Exquisite Explorations: Hotel Okura Manila serves Saga Wagyu & Sake Pairings in a six course Dinner

Federal Meat Academy of Japan’s Hiroki Samata headlines as guest chef

Hotel Okura Manila invites guests and patrons to travel by taste to the historical Saga Prefecture in Japan through a six-course dinner featuring the globally-esteemed Saga Wagyu beef, elevated with authentic sake pairings. Four kitchen masters, including guest chef Hiroki Samata of the Federal Meat Academy of Japan, collaborate in curating a tasting menu that traverses through different interpretations of the premium beef.

For starters, Saga-Gyu is made from the finest breeds of Japanese cattle raised on fertile farmlands within the prefecture. These black-haired cattle are perfectly embraced by the region’s mild climate, clean air, and fresh water. The highly-maintained standards – from being raised in agricultural-association-designated farms and rigorous grading processes, places Saga beef among the best of over 200 beef brands in Japan carrying a grade of 4 (or A4) by the country’s meat grading standards.  In addition, its characteristics of tsuya-sashi or marbling is so outstanding, the shades of the cross-section are reminiscent of that of a cherry blossom flower. With a rating of 7 (the highest within the range of A4 grade meat), the marbling becomes an unwrapped gift of flavors when cooked.

With its arrival in Newport World Resorts, frequenters and enthusiasts alike are in for a spectacular culinary treat. The dinner features Yawaragi Chef de Cuisine Jerrymie Tamayo as he prepares the amuse-bouche, salad and soup, Yamazato Japanese Executive Chef Keiichiro Fujino prepares the entrée, Hotel Okura Manila Pastry Chef VI Serrano steps in for the dessert, and finally Hiroki Samata gets his hands on the appetizer and the main course.  

Hiroki Samata brings in years of skills sharpened by experience as a Master Butcher and faculty member of The Federal Meat Academy, a unique school located in Gunma, Japan, that advances the appreciation and knowledge of all skills associated with the processing and marketing of various kinds of meats.

The courses are paired with premium Sake for superior dining experience. The drinks include Sunflower and Strawberry-flavored drink from the historically-rich Amabuki Junmai, the award-wining bottles from Tenzan Sake Brewery, Shichida Junmai.

This exclusive gastronomic wonder is happening on March 18, 2023, Saturday, and starts at 7 PM at the visually-captivating dining venue, Yawaragi, in Hotel Okura, right within Newport World Resorts. Limited seats are available. Prices start at PHP 9,100++ per person. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 5318 2888 or +63 917 842 9067. This event is made in partnership with Mayon Consolidated, Inc.  and Philippine Wine Merchants.

About Hotel Okura Manila and Okura Nikko Hotels

Hotel Okura Manila brings together Japanese omotenashi with Filipino warmth. Okura Nikko Hotels exemplifies the highest in Japanese hotel standards, both in Japan and around the world. Comprising Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International, and Hotel JAL City, the Group includes 81 hotels in 12 countries and regions.

MullenLowe MARC bags 6 Anvils at the 58th Anvil Awards

MullenLowe MARC, the public relations unit of MullenLowe TREYNA, won 1 Gold and 5 Silver Anvils at the 58th Anvil Awards organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).

Cetaphil emerged as the big winner in the group after Skin Awareness Month received top honors in the category of Special Events and Exhibits. It won Gold for effectively mounting a multi-stakeholder event despite the pandemic, bringing together over 5,000 pharmacists, 800 Health Care Professionals, and 2,814 consumers in Cetaphil’s biggest virtual event in 2022.

Also under Cetaphil, the Level Up Series won silver in the Product Launch category after successfully launching the Cetaphil Ultra Protect Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar in 2022.

Both wins mark a first for Cetaphil (and parent company Galderma) in the prestigious awards ceremony.

Unilever hair care brand TRESemmé also won silver in the Special Events category for the TRESemmé House of Salon, bringing MullenLowe MARC’s total haul to 3 for the events category.

Meanwhile, longtime MullenLowe MARC client Avon Philippines bagged 3 awards in this year’s show. Avon’s SpeakOut Dialogues won Silver in Podcasts, Beauty For All won Silver in Publications, and Avon’s Breast Cancer Awareness effort #NormalForMe won Silver in the Multimedia category, all under PR Tools.

