Some of these brands are even bigger than the celebrities who built them.
Talk about celebrity businesses and, more often than not, restaurants come to mind. But these Filipino celebrities who managed to save up capital off their talent fees and invested in something else—furniture, clothes, eyewear, a dance studio, even a primary school. And they’ve all proven to be lucrative ventures. Here’s a roundup of some of the most successful celebrity-owned businesses that just might inspire you to build a name for yourself.
1. Talas Manileño
Want to look as sharp as Jericho Rosales? Have your precious mane styled at Talas Manileño and see if you can make the cut. Located right in the heart of Cubao, Quezon City, the barbershop promises to give customers a signature pompadour haircut to channel their inner James Dean/Elvis Presley.
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2. Lynelle House of Hair Fashion
Former actress turned businesswoman Jennifer Sevilla-Go runs an empire that sells synthetic colored wigs, high-grade synthetic wigs from Japan, as well as clip-on hair extensions. Customers can choose from either Japanese Kanekalon synthetic fibers or European and Asian human hair wigs.
3. Divine Angels Montessori
In 2008, celebrity siblings John and Camille Prats-Linsangan put up a village pre-school in Cainta, Rizal. Now Divine Angels Montessori offers grade school programs, with Camille serving as the school directress.
4. Sunnies Studios
Georgina Wilson, together with squad members Bea Soriano, Eric Dee Jr. and Martin Cajuco, launched Sunnies Studios in 2013. The foursome fashion moguls’ affordable eyewear line offers a wide range of designs—from aviators to wayfarers, for both male and female patrons.
Pinay Ford supermodel Maria Lourdes ‘Tweetie’ De Leon-Gonzales owns a unique handmade jewelry accessories line. For this she has a tie-up with online fashion store AVA, offering boho-chic apparels, bags, and clutches, as well as trademark accessories.
6. Centerstage Family KTV and Resto Bar
After saving up some capital, Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon opened Centerstage as her first “real” big investment in 2007. “I realized that I should choose to invest my time and money in businesses that interest me and the things I’m passionate about,” she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview. “I was able to convince myself to invest in Centerstage since I’m passionate about music and entertainment.”
7. FrancisM Clothing Co.
Built by master rapper and OPM legend Francis Magalona four years before his untimely demise in 2009, FrancisM Clothing Co. is now managed by wife Pia Magalona. With their own children Maxene, Saab, and Elmo acting as celebrity endorsers, there’s no way the clothing line’s popularity—and Francis M.’s legacy—is going to fade away.
Blogger-TV host Daphne Oseña-Paez is not only inclined to doing lifestyle shows. She’s also into serving up handmade mahogany furniture and fine jewelry with a choice of hand-painted medals.
Aside from being a famous TV host, Willie Revillame is also one of the country’s emerging tycoons. He owns Wil Productions, Wil Tower Mall, and WIlFly, a 30-seater jet rental. He also owns a five-hectare boutique hotel-resort in Tagaytay.
10. RT Studios, Regine’s Boutique
Clash Dance superstar Regine Tolentino has seen her passion as a lucrative business, and so she put up a dance studio. RT Studios offers dance lessons, fitness class, martial arts, personality development, and studio rentals. She also owns a boutique shop and rentals for formalwear, dance outfit, and other costumes.
For her love of shoes, TV host and celebrity mom Carmina Villaroel-Legaspi established her own footwear line called Muniz. The brand is 100% Filipino as the materials are sourced in the Philippines and handcrafted by local craftsmen. –Diana Lyn Balbalosa