Emelda and Eric Teng.


Emelda Teng is known in the business industry because of her tenacity, warmth, and generosity. The down-to-earth super woman is half the brain behind local retail shops Maldita and the 99 Peso Store. She started said businesses with husband Eric Teng in 1993 and have come a long way since. The entrepreneur and philanthropist has expanded to the F&B arena as partner in Thai restaurant Mango Tree, comfort food fave Slappy Cakes, revolving sushi joint Genki Sushi and her own Cocina Peruvia and Kureji which specializes in sizzling ramen.

But more than the business accolades, Emelda is first and foremost, a mother—a role she considers her most important and fulfilling. We asked her all about parenting and what it takes to rear good standing children, a job she doesn’t take lightly. In fact, it’s one she reflects as her greatest adventure.


The Teng family.


How did motherhood change you? 

Raising a child was always my dream. I learned to be more understanding and patient, giving the best of my best. I learned to learn and to accept the day-to-day surprises and challenges. 

You have 3 amazing children. What are your tips for raising good kids? 

Be open. Let them learn for themselves while sharing our experiences to guide them. Remember, we can also learn from our children.

How do you discipline them to grow into better people? 
By openly having open discussions, opening ourselves to different opinions, and allowing for open arguments with some Do’s and Don’ts. Many times we think we need to discipline our children, when all we needed was to keep an open mind and try and see things from their perspectives.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned from your children? 

Quality time must be top priority! Always make time for each other, and keep open communication lines.


What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
My favorite thing is when I see my kids being happy and confident. When I see them treat other people well and how well they earn the respect of others. 

What is the best lesson you hope to pass on to your kids?
Always treat others as you would want to be treated. Love yourself and have balance in life.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don’t be afraid to fail. 
Learn from every stumble. 


What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don't quit. 

Building a business must be a lot of hard work. Apart from family, who inspired you to keep going?
My team. I want to share what I learn and see them grow and be happy people.

What is your biggest challenge in homemaking and business-building?
Time is the biggest challenge, everything should be kept in balance.

When you have free time, what do you like to do for yourself?
I love to travel, to experience new things and discover new stories to share.


What is your advice to those who want to build their own business but don’t have the background and experience?

Do not be afraid to fail as that is necessary for us to learn and grow. Be ready to recognize talent and skill of the people you work with and explore new ideas. Remember that we are never the smartest people in the room.

What business should a person get into? The most money-making or one he/she is passionate about? Why? 

Passion for what one loves or what one is good at can make the key difference for success. For me personally, money and profit is not the primary goal but bonus for enjoying what we do. I never do anything just for money.


Emelda's team.


What’s your top three advise on how to make it in business? 

Don’t be afraid. 

Build a Good Team.

Always strive to get better.

Why is having a charity so important for personal growth? What has it brought to your life? What is a charity you are most passionate about? 

When I was young, I thought it would be nice to have a small hospital to help the needy, and when we learned that my eldest son Patrick wanted to become a doctor, we thought that somehow that dream would come true. But sadly my son passed away on May of 2017 due to brain cancer, on his 3rd year of medical school. Before he passed away, we found out that in his own way, he was reaching out to kids with special needs. Since then, with the help of our family and friends, we were able to start the Patrick Donald Teng Foundation, which aims to provide scholarships for deserving Medical students and helping kids with special needs through organizations like The Heart@Play and Miss Possibilities Foundation.


You’ve attained so much in life. What’s something you still want to achieve and how to reach it? 

I want to see all my loyal employees have a happy life and successful family. I want to pay it forward and I want my team to learn to be of service to others as well.


INTERVIEW Anne Bella Arguelles



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