Monday, June 27, 2022

Subways 26th Anniversary in the Philippines celebrated with Media & Partner's Engagement Day

“The Subway® brand has earned a global reputation of offering fresher alternatives to traditional fast foods. Subway® has always provided better choices to our guests. We are honored to continue giving the ‘feel good’ food to many Filipinos, especially during the pandemic. The search for quality of food is important and critical to us. At Subway® we will uphold our brand promise of becoming the #BetterChoice for our guests.” ~Joshua Wahiman, Subway® Philippines Marketing Manager

In celebration of Subways 26th Anniversary in the Philippines. Subway Philippines successfully staged Media & Partner's Engagement Day, as part of Subway Philippines’ 26th Anniversary!

Subway® celebrates 26 years in an intimate gathering held at the biggest Subway® Restaurant in the Philippines located at Axis Filinvest Tower 1 in Muntinlupa.

Attended by our friends in the media along with some influencers and our partners, Subway® Philippines reaffirms its brand promise of serving only the fresh ingredients to its guests.

Penetrating a dominant rice-eating market, Subway® rose to the challenge and established a niche as the “fresher brand for me and thus my #BetterChoice with its customizable and signature sandwiches, wraps and salads. Subway® continues to offer flavorful better-for-you options that are convenient, affordable and made fresh to order.

“Subway® Philippines has come a long way since our first franchise, and it continues to expand to multiple areas in the country thanks to the efforts of our crew, our loyal guests, and to you, our partners in the media.” ~Jean Gagarino, Subway® Philippines Territory Manager

Internet connectivity has been an issue that has plagued the educational system over the past two years. A pressing problem in the far-flung areas in the country and even in some parts of Metro Manila is the issue of intermittent or no internet connectivity at all. 

Every student deserves the opportunity to access learning resources despite accessibility issues. It is equally important that the country’s education system is also improved so that students will be prepared to face the highly competitive workforce.

From left to right — Mr. Joshua Wahiman (Subway's Marketing Manager), Ms Jean Gagarino (Subway's Territory Manager), Atty. Rainier Butalid (CEO of e-DRIS Inc.), Syed Darwish Bederi III (Asia Pacific Regional Head of Critical Links  based in Princeton, NJ US.)

As the brand continues to expand around the country, Subway® will be opening more restaurants with a projection of 40 restaurants by year-end.

ABOUT Subway®
As one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant brands, Subway serves freshly made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads and bowls to millions of guests, across more than 100 countries in more than 37,000 restaurants every day. Subway restaurants are owned and operated by Subway franchisees – a network that includes more than 20,000 dedicated entrepreneurs and small business owners – who are committed to delivering the best guest experience possible in their local communities. Visit for more information.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Let the kiddies experience Pizza Hut’s pizza-making process via Little Pizza Chef XP!

Let the kiddies experience Pizza Hut’s pizza-making process via Little Pizza Chef XP!

Moms and dads, it’s time to bring the kiddies over to the nearest Pizza Hut branch for a fun activity that allows kids to get a glimpse into the process of creating a pizza, Pizza Hut style!  

Pizza Hut’s Little Pizza Chef XP (LCP XP) is a pizza making activity prepared just for kids! Through this exciting offer, participants will get to experience what it’s like to prepare pizza from scratch the Pizza Hut way, using the freshest ingredients to create the fun and bold flavors that we’ve come to know and love! 

At the start of the activity, the kids will first have to wash and sanitize their hands as part of the safety procedure, before being given their own Little Pizza Chef Hat and kiddie apron together their own raw pizza dough and toppings. After putting on their chef attire, they will then begin the process of assembling their pizza. Once assembled, the duty Manager or a staff member will then place the raw pizza into the oven.

While waiting for the pizza to cook, a Pizza Hut staff member will give the kids a placemat which comes printed with fun activities that they can do. Once cooking is done, the kids will receive the pizza that they prepared themselves, as well as their own Little Pizza Chef certificate for participating in the activity. They’ll also get the chance to pose with their own creation and their certificate for some snazzy snapshots!

