Nothing fishy for business-minded UST captain Medina
Mark Escarlote on Jul 09, 2020 02:12 PM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
There’s no idle time for University of Sto. Tomas men’s volleyball team captain Wewe Medina.
The health crisis might have halted sports activities but it also presented an opportunity for the Tiger Spikers’ star to explore.
Aside from staying in shape and keeping safe amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Medina is busy earning extra income through his online business.
Marketing and selling his sinfully delicious crab paste, shrimp paste or bagoong and a variety of smoked fish keeps the budding entrepreneur busy these days.
“Naisip ko po kasi na wala naman akong ginagawa sa bahay bukod sa pagwo-workout,” the UST senior told ABS-CBN Sports. “Ayun naisipan ko po na mag-online business and para makatulong din sa family ko wala naman pong masama dun eh.”
Medina admits that he is a novice in terms of running a business but he is slowly learning the trade.
“Wala po akong background sa ganito actually dami ko nga po natututunan ngayon dito,” said Medina.
The Orani, Bataan native used his some of his savings as capital to start his own business – wisely named ‘Wewe’.
“Solo business ko po ito tinutulungan lang po ako ng parents and relatives ko,” he said. “Medyo malaki din po ang capital and risky po siyempre halos lahat naman po ata ng business (risky).”
Medina’s parents are the ones who cook and prepare the products.
“Parents ko po [ang gumagawa]. Tinuturuan pa lang po nila ako,” he said.
It was also his parents who convinced him to use his nickname for branding.
???? Crab one now! ???? Helloo, Crabbers! The long wait is over! Take your dishes a notch higher with our very own, WEWE'S PURE CRAB PASTE! Our paste's tasty flavor will surely blends a freshly served hot rice, pasta or any dish that makes you crave for it! We only picked premium quality crab fats to guarantee freshness and goodness of our crab paste! ?? ???? Pure Aligue ??No preservatives ??Homemade ??Open for resellers
“Actually ayaw ko po na name ko, haha!” who admitted that he was reluctant at first. “Kaso ayon sabi ng parents ko para daw mas makilala na product ko and catchy naman din po.”
“For now po three products pa lang [ang Wewe’s]. Meron pong pure crab paste and ginisang bagoong and pareho po sila may two flavors which is spicy and plain tapos po different kinds of tinapa,” Medina added.
The UST open hitter himself markets his products through his social media accounts like Facebook and by word of mouth through satisfied customers and friends from the very active volleyball community. He personally delivers orders within Manila.
“Ako po lahat. Ako po nagma-market and ako din po nag de-deliver,” said Medina.
His products even reached customers as far as Cebu.
“Iba-iba po eh, minsan po meron sa Cebu, sa Zambales. Sila po ung mga nagpapa-ship pa pero usually po sa Manila po talaga target ko,” he said.
Medina adds to the growing number of volleyball stars who ventured into business while volleyball activities remain prohibited. His former UST teammate and national team member Jayvee Sumagaysay put up a ‘Silog’ business while Philippine squad libero Ricky Marcos delivers samgyupsal staples.
“First po source of income din and second po is I want to grow my ability and knowledge about business. Gusto ko rin po i-pursue itong business,” said Medina.
For now, Medina spends most of his time with his business but when the time comes that the sport will get a green light from the government to resume he assured the UST faithful that he will be back on the volleyball court donning the black and gold in the UAAP for one last dance.
“If ever po extended talaga kaming mga last playing year last Season 82 maglalaro po ako this coming Season 83,” Medina vowed.
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