Starting your own lechon manok business sounds intimidating, but as long as you have these five essential elements, there’s really nothing to it. Here’s everything you need to prepare: 

1.) Lechon manok recipe

Lechon manok, also known as a spit-roast chicken, is a popular Filipino dish you can get almost anywhere. The lechon manok recipe has several versions, but they all have one thing in common–they’re very easy to make.


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 3-4 stalks of lemongrass
  • Fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp calamansi juice
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 12 tbsp water
  • Black pepper


  • Step 1: To make the marinade: Combine lemongrass, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, calamansi juice, vegetable oil, water, and black pepper in a blender and blend until all the ingredients are combined. Set aside.
  • Step 2: Place the chicken in a deep bowl, add the marinade, and store it in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours. After marinating, you are now ready to grill the chicken.

A good recipe is one of the secrets to a successful lechon manok business. Of course, you can tweak this one according to your preference and the ingredients and spices available in your location.

2.) Lechon manok business plan

Your lechon manok business plan will serve as your guide. It should include a comprehensive breakdown of your goals and how you plan to achieve them.

Your business plan should have the answer to some of these important questions: 

  • Are you a griller or a roaster?
  • How much is your initial capital?
  • Are you going to operate from home, or are you going to rent a space?
  • Are you offering other products?
  • Are you offering delivery and dine-in options?
  • Are you hiring a team?
  • How do you plan to market your products?

Here’s a lechon manok business plan sample for a fictional business called Mr. Manok:


Mr. Manok is the Philippines’ next big thing in the lechon manok industry, offering a unique take on the classic lechon recipe.

Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that every dining experience that includes Mr. Manok will be special and memorable. 

Mr. Manok will be a part of every Filipino celebration and tradition.

Company and Management

Mr. Manok’s headquarters is in Mandaluyong. It’s a family-owned business that started because of a great love of Filipino dishes. 

All family members have taken an active role in ensuring Mr. Manok delivers only quality products and services. 


Our company’s main product is the Mr. Manok Lechon Manok Special. It’s a new twist to the classic lechon manok.

What sets our product apart from the other lechon manok dishes is its flavor and juiciness—you won’t find any like it in the market. What’s great is that no matter how often it’s reheated, it remains fresh the way it did when you first bought it. 

Our Market

Our customers range from busy moms and dads who do not have time to cook to your average workers who want to celebrate but stay within their budgets. 

Our extensive research helped us understand the importance of delivering affordable and delicious products that are perfect for any lunch or dinner table.

You can also add your financial projections, which include your sales projection and how much growth you can expect in the coming years. 

3.) Equipment for lechon manok business

Lechon manok business equipment
Lechon manok business equipment

Once you’ve prepared your business plan, you must ensure you have all the necessary equipment for a lechon manok business. Here’s a list of what you’ll need: 

Lechon manok grill

If you’re starting your business small, you can get a small lechon manok grill online for Php1,650 to Php3,000. However, these grills can only cook one to two whole chickens. It’s good equipment to get your business off the ground.

However, if you have the capital to go big, you can get a large grill for Php25,000 to Php30,000. These kinds of equipment can cook up to 48 whole chickens.

These grills need to be plugged in to make the skewers turn in place. You need about a sack of coal to cook more than 40 whole chickens.

Depending on your starting capital, you can also start with an air fryer or an oven. Don’t forget tongs and other safety equipment that will allow you to handle hot food.

Your grill will require a good kind of coal. Buying coal in bulk is cheaper than getting it by the bag, so make sure you have a coal supplier.

Cooking equipment

You need a few kitchen tools to prepare your lechon manok. For example, you need blenders where you can make your marinade. 

You also need tubs or food-grade plastic containers to store the chicken you are marinating. A sturdy chest freezer or a spacious refrigerator is also essential. 


This part of your lechon manok business doesn’t have to be expensive. Other lechon manok businesses use paper wrapping, banana leaves, and plastic bags for packaging. You can start with paper packaging and gradually upgrade to a custom-made container.

