The 16-year old Batangueño would eventually win legions of fans and become the first grand prize winner in the talent search. He is just an ordinary siomai vendor but now he is one of the most-talked about name in the local showbiz industry.
Out of the 12 finalists who battled it out during the grand finals at the Araneta Coliseum on June 12, the small-town boy with the “God-given” voice proved he not only has the pipes reminiscent of Journey frontman Arnel Pineda, but, as Kris puts it, he has “charisma.”
“Una nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng Batangueno po na sumuporta sa akin. Sa mga kamag-anak ko po at pamilya, lalong lalo na sa Jovitnatics fans club. Sa TFC subscribers, maraming maraming salamat po,” the 16-year-old singer said.
Kris Aquino, one of PGT’s judges, said Baldivino can now be part of any ABS-CBN show he wants — a teleserye (soap opera) alongside Sarah Geronimo, musical variety show “ASAP XV,” or noontime variety show “Wowowee.”
“Saan mo gusto maging parte?” Aquino said. Baldivino replied: “Lahat po.”
The results of the voting were announced on Sunday night at the Araneta Coliseum, and was aired live on ABS-CBN Channel 2.
The star-studded results night was hosted by Luis Manzano and Iya Villania.
The Velasco brothers and Baguio Metamorphosis, meanwhile, were the 2 others who made it in the PGT top 3. They each got P100,000.
Other finalists in PGT’s first season include ventriloquist Ruther Urquia, magician Allan “Alakim” De Paz, Fil-Norwegian crooner Markki Stroem, guitarist Keith Delleva, Ezra Band, balladeer Sherwin Baguion, family singers Luntayao, musician Jeline Oliva, and Broadway siren Ingrid Payaket.
They went home with P50,000 each.
PGT a hit
PGT was the most talked-about topic on Twitter during the start of the show’s final results night on Sunday.
The hashtag “Pilipinas Got Talent” was first on Twitter trending topics as of 8:41 p.m., even way ahead of the much-anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Since its launch, PGT has been topping the weekend primetime national TV ratings, according to the data by TNS Media Research. This season, the show hit a high of 43.1% just on its second week of airing.
Another amazing Filipino Achievers…
Poverty may be prevalent in the country, but Antonio Meloto is optimistic about building better communities for those in need. His dedication to helping solve this problem has spawned Gawad Kalinga (“to give care”), a movement working to build homes for poverty-stricken areas, of which he is now Executive Director.
Born in Bacolod in 1950, Meloto came from humble beginnings, and went to the public school Rizal Elementary School, from where he graduated in 1962 as valedictorian. He continued his studies at the Negros Occidental High School and graduated salutatorian in 1966. A year later, he got into the De Anza High School in Richmond, California, where he re-took his senior year as an American Field Exchange Scholar. He then became a Full Academic Scholar at the Ateneo De Manila University and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1971. Upon graduating, Meloto was offered the position of Purchasing Manager at Procter & Gamble Philippines, where he began a successful path as an entrepreneur.
It was in 1985 that he had an encounter with Couples For Christ that eventually transformed his vision and priorities and led him to join the organization full-time. He later brought CFC to Negros Occidental and played a part in putting up the CFC Family Ministries in 1993. Two years later, with the support of ANCOP Foundation International, he launched an anti-poverty program in Bagong Silang, Caloocan which evolved into what is now known as Gawad Kalinga. The mission of the movement is to empower communities and improve the living conditions of slum dwellers. With help and volunteers from CFC, it transformed Bagong Silang into the first Gawad Kalinga village, building decent houses for the community.
Meloto came up with the guidelines for the movement’s projects, including the condition that while beneficiaries don’t need to pay for their new homes, they must help the volunteers build them. In the following years, Gawad Kalinga drew sponsorship from expatriate Filipinos, civic organizations, schools, government agencies, and major corporations. Aside from building houses, it has also incorporated health, education and livelihood components into its villages.
Today, there are over 850 Gawad Kalinga villages, and the movement has a goal to build 700,000 homes in 7,000 communities in 7 years, with 2010 as its target year for delivery.
