After living in different countries – USA, Russia and Oman for two decades, Ms. Monina Dela Cuesta Balubayan decided to go back to her hometown, Santa Maria, Laguna in the year 2013. Thinking that her age is above the limit to apply for a job, she thought of what could be her source of income. With all her thoughts that every business should start from being small, she then came up with the idea of starting a small café business in year 2014. Aside from coffee, she offered pasta, rice meals, noodles and boodle fight meals. The café business has been her bread and butter. But years after, she decided to close the business.

Fast-forward in 2018, Ms. Monina put all the efforts to master the pizza-making. She thought that putting-up a pizzeria in her hometown would be a hit since there is no existing home-made pizza parlor in the area. On May 11, 2018, her dream turns into reality as she registered the business name Monina’s Pizzeria at the Negosyo Center Santa Maria. She had learned about the services she could avail at the Negosyo Center.

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