by Juliet P. Lucas
Department of Trade and Industry
The man behind the popular Boaging’s Bread that is widely sold in Bauko, Bontoc, Sabangan, Tadian and Cervantes is a very humble and generous civic activist who wanted to become a priest. Mr. Anthony Nanam Boaging is the first of a brood of 10 children of Mr. Ignacio Boaging and Andrea Nanam of Poblacion, Bauko, Mountain Province.
After graduating from elementary education in 1963, he enrolled in a preparatory course for priesthood at St. Francis Xavier Seminary. He did not pursue because he needed to earn and be able to help his parents and younger siblings. He was first employed as a miner at the Acoje Mines in 1968, then to BCI. When he was terminated, he sought transfer to the Lepanto Mines but was not accepted. He however saw another form of earning and with a borrowed capital of P1,000, he put up a sari-sari store that will sell to miners in Lepanto. In 1982, somebody offered him to buy his oven. He bought the oven with the condition that the seller would teach him how to bake. His bakery was then established and with a borrowed jeep, he would deliver bread to other communities of Mankayan then to Buguias and then to Bauko. There was a shortage of flour in 1986 so he went to buy flour from different stores until he reached Abatan, Bauko. Ms. Martha Malecdan, a pioneer businessman there, suggested the establishment of a bakery in the Abatan. It was an opportunity as he would be the first and only bakery in the area. The rest about the sustained bakery was history. Boaging’s Bakery is the longest managed bakery in the province. Recently, as other bakeries were established and as prices of construction materials were soaring he decided to build his building in Poblacion, Bauko and established a grocery. The Boaging Store is now one of the two DTI Certified Establishments for consistently adhering to fair trade laws. These businesses regularly employ 10 people. Additional workers are employed whenever demand of bread increases. Ask about his secret for staying long in the business and increasingly progressing, he is quip to answer. Honesty and trustworthiness are very important. Friendly relation to customers is also very important and when it’s time to give back, he wouldn’t make second thought to give help to somebody in need. In his bakery, he says cleanliness is essential. He is now the President of the Mountain Province Bakers’ Association,
Anthony is an entrepreneur with a big heart for service to the people. He is an active church leader for a long time. He was a Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, an active leader of the Holy Name Society, and BEC Chairman. He was also an active PTCA officer who implemented quality projects for the school. He regularly contributes to ordinations and other causes. Upon hearing about the erosion of Kayan, he brought bread and men to the site and helped in the rescue operations.
He brought up a family with his wife Emilia Anayasan. They have 6 children who all finished schooling and who are either working or managing their own businesses. As his children grew and earn for themselves, he now supports 4 other children in their schooling. It’s been a long way since his mining days. Mr. Anthony Nanam Boaging is the epitome of a truly successful entrepreneur.