Ingrid, as dearly known by his family, colleagues and clients, started his humble beginnings on the grounds of pure determination and sincere perseverance to alleviate his and his family’s mediocre status. Born in a large family of twelve, he is the eighth among his not-so-privileged siblings.
Uninterrupted by the fact, he tracked his elementary and secondary education with honors, knowing fully well that it is his ultimate way to achieve whatever success that awaits him in the future. Driven with much enthusiasm, he took up his Bachelor in Science and Commerce Major in Accountancy at the Baliuag University. Heaved with intelligence yet deprived of resources, he was forced to drop his course when he was in 3rd year. Being out of college did not hamper him to pursue life though his dreams of finishing school seemed totally unreachable.
Young as nineteen, Ingrid did not mind working as a beautician at Professional Touch Salon. His stewardship yielded a reward that he, later on, became the Branch Manager.
His trustworthiness in eighteen straight years of hard work rendered him all the experience he could ever gain, aside from the fact that his dedication, talent, passion and skills in hair and make-up emerged so naturally from him. As a proof, he has won two Hair and Make-up competitions:
Hair Asia 2000 held at World Trade Center and Marikina Fashion World 2003. Over the years, he has accumulated a vast number of clientele that specifically sought for professional service he himself personally performs.
Owned by no less than Ingrid Lazaro, a native of Bustos, Bulacan, who marked his niche on a land not of his own, yet, regarded much by all Marikeños due to his remarkable talent, passion and skills in hair and make-up.
The busy avenue of Bayan-bayanan in Marikina won’t be even busier without the hallmark of Ingrid Salon.
Motivated with love for his family, this is his own means of increasing his income to support them more financially and aid for his nieces and nephews’ education. Started with an amount of one hundred thousand pesos only (P100,000.00) and hired ten (10) personnel, Ingrid Salon expanded and currently employs 27 personnel who man both the salon and Ingrid Spa.
Ingrid enjoys the fruits of his hard work; now he has two-story house and lot, two sedan cars and a 4x4 vehicle, plus savings in the bank. Despite these countless blessings, he never forgets to be generous and giving.
He even bestows financial support to a foundation for Catholic Community and continuously assists his family whom he has drawn a lot of inspiration from.
Indeed, he will never stop. Three to five years from now, aside from having additional branches, he aims to put up his own training school for hair dressing and cosmetology. This will facilitate future employment and might be a starting point for those who, similar to him, have nothing to start with.
*This article was originally published in Market Square Magazine.