VOLLEYBALL star Michele Gumabao wears a different hat as marketing manager of her own business.
The former La Salle utility player, you see, is a part owner of family-owned restaurant Shawarmama, which serves authentic Lebanese cuisine.
Gumabao said she knows she can’t play volleyball forever, the reason she wanted to invest in a business that she could pursue when her career is over.
"As you grow older, hindi naman pwedeng puro volleyball lang, you also have to invest in something na alam mong stable," she shared to Spin.ph during the opening of Shawarmama.
"Kasi sa volleyball, sa kahit anong sport, alam naman natin na isang injury lang pwedeng masira ang career or pwede ka mag-stop. In any (career) naman, you always have to be stable," she added.
Gumabao also said she started the business not only to earn but to provide jobs for other people.
"And it's always good providing jobs for the people, opportunities for other people, and good food," she said.
Together with her Lebanese uncle Imad Ammar, family friend Mehdi Makhzan, and other close relatives, they put up their first resto at the Belagio Square, Tycoon in front of Robinsons in Malate, Manila before putting up Shawarmama. They are set to open a third store soon.
Shawarmama is open 24 hours located at AGS Plaza, Washington St. Makati City.
"Yun lang invest lang something for the future and always be prepared," she said.