Singer, actor and TV host Billy Crawford
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Billy Crawford shares secrets behind 'sweet' business success
Jan Milo Severo ( - September 9, 2019 - 11:23am

MANILA, Philippines — Kapamilya host Billy Crawford is the latest celebrity to venture into business with his newest ice cream store in SM North Edsa.

In an interview with the media during the opening of his new business venture, Aqua S, Billy admitted that he made mistakes in his business before, but promised not to commit the same mistakes again with his new business.  

"I’ve made my mistakes before, trial and error. And I won’t make the same mistakes again. Mahirap din kasi makahanap ng loyal and trustworthy people to work with. I’m blessed to have Oli as a dear friend to guide me as well as tell me which is good or not," Billy said. 

"Apart from sacrifices, it’s better to create more relationships than to sacrifice everything tapos ibuhos mo lahat. It’s better to get to know the relationships first, to work with the people you need to work with para ma-plano because everything needs to be mapped out and planned beforehand," he added. 

Billy’s business partner is Oliver "Oli" Chan.

"Matagal na kami magkakilala ni Oli, like over five years na kami magkakilala. And Oli is a businessman. He has a lot of businesses. Me, as an artist, we actually just crossed paths with other people, as well. We actually talked about joining a business from before pa and hindi lang nagkakatuloy or ano.”

When asked why he decided to enter an ice cream business, Billy said Filipinos love sweets and because it is a “family thing.”

"Siguro ako, I want to invest in something I believe. I don’t want to be just an endorser, just because I’m paid as an endorser. I want to really love and be passionate about what I’m doing, and I’m really passionate about ice cream. Who’s not, 'di ba?" enthused Billy, who recommended the flavors Bubblegum & SeaSalt with popcorn and toasted marshmallow.

Although Aqua S originated in Sydney, Australia, the brand has been popular in different countries as well, said Oli.

"It’s actually quite popular in Sydney now. They also have a store in the US, China, Japan and Cambodia. The owners are actually Chinese who live in Sydney. They visited Japan one day and then played around with flavors, and loving sea and the salt. They combined it and created the sea salt flavor. That’s why it’s called Aqua S. It’s because of the sea salt flavor," Oli explained.

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