With so many Filipinos patronizing foreign brands because they think these are better, more durable, and more stylish, it’s great to see local brands becoming popular because of their world-class quality. Zedric Zaragoza is one of these homegrown brands – it’s the name of the brand and its owner.
Designing and Creating World-Class Footwear
Did you know that the abaca is one of the strongest fibers in the world? Quality products made from abaca are known to last for a long time.
That’s why when Zedric Zaragoza was looking for a material to create his slippers, he chose the Philippine abaca.
When first starting out his business, Zaragoza decided to use his own name as the brand name. Such a thing isn’t new, especially in the fashion industry.
“ZEDRIC ZARAGOZA, ito ang aking buong pangalan na inilagay ko bilang tatak ng aking mga tsinelas na abaca. Isa itong maliit na brand na nakikipag banggaan sa malalaking pangalan sa industriya ng mga sapatos. Sabi nga ni Kris Aquino kung may babanggain ka dapat yung pader para hindi nakakahiya kapag natalo ka,” he explained.
He explained that he’s sharing his story to inspire other people, particular young people who are poor because he grew up in a poor family. It was his goal to take his family out of poverty – and that made him strive harder to reach for his dreams.
“Nais ko lamang sabihin sa mga kabataan ngayon na tulad ko na hindi kasalanan ng magulang natin na pinanganak tayong salat sa buhay. Sapagkat kung ano mang mayroon ang magulang natin binibigay nila lahat sa atin hanggang sa wala ng matira sa kanila, ganun kasi ang magulang,” he wrote.
“Ako ay nangangarap na sana magkaroon ng maliit na marka ang aking mga abaca sa industriya ng mga sapatos. Lagi kong sinasabi sa sarili ko na darating ang araw na maisusuot din ng mga kilalang tao at personalidad ang aking mga abaca. At hihintayin ko ang araw na iyon. In God’s perfect time.”
In a post on Facebook, Zaragoza shared that he was recently interviewed by no less than his idol, Mr. Robin Padilla. The actor was impressed after learning about Zaragoza’s products, especially because the brand is already making waves in the local celebrity scene.
Some of the people who happily posed with the unisex abaca slippers include PBA players Barkley Eboña and Jaycee Marcelino of Alaska Aces.
Abaca is a plant that belongs to the banana family. It’s known for its very strong fibers, so it’s used for a wide range of products such as rope, nets, fishing lines, baskets, carpets, and many others.