th images menu user export search eye clock list list2 arrow-left untitled twitter facebook googleplus instagram cross photos entrep-logo-svg

This 13-Year-Old Manages Her Own Neighborhood Store in Legazpi Village

Czarina Agustines runs a cozy neighborhood store called Mariposa
By Hannah Lazatin for |


Thirteen-year-old Czarina Agustines has a special relationship with her mother, Dee Dee. They are business partners. They run a cozy neighborhood store called Mariposa in Legazpi Village.


The store is Czarina's brainchild, tracing its humble beginnings to its time as a village flowershop. Over time, the business has evolved into a full-fledged boutique, with friends and neighbors wanting to put their own home business products in the store. Friends as far as Silang, Cavite have filled Mariposa's shelves with local products such as coconut oil, fruit chips, and other snacks.



The Mariposa store in Legaspi Village


The family's friends have also contributed books for book sharing, and a healer drops by on Mondays for weekly sessions. It sometimes doubles as a hangout spot for neighbors to come in and share a glass of wine after work. Undoubtedly, Mariposa brings the Legaspi community closer together.


Czarina continues to play a huge part in the store, as she still enjoys arranging flowers. Since all of her work is done at school, this gives her ample time to spend with her growing business with her mother and her "Nana" Mylene, who manages the store. The teenager has bigger plans for Mariposa, as itâs become her goal for it to eventually carry some of the clothes she desires to design in the future.


Czarina arranges flowers at the store





"I'll try to keep my prefrontal cortex (thatâs in your brain) open," she replied after we asked her about how she sees herself in 10 years. 'I'd like to be working in fashion design, act, and also travel." Among her many goals, that latter entails owning properties at her favorite places, just like her uncle.



When she's not at the store, Czarina reads a book or feeds her chickens. She also comes from a very tight-knight family and spends a bulk of her time with them, either on trips or sailing during the weekend. Counted among her favorite people are her brothers, whom she calls in adoration "the best brothers in the world."


Czarina and her brothers


Itâs easy to forget that Czarina is so young, especially when she muses, "I'm trying to focus my life on [the] now instead of wanting something else in the future and then missing out on the moment." A true Wonder Kid, she advises her fellow peers, "If you have a dream, you have to do something about it to make it come true." We can definitely take some sage advice from this business savvy teen.





This story originally appeared on

* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

Latest Articles

You Can Start a Small Business by Monetizing Something You're Already Doing

Do you love to garden or knit or advise friends about growing their business?

byBrian Hughes | June 20, 2018 02:00:00

(LOOK) Is There a Mang Inasal Copycat in Indonesia?

We don't blame you if you're feeling some deja vu

bySasha Lim Uy for | June 20, 2018 00:00:00

Grab PH to Subsidize Drivers Earning Less Than Breakeven Fare Amid Adverse LTFRB Rules and Higher Fuel Prices

The transport network company expects to shell out Php100 million a month for the subsidy

byPauline Macaraeg | June 19, 2018 18:00:00

Why You Should Be at the Largest Gathering of Southeast Asia’s Tech Startups on June 22-23

With 4 keynotes, 3 panels, 2 fireside chats and 2 debates, Techtonic Summit 2018 has a full program...

byElyssa Christine Lopez | June 19, 2018 16:00:00

BPI-Philam CEO Let 10-Year-Old Daughter Manage Her College Fund. Guess What Happened Next

Q&A with Surendra Menon, chief executive officer of BPI-Philam Life Assurance Corp.

byRoel Landingin | June 19, 2018 14:00:00

Financial Adviser: 5 Things You Should Know About D.M. Wenceslao & Associates' IPO

Understand the business of DMW and how its growth prospects will help increase the value of your...

byHenry Ong | June 19, 2018 09:00:00

5 Health Habits These Successful Entrepreneurs Swear By

If Seth Godin drinks a healthy smoothie and Mark Cuban exercises an hour every day, you can, too

byAnna Johansson | June 19, 2018 06:00:00

(Infographic) What Will the Future of Work Look Like After the Robot Revolution?

By 2033, it's predicted that nearly half the country's jobs will be taken over by robots

byRose Leadem | June 19, 2018 02:00:00

The New App Update Is Out to Make Your Daily Commute a Little Bit Better

It launches June 19

byJamie Sanchez for | June 19, 2018 00:00:00

Contractor Vows Oct 2018 Start for Prep Works on LRT-1 Project That Will Cut Bacoor-Baclaran Travel to 30 Minutes

That compares to one-and-a-half hours travel time at present

byElyssa Christine Lopez | June 18, 2018 19:00:00

From Military Engineer to Reclamation Pioneer: D.M. Wenceslao and PH’s First IPO of 2018

The construction company is selling its shares to the public from June 18 to 22

byLorenzo Kyle Subido | June 18, 2018 19:00:00

Do You Run a Creative Hub or Enterprise? This UK-Funded Fellowship May Be For You

The one-year program aims to develop leaders who will help the country harness the creative...

byRoel Landingin | June 18, 2018 17:00:00