MANILA, Philippines -- Blackwater guard Paul Desiderio is already making plans beyond the basketball court.
After receiving a Chooks-to-Go branch in January 2019, he is now using the gains from that store to enter a new business venture.
"Lagi nakatatak sa akin 'yung advice ni Boss Ronald [Mascariñas] na mag-ipon at mag-invest kasi basketball hindi forever 'yan," said the 23-year-old Desiderio, whose Chooks-to-Go branch is in West Fairview, Quezon City.
Together with his fiance, Agatha Uvero, Desiderio is now the owner of a franchise Kurimi Milk Tea Bar.
"Naghahanap kasi ako ng business na pwede kong ma-invest, tapos nagbigay sa akin ng advice si Tita Jean (Uvero) na mag-franchise daw kami ng Kurimi Milk Tea Bar," Desiderio explained.
Their store, located in Katipunan, only serves take-out because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the first two months of Kurimi's operations have been surprisingly profitable for the couple.
"Nagbukas kami sa Katipunan kasi familiar kami ni Agatha sa area since we're both from UP and siyempre marami ding residential area doon. Sales have been surprisingly good kahit lockdown," said Desiderio.
While running two businesses and staying in shape for basketball is tiresome, Desiderio is ready for the challenge.
"Nakatulong talaga 'yung pagbigay niya (Mascariñas) sa akin ng Chooks-to-Go branch para ma-fuel 'yung interest ko sa business at pati na rin sa pag encourage niya sa akin na mag-invest sa labas ng basketball," he said.
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