Monday, June 7, 2021

Subway New Breakfast Offering: Smoked Longaniza, Egg & Cheese



Subway is adding a delectable NEW item on their breakfast menu, the Smoked Longaniza, Egg & Cheese! It's another exciting choice for people who are always on the go and are looking for a meal to brighten up their mornings!

The Smoked Longaniza, Egg & Cheese, and other selections are bound to make your mornings even brighter! 

Longaniza is in fact one of the Philippines’ most beloved dishes. And, it can be found almost everywhere in different provinces having their own versions. But this time, Subway offers its own affordable take on this sandwich meal.

The NEW Smoked Longaniza, Egg & Cheese ala carte price is P139 for the 6-inch and P248 for the footlong. Subway also offers a combo meal for only P199! Customers can get (1) 6-inch Smoked Longaniza, Egg & Cheese, (1) Coffee, and (4) pieces of Hashbrowns. Available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery transactions.

The Smoked Longaniza, Egg & Cheese also comes in Flat Bread as default but customers can ask to change it to regular bread.


ENJOY THE SANDWICH MEAL AT HOME BY ORDERING THROUGH MESSENGER “BOTTY”
As you STAY SAFE AT HOME, you can enjoy your favorite subs and the NEW Smoked Longaniza, Egg & Cheese through FB Messenger “Botty” ordering for pick-up or delivery in select restaurants. Or, delight yourself and your friends & family with Subway’s delicious and freshly made subs at the safety and comfort of your homes through GrabFood or FoodPanda delivery apps.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Chef Jill Sandique’s Cacao Journey

 

“For the cacao, they would teach us how the cacao pod is harvested and we actually did some of the basic steps—something that the hands of a child can do. There are new chefs coming in, pastry chefs especially. I plan to step back a little and give them the place to shine because they’re all very good. Majority of our plants here belong to the category of fine cacao in which there is great potential. I hope that every cacao farmer here will be able to ferment and process their cacao in a manner that is at par with international standards, which I think is achievable.” ~Chef Jill Sandique

Chef Jill has studied chocolate making abroad, eventually completing the Career French Pastry Program at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now the Institute of Culinary Education) where she graduated with the most coveted Blue Ribbon Award in 1992 (and later inducted into its Alumni Hall of Achievement). She witnessed the emergence of artisan chocolate making which nurtured her appreciation for the craft.

Her work on chocolate for more than 25 years as a culinary educator and consultant has led pastry Chef Jill Sandique back to a childhood passion. Chef Jill headed the board of judges at the 2021 Philippine Cacao Quality Awards (PCQA) which selected the winning entries to represent the Philippines at the Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) Programme during the Salon du Chocolat in Paris this coming October. 

When she came back to the Philippines, she developed her signature pistachio sans rival and mango pavlova, the beloved specialty desserts she became known for. In between her duties as chef instructor and consultant, she worked with cocoa and chocolate manufacturers and distributors locally as well as in Singapore and Indonesia to develop recipes for them and her own clients. 

Her longest collaboration at 17 years is with Commodity Quest, Inc., which exclusively imports the premium cacao powder and chocolate ingredients under the deZaan brand. They invited Chef Nick Malgieri, her mentor, and teacher at Peter Kump’s, for the WOFEX trade shows to showcase chocolate recipes using deZaan. 


Growing up with cacao
Chef Jill’s love for chocolate began at her family’s Sto. Niño Farms back in her hometown of Makilala in Cotabato. The family started with crops such as coconut, coffee, cacao, corn, and rice. The farm initially produced certified palay seeds before focusing on rubber and banana as its two major crops.

Her father, the late Epifanio Al. Sandique was an agriculturist by training. Mr. Sandique worked as a banker and did agricultural research at the farm. He was part of the Philippine Cacao Committee in the late 1970s that published The Philippines Recommends for Cacao in 1979. 

The farm served as chef Jill’s informal training ground to learn about how farmers grow food, an experience that would later influence her work as a pastry chef. Her parents instilled the value of hard work at the farm, teaching them the key steps in growing, harvesting, and processing rice, coffee, and cacao. 


