Actress turned entrepreneur Neri Naig has always believed in this saying: "Walang imposible sa taong masipag!"
It's the reason why Neri now owns a string of small businesses—a bakeshop, an ukay-ukay store, an online shop for linen and sleepwear, a vacation home-events space for rent in Alfonso, Cavite, including real estate.
And then of course, there is the gourmet tuyo, the bazaar-favorite product that started it all.
Neri's small businesses have been her way of earning extra, but they have also become an avenue for others to achieve their dreams.
In an Instagram post uploaded on August 28, 2020, Neri introduced her followers to Regine Balisbisana, a reseller of her gourmet tuyo.
Neri was proud how much Regine was able to achieve with her hustle as a reseller.
Her caption read: "Taong 2017 nung naging reseller ko si Regine ng Neri's Gourmet Tuyo. Same year din ay nakapag-down sila para sa new car.
"After 2 years, tapos na nilang bayaran ng buo ang kotse dahil sa pagbebenta ng Neri's Gourmet Tuyo. At ngayon ang goal namin ay makapag ipon sila para makabili ng house and lot.
"Lahat iyan ay sa pagsusumikap ni Regine at ng kanyang asawa."
This 2020, Regine is now a distributor for three districts.
Neri lauded, "Ganun siya kasipag! Nakakaproud!"
The former Star Circle Quest star then promised to help masipag resellers like Regine in achieving their goals.
"Tutulungan ko po kayong makapag-ipon at ma-reach ang inyong goal sa buhay. Hindi lang po bilang isang mentor, ngunit bilang isang business partner niyo po."
FUELED BY DREAMS
Regine worked as a receptionist at a law firm before becoming a reseller. She is actually one of Neri's Instagram followers.
"Nakaka-inspire po kasi iyong mga post niya, lalo iyong Neri Gourmet Tuyo na, sabi ko, 'Paano ko mapapalago itong perang hawak ko lalo na last money na po siya?'" Regine told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via a quick exchange on Instagram direct message on September 2.
"Nag-try ako mag-inquire sa admin niya, 'tapos ayun. Dun na po nag umpisa. Naging reseller na po ako."
Neri's gourmet tuyo has become Regine's bread and butter, and has been helping her pay the car loan.
Regine said, "2 years na lang, tapos na po namin yung kotse."
Slowly, Regine is saving up to buy a house and lot.
She added, "Goal ko talaga makabili ng bahay para sama-sama na kami magkakapatid. Iyon kasi goal ko talaga kaya nagsusumikap ako para makabili ng bahay. Kahit rent own lang para sa mga kapatid ko."
The reseller ended the exchange with an advice on how living simply can help people focus on their priorities.
She said, "Para sa akin po, pag may pangarap ka sa buhay, gagawin mo lahat para makamit po yun.
"Alisin po yung mga luho, makuntento kung anong meron lang. Dahil dadating din yung araw magiging ginhawa ang buhay."
If interested to order Neri's gourmet tuyo from Regine, contact her via SMS (0917-999-6165) or via Viber (0998-202-7284).