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Maan Encinares of Nego Saka Hub Legaspi
The mid-20s Ma. Antonette Encinares is a youth social entrepreneur of Legazpi City. She engages in various productive engagements with local entrepreneurs like herself. From running her uncle’s inn to talking with vendors of Pili products of adjacent towns, she juggles this together with managing the Nego Saka Hub at the Legazpi City Grand Terminal.
She spends her time mostly helping her family member’s business near the airport. Bookkeeping, and daily operations are tasks assigned to her primarily because she grew up knowing the books, people and activities of the inn. But this is just the tip of the Ice-berg as she has other unique engagements like coordinating activities such as catering and tour services, networking business and local real estate negotiations.
Her exposure to different social entrepreneurs fuels her drive to learn more about how to develop local enterprises and link it with the Nego Saka Hub. She has close ties with Sorsogon women who make different handicrafts, food products and novelty items. Her network stretches to Albay entrepreneurs, traders and buyers. She uses these connections to make create value in local products and market it to different institutions and partners in Bicol like the Oriental Hotel, Bicol University and Manila such as Gifts and Graces Fair Trade Foundation, Community Crafts Association of the Philippines.
Maan, as she is fondly called by many of her friends and family, enjoys the company of local enterprise owners, rural artisans and youth-entrepreneurs and relates that she is very much intrigued with the countryside. She hopes that people in Bicol see what she sees in the locality – resources that can be used to improve their lives and the local economy, which is possible through collaboration and hard work.