The entrepreneur and Brazilian jiu-jitsu athlete on her career and how she loves to travel with her family
We mark Cebu Pacific Air’s 22nd anniversary in time for Women’s Month with 22 inspiring women and get them to talk about what they do and where they travel. Who are the inspiring women in your life? Share it with us by using #SmileWomensMonth and #CEBTravels on Instagram and Facebook, or tag @smilemag and @cebupacificair.
Jolly Co, entrepreneur, Brazillian jiu-jitsu athlete and coach
Tell us more about what you do.
Jolly: I oversee operations at various Elorde Fight Factory Manila Gyms and train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting — this means we’re on the floor a lot. I also sell real estate, which I started out with before I met my husband. He was the one who introduced me to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which then created so many more opportunities for me.
What do you like most about what you do?
Jolly: I like that the things I do make a difference in people’s lives: seeing their faces light up when they achieve a healthier lifestyle with sports, or when they make their first property investment. I’m also not confined to usual working hours, which enable me to travel often with my family.
What are you working on right now?
Jolly: We just opened the eighth Fight Factory Manila Gym, so my evenings are usually spent there and a few other branches to make sure everything is running smoothly. The Philippines is also on the top list of countries to invest in, so a lot of people are investing in property.
Tell us about your most memorable travel adventure.
Jolly: I went to Tokyo in Japan last year to compete in the Asian Open International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Competition. I was hesitant to compete at first because my husband, who was supposed to coach me, got injured and won’t be there for my fight. I’m happy I still went because I won that day, and it was definitely an experience I will never forget.
What are your top three destinations within the Cebu Pacific Air network?
Jolly: Japan first on my list: rich in culture with a sense of history — even in their busiest city. I have been to Tokyo four times already, and it’s still a different experience every time. The people are kind and welcoming to tourists like me. Second on my list would be Boracay, which I still consider the best beach I’ve ever been to. Third would be Singapore, a melting pot of culture that is most evident in their cuisine. I would recommend Singapore for those who are into both food and travel.
If given the chance, where would you take your girlfriends for a holiday?