Marvin Agustin and his greatest life lessons

Marvin Agustin is one of the busiest men in showbiz—and not only because of his acting. Besides his regular acting gigs, the 33–year-old actor owns several restaurant chains and a concert production company. So how does Marvin manage to find time to do all the things that he does?

“It’s passion for me, so it’s not really (about) finding time,” Marvin told Yahoo! Philippines OMG! and other members of the press.

In fact, for Marvin, being passionate is one of the greatest lessons in life that he has learned as a successful actor and businessman.

“Be passionate, always, in anything. Never waste your time,” he shared. “Passion and love for what you’re doing, that will bring you somewhere.”

Marvin has also learned that the relationships he has built with people are more important than money and fame.

“Yung money and fame, pwedeng mawala e. But relationships with people, with your friends, and with your family, it’s long-lasting,” he said.

Marvin further shared, “Narealize ko kasi, bata kami wala kaming pera. Nagkaroon kami ng pera, may problema pa rin. Problems will always be there. You just have to face them and manage them and handle them. But if you have good relationships with people, that would matter in your life.”

So far so good

And Marvin is clearly doing what he preaches, considering what he has accomplished last year. He did three movies in 2011: the Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Enteng ng Ina Mo” topbilled by Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai delas Alas, “Ikaw ang Pag-ibig" where he played a priest, and “The Road,” a suspense thriller slated for international release. He also did the cooking reality show “Kitchen Superstars” for GMA-7.

As a concert producer, he did five concerts under Futuretainment Inc. last year.

“So far, so good, but right now pahinga muna ako sa pagpoproduce ng foreign act concerts. Pinagaaralan pa namin kung ano isusunod namin," Marvin said.

But this doesn’t mean his company will be in a complete standstill; Futuretainment is co-producing TV5’s upcoming reality singing show “Kanta Pilipinas.”

As for his television career, Marvin is currently not signed up to any of the three networks.

“I’m friends with all e, so, I’d like to work with all networks.  I can work with all naman. Even without a contract, if they need me, I’d do any of their shows. I’m more than willing,” he said.

Marvin added, “I’ll do a soap (opera) soon. I just can’t announce which channel.”

Make people laugh

And on the big screen, Marvin is out to prove his versatility again, this time in the comedy department. He stars in “Moron 5 and the Crying Lady," a collaboration between Viva Films and MVP Productions.

"Dito, Bombay na nagpa-five-six ang role ko," Marvin said. For authenticity of his role, he sports a beard and a turban. "Nakakatuwa ang pelikulang ito, matatawa talaga ang mga manonood."

He adds: "We are five friends in the story, limang dim-witted guys (played by Luis Manzano, Billy Crawford, DJ Durano, Martin Escudero and himself) na pinagbintangan ng isang babae (played by John Lapus) na pumatay sa tatay niya, kaya nakulong kami sa bilangguan. But we have to bolt jail para malinis ang pangalan namin, at para alamin kung bakit galit na galit sa amin ang babaeng ito.”

“Moron 5 and the Crying Lady," directed by Wenn V. Deramas and written by Mel del Rosario, is showing in theaters nationwide.


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