Saturday, April 20, 2024

Federal Land’s The Grand Midori Ortigas: Primed to be an Urban Domain of Zen

One Bedroom Unit at The Grand Midori Ortigas. Artist’s Perspective.


In today's fast-paced world where every moment seems filled with the bustle of daily life, finding moments of tranquility and inner peace is becoming increasingly vital. The Grand Midori Ortigas by premier real estate developer Federal Land, Inc. offers two towers of Zen living in the heart of Ortigas Center, fostering simplicity, harmony, and balance.  


Award-Winning Architecture 

Zen-inspired amenity deck of The Grand Midori Ortigas. Artist’s Perspective.


To design serene living spaces deeply rooted in the principles of Zen, Federal Land tapped into the creativity of the world-renowned Tange Associates. The Tokyo-based architectural firm forged the authentic infusion of Japanese design and innovation into the building's architecture to create a unique living experience that is both elegant and purposeful. 

Evidence of the excellence of its world-class design are the recognitions The Grand Midori Ortigas garnered in the previous years. International Property Awards Asia-Pacific awarded the project the Best Residential High-Rise Architecture in the Philippines in 2022, while PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards named The Grand Midori Ortigas the Best Condo Architectural Design and Highly Commended for Best High-End Condo Development (Metro Manila) in 2023. 


A Solid Investment Choice 

Zen-inspired amenity deck of The Grand Midori Ortigas. Artist’s Perspective.


The Grand Midori Ortigas isn't just a place to call home—it's an investment in one of Metro Manila's most coveted real estate hot spots. 

Investors are provided with thoughtfully designed units for lease, which can benefit from rising prices and improving rental yields because of its central location in Ortigas Center, as well as its proximity to Makati and BGC. Moreover, with the rising demand for half-way homes within the metro due to return-to-office mandates, investing in Ortigas Center promises to provide lucrative returns for discerning investors. 


A Sensible Lifestyle 

Studio Unit at The Grand Midori Ortigas. Artist’s Perspective.


To encourage a balanced life, the property showcases a wide variety of amenities to offer a much-needed break from the daily grind. 

Those who wish to engage in an active lifestyle would love the convenience of the fitness gym, yoga room, exercise lawn, and lap pool on the amenity floor. The game room, videoke room, play area, and Jacuzzi are available for downtime after work or school. There's a study lounge and a conference room for those working or studying remotely but wish to do it out of their own units from time to time. The Zen garden is perfect for those yearning for peace and quiet. 

With its Zen-inspired spaces and prime location, The Grand Midori Ortigas is a compelling option for home seekers looking to lead a well-balanced life that embraces urban conveniences with serenity and bliss. 

For inquiries, visit www.midori.com.ph or email invest@federalland.ph to book a private viewing. 

HOTEL101-NISEKO GOES GREEN, to be the First CASBEE-Rated Sustainable hotel in Niseko, Hokkaido Japan

(In photo taken today, Kamita Sekkei Chief Executive Officer Hirokazu Bando, Technocrew Managing Director Akira Hiraoka, Hotel101 Global Chief Executive Officer Marriana Yulo- Luccini, and Iwata Chizaki Construction General Manager Makoto Miyoshi)


April 19, 2024, Hotel101 Global Pte. Ltd, (“Hotel101 Global”) in partnership with esteemed engineering firms Kamita Sekkei and Technocrew, alongside the contractor of Hotel101-Niseko project - Iwata Chizaki Inc., signs its commitment to the creation of the environmentally forward Hotel101-Niseko. This endeavor cements the partners' joint vision for a property that not only meets  eco-efficient  operational  standards  but  also  sets  a  benchmark  for  sustainability  in  the region.

Hotel101-Niseko is set to become the first hotel in the whole of Niseko, Hokkaido Japan to secure CASBEE  rating.  CASBEE,  which  stands  for  the  Comprehensive  Assessment  System  for  Built Environment  Efficiency,  is  Japan’s  authoritative  framework  for  evaluating  the  environmental performance of buildings.

Kamita  Sekkei  and  Technocrew  bring  expertise  with  strong  portfolios  that  include  work  for Hokkaido University, the City of Sapporo, and the City of Obihiro, among others. Under the skilled construction of Iwata Chizaki Inc., known for the iconic Chitose International Airport, Hotel101- Niseko is poised to become a beacon of sustainable development. This partnership aligns closely with   the   values   laid   out   in   the   recently   signed   pact,   which   outlines   a   commitment   to environmentally responsible practices and the integration of smart systems to enhance efficiency. The structure of Hotel101-Niseko is designed to promote sustainability through green-inspired architecture and the use of technology that supports efficient and eco-friendly operations.

