Toronto, Canada — The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto attended the “bata to Batapreneur Children’s Business Fair” at the Holy Eucharist Catholic Church hall on July 13.
The Business Fair, organized by the non-profit organization, b2Bpreneur, led by its founder and Chief Executive Officer Janet Lim, showcased the various products and services offered by the participating batapreneurs or child entrepreneurs, mostly Filipinos and Filipino-Canadians, of the province of Ontario.
In her remarks, Acting Head of Post Bernadette Therese Fernandez thanked the community leaders and parents for supporting the children in their “business” activities. “The experience that participating children will have during the fair will build character, financial awareness, value for others, trust, and confidence, among others.”
Other guest speakers of the event included Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth Julie Dabrusin, Senior Trade Commissioner Maria Roseni Alvero of the Trade Office Section, and Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Toronto president Steve Pagao.
About 50 batapreneurs, aged eight to 18 years old, joined in the business fair and sold products such as food, t-shirts, paintings, ref magnets, and home-made soaps. Thebatapreneurs also participated in a segment called “Sell it to Me” where they promoted their products to the public onstage.
Amputee and runner Aristotle Domingo, Amirah Mahomed and her team of Virtuous Waste, and Toronto Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eileen De Villa served as inspirational speakers to the event.
At the conclusion of the event, the judges awarded the following winners: Most Profitable Business – Limon (Marcus Justice Uy), Most Promising Business – Bake with Mackie (Mackie Lay and Chanelle Tesoro), Most Eye-Catching Booth – Sophie’s (Sean Gabriel Abaja and Cole Matthew Abaja), Best in Customer Service – Junior: Malikhain (Zariah De Villa and Gavin De Villa) / Senior: J&J (Jonie Leonen and Jaera Leonen), Most Creative Business – Winner: Feel Good (Isabella Cortes and Summer Rosales), 1st Runner-Up: Teeny Cutee (Gillian Murphy), 2nd Runner-Up: Georgina and Nina’s Soap (Georgina Baldon and Nina Baldon), 3rd Runner-Up: Rei & Caella’s Corner (Reianna Clarete and Ricaella Clarete), Batapreneur of the Year 2019 – Feel Good (Isabella Cortes and Summer Rosales), Sell It To Me – Junior: Feel Good (Isabella Cortes and Summer Rosales) / Senior: CS Designs (Kyla Cuesta and Sabine Cuesta).