Last year, Meloto received the 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership for his achievements in Gawad Kalinga. He also received a Family Values Award from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
His other awards include the Ozanam Award from Ateneo de Manila University in 2003, and Most Outstanding Alumnus from Negros Occidental High School in 2001.
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Team Philippines brings representatives from differing levels of homelessness in the Philippines, differing levels of poverty, and different areas of the country together for the Homeless World Cup. These individuals are in the process of becoming a team, which means working and playing together on and off the football pitch. The Philippine Team is: Ronaldo Yurag, Mark Anthony Rosales, Robin Porcioncula, Larry Dela Cruz, Ricky Ortiz, Robert Francisco, Joemer Gelena, Marlon Lagundino, and reserve Rachy Gunda . They come from Masbate, Cebu City, Quatro, Pagsanjan, Nasugbu, Calapan, Guiguinto, Surigao and Floodway. Join us in celebrating with Team Philippines 2009! Final Position: Milan 2009 – 29th
At the Homeless World Cup, people of all colors, shapes, and sizes converge under different flags that represent different languages, political systems, ideologies, and religions. There are teams from 48 countries in six continents, some belonging to global superpowers whose flags have instant recall and recognition, others to little-known states that are still seeking recognition.
Despite these differences, everyone here knows three languages that have made the Homeless World Cup a symbol of one huge global village converging toward one goal: the language of sports, the language of music, and above all, the language of respect.
The transformative and uniting power of sports is the main reason why the Homeless World Cup was established. Its founder, globally acclaimed social entrepreneur Mel Young, recognized that sports—football, in particular—has the power to uplift spirits, rebuild broken lives, and create new paths for a better future. According to Homeless World Cup research, more than 94 percent of participants have said that being part of the Homeless World Cup has had a positive impact on their lives. Seventy-seven percent have made significant changes as a direct result of the program, coming off drugs and alcohol; moving in homes, jobs, and education; becoming coaches and players; repairing relationships; and becoming social entrepreneurs.
Even those who are not playing football and simply cheering on the stands are feeling the energy of unity and positivity permeating through the Arena Civica in Milan, Italy, where this year’s games are held. Through the power of music, people can cheer, sing, dance, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company without having to struggle with words and syntax.
Leading the global cheering squad is Paul Zialcita, a percussionist and performance artist from the Philippines. Using five-gallon water bottles (called “aquadrums”) and a large recycled trash can, he has been drumming not only for Team Philippines but for other teams as well, and teaching the players themselves how to use these drums so that teams can have their own built-in cheering section. Through this approach, footballers gamely take the bottles on and drum and cheer for other countries—even for those who will be or have been their opponents through the course of the games.
John Marshall is a player for Team Scotland, and even while Scotland and the Philippines have already slugged it out on the pitch, John and his team were seen rooting for Team Philippines during the latter’s game with Australia. Alejandro Miranda, meanwhile, is a volunteer pitch manager who hails from Chile and lives in the United States. He was seen cheering for the Spanish football team, whom he regards as “the best team. They’re very kind, very respectful.”
Sports and music have been building bridges in a world where lines are drawn too strongly and too often. During an interview with football star Dariusz Dsziekanowski, formerly a player for Polish teams, he talked about the importance of bringing back respect at a time when life moves too fast for people to pay attention to one another.
“Respect—this word brings a huge message to the people,” he said. “Life moves very fast. Sometimes you miss the train and find yourself standing in the station wondering where all the time has gone, and nobody will care about you. It’s important that we bring back the simple things, like saying ‘Hello, how are you?’ ‘I respect you’, ‘I don’t judge you’, ‘I respect what you’re doing.’”
When it’s difficult to verbalize our feelings and expressions, especially in a setting such as this where the arena has become a melting pot of peoples and cultures, Darius recommends one very simple thing: “Just respect and smile at each other.”
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It was not the childhood dream of Cobonpue to become a furniture designer. “I wanted to do something creative. I really didn’t think about furniture. When I was just starting out, I just wanted to be a designer. Nothing in particular,” he shared.
Born and based in Cebu, he said his family used to have a furniture factory at the back of their house. As a child, he would always go there, pick up pieces of wood and start building small structures. “I worked with my hands,” he added.
