Jayvee Sumagaysay: Thankful for second life after accident
Mark Escarlote on Jun 29, 2020 12:39 PM
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Food delivery service is a life-saver for those who cannot go out to buy food in this time of pandemic.
Just like the medical frontliners, food delivery personnel also risk their lives not just from the deadly virus but also from road mishaps that could happen along the way.
Volleyball star turned businessman Jayvee Sumagaysay is one of the lucky ones who survived a potentially life-threatening accident.
Speaking on Umagang Kay Ganda’s Umagang Kwentuhan on Monday, the former University of Sto. Tomas star and national pool member shared a scary road mishap he experienced in NLEX while on duty.
“Naka-experience ako, na-accident ako. Kasi naabutan ako ng ulan. Nag-slide ako sa daan and muntik na akong ma-hit ng 16-wheeler na truck,” said the middle blocker.
Lord, thank you for my 2nd life! ????????— Jayvee Sumagaysay (@JSumagaysay07) June 22, 2020
Luckily, aside from barely missing being run over by a truck, Sumagaysay did not suffer any injury.
“Napaka-imposible ng nangyari sa akin kasi wala akong galos kahit kaunti pero ang motor ko nag-suffer talaga,” he said.
“Sobrang thankful po ako kasi after that accident when I got home, dun ko po nasabi na di ko pa oras at may plan pa siguro talaga sa akin si God,” Sumagaysay added.
That accident made him realize even more the risks delivery personnel go through to serve and make a living.
“Mahirap kumita ng pera kapag hindi mo trinabaho,” said Sumagaysay. “Iba ‘yung buhay ng delivery boy lalo na hindi lang sa akin, generally speaking, yung may mga pamilya na delivery boy. Sobrang ginagawa talaga nila ang lahat para sa family nila. Kasi yung ulan, yung init nandyan.”
But despite this, Sumagaysay’s enthusiasm in his new endeavor in this time of crisis remains the same.
While the pandemic has put the careers of local volleyball players on hold, Sumagaysay saw an opportunity to put up his own business.
All sports activities and leagues including the Spikers’ Turf where Sumagaysay play for PLDT were put on halt since March. There is still no definite date as to when sports activities will resume especially under current situation of the health crisis.
Sumagaysay just like most athletes thought at first that the government’s declaration of an enhanced community quarantine would give them the much needed rest.
But as the months dragged on, Sumagaysay realized that it’s better to make good use of his extra time.
“Siyempre dahil ang tagal kong naglaro hinanap ko yung, ‘Ay ito na ang pahinga ko’. Makakapag-relax muna, gawin ko ang mga bagay, spend time with my family tapos kung anu-ano. Siyempre in-enjoy ko muna yun,” said Sumagaysay.
“Pero nung ilang months na din, parang nakakasawa na. Naghahanap ka na ng bago. So dun ko naisip na magtayo na ng business,” added Sumagaysay.
The 25-year-old, together with his chef brother, opened his food business which he wittingly named ‘Sherep’.
“Medyo catchy yung name. Yun ang uso ngayon,” said Sumagaysay of his online food business.
‘Sherep’ offers a variety of ‘silog’ meals, chicken wings, fries and desserts.
The 6-foot-2 Sumagaysay is hands-on with his business and puts the same effort and passion as he does in his sport.
“Sasabihin ko na kung iko-compare ko ang pagiging hands-on ko dito sa business ko ngayon at sa paglalaro ko, same lang. Sobrang passionate ko,” he said.
His everyday schedule starts very early in the morning.
“Sa gabi pupunta kami ng palengke, gigising ng 4:00 a.m. tapos magluluto,” he said. “‘Yung pagluluto ‘yun ang ano ng kuya ko kasi siya ‘yung chef. Pero tinuturuan nya ako siyempre ano ba naman yung lalaki marunong magluto, mas maganda, big factor na rin.”
He is also the designated deliveryman.
“Ako rin ang nagde-deliver ng food. Yun ang pinaka-role ko,” he said. “Ako ang delivery boy ng sarili kong business.”
“Binabahay-bahay ko talaga rin. Magugulat sila na, ‘Na hala kuya ikaw talaga?’ Yun ang first impression kasi akala nila noong una na joke-joke lang yung post ko na ako ang magde-deliver. Sobrang hands-on ko,” Sumagaysay added.
For now, he puts all his time and effort in his business as well as handing out meals to frontliners and the less fortunate but Sumagaysay still dreams of once again stepping back on court and playing the sport that he loves the most.
“For now kailangan nating magtulungan muna. Kailangan natin mag-survive sa pandemic na ito,” he said.
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