AXA Philippines Teaches Us that Planning Early is Key to a Good Retirement

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It’s never too early to think about retirement. In fact, the sooner in your life you prepare for it, the more benefits you will reap when the time does come, and the more you will be able to live the life you love.

Take for example restaurateur and celebrity chef JP Anglo and Happy Skin Cosmetics CEO Jacqueline Yuengtian-Gutierrez. They are both young, and are busy with their respective careers and families, but they also believe in the importance of preparing for the future.  

Anglo imagines a future that revolves around family and his passion for cooking. “Ultimately, I want to cook for free and for the ones I love,” he says. This dream follows an already successful career of hosting his own travelling cooking show Hungry with Chef JP, and opening a string of well-known restaurants such as Sarsa, Kafe Batwan, Mai Pao, and Liberation Shawarma.

However, the road to success was bumpy for Anglo. After early failures and the closure of their family-owned Chinese restaurant in Bacolod, he decided to enroll at the prestigious culinary school Le Cordon Bleu in Australia to prepare him for a career in the restaurant industry. After five years, he came home equipped with the necessary know-how and the decision to start anew.

Gutierrez, on the other hand, left her high-paying job to take on an even bigger challenge of becoming an entrepreneur for her family. Balancing the demands of a corporate career in the ultra-competitive world of fast moving consumer goods with the needs of a growing family was not ideal for the young mom. “I left my corporate job because I wanted to have the freedom of spending quality time with my family,” she says.

Thus, she used her corporate experience managing skin care brands to open her own, award-winning make-up line – Happy Skin Cosmetics. Although for the motivated Gutierrez, there’s still room to grow her family and business. “I’m thinking about the succession of my business. I also want to be there for my kids while they grow up,” she adds.

 To help people prepare for retirement, AXA Philippines launched Retire Smart, an investment and insurance plan designed to help Filipinos strategically build a retirement fund that also comes with life insurance coverage for protection from life’s uncertainties.

“Currently, only one in ten Filipinos is retirement-ready,” says AXA Philippines Wealth Management Director Tony Isidro. “We want to change that figure to ten out of ten. Retire Smart helps customers build a future fund so they can live what they love upon retirement.” 

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