“We believe that sustainability is a core aspect of the Hotel101 brand which will enable it to thrive in a rapidly changing world. By integrating a sustainable mindset in the way that we build our hotels  as  well  as  sustainable  practices  in  our  day-to-day  hotel  operations,  we  protect  the environment, appeal to the new generation of eco-conscious guests, and reduce operational costs which helps ensure the long-term viability of Hotel101. In  extraordinary  environments  such  as  the  height  of  winter  in  Hokkaido,  it  is  not  an  easy endeavor to achieve a green rating and we are proud to announce that Hotel101-Niseko is set to be the first CASBEE-rated hotel in Niseko.” ~Hannah Yulo- Luccini, Hotel101 Global CEO

Achieving  a  CASBEE  rating  underlines  Hotel101-Niseko’s  role  as  a  leading  example  of  green hospitality  solutions,  showcasing  its  success  in  integrating  environmental  considerations  into every facet of its architecture and operations. Located on a 1.17-hectare site in Niseko-Hirafu, Hokkaido Prefecture, Hotel101-Niseko is positioned amid the region's natural scenery, chosen for its commitment to environmental preservation. Hotel101 Global aims to provide an eco-friendly hospitality experience that aligns with the environmental values of guests and meets the rigorous sustainability standards set by the local community.

"With  the  upcoming  Bullet  Train  to  go  straight  from  Tokyo  to  Niseko,  we  see  the  482  room Hotel101-Niseko project which is set to be one of the largest hotels in Niseko to soon become the top of mind hotel destination for both the local domestic Japanese and overseas tourists visiting Niseko, Hokkaido Japan. We see Hotel101 Global to be known globally as one of the most eco-friendly hotels globally." ~Edgar Injap Sia II, DoubleDragon Chairman

Hotel101-Fort as the Official Residence of Miss Philippines Earth 2024

Candidates of Miss Philippines Earth 2024 pose at Hotel101-Fort, their Official Residence.


Hotel101-Fort, the largest hotel in Taguig City in terms of room inventory, with 606 HappyRooms, welcomes the candidates of Miss Philippines Earth 2024 as its Official Residence. Miss Philippines Earth candidates will stay until April 22 before they head to Bukidnon for more activities and for the coronation night on May 11, 2024.

Hotel101-Fort Hotel Manager, Sherwinne Cabalang, warmly welcomes the ladies as they experience the hospitality the newly opened hotel provides.

“We are delighted to welcome these beautiful, vibrant, and cause-oriented ladies here at Hotel101-Fort and to offer them the comfort and convenience that the hotel provides to all our guests. Our signature HappyRoom is highlighted with beds from Emma Sleep, ensuring guest satisfaction by delivering a better night’s sleep and unbeatable comfort for each and every guest who stays with us.” ~Sherwinne Cabalang, Hotel101-Fort Hotel Manager

Hotel101-Fort signs agreement with Miss Philippines Earth as the OFFICIAL RESIDENCE of the Miss Philippines Earth 2024. Together in the photo are Hotel101-Fort Hotel Manager Mr. Sherwinne Cabalang and Hotel101 Group Head of Public Relations Mr. Brian Ong, together with Carousel Production’s VP and Project Director Ms. Peachy Veneracion and Ms. Reina Esguerra.


Meanwhile, Ms. Melissa “Peachy” Veneracion, the Vice President and Project Director of Carousel Productions Inc., the organizer of Miss Philippines Earth, thanked Hotel101 for partnering yet again with Miss Philippines Earth as its official hotel residence and for supporting its environmental causes.

“We are very happy to once again be partners with Hotel101, experiencing their newest hotel, Hotel101-Fort! The delegates are fortunate and pleased to be here because of the exquisite services and facilities, and most especially because of the beautiful and comfortable rooms. Our winners, as well as the candidates, are expected to spearhead projects that promote sustainability and encourage people to adopt a lifestyle that prevents further harm to the planet, which aligns with the 101 Stay Green campaign of the Hotel101 Group. ~Ms. Melissa “Peachy” Veneracion, the Vice President and Project Director of Carousel Productions Inc., the organizer of Miss Philippines Earth

Candidates of Miss Philippines Earth 2024 pose at Hotel101-Fort, their Official Residence.


The Miss Philippines Earth 2024 pageant is the 24th edition of the national competition that advocates for environmental protection. 


