DJ Jhaiho opens a new business, thanks to his love for milk tea.
Milk tea is Filipinos’ drink of choice. Kapamilya artist DJ Jhaiho is one of many who love milk tea. So when he decided to put up a new business, he didn’t have to look far to figure out what he wanted to do. His love for milk tea led him to put up Baa Baa Thai Tea.
It all started when DJ Jhaiho interviewed Joe de Ramos, owner of Andy’s Famous Bulalo and Pidong’s Lomi. De Ramos decided to bring the flavors of Thailand to the Philippines. That’s when Baa Baa Thai tea was born.
The story behind Baa Baa Thai Tea
When De Ramos made DJ Jhaiho taste Thai milk tea for the first time, the latter pronounced it delicious. For the event, radio, and TV host, it was love at first sip. He went on to promote it for two years.
When the ABS-CBN shutdown and the pandemic kicked in, DJ Jhaiho went to some friends from college. He invited them to join him in putting up a new business. At first, they declined because they didn’t want to risk it. After all, companies big and small had sustained losses due to COVID-19.
But DJ Jhaiho didn’t give up. Because he was serious about going into business with his friends, he did his best to convince them to get on board. Yes, he could’ve partnered with someone else, but he wanted to work with people he knew like the back of his hand. His persistence paid off because his friends eventually signed on.
Their first Baa Baa Thai Tea branch was at UST Dapitan, and the second one was in SM Manila. On May 28, they opened their third branch at SM North EDSA Annex. The opening was star-studded.
Aside from DJ Jhaiho, brothers JC and Paolo Alcantara were in attendance, as was PIE jock Eian Rances.
Business as usual
Soon, DJ Jhaiho and his business partners will be opening their fourth branch in SM San Lazaro.
DJ Jhaiho is proud of himself and it shows. He declares that in six months, they were able to open four branches, and he shows no signs of stopping.
They ran into some problems with people because the pandemic caused a lot of fear. But DJ Jhaiho says they didn’t take that as a negative. Instead, he and his friends used that to fuel their shared dream of putting up a business. “Sa business, kapag pinairal mo ang takot, mas matatagalan ang progress,” he said.
DJ Jhaiho encourages other artists to put up a business too. He says, “Showbiz isn’t forever. It’s good to invest for the future.”