A Testament to Market Leadership: Palawan Express Pera Padala Receives Global Excellence Award as “Company of the Year” for Money Remittance

Palawan Express Pera Padala (PEPP), the leading money remittance service provider in the Philippines, has been honored with the 1st Global Excellence Award at a grand ceremony held by the Manila Times. This remarkable achievement underscores PEPP’s commitment to championing financial inclusion, fostering innovation, and serving the evolving needs of its valued customers.

Palawan Express Pera Padala (PEPP) was honored as The Company of the Year for Remittances by the Manila Times Global Excellence Awards. In photos (L-R)  Zoomanity Group Corporation President Robert Yupangco, Palawan Pawnshop Group (PPG)  Cash Management Solutions Director Lisa Lou Castro-Sabado, PPG Human Resources Director Korina Castro-Fernando, PPG Integrated Marketing Communications Head Dan Joseph Chua, , Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss & The Manila Times President and COO Blanca Mercado.

The Global Excellence Award is a testament to PEPP’s unwavering dedication to providing fast, reliable, and affordable money transfer services. With an unyielding focus on connecting people and bridging gaps and distances, PEPP has become a symbol of financial inclusivity, particularly for the underserved and underbanked communities across the nation.

PEPP highlighted its unwavering commitment to innovation, ensuring that it stays attuned to its customers’ ever-changing demands and requirements.

During the acceptance speech, PEPP emphasized its continuous pursuit of innovation to meet the dynamic needs of its sukis. As part of this commitment, the company also introduced PalawanPay, the fastest-growing e-wallet app. PalawanPay offers a seamless and convenient platform for customers to conduct their remittance transactions and access a wide range of financial services anytime, anywhere.

“The Global Excellence Award is a remarkable recognition of our ongoing efforts to empower Filipinos and promote financial inclusivity. We are deeply honored to receive this recognition, which affirms our dedication to serving our sukis with “mura, mabilis at walang kuskos-balungos na serbisyo (affordable, fast, and hassle-free money transfer services),”  stated Ms. Korina Castro-Fernando, Human Resources Director of Palawan Pawnshop Group.

PEPP remains steadfast in its mission to bridge gaps and empower individuals through accessible and reliable financial services. The company’s commitment to championing financial inclusivity aligns with its founding principles laid down by its visionary founders, Bobby and Angelita Castro, 37 years ago.

As PEPP continues to expand its reach and services, the organization remains at the forefront of technology and innovation. Through strategic partnerships and continuous improvements, it is committed to setting new industry standards and providing more convenient, accessible, and cost-effective solutions that help make Filipinos’ lives easier.

The Global Excellence Award serves as a testament to PEPP’s remarkable journey and the unwavering support of its sukis and stakeholders. This achievement fuels the organization’s determination to further empower Filipinos and lead the charge in championing financial inclusivity in the country. PEPP continues to develop its existing products and services as well as create new ones with the goal of helping Filipinos nationwide in mind.

Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PalawanPay are supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For more information, go to Palawan Pawnshop and PalawanPay Websites.


The Palawan Pawnshop Group (PPG) is composed of products and services such as Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, Palawan ProtekTODO, and PalawanPay. A brand trusted by Filipinos for 37 years, PPG is one of the fastest-growing financial institutions in the country.  With its strength in remittance and pawning services, the company is now the market leader in the industry and has over 3,300 branches nationwide.

Palawan Pawnshop Group offers pawnbroking services, domestic and international remittances, microinsurance, bills payment, electronic mobile phone loading, cash-in of e-wallets, money exchange, ATM withdrawal, and cash disbursements.

PPG recently introduced PalawanPay, an e-wallet app that lets you send and receive remittances anytime, anywhere. PalawanPay app is the company’s latest digital solution for faster, safer, and easier transactions and gives users access to other financial services such as bills payment, e-cellphone load, and scan to pay QRPH codes.

Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PalawanPay are supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For more information, go to Palawan Pawnshop and PalawanPay Websites.

XTREME Appliances Starts Expansion in Northern Luzon with Two New Branches

(Store front in SM Center Tuguegarao and SM Megacenter Cabanatuan)

XTREME Appliances, the leading one-stop-shop appliance brand, shares the recent opening of its new stores in SM Center Tuguegarao and SM Megacenter Cabanatuan this month. These expansions pave way in giving access to its high-quality appliances to the residents of Northern Luzon. 

