Sports continue to be one of the most highly affected industries during this COVID-19 pandemic. With most leagues either suspended or cancelled, athletes are kept away from their usual routines that involve intense training sessions with their respective teams.
Some have found other ways to play and keep in shape, some discovered new hobbies and acquired new skills, while others took a different route and focused on other ways to earn. Meet Jayvee Sumagaysay, a professional volleyball player who used this time to open his own food business online.
The 6-foot-1 middle blocker acknowledged he didn’t stumble upon the idea right away.
“Siyempre dahil ang tagal ko naglalaro, hinanap ko yung, ‘Ay ito na yung pahinga ko,’ matagal na nakakapag-relax muna ‘ko. Nagagawa ko yung mga bagay, spend time with family. Siyempre inenjoy ko muna yun,” he shared on “Umagang Kay Ganda.”
Before quarantine started, it was all volleyball for Sumagaysay. His career was somewhat taking an upward trajectory, as he was playing professionally for the PLDT Power Hitters and regularly training with the national team before everything ceased. The downtime, though, didn’t last long. He soon found another way to become productive.
“Pero nung mga ilang months na rin, parang nakakasawa na. Naghahanap ka na ng bago. Dun ko na naisip na magtayo na ng business,” Sumagaysay said.
Sherep, which is a play on the Filipino word, is the online business venture that he started. It mainly sells the popular silog and its different variants, including an original called Kingsilog that has a little bit of every silog dish.
As a startup business owner, handling it requires his maximum involvement, which is a responsibility he fully embraced.
“Siguro kung iko-compare ko yung pagiging hands-on ko dito sa business ko ngayon and sa paglalaro ko, same lang. Sobrang passionate ko sa ginagawa ko. Gabi, pupunta kami ng palengke then gigising ng 4 a.m. tapos magluluto,” he shared.
But his commitment doesn’t stop there. Sumagaysay extends his scope to personally delivering food to his customers.
“So ako rin yung nagde-deliver ng food. Yun yung pinaka-role ko. Ako yung delivery boy ng sarili kong business. So binabahay-bahay ko talaga din,” he said.
Being a familiar face in volleyball is also an added bonus. Some fans would get surprised to actually see him in person, delivering their meals.
“Nagugulat sila, ‘Hala kuya, ikaw talaga?’ Ganun yung first impression kasi akala nila joke-joke lang yung post ko na ako yung magde-deliver.” He added.
Bringing items to different houses is no easy task. It is a job that requires hard work and increased patience. Through his experiences so far, the volleyball star has developed a deeper appreciation for the messengers who complete purchases.
“Mahirap kumita pag hindi mo trinabaho. Iba talaga yung buhay ng delivery boy. Hindi lang sa’kin. Generally speaking, yung mga may pamilya na delivery boys. Sobrang ginagawa talaga nila lahat para sa family nila. Kasi yung ulan, yung init, andiyan,” he said.
Sumagaysay also learned firsthand about one of the hazards of the job: an accident that could have taken his life or gotten him seriously injured.
“Naabutan ako ng ulan, nag-slide ako sa daan. Muntik na ako ma-hit ng 16-wheeler na truck. Napaka-imposible nung nangyari sa’kin kasi wala akong galos kahit konti,” he narrated.
Aside from his business, he also devotes time to help out and give back. In a series of Instagram posts, he is seen sharing food to frontliners, the less fortunate and stranded passengers.
For Sherep’s full menu, check them out online @sherep2020 on IG.
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