Marco Lobregat on Challenges, Changes and Good Choices
Only a few short years after graduating from college, Marco Lobregat was at the peak of his career. Working for the World Eye Reports allowed him to travel to different countries, to interface with political and business leaders, and to gain their insight on business trends and opportunities. Then, the global economic recession hit.
Disheartened that the financial world was in shambles, he decided to get out of the corporate world to find his own niche. Wanting to make use of his family’s 4-hectare property in Lipa, he sought for a high yielding product that he could grow. A trip to the supermarket proved to be his eureka moment, as he conceived what was to be the Ministry of Mushrooms.
"I have always loved mushrooms since I was young," he enthused. "When I went to Rustan's, I noticed that most of the mushrooms were imported. No one seemed to be growing it locally.” Taking inspiration from a friend in Spain who grew mushrooms at home as a hobby, Marco raised capital for his business and started his own research.
At first, the only goal was to make sure the mushrooms grow. Armed with determination, Marco and his partners pressed on to better understand fungi and its different applications. "We failed many times," he admitted. "But it's only thru failure that you actually learn what to do."
The choice to keep moving forward paid off. They eventually started delivering mushrooms to friends and family. The business grew further as they began to supply mushrooms to shops and restaurants. Soon, they opened their own stall at the Salcedo Market and attracted even bigger clients.
What started as a practical choice, quickly became a passion for Marco. "I get more in love with mushrooms, the more I read and check it out," he shares. "Aside from being a super food, mushrooms also have medicinal and environmental benefits." It is for these reasons that the Ministry of Mushrooms aims to build a sustainable, world-class mushroom industry in the Philippines.
Carving his own niche and working hard for his success instilled in Marco an appreciation for services that deliver great value. A perfect fit for this entrepreneur is Sun Cellular, with Postpaid plans providing him more features for less. The first in the market to offer unlimited calls and text, Sun Cellular plans are also loaded with add-on services that surpass competition.
"Sun has been a second line for a lot of people,"Marco said. "But considering its fully loaded plans, reliable connection and expanded coverage, it’s about time people make the practical decision and make Sun Cellular their primary line. As for me, it’s my good choice."