Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Five MOMents we need our moms to get us through


Five MOMents we need our moms to get us through. Turn every day a mom’s day by making her feel special with Mekeni!

Our moms wear many different hats. As kids, they are our first teachers, chefs, doctors, and no. 1 cheerleader. As we grow older, they have become our go-to adviser and comforter. With the passage of time, we have looked up to them and developed within us the feeling that in everything we do, it is important for us to make #MomApproved decisions because we know they are the best.


Throughout our entire lives, our moms have been there for us. True enough: we never stop needing them. Whether it is something trivial or something pressing, here are the times we need our moms, regardless of our age.



When we experience heartbreaks
Heartaches are inevitable even if we are already adults. Going through tough heartaches incline us to call our moms, and in no time, they become our shoulder to cry on. Sometimes, their mellow voice while saying “it’s going to be alright” is the one thing we need most to get over that heartbreak. 

When we need to hear the cold, hard truth
Our friends will always tell us the things we want to hear, but our moms? No way! They will call us out for our foolish ways and will always tell us the cold, hard, and unpleasant truth our friends would not dare tell us. They do that at times but the end of the day, they only meant well. After all, this is how genuinely they care for us and it is nice to know that this authentic kind of love is something we can always count on to.

When you're in the mood for your favorite food
We could get our favorite food anywhere, but it will never be as good as the way our moms made it, right? They always choose the best quality and #MomApproved food for us like Mekeni Picnic Hotdog. So if you crave for your favorite home-cooked spaghetti or menudo, call your mom for the recipe!

When making significant life decisions
Moms know everything. In almost all instances, they have pieces of advice to offer—from petty teenage problems to making life-changing decisions like shifting careers. Even if we don’t tell them we need their wisdom over something, they freely give that to us because that is how much they love us.

When we just want to feel loved
Even if we are the most capable and independent person in the world, nothing beats the feeling of being loved and taken care of by our mom. And as much as we hate to admit it, we can be needy sometimes! Yes, we long to feel their tender loving care not only when we are sick, but in times we just need to feel loved.

No relationship is as unconditional as the one with our moms, and nothing else is as timeless as their love. Their unwavering affection for us never changes just like Mekeni Picnic Hotdog! For decades now, Mekeni Picnic Hotdog has been #MomApproved because it is made of high-quality ingredients. It is simply delicious in every bite that kids and kids at heart love.

Remember, just like you are never too old to need your mom, she is never too old to stop needing to be there for you. So what better way to give back to the most special woman in your life than by making a delicious meal complete with a mom-approved Mekeni Picnic Hotdog on the side? We guarantee that she’ll love this little sweet surprise from you!

Mekeni Picnic Hotdog is available in all leading supermarkets, wet markets, online stores, and Mekeni’s Home2Home delivery.



Jollibee Group offers 10% discount to vaccinated customer

“This discount promo is our way to thank our customers for getting vaccinated. The vaccine is the solution that we have been waiting for to protect ourselves and our loved ones, as well as help revive our economy and livelihoods. So let us all get vaccinated. We remain optimistic and hopeful that when we work together to achieve herd immunity, we can all have a better Christmas this year.” ~Pepot Miรฑana, Jollibee Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer
Welcome back to dining in. The Jollibee Group offers 10% discount for its vaccinated customers to make dining in even more rewarding. Participating brands are Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Burger King, Panda Express, and PHO24. Terms and conditions apply.

To support the country’s vaccination program, the Jollibee Group has joined Ingat Angat’s Smart Bakuna Benefits program where more than 150 restaurants in NCR Plus are offering discounts to all vaccinated cardholders from June 1 to August 31, 2021.  

The Jollibee Group is offering 10% discount for vaccinated customers of Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Burger King, Panda Express, and PHO24. Through this discount promo, the Jollibee Group hopes to encourage its customers and the public to get vaccinated and help the country achieve herd immunity as soon as possible. 

Vaccinated customers only need to show their vaccine card and valid ID to enjoy the incentive for as many times as they want when they dine in from June to August 2021. Single dose vaccinees are also eligible to enjoy the discount.

