From KBBQ to 'Ka-Fishy': Unashamed of the hustle, Ricky Marcos turns fish vendor

Sep 7, 2020

A FEW months back, SPIN Life published a story featuring National University and Philippine national volleyball player Ricky Marcos, who put up a Korean BBQ delivery service for extra income while games are on pause during the pandemic.

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But the grind was just the beginning.

Due to transportation difficulties with his supplier, Ricky needed to find another alternative job to continue earning.

That’s when he and his mother hit upon the idea to do a door-to-door fish service to their clients around Imus, Cavite. They call their loyal consumers “Ka-fishy,” a nickname his family made up for fun.

“May trike lang kami and may mga balde. Kay mama talaga'to. Bale natulong lang ako kasi stop lahat ngayon sa paglalaro, sa national team, and sa mga leagues,” he told SPIN Life.

Whenever they go out to their deliveries, both Marcos and his mother make sure to follow all health protocls

“Siyempre, facemask and faceshield pa rin, at hindi mawawala ‘yung social distancing sa mga bumibili. May alcohol din kami always,” he said.

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It's providing his family a good living. He said, “Okay naman ang benta, natatakpan niya ‘yung mga pang-araw-araw namin, and ‘pag may sobra, ise-save ang money."

This way, the jolly libero could help out his parents. (He is the eldest among his siblings.)

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“Nung lockdown, naubos lahat ng ipon kasi bawal lahat lumabas, walang trabaho, so ayon, naka-survive naman po,” he said. “Araw-araw kami nagtitinda pero hindi kami nalabas ng village, sa village lang kami namin nag-iikot.”

He also shared that this isn’t the time to be ashamed of hustling, as this pandemic has forced many people to work hard and be extra creative to earn that bread.

“Sobrang kailangan mag-doble kayod. Hindi na kasi maiisip dito na mahiya pa eh. ‘Yung lansa sa isda at sa pagiging vendor ng isa, dito ko nakita na matatakpan nito ‘yung pangangailangan namin nila mama at makakatulong sa pamilya ko,” he said.

While the NU senior sells fish all day, he also manages to keep himself fit and active, squeezing in his workout and training hours in between selling.

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“Hindi ko pa rin nakakaligtaan ‘yung sinumpaan ko sa national team sa paglalaro, so after magtinda, nagwo-work out ako, jogging, nagba-bike. Also, [yung] coach namin, may conditioning program kaya hindi ko napapabayaan ‘yung katawan ko,” he added.

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