For this year’s haul, MullenLowe MARC became a PR Agency of the Year nominee for the second straight year.

The Anvil Awards, presented by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), is the industry’s most prestigious awards program for public relations campaigns in the country. For more information on MullenLowe MARC’s Anvil-winning work, visit, https://philippines.mullenlowe.com/

PCPPI recognizes exceptional employees at Gold Crown Awards Excellence thrives where it is practiced consistently. Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI)

PCPPI recognizes exceptional employees at Gold Crown Awards Excellence thrives where it is practiced consistently. Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI)—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country—recently honored three outstanding employees with this year’s Gold Crown Awards. This recognition is awarded to employees for demonstrating professional dedication in line with PCPPI’s ICARE Values, which stands for Integrity and Innovation, Care and Respect, Empowerment and Excellence.

The three awardees for this year are (in photo, from left to right) Faith Marie M. Zacal of from PCPPI’s Cagayan De Oro plant, Lucky J. Mallari from the Central Luzon Operations (CLO) and Jona Marie S. Rollan from the Davao manufacturing facility. Of the awardees, PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong said, “Our people remain at the core of what makes us proud to be part of PCPPI. The Gold Crown Awards allow us as one team to acknowledge the exceptional contributions of our employees.” He added, “Jona, Lucky, and Faith are among the many brilliant team members who exemplify how true PCPPI Bravehearts are. We look forward to nurturing more inspiring professionals in the future.” For more information about PCPPI and the organization’s ICARE values, please visit pepsiphilippines.com.


One of the galleries that will be participating in Art in the Park 2023 is Art Cube Gallery featuring Isko Andrade for special exhibits.

For this year’s art fair, 60 exhibit booths representing galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student groups will be showcasing and selling an assortment of exceptional pieces by seasoned and rising artists BPI offers flexible payment options to Art in the Park 2023 fairgoers Looking to build your art collection on a budget?

Don’t miss this chance as the annual Art in the Park, famed for being the most anticipated affordable art fair in the country, returns outdoors on March 19, at Jaime Velazquez Park, Makati City to mark its 17th year of celebrating and championing Filipino artistry. The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) once again teamed up with Art in the Park 2023 to offer flexible payment options for fairgoers with BPI Cards when they shop for art at the exhibit-sale, which runs for one whole day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. “BPI has been supporting Art in the Park for continuously uplifting the vibrant Filipino art scene and for providing a platform for our valuable contributors of art whose works truly merit more support and respect. It also makes art accessible to Filipinos, helping them learn more about art and Filipino artists,” said Jenny Lacerna, BPI Product and Sales Head for Unsecured Lending and Cards. For this year’s edition, 60 exhibit booths representing galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student groups will be showcasing and selling an assortment of exceptional pieces by seasoned and rising artists.

One of the galleries that will be participating is Art Cube Gallery featuring Isko Andrade for special exhibits. “Art Cube Gallery has been a backbone of the Philippine contemporary art scene since it was established in 2012 for helping Filipino artists get their well-deserved spotlight,” said Lacerna. The said Gallery provides a platform for talented young artists to showcase their works before an extensive roster of art collectors, as well as help promote the careers of seasoned artists by giving art aficionados a broad access to their work in international art exhibitions. The gallery has so far mounted over 100 art exhibitions here and abroad involving award-winning and seasoned artists, as well as promising young painters and sculptors. Francis Eugene E. Andrade, also known as Isko Andrade, is a young artist based in Bulacan who has been known for sharing his stories through his artworks that evoke a sense of nostalgia.

He received several awards and citations such as Shell National Student Art Competition and Metrobank Art Design Excellence Competition. He is a graduate of fine arts with a major in visual communication at Bulacan State University. For his show titled Intersections II, Andrade uses knots as his art subject to depict his own impression of ‘persevering’ by utilizing oil paint on canvas. Lacerna said art as an asset remains an auspicious investment as it tends to hold its value over time in contrast with other asset classes whose value has the propensity to decline sharply when the market crashes. “What’s really enticing about collecting and investing in art is that aside from having a potential lucrative return in the long-term, they can also make stunning display pieces at home,” she said. BPI Cardholders can enjoy an exclusive Real 0% Special Installment Plan for up to 6 months and buy now pay 3 months later using their BPI credit cards. Organized by Philippine Art Events, Inc. and supported by BPI, Art in the Park will continue to benefit the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of its projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network. For more information about Art in the Park and BPI’s special offers, follow www.facebook.com/bpi and http://www.facebook/artinthepark on Facebook, or visit www.bpi.com.ph/ and www.artinthepark.ph.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. reaffirms commitment to responsible water stewardship Water remains the world’s top resource, as industry and community benefit from having access to clean, sustainable supply. Among the environmental commitments of Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI), the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country, is practicing sound, responsible methods that help manage its use of water in collaboration with its various stakeholders.