Cobonpue’s mother, Betty, was also a furniture designer, whom he considers his first inspiration. She was famous for creating new techniques in working with rattan. She experimented with different materials, such as rattan, metal, terra cotta, brass and copper. Despite all the local recognitions his mother received, she was never recognized for her designs abroad. It pains him as a son.
A familiar scenario in Chinese families, Cobonpue was “encouraged” to study business. He went to University of the Philippines Diliman and tried to do just that. After two years, he realized that it just wasn’t for him. He then applied in the Fine Arts program, which at that time offered Industrial Design. He failed the entrance exam. “I couldn’t draw well enough,” he said.
Better opportunities came his way when he flew to New York and studied Industrial Design. He went on for further studies on furniture production in Italy and Germany. Upon returning to his homeland, his mastery in technical design was challenged by the abundance of the country’s raw natural materials and its skilled craftsmen.
“I had to marry what I’ve learned to what we have. It was very difficult,” admitted Cobonpue. His early attempts at furniture design drew from his mother’s, but the results left him disheartened.
Nature’s beauty then played a big role in the maturing of his craft, the realization that all of the world’s greatest monuments were built by hands leaving a deep impact. He skillfully captured the essence of nature in his first chair, 1998’s Yin & Yang. Looking at his first “offspring” in the world of furniture design, he said to himself: “I’ve found it.”
According to Cobonpue, he was able to fuse a form typically associated with Western design, like that of Le Corbusier and Hoffman, with something that was decidedly Asian. Later on, he began to experiment with different materials like rattan. “I always believe that it’s only in working with your hands that you begin to understand and discover things.”
Cobonpue owns up to a perfectionist streak, but he has learned “to let some of that go,” learning that in the end “you have to give up something.” Purpose in a design is what Cobonpue always bears in his mind. “There’s nothing there that should be decorative. Everything is about the structure,” he added.
Describing the current situation of the Philippine furniture industry, he said the industry is going through tough times and urged designers to be more creative. “Almost everyone is doing the same thing. We’re running out of materials in the country. I think we have to go against that,” he said.
Moreover, he foresees fewer designers staying in the business. “The ones that will remain are the stronger ones, the good ones. Ten years ago, there were just too many companies going into the furniture industry that we came to a point where everyone was trying to kill the other.”
He remains optimistic, however, and is convinced that the furniture industry remains most promising. “It’s not only important that you have good products; you also have to know how to market them. There are a lot of good products done by local craftsmen but they are just not marketed well. It’s not enough that you design well; you have to know how to sell your work.”
Cobonpue considers the furniture industry as “one of the remaining few that can propel the Philippines onto the global stage,” he explained.
The artist takes pride in saying that the country’s furniture designers are better than their counterparts in Asia because we have an understanding of natural materials. He recognizes the craftsmen’s skills as they laboriously work with their hands. He also sees the need for further training of local designers, the push for their continuing education and exposure.
For a perfect respite, Cobonpue enjoys driving his vintage cars. He admits that he is an avid collector and has four thus far. One of his current projects, by the way, involves building a car out of bamboo and carbon fiber.
If he were not a designer, he shares, his career will still have something to do with the creative. He also has a passion for writing, although he wishes that he can write about things beyond his philosophy as a designer. When we asked him to cite one piece from his designs that has a soft spot in his heart, he offered the Dragnet chair. “It was a departure of me from the works that I’ve been known for,” he said.
As for our favorite Cobonpue, the Yoda, he said: “We took so many months just to figure out how many stalks to use and to find the right angle to which the metal should stop to be sure that somebody who is 300 pounds or 50 pounds can sit and lean back. Everything in the design of our chairs is calculated.” That alone separates his works from the counterfeits. “People who don’t understand can’t do!”
A single collection would often take a year, at best, to finish—from conceptualization, production and distribution. His list of A-list celebrity clientele continues to expand, and now includes Lucy Liu and a lot of music artists in the US. An update to Brad Pitt’s purchases: Cobonpue said the actor bought five other pieces over a period of three to four years.
To an established designer like Cobonpue, a good designer is one who understands the market. “It’s a tough profession. You have to sell yourself. You have to understand what you do,” he said. It’s the uniqueness of product, the degree of craftsmanship and the compelling design that make his works stand out.
