Before anything else, do what you love.
This is what my husband Elvis has taught me. As a husband, Elvis always encourages me to pursue my passion and to do what I love. He should know, because he follows his own advice.
He recently launched a business with two of his friends, Tep and Ron. Their new venture involves selling authentic sports memorabilia online under their company Hall of Fame Authentics (HOFA).
When Elvis told me about his plans to invest in the company, I was hesitant at first because I had no idea what sports memorabilia was and I wasn’t sure if there was a market for it. But since Elvis’ passion is really in sports, I trusted his vision. I believed in it because his partners were equally passionate about it and took it very seriously.
Aside from HOFA, Elvis is also part of BuhayBasket, an independent media company that produces basketball content online. With HOFA and BuhayBasket, Elvis is truly living out his passions.
At the day of HOFA.ph’s launch, I felt both nervous and excited at the same time. More importantly, I felt proud of my husband. I was the proudest when I saw him smiling at the event, talking to the guests, while being surrounded by the signed shoes and jerseys of his basketball idols. This was his passion at work.
Radio personality Tin Gamboa, or “Suzy” to her listeners, hosted the launch held at Nova Gallery in Makati. She was the perfect host for the event because she’s an avid fan of basketball.
Our families threw their full support to HOFA. With Kanye West beats in the background, Richard, Sarah, Zion, Raymond, Ate Ruffa, and Tita Annabelle danced and gamely posed for photos.
Our ninong and mentor, Gilas coach Jong Uichico, and Cathy Uichico also graced the event with their presence.
Keeping the sports vibe alive that night were Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and his wife Chesca, as well as volleyball player Majoy Baron of the De La Salle University Lady Spikers.
It was a festive night shared with family, friends, and fans of sports memorabilia. But above all, it was a night of celebrating passion and purpose, and doing the things that make us happy.
I am inspired at how Elvis was able to use his passion into something productive. I’m so proud of him for finding his purpose and turning it into a success. As a dad to our daughters Aria and Ezra, Elvis is quite strict, but he never fails to show his love for them. I’m sure he will also teach them what he has taught me: before anything else, do what you love.