Date: May 15th, 2009
By: Malou B. Alburo
Each of us has a countless of dreams for our self and for our family. And I want to see my dreams fulfilled. That is the very reason why I’m still to work here in Freris Trading & General Merchandise (Edmark).
Edmark was introduced by my cousin the Department Manager of Homeworld Kitchnware that they in need of a product demonstrator. I told her no I will not applying for because I’m ashamed to do demonstration in front of the customers but she told me why not to try. So, in May 17, 1997, I was hired in Cebu as a trainee by Mr. Alfredo Deo-Supervisor and I was assigned in SM City Cebu/Kitchenware Department. Honestly I was about to back out after few days but my cousin told me that it’s too wasted if you will resign since you’re already started. I told myself ok just only for short term but later weeks becomes month and months become years even decade until I realized that I love what I do. During I stayed in Kitchenware we were awarded as a Sales Record Holder for Rotamatic Super Slicer (99sets). Later I became a regular employee after a year. Then after in Kitchenware I was assigned at Ace Hardware Department demonstrating the Aqua Brush and proudly to say that we also awarded again as Sales Record Holder for the said product (84sets). During General Sales and staff meeting I had always an award especially promising Senior Team Leader.
This is my journey when I came here in Manila (SM Las Piñas 3.5months, after in SM Harrison also 3.5months, after Pampanga for 7months, after Baguio City for 3months, after Cagayan de Oro for 4.5months) until I was promoted as a Probee Supervisor in January 15, 2003. I attended a series of seminars like Always a Good Life by Mr. Billy Lim, Goals Setting Seminar by our dear Sir Sam Low-CEO and also the 1st LTBC we had in Subic. We had also a product shooting in ABS CBN Channel 23-Breakfast on May 14, 2002 one my dreams fulfilled as an actress. I was demonstrating the Aqua Brush with the support of our dear CEO and TTG’s. I thought I only travel with in Philippines. Comes the opportunity which I never thought that the management given me the opportunity to travel overseas with Antonio Ferrer, Don Jose Vargas, Bienvenido Wapanio, Rolando Palahorin, Luna Callueng, Bryan Macalinao, Ramonito Agpalo & Rodelio Carenan departed Manila on January 13, 2004 going to Dubai via Brunai Airlines. I am so amazed in our travel there overseas because after in Dubai Shopping Festival 2004 for 33days we went to Kuwait for 11days and back in manila on March 1, 2004. After 2weeks we went back in Kuwait excluding Rolando Palahorin. There in Middle East I proudly to say that I can’t count how many times I went in Dubai & Kuwit, 4x in Bahrain, 5x in Qatar and 2x in Cyprus. I learn to speak Arabic a little bit like sala malaikom, wahad, itnin etc.This is because of our dear CEO, Sir Marcus a very down to earth boss, TTG’s and colleagues. And because of Edmark I travel a lot in different countries.
In September 1, 2005 I was promoted as Probee Area Manager and I was confirmed on April 1, 2006. Later in August 1 same year I was appointed as Training Manager. Then last September 1, 2008 I decided to come back in Dubai. After one month and 11days I went back home because of my visa. Then after 13days staying here in Manila office I departed again went to Dubai and November 27 2008 I departed went to Qatar. I thought I will stay longer there but unfortunately after 2weeks I’m back here in Manila again because of my visa issue.
In life there are ups and downs, problems and obstacles that we encountered. That time I can’t avoid that I feel desperate and sometimes, I have really thought of quitting this job, but God is very very good to me, He did not allow me to sink into my negative thinking because He knows that deep in my heart I love what I am doing now with Edmark. I always believe that I have faith in Him that He is the giver and the source of everything. One night I remember all the motivations from my superiors, the care and love of my friends, colleagues and most especially my family. Then, I was surprised that Sir Sam, Sir Marcus & TTG’s trust and open another big big opportunity as a Probee Asst. Sales Manager last March 6, 2009. Huge challenges in handling 253 product demonstrators. Our sales is a very big improvement for the past 2months working together with our Training Manager (Maricar Granada-Super Dragon)who will trained our new demonstrators & do co orientation and 2 area managers who always motivate our promoters, conduct evaluation and area meeting with their names as follows: Rebecca Cortes-Red Lion & Don Jose Vargas-Blue Eagle. They are very supportive and all out support. Every during 3days sale in Shoemart they stand as a re-enforcer. Together with our Favolous supervisors namely: Luna Callueng, Gilda Bautista, Roselyn Labadan, Bryan Macalinao, Jaime Lasic, Criste Bustillo, Alex Narciso, Ronalie Lanada, Ronnie Montejo & Josephine Baloloy.
We always remember and believe that have faith in our self, company and above all to our Lord God. Don’t forget to apply what we learn in our daily lives. And we work hard always, have the right attitude and have integrity to achieve our common goal which is Edmark City.
Thank you and more power…..