Month: November 2019

FamilyMart opens flagship store

Published online by the Malaya Business Insight, 
by Antonio Delos Reyes | November 27, 2019

THE convenience store industry has become a vibrant sector with more players coming into the market. The dominance of 7-11 in the past has been challenged by companies, both local and international, with other brands offering something different to attract more customers.

Japanese convenience store brand FamilyMart might be a relatively young company in the Philippines but internationally, it is the 2nd largest convenience store retail chain in the world since it was established in 1973. The company recently opened its flagship store in BGC which offers a new level in comfort and convenience to its customers.

The flagship store eschews the usual operations of a convenience store where customers stay only for a short while, buying only what they wanted to get. Instead, the FamilyMart Udenna Tower store beckons customers to slow down and spend some time inside the store.

FamilyMart branch offers a co-working space that’s conducive to studying, reading, and productivity – all while enjoying any of the goodies in the store. For a minimum purchase of only P250, customers enjoy free Wi-Fi and a cozy corner in the exclusive co-working area, which looks out to the zen garden.

Thoughtfully located next to the co-working space, the zen garden provides busy bees a calming view for when taking a break from their screens. The landscape, reminiscent of scenes from a Japanese manga, is just what anyone needs for a breather.

Further setting itself apart from other FamilyMart stores, this one has two function rooms called Osaka and Tokyo, accommodating 8 and 12 persons, respectively. Each is equipped with audio-video facilities, making such spaces ideal for meetings and brainstorming sessions. Of course, guests can fuel their brains and stomachs courtesy of the food and coffee offerings the store has to offer.

As a nod to its Japanese heritage, the FamilyMart flagship also offers fresh ramen made in-store. Guests can enjoy a bowl of Tonkotsu, Tantanmen, and Miso varieties for only P165which even comes with a complementing drink.

The store also offers onigiri, the Japanese snack staple of rice triangles. Complete with the signature three-step unwrapping process, Salmon, Tuna Mayo, Tori Mix, Spam, or Tinapa is wrapped in a hefty layer of Japanese rice and blanketed with fresh nori for a delectable, filling snack or complete meal. Meanwhile, unlike other FamilyMart stores where donburi meals come in Filipino food-inspired variations, this one offers the Japanese rice bowl with more faithfulness to its origins. Pork Yakiniku, Gyudon, and Katsudon are laid on top of a hefty serving of Japanese rice. Meanwhile, the chiller holds other Japanese favorites, including Maki, and an array of bento meals featuring Pork Tonkatsu, Yakiniku, and Tempura.

Liquor drinkers are in for a treat with this store’s walk-in chiller stocked with a variety of local and imported beers and other liquors. What’s even better is, these drinks can be enjoyed from 7pm onwards in the dining area or in one of the function rooms. A six-pack, consumed with some of the signature food items would be the perfect way to end any work day.


This article is originally published and written by the Malaya Business Insight which can be accessed online at

McDonalds joins DOH drive, now also a Patak Polio Corner

Published online by the  Business Mirror, November 25, 2019

LEAVING no stone unturned in ensuring maximum immunization against a resurgent polio, the Department of Health (DOH) has turned to the private sector for help as it mounts yet another round of vaccinations.

The DOH announced its collaboration with McDonald’s Philippines for the succeeding rounds of the Synchronized Polio Vaccination in Metro Manila and Mindanao, reminiscent of the tack used by the late DOH chief Juan M. Flavier when he mounted the country’s first multi-vaccine National Immunization Days in the nineties.

As part of the new deal, selected McDonalds stores in Metro Manila and in Mindanao will set up Patak Polio Corners for the scheduled synchronized polio vaccination in NCR and Mindanao on Nov. 25 to Dec. 7 this year, and in Mindanao from Jan. 6 to 18 next year.

Polio immunization will also be conducted in McDonald’s Bahay Bulilit Learning Centers where children are taught basic skills in preparation for formal schooling.

“With the recent news on health outbreaks in the country, McDonald’s Philippines recognizes the role it could play in making a long lasting difference in the lives of Filipinos,” said McDonalds Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang.

