In an exclusive e-mail interview with PUSH.com.ph, former Pinoy Big Brother All In housemate and now Nathaniel star Fifth Pagotan revealed that he is venturing into another food business.
After closing down his Silog’food stall in Cubao, Quezon City, Fifth is now gearing up to launch his new Japanese cake business.
According to Fifth, this will be called, PanYaki Maniac and explained that “panyaki” means heated bread. He said that his Japanese cakes will have different flavors such as strawberry, Nutella, ube, peanut butter, cream cheese, as well as, savory fillings like burger, Hungarian, tuna and ham, among others.
Sharing that this business is his original idea and not a franchise, Fifth said, “Concept ko talaga. ‘Di kasi na ako mahilig sa franchise kasi limited lang ‘yung puwede mong gawin when it comes to prices and menus. ‘Di mo mapaglalaruan kasi may sinusunod kang concept from the franchise company.”
He also shared why he chose to sell Japanese cakes. “Nagustuhan ko ‘yung ganitong concept kasi mahilig talaga ako sa sweets and nahilig ako dito sa Japanese cake (‘dorayaki’ tawag sa Japan) kasi mom ko, pinapakain kami mga different Japanese food kasi she lives in Japan na since I was 2.”
Fifth hopes to open his business in September. “Now, inaasikaso ko pa ‘yung machines and leasing stuff and also ‘yung brand image. Gusto ko kasi now mas pulido and mas mamahalin ‘yung dating.”
A persistent entrepreneur, Fifth said that this is his third business already. Even though his first business franchise before joining PBB failed, it did not discourage him as he learned a lot. “Marami akong natutunan doon when it comes to business. Lalo na’t ako mismo ang naglakad ng mga requirements nun mula BIR, DTI, etc.”
After PBB, he tried joining a night market in Cubao but felt unsure of the concept so he and his partners dropped the whole thing.
Despite his business struggles, Fifth said that it is okay for him to try and try again. “Kahit ilang beses na akong nag-tatry, okay lang sa’kin kasi feel ko hindi pa ako na-fe-fail. Kasi may mage-gain ako every try ko sa business. And sabi nga nila, magfe-fail ka lang pag nag quit ka na.”
He also said that he feels more confident with his new Japanese cake venture considering that he experienced a lot with his previous businesses.
How does he handle entrepreneurship and work as an actor?
“Kinakaya naman, kasi ‘yung tapings ko naman MWF lang tapos acting workshop ko, TTH kaya madalas weekends ko ginagawa mga meetings ko or schedules ko sa business,” he answered.
Moreover, he said, “Kailangan pagsabayin ko eh lalo na’t iniisip ko na mabilis ang buhay sa showbiz. Madami na din kasing artista. Laging may mga reality shows. ‘Di natin alam kung hanggang kailan tayo mabibigyan ng work. And feel ko mas yayaman ako sa business kahit na sugal siya na hindi mo tiyak ang kapalaran mo.”