Evangeline Alvarez
Ilagan City, Isabela
Most Outstanding ASKI Client - Ilagan, Isabela
Evangeline Alvarez, daughter of a tenant farmer and a vendor in Ilagan City, Isabela, was not able to finish high school. Poverty led Evangeline into vending vegetables to help her parents earn for the family. At an early age, she got married to Reynaldo, a baker who is also determined to progress.
Helen Fabros
Dingalan, Aurora
Inspiring "Rags-to-Riches" Business Enterprise - Dingalan, Aurora
In 2005, Helen Fabros of Dingalan Aurora, dreamt of living her life out of poverty. Having P500 left in her pocket, she used it as a starting capital and entered into vegetable vending business. Tireless and determined to win in life, she walks everyday with her bilao (large woven tray) full of vegetables to sell her goods and earn for a living. She never gave up; instead, she took everything as a challenge.
Rebecca Ferrer
Mangaldan, Pangasinan
Most Outstanding Enterprise of a Husband and Wife Tandem - Mangaldan, Pangasinan
Rebecca and Armando started their business in 1985. With a starting capital of P5,000 the couple worked hard and
established a name in the peanut brittle making industry- they are now known as the Ferrer Sweet Peanut Brittle in Sesame.
Ravenal Quizon
San Ildefonso, Bulacan
Most Outstanding ASKI Client - San Ildefonso, Bulacan
Ravenal Quizon of San Ildefonso, Bulacan was a happy-go-lucky bachelor before his mother died in 2005. His lavish living was halted when his mother was fighting for her illness. His mother eventually passed away and he was left with an outstanding bank loan amounting to 2 million pesos
Bhaby Francis Rodriguez
Cabanatuan City
Most Outstanding Client - Cabanatuan City
In 2006, Bhaby Francis Rodriguez followed her heart’s desire of becoming an entrepreneur instead of pursuing her profession as a teacher. Her hard-earned savings as a teacher in Saudi Arabia for many years were used to pay for stall rental fees in a mall in Cabanatuan City and established Iskhah’s boutique.
Leonida Bautista
Bustos, Bulacan
A woman with disability stand firm against inability
Leonida "Nida" Bautista of Brgy. Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan was only a one year old child when her life was changed forever. She recalled she had a poliomyelitis or often called polio and vaccine was still nowhere at that time according to her mother.

Throughout her elementary grade, she was carried by her brothers and sisters. A relative working in Germany provide for her wheelchair to ease her burden going up to the third floor of the building when she was in high school however, she stopped studying college due to financial difficulties.
Romeo Canceran
Reina Mercedes, Isabela
42 year-old Dad gets college diploma, honor
Romeo L. Canceran, 42 of Brgy. Dangan, Reina Mercedes, Isabela proved that age is not a requirement to earn a college degree.

He received his college diploma and graduated Cum Laude on April 3, 2014 at the Isabela State University, Cauayan City Campus. He took up Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology major in Electronics.

“This is my passion. I am repairing appliances like television, electric fans and other devices. This is why I took up the course because I know I will excel in this field, “ Canceran said.

Asked, what are his motivations to pursue college education, “I want to give my children a better future. I can now apply as a teacher and earn a stable income,” he said.
Jenifer Alejo
Naguillan, Isabela
He Shines In Kropek Business
After working in Metro Manila as a security guard for a year, Jenifer Alejo found out that all he wanted was to go back to his hometown in Naguilian, Isabela. He realized that what he really desire was right at home.

Jenifer left the hustling and bustling city life and stayed at home peacefully yet successfully.

After quitting the job, Jennifer decided to drive a tricycle that he got through a financing scheme in 2000 to provide for his family. However, his income was not enough to sustain the needs of his family. He started thinking of going into a small business. He and his wife Vivian decided to engage into buy and sell of candies, kropek and other delicacies.
Zenaida Avellaneda
Baler, Aurora
Lady Reigns In Nipa, Duck Raising Business
Raising nine children was not easy for Zenaida and Teofilo Avellaneda of Baler, Aurora. They knew that to provide for their family needs they must double their efforts and look for other ways to augment their meager income.

Zeny engaged into a beauty product dealership and buy and sell of fruits at the same time. Teofilo, on the other hand, worked as a contractual employee in a government agency and got engaged into hog raising also.

Experiencing the kind of life that they previously had, their children volunteered to help in providing additional income for the family by selling "balot" after their classes.

Still not enough for their daily expenses, the couple also tried securing loans with high interest rates especially in times of urgent need.
Lolly Cabigat
Alfonso Castaneda, Nueva Vizcaya
Couple Takes Pride In Preserving Ifugao’s Heritage
Lolly Cabbigat is an Igorot who hails from Alfonso Castaneda, Nueva Vizcaya. She and her husband Jonathan managed Four H Handicraft, a woodcraft business that showcases Igorot skills and artistry.

A talented wood carver and carpenter, Jonathan handles the production aspect while Lolly takes care of marketing operation of the business. "We decided to go into this kind of business because we also want to preserve the unique cultural heritage of the Igorots," says Lolly.

Lolly has a keen eye and feel that she is always a recipient of God’s blessings. She considered it God's gift when she acquired a market stall in CP CASECNAN- a business site in Baguio where local products are sold by many producers and artisans. The availability of a wide range of local products attract many local and foreign tourists. This in turn makes sales brisk. It’s a joy to behold.
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