Thursday, February 9, 2023

Panda Express® opens first drive-thru branch in the Philippines

Get ready to enjoy delectable American Chinese cuisine, even while on the road. Panda Express®—the world's largest American Chinese dining concept–finally opened its first drive-thru restaurant in Asia with the launch of its Sumulong Highway branch. The latest store—located at Toyota Avenue corner Sumulong Highway, Marikina City — also marks the 100th international restaurant.

"We are excited to open the first Panda Express drive-thru store in Asia, allowing even more guests to experience our American Chinese cuisine,” said Doug Stalgren, Vice President of Panda Express International. “Our global Panda Family is thrilled to be celebrating this milestone with our Filipino guests who have shown us so much love since the opening of our first store in the country in late 2019." 

In 2019, Jollibee Group formed JBPX Foods, Inc., a joint venture with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (PRG) to bring the iconic US restaurant brand to the Philippines. The latest store opening is part of JBPX Foods, Inc.'s plans to open more stores across the country in response to guests’ demand for savory Panda Express dishes.

Panda Express continues to offer a variety of entrées with Chinese influences with its latest Sumulong Highway store, including the bestselling dish, The Original Orange Chicken®, a wok-tossed crispy chicken coated in sweet tangy sauce; and Honey Walnut Shrimp, a mouth-watering entrée made with premium crispy shrimp wok-tossed in a honey sauce and topped with glazed walnuts.

A long queue of cars welcomed the opening of the drive-thru and lined up as early as 5 AM to order their Panda Express favorites. The first 100 drive-thru guests received limited-edition Panda Bear, and those with a minimum order value of P500 got a free pail of Medium Orange Chicken. 

Dine-in customers also waited in line as early as 8 AM to get a taste of their favorite Panda Express dishes. As a special treat, the 100th dine-in guests, Marian Amurao and Bryle Lukban, received a pail of Giant Orange Chicken. 

“I’m really happy a new Panda Express store has opened near me. I’ve always been a fan of the Original Orange Chicken and its Honey Walnut Shrimp,” said Amurao.

“Since Panda Express opened its first store in Megamall, I have always craved their dishes. Now that we have it near our place in Marikina, it’s really nice that I can order my favorite Panda Express meals anytime, either via drive-thru or by dining in,” Lukban shared. 

To date, Panda Express is operating in over 2,400 locations worldwide, with stores in the Philippines, Canada, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, El Salvador, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. 

Fans can enjoy their Panda Express favorites while in the comfort of their own homes by ordering for delivery through, GrabFood, or foodpanda. For more information, visit (Facebook) and @PandaExpressPH (Instagram). 

Mars Petcare launches ‘Fur The Best’ SWAP consumer recycling program in the Philippines

Mars Petcare recently announced a packaging recycling initiative in the Philippines as part of its global efforts to create a circular economy for plastic packaging where it doesn’t become waste. The collaboration with Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX) and retailer Pet Express is called “Fur The Best”, which is an extension of the “SWAP Recycling” initiative from Thailand that will enable the collection and recycling of mixed post-consumer flexible plastic packaging waste into useful products. It’s one of the many sustainability initiatives that Mars Petcare is running to give pet parents the opportunity to recycle their plastic packaging. 

At Mars, we take our responsibility for sustainable packaging seriously, so we’re working globally toward 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging and reducing our use of virgin plastic by 25%.  To reach our goal, we’ll need not only recyclable materials, but we also need collection and recycling infrastructure in place and the right consumer behavior to make it happen. 

According to the 2021 Who Cares, Who Does report by Kantar Philippines, 75% of Filipinos actively seek out brands that offer ways to reduce their impact on the environment. In the Philippines, the passage of the Extended Producer Responsibility (RA 11898) law has heightened attention on solid waste management, particularly of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods post-consumer waste. 

Johnny Racoma, General Manager for Mars Petcare in the Philippines, highlighted that Mars Petcare aims to meet consumer desire for more sustainable packaging options. He said, “Consumers continue to be concerned not just about the content of what their pets eat but also about reducing their environmental impact.” 

Packaging plays many vital roles: protecting ingredients, preserving freshness, conveying nutrition and health information, and differentiating brands. However, it also poses real challenges. This means it can end up in landfills, as litter, or even find its way into the environment. 

As a leader in manufacturing, Mars Petcare believes it is important to work to address environmental challenges and create a more sustainable future. “As more Filipino shoppers are willing to shift to sustainable practices, this presents us an opportunity to invest in eco-friendly practices and take the lead in meeting consumer needs while reducing waste and increasing circularity,” stated Racoma.