With the new store locations situated in the center of Cagayan and Nueva Ecija, XTREME Appliances targets to cater to the demand and needs of each Filipino household. Residents can now conveniently access a wide range of appliances that offer functionality without breaking the bank. From home entertainment, cooling, washing, and kitchen essentials, XTREME Appliances strives to be the go-to brand for all home appliance needs.

XTREME Appliances stores showcase all products in different variants, colors, and sizes – from the basic to the latest models, providing an immersive shopping experience to customers. 

“We stay true to our word about our expansion, we will build more branches in each corner of the country to make our products accessible to every Filipino. It’s going to be a busy second half of 2023 I must say.” shares Paula Dizon, the Brand Marketing Manager of XTREME Appliances. “We always share this but it is really our mission to provide quality products at the right prices and we are confident that our customers will enjoy shopping with us because of our wide assortment.” she added.

To celebrate the grand opening of these new stores, XTREME Appliances will be offering exclusive promos for a limited time. Customers can take home a 50” TV as a freebie when they buy the corresponding participating product. 

XTREME Appliances is expected to open branches in the second half of 2023 in the following locations: Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

For more information about XTREME Appliances and its product offerings, please visit the official website at www.xtreme.com.ph or follow XTREME Appliances on social media.

Ascott’s Dynamic Leadership Duo: Meet the General Managers Bringing Remarkable Experiences to Ascott Makati and Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila

Ascott, a leading brand in the global serviced residence industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of two esteemed General Managers to spearhead its prestigious properties in the Philippines – Ascott Makati and Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila.

Cecille Teodoro assumes the role of General Manager at Ascott Makati, a luxurious haven nestled in the heart of the bustling Makati Central Business District. With a proven track record and deep industry knowledge, Teodoro brings a wealth of experience in delivering exceptional guest experiences and driving operational excellence.

Rennan John Reyes takes the helm of Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, a premier serviced residence located in the vibrant Bonifacio Global City. Renowned for their dedication to excellence, Reyes joins the team with a strong background in luxury hospitality and a passion for creating memorable stays for discerning travelers.

Ascott Makati and Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila are both synonymous with sophistication, offering discerning guests an unparalleled blend of comfort and world-class amenities. As leaders in the upper upscale segment, these properties set the benchmark for luxury living and are the preferred choice for long-term stays and short-term visits in the Philippines.

The new General Managers are enthusiastic about leading the charge in showcasing Ascott’s commitment to the arts. By curating unique collaborations with local artists, organizing immersive cultural experiences, and creating artistic spaces within the residences, they aim to provide guests with unforgettable encounters that transcend the boundaries of traditional hospitality.

“I am delighted to welcome Cecille Teodoro to Ascott Makati and Rennan John Reyes to Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila,” said Philip Barnes, Country General Manager at The Ascott Limited Philippines. “Their appointment signifies our commitment to delivering extraordinary experiences and ensuring the highest levels of service at our properties. Through their leadership, we are confident that Ascott Makati and Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila will continue to exceed expectations and provide unparalleled hospitality.”

Both General Managers are eager to embrace their new roles and work closely with their respective teams to enhance guest satisfaction and further elevate the residences’ reputations. Through their strategic vision and unwavering dedication, they aim to create extraordinary moments that leave a lasting impression on every guest.

“I am honored to lead the exceptional team at Ascott Makati,” expressed Cecille Teodoro. “Together, we will continue to deliver the highest standard of service, creating a memorable and personalized experience for each guest that exceeds their expectations.”

Rennan John Reyes shared similar sentiments, stating, “I am thrilled to join Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila. With our collective commitment to excellence, I am confident that we will further enhance the residence’s reputation as a preferred destination, providing exceptional experiences for all our valued guests.”

Ascott is excited about the future under the dynamic leadership of Cecille Teodoro and Rennan John Reyes, as they lead Ascott Makati and Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, respectively, into a new era of unparalleled hospitality.

The Ascott Limited Philippines’ properties include Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, Ascott Makati, Somerset Alabang Manila, Somerset Central Salcedo Makati, Somerset Millennium Makati, Citadines Amigo Iloilo, Citadines Bay City Manila, Citadines Cebu City, and Citadines Salcedo Makati.


