Actor-entrepreneur Marvin Agustin has mastered the art of mixing pleasure and business. He and his partners in the restaurant business develop their collective ideas during overseas trips. To date, Marvin has ten restaurant brands to his name.
The change in administration last June has made business good for local and foreign investors, he believes.
"Yes, we are very aggressive because maganda ang economy natin and very positive ang market kaya tuloy tuloy ang expansion," said Marvin in a conversation with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment press at Johnny Chow restaurant located at New Resorts World in Pasay City.
Johnny Chow—which offers a mix of Thai, Korean, and Chinese cuisine—was the latest addition to Marvin's chain of restaurant brands scattered around the metro.
Some of the restaurants owned by Marvin include John and Yoko, Sumo Sam, Mr. Kurosawa, and Marciano's.
Come next year, Marvin and his partners will open a new restaurant—"a Japanese buffet resto," the actor confided—in the upscale Fort Bonifacio area.
Marvin, who is currently seen in GMA-7's primetime series Beauty Queen, is also excited to launch another restaurant, which will offer genuine Filipino cuisine that will include some "personally prepared" local recipes.
"Masarap ang pakiramdam siyempre dahil marami kaming napapasaya through our food and through our services. It's very fulfilling," said Marvin, who just recently went to Belgium to serve as one of the jurors at the 37th Brussels International Independent Film Festival. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
Giving up acting for business' sake, however, is not part of Marvin's plans.
"Alam naman ng mga partners ko 'yon, na hindi ako full time dito. Whenever I don't have tapings and shootings, that's when I usually schedule 'yong mga meetings and negotiations with spaces. Pero number one priority is still acting," smiled Marvin.