4.) Starting capital for lechon manok business

Starting capital for lechon manok business
Starting capital for lechon manok business

Given all these pieces of equipment, you might ask: How much is the starting capital for a lechon manok business? We’ve broken it down for you:

  • Charcoal Grill (Can cook up to 40 whole chickens) = Php25,000 to Php30,000
  • Chest Freezer (Can store up to 100 kilos of chicken) = Php15,000 to Php25,000
  • Kitchen Utensils = Php4,000 to Php10,000
  • Fresh Dressed Chicken = Php150 to Php200 per kilo
  • Coal = Php200 to Php280 per sack
  • Packaging = Php4,000 to Php6,000
  • Business Permits and Clearances = Php5,000 to Php10,000
  • Marketing Budget = Php3,000 to Php5,000
  • Business Location (Rent) = Php6,000 to Php10,000
  • Business Location (Construction) = Php15,000 to Php40,000

Total Starting Capital: Php90,000 to Php140,000

How much is the income of a lechon manok business? Let’s compute how much you’ll earn during a week-long operation. Here’s an approximation: 

45 whole chicken x Php150 = Php6,750 (Sold for Php250 per piece / Php130 half chicken)

1 sack of coal x Php250 = Php250

Ingredients = Php1,000

Utilities (Electricity, Water, Packaging) = Php1,000

Profit: Php2,250 (per day) Php15,750 (per week)*

*If you can consistently sell 45 to 100 pieces of chicken every day, you can earn roughly this much and more.

5) Requirements for a lechon manok business

Like any other business in the Philippines, you need to accomplish and submit a few documents before you can start your lechon manok business. Your business permit is one of the most important documents you need to secure. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get it:

Step 1: Visit your city or municipality’s Business Permit and Licensing Office. 

Step 2: Fill out an application form.

Step 3: Submit your application form with all the requirements like your Certificate of Business Name Registration, Barangay Business Clearance, and Contract of Lease (if you’re renting). You may also need clearance from your city/municipality sanitation office and fire department. 

Step 4: Pay for the tax and fees. 

Step 5: Claim your business permit.

You’ll also need to register your business name with the Department of Trade and Industry. You need to stop by the Bureau of Internal Revenue to get an official receipt for your business.

It sounds intimidating and tedious, but government offices often have “one-stop windows” where they’ll tell you who you need to talk to, what you need to prepare first, and which offices you need to visit.

Other options for a lechon manok business

If you can’t start your own lechon manok business from scratch, you can also try franchising. 

A few lechon manok businesses in the Philippines are open for franchising. Here are some you can choose from:

Andok’s Litson Manok

Andoks Litson Manok
Andoks Litson Manok

Andok’s is a popular lechon manok brand, so you don’t have to worry about marketing your product. 

The total capital investment costs around Php2.5 million for a take-out stall and Php7.5 to Php10 million for a dine-in stall.

Their franchise fee costs around Php300,000 to Php500,000.

Baliwag Lechon Manok

Baliwag Litson Manok
Baliwag Litson Manok

Baliwag is another lechon manok business open for franchise. They have carts and kiosks with a franchise fee that ranges from Php250,000 to Php750,000. 

Their packages include all the lechon manok equipment you’ll need, cashiering and cleaning supplies, employee uniforms, and more.

Dos and don’ts before starting your own lechon manok business

DO: Make a thorough research

You can’t make a good business plan if you don’t research the market of lechon manok in your location.

These are some of the questions you should be able to answer after your market research:

  • Who is my target market?
  • What makes my lechon manok different and special?
  • How much can I sell my lechon manok for?
  • What other services and products can I offer my customers?

Do: Join lechon manok business seminars and training sessions

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) often hold training and seminars for small business owners or those looking to start their own small business. 

You can visit their website for the events and training sessions schedule. 

Don’t miss a chance to join business expos as well. These are mostly organized by private businesses in collaboration with the government. These training sessions and seminars will help you understand everything you need to know about starting your own business—from the planning stage to costing and pricing.

All in all

Many small business owners who have started their own lechon manok business will tell you it’s a profitable venture if you’re willing to take a risk. As long as you have everything on this list and with enough proper training, who knows? Your homemade lechon manok recipe might just become the next best thing in the business.

