Small business aiming to boost local town spirit amid the pandemic

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    Maricar Mahinay, 30, and Mary Ann Florendo, 44, were busy attending to their office work responsibilities when news broke that a COVID-19 case has been confirmed in the Philippines. They didn’t have any plans at the time to start any kind of business nor did they have any inkling of what’s coming ahead. Fast forward to just a few weeks, the entire country has been placed on lockdown with the entire world racing to find a vaccine against the virus.

    Despite the abrupt change with what’s currently happening brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the two officemates turned close friends soon realized that the seemingly unending days of staying at home could become a new opportunity to start a small business while also hoping to boost the town of Montalban at the same time.

    “Kapag napag-uusapan yung buko pie, hindi nababanggit ang Rizal. Gusto naming subukan kung kaya ba naming makagawa ng produkto na pwedeng makilala dito sa amin. (People never mention Rizal whenever they talk about buko pies. This made us want to try if we can make a product that the town can be well-known for),” Florendo said.

    Based in Montalban, Rizal, the duo started baking homemade buko pies by the end of July.

    Using a small portion of their personal savings as their capital, the two were able to put up a small business named M&M’s Special Buko Pie, which is a combination of their first name initials.

    They first started producing a small number of pies just to see the feedback from nearby friends and neighbors. But after two weeks, they were able to sell more than 150 boxes.

    Now they’re aiming to surpass a thousand orders in less than a month with orders coming in from Quezon City and other parts of Metro Manila as well.

    “Nakakatuwa. Hindi namin inasahan na magugustuhan nila. Dalawang beses lang kami sa isang linggo gumagawa pero marami ang umuulit ng order at sana magpatuloy pa (It’s heartwarming. We didn’t expect that people would like it. We only operate twice a week but a lot of them have placed repeat orders and we’re hoping it would continue),” Mahinay said.

    As many businesses close down while others are seeing reduced demand, small businesses need more patronage now more than ever.

    Good for breakfast, snacks, dessert and anytime of the day, with or without special occasion, M&M’s Special Buko Pie sells their products fresh from the oven to satisfy cravings.

    Best to share and enjoy with family while staying at home, M&M’s Special Buko Pie delivers under MECQ. Visit their Facebook page at M&M’s Special Buko Pie.