Join the celebration and experience your favorite stories come alive at the WB 100 celebration

Warner Bros. is set to commemorate its’ 100th year anniversary in the Philippines starting May 2023. Mall-goers will be able to experience the historic celebration with exciting activations, exclusive merchandise and special engagements for fans to enjoy.

For 100 years, Warner Bros., has been a trailblazer, standing at the forefront of the entertainment industry, and is home to one of the most successful portfolios of brands with millions of fans worldwide.

The WB 100 celebration aims to bring Filipino fans closer to the entertainment they love. Customers will be able to step into 100 years of Warner Bros.’ story with an animation studio experience, costume area, props studio, and a to-scale replica of the iconic Warner Bros. water tower similar to the one in Burbank, California.  Fans can also bring home the exclusive WB 100 collectibles and other commemorative merchandise.

The fan-focused campaigns will include meet-and-greet with the classic Looney Tunes characters dressed as DC Super Heroes in fun and fresh collaborations. Numerous photo spots from iconic Warner Bros. scenes will also be showcased all over the malls for fans to experience.

Experience will kick start at SM North Edsa on May 24 – June 4.

Catch the celebration across the key selected SM Malls in your city :

SM City Fairview               :               July 10 – 22

SM City Novaliches          :               July 16 – 31

SM City San Lazaro          :               June 19 – 30

SM City BF Paranaque    :               June 13 – 20

SM City Sucat                     :               June 23 – July 2

SM City Bicutan                 :               July 7 -16

SM East Ortigas                 :               July 28 – Aug 13

SM San Mateo                   :               Aug 4 – 20

SM Marikina                       :               Aug 18 – Sept 3

SM Taytay                           :               Aug 25 – Sept 10

SM Masinag                       :               Sept 8 – 24

From everyone’s childhood buddies to stories that allowed us to fall in love, gave us comfort and strength: let’s experience them all together at SM Supermalls and get your hands on the range of WB 100th merchandise starring a unique mash-up of Looney Tunes and DC!

About Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary: 

Warner Bros. was founded by Albert, Sam, Harry and Jack Warner and incorporated on April 4, 1923. Today, the Studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world land stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry, from feature film, television and direct-to-consumer production to animation, comic books, videogames, consumer products, themed entertainment, studio tours and brand licensing. The Studio’s vast library, one of the most prestigious and valuable in the world, consists of more than 145,000 hours of programming, including 12,500 feature films and 2,400 television programs comprised of more than 150,000 individual episodes. Warner Bros. is also home to one of the most diverse portfolios of adored franchises in the world, including Looney Tunes, Wizarding World, DC, FRIENDS, Game of Thrones, Hanna-Barbera and many more. 

Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products (WBDGCP), part of Warner Bros. Discovery Global Brands and Experiences, extends the company’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBDGCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on award-winning toy, fashion, home décor and publishing programs inspired by the biggest franchises from Warner Bros.’ film, television, animation, and games studios, HBO, Discovery, DC, Cartoon Network, HGTV, Eurosport, Adult Swim, and more. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, and promotional partnerships, WBDGCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

Cool down as much as you want this summer without damaging your sensitive skin with Cetaphil

No one can deny that washing up when the heat gets too unbearable is one of the best ways to refresh yourself. It’s like the water carries all your worries and exhaustion down the drain, which is why many tend to wash more frequently when summer comes. You take a quick walk under the sun to grab a cup of coffee. The next thing you do when you get back to the office? Wash your face and hands. You make your way to the gym, and immediately when you step in, you first think about running to the bathroom to splash on water and lather some soap to feel better before training. You go back to your condo–taking a longer-than-usual route to ensure you meet your step count for the day, and what do you do next? Take a shower.

While frequent washing isn’t necessarily bad (aside from helping you freshen yourself, it also ensures you stay clean), it can lead to excessive skin drying, irritation, and even damage to the skin barrier.

Healthy skin is critical for maintaining overall health and well-being. The skin acts as a protective barrier, preventing harmful bacteria and other external factors from entering our bodies. To protect it, you need to make sure that it’s not only clean but that its integrity remains intact. And while germicidal soaps ensure cleanliness, it does very little to ensure that the skin’s structure is maintained.

