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Time To Heal, Philippines…Change Is Coming Really Soon!

This year’s Presidential Election produced probably the most number of political analysts in most of us. I’ve seen friends and relatives unfriend each other on Social Media, fought tooth and nail to campaign for their respective candidates, got caught in the middle of heated political discussions online and offline. All those brouhaha for everyone’s fiery and diverse stands on the country’s political platform and personalities.

The people have spoken. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is now the country’s presumptive President. Maybe we should all go back to being normal (meaning not the political analysts we have come to be over the past months or weeks)?

Despite our differences in political opinion, we’re all but one nation.

The die is cast. People, apparently, clamor for change. I say we can’t change as a nation if we rely everything on our President to fix this country.  The last time I checked, Duterte doesn’t have a magic wand.

May we all be instruments of the change we crave for, starting with ourselves. Stop the hate, stop the bashing, stop the trolling. Change is at hand.

May this also be the start of the country’s insurgents to put down their arms and go back being allies of the government. Afterall, we’re all Filipinos. Why are we fighting?

Digong, Duterte, Philippine President

Digong, Duterte, Philippine President

I have to say Senator Grace Poe won my admiration and trust when she made the first move in conceding to Duterte. In a country where conceding is not “uso” because politicians are almost expected to cry foul for being cheated, I admired Poe for her actions.

On the side note, the Vice Presidency race is still clouded with doubts, following the allegations of Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ camp that the VP votes may have been rigged.

Let’s wait and see how this politicalserye will unfold in the next days, months, or years.

But for now, allow me to bask in optimism. I’m full of hope and excitement for a brand new and better Philippines.

Let’s heal our land.

 

 

 

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Change is coming this PH Halalan 2016

This Monday, May 9, let’s go out and vote. The political game is getting dirtier and the only way we could help this country is by getting ourselves well-informed about the candidates — who are real public servants, who are paid attack dogs, who have the heart to listen to our plights, who are only good at branding, who are the most competent and trustworthy leaders based on track record instead of promises?

Just a few days before the elections and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s opponents are spewing nastier smear campaigns against him…and it’s a pain to watch especially if you know they’re all baseless accusations.  Amid all the cheating rumors hounding this election, I still want to believe that change is coming.

Yes, change starts within us BUT reforms in government start with our leaders.

Kahit gaano ka pa kabait as an ordinary citizen, may magagawa ka ba if people in power continue to turn a blind eye on you, rob you, abuse you, leave you with nothing but graft and corruption that’s embedded in our system?

Our economy looks good on paper pero ramdam kaya ito ng mga gutom nating farmers na pinagbabaril sa Kidapawan at ikinulong pa pagkatapos? Ramdam kaya ito ng ating mga kababayang walang makitang permanenteng trabaho dahil sa job-skills mismatch na di gaanong natututukan? Ramdam kaya ito ng ating mga kababayan na nangangailangan ng basic social services especially in far-flung areas but our government chose to underspend para may savings? Ramdam kaya ito ng ating mga kababayang walang tahanan sa sariling bayan? Ng mga hina-harass at displaced na mga katutubo sa Mindanao dahil sa mining at iba pa?

“For what good will progress be if its benefits do not trickle down to the poorest of the poor? Let us bear in mind that the test of good government is not whether we can add more to the abundance of those who have much, but whether we can provide for those who have so little.” – ‪#‎Duterte‬

Sorry but whenever I see those goody-two-shoes branding of some candidates, it’s as if I’m watching the “Emperor With No Clothes.” Some media networks and personalities can twist facts to ruin #Duterte and make his opponents look spotlessly clean and decent, an epitome of an ideal presidentiable…but they can’t force me to say the emperor’s clothes are awesome, when he’s not even wearing one.‪#‎DuterteSOLID‬ ‪#‎ChangeIsComing‬

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Why I’m voting for Duterte

I have long wanted to write about this but I always ended up deciding against it.  I’m not a political analyst nor am I a prolific writer, but after seeing all sorts of black propaganda being hurled against Mayor Duterte from all corners imaginable after he surged to the top of the surveys, I feel it is my moral obligation as an ordinary Filipino to take part in this electoral process the way I see it from the grassroots level where I’m at. It is from this vantage point that I carefully shaped my decision on who to vote for President and why. And I refuse to helplessly watch from the sidelines any longer.