Selecting quality Philippine cacao beans
Chef Jill regularly upgrades her chocolate know-how through training abroad especially in South and Central America with its long history and tradition of growing and processing cacao. She has studied cacao post-harvest processing, chocolate making, and chocolate profiling in the U.S., Ecuador, Peru, and Belize as well as cacao bean grading in the Netherlands. She is the only Filipina who is a certified Level 3 graduate of the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting in the UK. 

She put to good use this training and her ability to discern quality cacao beans as a judge at the 2019 International Chocolate Awards (ICA) the Asia Pacific in Taiwan, and at the ICA World Finals in Italy. Judges conducted a blind tasting of the chocolates from which Philippine chocolate makers won several awards.

Chef Jill also participated as a grand juror for the ICA Asia Pacific via remote online judging in 2020. Then came the opportunity to be closer to home as chairperson for the judging committee at the Philippine Cacao Quality Award from December 2020 to January 2021.
 
When selecting the best cacao beans, Chef Jill adheres to strict selection standards. She strives for perfection, a trait influenced by her training under Chef Nick Malgieri as well as her parents whose work as agriculturist and doctor respectively, relied on making the right decisions on the farm and in the hospital. Only the highest qualified cacao beans, cocoa, and chocolate truly make it on her list.


What’s next for chef Jill
Her other work as the lead trainer and program director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Manila Council of Chefs and key opinion leader of USDA Cooperators for the past 15 years has helped her mentor others in cooking and baking with quality U.S. ingredients. 
 
When the Puentespina family of the Malagos Cacao Development Center in Davao invited her to help train seven farmer cooperatives from Davao Oriental on post-harvest processing of cacao beans, she gladly agreed. But she requested that the farmers also be trained on the business side of cacao as well as composting waste by-products to fully equip them.

In a sense, this is Chef Jill going back to her roots. While she will still work with clients and share recipes on social media, she wishes to spotlight the next generation of chefs. 

Her life’s work now brings her back to cacao to improve the competitiveness of the local cacao industry on the international stage. She hopes to share what she has learned about cacao bean processing and educate others who have little opportunity to be formally trained. 

This potential begins with growing good cacao. As the world takes notice of Philippine chocolate, chef Jill hopes to encourage local cacao farmers to aim higher in producing the finest cacao they were destined to grow. 


For recipes and updates on Chef Jill Sandique, visit her Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/ChefJillSandique.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Valueplus and Jandusay & Sons open VPX Batangas City

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is attended by (from left to right) Mr. Normann Chiu, President of ValuePlus, Mr. Jett Martel Jandusay, Operations Manager of VPX Batangas City, Mrs. Menjie Jandusay, Treasurer of VPX Batangas City, Mr. John Alvin Jandusay, Branch Manager of VPX Batangas City, Mr. Mark Saberola, General Manager of ValuePlus and Mr. Richmann Uy, Chief Financial Officer of ValuePlus.

With high hopes for the rest of the year, as the country bounces back from the pandemic, Value Plus Auto Service Express (VPX), the franchising brand of Value Plus Auto Services Philippines Inc., forges ahead with its first franchise expansion in Batangas City.  

Established in 2013, VPX is an after-market auto service that’s dedicated to helping millions of drivers across the metro with their automotive concerns. With the official opening of VPX Batangas City, VPX proudly welcomes to its family Jandusay and Sons, its newest ValuePlus franchisee-partners.

Brothers John Alvin Jandusay and Jet Martell Jandusay, along with their father Hanniel, had first started thinking about putting up a business in 2018 and came across ValuePlus online. 
“We were considering several different types of businesses. But we got to thinking, ‘Why should we go for the common? Let’s be different! As car enthusiasts themselves, the family decided to partner with VPX and franchise their own “casa alternative.” ~John Alvin, the 24-year-old branch manager of VPX Batangas City
With the opening of VPX Batangas City, last May 26, 2021, ValuePlus now has 4 branches in its franchising program, two of which are in Metro Manila. 

