatanggap din siya ng trabaho sa ibang bansa, kung saan nakagawa na siya ng sariling pangalan.

Iba rin ang naging epekto ng programa kay Remilly Co, na dating tindera sa Divisoria. Aniya, pagkatapos niya lumabas sa “My Puhunan” ay nagdagsaan ang mga order sa kanyang Yema cake, ang iba pa malayo pa ang pinanggalingan.

Ang mag-inang Emilie at Justin Abejar naman, naaalala pa ang eksena matapos ipalabas ang episode tungkol sa kanilang “DonJar Big Boodle Burger.” “Hindi na tumigil yung mga phone namin, ang daming nag-iinquire, nakakatuwa, dumami yung franchiseslalo,” pagkuwento ni Emilie.

Hindi naman titigil sina Karen at ang “My Puhunan” team sa pagbibigay inspirasyon kaalman sa mga Pilipino na mag-negosyo at sa pagbidbida ng mga produktong gawa ng Pilipino.

Mapapanood ang programa tuwing Martes, 9:30pm sa DZMM TeleRadyo at pagkatapos ng “Bandila” sa ABS-CBN at ABS-CBN HD. Mapapanood din ang “My Puhunan” sa ANC ng 7:30pm tuwing Linggo at may replay sa Lunes ng 11:30pm at Huwebes ng 1:30pm. Maaari ring manood online sa iwantv.com.ph and www.skyondemand.com.ph. Para sa updates, bisitahin ang www.facebook.com/MyPuhunan andwww.twitter.com/MyPuhunan.



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