Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant baker Renato Sanorjo and production manager Edmond Alcoran. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
The baker dads at local food chain Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant are a special kind of hero. They are hard and soft and soft at the same time, both at work and at home. They are not only part of the team that concocts thousands of the brand’s beloved cakes and pastries every day at the Conti commissary.
They are fathers who work hard to provide a better life for their families while helping other families across the country mark their special occasions, and even ordinary moments, with delightful celebrations.
Some of them have gone through difficult times in life, but have succeeded thanks to their love of family, determination and courage.
Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant supervising Limwil Galdiano multi-layer pie
“Kailangan ko talaga ng trabaho para ma suportahan ko ang pamilya ko, kaya ‘di na ako nag-atubili pa” (“I really need a job to support my family, so I didn’t hesitate “), did he declare. Limwil Galdiano remembers his humble beginnings in the bakery founded 25 years ago and owned by the Conti sisters of Batangas.
Limwil has been with Conti for almost a decade now. In 2013, he was already the father of a 6 year old boy. He had also been a cook for 10 years. What he had no experience at the time was baking.
Conti’s gave Limwil this perfect opportunity to broaden his skills and broaden his horizons as a professional. More importantly, it has helped him support his family better.
Rising to the challenge paid off. Today, Limwil derives the greatest satisfaction and pride from his work as a baker at Conti because he knows that his talent and skills put a smile on the faces of foreigners.
Like Limwil, Conti’s baker father, Renato Sanorjo, worked in the kitchen of a fast-food chain before joining Conti’s. The big difference was that he was very far from his family because the job was in Saudi Arabia.
While financial support is important, the former OFW stresses the importance of being physically present to create a deeper connection with his children.
Those same sentiments are shared by Edmond Alcoran, a longtime Conti employee who started as an assistant baker and now serves as the officer in charge of production.
One of Edmond’s biggest challenges as a father came earlier this year when his third child was born prematurely.
Edmond says patience and having clear direction are very important both as a baker and as a father.
Taking on big challenges is never easy. Even tough men need all the help they can get. Luckily for Conti’s baker dads, the company’s family philosophy not only makes them grow, but also makes them shine.
“At Conti’s, challenges are a way to constantly improve, make ourselves better and strengthen relationships,” notes Angie Conti-Martinez, one of the three sisters who founded Conti’s 25 years ago. “We are happy to be part of the professional and personal journey of our baker dads and are proud of their achievements in the company and in their families.”
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