In his teens, Edmar Batac had only been washing other people’s cars to earn money so he can buy food but these days, he owns so many SUVs and vehicles (including delivery trucks) that he certainly couldn’t find time to wash these by himself.
Life had not been fair to Edmar as a kid. While he was growing up, they were so poor that he had to quit school so he could find a job to support himself.
His mother remarried and had more kids but hadn’t been kind to him, making him feel that he was taking his siblings’ share of the budget.
“Ultimo panonood ng TV, pagbukas ng electric fan, baka malakas daw sa kuryente. Minsan pagkain, ‘oh kumain ka na. Tirhan mo yung kapatid mo. Tirhan mo yung stepfather mo. Yung pinambabaon mo, sa halip na napupunta sa kapatid mo, sa’yo napupunta!’” Edmar told Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho.
So, Edmar ran away and simply found odd jobs for food. He sold vegetables around town, watched over a computer shop, became a parking boy, and then a carwash boy where he earned Php100 per day. This is how he completed high school.
As he grew older, he tried becoming an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) but didn’t find luck there, either. However, this would pave the way for his future success.
After coming home, he learned of TESDA’s program to teach people new skills while also giving them an allowance. So, he enrolled to become a barista.
With the Php8,000 he got from the TESDA scholarship plus the money he saved in his days as OFW, Edmar set up a coffee cart.
“Sabi ko, ‘Lord, makadalawang libo lang ako, okay na sa ‘kin.’ Pero alam mo, nung first day ko, kumita ako ng P12,000,” he shared.
Driven by this successful opening day, Edmar began to scout for locations to bring his coffee cart. He knew where to find many people, potential customers. During summers he would hang out at the beach to sold his coffee concoctions – and he earned a lot of money.
The coffee cart was such a huge success that he would soon open more branches and later invested in other types of food carts. As his business grew, he was able to buy a condo unit and a car. He would also marry the woman of his dreams.
He also made sure to attend seminars to increase his knowledge; then invested in more food carts.
Today, Edmar owns over 250 branches across the Philippines and has franchised over 20 food cart concepts.
“Daig ng madiskarte ang matalino. Diskarte ang ginawa ko kung bakit napalago ko yung negosyo ko, kahit hindi ako grumaduate ng isang bachelor’s course,” he said.
“Hindi ko sinasbi na huwag kayong mag-aral. Importante pa rin ang edukasyon. Kaya nga nag-aaral ako ngayon, ipinagpatuloy ko yung pag-aaral ko.”
He has since forgiven his mother, even providing her the luxurious life he could only dream of as a kid.
Watch his inspiring story here…
Source: GMA News