Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop

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Rise from rags to riches

By Ana Felicia Dulay

IN THIS day and age, rags to riches stories are relegated to bedtime stories, as Aesop becomes an alien entity vis-a-vie Manga anime.

But rags to riches stories still abound.

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Myrna Padilla, the woman behind a successful business in information technology, was once a domestic helper (DH) in Hong Kong.

With three employees when she started in 2006, Mynd Tech Management Services is now a thriving small scale business with an office at the ground floor of Landco Bldg., Bajada, Davao City.

Padilla was born and raised in an undeveloped fishing village in Bohol. Poverty drove her to work abroad and her main goal was to provide better education to her two children. She worked as a domestic helper for 12 years, reaching three different countries.

In 1996 while in Hongkong, she had her coup d'grace.

"Ang trato sa domestic helper abroad is the worst. You are treated like a slave, not only because you do menial jobs but there is also ridicule since they think you know nothing. You are treated like a machine, you slept late and had to wake up early," she said in an interview.

"Karamihan naman ng mga DH tapos ng college. Dumating sa point na inisip ko paano to lift up your personal values. We are more capable in other things aside from answer calls or cleaning the bathroom," she said.

The hardest part she said was not being able to assert themselves for fear of their employers.

"Pinakasakit sa buot (What hurts most) is not to exercise our rights as human beings," she said.

Her first challenge to better herself came when she became a nanny to a nine-year-old boy. Her ward constantly tinkered with his laptop.

Padilla was amazed with the gadget and even asked why the mouse was called as such.

"I was already in my past 30s and here I am asking a boy bakit mouse ang tawag dito," she said, lifting a computer mouse. Padilla said that her amazement with the computers propelled her to enroll at a Basic Information Technology course. With her one day off a week, she took the course which lasted for six months.

"I had a dream, but it was also a realistic dream," she said. She also studied advanced cosmetology with the hopes of opening a beauty parlor when she came home to retire.

But another challenge awaited her.

During a meeting with other Filipinos working in Hong Kong, lawyer Jolly dela Torre, then the Labor Attaché of the Department of Labor and Employment, handpicked her to spearhead the Mindanao federation of workers.

"This was another challenge for me. If other people believed in me, I should also start believing in myself," she said.

Padilla then headed the Mindanao Hong Kong Workers Federation, starting with five members. The organization has now 12 affiliated organizations of Filipino workers in Hong Kong.

"Dumami lalo problema ko after I headed the group. They all came to me for help, advice," she said. It was then that she decided to explore technology some more to help her fellow Filipinos in distress.

Lauding her efforts to help other Filipinos for free, her employer gave her a laptop and internet access to support her endeavor.

Upon her return home, she decided to settle down in Davao City as most of her sisters are already based here.

She also decided to try the information technology business instead of a beauty parlor.

"I knew that there would be more internet users in the future," she said.

Mynd Tech Management Services offers all types of computer services both for home and office.

"It is possible in life to overcome fear. There is no finishing line in learning. When you open a business, you have to make sure it is going in the right direction," she said.

The lessons learned working as a domestic helper has been valuable to her.

"It is important to have ethics, character and honesty in your work. When you reach out to people, you do not just "copy paste". You must have passion and love for your work," she said.

This girl from a small fishing village has indeed come a long, long way.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 3, 2009.


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Re: Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2009, 10:30:56 PM »
Wow what a story! At least, a reward after that struggle.  Like a modern fairy-tale.

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Re: Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2009, 11:53:47 AM »
Wow what a story! At least, a reward after that struggle.  Like a modern fairy-tale.

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Re: Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2009, 12:06:26 PM »
dont wanna burst her bubble but internet-cafe is no longer a very productive business nowadays, especially in Davao. there's so many competitions, like every 5 blocks, there's an icafe. icafe business has been around about 10 years and its kinda late to start these days when every icafe tries to lower the minimum fee per hour...it used to be 25php but now, it is like 7-15 pesos per hour.  :'(

in short, mejo hinay na negocio, lugi nah bisan pag ni barato ang mga bag-ong PCs, monitors....lugi sa overhead costs and rental of the place especially if ur location is in the city. i have 2 icafes there now but i stopped adding branches, kay mejo break even na lng  8)

morag mas maajo pa maligyag balot...busog pah  ;D





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Re: Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2009, 12:06:55 PM »
She also decided to try the information technology business instead of a beauty parlor.

