Month: March 2018

Meaningful mornings

by Neal P. Corpus (The Philippine Star) – March 23, 2018 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — What’s the best way to start the day? I feel like this is a question we all know the answer to, but don’t really follow ourselves. (Yup, it’s breakfast). We’re always on the go, either rushing through the rush hour to work or zipping to school, and oftentimes forget about grabbing a bite to eat in the morning.

Which is why McDonald’s celebrates National Breakfast Day year after year. As they celebrate for a sixth year, they gave away free longgadesals in almost 500 branches nationwide last Monday, March 19. Surprising new breakfast converts and regulars alike were celebrities Atom Araullo, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Young STAR cover stars Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid, Maymay Entrata, Gabby Concepcion, Tony Labrusca, Donny and Hannah Pangilinan, Rocco Nacino, and Jason Abalos in different McDonald’s stores around the country.

Aside from just giving away free sandwiches for breakfast, McDonald’s wanted to serve their longgadesals where it really mattered, by extending National Breakfast Day to Albay and Marawi. Last March 5 and 6, McDonald’s went to five different evacuation centers in Albay, Legazpi, and on March 11 to Bakwit Village Transition Shelter in Marawi. “National Breakfast Day has always been about meaningful mornings and new beginnings, and this year we wanted to extend this to those who need it the most,” said Kenneth S. Yang, president and CEO of McDonald’s Philippines.

You can see more of McDonald’s’ visit online, where Atom Araullo sheds light on the moving stories of mothers who gave birth to their children in evacuation centers during the Marawi siege, endearingly calling them “Baby Bakwits.” It’s a heartwarming story of struggle, hope, and new beginnings, which is exactly what National Breakfast Day is about.

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The Filipinos’ favorite: A look at the Chicken Inasal

Malaya | March 22, 2018

Filipinos have included the chicken inasal among the well-loved classic Pinoy dishes like adobo, sinigang, and kare-kare. And whenever they have a craving for really satisfying chicken inasal meal, they already know where to go, Mang Inasal.
Clearly a contribution of Visayan cuisine, the chicken inasal has become a Pinoy staple because of its authentic flavor that has captured the taste even of Filipinos from other regions.

To appreciate more of everyone’s favorite food, here are five juicy facts about the chicken inasal:

Inasal means “chargrilled” 
“Inasal” is the Ilonggo term for “chargrilled” or “roasted meat.” The secret to its flavorful taste lies both in the marinade and in the roasting process.

Mang Inasal has formulated a special marinade that it uses in preparing its flagship product. Also, as a commercial establishment, Mang Inasal has continually improved on the grilling system and procedure to ensure the consistently high quality of grilled chicken goodness that the outlet has been offering.

And to further delight chicken inasal fans, Mang Inasal is proud to offer the “2-in-1 sa Laki, Nuot-sa-Ihaw-Sarap” quarter chicken.

Chicken inasal was born in a Bacolod street
The chicken inasal’s humble beginnings can be traced to a small street in Bacolod known as Cuadra where a series of small chicken inasal stalls is owned by the Velez sisters. The siblings are considered the pioneers in mainstreaming inasal na manok, making entrepreneurs interested in offering their own chicken inasal with a twist.

The founders of Mang Inasal built on the undeniable appeal of this Filipino cuisine, establishing its first branch in Iloilo. Through the years, Mang Inasal has successfully brought its own take on the Pinoy grilled chicken in fast-food style.

Truly Filipino dining experience
Mang Inasal is one of the local fast-food chains that offers best-tasting Pinoy food by having a concept and ambiance that is truly Filipino. This is one of the reasons why its food is served on wares that carry the banana leaf motif to conjure the Pinoy’s use of banana leaf in serving and cooking food. Even the store’s ambience carries the homey, grillery that has been the trademark of Mang Inasal.

Best with chicken oil and unli rice
Chicken inasal is best eaten with chicken oil over plain or garlic rice. At Mang Inasal stores, the chicken oil forms part of the condiments trio — together with soy sauce and vinegar –that allow customers to savor the meal at its most flavorful.

Also, further reinforcing the Filipino diners’ preference for rice, Mang Inasal has been offering unlimited rice with all its paborito meals.

It is the fun experience of mixing the condiments, and being able to fully satisfy their hunger pangs via unli rice, that have endeared Mang Inasal to a number of Pinoy food enthusiasts.

Mang Inasal’s chicken milestones 
Mang Inasal prides itself with its specially-marinated grilled chicken that offers “nuot sa ihaw sarap.” Among its offerings of Filipino food products, their Chicken Inasal contributes a big chunk to the brand’s total sales. This is the reason why Mang Inasal’s Chicken Inasal is the number one Pinoy grilled chicken brand based on studies made on this segment.

With its promise of serving great food and bringing the joy of eating to Filipinos, Mang Inasal continues to improve its product quality and portfolio to win the hearts of everyone.


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Max’s Group ’17 profit up 12%

By: – Reporter / @philbizwatcher / 05:35 AM March 17, 2018

The country’s largest casual dining chain operator Max’s Group Inc. (MGI) booked a net income of P626.69 million last year, up by 12 percent as increasing consumer affluence boosted earnings from its expanding restaurant network.

MGI’s system-wide sales rose by 13 percent to P17.34 billion last year, while revenue increased by 11 percent to P12.66 billion, based on a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday.

