Gila Salvador, 25, of Nueva Ecija, is no ordinary Bb. Pilipinas 2020 contestant.
She’s a businesswoman who owns a construction firm, an interior design company that layouts celebrity houses, a restaurant, and soon a hostel in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte.
During a meet-and-greet event at her restaurant Mad Cafe in Quezon City recently, Salvador recalled the time she earned her first million when she was just 18.
“I chose to leave school when I was 17 and start my own business. This leap of faith earned me my first seven-digit income at age 18,” she said.
Salvador said her exposure in these businesses made her wise and a well-rounded person beyond her years.
For Bb. Pilipinas 2020, Salvador’s advocacy is all about self-reliance and independence. “I think no one has done this before. Ever since I started my business, this is what I am sharing about. Self-reliance and independence give you the empowerment to be your own help and to be your own savior.”
“I also want to be an inspiration to everyone, to let them know that [everything] they crave for, hope for and pray for, is at the very tip of their fingertips.”
Salvador initially learned about self-reliance when her allowance in college was not enough for her needs.
“I chose not to rely to my parents, not to ask money from them, but stand up for myself, take charge, and do something about the situation. So I decided to venture into business,” she said.
Because of her tight schedule, Salvador took a leave from the Ateneo de Manila University where she is taking up business management.
Salvador said that joining the prestigious Bb. Pilipinas 2020 pageant with the 39 other candidates would motivate her to be the best version of herself.
“Not that I am afraid or intimidated but I admire all the girls in our batch of Bb. Pilipinas. Being with them motivates me to work harder so that I can be as good as they are,” she said.
Salvador also gave business tips to the young people who want to start their own business.
“When you want to do something, start today. And if you meet obstacles, just keep moving forward because it will help you grow as a person,” she said.