Kung nakatutok lang sa showbiz: Marissa del Mar, di magkakapera

NAGKAPANGALAN sa showbiz si Marissa del Mar noong dekada 70 hanggang 80. Noon daw kasi, hindi pa talaga masyadong mataas ang talent fee at kung hindi ka raw talaga sikat ay hindi ka kikita ng milyones, kahit pa tagaktak na ang pawis mo sa pag-arte, pagsayaw, at kahit lumuha ka pa ng dugo.

Palibhasa’y madiskarte sa buhay, humanap si Marissa ng ibang source of income, and she earned her first million as an insurance counselor. Realizing there is much money in sales, she set showbiz life aside, spread her wings, and joined the larger scale in real estate sales industry, a job she is enjoying up to now.

“Although matagal ang proseso ng pagkita sa real estate, pero pag kumita ka naman, puwede kang magpahinga ng matagal-tagal bago ka  rumatsada uli,” paliwanag niya sa isang up close and personal interview sa kanya. Amid all the adversities, she continued to be resilient and patient until all her works paid off.

In time, she was able to establish a weekly tele-magazine program featuring success stories of people, a topic close to her heart—Up Close and Personal on IBC TV13, aired every Wednesday from 10 to 10:30 p.m. It also features achievements, lifestyle of celebrities, businessmen, people in the government and even inspiring stories of ordinary Pinoys.

The real meat of her program is highlighting the invaluable work of other service organizations and foundation like the Children Hour Foundation, the Philippine Band of Mercy, Rotary Clubs of district 3830, Rotary Club of Makati Nielsen, of which Marissa is the Charter president. Their ongoing program is the continuous support to medical and dental missions particularly to children with deformities. She makes sure that part of her earnings go to civic projects as her payback for the blessings she receives, through her Millicent Foundation, Inc.

“Siguro kung nag-focus lang ako sa showbiz, hindi ako talaga magkakapera. Kaya, umisip talaga ako ng paraan para magkaroon ako ng fall back kapag walang project at  nasabak ako sa sales na ini-enjoy ko talaga,” dagdag paliwanag niya.

Apart from being in the insurance industry, she also went into beauty product distribution called Fucoidan, a capsule made of brown seaweed derived from the deepest sea in Japan, which obviously takes care of  Marissa’s health and beauty concerns.

As her projects grow, so her sales network. Marissa now sits as the National President of National Real Estate Association,(NREA) Inc.,the country’s one-stop trade organization in the real estate industry whose members belong to major real estate economic contributors and participants—landowners, property developers, contractors, real estate practitioners, architects, engineers, property managers, urban planners government corporations, agencies, LGUs and other allied professions and services.

NREA is chaired by Jose Manalad, Alejandro Manalac as vice chair, Marissa del Mar as national president, Abundio Gultiano Jr as EVP, Ruth marie Atienza, VP Internal, Jose Orlando O. V. Ruiz, VP-Chapters, Roseller Balanza, treasurer and Felizardo Simoy, auditor. The board of trustees are:Felino Palafox, Jr., Gilda Lim, Benigno Cabrieto J., Rhodora Aguila, Thrace Aldalde and Ernesto Angeles.

Their annual events include, among others, Annual Gift-giving, Annual Pabasa, Annual Mid-year Parangal, Pampanga Conference, Baguio Convention, Annual Fund-Raising Golf Tournament, annual NREA and HUDCC Convention and Exhibit.

On December 9, Marissa with NREA will again embark on another fund-raising activity, a concert, to continually service medical and dental mission, cleft palette operations and Christmas gift-giving particularly the minorities in Zambales and Subic, the Aetas.

Dubbed “Love…No Boundaries,” the concert will feature Regine Tolentino, Ernie Garcia, Edna Ledesma, Skape Crew Dancers and Magic Performance, Arthur Manuntag. It will be held at the Mall of Asia SMX Convention Hall at 6p.m.

This event is in partnership with San Miguel Corporation, Pag-Ibig Fund, Fucoidan Seaweed Food Supplement, Home guaranty Corporation, Davies Paint, The Lakeshore, Poshome Global and Byrza.

For tickets and reservations, call NREA at 913-4463; 912-3492; Millicent Foundation at 986-9220; 812-3732 or at Mobile no. 0917-8348992; 09189859999. Evelyn Diao

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