Popular food content creator Ninong Ry shared that he was a palengke vendor prior to being a vlogger.
In an interview with Karen Davilla for the latter's YouTube vlog, Ninong Ry opened up about his learnings while working at the wet market.
"Ang pagtitinda sa palengke, it taught me na there is no job beneath you. Lahat ng trabaho, gagawin mo 'yan," he stated.
Ninong Ry also became candid about the discrimination he encountered when he was working at the wet market.
"May naririnig kasi ako dati na, 'Uy, graduate ng La Salle 'yan, pero nagtitinda na lang sa palengke ngayon.' Sa loob-loob ko, ang pagtitinda sa palengke ang nagpaaral sa akin, so hindi ito nakakahiyang bagay. Mas naaawa ako sa 'yo kasi ganoon 'yung tingin mo, masyadong makitid ang tingin mo sa mundo," he relayed.
Ninong Ry is a graduate of culinary arts from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
He added, "Ako, masaya ako na I am able to do everything, basically, without fear of judgment."
Ninong Ry is now a full-time content creator on YouTube and no longer works at the market. His mother is the one managing and leading their business now at the palengke.
In the same interview, Ninong Ry shared why he decided to venture into vlogging.
The content creator relayed that he actually started vlogging in order to cope with his breakup with his girlfriend of five years.
"Naghiwalay po kami right before I started the vlog. Actually naging coping mechanism ko lang din ito. 'Di ko siya masyadong sinasabi, pero 'yun ang katotohanan," he said.
He also shared that he was able to pay his debts through vlogging.
"Baon ako sa utang noon because of, you know, being young and hindi nag-iisip masyado. Nag-break kami dati ng girlfriend ko and kailangan kong lumabas, uminom, kumain. Eh wala naman akong pera, so ginasgas ko 'yung credit card ko nang mabuti. Tapos 'di ko naman mabayaran, nagpatong lang nang nagpatong. Pero dahil dito (vlog), nabayaran ko," he stated.
Ninong Ry pointed out that there are actually similarities between being a content creator and his work before as a vendor at the wet market.
"Para rin siyang content creation dahil kailangan mong may personality. Buhay na buhay ang suki system. Para magkaroon ka ng suki, kailangan may recall ka, kailangan maalala ka nila. Kailangan kahit pumunta sila ng palengke para bumili ng isda, pag-uwi nila manok 'yung dala nila," he highlighted.