No matter where you are in the Philippines, every corner you turn will have a sari-sari store. Most of these stores will have a freezer full of delicious ice cream treats. After all, sweet frozen snacks aren’t just refreshing; they’re also a great source of income. If you’re looking for ways to add value to your sari-sari store or simply want to earn money on the side, getting into the ice cream business might be your next best move. Here are some of the top ice cream brands in the Philippines that can help you get started:

Top 7 Ice Cream Brands for Resellers

1) Selecta Ice Cream

selecta ice cream
Image: Facebook/@selectaphilippines

Selecta makes it incredibly easy for Pinoys to become a reseller. In fact, they have a dedicated Facebook page for their ‘ka-negosyo,’ where they offer updates and tips about growing your ice cream business. 

If you want to become a Selecta Ice Cream reseller, you just have to follow these steps: 

Step 1: Answer their Selecta Ice Cream Store Application form. 

They will ask for your full name, business name, address, contact number, and email address. They will also ask you how long you’ve been in business and why you want to sell Selecta Ice Cream.

Just click submit after you answer the form.

Step 2: Prepare your requirements and wait for a Selecta representative to give you a call. 

Selecta’s sales team will give you a call or reach out to you via email to discuss your business plans and schedule an on-site inspection. 

They will assess your store’s location, business capability, and electrical suitability. 

While you’re waiting for the sales team to contact you, you need to prepare the following: 

  • Permits (Business, Mayor’s, DTI, Barangay)
  • Two valid IDs
  • Two billing statements

Step 3: Make your initial payment

Like many ice cream distributors, Selecta will let you “borrow” one of their refrigerators. You have a few to choose from, and they will suggest which one is best for your location and type of store. They will also teach you how to maintain the fridge so you’re sure it’s always in tip-top shape. 

Your initial investment can cost around Php10,000, including the selection of ice cream products you wish to sell. According to those who have tried selling Selecta ice cream, they earn up to Php30,000 a month.

If you have more questions, you can check out Selecta’s official Facebook page and their Facebook page for resellers.

2) Creamline Ice Cream

Creamline is another brand you can consider for your ice cream reselling business. It’s also very easy to apply as a reseller, and the initial investment is affordable. Here’s what you need to do: 

Step 1: Send a message to their official Facebook page

Creamline only has one official Facebook page (here). They will send you an official form that you need to fill out. They will ask for your name, store name, home address, contact number, and email address. 

Step 2: Schedule a site inspection

After your initial conversation with a Creamline sales agent, they will schedule a site inspection. If your store location passes that inspection, they will ask for additional documents, which include a valid ID, proof of billing, permits, and certifications if necessary.

Step 3: Wait for your freezer and Creamline products

After you’ve submitted all the necessary documents and requirements, a Creamline salesperson will arrange the delivery of the freezer and products. The initial investment is only Php4,500.

You can also opt to get the products that will lower your initial investment. For example, Creamline also gives back 5% of your initial investment through their electricity subsidy program if you always purchase Php4,500 worth of products.

3) Aice Ice Cream

AICE Ice cream reseller package
AICE Ice cream reseller package

Recently, more and more sari-sari stores have included Aice Ice Cream in their inventories. It’s also very easy to apply as an Aice Ice Cream reseller. Follow these steps: 

Step 1: Send an email to inquire@aice.com.ph

After emailing the Aice sales team, they will ask you to fill out a form. Provide your name, email address, home address, and phone number. You also need to provide details about your store and its electric capacity. 

Step 2: Wait for the assessment and site inspection

The Aice representatives will assess your information and forward your application to a distributor near you. 

The distributors will then visit your store, ask for other necessary documents, and talk to you about your initial payment. 

Step 3: Wait for the delivery of your supplies

Once representatives approve your application and your store’s location, they will come back with your supplies. This includes the Aice freezer and your choice of ice cream products. 

The initial announcement costs around Php9,000 to Php10,000. We have a more detailed article about being an Aice reseller here. It also has a list of products you can choose from.

