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

BatangueƱos 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 or call 0917-637-2085 or visit their social

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 and like them on Facebook:

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 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 and like them on Facebook:

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!


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!


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.


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.


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”.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Mega Prime and Prime Mom Club host a well-deserved Mother's Day Relaxation Workshop for Moms


As a way to connect with one another while also reminding our moms that it's important to care for themselves, guests were encouraged to interact with all that was in store for them. They had a blast with trivia games and other interactive game booths

Leading the event was the Prime Mom Club’s honorary member and Mega Prime’s brand ambassador, Marian Rivera Dantes, who spoke about the importance of bonding with fellow moms through shared passions such as cooking, which are good for one’s well being especially during this pandemic. 

Mega Prime and the Prime Mom Club have organized a one-of-a-kind virtual glamping event that allowed moms to relax and bond with fellow moms. The session, entitled All About Mom, pampered moms by giving them some me-time to relax while learning alongside their peers who share their cares and interests. With fun activities that are all about you, mga Mommies! Different from the past Prime Mom Club workshops, a virtual glamping session, the perfect relaxation hotspot for our Prime Moms was created. 

A learning home tablescape styling hosted by Pinky Tobiano topped off with a cooking segment using Mega Prime Oyster Sauce and Canned Fruits. The online event was attended by members of the Prime Mom Club, Mega Prime’s exclusive club for moms who want to continuously elevate their homemaking skills.

Chef Rosebud Benitez unveiled special recipes using Mega Prime Choices Oyster Sauce. She also whipped up scrumptious desserts using Mega Prime’s Canned Fruits. 

Together with Mommy Connh Cruz, the winner of The Search for the Next Prime Mom, both of them participated in an online cook-off and shared some practical cooking tips and ideas.

The Prime Mom Club has been an avenue for moms to improve their skills as homemakers. Combining information and education with interactive and engaging events, Prime Moms are given exclusive access to enriching activities featuring experts and celebrities to guide them. 

Be sure to sign up for the Prime Mom Club at to join the growing community of modern home-makers and receive exclusive information on future events and perks. For more information, be sure to follow Mega Prime on Facebook and Instagram

No Cash? No Problem! Shopee Lets You Pay for Your COD Purchases via ShopeePay


Get 20% cashback when you Scan to Pay using ShopeePay for your ‘cash-on-delivery’’ transactions

The pandemic has pushed a lot of Filipinos to opt for cashless transactions more than ever. The total transaction value of digital payments in the country expects to show an annual growth rate of 16.40% and amount to 28 billion US dollars by 2025. With more Filipinos maximizing the potential of mobile wallets, ShopeePay aims to make it easier and secure for people to turn to digital payment methods. With ShopeePay, users can venture into new opportunities whether it’s for personal or business purposes. 

By using Scan to Pay with Shopee Xpress, Shopee users can check the parcel first to see if the order is correct and in good condition before paying for it. In addition, payment is contactless - ensuring the safety of both the buyers and riders to reduce potential health risks.

“As digital payments take on a greater significance in the lives of Filipinos, it is essential that we come up with initiatives that’ll make payments seamless, safer, and more worthwhile for our consumers. Through this additional payment method, we can help people adapt to the evolving digital space and make the transition to a cashless society a lot more convenient.” ~Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines 

To make users' experiences more rewarding, users who pay for their online purchases with ShopeePay through QR code scanning can get up to 20% cashback* until June 10.

Here’s a guide on how users can safely Scan to Pay for their COD purchases via ShopeePay:
  1. Choose Cash on Delivery (COD) as a mode of payment and Shopee Xpress as a shipping option when checking out an item.
  2. Inform the Shopee Xpress rider about the preference to pay COD via ShopeePay
  3. Click ShopeePay wallet and choose “Scan”
  4. Scan the QR code of the Shopee Xpress rider
  5. Input the needed transaction order amount and your ShopeePay PIN
  6. Enjoy 20% cashback once payment is complete

For more information, visit

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

About Shopee
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands, and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time. 

