in a place where Pili nuts are abundant, who could not have thought about sharing this bountiful amount to the rest of mankind to savour? Two brave souls had taken the courage to conquer all fears and hesitations and came up with a family business, which opened the doors to all the gateways for Pili trade and industry. It was in 1981 when husband and wife Jose Orense Navarro Jr. and Victoria Bernardo Navarro established "Vicky's Pili and Food Products" in the quiet town of Irosin, Sorsogon. Tio Joe and Tia Vicky, as commonly known by many, started with simple Pili nut treats while staying in a shanty near a bus terminal. The constant stream of locals and travellers has patronised their products and soon became popular. Their trip in Irosin is never complete without having a bagful of pasalubong from Vicky's Pili for their loved ones at home. Mr. Navarro has an innate drive for leadership and excellence. He continuously sought ways to make their products better and grander. Due to his dedication and willingness to teach other people engaging in the business, he became a leader of the local Pili industry and played such an active role in its promotion and development. He even became one of the first "Magsasaka Syentista" (M.S. / Farmer Scientist) in sorsogon province recognised by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Natural Research and Development (PCARRD). Unknown to many, Mr. Navarro invented a machine that accelerates the processing of pili nuts and to date it is still in use. almost all stories have their dark ages and as for this tireless couple, it was when their bodies could no longer dance along with the tune they used to dance into back when they were just starting. Somehow the business momentum slowed down, however the values and skills they have imparted to their children have become the reasons to make their descendants certain that they need to keep going. There was no room for living up Like a Pili tree wherein it becomes stronger when typhoons hit it,the siblings decided to intervene and fortify the business. In September of 2010, Myra Zandra Navarro-Gestiada, one of the offspring and a business course graduate,took over and she was ready to take the business to new challenges. Her knowledge, expertise, and an optimistic mindset took her and the business into better heights. She then started the implementation of a new order of priorities: starting with the renovation of the store building and the processing area which was financially assisted by the eldest sibling, Marsha Navarro-Chua; reorganisation of the operations and procedures; and training of newly hired and tenured employee which gave a strong jumpstart for the team. Vicky's Pili and Food Products envisions to make every Filipino experience the delectable taste of our very own Pili nuts that in each and every bite, one could not help but be more proud that we are Filipinos and in our very own native land grows a nut so fine one could simply not resist. Our company continuously strives for excellence and innovation. We upgrade as often as we can, bringing more innovative products to our valued consumers. Since we are one of the pioneer pili nut candy makers in the country making the best Bicolano pasalubongs, we always want to remain a good role model to everyone in the industry. It is part of our goals to keep a supportive and harmonious environment should there be any who needs guidance. We firmly believe in camaraderie and teamwork. It is out ultimate aspiration to make the Pili nuts known to the world, and this could only be achieved if all of us would join hands and assist each other. This was a dream of the founders of the business, the two brave souls started it all for the Pili industry, and us the next generation to fulfill.
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