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Let’s Go Local: Cancer Survivor Thrives in Business World

“I had cervical cancer and I was pregnant. I wanted to be productive while bedridden,” she said. 
01 Sep 2023 04:54
Let’s Go Local: Cancer Survivor Thrives in Business World
Cynthia A Cebujano in front of her display at the Pacific Islands Entrepreneurship Expo in Suva on August 30, 2023.

The local business community is a diverse, growing group of entrepreneurs who are helping to rebuild the economy. Cynthia A Cebujano is one of these promising business owners dedicated to supporting women in Fiji through purposeful products and services.

Originally from Manila in the Philippines, Ms Cebujano has called Fiji home for the past 18 years.

She is not only the founder and owner of two thriving small businesses, but also a cervical cancer survivor since 2019.

“I had cervical cancer and I was pregnant. I wanted to be productive while bedridden,” she said.

“So I started a digital business, 8finity Advertising where I do social media marketing, graphic design, and website design.”

Two years into this business, the 40-year-old mum of two launched a clothing line with a unique purpose.

Style Maya Fiji is a boutique offering comfortable yet fashionable clothing options for breastfeeding mothers as a solution to a problem she faced as a new mother. SunBiz spoke with the entrepreneur to learn about her businesses, and her favourite local destinations for food, leisure, and travel.


What Are Your Favourite Local Restaurants Or Cafes To Eat And Unwind? 

I always eat at the Corner Café, The Coffee Hub, and Bad Dog Café in Suva.

Coffee at The Coffee Hub Nadi. Source: @thecoffeehubfiji · Coffee shop FaceBook Page

Where Do You Take Friends And Visitors For A Meal And To Relax? 

In Nadi, we like to go to Port Denarau and Kula WILD Adventure Park.

Port Denarau on Denarau Island.

What Are Your Favourite Travel Destinations In Fiji? 

Tivua Island.

It was wonderful. The white sandy beaches. We rode the sailing boat and had lunch, coffee, morning tea, and afternoon tea.

But the best experience for me was staying at Wakaya Club and Spa.

I enjoyed a VIP experience on Wakaya Island and deer hunting.

Deer meat is the softest and tastiest meat I have ever tasted in my whole life.

Everything on Wakaya Island is fresh from farm to table.

Wakaya Club and Spa.

What Are Your Top Bucket List Destinations In Fiji? 

Kokomo Private Island Resort.

I heard that it’s a first-class private resort, so I want to visit it one day.

Kokomo Island Resort Fiji

What Makes Fiji An Attractive Destination For Travel And To Do Business? 

What I love about Fiji is that the people here are very friendly.

With the current Government and the local business environment, immigrants and minorities like myself have the opportunity to thrive, be able to showcase our talent.

We’re also very welcomed here.

Everyone is equal, so I appreciate the fact that I can be myself.

Fijians entertain tourists, Fijians greet tourists with songs, Some staff of a Fijian resort.

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