I was born and raised in Davao City. I lived most of my life there for over 35 years (I now live in Marikina). I have personally seen, heard, and experienced Mayor Duterte’s leadership.  I am one of the many living witnesses to his good governance.

Is he perfect? No. Nobody is.

Is Davao City perfect? No. No city in any part of the globe is.

Is he a dictator? Certainly not. A dictator is a ruler who wields absolute authority while Mayor Duterte has always worked hard for the people of Davao to enjoy their freedom — freedom to live, work, express themselves, have fun, and do business in a peaceful environment. Dabawenyos enjoy democracy just as anyone else in other parts of the country. Perhaps the only difference is that Davao City is strict with the implementation of laws and city ordinances. After all, what good are those laws and ordinances if we don’t follow them? Feel free to visit Davao City and see if you’d feel like your basic human rights are curtailed as if you’re under Martial Law. Not even close.

Does he kill innocent people on mere suspicion that they are criminals? Funny but that’s what his detractors are insinuating even in their political ads. If one political ad is to be believed, Mayor Digong’s brand of justice is the type that tortures and kills even kids suspected as criminals. That’s preposterous. But if only for a point of discussion, if that indeed is true, you think the people of Davao would feel safe walking around the streets if they believe that Mayor Digong would, at any given time, shoot them or their friends and family members for being suspected as criminals? You think the people of Davao would love and trust Mayor Digong this much if he’s anywhere close to being trigger happy? If there’s a shred of truth to a culture of impunity under Mayor Digong’s leadership, we should have feared him instead of respected him.

Mayor Digong, being a lawyer himself, has reiterated many times over that he is for imposing the law. If a criminal puts innocent lives in danger, he will bear the consequences of his actions. And what’s the problem with that? Would you rather put innocent lives in danger just to protect the human rights of criminals? If you haven’t heard it yet, Mayor Digong’s mantra is “Follow the law.” If that scares you, that’s beyond my comprehension.

His political opponents are sowing fear through distorted information. I’d rather go by first-hand experiences than hearsays that are meant to fool and scare people just to earn votes for themselves.

Does he shoot people in the streets for failing to follow curfew? You must have seen Mystica’s viral video which shows her spewing this scenario as if she has seen it happen under Duterte’s leadership and so will continue to happen if he wins the Presidency. I don’t know how she got that impression, it’s crazy to the point of ridiculous. Chill! Mayor Digong won’t “bratatat” you dead in the middle of the street for failing to follow curfew. Mystica dear, get back down to earth, for goodness’ sake.

So why am I voting for Duterte? Let me count the reasons:

1. He is the only Presidentiable that commands respect from all sides — the government, MILF, MNLF, NPA, ordinary citizens. He is respected by Muslims and Christians. He unites, not divides. He understands the plight of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Mindanao. I believe he’s the only one who can start the much-needed lasting peace in the war-torn areas of Mindanao.

2. He has the heart, the political will, and the competency to lead and serve the country. His track record is the glaring proof.

3. His passion for public service defies anything politics. His turf is Davao City but he is always quick to help other cities in need without brandishing his name to claim credit. He operates even under the media radar, which is the exact opposite of what a lot of politicians do. That to me is REAL public service.

4. He is a man of action. Again, his track record is proof. Aren’t we all tired of self-aggrandizing speeches? Of finger-pointing? Of leaders giving us excuses rather than solutions and results? I am.

5. He acts like a father to his constituents. Unlike other politicians, Duterte doesn’t act like a king who expects to be served. He serves. He is a simple man who has a soft spot for children and senior citizens.

