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

What were you doing when you were 13?

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, Czarina's brainchild, began as a village flowershop and over time, it 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 Legazpi 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 Legazpi community closer together.


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


Czarina arranges flowers at the store




"I'll try to keep my prefrontal cortex (that's 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, or feeds her chickens. She also comes from a very tight-knit family and spends a bulk of her time with them, either on trips or sailing during the weekends. Counted among her favorite people are her brothers, whom she calls "the best brothers in the world."


Czarina and her brothers

It's 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.

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