Candidates of Miss Philippines Earth 2024 pose at Hotel101-Fort, their Official Residence.


Hotel101 Group is a subsidiary of DoubleDragon Corporation, which operates Hotel101-Manila and Hotel101-Fort, Injap Tower Hotel in Iloilo City, and Jinjiang Inn Philippines in Ortigas, Makati, and Boracay. The Hotel101 Group has unveiled its direction to begin expanding abroad, aiming to make Hotel101 the first global Filipino hotel chain.

Download the Hotel101 App via the App Store or Google Play to earn rewards, get the latest deals, and to Stay Happy at Hotel101.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Great Savings from Our Home Grand Central 3-Day Sale



Planning for a home refresh this summer?   As temperature rises, so do the savings at OUR HOME GRAND CENTRAL on its 3-Day Sale from April 19-21

Now is the best time to shop for the home refresh that you’ve been wanting to do with OUR HOME’s great selections of home furniture, decor and accessories. Visit us and get inspirations for your living room, bedroom and dining room.   


Check out OUR HOME GRAND CENTRAL’s great offers:   






Save up to 80% off on great finds for your living room, bedroom and dining room. 

Get extra 10% off with SMAC and SMAC Prestige cards. 

And here’s more.  Get another extra 5% off when you pay straight or extra 10% off when you avail of our Buy Now Pay Later installment offer using qualified BDO Credit cards with a minimum purchase required. T&Cs apply.     

We assemble for free and we also offer free interior design advice to help you out with your home styling.  Visit us to know more of our great offers.   
 
OUR HOME has something for everyone.  So, what are you waiting for?  Head on to OUR HOME Grand Central located at the Lower Ground Level of SM City Grand Central where you can find great designs at great prices.   Call our personal shopper at 0917-8426069 / 0917-8424772 or check out  www.ourhome.ph.  

Monday, April 8, 2024

A Redefined UNIQLO Mall of Asia store reopens on May 17



Global apparel retailer UNIQLO has lined up big things for the much-anticipated reopening of its groundbreaking SM Mall of Asia (MOA) store on May 17, 2024 at the Level 2 & 3 of Mall of Asia’s North main mall.


Redefined store

UNIQLO’s original MOA store is finally set to open its doors once more after major updates. The newly revamped store comes with a bigger space and larger offerings.

The branch opened in 2012 as the global brand’s very first store in the Philippines, introducing Filipinos to UNIQLO’s stylish and functional everyday clothing. With its sprawling 1,550 square meters at that time, the store served thousands of customers in the largest mall in the country and remained as one of the go-to hubs for LifeWear.




On May 17, the all-new UNIQLO MOA store promises to be even bigger with a doubled-up floor space of over 3,000 square meters spread across two floors. Loyal and new customers alike will surely enjoy the store’s new layout and latest presentations, as the space evolves with the new lifestyles of Filipinos.


Redefined experiences

Aside from featuring a vast selection of LifeWear pieces, the all-new UNIQLO MOA store will also redefine the retail experience where in-store and online shopping comes hand-in-hand. Store-driven efforts such as same-day Click & Collect are set to give customers an integrated shopping experience with UNIQLO.




The all-new UNIQLO MOA store will also be the second store in the country to have UNIQLO Coffee and UTMe! Originally only available at UNIQLO Manila Global Flagship Store in Glorietta 5, UNIQLO Coffee and UTme! is coming to the MOA store to delight coffee lovers and art lovers, respectively.

UNIQLO Coffee in the Philippines presents locally sourced, high-quality coffee beans from Mt. Apo, and features goods and pastries that mix Filipino and Japanese flavors.

Meanwhile, the UTme! service lets customers customize shirts and tote bags with various designs from its library or their own creations and images. To celebrate the new opening, UNIQLO is expanding its UTme! line-up with new designs in collaboration with partners from the local community.


Redefined lifestyles

The UNIQLO MOA store offers the brand’s complete LifeWear collection for men’s, women’s, kids, and babies. The all-new store spotlights essentials that are made for all, such as, the UNIQLO Core T and UNIQLO BraTop collection. Collaboration pieces with world renowned designers and pop culture brands will also be available.

Mark your calendars on May 17 and join the eventful re-opening of the UNIQLO MOA store at Level 2 to 3 of MOA’s North main mall, sure to be filled with exciting surprises with a redefined shopping experience like no other.

