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The Philippines

Tricia Castrodes

Business Name: Aretei Foods Corporation

Business Website:;

Business Sector: Food Manufacturing

What do you think of the APEC Women’s Business Activator program?

I started as a home baker way back 2009. I used to be an employee and 

decided to stay home to take care of my growing family. Started baking during my free time. Our company grew from a backyard project to a micro entrepreneur and now a Small - Med Size Corporation. It was a roller coaster ride! Now still very excited for the opportunities that may come our way.

Alma Bonita Esterado

Business Name: Panglao Home Furnishing Native Products Trading

Business Website: http// 

Business Sector: Manufacturing

What do you think of the APEC Women’s Business Activator program?

Being part of this program is already a big achievement and an edge to look for a good outcome by making our products available in the international market. My company just started in a backyard of our house as our working area and slow by slow we were able to stand a manufacturing facility where our workers can do their jobs conveniently, in every project that we have, I took portion of the income to save and save and then we build slowly. We introduce our products and services to most resorts, hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and even to homeowners of every condominium and subdivision that they will be aware of the products we can offer. Through words of mouth from our previous customers also help us market our products and services aside from us doing some marketing to some establishment ongoing constructions.

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