How Pinay became 'queen of convenience stores' in New Delhi
MANILA, Philippines - New Delhi's "queen of convenience stores" didn't inherit the throne like those lucky enough to be born into royalty. She also didn't rely on magic for help. In fact, she isn't even Indian.
In ABS-CBN's "Rated K," host Korina Sanchez caught up with Filipina Paz de Vera in New Delhi to find out how she became one of the pioneers of the industry.
De Vera told Sanchez that she was forced to work in a bakery back in the Philippines to, not only pay for her education, but for her daily meals as well.
"Hindi talaga masustentuhan ng parents ko," she said.
Shortly after, she became one of the pioneering employees of 7/11 in the country who, after 20 years of working for the company, recommended her to an Indian conglomerate, Godfrey Philips India Ltd.
Tasked to introduce the concept of 7/11 in New Delhi, de Vera more than obliged, helping Twenty Four Seven, India's first modern chain of convenience stores, open more than 20 stores around the country.
Today, her reign continues as Twenty Four Seven plans to open an additional 100 stores all over India.