Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Jollibee Group, Pasig LGU to Provide Jobs to Senior Citizens and PWDs

Inclusive Employment Program. The Jollibee Group and the Pasig City Government inked a partnership for the implementation of the company’s inclusive employment program that will provide qualified senior citizens and persons with disability in Pasig with jobs at select stores of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Burger King in the city.


The Jollibee Group has recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the city government of Pasig, represented by its Mayor Vico Sotto, as part of the company’s inclusive employment program that provides gainful employment to qualified senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD) in select stores in Pasig of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Burger King.  


It’s Time for Pasig. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto personally welcomed the delegation from the Jollibee Group during the MOA Signing ceremonies held at the Pasig City Hall.


According to Ruth Angeles, Jollibee Group Vice President and Head, Global Organization Leadership and Culture and Head, Human Resources Philippines, the partnership with city government of Pasig is consistent with Jollibee Group’s commitment to providing equal employment opportunities to different sectors of society, while promoting inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. 

“We are happy to support the local government unit of Pasig in advancing the interests of our elderly and the differently abled. Through this partnership, we recognize their invaluable role, capacity, and desire to work by giving them the opportunity to become productive members of the community. We aim to form partnerships with other LGUs in the future so we can help uplift more lives and find qualified and reliable staff who can join us in our mission of spreading the joy of eating to everyone.” ~Ruth Angeles, Jollibee Group Vice President and Head, Global Organization Leadership and Culture and Head, Human Resources Philippines

Partners for Promoting the Well-Being of Senior Citizens and PWDs. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is joined by the Jollibee Group delegation that includes operations team from the participating brands Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Burger King.


Under the agreement, Pasig City’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO) will assist in conducting initial interviews and profiling of the applicants, while the People with Disability Affairs Office and the Office of the Senior Citizen’s Affairs will provide trainers to assist and instruct qualified applicants prior to deployment. 

Meanwhile, the City Health Office will serve as the official medical institution to conduct the health examinations and issue certificates as ‘fit to work’ for qualified applicants. Successful applicants will be given “front of house” duties, including work as customer relations staff. 

Besides Pasig City, Jollibee Group has also partnered with the local government units of Manila, Antipolo, and Muntinlupa, and the provincial government of Rizal so more senior citizens and PWDs can benefit from the program. 












About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 18 brands with over 6,800 stores across 33 countries including the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. JFC also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 92% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Recently, the Jollibee Group has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company that will own and operate Tiong Bahru Bakery and Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines. 

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 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 sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Jollibee Group was named the Philippines' most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia's Fab 50 Companies and among the World's Best Employers and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The company is also a two-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the only Philippine-based company to receive the distinction. 

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com

Globe Group, local partners turn Lolo, Lola into #SeniorDigizens in digital inclusion push



Leading digital solutions platform Globe Group is set to transform the digital landscape for Filipino seniors with its innovative "Teach Me How To Digi" #SeniorDigizen Learning Session, set on January 25 at the Skydome, SM North Edsa. 

Gathering at least 220 senior citizens in half a day of enriching tech learning, the #SeniorDigizens event is backed by some of the biggest brands in tech and retail, and by senior citizen advocates from the government. 

“It’s really very important that our senior citizens learn digital skills because in the future, a lot of services will truly become fully digital. We have to help the seniors overcome their fear. And I guarantee you that once you try it, it’s going to be as easy or much easier than the old manual way.” ~Ernest Cu, Globe Group President and CEO

“As digitalization accelerates, tech adoption should be simple and easy for everyone, no matter the age. Technology should not be intimidating or difficult for our seniors, and they should be able to enjoy its benefits. The goal of our #SeniorDigizens campaign is to equip them with knowledge that will help them adopt new tech and apps that address their day to day pain points.” ~Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer of the Globe Group

The event features learning sessions on digital skills: How to create a Gmail account to be facilitated by Google, a 101 course on using smartphones via Globe, and sessions on using fintech platform GCash and telehealth service KonsultaMD. 
 
Apart from hosting the event at Sky Dome, retail giant, SM, is providing an opportunity for senior citizens to join the Super Grannies Club (SGC), the grandest Facebook community for seasoned individuals. As SGC members, participants gain early access to events, exclusive mall deals and updates on SM Cares programs. These include health and wellness activities like Walk for Life, the award-winning Emergency Preparedness Forum and community service programs that enable a fun, active and productive lifestyle for lolos and lolas. 

SM’s loyalty program SMAC, meanwhile, sponsored the event in SM Malls, as it is one with Globe in giving importance and joy to senior citizens. 

“We are happy to support Globe in bringing to fruition our shared vision of digitalizing seniors. SM has long given seniors priority in our initiatives, and so our partnership with Globe for the #SeniorDigizens campaign is natural and seamless.” ~Jay Beltran, Head of Sales and Marketing, Digital Advantage Corporation (DAC)

The National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC), led by its Chairperson and CEO Atty. Frank Quijano, has a booth where seniors will be guided on how to register in its database, which the agency hopes to build to take stock of the living situation, health concerns, skills and other important information about the country’s roughly 11 million senior citizens. The NCSC will also bring volunteers to help seniors in tech tutorials. 

