Cebuano yearns to inspire young entrepreneurs with ‘Elite Business’ award

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FOR demonstrating exemplary performance in the field of business and reflecting the ideals of an entrepreneur, Cebu's pride Leonhardt John Cabahug stood tall and proud during the eighth Elite Business and Leadership Awards at Sofitel Manila recently.

The Elite Business and Leadership Awards is an independent award-giving entity geared toward recognizing excellence and achievements of companies and individuals all over the country.

Cabahug joined the elite circle of potential businesses and significant people that included former PBA star now Mayor Vergel Meneses of Bulakan, Bulacan, Vice Governor Jose Tomas Sr. of Nueva Vizcaya and Mayor Cezanne Fritz Diaz of Siaton, Negros Oriental, among the 16 national awardees.

The 34-year-old Cabahug was feted for his Vdrink Malunggay Juice being the “Premier Malunggay-based Juice Drink Brand.” It's actually the third award received by Cabahug for Vdrink in 2021 after the “Best Premium Quality Wellness Lactating Malunggay Juice Brand” and the “Philippine Social Media Star Band.”

Interestingly, Cabahug bagged the Elite accolade just a day after super typhoon Odette devastated his hometown Cebu.

For Cabahug, the Cebuanos are high-spirited people, celebrating life brightly even in the dark.

And looking on the brighter side of things with positivity, Cabahug said the unfortunate event even became an opportunity for Cebuanos to showcase their resiliency in the face of adversity.

"No electricity, no water, no mobile signal, no internet and network data available in the entire Cebu after typhoon Odetette hit but look at your loved ones," said Cabahug. "It is a wonderful experience if you are going to think of it in a positive way. This has been a new experience that you can bring with you forever because our experiences in life are ours to keep and anytime in the future, we can talk about them and maybe even laugh about them and looking back, we can value that moment as it can humble you and help you focus on things that really matter."

"It can also motivate you for there is so much to rebuild and so many families to help. Personally, it gave me the opportunity to educate my children. To celebrate Christmas without material things. Food on the table and quality time talking with them without gadgets. As we looked around, we saw each other and that’s all that matters. At the end of the day, we value the people around us," Cabahug continued.

The former collegiate basketball star from the University of the Visayas Green Lancers said he felt blessed and humbled by the distinct honor bestowed upon him.

Now Cabahug wants to use it as motivation in carrying out his mission to inspire young entrepreneurs who have big dreams in their chosen field.

"I believe that God lends a helping hand to the man who tries hard. That’s what I want young individuals with dreams to keep in mind," Cabahug concluded. SPONSORED CONTENT

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