The VPX franchise is one of the most competitive businesses in the industry, shares VPX General Manager Mark Saberola. 
“ValuePlus is founded on a sound business model that’s been proven to be crisis-proof. Despite the pandemic, all our branches have thrived. With our newly introduced Starter Package, ranging from P4.5M-P7M, franchisees can have their very own auto repair shop up and running in 2 to 3 months’ time. We assure our partners that ValuePlus will guide them every step of the way. Though we are an almost decade-old brand and our systems are well-established, we still work closely with our franchisees to ensure that we provide the direction and assistance they need in building up their business. We want to help them achieve their dream; their success is our success, too.” ~Mark Saberola, VPX General Manager

Batangueños come out in full support of the opening of the first “Casa Alternative” in the city with local government officials and eminent members of the community throwing their weights behind this new venture. 
The family-owned VPX Batangas City branch, located along Batangas-Tabangao-Lobo Road in Barangay Libjo, officially opened its 300-sqm repair shop this second quarter and is ready to cater to the needs of drivers in this part of South Luzon. VPX Batangas City enters the market at the most opportune time, with more Filipinos relying on private transportation to stay safe from COVID-19. 

To date, according to Saberola, around 3.5 million cars are no longer covered by their manufacturer’s warranty. And thus, car owners seek trusted auto repair service providers for their vehicles’ needs. 
“While there may be many other auto repair shop franchises, the unique advantage of ValuePlus is the quality of their work and the expertise of the personnel. From the managers to the technicians, they are all very professional and skilled. They know exactly how to fix your cars. The training was very thorough, and the management was very hands on during the training. All our questions and concerns were addressed, so now we’re more knowledgeable about the workflow. You can’t learn a business in just 30 days, but with the help of VPX management, we felt more secure and confident. Partnering up with them was definitely the best decision!” ~Jet Martell Jandusay
As first-time franchisees, Jandusay and Sons found great confidence in VPX, especially as they were guided by management through numerous trainings to further learn the ropes of the business. 

The newly built facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art Wheel Alignment system from Hunter Engineering, Lifters, Computer scanner and operates with a world-class shop management system from Canada.

If you would like to start your own casa and need a full-proof plan to achieve it, VPX is here to help! ValuePlus is not just a provider of auto repair services, but a complete business solutions provider. Inquire today. 

For more information about VPX and the franchising opportunities of ValuePlus send them an email at vpx@valueplusph.com or call 0917-637-2085 or visit their social fb.com/solutionsvpx.


Monday, May 24, 2021

Hanabishi Honors Mothers as It Joins the Inquirer Read-Along With Pauleen Luna-Sotto


“Kami po sa Hanabishi ay masayang nakikiisa sa Inquirer Read-Along sa kanilang advocacy na nagpapahalaga sa bonding ng pamilya, lalo na ng mga mommies at kanilang mga anak. Mahalaga po ang role ng mga nanay sa paghubog ng kaisipan at character ng ating mga kabataan (We at Hanabishi are happy to join the Inquirer Read-Along in their advocacy of of appreciating the importance of family bonding, especially between mommies and their children. Mothers play a valuable role in shaping the mind and character of children).” ~Ronwaldo Villanueva, Hanabishi Appliances Marketing Consultant
 
Actress and TV Host Pauleen Luna-Sotto, Inquirer Read-Along Celebrity Reader 

Hanabishi Appliances joined the Inquirer Foundation’s Inquirer Read-Along last May 15 as it dedicated its session to mothers. Actress and TV host Pauleen Luna-Sotto joined teachers Ann Abacan and Dyali Justo in reading to the kids who pre-registered for the event.

He added that this has been one of the guiding principles of Hanabishi - being a practical partner of mommies and making it easier for them to do their roles at home. Not only did Hanabishi bring along Pauleen to the Inquirer Read-Along, but they also gave away prizes for the children who joined the Zoom event. Winners of the Q&A portion received a Hanabishi blender, microwave oven, griller, food steamer, rice cooker, deep fryer, hand mixer, grill, gas stove, and turbo broiler. All the kiddie participants received an industrial floor fan and hand mixer.