To participate in this fun activity, which is open to children below 12 years old, customers must order Pizza Hut’s “LPC XP Package” or the “LPC Meal,” available exclusively for dine-in orders. The LPC Meal comes with one Personal Hawaiian Pan Pizza, a single serving of Crispy Fries, and an ice-cold glass of either Iced Tea or Lemonade, available for just P199.

Don't miss out on the latest news, updates, and deals from Pizza Hut by giving the brand a like and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

What are you waiting for? Visit your nearest participating Pizza Hut branch together with the kids so they can enjoy making their own Pizza Hut creation! 

For a complete list of participating stores, visit:

10th Panda Express® adds another store in the South with its first branch in Muntinlupa

“This back-to-back store openings in the south is all attributable to the heartwarming support that Panda Express has received from Filipino customers since 2019. Guests from Muntinlupa and nearby areas, as well as city travelers heading south can now stop over at our new location to satisfy their craving for savory, wok-cooked American Chinese dishes.” ~Ned Bandojo, Business Development Head of Jollibee Group Foreign Franchised Brands
Team South, this is for you! Panda Express® is opening another store in the south on July 1. The new Shell SLT branch will be the brand's first location in Muntinlupa, and the 10th branch in Metro Manila.

Panda Express® adds another store in the South with its first branch in Muntinlupa. The new branch will be the 10th Panda Express branch in Metro Manila since it set foot in the country in 2019.

The south area of the metro is attracting some good fortune. Panda Express®—the world’s largest American Chinese dining concept—is set to open another store in the south on July 1, with its Shell SLT branch, the first location in Muntinlupa and along the South Luzon expressway. 

Located along South Luzon expressway, guests and travelers can now stop over at the new Shell SLT branch and enjoy their Panda Express® favorites.

The Panda Express menu includes a variety of entrées with regional Chinese influences—from its bestselling The Original Orange Chicken®, a wok-tossed crispy chicken coated in sweet tangy sauce to other must-try entrees like Broccoli Beef, Savory Shrimp and Black Pepper Steak.

Fans from the south can now get a taste of Panda Express®’ savory, wok-cooked American Chinese dishes including The Original Orange Chicken®, Broccoli Beef, Savory Shrimp and Black Pepper Steak

Guests can grab their Panda Express favorites through dine-in, takeout and Park, Order and go channels. To get more information about Panda Express, visit and

About Panda Express® 
On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express® is the largest Asian dining concept in the world. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known as a trailblazer for creating a wide variety of industry-first recipes, including its best seller The Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each entrée at Panda Express, including the Wok Smart selections, is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,300 locations and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to twelve international countries. Visit (Facebook) and @PandaExpressPH (Instagram) for more information.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Green Run at Vermosa encourages outdoor activity, nature appreciation for physical, mental health

“As more places begin to reopen, we can now enjoy the outdoors with more activities to engage in. I personally advocate sports and spending time outdoors as it helps boost physical and mental health. Physical activities, like running, provide a change of scenery and help reduce stress. This is why we organized the Vermosa Green Run. We want people to rediscover their surroundings, appreciate nature, enjoy the fresh air and boost their health. With an abundance of wide-open spaces and the state-of-the-art sports facilities at Vermosa Sports Hub, Vermosa provides one of the best venues to engage in physical activities.” ~Jay Teodoro, Vermosa Estate Head

After two years of lockdown and getting used to the New Normal, Vermosa is opening up its Estates to hardcore runners, running enthusiasts, fitness buffs, athletes in training, fun runners and families who want to rekindle their health and have fun in the sun.

THE GREEN RUN at Vermosa is set for Sunday, July 3 and advocates for a return to physical activity, a return to the green outdoors and a re-appreciation of the environment. Vermosa has partnered with Pinoy Fitness to handle the Run and will donate all proceeds to the Haribon Foundation's Adopt-a-Seedling program.

