HE is on leave from his post as deputy administrator for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
So, he took the chance to open his business venture, his Creative Hair Systems in a new place at the Swire Elan Suites along Annapolis street in Greenhills.
Arnell Ignacio has been incredibly supportive of his daughter Sofia to whom he is bequeathing the business.
“People always assume that she’s spoiled because she’s my unica hija but I’m really a disciplinarian.”
The 22-year old Sofia is already a bonafide businesswoman and certified microblading artist managing her family’s company which provides world-class hair replacement systems made from human hair alongside other services including semi-permanent makeup for the brows, lips, eyes, face and even lash perming.
“Creative Hair Systems has been with the family since 2005 and having only one branch has helped us with quality control. Now that Sofia is working for the family business, we have plans of opening more branches,” Arnell said.
Arnell taught Sofia about “excellence, commitment and creativity,” three values that go hand-in-hand in running a business.
His stint in OWWA opened his eyes to the plight of the OFWS and allowed him to understand the nitty-gritty details of the problems they are facing. But this is taking its toll on Arnell as he wishes to spend more time with Sofia. Thus, the vacation leave now.
Sofia’s background is that she studied Basic and Masteral Semi-Permanent Makeup at Andy Pasion Asia Training Institute and has won an Excellence Award in Eyebrow Embroidery (Manual Stranding) at the Beauty Professional Philippines Semi-Permanent Makeup (SPMU) Competition along with a host of other awards she has garnered so far.
Sofia’s wish was granted. Her creativity overflows with the business. Together with her Dad, they are appreciating the simple things that life has to offer.
Said Arnell, “Sofia is looking towards bigger dreams, saying that she wants Creative Hair Systems to be known as a multi-awarded SPMU service provider within five years (“I’ll need to win awards from local and international SPMU competitions.”).
JUST below Arnell’s floor is a cute deli called Delmo’s.
The owners are mother and daughter Ana Abiera Del Moral and Theresa Asis.
Coming from Ana’s flair for baking sweet stuff in her Sugar Cakes Bakeshop, she decided to open a small café and called it Delmo, short for Del Moral.
“My Dad’s friends called him that. Short for Del Moral. And it’s a very good thing kasi now. Ang mga friends namin ni Arnell, na napaka-small world lang eh, nagkikita na here.”
Superb is how her food taste. Especially thr sweet treats like her Red Velvet Cupcakes, Tres Leches and Smores.
The frozen deli offers her to die for pork belly, beef mechado, and callos. Add to that a bevy of pasta treats.
The people with happy smiles on their faces experiencing different kinds of treats from Arnell and Ana include Ai Ai delas Alas and hubby Gerald, Edu Manzano, Grace Ibuna, Mimi Qua, Mocha Uson, Dulce and Bernard Cruzata, John Nite, Gretchen Barretto, Ynez Veneracion, Bettina Aspillaga, Karla Estrada and more.
There is a treat from Master Leo if he’s in the house! Readings!
Showbiz denizens and non-showbiz friends found their watering hole in the said place. Beauty treatment in Arnell’s haven and Delmo’s for the tummy treat!
Congratulations, angels on earth.