Guest Kapamilya Cai Duenas worked as a Program Producer for ABS-CBN’s comedy and talent reality unit for 16 years. But her post was one of the casualties of the company’s retrenchment program brought about by the unfortunate non-renewal of its franchise.
Cai was teary-eyed as she looked back on that dreaded day. It was supposed to be just a day of clean up until she received her separation memo. The conversation with her boss lasted for only a few minutes but the pain was worth the 16 years spent in her beloved network.
Television production has always been Cai’s passion and dream. She grew up watching her mother work for events and productions. Sometimes she would tag along with her. Seeing how much her mother enjoyed the profession, Cai realized she also wanted to be like her.
She had her internship in ABS-CBN and she was absorbed right after graduation. The noise of the production, the lights, the pressure– it’s all in her system and she can do it every day of her life.
But Cai couldn’t afford to just wait for a miracle to unfold. She knew she had to make a move. The lack of a stable source of income forced her to reduce household spending. She started by listing down their weekly menu to avoid purchasing unnecessary items.
Until, in the third week while writing down her mother’s specialty, Cai had the idea to put up their dream family food business. Her mother has always wanted to sell cooked meals but Cai was too busy with production works. Now that the world is given a universal timeout, she finally got the perfect time to materialize this dream hidden in the little corner of her heart.