The man behind the idea of this Travel Café is Jerome Palma. A 36 years old man raised in Camarines Sur graduate of Fine Arts in Advertising in University of Santo Tomas. Jerome grew up with the basic knowledge of business because his parents own a restaurant.
“When I was a kid, I remember helping my parents in our restaurant. I really think that I have a great passion for business.” he said.
The restaurant owned by his parents was built in 1990 and called Bob Marlin. The idea of their business is a reggae and ambiance in which it gives a good vibes and relaxing feel to their customers. Aside from the good ambiance, they also cater mouth-watering foods. One of their best seller is their Crispy Pata that only cost P350.They were also recognized by ‘So Pinoy’ as one of the top Crispy Pata in the Philippines last 2010.
In 2014, Jerome attended a franchise expo and had a restaurant booth set up. His attention caught by the speaker, Dean Pax Lapid. “Sobra akong na-inspire at mas nagging interesado sa pagnenegosyo habang nakikinig ako sa lecture. I thought of buying the 21 Steps on how you build business kasi alam ko magiging malaking tulong sa akin ‘yung libro,” said Jerome.
As he goes along with their family business, Palma thinks of putting up his own business. “I considered the foreigners who usually go to our Province for a tour and vacation. So naisip ko bakit hindi ako magtayo ng negosyong ticketing and booking sa Caramoan and Calaguas Island, at the same time kainan na din.”
Thus the born of Travel Café.
Since he is a Fine Arts graduate, he exemplifies his skills through the concept and design of Travel Café that which revolves to the theme of different places herein the Philippines and other countries.
Today, Palma is enjoying his passion in business at the same time practicing his knowledge in Fine Arts and applying it on his own business. “Mas nag-enjoy ako sa pagiging entrepreneur kasi hawak mo ang finances at time mo,” he added.
For Jerome, failures will always be there but it is how you handle and beat it. “Try lang ng try when it comes to business. You should stand out and be different,” for his parting words.