To implement its collection for the recycling program, Mars Petcare is partnering with Pet Express and Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX). Through this partnership, pet parents can collect and surrender clean and empty packaging of any number of PEDIGREE, IAMS OR WHISKAS Dry food and any petfood flexible plastic packaging in any of the following sizes: 1kg, 3kg, and 8kg.

Recycling drop-off points are available in 15 of the participating Pet Express locations in International Toyworld Inc. stores in Metro Manila, such as Megamall, Mall of Asia, SM Fairview

Pet Express North Edsa, Bonifacio Global City, SM Masinag, SM Cubao, SM Makati, Festival Mall, Pet Express Dasmarinas, Pet Express Hyper Makati, Grand Central Caloocan, Pet Express Molino, Pet Express Madison Alabang, and Pet Express Estancia.

All collected materials will be handed to PCX, the recycling facilitator of the “Fur The Best” program. The materials will be recycled into useful products such as benches that will be donated to pet shelters in the Greater Manila area. 

“PCX has always advocated the need for both upstream and downstream solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Mars’ “Fur The Best” campaign is an important step to ensuring that brands are attempting specific recovery which builds a more circular economy “, said Nanette Medved-Po who founded PCX. 

Participating pet parents should scan the QR code to register and answer the survey and will receive a Php 100 coupon per transaction, once daily, regardless of the quantity given. With the Php 100 coupon, pet parents can use it on the same day of swapping as a discount when the customers purchase ANY Mars Pet Nutrition Products for their fur babies. Customers can redeem the Php 100 discount until May 31, 2023. 

“Our chances of achieving a sustainable future will be determined by how we protect our planet. As a result, sustainability activities will always be a component of our global efforts. We want to see significant development in the Philippines, where customers can join our ‘Fur The Best’ program,” Racoma added.  

“Fur the love” of our dear pets and the environment, head to the nearest Pet Express in your area to SWAP empty packaging of pet foods and EARN P100 discount vouchers! 

#furthebestSWAPrecycling #proudlymars #marsphilippines

For further information on the Mars Sustainable in a Generation Plan and Circular Packaging commitments, visit

Give your loved ones these lovely Valentine gifts through Home Credit

We all express and receive affection through different love languages. Some prefer words of affirmation by constantly saying mahal kita to their partners, while some go for quality time to express affection by going out of their way. This love month, Filipinos shall again celebrate the ultimate love language we all speak fluently— gift giving.

Home Credit, the lifestyle partner of every Filipino, shares fresh gift ideas for every special person in your life that certainly won’t break your heart and budget! Ranging from gadgets, mobility equipment to home necessities—all under affordable price, flexible payment terms, and low interest rates. Customers may also enjoy free last installment for consistent on-time payments on select items.

Skip the roses for now and here’s how you can bring more kilig to your loved ones this Valentine’s season!

Touch the hearts of your loved ones with SM Home

Planning for a special Valentine’s date might be extra challenging for busy moms and dads out there. But no problem! A special date could also be just lounging in a comfy sofa bed close to your better half. The SM Home Clear Sofa bed is the perfect gift for your partner and permanent home buddy, with its durable quality and comfortable sitting for a completely cozy homestay. Feel the warmth and comfort and get this sofa bed in the SM Department Store near you.

Support their lovely acts of service with Jonson

Single people on V-day can show their appreciation too! Now is the time to gift your family members who are always on the go, may it be your closest aunts and uncles, favorite cousins and even grandparents. The Jonson Lightening 48V12AH is a perfect mobile vehicle to stroll around in the neighborhood with and a sustainable choice of transportation. This e-bike can support every user’s quick tasks and interests, whether for running errands or visiting nearby homes of friends to jam with. Get your favorite person the e-bike that they deserve in the nearest Ecocare stores.

Manifest extreme thoughtfulness with Lenovo

Make your techy partners feel like a winner this V-day by giving them the perfect device to support their work or study. The Lenovo Ideapad will certainly make you feel like a pro, with its AMD Ryzen Processor that will let you conquer new levels of productivity from daylight to sundown. Grab the Lenovo Ideapad Gaming Laptop at the PC Express stores in your area.

Convey those words of affirmation through Apple

“I love you”, mahal kita, kaluguran daka, palangga ta ka, and with many more Filipino ways to say it. For people who can’t stand being apart and want to be with each other wherever they are, Apple iPhone 11 can give you that smoothest and fastest phone experience to express your love. Say those unlimited words of love and get yourselves and your partners the iPhone 11 at the nearest Aerophone stores now.