“Our partnership with the Department of Health will allow us to take part in their preventive efforts against Polio in the country. With children most prone to the exposure to the disease, and with children’s welfare a priority of the company, we are further driven to support this program of the government,” he added.

The initial round of the Synchronized Polio Vaccination reported 96-percent coverage among children 0-59 months old from the 17 cities/municipality in NCR. Davao del Sur recorded 92-percent coverage from its 10 city/municipalities while Lanao del Sur reported 85-percent coverage from 40 city/municipalities.

The Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign aims to vaccinate all children below 5 years old regardless of Polio vaccination status.

“We are pleased to work with McDonald’s Philippines as we will have more vaccination sites for mothers and caregivers to go to. We are relentless in making this health service accessible and available to all, consistent with our goal of Universal Health Care,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.


This article is originally published and written by the Business Mirror which can be accessed online at

Microlending firm gains ground in franchising

Business Mirror
Posted at November 13, 2019

When LT&G Credit Line, a microlending company based in Bicol saw that their company was becoming instrumental to more small-scale businesses for sustenance and growth, its Chief Executive Officer Marco Antonio Soliman immediately thought that they needed to expand not only outside Bicol but across the nation.

With the help of Francorp, the worldwide leader in franchise development and consulting, LT&G Credit Line is currently making waves in the franchise industry because of its unique business concept—a credit line company offering just the right amount of interest for the company and the borrower to earn profit at the same time.

Established in 2013, the lending company has been the go-to of sari-sari stores, eateries (locally called carinderias) and similar small businesses when funding or capital falls short and getting a loan from commercial banks is a hassle. Six year later, it became so successful that many potential investors are applying for its franchise.

The road to a micro-lending company
Profit from daily operations is what is keeping micro, small and medium enterprises, or MSMEs, running. Soliman knows this not only because he finished a business management course in college. He ran a motorcycle spare parts shop in his hometown for two years which, he believes, serves as his “master’s degree.”

Using the money he earned from working for a telecommunications company and from a loan from his mother, he opened the shop which only ran for two years. “I couldn’t compete with big players in our area, so I had to close the shop eventually,” Soliman shared.

Soliman then went to study law and sought a career opportunity in two insurance companies. It was there that he was able to save up more money and build business connections at the same time. He was introduced to the sport of practical shooting which encouraged him to put up a gun store which he named Legazpi Trends and Gears, or LT&G.

“The insurance company to which I am still connected with, offered me a loan which I used to put up my own building,” Soliman said. “I grabbed the opportunity and this is where I transferred the gun store along with a small café, a security agency and a trucking business [established with several business partners] and the first LT&G microlending firm.”

A business formed to help MSMEs
Seeing that his microlending business is doing good, Soliman consulted friends who are into the banking industry about another business to operate. A friend who is connected with Francorp brought up the idea of franchising for his gun store or café. But instead, he thought of applying the franchise suggestion to the microlending company which is a unique business concept that can also be franchised.

“At the back of my mind, I was thinking who would be interested to franchise when a lot of big banks and informal lenders have already saturated the market. My friends are discouraging me to pursue my idea of having it franchised, but I believe, given the right opportunity for the people to understand the benefits from the business and the science about it, many existing and would-be business owners will be interested,” Soliman said.

Helping MSMEs grow
Aside from the microlending firm earning the right amount of profit and its franchise model being able to provide jobs, Soliman said he is glad that the business is growing alongside its MSME clients. “We actually consider them partners, we want them to succeed in their business. Our interest rate is very friendly. We know that if we charge more, they will not earn from their business,” Soliman shared.

The majority of LT&G microlending clients are sari-sari stores and eateries followed by similar small businesses like repair shops, vulcanizing shops, secondhand stores (ukay-ukay), water stations, among others.

“Our advantage is that we are offering a lower interest rate and we are a legal business compared to informal lenders,” Soliman added.
“With our business system, many of our borrowers are renewing their credit line several times over. Plus we see them grow their respective businesses which is the most rewarding part of our business,” he said.

His case in point was a pili nut vendor in Legazpi City who sold his products in a heat-sealed plastic pouched and displayed under a makeshift stand by the roadside. After several loan renewals from LT&G, the seller now abides with DTI’s standards—the products are now neatly labeled and displayed inside a glass cabinet. Other businesses were mini-groceries now that were once sari-sari stores.