The 22nd of March marks the commemoration of World Water Day, and aside from implementing industry best practices and policies, PCPPI encourages process improvement to further optimize how water is utilized across all areas of operations. “Upholding our commitment to responsible water stewardship goes beyond having the systems and protocols in place that allow our teams to carry out their responsibilities effectively. Our employees are encouraged to embrace innovation as part of our advocacy,” said PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong.

Strategic plans supported by strong partnerships The water resource management policies of PCCPI are embodied in the Luntiang Yaman program, which covers the organization’s sustainability efforts. These include the 3Rs approach to manage water consumption: reduce, re-use, and recycle. Other than reducing water use, PCPPI also has protocols in place to optimize electricity use, optimize fuel yield, manage solid waste output, and community engagement. PCCPI also works with government authorities in the communities where it operates.

For example, the organization actively works with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to periodically assess the health of the waterways in the communities they operate alongside multi-sectoral groups. Sto. Tomas: Shifting the traditional mindset PCPPI’s commitment to responsible water management is demonstrated in its manufacturing facilities, particularly in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The plant has twice-received PCPPI’s Galing at Sikap Plant Excellence Award in Sustainability in 2021 and 2022. This recognition is given to the business units with the highest performance ratings on key focus areas of operations, including environmental resource management. “The Sto. Tomas facility was lauded for its efforts in consuming water and energy in the most economical way, thereby minimizing environmental impact,” Ong added.

According to Plant Manager Chrysler Salcedo, one of the best practices at work at the Sto. Tomas plant includes setting definitive operating hours for optimum target volume of water required, both for the products to be manufactured and for its manpower’s daily water consumption. This encourages all employees to become more mindful in their water use in daily operations. Regular training sessions on resource conservation are also scheduled, and serve as checkpoint meetings where employees can proactively address potential areas of concern. “Open communication and collaboration make even the most complex policies work.

In Sto. Tomas, it remains important for our team to engage in discussions about how we can best manage the resources we look after: water, electricity, and oil, among others,” said Salcedo. “To become more effective in our industry, we recognize the value of implementing more creative, cost-efficient policies so that we can better serve our communities,” he added. Strategic and planned updates in the Sto. Tomas plant have also been implemented to further manage how the facility consumes water, one of which involves decreasing the frequency of production line Clean-in-Place (CIP) procedures.

These pertain to the overall cleaning of equipment used after continuous production. “We shifted to a 72-hour cycle, which will allow us to save 780 liters of water a week. Combined with our stringent sanitation protocols, we are confident that our operations will continue to meet internal and industry standards while maximizing financial and resource savings,” Salcedo explained. PCPPI is the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country. It distributes well-loved brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Sting, Tropicana, Lipton Iced Tea, Milkis, Chum Churum Soonhari, and Premier. For more information about PCPPI and its products, please visit www.pepsiphilippines.com.

Dr. Nielsen Donato and His True Heart for Animals

“What makes you wake up early in the morning?” asks veterinarian Dr. Nielsen Donato while strolling through his animal sanctuary. “It’s not work. It’s something that you’re excited about.” When people think of veterinarians, they usually think of them tending to household pets, like cats and dogs.

But Doc Nielsen isn’t a regular vet. He’s the managing partner and chief surgeon at Vets In Practice (VIP), which caters to not-your-usual pets, and he also has a background in Avian and Exotic Medicine. But what makes him so special is his unbridled care for virtually any kind of animal, be it crawling, flying, galloping, or slithering. Doc Nielsen’s passion started when he was around three years old.

One of his favorite childhood memories was being excited about going to church just so he could see the yellow chicks and ducklings being sold by vendors outside. Today, Doc Nielsen helps run the Laguna Wildlife Park & Rescue Center, which sits within his family’s property in Pansol. This non-profit organization houses around 100 species of farm animals and wildlife, including domestic and neglected pets, as well as exotic animals that were rescued from illegal sellers and dangerous living conditions.