Value those cherished memories through Infinix

Valentine’s day is not just for your better halves, don’t forget about your kids! They too, while they are young, can be taught many ways on how to express their feelings. For your hardworking children, the Infinix Note 12 can be their new study buddy. One of the best features of this smartphone is its 128GB capacity so ates and kuyas can surely keep their class session videos, e-books and other school materials with peace of mind. The Infinix Note 12 is now available in Cellboy stores near you.

Spend the perfect quality time with Solace

The gift of comfort is a gift for all. Give your lolo and lola the most relaxing time with a comfortable push back recliner chair from Solace SMDS. This recliner chair is the most flexible yet comfortable necessity, ideal for outdoor picnics, and peaceful afternoons under the sunset. Make the best moments with the family and grab them their Solace Reclining Chair at the nearest SM department stores.

Show your favorite persons how you love and get them these products at an affordable price, flexible installment plans, and low interest rates by visiting and downloading the My Home Credit App. Hurry! Drop by the nearest partner merchants and retail stores in your area too to get these special offers this Valentine’s day.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

People’s Choice: The Beefiest Langhap-Sarap Jollibee Yumburger

Pinoys are always on the lookout for the best deals in terms of price and value, including food. Good thing for burger lovers, there’s only one unanimous choice when it comes to great taste and unmatched beefiness – the Jollibee Yumburger! Made to satisfy cravings for a sulit but delicious meal, the Yumburger’s beefiest langhap-sarap goodness makes it everyone’s favorite go-to treat.

“People nowadays are choiceful when it comes to what they eat and want the best when it comes to taste, so they go for meals that are not only filling but also delicious.  And you get that and more with Jollibee Yumburger, that’s why it’s been a long-time favorite and the first choice when it comes to burgers,” said Mari Aldecoa, AVP for Marketing of Jollibee.

Made with the beefiest burger patty, a signature special dressing, and sandwiched between soft buns, the Jollibee Yumburger is perfect for the discerning taste of Pinoys who long for the beefiness and delicious taste in their burgers.

So, go ahead and indulge your burger cravings with the beefiest langhap-sarap Jollibee Yumburger! Available in all stores nationwide for only Php 40 in Solo, Php 62 with a drink, and Php 96 with fries and a drink!

Aside from Take-Out and Drive-Thru, you can also have it safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App,, #87000, GrabFood, and Foodpanda!

For more info and updates on Jollibee products, like Jollibee on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.



Monday, February 6, 2023

Review of Senyor Juan Cafe in BFRV, Las Pinas

My husband told me of a quaint coffee shop near our clubhouse and being a Sunday, I decided to head over and give it a try. Much to my surprise, it was Senyor Juan Cafe which used to be a small kiosk. They have expanded and I was excited to review them. 

From the outside, the place looks very inviting. It has a modern Filipino aesthetic vibe which was quite appealing. 

I super loved the interior. It was cozy and it has a minimalistic boho vibe. 

This is the Senyor Juan Suman Latik. It's really good and definitely worth the price you pay which is Php72 if I remember correctly. 

The sisig which costs Php200+ WAS NOT WORTH the prize because this was definitely out of the canned kind of sisig. This was not freshly cooked sisig but out of the can. Ick. 

They also had biko in a tub which costs Php199 and that one is pretty good though the price is steep. It's worth it for Php150 but not Php199. 

As much as I like the place, I think that they still have so much to improve on. They have a big array of selections but only a handful of available choices. More than 50% of what was on the menu was not available and that's never a good thing because you are setting the customer up for disappointment. 

It was disappointing. 

Aside from the latik and biko, I don't recommend eating at this place. It felt like such a waste of money which was truly disappointing because the place was really pretty and seemed a nice play to stay at. 

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Greenwich celebrates World Pizza Day with 2 pizzas for only P399

February is all about celebrating love. Really, this month is not just for love birds, but also for pizza lovers out there who put their trust in pizza crust! 

Craving for a slice of something delicious? This February 9, we celebrate World Pizza Day. And at Greenwich, the celebration starts now, as it brings to the table its limited-time pizza party deal for only P399! This 2-in-1 treat offers barkada favorites: Hawaiian Overload® and Ham & Cheese Classic.

Like love, this is a perfect combination of sweet and salty flavors on your pizza. You can never go wrong with the bestselling Hawaiian Overload®. This 9” pizza is topped with a delicious blend of sweet pineapples, ham, bacon, mozzarella, and cheddar. Like it salty? The Ham & Cheese Classic features a 9” cheesy crust layered with a generous amount of sweet ham and cheese! 