An evolving franchise
Soliman said the company is continuously evolving to be proactive on the risks involving such kind of business model. Each branch gets evaluated regularly to check on the risk-management measures. “We always try to find ways to minimize the risk vis a vis the acceptable budget,” he assured.

“Lending can be the best or the worse business,” he cautioned. “For us, we were able to study the science behind it. Qualifying the right borrowers is also a key factor,” he concluded.

With LT&G’s partnership with Francorp, the company is expecting for more franchise outlets opening across the country. From five branches, the company will be ending this year with 50 branches, 45 new branches are all franchise-owned.

Francorp Philippines is part of the worldwide network of Francorp International, a globally leading franchise development and consulting firm that has helped develop over 3,000 franchise businesses and assisted more than 10,000 companies worldwide in their franchise expansion.


This article is originally published and written by the Business Mirror which can be accessed online at

Mang Inasal marks a milestone anew with opening of 600th store
Posted at November 18, 2019

Mang Inasal (MI), one of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC)’s fastest-growing brands, celebrated another milestone as it formally opened its 600th store last November 8.

The newest home of the 2-in-1 sa Laki at Nuot-sa-Sarap Chicken Inasal opened at J.P Laurel National Highway Purok 1 Barangay Tambo Lipa City, Batangas.

Lipa City Vice Mayor Mark Aries Luancing (center) leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Mang Inasal’s (MI) 600th store in Tambo, Lipa, Batangas. He is accompanied by JFC Country Business Group Head for the Philippines Joseph Tanbuntiong (third from right), MI Business Unit Head Jojo Subido (third from left), and (from left) Franchisee Eric Reyes, MI South Luzon RBU Head Lelette Minerales, Restaurant Manager Evangeline Ebora, and Managing Director Eugene Reyes.

JFC Country Business Group Head for the Philippines Joseph Tanbuntiong and MI’s Business Unit Head Jojo P. Subido led the store blessing on November 7. They were joined by Lipa City Vice-Mayor Mark Luancing and the representative of Mayor Eric Africa, Atty. Willy Rivera, MI Regional Business Unit Head for South Luzon Lelette A. Minerales, MI South Luzon Operations Director Lucy Salazar, MI Tambo Lipa Franchisee Eric Reyes, MI Tambo Lipa Managing Director Eugene Reyes, and MI Tambo Lipa Restaurant Manager Evangeline Ebora.

To further create excitement over the new store, Mang Inasal worked jointly with Filipino visual artist Paulina Luz Sotto for the commemorative design of the 600th store marker and Pinoy jeepney art installation. Sotto is the grandchild of National Artist Arturo Luz, whose family hails from Lipa. The artwork was an abstract representation of Mang Inasal’s journey towards becoming a national icon in the quick-service restaurant industry.

Mang Inasal customers followed the jeepney art installation that marked the Road to 600th countdown. It started from the 591st store that opened in Quezon Boulevard, Manila. Then it moved through: Maranding, Lanao del Norte; Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte; Tacloban, Leyte; Olongapo, Zambales; Dagupan, Pangasinan; Tabuk, Kalinga; Rosario, Cavite; and Fairview, Quezon City.

Subido says, “We are honored to share this feat with our loyal customers, dedicated employees, and committed franchise business partners whose patronage and support saw us through the past 15 years.

“Our journey as an enterprise was made more memorable with all of you helping us make true Mang Inasal’s commitment to provide best-tasting, high quality, value-for-money food and a dining experience where our customers relish the uninhibited joy of eating,” Subido adds.

This article is originally published and written by the which can be accessed online at

PFA Participates in CIIE 2019

During the six-day 2nd edition of China International Import Expo (CIIE) 2019 in Shanghai, Republic of China, at least hundreds of globally recognized brands, business association and government departments were present.

As part of efforts to promote Philippine franchise brands to foreign partners, the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) is joining the 2nd edition of the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China. The six-day expo is participated in by about 100 countries and is expected to attract about 150,000 trade visitors and buyers.

