Actor and entrepreneur Marvin Agustin has made a name for himself, not just in acting but in the restaurant business as well.
Although he started out as a waiter, the actor now owns and manages several restaurants such as SumoSam, Marciano’s, John & Yoko, Mr. Kurosawa, Akira, Banzai, and Tokyo Grill.
Marvin shared his success story with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press at the launch of his latest venture, Alqueria Restaurante + Chocolateria, at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City last October 17.
SHOWBIZ INVESTORS. First off, he thanked his business partners, some from showbiz, who helped him start Alqueria.
“Actually, I feel honored that they trust me and they've invested in my business venture. Nakakatuwa lang," Marvin said.
“Matagal na kasi silang nagsasabi na they wanna invest in some of our restaurants, so when we were conceptualizing [Alqueria], sabi ko why don’t we invite my celebrity friends to be part of this?
“Sila Ma’am Charo, sila Tita Malou, I actually just presented [the idea to them] on the phone."
Marvin is also in partnership with his other friends from the industry namely, Mylene Dizon, Agot Isidro and Liz Uy.
His father is very proud of his son's accomplishments.
“He’s very happy and once in a while, nakakasama namin siya sa restaurant,” the actor said.
SPANISH CONCEPT. Marvin’s other ventures are mostly Japanese restaurants. This is his first Spanish restaurant. He said his recent trip to Madrid became his inspiration for Alqueria.
Dishes like Cochinillo, Paella Negra, Churros and Seafood Paella are some of Alqueria's specialties.
“This year... I went to Madrid. I was only supposed to go to London pero sabi ko, daan ako ng Madrid. I was supposed to stay for a few days lang, [but] I ended up staying for more than two weeks.
"I fell in love with the place, I fell in love with the city, the culture, the cuisine. Then pagbalik ko, sabi ko sa business partners ko, open tayo ng Spanish restaurant. Good thing nakilala namin sina Chef Adrian Nieto and we were able to come up with a Spanish restaurant.”
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS. The transition from actor to actor-entrepreneur is quite tricky and doesn’t always work out for everyone. Marvin shared how his love for food, even back when he was a waiter, has helped him achieve success.
“I love to eat, but at the same time, I love showbiz. I was a waiter when I was 16 years old. I love the hospitality business."
He gave simple tips on how to have the right mindset when starting a business.
“They should really love what they’re doing. It’s not all about the money. Actually it [money] will follow if they do well. It’s all about their passion and determination to succeed."
PASSION IN PURSUING DREAMS. For Marvin, not having a college degree shouldn’t discourage a person from succeeding. He cited his own experience.
“Well, hindi ako talaga nag-aral ng college, I’m a high school graduate. But it shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your dreams. First of all, pag-aralan nila—whatever they get into.
"It’s their passion and determination that will determine kung matutupad yung mga pangarap nila."