After joining showbiz two decades ago, Marvin Agustin also started making a name for himself outside of the industry by getting into the food business as a restaurateur behind several popular restaurant brands in the country. Last year, the 42-year-old actor shared how he honed his new talent for baking and turned it into another thriving business venture.
“Ang laking challenge at disruption na nangyari sa food scene because of course all of our food brands. We encouraged people to come to us and enjoy the food in our dine in service. But all of those were shut down at walang puwedeng pumunta sa restaurant because we all had to follow the safety protocols and at the same time the threat of COVID is serious at isa yan sa unang unang dapat alagaan. And we should pay attention to the safety of everyone because we won’t be able to operate if people and your staff get sick. It’s also not safe for the customers so delivery service lang ang naiwan na business model sa food operations ng food industry. Good thing naging matapang ako and I was able to challenge myself.
“Actually in the beginning I wasn’t really planning on making a business out of it, yung pag-be-bake. Nagsimula ako sa very basic na banana bread, carrot cake, to expanding to cakes and other pastries. Good thing I experimented. Good thing out of fear ang naisip ko ay just to be creative and challenge myself to learn something new,” he shared during Maxicare’s #GrowthStartsWithCare campaign launch last September 10.
During the Maxicare event, Marvin said it wasn’t easy to start a new business during the pandemic but he is determined to make it work.
“During this pandemic and even before the pandemic, it was really so challenging to run a business. Very, very competitive yung landscape actually in the food scene. That’s why there are things that we neglect and we forget. But I’m trying and fighting and hoping for better days. Hirap, challenge, pero I guess what we could do is remain optimistic. Gising sa umaga, laban, at masarap kasi yung still have the team to work hard with you. I’m thankful for that,” he said.
After launching his YouTube channel, Marvin said it was with a goal to help fellow food entrepreneurs in mind.
“It’s called Ba-Yummy-han. Para naman somehow makatulong somehow sa kanila. Finally I started my YouTube channel sa kagustuhan kong makatulong sa ibang mga home food businesses. Kasi diyan ko napansin na parang ako I was so thankful and grateful when this pandemic started nung nag-experiment ako mag-bake, nag-experiment ako gumawa ng lechon cochinillo. Good thing meron akong platform na sinimulan, yung mga Instagram at Facebook. Pero marami akong nakikita online na mukhang ang sasarap at gagaling din ng mga kusinero, chefs man o hobby lang nila magluto,” he shared.
Another thing Marvin is grateful for this year is his good health and the health of his loved ones.
“Family is good. So far walang may sakit. Kaya thankful tayo dun. Health is wealth. Ngayon talaga natin napatunayan na bale wala lahat ng mga pinupundar natin kung hindi natin inaalagaan yung health natin or wala tayong steps na gagawin para ma-protektahan yung health natin balewala lahat ng mga investments natin sa ibang bagay,” he added.