The PFA delegation to the 2nd China International Import Expo with DTI USec Abdulgani Macatoman (5th from left) and other DTI officials namely Asst Director Agnes Legaspi of DTI-EMB (2nd from left); Senior Trade Representative Glenn Penaranda of PTIC-Beijing (3rd from left) and Vice Consul Mario Tani of PTIC-Shanghai.

The top-level PFA delegation is composed of PFA Chairman Emeritus Samie Lim; PFA Chairman Alan Escalona, PFA President Richard Sanz and PFA Director for Special Projects and ASEAN Chris Lim. Aside from promoting Philippine franchise brands going international, PFA is also promoting Franchise Asia Philippines 2020 to possible exhibitors. To date, a good number of companies have already expressed interest to participate in Asia’s biggest franchise show.

CIIE is a “major initiative of the Chinese government to firmly support trade liberalization and economic globalization and open the Chinese market to the world,” according to the official website of the organization.

Tap to order, wireless charging in new Jollibee stores

ABS – CBN News
Posted at November 12, 2019

MANILA – Jollibee Foods Corp said Tuesday it reopened another store with electronic menu boards, touting it as its “most modern” yet.

Customers at the renovated, 2-story Jollibee Katipunan only need to tap on giant screens instead of placing their order at the counters. Twenty-five branches offer the technology, the Philippines’ largest fast food operator said.

Using the kiosks reduced processing time for transactions by half, from placing the order to claiming, Jollibee data showed. Up to 63 percent of the total consumers in stores that offer the system use the self-ordering kiosk, Jollibee said.

“The Level Up Joy Store is the start of a new era for Jollibee and is part of our commitment to bring joy to our customers every step of the way – with our great tasting food, better looking stores, exciting innovations and warm, personalized service,” Jollibee Philippines president JJ Alano said.


The “Level Up” branded stores also offer wireless charging stations for customers who need to juice up their devices, Jollibee said.

Jollibee is also testing the roll-out of E-bikes for deliveries at the Katipunan branch and in other select stores in Metro Manila and Cavite. These will eventually replace its delivery fleet of motorbikes, the company said.

This article is originally published and written by the ABS – CBN News which can be accessed online at

PFA Promotes Philippine Franchises and FAPHL 2020 in Singapore

The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) participated in the recently held Franchising and Licensing Asia (FLAsia) 2019 in Singapore to help promote Philippine franchises to international partners and Franchise Asia Philippines 2020 to international exhibitors.

During said participation, PFA was able to get leads from several countries including US, UK, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore and others.

FLAsia is an annual franchise show organized by the Franchising and Licensing Association (FLA) of Singapore.

Menu, prices: Bicol’s Biggs is now in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Bicol’s biggest food chain, Bigg’s Diner, has officially made it to Manila – and this time, they’re calling it Biggs.

After 36 years of success in the Bicol region, the fast casual restaurant famous for its chicken, burgers, and ribs officially launched their first Manila branch at the lower ground of SM City Fairview on Friday, November 8, greeted by long lines of hungry fans both loyal and new.

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

GROUP SEATING. Bigg's SM Fairview branch can easily seat families and large groups of friends. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

GROUP SEATING. Bigg’s SM Fairview branch can easily seat families and large groups of friends. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Coming from a vast Bicol menu, Biggs had to streamline their Manila offerings, serving up just their main best-sellers for now.

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Here’s what you can expect from Biggs’ first Metro Manila branch:

Bigg’s Chicken

  • Crispy Chicken (1 pc) – P99
  • Crispy Chicken (2 pc) – P195
  • Cajun Chicken (1 pc) – P129
  • Cajun Chicken (2 pc) – P215
  • Chicken and Kebab – P223
  • Chicken in a Box (6 pcs) – P593
  • Chicken in a Box (8 pcs) – P758

BIGG'S DEAL. For P277, you can get Bigg's fried chicken, spaghetti, and kebab in one plate. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

BIGG’S DEAL. For P277, you can get Bigg’s fried chicken, spaghetti, and kebab in one plate. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Bigg’s Burger

  • Classic Burger – P59
  • Cheesy Burger – P79
  • Bacon Cheese Burger – P99
  • Bigg’s Burger – P189
  • Bigg’s Supreme Burger – P208
  • Bigg’s Double Burger – P252
  • Tower Burger – P340