“We thank Globe for embarking on this program that addresses major concerns when it comes to seniors: digitalization and online safety. We at NCSC have been pursuing our own efforts to bring the elderly into the digital space safely, and we are happy to find an ally in the private sector to introduce seniors to new technologies while at the same time protecting them from the dangers that lurk online.” ~Atty. Frank Quijano, The National Commission of Senior Citizens Chairperson and CEO

Rep. Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay of United Senior Citizens Partylist is also on board, bringing senior citizen delegates to the event.

“We’d like to congratulate Globe for giving seniors priority through its #SeniorDigizens campaign. This is an initiative worth emulating. United Senior Citizens Partylist is one with Globe in seeing this through.” ~Rep. Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay of United Senior Citizens Partylist

The Quezon City government also brought a delegation of senior citizens to the event and provided crucial logistics support. 

“The city government of Quezon City is proud to partner with Globe in this undertaking. In QC, we give our seniors top priority in terms of public services to help them live their sunset years as active and productive members of society. This project is key in helping them transition into a digital life and help them enjoy the benefits of modern technology.” ~Joy Belmonte, Quezon City Mayor

Meanwhile, #TeamGlobeofGood influencers Kiray Celis and Chuckie Dreyfus are lending their talent and bringing entertainment to the event, while internet personality Lester “Buji” Babiera, a talent of Globe Group agency NYMA, is bringing his brand of dynamic hosting onstage. 

The #SeniorDigizen learning session, a significant effort to close the digital divide for the elderly, follows the success of the “Teach Me How to Digi” TikTok contest held in September last year. The contest received over 200 impressive videos showcasing tech lessons imparted by younger family members to their senior loved ones. 

At the event, Globe will award 25 winners with prizes worth P25,000. They will also get to take part in the learning session. 

"We are excited to help our senior citizens take their first steps into the digital world, ensuring they are not left behind in this fast-paced digital era. This event is our commitment to ensuring that they are not just consumers of technology but actively engaged in the evolving tech-savvy society.” ~Liza Reyes, Public Relations and Communications Strategy Head at the Globe Group

Globe’s #SeniorDigizen campaign promises not only to educate but also inspire a new generation of empowered seniors, ready to engage and connect in today's rapidly evolving digital environment.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph

The Aristocrat Restaurant renews partnership with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) and The Aristocrat Restaurant extend partnership until 2026. Present during the ceremonial contract signing ceremony were (from left to right) PCPPI Region Commercial Head for National Key Accounts – Food Service Alex Catindig, Roxas Food Ventures Inc. (The Aristocrat Restaurant) Business Development Head Sylvia Reyes, PCPPI President and Chief Executive Officer Phyo Phyu Noe, Roxas Food Ventures Inc. President Raymund Reyes, PCPPI Chief Commercial Officer Lyndon J. Cuadra, and PCPPI Region Commercial Head for National Key Accounts – Retail Business Maricel Guro. Under the agreement, all 17 branches of The Aristocrat Restaurant will exclusively serve PCPPI’s carbonated soft drink brands, as well as Premier Purified Water until 2026. 


The Aristocrat Restaurant, a well-known Filipino restaurant chain, was recently informed by Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) that until 2026, its 17 locations across Metro Manila and Luzon will exclusively serve popular beverage brands such as Pepsi, 7-Up, Mountain Dew, Mug, and Premier Purified Water. The formal agreement marking was gone to by Roxas Food Adventures Inc's. (The Blue-blood Café) President Raymund Reyes and Business Advancement Head Sylvia Reyes, as well as PCPPI's Leader and Chief Phyo Phyu Noe and Boss Business Official Lyndon J. Cuadra.

The Aristocrat Restaurant began operations in 1936 at their first branch along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. The oldest surviving restaurant in the country has been an integral part of the culinary landscape, and its enduring legacy has recently been recognized on a global scale as one of the most legendary restaurants in the world. In 2013, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines officially recognized The Aristocrat Restaurant as a historic site, with its marker right outside their flagship location. In 2024, the iconic Filipino restaurant will celebrate its 88th anniversary. The partnership between PCPPI and The Aristocrat Restaurant began in 2007.

For more information about PCPPI and its brands, please visit www.pepsiphilippines.com.  













About Pepsi Philippines
Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) is the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the Philippines, with a relationship spanning 70 years. PCPPI's principal stockholders are Lotte Corporation, Lotte Chilsung Beverage Co. Ltd., and Quaker Global Investments B.V. PCPPI manufactures and sells well-known beverage brands: Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier, Milkis, and Aquafina. It has established 13 regional operations sites across the country, serving around 20,000 direct customers that reach 740,000 outlets, and providing livelihood and employment through its extensive distribution network.

