THE DYCHANGCO family made millions out of dead bodies.
Today, their goal is to share this ability with others. At a hefty fee of course.
The Cosmopolitan Memorial Chapels is a 53-year-old firm that started in Cebu and has branched out to Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Valencia. It is going into Metro Manila market via franchising.
They are the first memorial chapel in the country to go into franchising and possibly the first in the world, says Cathleen A. Dychangco, VP for operations.
Armed with a degree in hotels and restaurants from Le Cordon Bleu in Australia, Dychangco says hospitality management is “what I infuse in our business — luxury and sevice of hotels for a cosmopolitan memorial chapel” (including being a 24-hour business and answering different needs the way a hotel concierge does ).
Proof of this capability is that not too long ago, a Korean walked into the lobby of one of their “homes” in Cebu and wanted to check in thinking the place was a hotel. Only to find out of course that the only way he can check in is if he wanted to go six feet under.