A lot of his inspiration springs from the people he meets during talks and exhibits, especially fellow Filipinos who would come up to him and say, “You give pride to our country.” His talk at the Ayala Museum, which we were lucky to attend, proved how highly regarded he is by Filipinos.
“We only expected 200 people to come but more than 500 people turned up. Nobody expected it because we thought only design aficionados would come, or students who were required to attend. Of course, it’s summer and school is out, so there was no requirement. That makes me proud.”
Cobonpue is more than proud of his country, which is why he has decided to stay. “I’ve gone to China and Malaysia to see if I could produce my things there. But it’s only here where my ideas can turn out the way I really want them to, and that is largely because of the skills of our people,” he said.
“When it comes to skills, we’re second to none in Asia. We make beautiful things that we can truly call our own. That is what I want to accomplish with my pieces. I always carry that Filipino spirit and have it resonate through my work.”
WHEN the Academy Awards announces the winner of this year’s Best Picture, there will be two Fil-Ams watching the results closely.
Among the Best Picture awards nominated this year is Disney Pixar’s tenth full-length computer animated film UP. The critically-acclaimed blockbuster movie grossed more than $720 million worldwide and has been hailed as one of Disney’s best-animated movies.
Fil-Am animators Ronnie del Carmen and Ricky Nierva are part of the Academy Award-nominated Pixar team.
Del Carmen served as the Oscar nominated movie UP’s storyboard supervisor and Nierva led the production design team.
Del Carmen toned down the magnitude of the Oscar nomination. He wrote on his website that being nominated is a “win” already.
“What a ride!” del Carmen wrote on his website when the Best Picture nominated movies were announced on February. “It’s been a long journey that’s about to culminate in March. For myself, I am counting today as the win. We made it to the big boys table with UP being nominated for Best Picture along with the other live action movies. We make movies, we tell stories. These days the fact that a movie is made completely with computers or a percentage is not a discussion anymore. It is just making movies.”
The Making of UP
UP was one of the top movies of the year in 2009. The movie tells the story of Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old man fulfilling his deceased wife’s last adventure wish, and Russell, an Asian-American wilderness explorer trying to earn his last wilderness patch.
Directed by Pete Docter, UP received critical acclaim for its story, computer animation and has been nominated in five categories in the upcoming Academy Awards. The movie has already won a Critics’ Choice Award and a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Score.
For Nierva, UP was his first movie as production designer. Nierva has worked on other Pixar titles such as Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 2.
According to Inquirer.net, Nierva’s responsibility for the movie UP was to “uphold the vision of co-director Pete Docter.”
Docter had nothing but good things to say about Nierva.
“You need to create a world where that seems possible and believable. Plus, it’s just the way my aesthetic works. Ricky Nierva, production designer, really pushed into that direction as well,” Docter told Inquirer.net. “I always feel that if you want live action, go get live actors. Let’s play to the strengths of what animation does which is this great sense of simplification and caricature.”
Nierva told Inquirer that he had to come up with ideas for the look, design, lighting and other visual elements of the film, and work with a team that included sculptors and layout artists.
As story supervisor, Del Carmen had more responsibilities.
“I lead a team of story artists. We tell and dramatize the story from beginning to end. We do it with storyboards and story reels so it becomes an emotional, authentic experience. If you laugh or cry while watching the movie, it’s our fault,” Del Carmen told Inquirer.
Del Carmen graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. He worked briefly at an advertising agency before immigrating to the US in 1989.
Before joining Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, he’s worked at DreamWorks and Warner Brothers. He also publishes his own comic book, Paper Biscuit.
He’s worked on other critically-acclaimed animated movies including The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, and Wall E.
In an interview with GMA, he said he loves his work.
“The most fulfilling part of my work is to tell stories everyday to other people who like telling stories,” he said.
When UP came out on DVD and Blue-ray, among one of the special features added was Del Carmen’s 4-minute animated story, Dug’s Special Mission, which he wrote and directed.
Since working in animation, del Carmen has been lauded for his work.
He won a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for Freakazoid and has won one Annie Award given by the International Animated Film Association for his work Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and nominated for two other Annie’s for Wall-E and UP.
Born in San Diego, Nierva had intended to become a doctor and studied at the University of California in San Diego.