PCPPI is committed to create a positive impact on society with programs focused on employee and community empowerment, responsible and ethical operations, and environmental sustainability. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

BingoPlus vibrates with the Cebuanos for “Prititit” Sinulog 2024



BingoPlus, your comprehensive entertainment and amusement platform and the first online Bingo app in the country, honors the biggest and most popular festival in Cebu City, the Sinulog.   

The Sinulog Festival is an annual celebration held every third Sunday of January in Cebu. The festival is also known for its street parties, which happen during the night. It is also tagged as one of the Grandest Festivals in the country. 





To kick-off the brand’s support, BingoPlus started its on-ground presence by staging its first booth on January 6 at the World Tent City. Cebuanos immediately felt the fun and entertainment through the games that were set up in the booths, such as the color game and ring toss. Additional BingoPlus booths were also staged at Fuente Osmena, Plaza Independencia, and SRP Grandstand to reach a larger audience and to spread the fun and entertainment. Adding-up to the activities previously mentioned, photo wall, winner drop ball, roll the dice, and archery were also an engagement activity in the BingoPlus booth. 








To further highlight Sinulog, BingoPlus gave recognition to Cebuanos who are seen dedicated and passionate in their craft in different events such as the Miss Cebu 2024, Sinulog Idol 2024, Sinulog Festival Queen, and Sinulog Dance Crew. 

The brand awarded Miss Runway by BingoPlus and a P10,000 cash to Zoe Cameron and Miss BingoPlus Cebu 2024 with a P30,000 cash to Sofia Mendheart Jumamoy during the Miss Cebu Pre-Pageant event held on January 10. Moreover, on January 17 during the Miss Cebu 2024 Coronation Night, Zoe Cameron received another award which is the Miss Charity by BingoPlus award and a P30,000 cash. The brand also supported the Sinulog Idol 2024 and awarded the BingoPlus Choice Award with P10,000 cash to JayR Panucialman, who was also hailed as the Grand Winner of Sinulog Idol and received an additional P5,000 in cash from BingoPlus. Sinulog Festival Queen and Sinulog Dance Crew both commenced on January 19. BingoPlus sponsored P10,000 in cash for the BingoPlus Choice Award. On the other hand, Mary Love Lopez was recognized as Miss BingoPlus Festival Queen and received P20,000 cash. 

To wrap off the brand presence, BingoPlus participated in the float parade on January 21, where thousands of spectators witnessed all the beautiful, festive, and grandest floats from different sponsors and contingents. People endured the heat to show support to their favorites. On that same day, BingoPlus variety show day 1 was held in Plaza Independencia and in World Tent City for day 2. Cebuanos were truly entertained in this 2-day BingoPlus event as they witnessed performances by Tony Labrusca, Paul Salas, G22 and more. Furthermore, P150,000 worth of raffle prizes (minor and major) and game prizes were given away, and P50,000 in cash was raffled on the second day. It was indeed one successful prititit Sinulog experience for BingoPlus. 




Such efforts are the brand’s own way of giving back all the support and gratitude that it has received. It is also indeed a reaffirmation that BingoPlus holds its mission to be the leading leisure and entertainment provider. 

BingoPlus and ArenaPlus proudly stand as flagship brands under Digiplus Interactive Corp, solidifying its position as a leading gaming and leisure provider in the country. For more updates, visit www.bingoplus.com and www.arenaplus.net or download the apps now via the App Store and Google Play.

Organic Dairy PH: Danish Dairy Board launches awareness campaign on European organic dairy in the Philippines



The Danish Dairy Board (DDB), an interbrand organization representing dairies in Denmark, supported by the European Union (EU), has launched an educational campaign called Organic Dairy PH to raise awareness about European organic dairy in the Philippines. This initiative is designed to highlight the excellence of European organic dairy, its nutritional benefits, and the sustainable practices guiding its production. Through this campaign, DDB aims to empower consumers to make informed and satisfying choices when selecting organic dairy products. 

Organic dairy products—such as organic UHT full cream milk, organic UHT low-fat milk, organic fresh milk, organic low-fat fresh milk, and organic cream cheese—are produced using a holistic approach that prioritizes natural, sustainable practices. This approach conforms to strict standards that prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and genetically modified organisms. It focuses on practices that promote animal welfare, preserve biodiversity and the environment, ensure a supply of safe and nutritious food, and reduce climate impact.  

Moreover, dairy products play a significant role in developing a nutritious diet for both children and adults, as they are packed with essential nutrients, including protein, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins like B2 and B12.  

To help consumers in the Philippines learn more about European organic dairy, DDB has launched a 3-year educational campaign, co-funded by the EU. This initiative is particularly timely, aligning with the growing concern among consumers about the nutritional content of their food. A recent study by Food Industry Asia reveals that 94% of surveyed consumers actively check for nutrition information on packaging before making food or drink purchases. In addition, the demand for dairy products in the Philippines is expected to increase by 3 percent, reaching 3.5 million metric tons in liquid milk equivalent by 2024, according to the USDA. 