6. His leadership is contagious. He has his way of affecting positivity in people. This is the only national election I’ve seen so far where I witness people going out of their ways to support a Presidential candidate, even printing their own marketing materials from banners to t-shirts, ballers, car stickers and anything they can think of. He brings out the spirit of volunteerism and discipline in us like no other Filipino politician has or can. That’s the mark of a true leader.

I could go on and on but I’d rather feature some of my friends from different parts of the globe about their take on the good Mayor. Here’s why Mayor Duterte is their choice for President:

Rob Rances

“I’m voting for Duterte coz he’s the only one who proposes to solve the problem. The other candidates are all part of the problem.” – Rob Rances, Business Coach / Social Entrepreneur

Bobet Alip

“He is not perfect and he was the first to admit it. But I know he can and will get things done. His heart and mind is in the right place.” – Bobet Alip, Agripreneur

Anonymous DJ

“Borrowing from General Patton, ‘As It Was Written So It Shall Be Done!’ His political will… That’s why.” – A Club DJ and Radio Presenter from a giant TV/media network (name withheld upon request)

Mel and Boyet

“We need him as a leader because he is not beholden to any oligarchs. We want our daughter to experience affluence that most of us never had for decades.” – Melanie Confesor and Pelagio Nalla III, Customer Service Associates

Brandy Allen Fuentes

“Aside from the fact that I am one of the many who enjoy the fruit of his hardwork, I’ll vote for him because he gets things done… specially if it benefits the many.” – Brandy Allen Fuentes, freelance host

Carol Yao

“Du30 because we not only need a man of integrity, we also need strong leadership.” – Carol Yao, true-blooded Bisdak

Restie Concepcion

“I’m voting for Duterte because I believe he will be strong for us dealing with China bullying us. 2nd, what we need right now is an action man, not a planner anymore. Would you give a cough medicine to someone ailing with LBM or upset stomach…that’s the analogy.” – Restie R. Concepcion, Marketing Director/licensed CPM (Certified Professional Marketer)

Jerome Faune

“After Flor Contemplacion and the burning of the Singapore flag it was then that I wished he were the president of the Philippines. Integrity, political will, courage, humility, love for country and his leadership is unprecedented.” – Jerome Faune, OFW

 

Dr. Roni Mines

“I am voting for Duterte because he has the kind of political will and leadership that this country needs. In my many years of living in Davao City, with about two decades of having him as our mayor, I feel safe and protected with his leadership. He really cares for his constituents and he is consistent! I like his crusade against impunity and I believe he will help us realize a better Philippines and turn the fortune of the country around. Having been plagued by corruption, drugs and crime for so long, this country needs someone like Duterte to make the needed changes.” – Dr. Roni Mines, Educator

Mayor Digong talks tough but he has a big heart to serve the people.  For me, he is the best chance we have to move this country forward. No other political candidate has ever moved me to be this vigilant and nationalistic.  And to think that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t even know I exist.  I’m sure there are millions of other Filipinos like me who tirelessly campaign for the Mayor in their own little ways without any political affiliations and self-serving expectations.

How about you, why are you voting for Duterte?

 

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Kiwanis Cainta Greenpark and PCSO join forces in Medical Mission

med19A total of 100 individuals from different age groups benefited from the recently held Medical Mission initiated by Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark, in cooperation with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), last March 19 at the covered court of Greenpark Subdivision in Cainta, Rizal.

The beneficiaries went home with free medicines and vitamins after their medical consultation with the volunteer doctor from the Municipal Government of Cainta.

Most of the medicines and vitamins were provided by the PCSO, through the efforts of Mr. Alberto “Boy” Maceda, PCSO’s Senior Procurement Officer.

The said Medical Mission is another addition to the growing accomplishments of Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark under the leadership of its president Kwn. Chona Chavez and the active participation of its members.

