Starting All Over Again

Starting All Over Again: Never Too Late

There was once a writer who said that a person may be physically worn out but never can the spirit be broken. This is exactly what Filipinos and especially those who faced the monstrous super typhoon “Yolanda”. Who would ever say that the Philippines would experience what the American encountered and much worst than Hurricane Katrina?

Yet it happened and as what everybody feared most was the destruction of almost everything along its path. This is one event which will be remembered for many generations to come.

Two weeks ago before that fateful day, I was together three other people to give a seminar for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Maasin Leyte which is the capital of Southern Leyte. The airport was located in Tacloban City and we had to travel by land covering approximately 170 kilometers or 3 hours drive. The scenery was picture perfect and roads well maintained. Every town we passed by was busy with different businesses. Fishermen unloading their catch in styrofoam boxes, farmers drying rice grains, fruit vendors tending to new deliveries and school children walking to their schools.

The participants who attended our talks were a mix of housewives, retirees, students, teachers all eager to learn what we can share on starting a business, packaging innovation and entrepreneurial mindset. There must be somewhere 200 people who took part in the whole day event.

On our return