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  • Corn Dogs, Guitar Wirings, Floating Cottage: Dads Are Behind These Businesses!

    One dad said, "The weight I literally carry for the raw materials we use in the business is nothing when you do it for your family."
    by Judy Santiago Aladin .
Corn Dogs, Guitar Wirings, Floating Cottage: Dads Are Behind These Businesses!
PHOTO BY MONG MONTANCES, RAYMUND SALAZAR, PHIL KIMPO
  • This story is part of Smart Parenting's new advocacy, For Parents, By Parents, which aims to help newbie mompreneurs and dadpreneurs promote their products and services to our parenting communities. Do you have great products or services for moms, dads, or kids and need a bit of marketing push? Email us at smartparenting@summitmedia.com.ph with the subject, "For Parents, By Parents."

    In time for Father's Day, we asked dads in the Smart Parenting Village, our official Facebook group for parents, to share their start-up businesses.

    Yes, dads are very much welcome in our group! They have been voicing out their opinions on certain topics, and have been actively engaging in the group by sharing their experiences.

    Some dads heed our call, and moms also tagged their husbands, who might be busy with their businesses at the time.

    As a tribute to these hardworking dads, we are featuring their products and services, as part of our new advocacy, Smart Parenting For Parents, By Parents. We also asked them how their family inspires them in doing their business.

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    7 businesses owned by Smart Parenting Village dads

    'My family inspires me to do the thing that I really love'

    Mong Montances, 31, from Dasmariñas, Cavite, owner of Montances Guitar Wiring

    PHOTO BY MONG MONTANCES
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    Daddy Mong says, they build custom wiring and pickups for electric guitars and bass.

    "My family inspires me to do the thing that I really love. Guitars and Electronics are my passion, and I am blessed to do this business while being able to provide for our needs."

    PHOTO BY MONG MONTANCES

    He adds, "I hope that my two kids will be inspired to do the same - to find that "thing" that makes them come alive, and be able to do it with passion and zeal."

    Their best-sellers are Strat Loaded Pickguard - John Mayer-inspired, and Telecaster pre-wired control plate.

    Check them out here.

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    'Family is my life'

    Phil Elmer C. Kimpo, 47, from Fairview, Quezon City, owner of Phil's Corndog

    Daddy Phil shares, their business started in 2018. They wanted to mainstream the corndog lifestyle back then, and so they created our own recipe of the batter. They were the first to offer Corndog with toppings, and received overwhelming positive reviews. 

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    PHOTO BY FACEBOOK /PHILSCORNDOG

    "For me, family is my life. Honestly, if not for my family, I would have called life quits already with the roller coaster ride I've gone through. But would I have solved something? And, I may have put them on a much graver situation, so we must fight and be wise and survive life's most challenging tricks," said Phil.

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    PHOTO BY PHIL KIMPO
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    The dad of one adds, "The weight I literally carry for the raw materials we use in the business is nothing when you do it for your family."

    Confident, Phil said all their corndogs are best-selling because they are the home of the best corndogs.

    Check them out here

    'My kids are always my inspiration'

    Arjay Batan, 32, from Quezon City, owner of Stay and Play

    Daddy Arjay says, his two children inspired him to start selling toys and plastic furnitures for kids.

    PHOTO BY COURTESY OF STAY AND PLAY PH

    "My kids are always my inspiration. When looking for new products, we always consider if our kids will love playing with it. Our business actually started when we are looking for a slide and swing set as a gift to our first born because we wanted him to enjoy even though he stays at home because of the pandemic," he said. 

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    PHOTO BY ARJAY BATAN

    He reveals, their business started out by ordering extras. "When we found the one that suits our requirements, we order additional quantity and tried selling it and the rest is history. I am thankful that because of this business, I was able to spend more time with my family."

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    PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM /PAULEENLUNASOTTO
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    Their best-sellers are Slide and Swing Sets, Ride-on-Train and Real Cooking Sets.

    Check them out here.

    'Providing for my family gives me fulfillment and purpose'

    Andreus Cosio, 41, from Santa Rosa City, Laguna, with 2 kids, owner of Pathfinders and Doers

    Daddy Dreus, a member of the Smart Parenting Dad Squad shared how their business of creating digital videos and content started.

    "We started by conducting workshops and seminars for companies, transitioned last lockdown period, providing videos for marketing needs of hospitals nationwide," he said. 

    When asked how his family inspires him in his business, "We do co-parenting full time, and my wife is a housewife. Providing for my family gives me fulfillment and purpose." 

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    PHOTO BY DREUS COSIO
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    Their best-selling services are corporate talks and 2-3min corp video (traditional and digital).

    Check them out here.

    'They help me learn and grow as a family man'

    Rene P. Jaen, 46, from Rodriguez, Rizal, with 3 kids, owner of Infinite 25 Graphics Designs

    Daddy Rene shares, their business is mainly a tarpaulin printing shop, but the possibilities are endless.

    "We are offering different kinds of affordable yet better quality of personalized services to our clients, not only limited to printing."

    PHOTO BY RENE JAEN

    He said, his family inspires him to do better. "They also help me learn and grow as a family man, a business man and as an individual. Especially now that we are in this together (in doing business), we collaborate, share ideas, both in our household and in our small business."

    PHOTO BY RENE JAEN
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    So far, their best-selling products and services are: tarpaulin printing and book-binding services.

    Check them out here.

    'My top priority is to make my kids ready and secured in the future'

    Raymund Salazar, 49, from Antipolo Rizal, with 3 kids, part-owner of Sibling's Floating Cottage in Little Boracay, Calatagan, Batangas

    "Me and my wife are part owner of  Sibling's Floating Cottage in Little Boracay Calatagan Batangas. Little Boracay is one of the popular swimming site/ beach in the area nowadays. We own units of floating cottages in this tourist destination," he shares.

    PHOTO BY COURTESY OF RAYMUND SALAZAR

    "As a father, it is my top priority to make my kids ready and secured in the future. Aside from being an employee, it is my role to look for other source of income. My family is my driving force to work hard as they are the most important thing in the world for me."

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    PHOTO BY RAYMUND SALAZAR

    Their business is a hit during the summer season. Check them out here.

    'My wife and I dream of having our own happy home'

    Edeniel G. Ta-ay, 31, Marikina City, 1, owner of Mr. Moussetache Marikina Milk Tea House

    A new dad of one, Daddy Den and his wife recently opened a milk tea shop and cafe express in the heart of Marikina City.

    PHOTO BY FACEBOOK /MMMARIKINA
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    "My wife and I dream of building a beautiful future for Noa and of having our own happy home. These are the reasons why we juggle our full-time and freelance jobs while taking care of our small business," he said.

    "Habang kaya namin to look for opportunities to grow, especially financially, we would take it for the security ng future ng anak namin," he adds.

    PHOTO BY EDENIEL TA-AY

    Their best-seller, he says, is definitely Oreo Cream Cheese milk tea. Check out their business here.

    Salute to all the dads who are working extra hard for their families. Cheers to the moms and kids who have been their anchor and refuge in good times and in bad.

    Here's to raising happy, healthy families! Happy Father's Day!

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