Here are some of the snapshots taken during the event:

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At the Registration Table (L-R): Kwn. Pres. Chona Chavez, Kwn. Engr. Dick Florendo, Kwn. Susan Kanai, Kwn. Amy Melendrez, Kwn. Rochelle (Yep, that’s me.), and PCSO’s Boy Maceda.

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Upcoming Event: Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark and PCSO are bound to embark on another Medical Mission this April 30 in Zambales, this time involving 800 families or more than 2,000 individuals expectedly, which is by far the largest crowd ever to receive basic humanitarian and healthcare services from Kiwanis Cainta Greenpark in a single project.

Membership: If helping is in your veins, get in touch with the Kiwanis chapter nearest you.  I’ll bet my two cents they’ll happily welcome you in the group, just as they did to me when I inquired about them last November.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers initiating community-based programs to better the lives of children and the community it serves as a whole.

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress.Working together is success. ~Henry Ford

 

 

 

 

 

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The new era of radio breaks geographical barriers with JaygerFM

Online or Internet Radio has become a great platform for music lovers to listen to their favorite music genres beyond the limited mileage offered by traditional radio. Unlike traditional radio, online radio has a global reach and therefore can be accessed and heard anywhere in the world where there’s Internet connection. Friends, lovers, and families separated by geographical divides can listen to the same music stream at the same time sans timezone differences. One online radio that I listen to is JaygerFM which plays a smorgasbord of Top 40 and contemporary songs throughout the weekdays and a plethora of old and new songs during the weekends.

JaygerFM was founded by a young man named Claro just February 28 of this year. What started out as an idea spawned into a real deal, with JaygerFM attracting more listeners day after day. Their FB page started generating thousands of likes organically.

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DJ Claro and DJ Gabz (Photo from jaygerfm’s fb page)

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Deejays jamming on Jayger Jamz.

“I did not expect our Facebook page and listenership to grow into what it is today. I guess it was serendipitous but nevertheless I am thankful,” said DJ Claro. Most of JaygerFM’s listeners come from the Philippines, the US, Australia, Brazil, and the UAE.

What prompted DJ Claro to set up JaygerFM? “Actually it was an arbitrary decision,” he mused. ” I just wanted to try it out and see what it was like to own your own Internet station,” DJ Claro added.

JaygerFM does live broadcasts every Friday, 5pm Manila time, on Jayger Jamz  where the young and opinionated DJs Clarissa, Gabz, Jairo, Lejana, Leo, Martin, Nikki, and DJ Claro himself engage in wacky conversations that make their listeners glued to their headsets and speakers. Jayger Jamz, which DJ Claro said was a brainchild of his dad, gets replayed every Sunday.

I’m privileged to be part of JaygerFM as their weekend newscaster.  My newscasts are heard within Jayger Jamz’s timeslot. I started last June, a month after Jayger Jamz’ inception.  Though my stint has been sporadic due to my hectic schedules, doing newscasts for JaygerFM has always been a stress-buster for me. Like I’ve mentioned in my previous post My “secret” life as a voiceover talent, audio production is my secret love.

Me, doing what I love — voice recording.

Come to think of it, the global reach of online radio makes it a good avenue for international companies to market their products and services worldwide at a minimal cost.

Listen to JaygerFM by clicking on this link:  http://jaygerfm.com/ and get updated with the latest hits in music, fun conversations, interesting news bits, and a bit of the top tracks from the past.

Heads up, the guys are cooking up a fun radio show for tomorrow on Christmas Day!

 

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A Day with Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark

IMG_20151212_103702I spent practically most of my entire day with Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark last Saturday.  It didn’t matter that I wasn’t a member yet, the Kiwanians were surprisingly friendly and accommodating.  So how did I end up there? It all started with a choice — a choice to do something meaningful and productive that’s not about me, myself, and I…a choice to join an organization that makes valuable contributions to the community; an organization that positively impacts other people’s lives. I only had one club in mind — KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL. But which chapter should I approach and will they accept me as a member without a referral from a current member? I wouldn’t know until I tried.