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Shopee, Sea’s other core businesses include its digital entertainment arm, Garena, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.

About ShopeePay
ShopeePay is an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services. Launched in the Philippines in 2019, ShopeePay enables a seamless shopping experience by allowing users to make online payments on Shopee, top-up their wallets, and transfer and withdraw funds.

ShopeePay makes it easier to shop and do business. It provides users with a convenient, secure, and rewarding payment option; it empowers businesses and helps them capture new opportunities.

ShopeePay is part of SeaMoney, the digital financial services arm of Sea Group. A leading digital payments and financial services provider in Southeast Asia, SeaMoney’s mission is to better the lives of individuals and businesses in the region with financial services through technology.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Santino's Supreme Slice & Pizza Pedrico's atThe U-Franchise Discovery Day!

Discovery days are considered a vital part of the franchise buying process. U-Franchise Group will be hosting its Virtual Franchise Discovery Day on May 11, 2021, at 2pm, where top franchise opportunities will be presented including Jimini Food Group’s Santino's Supreme Slice and Pizza Pedrico’s. Interested franchisees are encouraged to sign up to attend the event for free. Register -

These events allow interested franchisees to learn about the franchise they are about to purchase in-depth. Traditionally, Discovery days are held at the franchise company’s headquarters but due to the ongoing pandemic, the team decided to do it virtually instead, allowing more participants to attend.

Jimini Foods Group will be featuring its award-winning brands Santino’s Supreme Slice who is currently the country’s largest and most successful pizza kiosk brand and the company’s Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise Hall of Famer, Pizza Pedrico’s, who is currently the largest pizza network with over 1,300 serving stations. The company’s very own Rollie Teologo will be presenting franchise packages.

Interested to invest? Feel free to reach out to the Jimini Foods Group team prior to the U-Franchise event. You may reach them through these hotlines: Manila [02] 8442-9444; Cebu [032] 520-8811; Davao [082] 295-7943 or 0925-511-9444 for mobile users.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Dimples Romana leads a special Mega Mother’s Day with fellow KuMMMares and Mega Mackerel

Leading the event was Dimples Romana, Mega Mackerel’s newest brand ambassador, and a truly madiskarteng Mega mom. She gamely shared her tips on cooking, health, nutrition, and family life with fellow moms who want smart and practical tips on kitchen and household management. 

Kumares need to get together once in a while for some bonding moments and nonstop kwentuhan. Recognizing that moms draw strength and inspiration from each other, especially in the midst of a pandemic, Mega Mackerel hosted KuMMMare Moments with Dimples Romana, an online bonding and learning session, as an early Mother’s Day treat for all the Mega Moms.

As the newest face of Mega Mackerel, Dimples shared how she’s very particular with what she gives to her family, especially with food. She’s the type who always checks the quality and label and with Mega Mackerel, Dimples is assured that each can is tasty, nutritious and a perfect fit in their household.

She also shared some exciting recipes using Mega Mackerel, which is perfect for any dish with its big chunks and rich umami flavor that adds that extra linamnam flavor into any dish. Dimples showed how the three variants – Mega Mackerel in Natural Oil, Mega Mackerel in Tomato Sauce, and Mega Mackerel in Tomato Sauce with Chili Added – can be made into easy-to-serve, yummy, and healthy dishes.
“We’re happy and excited that Dimples Romana has joined the Mega family. Dimples embodies the same values that Mega Global and Mega Mackerel stand for–excellence and commitment to quality, serving only the best to Filipino families. Through Dimples, we aim to continue being a trusted partner of all Mega moms, inspire them and help them unleash their madiskartepraktikal, and maparaan qualities at home.” ~Marvin Tiu Lim, Mega Global Chief Growth and Development officer
The special Mother’s Day event was filled with KUMMMARE Moments and inspiring ideas as the moms shared stories on how they continue to nurture their families amidst these trying times. With Dimples as a Mega Mackerel ambassador, fun-loving moms can look forward to more fun and exciting activities with fellow kumares. 

For more information, you can visit Mega Mackerel’s Facebook page -