BIGG'S SUPREME. Bigg's Supreme Burger is loaded with the works, including their secret sauce. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

BIGG’S SUPREME. Bigg’s Supreme Burger is loaded with the works, including their secret sauce. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler


  • French Fries – P55
  • Extreme Platter – P209
  • Happy and Fit Salad – P149
  • Nena’s Harvest Salad – P149
  • Power Veggies Salad – P149

Bigg’s Ribs

  • Southern Ribs (solo) – P329
  • Southern Ribs (sharing) – P599
  • Bigg’s Baby Back Ribs – P319

SOLO SIZE. You can get Bigg's Baby Back Ribs as a solo meal, which includes java rice and vegetables. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

SOLO SIZE. You can get Bigg’s Baby Back Ribs as a solo meal, which includes java rice and vegetables. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler

Classic Meals

  • Pork Cordon Bleu – P209
  • Pork Barbecue with Java Rice – P199
  • Salisbury Steak – P189
  • Louisana Fish Creole – P219
  • Tenderloin Tips – P189
  • Beef Salpicao – P189
  • Angus Pepper Beef – P189
  • Tuna Salpicao – P205

Bigg’s Pasta

  • Bigg’s Spaghetti – P79
  • Bigg’s Spaghetti with Chicken – P199
  • Bigg’s Deal (chicken, spaghetti, kebab) – P277
  • Bigg’s Carbonara – P85
  • Bigg’s Carbonara with Chicken – P189

MANGO GRAHAM SHAKE. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler MANGO GRAHAM SHAKE. Photo by Steph Arnaldo/Rappler


  • Cookies N’ Cream – P109
  • Mango Graham Shake – P129
  • Halo-Halo Supreme – P129

Who’s hungry? –

This article was written by Steph  Arnaldo and was originally published by Rappler which can be accessed online at


Lifelong Achievement Award for PFA Founding President

The World Franchise Council (WFC) conferred Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) Chairman Emeritus Dr. Samie Lim with a Lifelong Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions in the global franchise industry during the International Franchise Exhibition (IFE) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Dr. Lim is the Father of Philippine Franchising and is considered one of the key voices of the global franchising community. He is also a strong proponent of the internationalization of Philippine franchise brands.

PFA Chairman Emeritus Samie Lim is sharing insights on the current issues affecting the Philippine franchising sector

The awarding was held recently at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Presenting the award were Dr. Hatem ZAKI, Head of WFC General Secretariat & Executive Board Member of the Egyptian Franchise Develop. Assoc. (EFDA), His Excellency Abdullah Al Saleh, Undersecretary of Ministry for Economy of Foreign Trade (UAE) and His Excellency Mohamed Helal Almheiri, Chairman of Emirates Association for Franchise Development & Director General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

WFC is a global association with more than 40 members. It shares a goal with PFA – to promote the growth of franchising globally through the sharing of best practices among its members.

Meanwhile, the 7th edition of IFE was an opportunity for franchise brands across the globe to promote their products and services in the Middle East. The exhibition featured various business opportunities including tourism, hospitality, trade, health, education, retail, food and beverage.

Manila PESO, McDonald’s hold orientation for 62 senior citizens to work in 22 stores in Manila

Report by Richa Noriega
Published online by the Manila Bulletin, November 6, 2019

The Manila Public Employment Services Office (PESO) and McDonald’s Philippines on Monday held an orientation for 62 senior citizens who will be working in its 22 stores in the capital city.

In a Facebook post, the Manila Public Information Office shared photos of the 62 senior citizens who were part of the orientation.

“The Manila Public Employment Services Office (PESO) and McDonald’s Philippines on Monday, November 4, held an orientation for 62 senior citizens who will be working in 22 stores in the nation’s capital,” the caption read.

Last September 9, the city government of Manila has signed a memorandum of agreement with McDonald’s to hire 135 senior citizens and persons with disabilities in its 40 stores across the metro.

The qualified applicants will undergo a training program approved by the PESO of Manila and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The partnership will provide senior citizens and PWDs, the opportunity to earn, learn and develop new skills. (With a report from Erma Edera)

This article is originally published by the Manila Bulletin which can be accessed online at