Ronn Vilanueva, Marketing Consultant, Hanabishi Appliances

Pauleen read Ompong Remigio’s Papel de Liha and teachers Ann and Dyali read May Bolang Kristal Ba Si Nanay by Segundo D. Matias, Jr. Hanabishi brand ambassador Sarah Geronimo surprised the kids with a special message that encouraged them to read.

“Maging masigasig kayo mga bata sa pagbabasa. Samantala, mga nanay, patuloy ninyong suportahan ang hilig ng inyong mga anak sa pagbabasa. Ito ang daan upang sila ay magtagumpay sa laban ng buhay (Always be passionate about reading, kids. Mothers, always support your children’s love of reading. This will help them overcome the challenges in life).” ~Sarah Geronimo, Hanabishi Brand Ambassador
Sarah Geronimo-Guidicelli, Hanabishi Appliances Brand Ambassador

Launched by the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 2007, the Inquirer Read-Along aims to promote the love of reading among children.

For more information about Hanabishi, please visit www.myhanabishi.com/shop/ and like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyHanabishiAppliances/.






About Hanabishi:
Spanning more than three decades, Hanabishi has established its reputation as a provider of affordable yet quality home products that lasts, which paved the way for its tagline “Kapartner from Start to Forever.” Hanabishi Home Appliances are available at leading appliance stores nationwide. 

WalterMart Supermarket partners with Mayani to support local farmers and uplift communities



On Palengke Fresh weekends, WalterMart Supermarket mounts a “bagsakan” market in the parking lot of WalterMart malls, thereby making it a safe and preferred shopping destination among customers.

To strengthen its agricultural supply chain while relieving the plight of our local farmers, WalterMart Supermarket – one of the biggest supermarket chains in the Philippines, launches Palengke Fresh with Mayani, the fastest-growing farm-to-table digital platform. 

Through this program, WalterMart will procure directly from Mayani’s network of over 12,000 smallholder farmers to provide fresher produce with a better value to all its shoppers.

“Our commitment to the communities and our customers is to win through malasakit from farm to market. Malasakit to ensure a sustainable income for our farmers during this pandemic through Mayani, malasakit to our customers by providing them quality and affordable fresh produce assortment, and malasakit to employees by making our proud local ambassadors of fresh and healthy products.” ~Rose Caalam, General Manager of WalterMart Supermarket

WalterMart has been helping various farmers cooperatives and associations since the roll-out of Palengke Fresh in 2019. Given WalterMart’s expansive network of community shopping malls across Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and South Luzon, the program sought to leverage such footprint to aid more rural farming communities by integrating Mayani into WalterMart’s responsible, “support local” value chain.

“This team-up is a huge leap forward for our smallholder farmers not only in terms of higher rural incomes for them, but the predictability of it during these volatile times.” ~JT Solis, the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Mayani

Solis also pointed out that because of Mayani’s role as the direct platform conduit between farmers and big commercial customers such as WalterMart and other reputable retailers, the pricing of fresh produce on supermarket shelves becomes even more competitive drawing from supply chain efficiencies and lowered transaction costs.

On top of this, for the whole month of May, WalterMart is also supporting various community pantries that sprouted in different parts of Luzon. It encourages all of its shoppers to purchase the local produce in its Palengke Fresh and have them donated to different community pantries in areas where WalterMart is. For as low as ₱50, customers can get a Chopsuey Pack to uplift those grassroots communities.

WalterMart is available both online at www.waltermart.com and in-store with 39 WalterMart Supermarket branches in Luzon.


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Quality Appliances at Hanabishi’s LazMall Summer Sale This May 15


If you’re looking to replace your old appliances or just want to invest in new ones, now’s the best time to do so. Head on over to the Hanabishi Appliances flagship store on Lazada to get amazing deals on a wide range of quality products from one of the Philippines’ most trusted brands.