With the help of my handy dandy buddy Mr. Google, I searched for Kiwanis Chapters near me. I looked into their meeting places and schedules and the one that appealed to me most, primarily on those grounds, was Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark. I searched for their FB page and sent a message of inquiry and intent to join. Luckily, someone replied to my queries and informed me of their Feeding and Gift-Giving Activity which I could try to check out that Saturday.

To cut to the chase, I went to the event venue despite the nagging apprehension that I might be out-of-place since I didn’t know anyone from there. When I got to the place, I looked for the past president Jojo Figuracion who eventually greeted me with a warm welcome and introduced me to his fellow Kiwanians. All of them exuded positive vibes, notwithstanding that I was a stranger. Their warmth was overwhelming. There wasn’t a moment that I felt I made a wrong decision to go there. In fact, the longer I stayed, the more I loved it.

The said Feeding and Gift-Giving Project benefited the kids of Cainta Greenpark’s tricycle drivers. The Kiwanians distributed food, gifts, and prizes, much to the delight of the kids who also enjoyed the fun games and dancing. It was the club’s second year of organizing such an activity within Cainta Greenpark.

The Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark has been initiating fellowship and outreach projects for 30 years since its inception.  The exciting part is that the club is brewing more service-focused activities up ahead, apparently in keeping with what Kiwanis International is known for — serving communities with its motto “Serving the Children of the World.”

I only spent one Saturday with them but the Kiwanians at Cainta Greenpark showed me the value of camaraderie, friendship, charity, humility, and service, among other things.  I felt their strong bond as if they’re all brothers and sisters. Looks like I’ve found myself a new family.

And oh, my induction will be next Saturday. Just the thought of it makes me feel like a child anticipating Christmas.

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Trip up north: Manila to Sagada

Sagada is one of the best and most popular tourist destinations in the Mountain Province. Before it even took the spotlight due to the widely-celebrated film “That Thing Called Tadhana,” Sagada has been a favorite destination of choice by people seeking breath-taking panoramic views, cold weather, nice people, and tranquil environment where one could feel like he/she is on top of the world some 275 kilometers away from the urban jungle of Metro Manila.

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We had our trip up North to Sagada summer of last year and even though it was the longest land travel of our lives, it was arguably one of the best.

We rented a 12-seater van that accommodated all of us comfortably. It certainly wasn’t cheap but the convenience was priceless.  We took a Manila-Baguio-Sagada route which took us two days to reach Sagada from Manila (just because we stopped by Baguio for some sight-seeing and stayed there overnight).

Ways to get there other than through private transport:

By Bus

  • Western route (Victory Liner, Partas, Genesis, Dagupan  Bus Line) — Manila to Baguio

Fare (Manila to Baguio City): P455-P750 (around $10-$17)
Estimated travel time: 6 hours

Baguio City to Sagada (GL Trans, Lizard Transit)
Fare: P220 non-aircon (roughly $4.90)
Estimated travel time: 6 hours

Manila-Bontoc-Sagada
Bus ride from Manila to Bontoc, the capital of Mountain Province.
Estimated travel time: 12 hours. A jeepney ride from Bontoc to Sagada takes another 45 minutes.

  • Eastern route (Ohayami Trans) — This bus line passes through Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya and Ifugao. It doesn’t take you straight to Sagada but gets you close – at least up to the eastern edge of the Cordilleras.
    Manila Terminal: Lacson Avenue cor. Fajardo Street, Sampaloc
    Contact number: 09276493055, 02-5160501 (Manila); 09175617344 (Ifugao)

Fare (Manila to Banaue): P450 (around $10)
Estimated travel time: 10-12 hours

 

WHAT TO EXPECT IN SAGADA:

  • Picturesque winding roads worthy of cinematic exposure
  • Colder weather compared to most parts of the country
  • Caves, lots of caves to explore! One of the the caves we visited was an ancient burial cave of Sumaguing (Sumaguing Cave)
  • Clean, sparkling rivers and waterfalls
  • The famous hanging coffin and other historical sites
  • Smaller versions of the famous Rice Terraces in Banaue
  • Dining areas with lots of good food and some of them can only be found in Sagada! I would love to go back just because of Sagada Lemon Pie House which serves the best (lemon) pie I ever tasted.
  • Warm, friendly people
  • Clean, safe streets

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My niece and daughter enjoying the serenity of Sagada.

