These pictures taken in1991 shows Philoxia's main complex nearing completion after 20 yeas of building it by hand.
The interior of this 7,500 sq. ft. complex was trimmed with 100 year old barn boards, hand carved window, door and ceiling trims and was accented with the most amazing paintings an old world structure.
In 1994, while Iilah and Tawlia were away with their parents for a much needed vacation, a devastating fire wiped out their spa and home, which was way under-insured, because of the high premium cost.. This tragic event put an end to most of their endeavors here in Canada for a time, because iilah and Tawlia only had 20 % insurance. The feasibility of paying some 47 thousands dollars a year for a 100% insurance coverage premiums was a fund never available.
Once again, their living hopes and dreams may have been burnt in the fire, but their spirit was still undaunted, and their dreams were still held close to their hearts.
They just had to start all over again from scratch and this time, their talents and abilities were redirected into two avenues, during alternate times of the year. During the winter and spring, Iilah and Tawlia pursued an invitation by the Government of Dominica to introduce the Natural Food Industry to the Caribbean. They did so by starting up a successful factory and 2 restaurants on the plush rain forest Island of Dominica and during the summer and fall months in Canada, their efforts were focused on maintaining the production of their traditional craft, The Original Pheylonian Pure Beeswax Candle (www.pheylonian.com)
By this time The Philoxians had been selling their candles for some twenty five years. Canada's last four Prime Ministers, Royalty, top movie stars, community leaders and hundreds of thousands of pleasant peasants, from all over the world, had bought and enjoyed burning these unique, negative ion emitting, golden halo'd, smokeless, non toxic candles. Philoxia was built the first time on the integrity of their candles and they soon realized it was the best option they had to rebuild once again.
As Iilah puts it, "The bee has been held sacred throughout time in the Sanskrit's of old, onto the Egyptian and Mayan glyphs, all for a very good reason." Anyone who burns one of these negative ion emitting ‘Kohlassal Kollums of Natures Nectars, soon comes to realize just what these clean burning, halo'd deelites do for them and their families. Many who have had the pleasure of knowing or visiting Iilah and Tawlia, stand in awe of the countless achievements accredited to these lovable, timeless strangers. As Tawlia so nicely puts it when asked by a CTV crewmember, "How do you accomplish all these things?" she replies, "It's that dang bee energy we're tagged with. When you work with tons and tons of pure beeswax and honey every day, as we do, it's vibrational effects tends to rub off and some times we are not too sure if it's a blessing or a curse." Nonetheless, there are a few million conscientious people all over the world who remain grateful for the continued treasures produced by The Philoxians and are anxiously awaiting their new CD's, books, water and health products, along with the reopening of Philoxia.