Consisting of 21K, 10K, 5K and 3K distance categories, the Green Run is targeting elite athletes, fun runners, fitness enthusiasts, athletes in training, weekend athletes, families, barkada, and just about anyone who is eager to run.  Various running routes winding through wide open spaces and abundant greenery punctuated with wide pedestrian walkways, bicycle and jogging lanes, and enhanced greenways will make this Run a truly pleasant experience.

Vermosa’s famous Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub, a state-of-the-art professionally–managed sports facility that has already hosted various national and international sports events will be the center of activities for registration and information. Featuring a FINA-standard Olympic size swimming pool, a warm up pool, an IAAF standard 400m track oval, field with natural tiff grass, an Athletes Lounge, and a gym operated by Sante Fitness Lab, a premier training ground for amateur and professional athletes.

Vermosa has partnered with Pinoy Fitness, the running, fitness and multisport event organizer, to conduct the Run. A beautiful medal created by artist Cynthia Bauzon-Arre of Forest Foundation Philippines, will be among the perks that runners will get for their participation. Proceeds of the Run will go to Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-a-Seedling Program, to build a greener tomorrow.

Those interested to join Green Run may go to to register.

Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub (AVSH) is located within Ayala Land’s sprawling 750-hectare estate along Daang Hari Road, Imus, Cavite.  It brings together residential, retail, commercial spaces and a school all within the estate.  AVSH highlights an active lifestyle by offering athletes a number of sports facilities and wellness amenities including the nine-lane 400-meter track and field oval, football field, Olympic-size lap pool, warm up pool, The Athlete’s Lounge, a gym operated by Sante Fitness Lab, and green open spaces. With its state-of-the-art features, AVSH is home to some National Sports Associations and renowned teams in the country.  

RSG PH is the supreme winner in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup 2022!

RSG PH reigned supreme in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup 2022. The epic showdown between RSG PH and RRQ Hoshi was hosted at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre to a sold-out crowd of over 1,000 spectators.

The event was graced by Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister, YB Dato' Seri Ahmad Faizal bin Dato' Azumu, Deputy Minister, YB Senator Dato' Sri Ti Lian Ker, and Chief Executive Officer of Esports Integrated, Ahmed Faris Amir. MSC 2022 is held in line with the country's vision to propel the nation as a vibrant esports hub.

Dubbed as Kingslayers, RSG PH scored a victorious 4:0 sweep against the 'King of Kings' RRQ Hoshi. Eman "Emann" Llanda Sangco was awarded the most valuable player (MVP). The newly crowned SEA kings are the third Filipino team to take home the Southeast Asia title alongside Aether Main (Bren Esports) in 2018 and Smart Omega (formerly known as Execration) in 2021.

The historic grand finals drew a peak concurrent view (PCU) of 2.8 million viewers, according to analytical partner Esports Charts.

At MSC 2022, it was announced that the M4 World Championship will be held between 1 - 15 January, 2023. More details on the host country, tournament arena, and participating nations will be shared in the following months.

Established in 2014, MOONTON is a global video game company dedicated to gaming development, publication and esports. With more than 900 employees worldwide, the company operates offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China. It has successfully launched a number of high-profile mobile games globally and has built long-term relationships with governments and esports organizations in more than 30 countries around the world. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is its current star game and the leading mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game worldwide.

About Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is the most popular mobile Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game worldwide that brings communities together through teamwork and strategy. With over one billion installations and 100 million active monthly users, the award-winning game is among the top 10 most played in over 80 countries. With an extensive reach across the Asia Pacific region, the multiplayer is available in 139 countries with an expansive global esports presence.

About Mobile Legends Esports
Established in 2017, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Esports serves as a platform for players to pursue their dreams of becoming esports athletes and illuminate opportunities within the international esports ecosystem. MLBB Esports has since expanded to multiple leagues, including the MPL series hosted in Southeast Asia.

4 ways to turn passions into something valuable and powerful

4 ways to turn passions into something valuable and powerful

There are so many stressors these days. Work, finances, and the welfare of their family are just some of the things that induce anxiety. Their only solace is their passion, which ranges from creating and consuming content to playing mobile games.