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When you get there, it is best to go to Sagada’s Tourist Office and register as a tourist. Local guides are there on stand by to give tourists a hand in exploring the main attractions and provide local information about Sagada for a minimal fee. Highly recommended to get a local guide from there to maximize your Sagada experience. There are caves and other tourist spots there that are hard to explore without a guide.

On off-peak season, accommodation should be easy to find even if you don’t have any prior reservations. There are a lot of affordable houses and hostels for rent around the area.

My pictures could never give justice to the beauty of Sagada. I failed to capture a lot of panoramic views when I got consumed by the vast green slopes, tourist attractions, exciting trekking trails, and lots of good food and company but that’s the thing — Sagada is a place where you can be one with nature, or reflect on the things that happened in your life, release all your pains and shout all your angst to the clouds like in the flick “Tadhana,” or frolic around it with the people you love.  If you haven’t been to Sagada, you might want to include it in your bucket list and make new unforgettable memories of your own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From domestic helper to BPO company owner: Myrna Padilla’s journey from mops to computers

(This is one of the articles I wrote for a government magazine (DTI Region XI’s Asenso Ka Magazine) back in 2012. Her success story is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve heard so I decided to share it with you here. Original Title: Power of the Mynd: Myrna Padilla proves that IT Knowledge is indeed power)

Myrna Padilla 1Call her a BPO and IT stalwart, a multi-awarded business leader, a daring woman who built her company from scratch, or a doting mother who toiled day and night overseas as a domestic helper and nanny in pursuit of a better life for her family. Myrna Padilla, President of Mynd Dynamic Team, Inc. is all that and so much more.

Padilla may not have a college degree nor a high school diploma to boot, but she managed to achieve what a lot of degree holders could only wish for – being a beacon of inspiration to others by rising from poverty and providing employment and business opportunities to fellow Filipinos.

How did one woman who grew up in an impoverished fishing village in Bohol, and whose highest educational attainment was only third year high school, build her own Business Process Outsourcing company specializing in software development?

It all started with a mouse.

Padilla was working as a nanny in Hong Kong in 1996 when her alaga (the young boy under her care) acquired a new personal computer. It alone stirred her curiosity, but she was especially transfixed when it came to the mouse.

“I was so amazed with the mouse. How could something so small be so powerful?” she said. Padilla began exploring the internet with the click of a mouse, having the boy as her mentor.  “It was then that I developed a passion for technology,” she recalled.

Realizing how empowering technology could be, she began using the computer for documentation and budgeting to help other Overseas Filipino Workers through the Mindanao Hong Kong Workers Federation, an organization that she founded and chaired.

Restless about her new passion, she studied Basic IT in Hong Kong for three months and learned more about basic computing. However, since she did not have her own personal computer and frequent trips to internet cafes were costly, she would end up resorting to an old typewriter that a friend found in the trash.

It was four years after her first encounter with the computer when Padilla’s employer gave her a laptop which included a printer, and eventually upon Padilla’s prodding, an internet connection for her to use.

Thirst for knowledge

With her unquenchable thirst for knowledge, she burrowed through every bit of information that she could find online and used her learning as a leverage to help not only herself, but also others in the process.

Summing up her mindset about learning, she said “I learn, I apply (what I learn), I continue learning, and I never stop learning.”

Noting that she lacked formal education due to poverty, she believed she could increase her value by adding knowledge using the internet.