Enter the leading dermatologist-recommended brand Cetaphil. The globally renowned name for sensitive skincare recently released a new product called Cetaphil Ultra Protect Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar to address this unmet need. It is a gentle antimicrobial cleanser that uses advanced technology to ensure skin hydration–allowing you to wash up as much as you want this summer, without damaging your skin.

Cetaphil Ultra Protect cleanses and protects the skin with 99.9% germ protection and keeps you intensely moisturized, making it an ideal choice for outdoor activities. Its 3D DERMA-MIMIC Technology and ingredients of Glycerin, Vitamin B5 & B3 are proven to effectively wash away bacteria while respecting the skin’s moisture barrier.

Recently, Cetaphil partnered with Manila Padel Club and Saddle Row to encourage people to stay active this summer without compromising their skin, letting them enjoy and bask in the summer heat as they get fit. Time spent lifting weights under the sun and sweating it out on the rowing machine means a soap like Cetaphil Ultra Protect Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar is essential to keep your skin clean and intensely moisturized.

Cetaphil Ultra Protect Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar is ideal for those who enjoy activities without worrying about how frequently washing may dry or damage their skin. So, enjoy the summer, and let Cetaphil take care of your skin the healthy way. We Do Skin, You Do You.

Cetaphil Ultra Protect Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar is now available at all leading drugstores, groceries, and online via their official Shopee and Lazada stores.

Beko Marks 3rd Anniversary In The Philippines With Trade Launch, Lays Out Business Development Plans

Beko Executives (L-R – Rolixus Kho Yute, Product Certification Specialist of Beko Philippines, Rebecca Aguilar, Product Marketing Senior Specialist of Beko Philippines, Ghie Papa, Brand Marketing Communications Specialist of Beko Philippines, Gurhan Gunal, Country Manager of Philippines, Nattinee Techanungnirun, Beko APAC Marketing Director, Panninuch Suwanaroek, Beko APAC Senior Lead Marketing Communications, Dyeun Zapanta, Marketing Head of Beko Philippines).

Beko Philippines is entering a new phase of business in their journey to bring the European brand to a sustainable lifestyle for Filipino customers. In celebration of its third year of operations, Beko announces its goal of being the number one European brand in the Philippine market in the next 5 years.

“We are very happy to be holding this trade launch for our dealers and stakeholders as we share that Beko will be a bigger and better brand in the Philippines in 2023 and beyond,” said Gürhan Günal, Beko’s country director in the Philippines, who also presented the company’s business development plans of EXPAND, GROW, LEAD, CONNECTIVITY and SUSTAINABILITY for the Philippines along with the brand’s hero technologies at the anniversary trade launch at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel Manila.

This is the heart and reason why this year, Beko will be made available soon in other appliance stores nationwide as it continues to “expand” its distribution to other retail channels.

To further “grow” brand awareness and visibility they also announced the renewal of their brand ambassadorship with Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo alongside with digital and traditional media investments.

As one of the “leading” manufacturers of home appliances, Beko promotes the Live Like a Pro lifestyle and inspires Filipinos to experience a more convenient way of living through European style product lines. They stated that Beko Pilipinas Corporation is the exclusive distributor of Hitachi Major Domestic Appliances as part of their brand portfolio.

Beko appliances are made smart, relevant and designed to easily support Filipino families. With the HomeWhiz function you can easily “connect” to your Beko appliances with the use of your smartphones.

As part of Beko’s global sustainability effort, Beko Philippines announces its partnership with Plastic Credit Exchange, which serves a global ecosystem of carefully vetted partners that recover, process, and recycle plastic waste with programs that improve livelihood, scale up social impact, and reduce the flow of plastic pollution into nature. The partnership is in line with Extended Producer Responsibility Law, which holds companies responsible for the plastic packaging they use throughout the lifecycle of their products.

Trade launch showcasing hero technologies

As Beko marked its third year in the Philippines, the appliance brand held a grand trade launch for its dealers at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom with the theme “Empowered to Live Like A Pro.”

During the whole-day event, guests, including media and dealers, got to experience Beko’s range of appliances. They also got tips from a chef and an interior designer on how to manage their homes like a pro.