The wildlife park has everything from chickens and goats to monkeys and a serval cat, which he tends to with the help of his staff. It’s also backed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which assists in acquiring and transporting animals to the park. The veterinarian calls the park his “happy place,” which he visits as early as 5 am to see all of the animals and listen to the different sounds that envelope the whole park. “When I’m walking here in the morning or afternoon, it relaxes me. Nalilimutan ko yung mga stress, that’s why I call it my ‘haven,’” says Doc Nielsen. Compassion project “We support the animals with our own resources,” Doc Nielsen says as he shows the many enclosures in the park that the animals call home.

He also provides them with nutritious food and medicine to keep them healthy while they’re living in the park. He doesn’t do this alone. Apart from the staff he works with, Doc Nielsen’s family also helps. His kids, Cedric and Nina, are studying veterinary medicine, so they’re well on their way to following in their dad’s footsteps. Giving animals a second chance While giving a tour of the park, Doc Nielsen stops to feed and pet the animals he passes by. One of them is a bearcat (binturong), a nocturnal mammal with cat-like features that’s endemic to Palawan. Doc Nielsen explains that the bearcats were transported to the park with the help of DENR, and they are raised until they’re ready to be released back into the wild. “I promised that if I ever breed any endemic wildlife animal in the park, my goal is to help repopulate their species and bring them back to their natural habitat,” he says.

He also takes time to assess animals who might need medical attention and treat them right away to prevent infections. It’s not always easy for Doc Nielsen to let go of animals, especially those that have been used to being around humans. Many of the monkeys, for example, lived in crowded areas and were treated as pets in their past lives. Releasing them back into the wild would be a safety risk for them because a troop of wild monkeys might hurt them.

This is why he and his staff ensure that animals like these get the care they need so they can live a long and healthy life. The wildlife sanctuary is their safe haven until they are ready to be released in a protected space. Whether it’s at his clinic in the city or the wildlife park in Laguna, Doc Nielsen is always ready to offer his expertise and care to all types of species, no matter how scary they may seem. “I always dreamed of being someone like [British veterinary surgeon] James Harriot.

I’ve always wanted to treat dogs and cats, and farm animals as big as horses, goats, and sheep,” he said. “There weren’t exotic animals to treat yet [when I was just starting out.] Now, I’m lucky because I get to treat more exotic animals, as well as farm animals, in my clinic and the park.” Doc Nielsen demonstrates how to bathe a Bayawak, with his resident monitor lizard, Bruce.


(L-R) Ediza Arcilla-General Manager Ayala Greenbelt,  AC Legarda-Vice President of Ayalal Land, James Deakin-OGAWA Brand Ambassador, Marianne Rodillo- Marketing Manager of OGAWA Philippines, Marites Allen, Camille Prats, Joanne Villablanca, Jardel Jardin, Danilo Flores Jr.

Despite the unprecedented changes we have experienced in the past years, it’s becoming evident and more of a necessity to seek relaxing ways to maintain overall well-being, and OGAWA is here to provide you with just that.

OGAWA, the leading player in the design, development, and marketing of Health and Wellness equipment, has been revolutionizing how everyone prioritizes well-being and relaxation with its innovative and top-notch products.

Since its inception, OGAWA has stayed true to its commitment to being a global wellness leader providing a holistic experience to people around the world through its wide range portfolio of quality products and technology.

This March, the brand opened its doors in one of the prime spots in Metro Manila to bring the OGAWA lifestyle closer to everyone. Strategically located on the 3rd level of Greenbelt 5, OGAWA ‘s newest store boasts a modern yet minimalist ambiance that complements the brand’s identity. The store’s quiet elegance and sophisticated layout were accentuated by neutral colors in monochromatic hues, with a very clean layout that is truly a sight to behold inviting customers to experience the OGAWA Lifestyle.

“Staying true to our brand promise. We, at OGAWA, apart from our products and our heritage story, would like to bring everyone a one-of-a-kind experience whenever they use our products, and especially when they visit our stores,” opens Marianne Rodillo, Marketing Manager of OGAWA Philippines.

True to its form and characterized by functional flow for an overall customer journey, the space is punctuated with clean and conservative curvatures matched with lighting that speaks of the brand, prioritizing the essential.