4) Big Scoop Ice Cream

Big Scoop Ice Cream is one of the country’s biggest ice cream providers. Did you know that Big Scoop distributes to well-known restaurants like Gerry’s Grill, Vikings, Dads World Buffet, Sambokojin, and The Old Spaghetti House?

They’re well-known for their wide range of classic ice cream flavors like coffee, mocha, orange, strawberry, and vanilla. They also have flavors like cheesecake, green tea, and sesame, and fat-free sherbets like buko lechias, calamansi, and guyabano

If you want to be a Big Scoop Ice Cream reseller, just check out their website and send them an email through their Contact Us tab. You can also send your inquiry to bigscoopicecream@hotmail.com.

You won’t find a lot of details about how to be a Big Scoop reseller on-site, so it’s best to send them an inquiry on their website instead. Be wary of fake resellers as well.

5) Nestle Ice Cream

Nestle has become a household name. But they don’t just sell and distribute ice cream; they’re also known for their milk brands, coffee products, baby food, breakfast items, and pet food. 

You wouldn’t go wrong making Nestle products a part of your sari-sari store inventory since it’s such a popular brand.

Start by checking out their official website. Click their Contact Us tab and choose Retailers/Resellers. You’ll find a list of authorized distributors there. 

You can inquire about their reselling packages and the minimum investment. The updated information you’ll find online about reselling costs is around Php1,000. Much like the other ice cream brands on this list, the Nestle sales team will ask for your contact details so they can schedule a site inspection. They will also ask for additional documents like your business permit.

6) Magnolia Ice Cream

Magnolia is another household name, but you won’t find many details online about becoming an authorized reseller.

Luckily, they’ve enumerated several ways to reach out to them. You can send a message to their official Facebook page here. You can also fill up the form out their website and click on their Contact Us page. Choose Business Opportunities on the drop-down list and send your inquiry. 

The good thing about going to their website is that you can also see other San Miguel products available for reselling. This allows you to expand your inventory to include Magnolia Chicken. In addition, the company currently has a Magnolia Chicken Community Reseller Program you can check out.

7) Geno’s Ice Cream

Geno’s Ice Cream is a famous Bataan brand. They’re well-known for their unique gabi ice cream. They were only popular in Bataan until tourists and locals started bringing tubs of ice cream outside the province. Now, it has become a favorite in Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines. 

You can contact them on their official Facebook page here. You can choose between a half-gallon tub and a gallon tub. A gallon costs Php820, and a half gallon costs Php470. Apart from their gabi ice cream, you can also choose among their seasonal flavors: mango keso, avocado keso, and langka keso.

You can also choose among their add-ons: honey waffle cones, insulated sleeves with ice bags, and apa cones.

Send an email to jav8trading@gmail.com to learn more about ordering and reselling.

Before you become an ice cream reseller in the Philippines

Before selling ice cream in your sari-sari store, you must remember a few things. For one, deal only with authorized agents from ice cream brands. There are a lot of ‘fake resellers’ online who will talk to you about reselling, but not all are legitimate. 

Apart from that, take note that most ice cream brands only offer cash-on-delivery payment, which means you don’t have to pay for anything unless they’ve delivered the freezer and ice cream to your store. 

The freezer usually comes with your contract for free or as part of the deal. Most ice cream brands don’t charge for their freezers—all you have to pay for is the initial stock of products you’re going to sell. 

Being an ice cream reseller in the Philippines can be highly profitable, especially during the summer months. If your store is near a school, an office, or a street with high foot traffic, look into selling ice cream. Who knows, it might just become your store’s bestseller.

A financial advisor is a very rewarding job but, it is also a job that requires lots of patience and hard work. Just like any other earning opportunity, you need to dedicate time and money to run this kind of business. The income is small at first, but as you grow your network, your income will also start to grow. The income potential in this career is endless! You can earn whatever amount you want, but you need to put in the right kind of effort to make it work.

Do you want to be a financial advisor? In this article, you will learn what a financial advisor does and the steps required to become a financial advisor.

