Dy Buncio took early retirement from Avon in 2004 at the height of her
award-winning, top management career to build another life outside of
corporate. She was not even 50 when she decided to retire.
enjoys doing ballroom dancing almost daily, except when she has to run seminars
for Mansmith and Fielders, Inc. and Corporate Achievers Institute (Coach) or
give motivational keynote talks to companies.
serious daily practice paid off as she has reached international level of
competitive dancing and has won many awards, despite having to overcome breast
cancer at one time.
a very competitive person but Malu taught me the best competition is against
the self. Self should be the unit of analysis, not comparing with others. I can
still vividly remember her words, like a magnet that sticks to the heart. She
shares that she dances against herself all the time to attain her personal best
record with each time being better than her previous best, until she turned out
to be a world-class dancer.
rags-to-riches stories are people with Ph.D., whom I fondly refer to as ‘poor,
hungry and driven’. But there is another type of successful people who also
posses the Ph.D. trait, this time with a different meaning – ‘Passion, Hardwork
and Determination’. Malu belongs to this second type.
is passionate with whatever she puts her mind into. She works hard on learning
and doing what needs to be done and has the determination to keep practicing,
not just to perfect her craft but to avoid previously committed mistakes, as
well, that kept her attaining her personal best. In the process, she built up a
capability that many thought is not possible for her age (she is 7 years my
senior). I have always maintained that capability is not just competencies, but
the need to have commitment and coordination. In her case, coordination with
her dance partner, their coaches and dance organizers. And I would say she
possesses the capability.
results show proof – Amateur Salon champion of the Manila International Tango
Festival in 2013; Champion of the 1st Philippine Open Dance Festival in 2017;
Champion of Tango de Pista in the senior level of Korea International Dance
Competition in 2018 and many, many more. She is proudest landing at the highest
rank among Filipino dancers in her category (35 years old and above), and also
the highest rank in her category in Southeast Asia in the Blackpool Dance
Festival in England in 2015. She placed 28th out of close to 200 competing
dancers from all over the world in Blackpool, which is considered as the
‘Mecca’ of ballroom dancing in the world.
shows consistency. It is not only in dance that she kept doing her personal
best. She has also developed a discipline to do home style cooking at the crack
of dawn and sells delicious Hainanese chicken in Legazpi Sunday Market that
finances her hobby. Like dance, she tracks the number of servings, which has
gone from less than ten to over a hundred for a half day effort, an evidence of
customer satisfaction and proof of another dimension of personal growth – doing
what’s needed, avoiding mistakes, and being better than your previous best.
was the first time I watched Malu in action last night at the Lunar Fortune
Party at House Manila in Holiday Inn Express, Resorts World. It is evident that
she enjoys what she does, has the energy of one half her age and the enthusiasm
of a beginner. Looking at the discipline of how she prepares before a dance
competition taught me valuable lessons about how to do execution in business
and the importance of personal growth and winning against one’s self.
it is Malu the dancer, Malu the marketer, Malu the entrepreneur, or Malu the
consultant, she is an inspiration to many, an epitome of what personal growth
should be all about.
is one of the reasons why I want to learn dancing. She makes me think that I
can do it. Who knows, I may just surprise my wife Chiqui one day!
Record-breaking, bestselling author Josiah Go is the Chairman of Mansmith and Fielders, Inc. (the leading marketing and sales training company in the Philippines), and Chairman of Waters Philippines (the market leader in the direct selling of premium home water purifiers in the Philippines). He is Chairman / Vice Chairman / Director of over a dozen companies.