To learn more about #UniqloPH and #LifeWear, check out www.uniqlo.com/ph/en/ and follow https://www.facebook.com/UNIQLO.PH on Facebook and https://www.instagram.com/uniqlophofficial on Instagram and https://www.tiktok.com/@uniqlophofficial on TikTok.











About UNIQLO LifeWear
Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.

 
About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, Theory, PLST, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam, J Brand and Helmut Lang. With global sales of approximately 2.77 trillion yen for the 2023 fiscal year ending August 31, 2023 (US $18.92 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2023 rate of $1 = 146.2 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 2,400 UNIQLO stores across the world, including Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. The total number of stores across Fast Retailing's brands is now close to 3,600.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and changing the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.  For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

UNIQLO Makes Summer Breezy with New Linen Collection

UNIQLO Makes Summer Breezy with New Linen Collection


Global apparel retailer UNIQLO this summer announces the latest updates to its linen collection, bringing even greater comfort to the pinnacle of natural materials. The expanded collection features 100% European Premium Linen, as well as linen blends with smooth rayon or soft cotton, offering styles with distinctly different textures. With the new lineup, Filipinos can enjoy a variety of designs and styles to suit every occasion.


Cool and comfortable Premium Linen, made with global standard materials
UNIQLO Premium Linen is made from flax cultivated in Western Europe, offering a smooth texture and quality luster. This season, MENS premium linen shirts newly come in a classic silhouette and many color options, which allow for a wide range of stylings. Additionally, UNIQLO Premium Linen is certified 100% European Flax™, which guarantees traceability through third-party verification. The plant fibers used in the fabric are cultivated with care for the environment, and no waste is generated during the production process.


Linen blends to maximize breathability and softness
In addition to the existing lineup of linen blend items, several new one-piece dresses have been introduced this season, combining the breathability and luster of linen with the softness and wrinkle resistance of cotton and rayon. These items are easy to style and perfect for everyday comfort. 

* In some products, other fabrics are also blended


■ 2024 Linen collection lineup (selected items)

Premium Linen

NEW MENS Premium Linen Long Sleeve Shirt Php 1,990

WOMENS Premium Linen Long Sleeve Shirt Php 1,990
 

Linen Blend

NEW WOMENS Linen Blend Square Neck Short Sleeve Dress Php 2,490

NEW WOMENS Linen Blend Camisole Dress Php 2,490

MENS Linen Blend Easy Pants Php 1,990

WOMENS Linen Blend Easy Pants Php 990

MENS Cotton Open Collar Shirt Php 1,490

WOMENS Linen Blend Jumpsuit Php 2,490


To learn more about #UniqloPH and #LifeWear, check out www.uniqlo.com and follow @uniqlophofficial on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.












About UNIQLO LifeWear
Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.


About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, Theory, PLST, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam, J Brand and Helmut Lang. With global sales of approximately 2.77 trillion yen for the 2023 fiscal year ending August 31, 2023 (US $18.92 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2023 rate of $1 = 146.2 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer. 

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 2,400 UNIQLO stores across the world, including Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. The total number of stores across Fast Retailing's brands is now close to 3,600.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.  For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Century Park Hotel to hold "Century-Con" Easter Sunday Celebrations

Century Park Hotel to hold "Century-Con" Easter Sunday Celebrations


This coming Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024,  Century Park Hotel (CPH), one of the finest and premier hotels in Manila, is pleased to bring once again a festive celebration for kids from ages 0-12!

With its lineup of exciting games and surprises, this year’s theme, “Century-Con” is inspired by the popular comic conventions where like-minded individuals and enthusiasts gather to meet new and old friends alike.   


Century Park Hotel to hold "Century-Con" Easter Sunday Celebrations


Kids are encouraged to come in costumes inspired by their favorite comic characters.  To commence at 9:00AM at the Grand Ballroom, tickets can be availed for as low as P1,600net (adult or kid) and P3,000net (adult and kid).  Tickets come with a brunch buffet, loot bag for the kids, access to the inflatables, fashion show, magic show, balloon twisting, games, raffle prizes and the much-awaited egg hunting!  Easter Sunday revelers are guaranteed to have a grand time exploring the hotel’s nook and cranny as they search for the much-coveted special eggs.   


Century Park Hotel to hold "Century-Con" Easter Sunday Celebrations

Century Park Hotel to hold "Century-Con" Easter Sunday Celebrations


This annual event brings together generous partners of Century Park Hotel who wish to bring joy to the kids: Asia Brewery Incorporated, Baguio Country Club, Galinco’s Chips Delight, Lemon Square, Leslie’s Clover, Oishi, Puffy & Sparky Bag, Zest-O, Symply G, Trolli Philippines, Commonwealth Foods-Mini Puff, Ritz Biscuits, Gardenia, Monkin, Farmhouse and Timezone.