"Producing high-quality dairy products involves a deep respect for the land, the animals, and the consumers. It is about creating a harmonious, sustainable system that prioritizes quality without compromising on ethical standards. Through the campaign, our aim is to help consumers understand what makes organic dairy naturally good, particularly the numerous benefits it delivers to our body and the environment.” ~Mr. Ejvind Pedersen, Manager, Organic Food and Farming, Danish Agriculture & Food Council

The campaign includes Tasting Days at leading supermarkets and grocery stores in Metro Manila where consumers can sample organic dairy products until January 2024. Participating locations include Landers (Alabang, Arcovia, UP Town Center, BGC), SM Supermarket (Aura, Megamall), The Landmark Supermarket (Alabang, BGC, Makati, Trinoma), South Supermarket (Filinvest), and The Marketplace (Central Square, EDSA Shangri-La, Glorietta/Makati, Greenbelt, Rockwell).  

Additionally, DDB will conduct VIP Consumer Classes, which will give attendees an opportunity to dive deeper into Europe’s expertise in producing high-quality organic dairy, gain insights into the nutritional benefits of organic dairy products, and learn several tips on creating meal plans and tasty dishes with organic dairy. DDB will also collaborate with influencers as well as parenting and food communities on social media throughout the campaign for a more interactive and engaging learning experience. Interested participants may follow Organic Dairy PH on Facebook and Instagram for more updates on how to register. 

Consumers participating in these activities will receive an exclusive consumer kit, featuring the Naturally Good magazine published by DDB. The magazine is designed to be a helpful resource that offers a wealth of information on organic dairy production, along with easy and delicious recipes infused with the goodness of organically sourced ingredients. 

"The Danish Dairy Board is thrilled to see more consumers in the Philippines embrace the quality and rich tradition of European organic dairy as a result of this campaign. We believe consumers deserve access to a diverse range of top-tier dairy options that not only offer exceptional taste but also adhere to stringent standards and sustainability practices.” ~Mr. Lars Witt Jensen, Senior Marketing Manager, DDB

Stay tuned for upcoming events and discover the naturally good benefits that European organic dairy brings to your table. Follow Organic Dairy PH on Facebook and Instagram to learn more. 

 












Disclaimer: Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are, however, those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Executive Agency (REA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. 


About the Danish Dairy Board 
The Danish Dairy Board represents the Danish dairy industry. They support their members in their work to provide healthy, safe, and tasty dairy products for customers and consumers across the globe.

Mapúa University and Altair Global Academic Program Join Forces

Altair and Mapúa University signed a partnership for the launch of the Centre of Excellence. Top line, from left: Eng Ban Wee (Altair Technical Director of ASEAN), Engr. Mabel Songson (VP for Academic Affairs MMCL), Dr. Lilibeth Sabino (Senior AVP for Academic Affairs), Engr. Hilmer Medrano (EVP and COO of MMCL), Raul Tan (EVP and COO of Mapúa University), Ericson D. Dimaunahan (Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning), and Nilo S. Cruz (Country Strategic Advisor of Altair in the Philippines). Bottom line, from left: Satish Ramakrishna (Lead for Altair Global Academic Relationship with Universities), Dr. Dodjie Maestrecampo (President and CEO of Mapúa University), and Srirangam Srirangarajan (Altair’s Managing Director). 


Collaboration will strengthen the Altair Global Academic Program and advance its digital transformation and research initiatives

Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR), a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI), has entered a strategic collaboration with Mapúa University, a pillar of academic excellence in the Philippines. The collaboration will strengthen the Altair Global Academic Program and advance its digital transformation and research initiatives. In addition, Altair's RapidMiner will transform the educational landscape of Mapúa University and its subsidiaries, the Mapua Malayan Colleges in Mindanao and Laguna.

“At Altair, we believe in the power of academia to drive societal transformation through technology. It’s our firm belief that our work together will upskill engineers and foster academic excellence, innovation, and industry collaboration, resulting in top-tier professionals filling the global skill gap. Using technologies like digital twin, AI, machine learning, physics simulations, high-performance computing (HPC), data science, and more from our portfolio will propel Mapúa University regionally and globally.” ~Srirangam Srirangarajan, managing director for the ASEAN and ANZ regions, Altair

Srirangam Srirangarajan, managing director for the ASEAN and ANZ regions, Altair


By joining forces with Altair to establish a Center of Excellence (CoE), Mapúa University becomes the first university in the Philippines to have a private, managed cloud infrastructure. This fosters experiential and research-based learning with best-in-class software and compute infrastructure, complemented by industry-ready tutorials and workshops conducted by industry and technology experts. The CoE certification program offers a competitive advantage for placements and virtual internships, preparing students for student competitions, research publications, and the development of new vocational courses and curricula.