Good choice!

Pero pwede pud tingali i-combine and computer shop ug beauty parlor, he he. ;D

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Re: Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2009, 12:11:55 PM »
Unsaon man Bay HB, i-simulate sa niya sa computer screen ang nawong before and after makeover? Or ipa-chat sa or log in sa TB samtang gapakulot?

Sige, tabangan nato ni si Myrna ug ideas kay luoy ug malugi.

Good choice!

Pero pwede pud tingali i-combine and computer shop ug beauty parlor, he he. ;D

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Re: Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2009, 12:26:25 PM »
Unsaon man Bay HB, i-simulate sa niya sa computer screen ang nawong before and after makeover? Or ipa-chat sa or log in sa TB samtang gapakulot?

Sige, tabangan nato ni si Myrna ug ideas kay luoy ug malugi.


Ha ha ha! OK ang all of the above. Pwede pud pagkahuman og pa-beauty, deretso sa webcam to talk with friends.  Molambo ang beauty parlor kay makita man nga naggwapag samot ang customer. ;D 

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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2009, 12:29:27 PM »
Kung purely internet cafe ra murag medyo hinay na, apilan jud dapat ug services like repairs and troubleshooting para naa kay maintain technician sa imong shop and can accomodate repairs from costumers then computer accessories dayon  ;D murag daku2x napod nga pohunan, idea lang pod naku wa ko kabalo ug maayo ba jud or sakto ba ;D

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Re: Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2009, 12:41:56 PM »
Kung purely internet cafe ra murag medyo hinay na, apilan jud dapat ug services like repairs and troubleshooting para naa kay maintain technician sa imong shop and can accomodate repairs from costumers then computer accessories dayon  ;D murag daku2x napod nga pohunan, idea lang pod naku wa ko kabalo ug maayo ba jud or sakto ba ;D

ur on the right track miga...naa jud extra services ang icafe...like CD/DVD burning, printing, fax, xerox, typing, repairs and install, naa pud celfon Loading, ang uban naa sab snacks/resto, etc. lain2x diskarte para mo daghn ang kita  ;D

pero ang imptante dri ang pwesto or LOCATION..ug duol sa skol, mas dako ang kita pero og vacation tym, hinay sab...
og layo sa skols, mas maajo og duol ka sa mga busy streets/bisnis para daghn users/gamers  8)

daghn mo negocio ani kay gamay lng capital pwede nah, mga 200k php okies nah sugod sa mga 6-10 units plus 1 server (control sa user's time)  8)
daghna na baja na lugi, nag close shop na mga 6 mos operation lng  8)

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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2009, 12:49:55 PM »
ur on the right track miga...naa jud extra services ang icafe...like CD/DVD burning, printing, fax, xerox, typing, repairs and install, naa pud celfon Loading, ang uban naa sab snacks/resto, etc. lain2x diskarte para mo daghn ang kita  ;D

pero ang imptante dri ang pwesto or LOCATION..ug duol sa skol, mas dako ang kita pero og vacation tym, hinay sab...
og layo sa skols, mas maajo og duol ka sa mga busy streets/bisnis para daghn users/gamers  8)

daghn mo negocio ani kay gamay lng capital pwede nah, mga 200k php okies nah sugod sa mga 6-10 units plus 1 server (control sa user's time)  8)
daghna na baja na lugi, nag close shop na mga 6 mos operation lng  8)

yup mao jud na ako pasabot additional services para dugang sa kita if ever ;D

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Re: Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2009, 03:26:29 AM »
Good choice!

Pero pwede pud tingali i-combine and computer shop ug beauty parlor, he he. ;D

good idea hubs, pwede magpakulot ug usab si jamz while dokdoking sa TB  ;D

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Re: Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2009, 12:27:37 AM »
good idea hubs, pwede magpakulot ug usab si jamz while dokdoking sa TB  ;D

basta ikaw ang hairstylist Bamz, sugot koh, pakapini og footspa og fedikyur ha  :P ;D

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Re: Boholana maid took up computer lessons and set up her own computer shop
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2009, 01:43:00 AM »
asa nga fishing village sa bohol ni siya gikan? maayo ni himoong ehemplo sa ubang mga pilipino.

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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2009, 09:57:45 AM »
a very inspiring story for all OFWs including me...

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