Jollibee has started its promo last June 1, while other Jollibee Group brands Chowking, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Burger King, Panda Express, and PHO24 will start their promos on June 15. Customers can check the brands’ Facebook pages for the specific terms and conditions of each discount promo. Customers can also check www.ingat-angat.com/benefits to see the full list of participating brands. 












About Jollibee Group
Jollibee Group is one of the fastest-growing Asian restaurant companies in the world. It operates in 33 countries, with over 5,800 stores globally with branches in the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom, Italy, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Panama, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, and India. It has eight wholly-owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger), five franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and PHO24 in the Philippines, Dunkin’ Donuts and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China), 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee and PHO24 brands.  
 
Jollibee Group is a significant investor in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund and the ultimate holding entity of the Tim Ho Wan (THW) Brand and has a joint venture with the THW Group to open THW restaurants in Mainland China. It also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States. The Group will also establish a 50/50 joint venture to operate and expand Yoshinoya in the Philippines. Yoshinoya is one of the largest and most recognized Japanese restaurant brands globally.
 
Jollibee Group was named the Philippines’ most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia’s Fab 50 Companies and among the World’s Best Employers by Forbes. In 2020, Gallup awarded the Jollibee Group with the Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the first Philippine-based company to receive the distinction.
 
Jollibee Group has grown brands that bring delightful dining experiences to its customers worldwide, in line with its mission of serving great tasting food and spreading the joy of eating to everyone.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Over 14,000 Taguig Citizens Inoculated in the Bonifacio High Street Community Vaccination Center

“I am pleased to share the progress and turnaround of the Community Vaccination Center here in Bonifacio High Street. We are in full support of the City of Taguig’s COVID-19 vaccination roll-out by providing a secure and comfortable space that is easily accessible to everyone, with hopes that more and more BGCitizens will find confidence in getting inoculated, as we aim to achieve the road to zero. This is a collective effort that will help save lives and fast-track a safe return to normalcy.” ~Jay Teodoro, Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer

Now more than ever, our health and well-being has been our top priority. As vaccinations are already taking place, it’s never too late to register and get protected!

Staying true to its promise of putting BGCitizens first, BGC opened its Community Vaccination Center last April in Bonifacio High Street in partnership with the City Government of Taguig. Taguig citizens simply have to secure a slot through the TRACE Taguig App, and from there, a schedule confirmation will be sent via SMS. All of this serves as a testament to the good things that can be accomplished when the public and private sectors work towards a shared goal. 

True to its commitment to promote the community’s health and well-being, BGC opened its Community Vaccination Center last April in Bonifacio High Street, right in the heart of the city. In partnership with the City Government of Taguig, this paved the way to get even more citizens, and their loved ones, protected. It also serves as a testament to all the good things that can be accomplished when the public and private sector work towards a shared goal. 

BGC, through the leadership of its LGU, and in collaboration with AC Health, has entered a new and deliberate phase in its pandemic response. 

Taguig Citizens who are vulnerable including those part of the A2 category (seniors) and A3 (those with comorbidities aged 18-59 years old), and just recently, A4 or the frontline workforce in essential sectors and uniformed personnel, have all started to be served. 


One may secure a slot through the TRACE Taguig App. Upon registration, a schedule confirmation will be sent via SMS before proceeding to the vaccination facility. Walk-ins are strictly not allowed to ensure a safe, swift, and efficient process.

As an added treat, shopping and dining rewards are up for grabs from partnering Bonifacio High Street shops. Simply present your vaccination card reflecting your 1st or 2nd dose to enjoy perks and discounts from various establishments like TGIFridays, Sariwon, and many more! 

For more details and updates regarding BGC’s Vaccination Center, visit Bonifacio High Street’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BoniHighStreet and Taguig City’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taguigcity

To encourage more people to get protected, BGC proves that they’ve got your Vax by offering shopping and dining rewards from various Bonifacio High Street merchants. You just need to present your vaccination card reflecting your 1st or 2nd dose to enjoy perks and discounts from select establishments!

