Rebecca Tubongbanua a woman of ‘SUBSTANCE’
Mango, calamansi, and pineapple – sometimes they taste sour – but a woman farmer-scientist in the island province of Guimaras does wonders to the fruits’ acerbic flavor and turned it into sweet success.
Agri-entreprenuer Rebecca Tubongbanua of Brgy. San Isidro, Buenavista, Guimaras is now enjoying a sweet experience in the food processing business since she ventured in the industry in 2003.
Rebecca’s McNester Food Products all started with her first concoction of calamansi concentrate sweetened with sugar and honey, initially financed by a small capital from her savings. She’s now reaping the fruits of labor out of her multi-million food firm.
From the conservative calamansi creation, Rebecca now boasts of best quality products with high export potentials including mango jam, mango-calamansi juice and concentrate, dried mango, mango chutney, calamansi juice, flavored polvoron, mango sauce and ketchup, mango squash spread, Indian mango pickels, pineapple ketchup, and pineapple marmalade.
A chemist, Rebecca noted her variations are a product of her learning by reading information materials and applying her own experimentation into perfection.
Spoken like a true chemist, Rebecca spells out her secrets to success as SUBSTANCE which stands for S – self confidence, U – untiring, B – boldness, S – skills, T – tolerance, A – attitude, N – networking, C – Christ-centered commitment, and E – essence.
Combining these trade secrets, Rebecca easily finds her way into the booming food processing sector through her successfully tested formula.
Rebecca continues to share her success to others who dream of cultivating and transforming a productive and self-sufficient business enterprise.
Indeed, Rebecca’s business philosophy and passion have sweetened Guimaras’ rich fruit industry by offering uniquely-made mango, calamansi and pineapple by-products.
And the sweetest of it all, Rebecca openly and happily shares her success to the community by helping other aspiring women entrepreneurs excel in their chosen craft in particular and providing great opportunities to all in general.