The last two years have been pretty crazy. We’ve faced a pandemic that brought the constant presence of face masks, physical distancing, and virtual meetings into our lives. Many people have felt isolated and uncertain. But we were never meant to live life in isolation. We have to face challenges and work everything out to transition back into life after COVID-19.
Like others, Shantal Patricia Tebia, a young entrepreneur, has had to overcome challenges and adversity. The struggle of growing up with an OFW parent and living alone in Manila to work has meant tough realities and life-changing situations that have affected Shantal personally. Being the eldest sister to her only sibling, Shantal has had to make decisions and finds ways to overcome life’s challenges.
Shantal started her coffee shop business at the height of the pandemic. Its business address is Purok Maya-Maya, Aplaya, Dingalan, Aurora. She named her coffee shop "Love, Coffee Bean" to be remembered until the last sip of coffee like a closing signature in writing a letter.
“Inspirasyon ko po unang una si mama kasi nasa abroad po sya ng ilang taon, gusto kong umuwi na sya para sya naman yung susuportahan ko sa pagtanda nya. Pangalawa po gusto ko na kapag nagkaroon ako ng pamilya,ito po yung maging family business namin para wala nang kailangan lumayo or umalis para magtrabaho at kumita.” Shantal telling it’s her family who inspires her to put up her own business.
At first, Shantal was hesitant if her business would succeed since it was on lockdown during that time. But her dreams and determination pushed her to try. She then sought advice and business consultancy from DTI Aurora through Negosyo Center Dingalan on how she will register her business.
From the beginning, she only sells her coffee products online. Most of her customers are students who are taking online classes. As time passed by, her daily sales went high. Until more and more Dingaleños craved her coffee products. As demand increased, Ms. Tebia decided to level up her business and constructed her physical store. She then expanded her menu to offer more food products like pasta, sandwiches, and other beverages.
Like any other business, Shantal experienced a lot of challenges in putting up her coffee shop. But her mindset and positive outlook toward business kept her on track. She never hesitates to ask for advice from her family and friends. She also keeps on taking consultancies and attending programs of different local and national agencies that would help her business to grow. Because of her inspiring story, she was recognized as one of the "Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs" during the celebration of 'Araw ng mga Negosyante' in Dingalan, Aurora last March 22, 2022.
“Stay focus lang and always set your priorities. ‘Wag matakot sumubok dahil kahit ano pa ang edad mo magagawa mo basta samahan lang ng sipag, tyaga, determinasyon, tiwala sa sarili at dasal. Kahit bata ka kaya mo.” Shantal’s message to other youth who wants to enter into business.
At present, Shantal is preparing to participate in Food and Trade Fair in the Municipality of Dingalan. This month she is also set to join batch 2 of the Kapatid Mentor Me Program of DTI Region 3 for Young Entrepreneurs. The said program is a 10-module mentorship program that optimizes weekly online interactions between the mentors and the mentees with the key goal of boosting the entrepreneurial capacity through improved access to Mentorship, Money & Market.
By: Maria Liezelle G. Pombo , NC Dingalan