Jericho Rosales Recalls Pain of Closing Down Barbershop and Letting Go of Employees
Like many business owners in this pandemic, Jericho Rosales was forced to shut down his barbershop, Talas Manileño.
Last year, barbershops, salons, and spas were ordered to close as the country implemented strict lockdowns because of the pandemic. Talas Manileño was unable to reopen, and Jericho and his business partners eventually decided to permanently close its doors in October 2020.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via Zoom last April 21, 2021, Jericho said letting go of his well-loved employees was the hardest part.
He recalled, "It was one of the most heartbreaking experiences para sa akin ah, as a business owner. Because I had big plans for the barbershop.
"Not just for the barbershop, but to tell your employees that it's over, and, you know, to give them their final salary or 13th-month pay or something or whatever it is that you can give them, and saying goodbye to them is really painful."
Jericho continued, "Then saying goodbye... Personally closing the shop and then, personally collecting all of the things inside the shop and saying goodbye to it was really, really difficult."
The Halik actor was able to relate with his nephew, former child star John Manalo, who also had to let go of some of his employees.
"May mga stories na ako [narinig], even my nephew John Manalo, he's more of a businessman than I am and he had to lay off more employees than me.
"It was really, really painful. He was crying and he told me about it. It was so painful."
Aside from giving his employees their final pay, Jericho extended help to them by donating some of the barbering equipment in his shop to help them restart.
"Wala, e, it is what it is. You can just do everything to help them and to give them a start.
"I did as simple as giving them clippers, and, you know, barbering equipment so that they can do home service, sa bahay nila, parang ganun.
"I thought of donating my equipment to some people. It's still there..."
Still, Jericho remains hopeful for Talas Manileño.
He said, "Pinark ko na lang iyong name. Pinark ko na lang iyong Talas Manileño. It could have evolved into something else, you know.
"But it was sad to say goodbye to my tambayan. It was the one place where I can go on a Sunday and, you know, have a drink, have a haircut, relax. Now, I cut my own hair, yeah."
Talas Manileño was located at Cubao Expo, Quezon City and opened in July 2015. It had another branch in Balintawak, Quezon City.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.