“Mapúa University, a global education leader, provides graduates with digital skills and the ability to master the ever-changing landscape of artificial intelligence. We use innovation to build the university of the future, preparing students for a world transformed by intelligent technologies.” ~Dr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, president and CEO of Mapúa University

Dr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, president and CEO of Mapúa University


Mapúa University, with its rich 99-year legacy, is known as one of the world's best universities and  has consistently held a leading position in the Philippines. Boasting a four-star rating for excellence by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS Ranking), the institution is deeply committed to research, innovation, and globally recognized undergraduate programs.

In a highly competitive education industry, Mapúa University aspires to achieve global visibility, enhance value for aspiring students, and provide a competitive edge within its curricula. The institution aims to attract high-quality teaching staff, improve QS rankings, and entice more students. The goal is to establish a state-of-the-art technology sandbox, fostering product/solution design simulation, industrial collaborative projects, and incubation projects.


Members of Mapua University and Altair share a celebratory toast for their partnership. From left to right: Dean Ariel Kelly Balan (Dean of the School of IT Mapúa University), Satish Ramakrishna (Lead for Altair Global Academic Relationship with Universities), Eng Ban Wee (Altair Technical Director of ASEAN), Dr. Dodjie Maestrecampo (President and CEO of Mapúa University), Srirangam Srirangarajan (Altair Managing Director), Dr. Reynaldo Vea (Chairman and CEO of iPeople Inc.), Nilo S. Cruz (Country Strategic Advisor of Altair in the Philippines), and Ericson D. Dimaunahan (Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning). 


Altair's Global Academic Program aligns seamlessly with Mapúa University's aspirations, offering support for curriculum development, student competitions, research publications, and event presentations. The program includes innovative licensing and best-in-class self and tutor-led training content on contemporary subjects such as mechatronics, model-based simulation, data analytics with AI and machine learning, and more, providing a differentiated learning experience for both students and trainers.


Collaboration Genesis:
The collaboration between Mapúa University and Altair was initiated during the Dean's convention at Mindanao in 2023. Altair's team engaged with President Dr. Dodjie Maestrecampo, presenting a comprehensive overview of Altair's solutions and competencies in Digital Transformation and Digital Twin technology. The focus was on providing an edge and value differentiator for students across the university and its subsidiaries.

President Dodjie, a visionary in generative AI, expressed a strong desire to modernize curricula, offering a differentiated learning experience to students and research scholars. Dean Ariel Kelly Balan, Dean for the School of Information Technology, further solidified the collaboration by successfully implementing Rapid Miner AI & ML-driven Data Science and Analytics solutions in the Makati campus for non-engineering courses.











About Altair
Altair is a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future. For more information, visit https://www.altair.com/.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

BPI champions sustainability, launches electric vehicle for employees

The electric vehicle will provide free shuttle service to BPI employees commuting to and from MRT Buendia Station and BPI Buendia Center. Soon, it will add another stop at One Ayala Terminal.


The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has leased a new electric vehicle (EV) unit in a bid to gradually replace its old gas-powered fleet vehicles and curtail its greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption.

BPI has partnered with Global Electric Transportation (GET), a provider of EVs that use fast-charging lithium-ion batteries, to supply its new EV unit that will be used to provide free shuttle services for its employees travelling between BPI Buendia Center and MRT Buendia Station.

“In BPI, we believe that the first step to building a sustainable future is by starting within ourselves, within the organization. We are excited to roll out a more environment-friendly and sustainable shuttle service for our employees. This forms part of our mission to help build a better Philippines—one family, one community at a time.” ~TG Limcaoco, BPI President and CEO

The EV could potentially reduce the Bank’s diesel consumption by 30,000 liters per year, which in turn will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40,000 kilograms of CO2 per year.

“We are glad to see that more companies are pushing for the use of EVs and starting to realize its positive impact not only on the environment but also on their bottom line. We are happy to partner with BPI and support their sustainability initiatives through our sustainable transport solutions.” ~Freddie Tinga, GET President

BPI and GET executives host an inaugural ride of the electric vehicle.


The EV features a wider body and plenty of passenger room for 30 people compared with traditional shuttles that can only accommodate and ferry up to 15 passengers at a time.

In terms of social inclusivity, the EV has a wheelchair ramp that allows persons with disabilities (PWDs) to easily board and alight the vehicle. The ramp also allows easier boarding for people carrying bikes and other wheeled items. 


BPI President and CEO TG Limcaoco and GET President Freddie Tinga (center) launched the electric vehicle service for BPI employees. With them are (from left): Severino Sumulong, GET Director of Legal Services; Frankie Endriga, GET Chief Operating Officer; Anthony Dy, GET Managing Director; Jaime Zobel Urquijo, BPI Director and Ayala Corporation Chief Sustainability and Risk Officer; Eugenio Mercado, BPI Head of Enterprise Operations; and Carlo Poblete, BPI Head of Facilities Services and Management.


