REWIND: Celebrities who opened businesses in 2017


Posted at Jan 03 2018 01:45 PM

People often see them in front of the camera either on television or on the big screen.

But more and more celebrities are looking at other sources of income and last year, several stars have become entrepreneurs and opened their own businesses.

Look at these celebrities’ business ventures in 2017.


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Liza Soberano

In December, Liza Soberano launched Hope Hand and Foot Wellness Center in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. According to the actress, more than just opening a wellness center, she is also launching her advocacy for wellness.

Toni and Alex Gonzaga

Celebrity sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga officially opened their milk-tea shop in August. Happy Cup offers a variety of milk tea flavors and other refreshing drinks. It has branches in Taytay, Cainta and Quezon City, among others.

Daniel Padilla, Vice Ganda and more

The new gastropub District 8, which counts celebrities Daniel Padilla, Vice Ganda and James Yap among its owners, officially opened to the public last August. Aside from the three celebrities, the other investors in the restaurant include Paul Artadi, Marc Pingris, Charlton Yu and former San Juan vice mayor Francis Zamora. The gastropub is located at G-Strip in the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan.

Kathryn Bernardo

Kathryn Bernardo opened in May her first nail salon KathNails, inspired by the portmanteau her fans use pertaining to her love team with Daniel Padilla. The actress said she has always wanted to put up her own business, and saw the opportunity when a space at The Block at SM North Edsa became available while she was filming "Can't Help Falling in Love." The second branch of KathNails opened at Mall of Asia in Pasay.

Karla Estrada

Karla Estrada is another celebrity who has ventured into the beauty business. Just recently, she launched her own Queen Mother Salon in Quezon City. Estrada said she started this business also to encourage women to continue to enhance themselves and always look fabulous.

Nash Aguas

Nash Aguas and his former "Goin' Bulilit" co-star Carl Barrameda launched last July the first branch of their Japanese restaurant, Muramen, in Manila's University Belt. Muramen is located at KB Lepanto Bldg., Loyola Street corner G. Tolentino across the University of the Santo Tomas.

John Prats, Angelica Panganiban and Sam Milby

Late last year, John Prats, Angelica Panganiban and Sam Milby became business partners as they opened their own production house Bright Bulb Productions. For their first project, Prats directed the music video of Moira dela Torre’s “Malaya,” which featured Milby and Panganiban as its main characters. They are also slated to work on an upcoming music video of Kyla.