A Filipino Buli Weaver, Now a Multimillionaire? How?
Who is he? Get to know him through his rags to riches story.
The Turning Point
At an early age, he was helping his parents earn a living for their family. The whole day, he was counting tingtings (the stiff mid-ribs portion of coconut leaves used for making walis or brooms) or weaving bulis (buri palms) to make money. Meticulously, he wove bulis, 60 yards long, for a profit of 1 peso so he can help. The more bulis he can weave, the more money he can give for their daily survival.
One day, they could not pay the house rent so they were forced to evacuate. The owners, who are actually their relatives, insisted that the family had to leave because they already need the property. Sad but brave, he said, “Babalik ako na mas mayaman ako sa inyo at may sarili akong bahay” (I will return richer than you, with my own home).
After school, he goes to the market in order to help his mom sell bulis. According to his mother, they have a lot of buyers everytime he’s the one helping her.
One time, an old woman read the palm of her mom saying that one of her three children is born with luck.
“Tingnan mo Nene ang palad ng anak mo. May anak kang magdadala sayo ng swerte, bunso mong anak. Sabi sa akin nung matanda, “Dadating Nene ang panahon na gaganda ang buhay mo. Wag kayong mawawalan ng pag-asa.” (Look at the palm of your child Nene. You have a child who will bring you luck – your youngest child. The old woman said to me, “Time will come you’ll have a better life. Do not lose hope.”)
Someone actually predicted that one of her children will be very rich in the near future and this child has a sign of mountain and sun rays on his hands.
For almost 2 decades, their family was earning out of weaving bulis until he left and tried selling lands (he was then a land agent). And his first sale was already 50 acres that gave him 10 million pesos commission.
With his help, their family is now living a comfortable life. His mom and siblings are well taken care of. They have their own house and lot. And, he has acquired a lot of property including 20 condominiums and vast stretches of land. Plus, a number of luxurious cars, and one hotel as a sign of his success. He is now one of the richest entrepreneurs in the Philippines, a multimillionaire.
However, all that he achieved in life is not just about luck. Take for instance, selling properties. It is not a miracle that clients come in a sudden to buy a land. It is not also a miracle how he convinces them to buy. This is how to reach the ladder of success according to him, “Basta masipag ka. Marunong kang magdasal at maniwala sa Diyos at kailangang ika’y may pangarap.”(As long as you are hardworking, you know how to pray and you have faith in God, and you have a dream.)
Becoming successful in life, therefore, is all about hard work, prayer, faith in God, and having a dream.
Who is this buli weaver turned millionaire we’re talking about?
He is no other than Manuel “Jojo” Tan.
A New Beginning
Do you want to be like him? Who knows your luck is in real estate too.
You can begin by becoming a real estate agent for Passion Magnet Marketing Realty, Inc., an accredited marketing company of Goshen Land (a real estate developer in Baguio City since 2007). They have the best agents selling condominiums, houses, commercial spaces, offices and clinics in the country’s premier city for real estate investment, Baguio.