The EV also harnesses an intelligent fleet management system, with features such as GPS tracking, route optimization, and maintenance alert which can be accessed through the GETPASS App.

The initiative mirrors BPI’s commitment to sustainability and continuous efforts to cultivate and entrench a sustainability mindset within the organization.

In 2023, BPI won 14 ESG-focused awards from foreign and Philippine award-giving bodies, including Finance Asia, Global Finance, The Asset, and Asiamoney. In 2022, the Bank also won 10 sustainability-themed awards. 

Monday, January 22, 2024

Jollibee USA Opens First Store in the State of Michigan, USA: Despite freezing weather, hundreds of Detroiters line up to try Jollibee’s signature Chickenjoy

A long line of people and cars flocked for the opening of Jollibee’s first location in Michigan state. Despite having to close the store early due to extreme weather conditions, Jollibee Sterling Heights was still able to exceed sales targets.


The snow did not bother Detroiters who appeared undeterred by the freezing conditions in Sterling Heights, Michigan as they saw the eagerly awaited opening of Jollibee's most memorable store in Michigan state.

“We are thrilled to be opening our first store in the state of Michigan, an important milestone in Jollibee’s accelerated North America growth strategy. As the 10th largest U.S. state in terms of population, there is a huge opportunity for Jollibee to grow and thrive with the local communities in Michigan. We’re excited to introduce the residents of Michigan to Chickenjoy and the Jollibee experience.” ~Ernesto Tanmantiong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jollibee Group

In Detroit, Michigan's first capital, the landmark Jollibee store is at 44935 Woodridge Drive, in front of the Lakeside Mall. While it needed to stop eat in administrations sooner than anticipated because of the awful climate, Jollibee Authentic Levels actually surpassed its first day of the season deals target, supported by many hungry Detroiters who requested through the store's twofold path drive-through.

“Despite the intense cold on the day of our opening, local Detroiters still came in droves to have a taste of our Jollibee favorites. We are truly grateful for their love and support. We look forward to seeing both familiar faces and first-time customers at our first Michigan location in the close-knit Sterling Heights community, where we can’t wait to create many new joyful moments for those who call the Detroit area home.” ~Maribeth Dela Cruz, President of Jollibee North America
FIRST IN MICHIGAN. Despite sub-zero weather in Sterling Heights, Detroiters flocked to witness the opening of Jollibee’s first location in the state of Michigan.


Among Jollibee–Sterling Heights’ opening-day bestsellers include Jollibee’s signature crispy and juicy Chickenjoy fried chicken, Chicken Sandwich (both regular and spicy versions), and Peach Mango Pie.

The Great Lakes State is officially the 14th U.S. state that Jollibee has reached in the market since it started its aggressive expansion effort in the region. Jollibee’s expansion in the market forms part of the Jollibee Group’s overall vision to be one of the top 5 restaurant companies in the world. For more information on the Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com.













About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 18 brands with over 6,800 stores across 34 countries including the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. JFC also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 92% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Recently, the Jollibee Group has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company that will own and operate Tiong Bahru Bakery and Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines. 

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 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 sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Jollibee Group was named the Philippines' most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia's Fab 50 Companies and among the World's Best Employers and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The company is also a two-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the only Philippine-based company to receive the distinction. 

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Blacklist International Stars OhMyV33nus and Wise Share Their Seamless Experience With the OPPO A98 5G — An Ultimate All-Rounder Smartphone



Blacklist International's OhMyV33nus and Wise, collectively known as VeeWise, reveal what makes the OPPO A98 5G an ideal smartphone for Filipino’s every smartphone needs.

OPPO has consistently launched smartphones that suit and address a user’s demand. Whether you’re a young professional who lives an active lifestyle, a student who requires a phone’s assistance for everyday requirements, or maybe an avid TV/movie buff who binge watches for hours on the phone, an all-rounder smartphone that achieves more is a must-have.

The OPPO A98 5G is a suitable smartphone candidate because it has versatile features every user needs and wants. Blacklist International and OPPO Fam members VeeWise shared that the OPPO A98 5G impressed them with how it blends reliability and multifunctional performance in one device. Read on to know their thoughts on their favorite features of the device.


A Powerful Processor for Seamless Gameplay

A reliable, quality processor allows a smartphone to deliver a solid, all-around performance for everyday use. It ensures that the device is capable of smooth multitasking and worry-free gaming sessions.

The OPPO A98 5G is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G chipset that ensures exceptional performance and power efficiency, meaning even the most demanding games run smoothly without lag or hiccups.  “Personally, happy ako to have this OPPO A98 5G because I need a smartphone that has good performance and walang lag lalo na when I am playing mobile games. Buti  malakas yung chipset niya so sure and mataas yung ROM so sure na no lags.,” shares OhMyV33nus. “Everytime we have training or practice, this is the phone we use kasi less yung lag and long battery life kaya uninterrupted yung bawat run lalo pag in-game kami.” 
 