Beko Philippines showcased its hero technologies, such as HarvestFresh, ProSmart Inverter Technology, Steam Cure, Hygiene+,  AeroPerfect TM and many others. These technologies help you live like a pro. Among the products displayed that day were cookers. The HII64205F2MT  is a 60x50cm built-in induction hob with four Cooking Zones and two 2 Flexizone, nine cooking levels and a glass burner plate. Meanwhile, the BBIS14300XCSE 60x60cm. multifunction built-in oven with six cooking functions,  including Steam Aid feature for moist and even cooking.

There were also refrigerators, one of the appliances which Beko is famous for. The GNO480E40HFGBPH is a 16.6cf inverter multi-door refrigerator with Neofrost Triple Cooling Technology, HarvestFresh, Prosmart Inverter Compressor, in sleek black glass door finish.  Also featured is the Hitachi Refrigerator R-WB640VG0-1 GBK with Vacuum Technology with Platinum Catalyst, Inverter X Dual-fan Cooling with Eco-thermo sensor.

Other appliances include the CEG7302B, a bean-to-cup espresso machine and the BSEOG180/181 2Hp air-conditioner with Go Clean Technology, MicroClean TM Filter, Gold Guard, ZoneFollow, 4D Auto Swing and HomeWhiz.

Beko appliances are available at 1st Megasaver, Abenson, All Home, Anson’s, Appliance Centrum, Asian Home Appliance, Automatic Centre, BHF, Echo Electrical, Fair N Square, Gloria Bazaar, Great World, Hat, J Marketing, Lazada, Magic Appliance, Manhattan Appliance, Mike’s Department Store, NB Marketing, Pricewise, RS David, Our Builders, Robinsons Appliance, Savers, Shopee, SM Appliance, Solidmark, SVC & Plusign, United Motoliance, and Western Appliance.

For more information about Beko in the Philippines, go to http://beko.ph or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bekoph and their Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/bekoph/.

Gatorade No Sugar fuels Filipinos forward this summer

Summer spells active fun under the sun. With the hot weather, more Filipinos embrace the great outdoors to spend time with friends or learn new skills and sports. But with the sweltering heat, the body loses more than water, as valuable nutrients to regulate basic functions are used up at quicker rates.

Medical journals and health experts warn that the likelihood of getting dehydrated is high during summertime. If not addressed immediately, the effects of dehydration may be irreparable and require lifelong treatment. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) reminds everyone to hydrate regularly and pay close attention to how much sugar is consumed during the dry season.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI), the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country, supports this call by encouraging Filipinos to fight dehydration while staying fit and active with Gatorade No Sugar. This electrolyte drink helps recover the body’s lost minerals without the unnecessary calories from sugar.

Electrolytes are key to one’s physical performance and overall well-being, as they help balance the amount of water and nutrients in the body. They regulate nervous, motor, and cardiovascular functions so that mind and body perform as they should.

“We lose more than water when we sweat, and we must take the necessary steps to continue nourishing our bodies to keep healthy. Gatorade No Sugar is packed with electrolytes and essential nutrients to replenish our bodies’ supply especially during the humid Philippine summer,” said PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong.

Gatorade No Sugar helps ensure that more Filipinos get to enjoy being active this summer without compromising their health. It is available in leading convenience stores, supermarkets, and drug stores nationwide. Aside from Gatorade, PCPPI also manufactures and distributes well-loved brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Sting, Tropicana, Lipton Iced Tea, Milkis, Chum Churum Soonhari, and Premier Purified Water. For more information about PCPPI and its products, please visit www.pepsiphilippines.com.

Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant, Tong Yang renew partnership with PCPPI

Vikings, Tong Yang strengthen partnership with PCPPI. The multi-awarded restaurants recently renewed ties with PCPPI in a ceremonial contract signing in Makati City. Present during the event were (from left to right) PCPPI National Key Accounts – Food Service Director Alex Catindig, Vikings Operation Director Mia Bernardo, PCPPI Area Commercial Head Red Israel, Vikings Group President Jackson Go, PCPPI Region Commercial Head Mayette Guro, Vikings Group Sr. Supply Chain Manager Luzvie Sityar-Villanueva, PCPPI Customer Development Manager Joel Javier, and Vikings Operation Director Hazel Rodriguez.

Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant (Vikings), the Philippines’ largest buffet-style dining destination, Tong Yang, the premium unlimited grill and shabu-shabu restaurant, recently renewed their long-term partnership with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI). Under the agreement, the two restaurants will exclusively serve PCPPI’s well-loved beverage brands in all branches for the next three years. These include Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mug, 7-Up, and Lipton Iced Tea. With this, more foodies can pair their favorites from Vikings and Tong Yang’s wide array of culinary specialties with PCPPI’s drinks nationwide.

Present during the contract renewal program were Vikings Group of Companies President and Owner Jackson Go and Sr. Supply Chain Manager Luzvie Sityar-Villanueva. They were joined by PCPPI Head of National Key Accounts Red Israel, Region Commercial Head Mayette Guro, and National Key Accounts – Food Service Director Alex Catindig.

“PCPPI is honored to continue to collaborate closely with Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant and Tong Yang as they take more Filipinos on memorable journeys around the world through delicious food. We look forward to supporting the Vikings team as they further their mission in delivering memorable gastronomic experiences,” said Mr. Israel.

Vikings has redefined the standards of dining class and style with its renowned status of being the largest buffet restaurant in the Philippines. Tong Yang elevates the grill and hotpot dining experience with its outstanding selection of unlimited fresh seafood, meat, and vegetables. Other dining destinations under the Vikings Group include Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot, Niu by Vikings, Putien, and Mey-Lin. For more information about PCPPI and its brands, please visit www.pepsiphilippines.com

Metrobank drops first-ever travel and lifestyle fair

Get exclusive deals and discounts for airlines, hotels, dining and more when you pay with your Metrobank credit and debit card!

Get ready to shop ‘til you drop this May 11-14, 2023 at the first-ever Metrobank Fair happening at Glorietta Palm Drive Activity Center!

The event will feature a slew of the hottest offers from top airlines, retail, and dining brands for Metrobank credit and debit card holders for an entire weekend. Metrobank credit and debit Mastercard® holderscan also enjoy first dibs on the special promos offered on the first day of the event, including: 

  • Air Fare: Discounted fareson select destinations featured at the event when flying with Emirates, Singapore Airlines, AirAsia & airasia Superapp, Japan Airlines, Korea Air, Philippine Airlines and China Airlines 
  • Accommodation: 8% off on Agoda, 20% off on subscription with Accor Plus, special rates on 4D3N vacation packages and up to 30% off on rooms at Holiday Inn
  • Adventure: Special discounts on tour packages with Ark Travel, Constellation Travels, and Reli Tours; 20% off on AXA Smart Traveler Insurance, 30% off on Big Travel Nation Wi-Fi, and 20% off on activities with Klook booked via credit cards and 10% off for debit card holders
  • Food: PHP100 off for a minimum spend of P199 at FoodPanda and 20% off on all items at Tater’s
  • Shopping: Up to 30% off on select items at Common Thread, 50% off on all items at Dupe, up to 30% off on select items at Havaianas, up to 10% off on select items at Travel Club with a FREE Samsung Battery pack 

Credit card holders who will have a minimum single-receipt purchase of PHP15,000 at the event will also get a chance to win a trip for 2 to Hong Kong or cashbacks of up to P50,000. On top of this, they can enjoy up to P6,000 eGCs on travel spend, up to P9,000 eGCs on 0% installment spend and 0.48% Balance Conversion rate when converting purchases at The Metrobank Fair. 

You can also make Mother’s Day weekend extra special and spend more #PricelessMOMents with Metrobank and Mastercard® by dropping by at the special Mother’s Day booth on May 14. Don’t miss out on this event! 

Don’t have a Metrobank credit card yet? No need to worry, because Metrobank will be accepting credit card applications on-ground at Glorietta. Customers can also visit Metrobank’s official website at metrobank.com.ph or the nearest Metrobank branch to apply for a Metrobank credit card or open a deposit account. 

Follow Metrobank and Metrobank Card PH on Instagram and Facebook for more information.

