On June 7, 2017, Go Negosyo sa Radyo (GNSR) hosts Sen. Bam Aquino & DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla were joined by Voltaire and Cholly Magpayo and Yok and Angie Calungcaguin – two couples that not only make a great couple but great business partners as well.
Yok and Angie Calungcaguin have been married for 7 years. Their story started when they met while working at a restaurant. Since they’ve been exposed to working in a business environment, both wanted to start their own business as well. Yok and Angie first opened up a catering business in 2009. With their success in the catering business, they thought it was time to give back. Yok and Angie wanted to become social entrepreneurs for them to share their blessings with others.
In 2014, they opened Make Peace Cookies. Yok and Angie would give the funds they made from Make Peace cookies to orphanages. More than falling in love with each other, Yok and Angie fell in love with crafting and baking. This drove Yok and Angie to expand their Make Peace Cookies into a bakery. Angie has always liked baking and she wanted to hone her skills by attending seminars. In 2015, Yok and Angie attended The Social Business Summit at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. They decided to embark on their journey and set-up their enterprise, The Make Peace Bakery in 2016. Yok and Angie’s main advocacy is to help former out of school youths. “We want to share our skills and what we learned para maging negosyante din sila sa tamang panahon, gusto naming gumawa ng impact sa buhay ng mga tao” they said. Yok and Angie’s priority is to help those in need before earning for themselves. At present, they have already trained 12 youth members.
Sen. Bam Auino, Angie and Yok Calungcaguin and DJ Cheska San Diego-Bobadilla.
The second couple interviewed are the owners of Sweet Corner, Voltaire and Cholly Magpayo. Voltaire was in the agricultural business when he met Cholly who just graduated. As they were starting a family, they realized they needed a fast business. They first started with 3 branches of a franchise but decided to start their own business after 6 years when they’ve already learned the ropes of business. Voltaire and Cholly first thought of the most basic and staple food next to rice — corn. Soon enough, they were able to establish connections. They wanted to get direct suppliers for their business because not only is it cheaper but also it would help the Philippine farmers in need of an alternative market. Why snacks and not a restaurant? “Its easier to manage, we want to start small but think big. Damihan ang stalls.” Voltaire answered. With the success of the corn business, they also opened a Takoyaki stall. Sweet Corn now has over 100 branches in the Philippines and 2 in Melbourne.
Voltaire and Cholly Magpayo.
“What are the challenges being in business with your spouse?” DJ Cheska asked. “Nagtatalo is normal but we meet halfway with both of our ideas” Yok said. “The biggest challenge is how to sync our minds and hearts into something since we came from 2 different regions.” Both couples said that they have different set of skills and responsibilities but its important to fill the needs of each other. “Each of us have our own roles, we help each other fill each other’s needs. We teach each other.” Voltaire said.
Their advice to couples who want to start a business together? “Trust is important and a good foundation especially in business. Kailangan may tiwala sa isat isa, and wag kakalimutan ang pag ibig na meron sa isat isa na bumuo sa business din. Also, never fight about money and always make sure to keep a balance between business, love, and family.” Yok and Angie said. “The couple should have a fixed and shared income. There should be transparency. You cannot do it alone, fill each others’ weaknesses and strengths. Kailangan magbigayan. Give and take. Tiwala sa isa’t isa. Find enjoyment in what we’re doing. Napapaaral ko mga anak ko, nakakatulong sa ibang tao, ang sarap sa pakiramdam.” Voltaire shared.
The future seems big and bright for Make Peace Bakery and Sweet Corn with their plans to expand further. Make Peace Bakery’s goal is to go to provinces to look for a market to open more Make Peace Bakeries. Sweet Corn on the other hand plans to put up a bakery in a mall ‘pang masa’. Truly these 2 couples are not only successful entrepreneurs but also have a heart to help those in need.