Fran Yu driving, delivering desserts right to your doorstep

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 25, 2020 01:22 PM
Fran Yu driving, delivering desserts right to your doorstep
(Photo by Josh Albelda)

Fran Yu silenced his haters with a breakout in NCAA 95.

Not only that, he did so on the biggest stage and under the brightest lights  - Colegio de San Juan de Letran's run to the championship.

Putting up per game counts of 13.7 points, 6.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.0 steals, the 5-foot-10 playmaker was the hands-down Finals MVP of a series that saw the Knights dethrone dynastic archrival San Beda University.

For him, that breakout was all for his haters.

Remember, not that long ago, a particular post questioned where Yu had come from - and, essentially, just who he was.

"Siyempre, wala naman akong ginagawang masama nun, galing lang akong Palarong Pambansa eh open court yun, maitim talaga kaming lahat," he said in his appearance alongside RK Ilagan in The Prospects Pod. "Tsaka simula nung bata ako, maitin ako. Hindi ko talaga alam bakit nila nasabi yun. Naglalaro lang naman ako."

Four years after that, he drove Letran to the championship and delivered to them a Finals MVP performance as well. As he put it, "Naging motivation ko talaga yun."

And up until now, he is driving and delivering the goods - even outside the court.

The now-21-year-old is now the proud owner-slash-employee-slash-endorser of a humble homemade desserts business.

With the helping hands of a few friends and family members, he offers Oreo graham, mango graham, and banana graham cakes to sweettooths all over Metro Manila. "Nag-start lang kami nung ECQ kasi wala kaming magawa sa bahay. Nagtinda kami ng merienda, pero hindi pumatok," he said, talking about life in the time of the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

He then continued, "Tapos nag-Mother's Day, inisip naming bakit hindi kaya graham na lang ang itinda. Dun na nag-start pumatok kasi summer din kaya gusto ng mga tao ng malamig."

Even more, Yu himself drives around in his motorcycle to deliver the desserts to patrons - within his hometown Manila, that is. "Para mas lalo silang bumili diba? Marketing strategy yun," he said, through chuckles.

And with that, Fran Yu is actually "namamasada," as of right now.

Only, he is far from "nagpapahinga lang."

He's actually taking care of business. "Actually, open na nga kami for resellers e. Tapos kung mas lalaki pa yung business, why not ituloy-tuloy pa, diba?" he said.

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