Restaurant sales increased by 11 percent to P19.88 billion, driven by sustained same-store sales performance and revenue contribution of new stores.

Same-store sales grew by 5 percent while overall transaction count was up by 13 percent.

Amid rising urbanization trend and consequent worsening of traffic, MGI’s delivery business grew by 27 percent to P1.37 billion, as the group broadened online ordering channels and upgraded delivery infrastructure.

Franchising operations also contributed to the 13 percent rise in commissary sales of P1.42 billion from P1.26 billion.

The group’s brands include Max’s Restaurant, Pancake House, Yellow Cab Pizza, Krispy Kreme, Jamba Juice, Max’s Corner Bakery, Teriyaki Boy, Dencio’s, Meranti, Sizzlin’ Steak, Maple, Kabisera, Le Coeur De France and Singkit.

MGI opened 78 new stores last year, 14 of which are located overseas. These brought the company’s store network to 673 branches, with 55 in various cities in North America, the Middle East and Asia.

The company intends to focus on a franchising-led business model to drive expansion and improve accessibility to customers. With a planned rollout of 80 to 90 new outlets primarily through franchising its core brands, MGI seeks to set an active presence in key geographies, and at the same time, generate higher fee-based contributions to revenue.

Capital spending this year was placed at P600 million.

Bayad Center launches mobile app for convenient bills payment


PAYMENT solutions provider Bayad Center (BC) has launched on Tuesday a mobile app to complement its more than 12,000 payment locations nationwide and extend its reach to include the growing “mobile” market.

“Everyone wants everything to be simple. The BC Mobile is just that. It puts together in one app all your payment needs, no bells and whistles,” said Wendell Kristian P. Labre, CIS Bayad Center, Inc.’s marketing head.

The mobile app can send customers a reminder for their due dates, show the nearest Bayad Center branches and authorized partners, and allow bills payment “on the fly.”

“No need to enroll in different online payment sites, because BC Mobile carries under its umbrella the string of billing partners, and the seal of service and reliability that Bayad Center offers,” Mr. Labre said.

The app, a one-stop online shop for all your bills payment needs, takes out the need to fill out forms and mail bills on a monthly basis. It allows customers to pay bills “anytime, anywhere” using mobile phones.

“For most of us who are always online yet still prefer paying over-the-counter or face-to-face, the branch locator shows you the list of Bayad Center branches, authorized partners, collecting agents and automated payment machines near you,” he said.

In the future, the mobile app will offer remittance or money transfer services, prepaid loading and selling of Instasurance — a microinsurance for tricycle, jeepney drivers and similar workers.

The app will also be linked to Bayad Center’s loyalty program, which will also be launched this year, company officials said. It will also include features such as bills payment management, where users can view payment history across different payment channels. It will also offer information that will help others identify branches with shorter queues. — Victor V. Saulon


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7-Eleven opens 1st door in Aurora Province

The Philippine Star |

Philippine Seven Corp. (PSC), the exclusive licensor of global C-store chain giant 7-Eleven, expands its retail presence in Central Luzon with the landmark opening of its first store in Aurora Province.

Taking advantage of the highly populated and touristheavy location, given Aurora’s fast-rising reputation as an ideal surfing destination, the opening of the new outlet in Dipaculao further builds PSC’s commitment to open up more convenience outlets for potential markets outside Metro Manila.

Areas up for expansion include Region 2 (Isabela, Tuguegarao, Nueva Vizcaya and Mindoro), Visayas (Leyte, Tacloban and the rest of the eastern part of the province) and Mindanao (Surigao Del Sur and Norte and Sultan Kudarat).

In photo welcoming guests and customers are the store franchisee representatives Roy Angara (6th from left) and Ariel De Jesus (5th from left), together with PSC’s start up officers, area managers and operations field consultants.

To date, PSC operates 2,287 7-Eleven stores in the country. With its unique business format flexibility, 7-Eleven remains the most trusted franchise business of choice among potential partners. Via its flexible franchise packages, franchise partners are offered two ways to benefit from a proven system: Regular New Store Franchise (open a new 7-Eleven store), and Property Conversion (convert an established business or properties into a 7-Eleven franchise). For more details on 7-Eleven’s franchise opportunity offerings, call (02) 7269968, 09209508651, 0917-8711686, email or visit

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Seaoil seals partnership with Australia’s largest oil firm

THE strategic partnership between Seaoil Philippines, the country’s largest independent fuel player, and Caltex Australia Ltd was recently sealed with a contract signing, wherein the Australian company will acquire 20 percent interest in Seaoil.
In the photo are Seaoil’s Chairman Francis Yu and CEO Glenn Yu and Caltex Australia’s CFO for Fuels and Infrastructure Douglas Darley and Executive General Manager for Fuels and Infrastructure Louise Warner.
In the agreement with one of the region’s largest independent downstream fuel companies, Seaoil will be managing their fuel supply via Caltex Australia’s fuel trading and shipping business, Ampol Singapore.
Seaoil looks forward to increasing their market share locally, as well as expanding new business lines and introducing new products.
In the last three years, the company has experienced 47 percent sales volume growth in the diesel market and expects to capitalize on substantial opportunities with this new partnership. (PR)

*This article is copied from the article published online by SunStar Manila