Fresh from receiving the 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst and Young, Marvin Agustin nabs another award as one of the top 12 individuals in the 2013 PLDT Bossing Ako Awards.
His business partners, he said, "are very happy sa lahat ng nangyayari."
And to those who want to follow in his footsteps, the actor-producer-host-businessman underlined the importance of "passion."
He added, "Kapag passion talaga ng tao, ang hirap pigilan ng gusto mo gawin, e."
He got into the restaurant business because "my family and I love eating, so with my friends, nakapag-put up kami ng negosyo."
Meanwhile, he got into the production of concerts and such because, "I grew up in the showbiz industry, 16 pa lang ako when I tried acting."
Partly, being a celebrity has paved the way for a lot of opportunittes
"I enjoy doing it, so I get to do a lot of things— production, restaurants. Find your passion."
Another tip from Marvin: "Hindi ko naman sinasabi na get into business agad, you have to find first what you really love to do."
MARVIN AND HIS TWINS. When he's not working, he's happy playing the role of dad to his twin boys, Santiago and Sebastian, who are now in grade two.
"Masarap ang kakulitan nila ngayon, e, napapagsabihan ko na sila."
How is he planning to celebrate Christmas with his kids?
"Sa bahay lang kami. Magiging masayang-masaya ang Pasko namin kasi on the 25th, may family reunion kami, magkakasama lahat."
Will he allow them to join showbiz?
"Kung 'yan talaga gusto nila, e, I need to support them."
But for now, "Mahilig sila sumama sa akin sa mga shoot at tapings ko. Gusto nila kasama rin sila kung nasaan ako, at may nakikita akong interest."
"Kung gusto nila maging artista paglaki nila, bakit hindi."
He admitted to receiving offers for his kids to do "something showbiz-related," but, "busy pa and aral muna."
His desire for his kids is to see them finish school first, "Kasi sabi ko, hindi ganoon kadali ang trabahong 'eto. It might look glamorous, pero napakahirap dahil sa lahat ng puyat..."
WHAT'S NEXT FOR MARVIN? The hardworking Marvin had just finished Artista Academy, where he was a co-host, and Kanta Pilipinas, where he put on his producer hat.
By next year, he will be involved in several reality shows on TV5, where he has a two-year contract.
He added, "Open na open pa rin with ABS-CBN."
In addition, one or two movies may also be in the offing.
"Every now and then, may ginagawa with Star Cinema," he said.
With regard to his business ventures, Marvin mentioned his plans of opening more restaurants.
"If we find the space and if it's feasible, we will open a restaurant.
"Sa production, the shows that I want to do are the shows that are inspiring people, that would uplift them."
He is presently helping TV5 conceptualize a cooking reality show competition, which aims to "discover culinary treasures, where we want to bridge people to their dreams."
The thought gives him a natural high.
"Sa dami ng tumulong sa akin, dreaming is one part. But realizing it, doon talaga masusubukan ang sarili mo. So we want to help them, equip them, inspire them more, and sabihin sa kanila, 'Kaya mo yan.'"