A car battery always needs to be charged. With Mike Sanchez’s technology, you can extend the life of your car battery for another year and save the environment from toxic waste. Since our bachelor set up his company a year ago, Battery Doctors Philippines has expanded with 14 franchisees. From as far north as Dagupan to the south in Sultan Kudarat, dealers are able to recondition car batteries for P550, and that is 1/5 the price of a new battery. Online, batterydoctors.com will advise customers where the nearest dealers are.
Upon graduating from UP with a degree in public administration, Mike, 29, did not feel qualified to run a business so he worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Then he worked for five years in a corporation that sold kitchen equipment where he was in charge of supplying big refrigerators and frying machines to Jollibee.
Soon enough, the itch to be an entrepreneur led him to explore the possibilities of developing a car battery business. One e-mail led to another and Protec, the California group that owned the technology of Battery Doctors, decided to launch their product with Mike. Together with his nine employees, 5’5" Mike continues to look for environment-friendly products.
What is your most fervent wish?
For every Filipino to love the environment because it is something we cannot replace.
What book influenced your life?
Being Happy. It really changed my outlook and reduced conflicts in my life. It taught me that I should not be too demanding on anyone.
Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
Reina Cruz, my girlfriend. She is an artist who has a show this month at Starbucks 6750.
What is your passion?
Coffee and badminton at the Polo Club.
What hobbies do you like most?
I spend a lot of time with my friends just talking nonsense. I like exploring new restaurants.
Where are you most comfortable?
In my house in Malabon, with my Shitzu Kirby.
Which hero of fiction can you most identify with?
The Flash – who does not have super-strength but he moves so fast.
What is your greatest fear?
To wake up and realize that I cannot help anyone anymore.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Selfishness. Corruption – not only in government but also in the private sector.
What is your motto?
Respect everyone. Try to treat them properly.
What is your current state of mind?
I’m happy to have moments with my loved ones.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My 1999 red CRV.
Which historical character would you like to have been?
Andres Bonifacio or Diego Silang, who really loved our country. They sacrificed their lives and died for the Philippines.
Name a moment that brings back happy memories.
A year ago my dog got very sick and I was resigned that he would die. I took care of him for a month and spoon-fed him. When he started to feel better, I was so happy.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A nice and simple house with my wife, my dog and my kids.
Which famous quotation would you have wanted to be the author of?
To make a dream a reality, one has to wake up.
What is your favorite journey?
Whenever I go to Tagaytay.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I can tell you about a talent that I used to have which I lost. I used to be in the choir in high school but now I can’t sing as well.
What is your favorite occupation?
Meeting people is the most fun of all.
What is your greatest regret?
Not going to the La Salle training camp to try out for their basketball team. I was invited to attend the training camp but I had my heart set on entering UP.
What do you most do with your hands?
Hold a pen.
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