“We take pride in our claims that make us special compared to others: We made sure that our stores are strategically located around Metro Manila bringing them closer to our customers and visitors. Our stores feature a seamless journey without intimidating our visitors, taking into consideration a friendly layout for them to try our products.” Marianne Rodillo added.

Celebrity-approved happiness in a chair

Many local Celebrities like Socialite and fashion icon, Heart Evangelista, and celebrity couple Richard, and Sarah Lahbati-Gutierrez swear by and have turned to but one respite and that is the OGAWA’s range of innovative, scientifically proven, and elegantly designed award-winning wellness massage chairs and mobile products.

Engineered using superior Japanese technology, and fashioned for ultimate comfort and relaxation, OGAWA has spent decades researching, developing, and testing its massage chairs for optimum performance and wellness benefits.

Operating at full capacity and with over 30 stores nationwide, including the newest store in Greenbelt 5, customers can expect no less from all the other branches that include a branch in Shangri-La Plaza, SM Megamall, Ayala Malls The 30th, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Robinsons Manila, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Eastwood Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Magnolia, SM Fairview, SM North The Block, TriNoma, UP Town Center, Promenade 3, Alabang Town Center, Evia Lifestyle Center, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, SM BF, and Newport Mall. For stores outside Metro Manila, OGAWA is located in SM City Bacoor, Solenad 3, and SM Sta. Rosa in Laguna, SM Seaside City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier in Davao, SM Clark in Pampanga, and SM City Olongapo Central.

You, too, can achieve wellness at home with your own personal masseuse, worry-free. For more details, visit OGAWA’s official website and order online or you may also send inquiries to their Facebook page and Instagram page.


OGAWA is a Malaysian brand that offers health and wellness products in the Philippines, as well as in Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Currently, OGAWA has an international reach, covering over 20 countries with 169 stores in 26 cities.

It is the leading and most trusted brand of massage chairs in the Philippines. OGAWA Philippines aims to be the number one choice for many homes and families today.


Tourism attached Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) will be celebrating International Women’s Month with a major sale on March 11-12, 2023 at its flagship Fiestamall store in Paranaque City and on March 18-19, 2023 at Luxe Duty Free store in Pasay City.

Dubbed “Go, GIRL! Proud to be ME”, all women shoppers will be treated to exciting deals, perks and discounts as much as 20% on participating brands of perfumes, cosmetics, skincare and fashion merchandise. Aside from this major sale event, DFPC has also lined up several in-store promotional activities for its lady customers for the whole month of March, in observance of International Women’s Month. 

The country’s only travel retailer has, through the years, been participating in this global holiday in recognition of the achievements, contributions and rights of women.

To avail of this Duty Free shopping privilege, international travelers, namely the balikbayans, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and foreign tourists need only to present their passports or any proof of recent travel upon registration.

DFPC currently operates two downtown stores, Fiestamall and Luxe Duty Free; and at the airport terminals in Manila, Kalibo-Aklan, Mactan-Cebu, Iloilo and Clark-Pampanga. As a state owned agency, DFPC remits its earnings to the Department of Tourism for the government’s various tourism infrastructure programs.

For more information visit www.dfp.com.ph or http://www.luxedutyfree.com or its social media pages (@dutyfreephils and @luxedutyfree) for regular updates.

Breath in, Breath out! A Strong Woman Deserve Stronger Lungs

March is a month dedicated to celebrating women’s history and honoring every woman’s accomplishments, experiences, and contributions to society. We celebrate the women who speak out and share their stories, making them trailblazers in our society and inspiring future generations.

Every woman needs a healthy body and mind to perform at her best and boost her self-esteem. After all, if she doesn’t take care of her body and avoids activities that make her feel mentally and physically good, her self-esteem and productivity will suffer.

When it comes to health, the importance of lung health cannot be overstated. There is mounting evidence that several pulmonary diseases affect women differently and more severely than men. The number of women diagnosed with lung diseases is increasing, making lung disease a major concern for women’s health. Lung disease encompasses a variety of conditions ranging from simple airway inflammation to lung cancer with the possibility of death. Lung disease is a term used to describe problems with the lungs, which are the organs that allow us to breathe. Women are especially concerned about lung disease because more women are dying from it. Three of the most common lung diseases in women are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer.