Jollibee Group Launches Global Sustainability Agenda entitled Joy for Tomorrow graphical

Dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, Jollibee Group launched its Global Sustainability Agenda with 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 will showcase initiatives and goals that are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Jollibee Group launched last March 16 its Global Sustainability Agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to further strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. While Jollibee Group has made significant strides over its 45-year history in various social and environmental projects, it is now purposely integrating all its sustainability efforts into a more cohesive framework that unites the Jollibee Group community, including employees, business partners, suppliers, vendors, and other stakeholders, toward a set of shared sustainability goals.

With Joy for Tomorrow, Jollibee Group stays true to its mission of bringing the joy of eating to everyone, acknowledging that this mission extends not only to its customers and stakeholders today, but also to future generations. The company recognizes that it must use its global scale, resources, and expertise to help usher a more sustainable future for society and the planet. “Our challenge in Jollibee Group is how to sustain our success while creating positive impact to our society and planet. As one of the fastest growing restaurant companies in the world, and with our vision to become one of top companies in our industry, we recognize that we have a significant role and responsibility in impacting positive change,” said Jollibee Group President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong. The Joy for Tomorrow Sustainability Agenda centers on three pillars namely Food, People, and Planet.

These pillars consist of 10 focus areas: 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 to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). According to Jollibee Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer Pepot Miñana, Joy for Tomorrow serves as the company’s roadmap for achieving the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. “It’s a call to action for everyone in Jollibee Group, amid the pursuit of our sustainability pillars of Food, People, and Planet. It is our commitment to future generations to preserve and improve natural resources from which they can benefit,” Miñana said.

Serving food that people trust Jollibee Group prioritizes food safety and quality to maintain the trust of its customers worldwide. In 2022, the company conducted over 15,000 Food, Service, and Cleanliness (FSC) Audits across its stores worldwide, while over 125,600 online training hours were devoted to Food, Service, Cleanliness & Condition. Moreover, 100% of its stores, commissaries, and logistics facilities have undergone rigorous Quality Management audits. The group also achieved a global Net Promoter Score of 82, exceeding industry benchmark of 50, showcasing customer satisfaction and loyalty for the various brands. Helping make people’s lives better Jollibee Group recognizes the invaluable role in fostering an inclusive work environment for its employees, partners, farmers, and communities. In 2022, women made up 59% of management positions and 51% of the total workforce.

Through training courses on Unconscious Bias, Inclusive Leadership, and Anti-Discrimination, the company educates its employees on the value and benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace. As a measure of high employee engagement, the group achieved the 70thpercentile of Gallup’s Q12 percentile ranking. Outside of the organization, Jollibee Group Foundation’s Farmer Entrepreneurship Program (FEP) has enabled over 700 smallholder farmers across the Philippines to deliver their produce directly to Jollibee Group. Today, the white onions, green bell peppers, tomatoes, calamansi, ginger, and other vegetables that the company uses in Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Mang Inasal products come from FEP farmers.

Treating the planet responsibly In terms of environmental sustainability, Jollibee Group focuses on the key areas of packaging and recycling, energy, water, and waste. By the end of 2022, Jollibee Group manufacturing sites in the Philippines achieved 21% reduction in energy use ratio, 23% reduction in water use ratio, and 38% reduction of waste, with almost 50% of waste now being recycled versus the company’s 2020 benchmarks. On the store level, each solar panel installed reduces about 3-7% of consumption form the grid. Progress over perfection “We understand that assessing our impact is a continuous process of ambition and refinement. We will track the success of our strategies over the coming years, and periodically review our material topics and stakeholder engagement process.

We will set agile goals and targets to help us significantly impact society and the environment in more meaningful ways,” Tanmantiong said. Apart from establishing a unit dedicated to sustainability and the appointment of a Chief Sustainability Officer as part of its Executive Team, Jollibee Group also instituted an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Council to ensure that its business operations are aligned with the sustainability goals. “Our Global Sustainability Agenda represents our belief system in conducting business more ethically.

As a global food company, we are responsible and deliberate with our actions and their impact, and we are making our sustainability measures the way of the future,” added Miñana. Find out more about Jollibee Group’s Sustainability Agenda by visiting https://jollibeegroup.com/sustainability/ ### Other Photos: 📷 Photo Caption:Jollibee Group also released its first-ever global sustainability report which details the progress it has made toward the pursuit of its sustainability pillars of Food, People, and Planet.

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