Reports have called millennials the “burnout generation.” This is further expanded by the 2020 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey, which found that 57% of Filipino millennials feel anxious or stressed all or most of the time. The 2022 report found that 45% of millennials around the world feel “burned out due to the intensity/demands of their working environments.”

With all the stressors hounding millennials every day, it’s important to turn passions into something valuable and powerful. Here are four ways to do that:

Make time for it. 
Face it, there’s always something that needs to be done. It’s important to set boundaries between work and leisure because a mind must be well-rested in order to function well in the office. It’s not enough to simply find time for one’s passion. These days, it’s about making it. Set a rule that after 6 PM, work notifications must be switched off. The hours after that must be dedicated to rest, spending time with loved ones, and hobbies.


Connect with like-minded people. 
A group of friends who share the same passion will most likely encourage it. Friends who enjoy the same bands can go to gigs together, while gamers can join tournaments or just play together. Film buffs can have movie nights where they can discuss their favorite scenes. There are communities that cater to every passion, from Facebook groups to apps like Goodreads for books, Letterboxd for movies, and Reddit for anything under the sun.
Share it with the world. 
Social media has made the world smaller, allowing everyone to reach bigger audiences. Creators can share their work on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, which can build a following. While the point of pursuing one’s passion is a break from the monotony of work, this could lead to freelancing gigs or even a change in career.
Have the right device. 
The right tool can turn a simple hobby into something more powerful. Samsung’s Galaxy M33 5G and M23 5G are great companions for young professionals who want to take their passions to the next level, especially content creation and mobile games.

Both smartphones are equipped with a multi-camera system to capture memories. The Galaxy M33 5G and M23 5G’s suite of lenses is bannered by the 50MP Main camera, which takes photos and videos in clear detail. The smartphones’ 6.6” displays with Full HD+ technology made the gaming experience richer. Lags are virtually undetectable with the 120Hz refresh rate. There’s space for everything since the smartphones have 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by up to 1TB with a microSD card.

Both devices are available at a discounted price on and other online platforms this June. The Galaxy M33 5G is priced at 16,990 SRP, down from its original price of PHP 19,490 SRP in Blue, Brown, and Green. Meanwhile, the Galaxy M23 5G is available for PHP 15,490 SRP, down from its original price of PHP 17,990 SRP in Light Blue, Deep Green, and Orange Copper.

Becoming successful at something you're passionate about takes time, persistence, and drive. Put these pieces together and you'll be well on your way to doing what you love, gaining more control and freedom in your life, and unleashing the genuine power that's within you all along.

For more information about the Samsung Galaxy M33 and M23 5G, visit

Safe Samsung Shopping

Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has limited the number of its customers to only 50%, implemented the mandatory use of masks and shields, and performs frequent cleaning in all stores.

Samsung Experience Stores also has unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced.

Find the nearest Samsung Experience store via the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions. 

Saturday, June 18, 2022

A Talk With An Esports Dad

"Time is a luxury, and having it well spent is better than just being there doing nothing. I have been growing companies since before had children, but having children made me realize that I was and am practically the same on both ends. I give my children, as with my team, the same opportunities to speak and be heard, make their own mistakes and learn, and know I am here to mentor them whenever possible. I will support my children if they choose to be engaged in esports or content-creation. Like any other endeavor, it requires passion and perseverance. And as long as they have it to keep pushing forward. I sometimes do not get it right the first time. But I usually remember that I have a vital role to play. And step-up whenever it is needed. I believe I have a role to play in it, and everyone else has to do theirs. This will ensure that the industry will thrive and prosper. If there is one thing I would like my children to mirror, allow me to quote, Don't stop when you're tired. Stop when you're done." ~Mitch Esguerra, CEO of Southeast Asia at Galaxy Racer

Given this, fathers always want to be the best example to their children. Undeniably, children mirror who they admire, and in most cases, it is their fathers they seem to mirror the most. They revere them, follow them, and wish to be more like them. It is an intrinsic quality that fathers are emulated by their children.