Immersive Display that Brings Games and Visuals to Life

The display enhances the overall smartphone experience because it adds next-level excitement and intensity to the games and apps being used. Wise notes the significance of this feature for mobile gaming, “Kapag naglalaro na kami, nagiging kami yung heroes or avatar na pinipili namin, kaya okay yung visuals ng OPPO A98 5G kasi mas feel namin yung laro. Super clear ng screen at kitang-kita lahat ng visuals kaya nakaka gana mag laro”.

With a 120Hz refresh rate, every frame is rendered with unparalleled smoothness, eliminating motion blur and ensuring you never miss a beat. This means users can enjoy fast social media scrolling, a smooth transition from one application to another, better video streaming quality, etc.

 
Dynamic Audio to Elevate the Device Audio Performance

Gamers are well-acquainted with how changes in sound effects can transform the atmosphere, ramping up the excitement during gameplay. This significantly alters the thrill of the overall gaming experience. With OPPO’s technologies, the OPPO A98 5G’'s dual stereo speakers provide rich, detailed audio that transports gamers straight into the game.

Another feature that pro gamer Wise loves from the OPPO A98 5G is its ability to amplify sound up to 200%. “Yung Ultra-Volume Mode feature ng OPPO A98 sobrang love ko kasi malakas talaga maka hype yung sound in playing games or kahit watching or streaming lang sa Youtube” Wise shares. Get a total feel when listening to an adventure game's addicting soundtrack or a battle royale's intense sound effects, as the device's immersive audio puts you right in the middle of the action.


Long-lasting Battery for ninterrupted Gaming Sessions

Nothing is more disappointing than stopping a game to charge your phone, especially when you’re really into it. “Lakas makasira ng momentum pag biglang mag notify yung low battery, lalo pag nasa gitna ka ng intense na laro.” Ohmyv33nus agrees. “Buti mahaba battery life ng OPPO A98, so madalang kami mainterrupt sa mga games. Tapos hindi ka pa masaydong mabibitin pag na lowbatt kasi sobrang bilis lang niya mag charge.” Wise added. 

Good thing that the OPPO A98 5G contains a massive 5000mAh battery that can power your gaming sessions for hours on end. And when you're ready to take a break, the 67W SUPERVOOC charging technology quickly replenishes your battery so you can get back to the game in no time.


Buy An OPPO A98 5G Smartphone for an Elevated Gaming Experience Today!

Get it from seasoned esports champions, the OPPO A98 5G empowers you to dominate the virtual world and experience gaming like never before. The OPPO A98 5G retails for Php 18,999 available for purchase at any OPPO store nationwide. 

To know more about OPPO’s A98 5G and the rest of the A Series, visit the official website https://www.oppo.com/ph/ or OPPO Philippines’ official social media pages on Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok.












About OPPO
OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since the launch of its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO also provides its users with the ColorOS operating system and internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO has footprints in more than 60 countries and regions, with more than 40,000 employees dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

Jollibee Group Opens the First Common Man Coffee Roasters Café in PH: Marks the company’s first foray into specialty coffee, all-day brunch

Ready to cut the ribbon for the launching of the first Common Man Coffee Roasters café in the Philippines. Photo shows (from left to right): Jollibee Group’s AVP and Head of Business Development for Foreign Franchised Brands, Ned Bandojo; Jollibee Group’s President and Group Head for Greenwich, Red Ribbon, & Foreign Franchised Brands, JJ Alano; Spa Esprit Group’s General Manager for Food Division, Michael Bovell; Jollibee Group’s Chief Business Officer, Joseph Tanbuntiong; Spa Esprit Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Common Man Coffee Roasters, Koon Beng “KB” Chua; Ambassador of Singapore to the Philippines, Her Excellency Constance See; Vice Mayor of the City Government of Makati, Honorable Monique Lagdameo; Jollibee Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Ernesto Tanmantiong; Ayala Malls’ President, Mariana Zobel de Ayala; Jollibee Group’s Chief of Real Estate and Design Officer & Chief Business Support Officer, William Tan Untiong; Ayala Land Estates Inc.’s Group Deputy Head, Chris Maglanoc; and Common Man Coffee Roasters’ Operations Head, Chynna Ramos.


The Jollibee Group is off to a great start this year in 2024 with the opening of the first Common Man Coffee Roasters (CMCR) in the Philippines on January 11, 2024 at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City. This milestone is part of Jollibee's event. The group's aggressive growth plans for this year, in line with its vision to become one of the five best restaurants in the world.

“We’re excited to bring the Common Man Coffee Roasters in the country and give the community an elevated café experience. Common Man’s consciously sourced coffee and numerous deliciously healthy brunch options contribute to this experience and help fulfill our mission of spreading the joy of eating to everyone. We invite everyone to come visit our first ever Common Man Coffee Roasters café.” ~Ernesto Tanmantiong, Jollibee Group’s President and CEO


Championing specialty coffee & brunch

Established in 2013, Common Man Coffee Roasters aims to champion specialty coffee and the best all-day brunch and has expanded from Singapore to Malaysia, and now the Philippines. It also roasts and sells coffee beans and operates the Coffee Barista Academy in Singapore and Malaysia, which provides coffee training to baristas and coffee enthusiasts.