“This is one of the biggest sales of the summer, and we are making some of our top-selling appliances available at discounted prices. Being on Lazada, we have noticed a new emerging market for our products. Aside from the usual female homemakers, we also have a lot of millennials and young professionals who are starting to venture into the world of ‘adulting’ as buyers of our products. This is a good opportunity for those who are looking for quality appliances at more affordable prices.” ~Cherish Ong-Chua, Hanabishi Appliances Vice President for Finance and Marketing


Hanabishi Appliances on Sale
Among the items up for sale is Hanabishi’s top-selling air fryer oven (HAFEO30SS). Add it to your cart now, so you can check it out by Saturday.

Also on sale are the Hanabishi smokeless indoor griller (HSMOKELSS-50), ice maker (HICEMAKER240), hand mixer (HHM56), food steamer (HFS-75), coffee maker (HCM45GCM), electric oven (HEO48RED), juice extractor (HPJ50), slow juicer (HSJ1500), and juice blender (HJB126).

Don’t miss out on its selection of microwave ovens as well. On sale are product models HMO20GS and HMO31ZYM, and the Hanabishi pure stainless steel microwave oven (HMO31PSSM). Its rice cookers (HRC10BRC, HRC15BRC, and HRC18BRC) are also available at discounted prices.

For your cooling needs, there’s the Hanabishi ground fan 20” (HHURRIC-20), industrial floor fan 12” (HIFF-1200BLK), air cooler 6.0L (HAC-650), industrial wall fan 24” (HIWF24), and Desk Fan ((HRA16DF). Its Insect Killers (HINSK50SQM and HINSK70SQM) are likewise on sale.


Vouchers of Up to PhP1,000
Apart from the sale, the appliance brand is also giving away vouchers that you can use for your Hanabishi purchases on Lazada. Up to PhP1,000 will be given away from May 15 to 17. Follow Hanabishi’s Facebook page for announcements.

Happening on May 15, 2021, Saturday, Hanabishi’s LazMall Summer Sale offers up to 38% discount on select appliances.







About Hanabishi:
Spanning more than three decades, Hanabishi has established its reputation as a provider of affordable yet quality home products that last, which paved the way for its tagline “Kapartner from Start to Forever.” Hanabishi Home Appliances are available at leading appliance stores nationwide. For more information about Hanabishi, please visit www.myhanabishi.com/shop/ and like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyHanabishiAppliances/.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Enjoy Savings With the Subway Savers!

 

For a limited time offer up to June 30, 2021. Subway Savers will surely satisfy your fresh cravings that are budget-friendly! Choose from three options that shall perfectly fit the size of your group and enjoy the ultimate snack time with your family and friends in the safety and comfort of your homes!



SAVERS FOR 2

For only Php 285, enjoy a delightful (2) Pepperoni Delite Pandesal Sliders along with (2) Cookies and (2) 12 oz. Drink! Save as much as Php49 with this combo meal for you and you're special other!


SAVERS FOR 3

For only Php 340, grab a bite of (3) Pepperoni Delite Pandesal Sliders and (3) 12 oz. Drink! Save as much as Php28 when you order a merienda fit for a group of three or when two pandesal sliders just aren’t enough to satisfy your cravings.


SAVERS FOR 4

For only Php 600, you get the ultimate deal of enjoying (2) 6-inch Subway Melt, (2) Pepperoni Delite Pandesal Sliders, (2) 16 oz. Drinks and (2) 12 oz. Drinks! Save as much as Php 148, with these deliciously loaded choices that are also a great summer snack.


ENJOY SAVERS AT HOME BY ORDERING THROUGH MESSENGER “BOTTY”

Subway continues to offer safe and affordable snack choices for the perfect merienda experience to those working from home. 

Merienda in the Philippines is usually enjoyed around 3 to 5 in the afternoon or between lunch and dinner. And is usually seen as a break to re-energize and as a reward for a job well done. To inform customers of our safety protocols, Subway is strictly following the IATF approved guidelines in proper food management and packaging hygiene. All of this is to ensure that you are safely enjoying your favorite subs and choices at the comfort of your homes. 

So delight yourself and your friends & family with Subway’s delicious and freshly made subs by ordering through GRAB, FOODPANDA or through delivery via FB Messenger “Botty”.