Winners of 18th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA)

“We at Citi are delighted to have contributed to the growth of this program over the years. I believeCMA has achieved and surpassed the goals set 18 years ago. The program has helped mainstream microentrepreneurship, as well as increased awareness and acceptance of microfinance. Citi Foundation continues with its mission to enable economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We at Citi are delighted to have contributed to the growth of this program over the years. I believeCMA has achieved and surpassed the goals set 18 years ago. The program has helped mainstream microentrepreneurship, as well as increased awareness and acceptance of microfinance. Citi also continues to invest in efforts that lead to greater financial inclusion and is constantly engaged in reimagining and redefining strategies to help build economically vibrant communities. ~Aftab Ahmed, Citi Philippines CEO

Established in 2002, the CMA has recognized more than 150 plus micro entrepreneurs who continue to strive and show determination in the businesses they established in their respective cities and provinces. 

The awards program is a signature initiative of the Citi Foundation, and highlights the efforts of partners BSP, Citi Philippines, and the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. to strengthen microfinance and enterprise development, and financial inclusion in the country.


Aftab Ahmed, Citi Philippines CEO


The 18th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards is all about Filipino innovation and bayanihan spirit. Innovative, resilient, and hardworking Filipino microentrepreneurs were recently honored. The 10 awardees were picked by distinguished members of the business and financial community led by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno and Citi Philippines Chief Executive Officer Aftab Ahmed.

Luzviminda Sunit,This year’s CMA National Winner from the Visayas region for her dried fish business.

This year’s CMA National Winner was awarded to Luzviminda Sunit from the Visayas region for her dried fish business. Luzviminda and her husband initially started selling dried fish with an income of P150. Today, all of her children have graduated from school and the business has expanded with stalls in the markets of Bogo City and Medellin in Cebu. They also deliver to the province of Leyte and with the growth of their business, now own six pump boats and two trucks.

Even with the pandemic hitting businesses hard, Luzviminda believes in the value of "tulungan sa puhunan" or “helping those in need” and helped her relatives and employees. She gave them a small capital as a source of income, just like how she was helped by the First Agro-Industrial (FAIR) Bank when she first started the business.

Regional Awardee for Luzon Renalyn Brondial from Bataan, who won for her business called Willy’s Cashew Nuts




Regional Awardee for Visayas Medelina Cansancio from Negros Occidental for her fried smoke and fish production.



Regional Awardees for Mindanao Luz Bangos, owner of CCLM Hardware in Iligan City and Rosalyn Espenorio for her fish and vegetables talipapa.

Regional Awardees for Mindanao Luz Bangos, owner of CCLM Hardware in Iligan City
Regional Awardees for Mindanao Luz Bangos, owner of CCLM Hardware in Iligan City
Regional Awardees for Mindanao Rosalyn Espenorio for her fish and vegetables talipapa
Regional Awardees for Mindanao Rosalyn Espenorio for her fish and vegetables talipapa


Joymar Olarte from Pangasinan received the Youth Microentrepreneur of the Year Award for his fried chicken business called J&J Tasty Fried Chicken. 

Joymar Olarte from Pangasinan received the Youth Microentrepreneur of the Year Award

Joymar Olarte from Pangasinan received the Youth Microentrepreneur of the Year Award


Four microfinance clientswere awarded the COVID Response Champion.


Florence Ao-wat for her weaving business called KINWA Etnika Handicrafts.

Florence Ao-wat for her weaving business called KINWA Etnika Handicrafts

Florence Ao-wat for her weaving business called KINWA Etnika Handicrafts


Josephine de Lara for her cakes and pastries business called Lucille’s Cakes and Pastries.

Josephine de Lara for her cakes and pastries business called Lucille’s Cakes and Pastries

Josephine de Lara for her cakes and pastries business called Lucille’s Cakes and Pastries


Ivy Millare for Beb’s-AJ Haus of Pie.