“It has always been a tradition of the hotel to give families a one-of-a-kind Easter Sunday.  The hotel staff always look forward to the Easter season as they get to prepare amazing treats and activities for our young guests.  Every year, kids and parents leave the property with big smiles on their faces and that means a lot to us, the joy we impart to our guests keeps motivating us to outdo the previous year’s event.” ~Anna Dimagiba, Century Park Hotel’s OIC for Hotel Operations

You can still purchase your “Century-Con Easter” tickets by calling +63 917 528 8888 or emailing dm@centurypark.com.ph.











Launched in 1976, the Century Park Hotel remains as one of the finest hotels in Manila. It is owned and operated by Maranaw Hotels and Resort Corporation and enjoys a mix of local and international patrons. The renowned establishment has over 500 rooms in varied types and facilities for a complete dining and leisure experience. To know more about Century Park Hotel, visit www.centurypark.com or contact information@centurypark.com.ph and telephone number: (632) 8528-8888.

From Part-Time Service Crew to Full-Time Area Manager: Amizah Catubig’s Journey with Jollibee Foods Corporation

Around a year after she took over the Jollibee Basilan branch, Amizah, and the team worked on their goals and eventually earned a double 100% rating in the corporate audit and bagged its first Gold Award in FSC in 2011.


Amizah Jobaina Catubig holds the distinction of being the first female manager of Jollibee Basilan. On top of that, she has led the store to receive its first Gold Award from the company's Food, Safety, and Cleanliness (FSC) Standards audit within the first year of becoming its manager.

Amizah started as a part-time service crew and now oversees seven Jollibee stores in Davao as an Area Manager (AM). 

Today, among all the milestones in her 20-year career in Jollibee Group, she counts how she started her career at the Jollibee Climaco branch in Zamboanga City on January 5, 2003, as one of the most memorable.


A colorful career in Mindanao

It took Amizah, or Jov to her colleagues, three tries before landing a job in Jollibee in 2003.

“Out of the 18 applicants at that time, I was blessed to become one of the three who passed and got hired. Nasa news parati ang Basilan during this time. There were bombings and threats in [the] town. Rizal Park, which is just in front of the store, was bombed. (“Basilan was always in the news during this time.”). We felt the impact in the store. We witnessed [how] the customers panicked. We posted merchandising materials strategically for awareness. We strengthened store Food Service Cleanliness (FSC) Standards and implemented cost-saving initiatives. Our frontliners communicated to our customers in the local dialect for them to feel at home. We were able to turn a negative store into a profitable one. I am in the position to influence others to embrace the differences, [to] respect the person’s culture and religion. Inaaral ko ‘yung dialect saan man ako ma-assign to really blend in with the team. (“I learned their dialect wherever I was assigned to really blend in with the team.”) “Pinapakita ko sa gawa. At pinaparamdam ko that we are fair to all,” she said. (“I show by doing. And I make them feel that we are fair to all.”). Gumanda ang buhay namin because of Jollibee. (We have a better life today because of Jollibee.”). I personally pay the utilities of our mosque monthly. Natuto kaming makisalamuha at the age of 5. Nakitira kami, palipat-lipat sa bahay ng lola at tita namin. (“We had to learn how to deal with people at age 5. We lived with our grandmother and aunt and would move between their houses.”). Ang Alagang Jollibee ay madadama mo. (“You can feel the Alagang Jollibee. It fosters a culture that values respect and fairness. I take [that] pride where I go, that I work in a company that values its people and promotes Filipino values.” ~Amizah Jobaina Catubig, first female manager of Jollibee Basilan

In 2004, she became the cluster's training manager and led staff training and deployment for new stores in the Zamboanga City area. Three years later, she became an Assistant Manager.

Amizah remained in the Mindanao region for the next eight years, taking on both exciting and challenging stores. She served as Officer-in-Charge of the Jollibee Zamboanga Tumaga kiosk, a branch struggling with sales then. She became the first female Restaurant Manager from Zamboanga at Jollibee Basilan, Jollibee’s 500th store. After this, she had supervisory stints in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay; Vamenta and Kasuwagan, Cagayan de Oro; and Pershing, Zamboanga. 

She continued her stint in downtown Zamboanga by handling clusters in Pagadian and Ozamis in 2017 and those in South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat in 2021 at the height of the pandemic.


