Entrepreneur and Globe Business ambassador Happy Ongpauco-Tiu is passionate about business--but is still happiest as a wife and mother. It’s not so easy to fulfil her various roles, however, because of her many responsibilities.
Happy says that she always tries her best to live a balanced life as an entrepreneur, wife, and mother.
“I am a housewife, a mother and an entrepreneur. I wake up in the morning to tend to Renzo before he goes to school. Soon, I take care of my baby Franchesco too! Then I check paper works for the office. By lunch time, I try my best to visit my restaurants when I’m not busy at home.
“After lunch, I meet with my Management team for daily updates, do calls... calls.., calls, and emails to delegate responsibilities to my staff especially for my out-of-town branches.
“Then in the afternoon I tend to my family and prepare dinner for them. After dinner, I spend quality time with my Hubby and kids – the highlight of the day that I enjoy the most!” she said.
Her family founded the iconic Barrio Fiesta restaurant way back in 1958 made Filipinos fall in love with their kare-kare, crispy pata and other dishes. It’s no wonder that when Happy grew up, she naturally went into the food business herself.
She’s helping run their family business, as Corporate Secretary of the Barrio Fiesta Group Middle East operations.
Happy also runs her own food company now—the Happy Concept Group of Companies—after establishing several restaurants including World Topps; Bento Box (American-inspired Japanese food); Hawaiian Bar-B-Que Restaurant (Boracay & Tagaytay); I Luv Backyard BBQ joint in Boracay; and Pamana Restaurant in Tagaytay.
She also has My Happy carts (themed food carts for kiddie parties) and her own Catering Kitchen which features Chef Happy’s homemade specialties.
Happy has even gone into the hotel business with her Boutique Bed & Breakfast in Tagaytay (a 7-bedroom boutique hotel with themed rooms) and the wellness business as well: Slim at Home, a mobile slimming clinic complete with doctors and medical assistants.
But wait. With all of these taking her time and attention, how does she every find time for her family and herself?
In her efforts to balance her many roles, Happy is thankful that she uses modern telecoms technology provided by Globe Business solutions.
“I got my first mobile phone more than 20 years ago,” she says. “When my Dad got me one, on the very first year Globe offered mobile phones. It felt really great having to be able to communicate with other people just with a gadget.”
Through Globe Business solutions, Happy can instantly reach her employees through call, SMS, landline and vice versa.
“As an entrepreneur, I am able to fulfil my responsibilities with the efficient assistance of Globe’s product lines,” she said.
Especially since most of her businesses are out of town or abroad, her needs for mobile phone, land line, and the Internet is crucial to running and troubleshooting the day-to-day needs of an enterprise.
While no business will ever succeed without the owner’s hands-on presence, a reliable Internet connection and a clear line on a phone can enable Happy to delegate, manage and connect instantly when the need arises.
Filipino entrepreneurs like Happy, who adopt the newest communications services and technology available to get in touch instantly with personnel on the ground for business, are finding it easier to manage their operations even from afar.
“Especially in the kind of business that I am in, it’s a 24-hour monitoring thing,” she explains. ”You can get calls in the middle of the night to solve or answer queries. I have to say that modern telecoms technology is indispensible in this time & age. To be able to monitor your business from wherever you are at any time of the day is of utmost importance to ensure good service and finished products.”
More powerful texting
Globe Business Unlitext and Call is the solution to making affordable calls within a given team or staff of associates. It provides discounted rates on Globe Prepaid, Globe Postpaid, and Globe Landline.
Happy also uses Globe Business TxtConnect to maximize the reach of the SMS that she sends. TxtConnect is ideal for high-volume text campaigns and SMS blasts to employees and customers—with just one send, the SMS is broadcast to a large group of recipients. The service is Web-based, so it’s much easier to send compared to regular text messaging or making phone calls.
TxtConnect is charges lower text message rates. Subscribing to TxtConnect can save an entrepreneur as much as 35% in cost compared to a regular text messaging service. TxtConnect subscription plans start at as low as P1500 per month.
As the kind of entrepreneur who takes advantage of the current tech services, Happy has had to learn to use both mobile phones and the Internet to keep track of her many professional commitment.
“Whichever is needed,” she agrees. “I do surf the Internet a lot especially nowadays that it’s almost impossible to transact business without it.”
In a time when modern telecom technology is developing at an exponential rate, each year offers more and more advantages for the Pinoy entrepreneur on the go. Its benefits are essential to bringing forward the success of any activity at a level where things are communicated clearer; problems are solved easier, at a pace that you dictate and doesn’t need to slow down.
Get business done quicker and, like Happy, enjoy time with your family free of the pressures of always having to be there.
“Globe products and services is my connection not only to my employees but to my clients as well,” smiles Happy. “Globe is definitely a reliable partner in my day-to-day living”
Globe Business is the corporate arm of Globe Telecom, the leading telecommunications company in the Philippines. Globe Business provides wireless and wireline solutions for a diverse set of industries, businesses, and commercial enterprises.
Globe Business assures SMEs of affordable, reliable, and dependable services for all communication needs, both wireless and wireline solutions, to generate the highest possible profit at the lowest possible cost. For more information, call +632 730-1010 or log on to http://www.globe.com.ph/business.