“Dare to dream” is Ms. Krizel Mae U. Resoles’ first page in the story of how she slowly built her aspiration. Hers is a story of determination, creativity, and hard work- the values that unfolded her ambition into reality.

Left photo: Ms. Krizel Mae U. Resoles in front of their newly opened “The Fat Buddies” restaurant
Right photo: Family and friends join the opening ceremony of “The Fat Buddies”


Attaining her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mariano Marcos State University at Battac, Ilocos Norte last July 2019, Ms. Resoles immediately reviewed for her board exams which was slated for May 2020. While preparing, she also helped her cousin in their small business of selling fried chicken through online orders.

Unexpectedly, the pandemic’s outbreak pushed the postponement of the licensure examinations for civil engineers at that time.

Not willing to be unproductive during that period, she sought employment in the midst of the pandemic. She looked for job opportunities through the Local Government Unit of Apayao. Her search for employment fatefully lead her to the Government Internship Program under the Department of Labor and Employment-Apayao Field Office (DOLE-AFO). Being an aspiring engineer herself, Ms. Resoles was deployed to the Engineering Office of Luna, Apayao.

The idea of starting up a business intensified during her internship period at the Engineering Office. “I noticed that my workmates crave for extraordinary food that is delicious”, Ms. Resoles noted. “I researched thoroughly and decided what the main menu for the restaurant will be”, she added. Her creativity kicked in as she planned on  how to maximize the income from her internship.

During her internship in the month of August, she was quarantined for being a close-contact of a Covid-19 positive patient.

Throughout her quarantine period, the idea of building a business became clearer and reachable. Thus, when the last few pages of her internship came to a close on September 2021, she opened a new chapter of her career with a business-restaurant named “The Fat Buddies” along with her cousin on October 2021.

Using the resources and experience she acquired as an intern, and with some help from her family, the restaurant she simply fancied before- became real. With its location at San Isidro Sur, Luna, Apayao, her food-venture remained as popular as its roots from their online business. It gained further positive traction when the Department of Trade and Industry-Apayao noticed the heightened activity in “The Fat Buddies” social media page, due to the restaurant’s cozy, picturesque ambience, and its delicious food.

To date, Ms. Resoles continues to assist in the management of their food-business, and reviews for her upcoming civil engineers’ exam. Learning from her internship that safety and health in the workplace is crucial, she finished the Basic Occupational Safety and Health Standards training last November 2021.

She expresses her uttermost gratitude to the DOLE-Apayao Field Office for the work opportunity as a Government Internship Program beneficiary. Her internship experience- short as it may seem- had a huge impact to her innovation as an up-and-coming entrepreneur. She encourages future GIP beneficiaries to “Learn to accept challenges, learn as much as you can and have a great attitude and work ethic.” She adds, “dare to dream big, but learn to take small steps. Mine was about from being an intern, to a start-up entrepreneur.”


END//Daryll Ponard with initial report from DOLE-Apayao Field Office
Photo credits to “the Fat Buddies” Restaurant