A challenge matched with resolve

Of all these stints, Amizah considers the one at Jollibee Basilan in 2010 as the most challenging because of a bombing incident at the park in front of the store, which claimed the lives of ten individuals and sowed fear within the community. 

As a result, store sales suffered. To overcome this, their team beefed up the store’s security workforce and requested police visibility within store premises.

A year after the incident, Jollibee Basilan achieved its first Gold Award in FSC, the prestigious Presidential Awards for Performance Excellence (PAPE). Apart from that, they also achieved a double 100% rating in the corporate audit, another first for the branch, which covers auditing of internal processes. 

FSC is Jollibee’s trademark of service: Food (F) served to the public must meet the company’s excellence standards, or it will not be served at all; the Service (S) must be fast and courteous; Cleanliness (C), from kitchen to utensils, must always be maintained. 

PAPE, meanwhile, signifies the highest level of accomplishment in Jollibee, characterized by the store team’s achievement of the target sales, profit, FSC rating, and operations team performance requirements.


Embracing cultures and ensuring standards

Amizah ensured that she embraced diversity and inclusivity in the Jollibee branches she handled.

All seven Davao stores she currently supervises have received valuable feedback from customers in the Muslim community, particularly for their pork-free offerings that are labeled accordingly on the menu.


Pride in Alagang Jollibee

Jollibee’s unique brand of care extends not only to its customers, but even so to its employees. 

The eldest in the family, Amizah supported the college education of her three younger siblings, who are now all gainfully employed. She was also able to build her family’s home. 

Since her promotion to Area Manager in 2016, she has been extending help to the community where she lives. 

Born to OFW parents—her mother as a house helper and her father as a family driver in the Middle East—Amizah was raised by her grandparents. She grew up knowing how difficult life could be. 

Alagang Jollibee is how she refers to the way the company cares for its employees.

Amizah is proud to be part of Jollibee.
















About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 18 brands with over 6,800 stores across 33 countries including the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. JFC also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 92% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Recently, the Jollibee Group has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company that will own and operate Tiong Bahru Bakery and Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines. 

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 10 focus areas namely: food safety, food quality, nutrition & transparency, employee welfare, farmers livelihood, community support, good governance, packaging & recycling, waste reduction, and energy & water efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The 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 and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The company is also a two-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the only Philippine-based company to receive the distinction. 

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Jollibee Group Recognized as among Top Taxpayers in Pasig City

Fifth Top Taxpayer of Pasig City. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (third from left) and Vice Mayor Robert Jaworski, Jr. (fifth from left) lead the recognition of the city’s top taxpayers. Receiving the award on behalf of the Jollibee Group were Clarisa Guerra, Jollibee Worldwide Services Director of Tax Services (fourth from left); and Atty. Anna Marie Curan, Jollibee Group Corporate Tax Manager (second from left).


The Jollibee Group was named the top fifth business taxpayer in Pasig City for 2023, further reinforcing its commitment to contribute to nation-building. 

The awarding ceremony, themed "One of the Pillars of Progress: Honoring our Tax Contributors," was held at The Grove by Rockwell. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, Vice Mayor Robert Jaworski, Jr., and the Pasig City Council recognized the city’s top taxpayers who contributed to the city's programs and services through fast and efficient payment of due taxes.

“As a company proudly founded in the Philippines, we share in the role of nation-building. We do this not only by growing our business and serving food that brings joy to Filipinos but also by being a responsible taxpayer and corporate citizen. We remain committed to supporting the government’s programs that help uplift the lives of our fellow Filipinos.” ~Joseph Tanbuntiong, Jollibee Group Chief Business Officer and Head of Jollibee Group’s Philippine Business

The Jollibee Group’s Philippine portfolio includes well-loved brands such as Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Mang Inasal, and Red Ribbon. As of December 2023, the Company has over 3,300 stores in the country.















About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 18 brands with over 6,800 stores across 33 countries including the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. JFC also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 92% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Recently, the Jollibee Group has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company that will own and operate Tiong Bahru Bakery and Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines. 

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 10 focus areas namely: food safety, food quality, nutrition & transparency, employee welfare, farmers livelihood, community support, good governance, packaging & recycling, waste reduction, and energy & water efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The 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 and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The Company is also a two-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the only Philippine-based company to receive the distinction. 

