Pinoy Cuisine Fast-food Owners Visit Enderun
What started out as an Independence Day activity at Harvard University in Massachusetts, became an inspiration for long-time friends Jerome Uy and Meredith Ngo to start their own food business.
“Unlike today’s entrepreneurs, we didn’t start young. Meredith was working for a bank, and I was a brand manager that time,” Jerome Uy, Adobo Connection’s founder and director said.
Their passion to showcase Filipino food inspired them to open Adobo Connection. They remembered their days at Harvard University where they cooked adobo and Filipino-style spaghetti for more than a thousand people for Independence Day.
“Aside from sentimental reasons, we started Adobo Connection to fill in the market gap. There is no fast food restaurant in the Philippines that serves Filipino food,” Uy said.
Meredith Ngo said that they built the company using their own resources, and with the help of the people under their wing.
“One important advice that I can give you is to choose the right people. It’s important that all of you in the company are looking in the same direction,” Ngo said. Their first store opened in Makati four years ago. Now, they have more than 50 branches nationwide, and will open one in San Francisco, USA, next month. Adobo Connection is one of the fastest growing Filipino franchises, and the largest food franchise dedicated to Filipino food.
Jerome Uy and Meredith Ngo visits Enderun Colleges as part of its regular success series talks where industry professionals, pioneers, and visionaries share their valuable experiences with students.