For a mouthwatering bonus, this also comes with FREE Potato Waves with Sour Cream Dip for every purchase. 

“When you have a love affair with pizza, ordering one flavor is never enough. Greenwich got your back. This World Pizza Day, we are offering this deal to give every pizza lover a chance to enjoy two different flavors. What better way to celebrate World Pizza Day than with more pizza, right?” said Ali De Torres, Greenwich’s head of marketing.

Be sure to catch this offer as it will only run for a week, from February 1 to 9, 2023. It will be available for dine-in, take-out, and pick-up orders only. 

To get updates and more information, dial 5-55-55 or message Greenwich Barkada on Facebook Messenger. 

Thursday, February 2, 2023

10 Reasons Why Herbalife Needs to be Part of your Wellness Journey

As a mom, I've always been concerned about my family's health and wellness. This year, I've made it my goal to not only eat healthier but also encourage my family to do the same. After doing my research, I discovered Herbalife Nutrition and was impressed by the company's philosophy of nourishing the body instead of dieting. 

Kent Bradley was the speaker during this event and I learned so much from him. 

Here are ten reasons why I believe Herbalife works to help us become healthier in 2023:

  1. No more dieting: Herbalife is all about nourishing the body with balanced and nutritious meals. This means no more restrictive diets, but instead, a focus on eating a well-rounded, healthy diet.
  2. Macronutrients and micronutrients: Herbalife provides a balanced intake of macronutrients like carbohydrates, protein, and fats, as well as essential micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.
  3. Hydration is key: Staying hydrated is crucial to overall health, and Herbalife emphasizes the importance of drinking enough water to keep the body functioning at its best.
  4. Exercise is important: Regular physical activity is fundamental to a holistic mind and body experience. Herbalife encourages incorporating exercise into daily routines.
  5. Rest is crucial: Rest and sleep are just as important as exercise and diet. Herbalife recognizes the need for proper rest and encourages it as a key component of overall wellness.
  6. Focus on omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids: Including more omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in our diet is essential for good health, and Herbalife provides a variety of products that are rich in these essential fatty acids
  7. Adequate protein intake: Herbalife emphasizes the importance of getting enough protein in our diet, with a recommended intake of 30% of daily calories.
  8. Convenient and easy to use: Herbalife offers a variety of products that are easy to use and incorporate into daily routines, making it convenient for busy moms like me to stay on track with our health goals.
  9. Personalized approach: Herbalife offers personalized programs that cater to individual health and wellness goals, ensuring that each person in my family gets the specific support they need.
  10. Enriching lives: Herbalife's ultimate goal is to enrich people's lives, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. By focusing on overall wellness, Herbalife helps us to live our best lives.

Herbalife Nutrition is a great resource for families looking to make positive changes to their health and wellness in 2023. 

By nourishing the body with balanced meals, staying hydrated, incorporating exercise and rest, and emphasizing the importance of essential fatty acids and protein, Herbalife offers a holistic approach to overall wellness. It's time for us to take charge of our health, and Herbalife is here to help. 

10 Reasons to Feel Excited about the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

I've always loved Samsung. I like their appliances, the headset, and of course their phone. Last night, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, and here are 10 reasons to feel excited about it. 

  1. Display: The Samsung S23 Ultra boasts a large 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a high resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels.
  2. Camera: The phone features a quad-camera setup with a 108MP primary sensor and 100x Space Zoom, allowing for excellent photos and videos.
  3. Performance: The S23 Ultra is powered by the powerful Exynos 2100 processor and 12GB of RAM, making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market.
  4. Battery Life: With a 5000mAh battery and support for 25W fast charging, the S23 Ultra can last all day and be quickly charged when needed.
  5. Storage: The phone comes with a large 128GB or 256GB of internal storage, with the option to expand it up to 1TB using a microSD card.
  6. 5G connectivity: The S23 Ultra is 5G capable, offering faster download and upload speeds and lower latency compared to 4G.
  7. IP68 Water and Dust Resistance: The phone is water and dust resistant with an IP68 rating, making it durable and able to withstand harsh conditions.
  8. Stylus Support: The S23 Ultra is compatible with the S Pen, making it an excellent device for artists and note-takers.
  9. Samsung Knox security: The phone comes with Samsung Knox, a comprehensive security solution that protects user data and privacy.
  10. Samsung One UI: The phone runs on Samsung's One UI, an intuitive and user-friendly interface, offering a seamless experience.

I personally want the Lavander. 

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is available for pre-order now