When I first visited the Philippines a few years back, I fell in love the country and its natural beauty. Over the course of a few years I kept going back and finally decided to call the Philippines my home for about 2 years. The people of the Philippines are among the friendliest, kindest and most talented that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The one thing that bothered me tremendously was the extreme poverty. I knew that in my soul I had to do something. I owned a restaurant in Baliuag Bulacan called the Tiki Hut. It was from there that I with some friends started a small outreach to feed children in the community.
While in Manila I meet a group calling them selves the Baywalk Beach Cruisers, basically bicycles enthusiasts that met every Sunday on Roxas boulevard across from the Aristocrat restaurant for a weekly ride and a chance to chat about everything under the sun but mostly Bicycles. I learned that they were also doing some outreach in the way of supplying toys and school supplies for children. After becoming a member of the BBC we began talks about doing some more outreach programs. Everyone was on board and wanted to help. Now we want to help even more children and those in need and felt that by starting a business where we sell Flip flops would be a good way to raise money. I had met some flip flop manufacturers and decided that it was critical that they be made in the Philippines locals with local materials. I was lucky to have found the perfect manufacturer that met all our requirements, and soon entered in to talks about design, supply volume and quality. After many months of talks PhatKatZ 1-4-1 was born.
I knew I couldn’t do this project on my own, this is where Eddy came to the rescue. I got to know Eddy threw work, we shared the same philosophy on wanting to helping others. He really liked what I wanted to do, so with a hand shake we decided to join forces and make PhatKatz141 happen.
Our Mission is to help the people of the Philippines that are in need. We know that this is just a small project but with your help it can grow into something great. I’ve always believed that if you are in a position to help those in need you must help, so with every flip flop sold we will provide a pair of flip flops to a child or person that is in need. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope that you will join in and help PhatKatZ 1-4-1 make a difference.
John Bercic & Eddy Tejano