“I had this weird stereotype of the starving artist. I thought you couldn’t make a career out of cartoons,” he said in Pixar’s Artist Corner.
But after a year at UCSD, he attended California Institute of the Arts, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Character Animation in 1994.
Three years later, Nierva joined the Pixar animation team as a visual development artist.
Nierva has worked on Monsters Inc, Ratatouille, and other animated films.
He told ABS-CBN that Pixar is a dream job and a great environment for animators.
“They create an environment here that everybody can pitch their ideas…whether he be somebody that’s not even from the art department that has an idea. Staying open, staying positive, that’s the culture,” said Nierva.
The then Filipino President Corazon Aquino appointed Jejomar Cabauatan Binay officer-in-charge of the then Municipality of Makati on 27 February 1986. He was the first local official to be appointed after the 1986 EDSA Revolution ended the Marcos dictatorship. He has been re-elected several times by his constituents, and continues to introduce innovations in local government in the Philippines.
Jojo Binay was born on 11 November 1942. He was orphaned at an early age and had to take on odd jobs to support his schooling. Despite financial constraints, he gained a BSc in political science and was later awarded a bachelor’s degree in law at the University of the Philippines (UP).
He passed his bar exams in 1960, but chose instead to teach and to provide free legal assistance to the poor. For his political convictions, Mr Binay was jailed for several months by the martial law regime of the time. After his release, he continued his work both as a human rights lawyer and as an active participant in the pro-democracy movement.
Jojo Binay was named officer-in-charge of the municipality of Makati immediately after the February 1986 Revolution. He found a bankrupt municipal government and quickly took drastic yet sensible steps to put Makati’s financial house in order. As a result, his administration posted savings at the end of 1986. The local government has not had a deficit since then.
With the conversion of Makati into a highly-urbanised city in 1995 by virtue of the Republic Act 7854, Mayor Binay became the first Chief Executive of the City Government of Makati.
Within a span of twenty years, Makati underwent a dramatic transformation under the Binay administration. Makati is now the unrivalled premier financial centre of the Philippines, the undisputed leader in e-governance, and the acknowledged trend setter in public services.
Makati also gained international prominence when its public health program introduced by Mayor Binay, popularly known as Yellow Card, was named a “Best Practice” by the Dubai International Award 2002.
At present, Makati is one of Metro Manila’s healthiest cities, with one of the lowest mortality and malnutrition rates in the country. It also boasts one of the highest literacy rates.
The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) also named Makati the Most Dynamic City in 2004, and listed it as one of the Top 5 Most Competitive Cities (Metro Classification) in 2005.
Mayor Binay is also active in civic work. Besides being a member of the Rotary Club of Makati, he is currently on his third term as the National President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He also holds positions in international organisations, namely: Vice President for Membership (2006- 2008), United Cities and Local Governments-Asia Pacific Chapter; Life Honorary Member (since February 2001) and Member, World Executive Committee of the International Union of Local Authorities-Asia Pacific; Member, Executive Committee (2006-2009), Network for Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlement (CITYNET); and Chairman, Finance Sub-Committee, World Scout Organization.
Mayor Binay was also a senior executive fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He is married to Elenita Sombilo, a doctor of medicine. They have five children.
MANILA , Philippines – Twenty years ago, people thought Cecilio Pedro was crazy for competing head-on with global toothpaste brands Colgate and Close Up.
Now, Hapee toothpaste tubes and sachets are selling like hotcakes in the Philippines , making his company, Lamoiyan Corp., the country’s first homegrown toothpaste empire.
“Fighting multinationals was very tough. At first, everyone thought I was crazy. They told me, how will I survive this? True enough, it’s by the grace of God that I’m still here in the toothpaste industry after 20 years. God is good,” Pedro shared with abs-cbnNEWS.com
As of last year, Pedro said Hapee soared to number 2 in many areas of the Philippines, it is a solid third in Mindanao as Lamoiyan still has to untangle distribution problems, but the toothpaste brand no doubt has penetrated the market and is now a serious threat to its foreign competitors.
“We’re giving them a hard time now. We are really hurting them because of our price, promotion, and innovation,” he said.