In the Philippines, the breadth of the café’s menu includes different types of specialty coffee, bannered by the Nitro Honey Oat Latte and Filter Brew. Its brunch is thoughtfully crafted, headlined by the Common Man Full Breakfast that has generous servings of sausage, bacon, portobello mushroom, hash browns, house-made baked chorizo beans, and greens along with artisanal sourdough. The crowd favorite Common Man Beef Brisket Benedict packs an indulging punch of savory in its tender braised beef topped by poached eggs and creamy hollandaise.  

The first location in the country, which has a modern, casual, “come as you are” ambiance, also features its own roastery. 

"Having a roastery on site for us to showcase the roasting method will not only help the customers understand the coffee process better, but it will also offer a unique dining and sensory experience for them." ~Koon Beng Chua, CEO of the Spa Esprit Group, which operates Common Man Coffee Roasters in Singapore

A toast to the first brew! The opening of the Common Man Coffee Roasters’ first café in the country brings in consciously sourced coffee and all-day brunch together – aiming to elevate the café experience for Filipinos. Photo shows (counter clockwise): Jollibee Group’s Chief Business Officer, Joseph Tanbuntiong; Spa Esprit Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Common Man Coffee Roasters Co-founder, Koon Beng “KB” Chua; Ambassador of Singapore to the Philippines, Her Excellency Constance See; Vice Mayor of the City Government of Makati, Honorable Monique Lagdameo; Ayala Malls’ President, Mariana Zobel de Ayala; Jollibee Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Ernesto Tanmantiong; Jollibee Group’s Chief of Real Estate and Design Officer & Chief Business Support Officer, William Tan Untiong; Common Man Coffee Roasters’ Operations Head, Chynna Ramos; Jollibee Group’s Marketing for Foreign Franchised Brands, Paolo AljibeJollibee Group’s AVP and Head of Technical Services Research and Development, Agnes McDonald; ; Jollibee Group’s Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications, Pauline Lao; Ayala Land Estates Inc.’s Group Deputy Head, Chris Maglanoc; Spa Esprit Group’s General Manager for Food Division, Michael BovellJollibee Group’s AVP and Head of Marketing for Foreign Franchised Brands Philippines, Jia Du; Jollibee Group’s AVP and Head of Business Development for Foreign Franchised Brands, Ned Bandojo; and Jollibee Group’s President and Group Head for Greenwich, Red Ribbon, and Foreign Franchised Brands, JJ Alano.


Celebrating partnerships

The Jollibee Group announced its joint venture with Food Collective Pte. Ltd. (FCPL) through FCJB Foods Inc. to own and operate Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines in August 2023. The Jollibee Group owns 60 percent in FCJB Foods Inc. 

"This is the first café from our partnership with the Spa Esprit Group and we’re looking forward to expanding the Common Man Coffee Roasters experience to more people. The strong collaboration between the two partners is very evident and is greatly rewarded by the enjoyment we see from people upon entering the café and upon tasting our menu selections.  We recognize the increasingly discerning palate of Filipinos and we’re here to delight them." ~Joseph Tanbuntiong, Jollibee Group Chief Business Officer, during the store's inauguration and opening

The inauguration rites were attended by Singaporean Ambassador to the Philippines Constance See, Makati Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, Spa Esprit Group CEO and Common Man Coffee Roasters’ co-founder Koon Beng Chua, Spa Esprit Food Group’s General Manager Michael Bovell, Ayala Malls President Mariana Zobel de Ayala, and Ayala Land Estates Group Deputy Head Chris Maglanoc. The Jollibee Group was represented by its President and CEO, Ernesto Tanmantiong, its Chief Business Support Officer and Chief Real Estate & Design Officer, William Tan Untiong, and its Chief Business Officer, Joseph Tanbuntiong, along with the President and Group Head for Greenwich, Red Ribbon, and Foreign Franchised Brands, JJ Alano, and AVP and Head of Business Development for Foreign Franchised Brands, Ned Bandojo.

The Common Man Coffee Roasters at Ayala Triangle is open every Monday to Sunday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. 

To learn more about Common Man Coffee Roasters Philippines, visit their website, or follow them on social media via Facebook and Instagram













About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 18 brands with over 6,800 stores across 34 countries including the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. JFC also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 92% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Recently, the Jollibee Group has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company that will own and operate Tiong Bahru Bakery and Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines. 

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 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 sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Jollibee Group was named the Philippines' most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia's Fab 50 Companies and among the World's Best Employers and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The company is also a two-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the only Philippine-based company to receive the distinction. 

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com

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