Selling chicharon packs for P4.50: Empoy recalls humble beginnings


Posted at Mar 20 2019 08:26 PM

Selling chicharon packs for P4.50: Empoy recalls humble beginnings 1
Empoy shows the hosts of 'Magandang Buhay' how he used to pack chicharon and sell them as a kid. Magandang Buhay

MANILA -- He recently opened his very own restaurant -- a product of the money he made by starring in one of the highest grossing locally made indie movies of all time, "Kita Kita." 

But before all that, and prior to him getting his break as a comedian, Empoy Marquez was selling chicharon packs for as little as P4.50 in his hometown, using whatever he earned as his allowance for school. 

The morning show "Magandang Buhay" featured Marquez on Tuesday and they went back to the place where he grew up --Bulacan. 

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There, Empoy reminisced about selling peanuts and chicharon when he was still studying. He explained that he didn't want to add to his parents' worries knowing that money was hard to come by. 

He revealed that he used his free Saturdays to do this, while the rest of the week he dedicated to his schooling. 

The feature on Marquez also had a quick stop at his restaurant Wayback90's, a resto-bar filled with treasured memorabilia, an old toy collection, and arcade machines that reminds the comedian of the era he loves. 

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"Kita Kita," released in 2017, starred Empoy opposite Alessandra de Rossi. It went on to make more than P320 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful locally made indie films.