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Jollibee Group Stores and Facilities Show Sustained Support for Earth Hour 2024

Jollibee Group Stores and Facilities Show Sustained Support for Earth Hour 2024


Over 4,700 stores and facilities of the  Jollibee Group from the Philippines, China, North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia will be turning their lights off on Earth Hour this March 23, 2024, in solidarity with over 190 countries to raise awareness about the environmental impact on the planet of climate change.

Jollibee, Mang Inasal, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Panda Express, Yoshinoya, Burger King, and Common Man Coffee Roasters branches in the Philippines, as well as Tim Ho Wan, Yonghe King, and Hong Zhuang Yuan restaurants in China, Highlands Coffee in Vietnam, and Jollibee, Smashburger, and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf branches in North America and Canada will give an hour for the Earth--from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (local time)- as they will simultaneously turn their lights off including signage and billboards on their facilities. 

“We believe that all actions count in helping ensure a sustainable future. While participating in Earth Hour starts with turning off the lights, it serves a bigger purpose of being a visible and important reminder that we can take deliberate steps to make a profound difference on the planet.” ~Pepot Miñana Jr., Jollibee Group’s Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer


Energy management priority

Energy Efficiency is one of the major focus areas under the Jollibee Group’s Sustainability Agenda called Joy for Tomorrow. Under this priority area, the Company has set reduction goals and initiatives that are aligned with and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly “Affordable and Clean Energy” (Goal #7) and “Responsible Consumption and Production” (Goal #12). 

The Jollibee Group has implemented several energy-saving measures in its stores and commissaries to manifest this goal. This year, the Company will continue increasing the total number of solar-paneled stores to 64, on top of solar installations in its facilities.

After powering up an extensive 6,300 solar panel installation in its Canlubang Baking Facility last January, the Jollibee Group's supply chain will mark another milestone by solarizing its two remaining sites, C3 and Jollibee Worldwide Services Logistics, by the second quarter of 2024.

To continuously contribute to the Company's growing sustainable business practices, these manufacturing and logistics sites are targeting to improve its energy reduction further by the end of the year, following their achievement of a 28.2% reduction in energy use ratio in 2023.

Held annually on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages around 190 countries and territories, inspiring millions of people to act and reduce the consumption of natural resources by turning off lights for an hour.












About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 18 brands with over 6,800 stores across 33 countries including the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. JFC also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 92% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Recently, the Jollibee Group has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company that will own and operate Tiong Bahru Bakery and Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines. 

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 10 focus areas namely: food safety, food quality, nutrition & transparency, employee welfare, farmers livelihood, community support, good governance, packaging & recycling, waste reduction, and energy & water efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The 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 and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The company is also a two-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the only Philippine-based company to receive the distinction. 

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com.

Every Drop Counts: PCPPI champions responsible water usage

Every Drop Counts: PCPPI champions responsible water usage


Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI), the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country, remains on course in its commitment to promote responsible water stewardship across its operations. In 2023, the organization’s overall water usage rate reduced by 5.4% from the previous year. This demonstrates PCPPI’s continued initiatives in ensuring proper water use, particularly in the production process.

PCPPI complies with global standards and as prescribed by PepsiCo in conducting water use audits that monitor consumption across its facilities. As much as 50% of the organization’s water use is dedicated to washers for returnable glass bottles. To maximize efficiency, equipment maintenance and updates are scheduled regularly. Training courses and policy refresher sessions on proper machine use are also conducted to keep technical teams informed on best practices and operating standards. These learning opportunities ensure that employees uphold safety and avoid production-related incidents.

Reducing the frequency Clean-In-Place (CIP) procedures in select facilities amplifies PCPPI’s efforts in reducing water use, Each CIP procedure uses an estimated 30 cubic meters of water to ensure cleanliness in the production area. Aside from extending operation hours, PCPPI is also optimizing CIP periods by using recycled water.

PCPPI has been a steadfast partner of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local governments where it operates with the Adopt-A-River Program. This initiative allows organizations to look after and care for bodies of water in the areas where they operate. At present, PCPPI’s locations in Cebu, Pampanga, Davao, Leyte, Zamboanga and its home city of Muntinlupa have ongoing agreements with their respective local governments.


The bigger picture

March 22 marks World Water Day, an initiative of the United Nations (UN) that promotes responsible use of and better access to safe water. PCPPI remains committed to furthering its position as a champion of water stewardship, especially since the resource is vital to its operations. Aside from the programs mentioned earlier, the organization empowers its employees to develop smarter, more innovative ways to uphold global standards while ensuring that water usage is managed and reduced over time.