Her curiosity led her to come across the jargons “blog” (short for web log) and “Web 2.0” (a popular term for advanced internet technology and applications). She once bumped into a website that gave her technical errors prompting her to contact its administrator and complain about the site’s technical glitches, including its creative features. Her incessant criticism earned her a job offer instead – to be a bug tester.

The road to outsourcing success

Padilla soon realized that services can be provided through the Internet. Thus came the BPO idea.

The domestic helper-and-nanny-turned-entrepreneur believes that the key to starting an outsourcing business is not about having a million pesos as capital investment; “It’s about finding clients and taking care of them,” she said.

“We focus on delivering services and making our clients happy and help them become successful because once they are, they will be your great salesman [sic]. They will talk about you and they will refer you to others. That’s how I get my clients,” she added.

Admitting that she doesn’t have a marketing budget, Padilla stated that her company relies solely on word-of-mouth advertising.

“Nowadays, the word of mouth is the world of mouth through social media,” she said.

Despite all the accolades she has received in the business world, she remains grounded.

“In the software development business, people say we are in the cutting edge of technology. We are. But if you don’t watch out when you develop a software, your head will be cut,” she said.

“Developing software is very costly. If you’re not quick, innovative, creative and smart, you’ll be cut,” she added.

Why Mynd instead of Mind?

Without initially realizing that Mynd starts with the first letters of her name, she opted to use it since mind.com was no longer available. Padilla instead came up with www.myndconsulting.com.

More than having a sense of belongingness, she pointed out that Mynd has marketing value – It stirs curiosity and it plays in the mind, making it easy to remember. It also relates to her software development business which is a primarily a huge brain work.

Growing business organically

With only two old computers and her sister as her assets, and hardly any revolving funds to start with at the infancy stage of the business, Padilla said their incoming revenues had to cover the bills.

In 2007, honesty paid off when a foreign client wanted to meet with her and five of her programmers in Manila for a possible business deal. Having no budget for plane tickets, she told the client about her ordeal and suggested that the client meet them in Davao City instead, to which the client agreed.

To help her build good credentials and establish trust with the client, she called on some friends from different sectors: one from the Davao City Chamber of Commerce who talked about the business situation in Davao; one from a telecommunications company who talked about the infrastructures; and another from the Rotary Club who talked about Mynd’s community service efforts.

Padilla also managed to send three employees to Europe to undergo training for the said client. “It’s brain gain instead of brain drain,” she said.

Today, Mynd Dynamic Team, Inc. develops software applications for various clients around the world and has grown to fifteen employees, a far cry from the company’s humble beginnings.

“The Internet is a great equalizer,” she said, pointing out that despite being in a third world country, Filipinos develop CRM and mobile solutions, social media applications, and iphone applications for clients in more developed countries.

Proud recipient of DTI assistance

Padilla and her team benefited from various assistance projects conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry – trainings, promotions, benchmarking, and extending business networks, to name a few.

Global accolade

Among the many citations she received was the First Global Ambassador to Empower One Million Women with Technology awarded by Telecentre.org in Chile. It was a digital literacy campaign launched in South America last year. This campaign generated various nominees from all over the world.

Words to ponder

Having a conversation with Padilla would tempt one to take down notes due to the valuable nuggets of wisdom she shares in one sitting. Here are some of them:

“It’s not only about survival. It’s about going to the right direction and about overcoming your fear. It’s applied in our business and in our (personal) life”

“Business is not copy and paste [sic]. It has to be thought through. It has to be in line with your passion.”

“You have to have a roadmap. Have a picture in your mind how it would become if you really want to pursue it. If you follow your roadmap and go in the right direction, I think you will survive.”

“What is your backup plan when you fail?”

“Are you willing to overcome your fear?”

“You will not succeed if you won’t fail.”

“I believe that the greatest failure in life is not doing what you really want to do.”

“You have to continue and never stop learning.”

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The Lady Wants To Know. Myrna Padilla has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, especially about technology, which eventually led her to having her own BPO company.