When Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano first launched their fragrace business called Lucky8Lulu in 2019, they hoped to be able to grow it as an enterprise. But last year, Jessy admitted she and her husband actually considered shutting it down.
“Alam niyo bang we almost closed down last year nung nag-start yung pandemic. Kasi di ba may kiosks kami sa malls tapos parang nag-usap kami na feeling ko it’s not going to do well so we were planning to close it down, the whole business. But then we started selling online tapos sinabi namin na through our business let’s help other people? So finally dumami na yung mga nag-i-inquire, dumami na yung may gusto ng negosyo and lumaki lang siya ng lumaki. Hindi namin namalayan na dumadami na pala yung mga distributors and resellers. Steady na siya. And it’s nice di ba na ang daming natutulungan. Na hindi ka na mag-iisip ng negosyo, may negosyo ka na,” she shared during her official launch as Cathy Valencia Advanced Skin Clinic’s newest celebrity ambassador.
When it comes to doing business, Jessy said it was Luis who encouraged her to give it a go. “Si Luis nagturo sa akin mag-start ng business. But I’m really glad na naturuan din ako ng family ko mag-ipon ng mabuti. So when I started resting from tapings and stuff, ang dami kong naipon. So ang dami ko ring sisimulan na businesses and I’m just really grateful talaga. As in iba talaga si Lord pag bumalik yung faith mo sa Kanya. Iba mag-bless si Lord,” she admitted.
Even though she admitted showbiz is in the backseat right now, Jessy said her love for acting will also make her open to good projects.
“I am currently with no network. I’m a freelancer right now. Yun nga I’m still enjoying my time na nag-va-vlog, pa-easy easy lang. I value my health more than anything and aminin naman natin in our industry, aminin natin lahat tayo laging pagod and hindi naman din maiiwasan talaga kasi blessings yun eh. But for me, mas gugustuhin ko na nakakapahinga ako. Even yung emotions ko naaapektuhan pag puyat ako. So hindi din siya healthy for me. Siguro paisa isa lang,” she explained.
More than just acting, Jessy said her new discovery is learning to become a good host like her husband who is always there to give her the best advice.
“Sinasabi sa akin ni Luis na, ‘You have to read your script over and over again because what if nawala yung co-host mo di ba? You have to know kung saan mo siya sasaluhin.’ Kaya nakikilig ako pag kinukuha ako ng mga brands for hosting gigs. ‘Oh my gosh host na ako!’ Kasi dati I used to be so intimidated. As in talagang nag-no-no ako pagka may nag-i-inquire about hosting. Kasi ang dami ko ng mga bloopers sa TV sa mga questions before or interviews. Yung mga wrong grammar or wrong pronounciation. But that’s okay. It’s part of growing. Wala namang perfect eh. Kahit yung mga pinaka perfect mag-English nagkakamali pa rin. Sa experience ko ganun. Sana tayong lahat magtulungan na lang tayo. If you want to correct someone, correct them respectfully di ba? Parang it all part of growing so sana huwag naman natin i-crucify yung isang tao dahil lang mali yung sinabi niya,” she said.