Ivy Millare for Beb’s-AJ Haus of Pie

Ivy Millare for Beb’s-AJ Haus of Pie


Dominador Vergara, Jr. for putting up the Maternal and Child Care Community Clinic, together with his wife who is a midwife by profession.

Dominador Vergara, Jr. for putting up the Maternal and Child Care Community Clinic

Dominador Vergara, Jr. for putting up the Maternal and Child Care Community Clinic

"We take this occasion to recognize our microentrepreneurs who, despite the odds, have shown great resourcefulness, courage, and resilience to flourish amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They bring a message of hope and perseverance in these challenging times." ~Benjamin Diokno, BSP Governor
Benjamin Diokno, BSP Governor


Aside from Diokno and Ahmed, other members of the National Selection Committee include Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Trade and Industry secretary Ramon Lopez, Ayala Corporation president and CEO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Go Negosyo founder and RFM Corporation president and CEO Jose Ma. Concepcion III, Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran president Imelda Nicolas, JG Summit Holdings president Lance Gokongwei, ANC news anchor and writer Salve Duplito, GMA7 Network CEO and chairman Felipe Gozon, Inquirer Group of Companies CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, UP Diliman chancellor Dr. Fidel Nemenzo, and SM Investments Corporation Vice Chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson.  













About BangkoSentralngPilipinas

The BangkoSentralngPilipinas (BSP) is the country’s central monetary authority committed to promote and maintain price stability, a stable financial system, and efficient payment and settlement system, conducive to a balanced and sustainable growth of the economy.

Since 2000, the BSP has advocated financial inclusion as a way of bringing the financial system closer to all Filipinos, especially to the financially underserved and unserved. The overall vision is to build an inclusive financial system that will support inclusive growth. 

 

About Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant communities. The Citi Foundation's "More than Philanthropy" approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation.

 

Additional information may be found at www.citifoundation.com

 

About Citi
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. 

 

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi

 

About the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc.
The Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) is the national network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and support organizations in the Philippines advocating sustainable, innovative, and client-responsive solutions to poverty in the country. MCPI is currently comprised of 65 members (52 MFIs, 2 regional networks, and 11 support organizations) which account for 80 percent of the microfinance sector in the Philippines. Its key programs include advocacy, capacity building for MFIs, social performance management and client protection in microfinance, knowledge management, and network development.

 

Additional information may be found at www.microfinancecouncil.org


Free Breakfast from Community Almusal Team!

"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters." ~Psalm 23:1-2


The COVID-19 pandemic put most of us in many ups and downs for morethan a year now. It also made us realize the importance of many facets of life, including living a grateful and compassionate life. Apart from frontliners like healthcare workers, security guards, delivery personnel among others, there are also people who made the choice to rise above the challenge and help the community. These are the people from Community Almusal.



FREE Almusal every "7 o'clock in the morning of SUNDAY" has always been a top agenda of the Community Almusal TEAM, providing free breakfast for different communities in the Metro. Community Almusal started last May 2, 2021, of this year.


People behind the team includes:
  • ALMANZOR a.k.a. Kuya Bojok TAMPIS
  • WINSTON "Pres-ton" CUNANAN
  • ELISEO "JonJon" EDUSADA JR.
  • JONATHAN "Tatcho" ROXAS
  • ANEL CRISTOBAL GARCIA
  • CONNIE LARON CRUZ
  • FLORIDA "Jhoan" CABUJAT

The community almusal started with just a simple bread and coffee, until there was soup, rice with ulam, and lugaw. Giving a little help and happiness to their friends even in a simple way they can especially in this time of pandemic, which is the main goal of the team.

They each contributed for their community almusal, every sunday the team gives free breakfast to 250 to 300 people.


Commnity Almusal have shown selfless and admirable acts – big or small – within and beyond their community.


For more information and kind donations you may contact this number +63 9284848101 or visit Community Alamusal’s official Facebook page.


*Community Almusal Team practice health protocols during their free almusal with face mask and face sheild.