From being a household name in the Philippines , Hapee toothpaste is now being exported to the Middle East, Papua New Guinea , Russia , Vietnam , and Hong Kong .
Pedro is planning to sell more of his products in China and Southeast Asia .
“We hope to make a dent in China , where 1.35 billion people are brushing their teeth. And markets in Southeast Asia is similar to ours. It has less competition (compared to China ),” he said.
His company, which he named after his grandmother, has also expanded to provide dishwashing liquid, lice shampoo, and sports powder, among others.
But before he went head-to-head with Colgate and Close Up, the 2 multinational toothpaste brands were Pedro’s only customers.
His first company, Aluminum Container Inc., sold aluminum toothpaste tubes to the 2 foreign firms from 1978 to 1985.
“At that time, I was thinking that toothpaste is something that everyone uses. And multinational firms will be here for the long term, so I thought it was a safe business,” he said.
All was going well for his company until plastic toothpaste tubes were invented. Both Colgate and Close Up decided to switch to plastic tubes in 1985, forcing Pedro to close shop.
“I never thought that they would switch to plastic tubes. My business got in trouble when they left,” he lamented.
Relying on a few customers was Pedro’s biggest mistake yet. Money stopped coming in, and he was left with millions of aluminum tubes.
“I learned that in business, you need a mass base to sustain your company. You cannot rely on one or 2 customers. Should they decide not to buy from you, your business is over,” he said.
He initially thought of filling his tubes with epoxy and selling it to capitalize on his current resources, but the market for the product is too small.
So, after a year, Pedro decided to try his hand at toothpaste making by getting some help from a Japanese company.
“I was a container manufacturer so I knew nothing about toothpaste. I tied up with a Japanese company that provided toothpaste for hotels in Japan . A friend introduced them to me to do toothpaste for us. They helped us for $20,000,” he said.
The next step was to come up with the right product, and that meant testing 200 toothpaste formulas.
“When you brush your teeth, you’re not sad. You’re happy. But using ‘happy’ is corny, you don’t use that as a brand. ‘Hapee’ looks Japanese. It could’ve been ‘Hapi,’ but ‘Hapee’ looks better,” he explained.
By 1988, Lamoiyan was born.
Pedro may have found a way to use his empty aluminum tubes, but he was faced with another challenge: how to carve a niche in the Philippine toothpaste industry currently dominated by 2 multinational brands.
“It’s the same toothpaste: the challenge is how you’ll convince people to buy it. But we’re competing with the giants, and we’re no match for them when it comes to product (recognition) and distribution,” he said.
Given that handicap, Pedro first decided to sell Hapee at half the price of Colgate and Close Up.
Next, he divided the market into segments, offering variants specifically for children as well as low-income and rich families.
Pedro’s newly-formed company also sold toothpaste in packs, bundles, sachets to give his customers more options.
Eventually, Filipinos started to notice the Hapee brand.
“Colgate and Close Up can’t come up with such variations immediately since their global companies, but we didn’t have any problems. They had a hard time keeping up with our promos, so they were forced to come up with similar offers,” he said.
“You have to be innovative in the business. That’s how you survive,” he added.
By 1996, Pedro said Hapee wrestled more than 15% of the market. Sales were going up, and Lamoiyan had enough funds to get celebrity endorsers.
“If people don’t know your brand, nobody would buy. So I got popular people and celebrities to endorse my toothpaste,” he said.
Not giving up
Pedro is winning the battle now, but the toothpaste war is far from over.
He said Colgate and Close Up usually occupy the best grocery shelves in supermarkets, albeit costly, but which make their products more visible to customers.
Hapee, on the other hand, has to make do with a small spot in the supermarket.
“It’s very expensive to buy shelves, even more expensive than getting gondolas. Back then, grocery shelves were free. At P30,000 for a small space, we cannot afford. So we had to make do with what supermarkets give us,” he lamented.
Despite this, Pedro said he is not giving up, especially now that he has gone this far.
“I know it won’t be easy since they’re now very watchful of us. But that’s (exactly) because they know what we can do,” he shared.
“And besides, I now have millions of customers because of my toothpaste. That’s something to be happy about,” he added.
Being a hapee man is what a Filipino achievers deserved to be.