People who have asthma have inflamed (swollen) airway walls that are oversensitive. The airways overreact because of smoke, air pollution, mold, and a variety of chemical sprays. Women are more likely than men to suffer from asthma and die because of it.

Meanwhile, COPD is distinguished by persistent inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which transport air into and out of the lungs. This irritation encourages the growth of mucus-producing cells. Excess mucus causes coughing. The irritation causes the walls of the airways to thicken and scar over time. The airways may thicken to the point where airflow to and from the lungs is restricted. Chronic bronchitis now affects more than twice as many women as men. In recent years, the rate of emphysema in women has increased by 5% while it has decreased in men. Since 2000, women have outnumbered men in COPD deaths.

On the other hand, lung cancer is a disease that causes abnormal (malignant) lung cells to multiply and grow uncontrollably. These cancerous cells can infiltrate nearby tissues, spread to other parts of the body, or both.

But what causes lung disease and how can a woman avoid it? Because of the wide variety of lung diseases, it is difficult to identify all the potential causes. However, genetics, infections, and smoking are all common factors. Viruses or bacteria can also cause some lung diseases, such as the flu. Exposure to harmful substances such as smoke, air pollution, asbestos, or radon is a common cause of other lung diseases. Any of these increases your risk of developing lung disease if you are exposed to them for an extended period.

It is just as important to protect and safeguard the health of our lungs as it is to have a healthy mind and body. Every woman should protect her lungs and increase her lung immunity against pollution and viral infections in the air. Supplements are an important part of every woman’s life today, and they should be used in conjunction with a healthy, well-balanced diet. Taking supplements can help boost lung immunity. LUNGUARD® is a daily lung immunity vitamin that contains the award-winning US-patented Snow Pear young fruit extract, as well as 9 other natural herbs and botanicals that improve lung immunity, lung function, and breathing.

To know more about LUNGUARD® and its benefits, visit their Facebook page @Lunguard and Instagram @Lunguardph. Lunguard is available at Mercury Drug and at ShopeeMall – Regicon Healthcare.

Jollibee Group, Manila LGU partner anew to offer jobs for senior citizens, PWDs

Fostering Inclusivity and Diversity at Work. Jollibee Group and Manila LGU officials convened anew for the signing of a new memorandum of agreement that will create employment opportunities for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Jollibee-owned stores across Manila City. MANILA, Philippines. The Jollibee Group recently announced the resumption of its inclusive employment program to hire senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD) in Manila after renewing its partnership with the city government of Manila.

The partnership is consistent with Jollibee Group’s commitment to provide equal employment opportunities to different sectors, while promoting and practicing inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. Jollibee Group will hire 28 senior citizens and 17 PWDs as customer relations staff across the Manila branches of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Burger King through the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO). Manila PESO will screen and determine qualified candidates before endorsing them to the company.

Applicants must also secure a medical clearance from the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center, the accredited hospital for this program. “We started this program in 2019 with the Manila LGU. Working on this program in the past few years have allowed us to see how our elderly and differently abled individuals have appreciated the opportunity find gainful employment. The Jollibee Group continues to support this initiative of the Manila LGU, and we have been very fortunate to have a partner that shares the same desire and passion as the company in looking after the interest of our elderly and PWDs,” said Ruth Angeles,

Jollibee Group Vice President and Head for Human Resources-Philippines and Global Organization, Leadership & Culture. “We look forward to forging more partnerships with other LGUs so we can improve more lives and find reliable staff who can join us in our mission to share the joy of eating with everyone,” Angeles added. The signing of the new memorandum of agreement held last January 31 was attended by Manila City Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, Vice Mayor Yul Servo Nieto, and Secretary to the Mayor Atty. Marlon Lacson, as well as officials from Jollibee Group represented by Public Affairs AVP Atty. Raul Academia and Philippine Region Human Resources Director Anna Prado.

Interested applicants can get more information on this employment program from the Manila Department of Social Welfare and the Office of Senior Citizen’s Affairs. Back in 2019, Jollibee Group was the first restaurant company in the Philippines to partner with the Manila LGU in providing jobs to over a hundred qualified senior citizens and PWDs in the combined 39 branches of Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, and Greenwich in Manila. Besides Manila, Jollibee Group also partnered with the LGUs of Antipolo and Pasay in 2019 to implement the same inclusive employment program.