Young stars engaged in multiple business ventures

by Nikko Tuazon
Feb 5, 2018
Nadine Lustre (left) has her own fragrance label, while Maine Mendoza (right) is a franchise holder of a top fast food-chain restaurant.

Here's a fact: nothing is permanent in showbiz!

Even young ones in the industry are aware of that.

Many of them actually have drawn up their Plan B as fallback in case their main source of income runs dry.

They've become entrepreneurs with thick business portfolios.

And, usually, their business ventures have been inspired by their hobbies or passions.

Ella Cruz, for example, loves to dance. Now the 21-year-old Viva Talent has opened a dance studio in Quezon City.

GMA-7 actor Rocco Nacino, with his fitness background, has put up his own franchise of Elorde's Boxing Gym.

Here are other celebrities in their 20s who are into multiple business ventures.

Alden Richards, 26

Alden has invested his money in a food business called Concha's Garden Cafe.

The first one is found in Tagaytay City, and the latest branch is located in Quezon City.

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Alden is also preparing to open a gasoline business, which will be managed by his dad, Richard Faulkerson.

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The Kapuso actor told (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a previous interview that it was his father who inspired him to go into business.

He said, "Kasi that’s what my dad keeps on telling me, kasi we’re given so much blessing of things na puwede mong mapalago in the future.

"So it’s more of securing the future for family, for mga kamag-anak ko, kasi before you help others, you have to help people inside the family."

Maine Mendoza, 22

In August 2017, Maine officially opened her first franchise of the fast-food chain McDonald's in Santa Maria, Bulacan.

The Eat Bulaga host does not talk much about her business ventures. Reportedly, her family owns a gas station and coffee shop in their hometown.

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Kris Bernal, 28

In 2016, Kris opened her first burger stall called Meat Kris at the Communeaty Roces Food Hub in Quezon City.

Now, the Impostora star is setting up a new branch in Sampaloc, Manila.

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In a previous interview with, Kris said burger and pizza were her comfort foods, and that gave her the idea to put up her own food business.

"Ako iyong gumagawa sa bahay bago ako umalis, lalo na kapag wala akong work.

"Or mommy ko, tinutulungan ako gumawa ng patties sa bahay, 'tapos dini-deliver dito.

"Talagang from raw siya galing, lahat ng patties namin delivered fresh every day, and handcrafted lahat, sinusukat namin.

"Isa-isa talaga naming ginagawa yung mga patties."

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The Kapuso actress is also set to open a Korean-style restaurant she calls Seoul Meat.

Kris shared a teaser for her new business venture in an Instagram post last November.

She wrote, "My 2018 PROJECT: #SEOULMeat Restaurant, Unlimited servings of Korean barbecue for less than P400. ????

"Learned so much about food business while handling my #MeatKRIS burger stalls, it’s time to create something bigger, dream bigger!"

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Arianne Bautista, 24

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Kapuso actress/host Arianne Bautista is a successful restaurateur with a number of businesses running full throttle.

In 2015, Arianne teamed up with fellow actress Louise de los Reyes to open North Wing MNL.

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Arianne is also the co-founder of Tornado Peri-Peri Chicken, which had its humble beginnings on Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, in Quezon City.

Now, it has several locations in the country, including Cavite and Palawan.

In an interview with GMA, Arianne said she never imagined her business would be this successful.

She said, "I just wanted a small business kasi wala rin naman akong background; I graduated Tourism.

"Positive yung response ng people at nagustuhan nila yung food.

"I really enjoy managing the business, so sana tuloy-tuloy na ‘to."

Nadine Lustre, 24

Nadine launched her very own limited-edition fragrance line, Luster by Nadine, on Valentine's Day last year.

In the same month, Nadine was named the latest brand ambassador and franchise-holder of Nails.Glow.

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Nails.Glow is a nail and spa service business owned by Ferdie and AJ Opeña.

Kim Chiu, 27

Kim has investments in a ready-to-wear bridal boutique called Adorata Weddings, in partnership with businesswoman Arlyn Timog and fashion designers Edwin Tan and the late Pepsi Herrera.

Kim also co-owns franchises of Potato Corner and Julie's Bakeshop with her sister Kam Chiu.

In 2015, Kim told Giselle Sanchez in an interview, for Giselle's column at the Manila Bulletin, that going into business spurred her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management at the University of the Philippines-Open University.

She told Giselle, "I am so happy I got accepted in UP Diliman, I took the entrance exams last August and passed, and I have already enrolled.

"I chose business management because I own several business franchises, including Julie’s Bakeshop and Potato Corner.

"My sister Lakam has been managing these for some time now, but I want to try and manage one myself someday, like a restaurant or something.”

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Sam Pinto, 28

In 2015, Sam Pinto launched online her first swimwear collection called Sirena Swimwear PH, in partnership with her good friend, Erika Hocson.

Her latest business venture is the L'Sirene Boutique Resort in Baler, Aurora.

In an interview with, Sam said her passion for surfing inspired her to put up the resort at her favorite beach destination.

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She said, "It's the first boutique resort in Baler. There are the okay resorts, then the super nice resorts, and I fit in the middle.

"I want friends and family. And I have my own beach front! So everyone can surf, that's where I surf."

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Ella Cruz, 21

Ella's passion for dancing led to her to open her own dance studio, the EC Dance Studio, on June 2, 2016.

In an Instagram post, she wrote, "Another dream come true. Thank you mama and papa for helping me at sa pagtupad ng pangarap ko. Thank you Papa God for making things possible.

"Still can’t believe. Thank you to all the people na naniniwala sakin at sa mga tumulong sakin makaabot dito. Sa lahat ng mga sumuporta."

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She is also a franchisee of the Cuban sandwich chain, Pepi Cubano.

Ella officially opened her stall in Trinoma, Quezon City, on December 7 last year.

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She uploaded a photo of her store with the caption, "On #PepiCubano is now open here at Trinoma level 4 near Cinema..."

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Nadine Lustre (left) has her own fragrance label, while Maine Mendoza (right) is a franchise holder of a top fast food-chain restaurant.
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