Rowena Cequeña

Author of Handy Guide to Business Starters

Rowena “Weng” B. Cequeña, a na ve of Bangad Talim Island, Binangonan, Rizal, pa ently pursued her college educa on while staying with her aunt, Nelly Francisco, in Morong, Rizal for almost eight years from high school to college just to nish her educa on. She helped in doing all the household chores just to be able to study and show gratitude to her aunt and her family. Weng nished strong — she graduated valedictorian in Bangad Elementary School, 10th honorable men on in Morong National Comprehensive School, and cum laude at Tomas Claudio Memorial College in Morong, Rizal with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting in October 1986. She passed the CPA board exam in May 1987 and earned her Masters in Business Administration from Philippine School of Business Administra on (PSBA) in 2002.

With her life, she has proven that being poor is not a hindrance to success. Strong faith in God and determination to succeed are important. She never stopped dreaming to achieve her goals. Her guiding principle is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Put God first and He will guide you and crown your efforts with success.”

She’s the fifth among the nine children of Mr. and Mrs. Gregorio Cequeña and the first child who earned a college degree. Her parents and three elder siblings,Ching, Nita and Flor, supported Weng financially while she was studying. She was also a consistent academic scholar in college. After graduating, almost all her younger siblings were also able to finish college through her help.

Being part of a big family is not easy but through God’s helping hand, and with the help of other people, success is possible. By sharing her achievements, Weng only wishes to encourage struggling, big families like her own and show that poverty can motivate you to succeed. If you are determined, then nothing is impossible.

Weng is now the Vice President for Corporate Services of Shepherd’s Voice Publications, Inc. Concurrently, she assists Bo Sanchez, bestselling author and Catholic lay preacher, in his businesses and ministries, such as the Light of Jesus Family, Shepherd’s Voice Radio and Television Founda on, Inc, Grace to Be Born, Inc., Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Children’s Home, Inc., Jeremiah 33:6-7 Founda on, Inc., Pag-asa ng Pamilya (Hope of the Family) Scholarship Foundation, Inc., particularly in the area of finance and accounting.

She is an active member of the Light of Jesus Family.