Who would have thought that a house cleaner 14 years ago, would be one of the successful hotel owners nowadays?
KAMI learned from Pep.ph that Josephine Floresca was a single mom "na walang pahinga," working as a "tagalinis, nagmamasahe, taga-tutor, nag-aahente." Now, she's a businesswoman, whose recent venture is a new hotel in Subic called Le Charme Suites.
In her recent interview, she said "I want to be rich. Yung life ko before, I want it to be better for my children.”
In those years she was cleaning the houses of Taiwanese families in Subic. She would take her children along with her to give them a taste of "buhay mayaman."
The word "idle" wasn't in her vocabulary. While studying Mass Communication, she worked as a crew in Jollibee at the same time.After graduating she first took a job at a hotel's front desk. She also tried working at an Equitable Bank which is now known as BDO.
But she still want more for her family especially her mom so she decided to work abroad. At the age of 19, she worked at a factory in Taiwan. Jho fell in love with Taiwan, where she also met her Filipino-Chinese husband.
After her husband's contract in Taiwan, they decided to go back in the Philippines. Their life here was hard that she was forced to find work. She became a house cleaner on her husband's boss. Her rate there was only 350 pesos.
Until one day, she found a gold mine in real estate. It was through her fourth job that she met her investor. Her job as executive assistant in Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority helped her find the right connections.
“As you can see, yung buhay ko, parang hindi naman talaga plinano.
“Nandiyan yung sipag, pero si God na yung bahala sa iba, basta trabaho lang ako nang trabaho.
“Of course, positive point of view is important."
“Every time may hardship, nagdarasal lang ako, ‘Alam ko, sinusubukan mo lang ako.’
“It was actually the pain that brought me here.”
She eventually ventured into a spa, milk tea (she owns Nai Cha), and restaurants.
When they acquired the La Terraza Building on Subic Bay Freeport Zone, the original plan was to build a furniture mall.
“Trial and error, nag-iba-iba yung concept ko until we arrived at the idea of a hotel."
She summed up what she had been through for almost two decades: “Whatever it is you do, wherever you are, whatever stage you are in, if you won’t make it good, then don’t do it.”
KAMI wants to remind you that whatever hardships you are facing right now, with God nothing is impossible.