 

Monday, June 14, 2021

The iconic beef and cheese combo sandwich has landed on Pizza Hut’s iconic Pan Pizza!



A cheesy good news, the iconic beef and cheese combo sandwich is now in Pizza Hut in the equally iconic Pan Pizza! The ๐‘ต๐‘ฌ๐‘พ ๐‘ท๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’†๐’†๐’”๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’Œ ๐‘ท๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ท๐’Š๐’›๐’›๐’‚ made with warm melted cheddar and mozzarella cheese, mixed with seasoned beef strips, complemented with onions, peppers and mushrooms that will surely delight your taste buds.

Since opening its first branch in the Philippines in 1984, Pizza Hut has been continuously reinventing its flavorful offerings to enable new experiences for diners, taking cues from the many cuisines of the world and reworking them into iconic creations that are guaranteed to satisfy any pizza lover. And now, the brand is continuing this streak with a brand-new offer inspired by one of the most beloved food items in the world—the Philly Cheesesteak Pan Pizza, the ultimate Beef and Cheese Combo in our crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-and-chewy-on-the-inside Pan Pizza!


The ๐‘ท๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’†๐’†๐’”๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’Œ ๐‘ท๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ท๐’Š๐’›๐’›๐’‚ is priced at P155 for personal size, ๐359 ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ณ๐ž, and ๐549 ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ž, and will be available in all of Pizza Hut's channels beginning June 15, 2021. Aside from this, Pizza Hut is also rolling out various offers that come with the Philly Cheesesteak Pan Pizza and more, so you can experience your newest Pizza Hut favorite in many other ways, whether with company or by yourself!


Order for the whole fam with the Philly Cheesesteak Pan Pizza Group Feasts, also exclusive for delivery orders and available in three sets. GROUP FEAST FOR 4, priced at P899, comes with one Large Philly Cheesesteak Pan Pizza, one Family-size Spaghetti Bolognese, five pieces of WingStreet Garlic Parmesan wings, and four 12oz. servings of Pepsi. GROUP FEAST FOR 6, priced at P1299, comes with one Large Philly Cheesesteak Pan Pizza, one Family-size Spaghetti Bolognese eight pieces of WingStreet Garlic Parmesan wings, a 1.5L bottle of Pepsi. GROUP FEAST FOR 8, priced at P1499, comes with one Large Philly Cheesesteak Pan Pizza, one Large Super Supreme Pan Pizza, one Family Spaghetti Bolognese, and eight pieces of WingStreet Garlic Parmesan wings.


Feel like dining out? Head over to your nearest Pizza Hut branch to enjoy the Philly Cheesesteak Pan Pizza combo meals, which comes with three options exclusively for dine-in. Get a hearty Solo Meal with one Personal Philly Cheesesteak Pan Pizza, one Regular Spaghetti Bolognese, and one glass of refreshing Iced Tea for only P209; one Regular Philly Cheesesteak, two servings of Regular Spaghetti Bolognese, two servings of Cream of Mushroom Soup, and two glasses of Berry Lychee Slush for only P499, perfect for two; or one Large Philly Cheesesteak Pan Pizza, one Family Spaghetti Bolognese, five pieces of WingStreet Garlic Parmesan wings, and 4 12oz. servings of Pepsi for only P899, great for groups of four.


Get these and all of your other Pizza Hut favorites hot and fresh, delivered straight to your doorstep by calling the 8911-1111 hotline, by visiting the official Pizza Hut PH website, or by ordering through the Pizza Hut App or official delivery partners GrabFood, foodpanda, and Pickaroo. You can also go to your nearest Pizza Hut branch for dine-in and take-out orders. Please visit www.pizzahut.com.ph/store-list for complete list of Pizza Hut branches nationwide. You can also download the App here: https://qrco.de/bbhPcDD


Download the App here: https://qrco.de/bbhPcD

To learn more about the new Philly Cheesesteak Pan Pizza and other exclusive offers and deals from Pizza Hut, like and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.