Financial Advisor Salary

A financial advisor is one the highest paying jobs in the Philippines but they are usually not paid in terms of salary. Instead, they usually earn a commission for every product that they sell to their client. The commission may vary depending on the product and the company that offers it. On average, the commission per product is around 25% to 40%. Most insurance companies in the Philippines offer incentives to their licensed financial advisor upon achieving certain criteria and these criteria are usually based on the number of sales and revenue.

Common benefits of a financial advisor

  1. Cash incentives
  2. Health card
  3. Travel incentives
  4. Flexibility to work at your preferred time and place

Financial advisor job description

  1. Create a prospect list or list of potential clients
  2. Discuss financial goals with clients 
  3. Explain the services that you offer and how they can benefit the client
  4. Recommend services that will help the client achieve their financial goals
  5. Ensure that the client understands the benefits and the risks involved in investing
  6. Help clients plan for basic needs such as health expenses, education, and retirement
  7. Monitor client’s accounts and be able to give recommendations as the need arises

Do you need to go full-time?

Most companies will not require you to work full-time as a financial advisor. In fact, most of the financial advisors I know started their careers doing part-time only. Whether you want to go part-time or full-time is completely up to you. However, if this is your first time working as a financial advisor, I personally recommend that you start doing part-time only. It is just practical to match your income from your work with your income as a financial advisor first before considering resigning from your position. This is a good first goal if you wish to go full-time as a financial advisor.

Financial advisor application process

  1. Choose an insurance company that you believe in
  2. Contact a financial advisor from your selected insurance company
  3. Secure an agent’s training program from the company
  4. Take the licensing exam given by the Insurance Commission
  5. Submit the agent’s application requirements to the insurance company

Choosing the company to join

The first step to becoming a financial advisor is to choose an insurance company that you believe in. You need to do your research so that you won’t join a company based only on your first impression. Find out what their products are and how their investment funds are performing. Find out how long they have been in the insurance business. You can also ask people you know who bought their products and ask them about their experience. By learning more and more about the company, you will be more confident in selling their products. In the Philippines, there are many reputable insurance companies that you can join. AXASun Life, and PRU Life are among the top reputable insurance companies to name a few.

Contacting a financial advisor

There are two ways to apply as a financial advisor. The first way is by applying directly to the company. This process is applicable in all companies, but this usually takes time because they will still need to connect you to an agent. The second way is to contact a financial advisor directly. In this way, they can guide you with the application process. They will provide you a list of requirements that you need to submit to the insurance company. Normally, the agent will also present to you the benefits of joining the company.

Applying as a financial advisor is free. If you are interested to become a licensed financial advisor in the Philippines, you can fill up the application form below and receive calls within the next 72 hours from different companies.

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You must be at least 18 years to apply for this job.

Agent’s training program

Each company has a different way of training its applicant. In AXA Philippines, the training is done online. You will be watching videos that give you all the information that you need in order to pass the licensing exam. At the end of each training module, there is a practice exam that you need to pass so that you can secure a printable examination permit. This printable permit is a requirement when taking the licensing exam at the Insurance Commission. The Insurance Commission is the governing body that issues the license to aspiring financial advisors.

Taking an insurance licensing exam at the Insurance Commission

The insurance licensing exam is a multiple-choice exam of about 50 to 60 items. Be sure to bring a photocopy of your valid government ID and the examination permit. The Insurance Commission also enforces a dress code in their office. Avoid wearing shorts, slippers, and sandals to prevent inconvenience. Proper semi-casual business attire is a must before you can take the exam. The examination result will be available right after you take the exam. Be sure to get a copy of the result because this will be one of the application requirements of insurance companies.

Application requirements for a licensed financial advisor in the Philippines

After passing the licensing exam, the last step is to submit the requirements. Each company may have a different set of requirements but there are five requirements that are common to all companies and these are:

  1. Filled-up application form (provided by the company)
  2. Photocopy of unexpired valid government ID
  3. Exam result (with a passing grade) from the Insurance Commission
  4. Professional tax receipt (secure this from your city hall)
  5. TIN

Once you’ve passed the licensing exam and upon submitting the application requirements, you can now start your career as a financial advisor.