Mitch Esguerra is a testament to this. Despite his demanding role as the CEO of Southeast Asia at Galaxy Racer, the most prominent esports, lifestyle, and content organization, he remains the foundation of his family of seven (including their great-grandmother and their beloved nanny).

With three children, a creative adolescent, a pre-schooler princess, and a toddler, he carefully manages his time with them as he relates. 

He describes himself as an authoritative parent, solving problems (together) with his children, setting clear rules and expectations, and with open communication and natural consequences. 

Mitch shares that his experiences as a parent are not a step away from how he manages the many startup companies, including Galaxy Racer.

As a father, Mitch is a simple man who prefers to travel and have unique experiences with his children, allowing them to recognize how big the world is to explore. And it is indeed a big world out there as Mitch himself experiences leading the establishment, growth, and scale of Galaxy Racer's regional operations across the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. Aiming to create Galaxy Racer, a transmedia powerhouse in the region's esports, gaming, and content-creating industry.

Being at the helm of the largest gaming and lifestyle organization, en route to the largest transmedia powerhouse in the world. A piece of advice from one father to another with children who are into esports and content creation.

According to Mitch, being a father is not always rainbows and butterflies.

A similar reality he faces with Galaxy Racer and its expansive ecosystem. 

Friday, June 17, 2022

BPI SEAL empowers micro and small enterprises for sustainable growth

“It’s no secret that the past two years have been extra tough for the entire business community, most especially for the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) which faced multiple challenges including the lack of funds to maintain their businesses after a series of lockdowns. To help address the pressing need for an intervention and spur growth to the MSE sector, we are excited to kick-off the pilot run of the BPI SEAL-SEGA.” ~Owen Cammayo, BPI Foundation Executive Director

BPI Foundation, the social development arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) today, launched a program for the development of local micro and small enterprises (MSEs) called BPI Small Enterprise Acceleration Lab (SEAL), with its first track, Small Enterprise Growth Agenda (SEGA), in partnership with Bayan Academy.  

BPI SEAL-SEGA is a search for start-up businesses that are ready to develop their viable business ventures.  This project is designed to meet the needs of start-up businesses through training, mentoring sessions, and cash grants. The training program aims to help the startups assess their enterprise’s products, services, operations, and marketing and assist them in developing their start-up enterprise development plan.

Photo shows, clockwise from upper left: DTI Undersecretary of Regional Operations Group Blesila A. Lantayona, BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Cammayo, Start Up Village President Carlo Calimon, and Bayan Academy President and Chairman Prof. Francisco “Jay” Bernardo.

In 2020, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported that 99.51% of all businesses across the country belong to the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) sector.  Micro enterprises account for 88.77%, while 10.25% are small enterprises.   

According to a study conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies in 2018, this sector continues to struggle in the value chain, primarily due to lack of access to finance, labor and technical and management know-how. SEAL-SEGA aims to help bridge the gaps.

“Startups proved to us that crisis can also be a strong driving force for creativity and innovation. If this new normal has taught us anything, it is harnessing the benefits of digital technologies and transformation that could be an opportunity to create sustainable and adaptable businesses.” ~Blesila A. Lantayona, DTI Undersecretary of Regional Operations Group

Fifty (50) MSEs will be chosen to join the boot camps and showcase their plans through a business pitch to a panel of judges.  The Top 1–10 will receive a cash grant of P100,000 each, while the Top 11–20 will bring home Php50,000 each.

“BPI SEAL SEGA is dedicated to helping startups sustain, develop and scale up their businesses. We are here to be part of the nation-building efforts that SMEs have been providing us.” ~Prof. Francisco “Jay” Bernardo, Bayan Academy President and Chairman

The business challenge is open to start-up entrepreneurs who are 18 years old and above, and whose enterprise’s asset size is Php1 million and below. The application period will run until July 15, 2022.

To know more about SEAL, visit and follow BPI Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.