“At PCPPI, we are continuously improving our processes to make sure that our operations utilize resources wisely. Aside from arming our employees with the necessary trainings and industry best practices, we work closely with government stakeholders and community leaders in advocating a sustainable future.” ~Atty. Carina S. Bayon, Chief Environmental, Social, and Governance Officer
 
PCPPI is the country’s exclusive manufacturer and distributor of well-known beverage brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier Purified Water, Milkis, and Chum Churum Soonhari. For more information, please visit www.pepsiphilippines.com.

Friday, March 22, 2024

MR.DIY Celebrates Motherhood at SOS Children's Village During Women’s Month



In a heartwarming event held at SOS Children's Villages, MR.DIY Philippines celebrated the essence of motherhood during the Women’s Month last March 8, 2024. The initiative aimed to honor the selfless dedication of SOS mothers who nurture children with love and care, regardless of their backgrounds or life challenges.

"Our collaboration with SOS Children's Villages allows us to celebrate the incredible work of SOS mothers who dedicate their lives to nurturing children. Through initiatives like this, we hope to inspire others to spread kindness and make a positive impact in their communities." ~Charles Salecina, Deputy Head for Marketing at MR.DIY



During the event, MR.DIY employees transformed into "Uncles and Aunties for a Day," guiding children to craft heartfelt Mother's Day gifts using MR.DIY's arts and crafts materials. A total of thirty volunteers passionately engaged with the children, fostering creativity and bonding through the act of crafting.

"This partnership with MR.DIY has provided our children with a wonderful opportunity to express their creativity and gratitude towards their SOS mothers. It's heartwarming to see the joy and love infused into each handmade card, reflecting the strong bond between the children and their SOS families." ~Andrea Celica Santos, Corporate Relations Coordinator at SOS Children's Villages Philippines



The day's highlight was the creation of Mother’s Day cards, each carrying a unique message of love and gratitude. The children poured their hearts into designing these cards, showcasing their appreciation for the SOS mothers who have provided them with a loving home environment.

A special moment unfolded as the best-designed card was awarded a gift pack from MR.DIY, adding an extra touch of joy to the occasion. This gesture not only recognized the children's artistic talents but also symbolized the bond between SOS mothers and their children.




This celebration held particular significance as it redefined the concept of motherhood within SOS Children's Villages. Unlike conventional notions, SOS mothers embody diverse backgrounds and life experiences, yet they share a common trait – an unwavering commitment to nurturing children with love, care, and respect for their individual stories.

The SOS Village's unique approach to family-like care ensures that children grow up in a supportive environment, surrounded by their SOS siblings and a caring SOS mother. This nurturing setting fosters a sense of belonging and security, which is essential for every child's healthy development.




As MR.DIY continues its partnership with SOS Children's Villages and other NGO partners through Acts of Kindness (AoK), the retailer's commitment to supporting vulnerable children and families remains steadfast. Together, through acts of kindness, creativity, and compassion, MR.DIY and its partners create meaningful impacts that resonate across Filipino communities, nurturing hope, love, and opportunities for every child.

In honoring the SOS mothers and embracing the spirit of Women’s Month, let us acknowledge and appreciate the unsung heroes – the SOS mothers – who exemplify the true spirit of motherhood through their dedication, compassion, and resilience.

To know more about MR.DIY, head to MR.DIY’s official website at www.mrdiy.com/ph or follow https://www.facebook.com/mrdiyPH on Facebook, and https://www.instagram.com/mrdiy.philippines on Instagram and https://www.tiktok.com/@mrdiy.philippines on TikTok. You can also check
out MR.DIY’s stores nationwide here: https://www.mrdiy.com/ph/storelocator.














About MR.DIY
MR.DIY is one of the largest home improvement retailers with more than 2,000 stores across Southeast Asia including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Cambodia, India, and Europe in Turkey and Spain. The home improvement retailer has dedicated itself to making a positive difference in the lives of its valued customers by offering convenience at all its stores nationwide.

All MR.DIY stores are managed directly, and the company often works in collaboration with other mass merchandise retailers or owners of malls or shopfront properties. MR.DIY stores offer a wide selection of — approximately 18,000 SKUs — across 5 major categories, namely hardware; household and furnishing; electrical; stationery and sports equipment products; and others (comprising amongst other toys, car accessories, jewelry, and cosmetics).

The company strives to put customers first by operating an innovative business that is flexible when it comes to providing a wide variety of products, good quality, and value for money, holding true to the company’s motto of “ALWAYS LOW PRICES”. Visit www.mrdiy.com/ph/ for more details.