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Working to Make the Philippines More Nutritious and Sustainable

From left to right: Iya Villania-Arellano, Dr. Jansen Calalan lifestyle medical doctor, Ms. Deborah Fajarda Nutrition Advacement Manager of Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation, Ms. Roann Co General Manager for Public Relations and Corporate Planning Department of Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation, and Chef Sau Del Rosario.

At the media forum Eat Well, Live Well Towards a Better Tomorrow, held on September 20, 2023 at Shangri-La The Fort, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) discussed their vision for the Philippines.

The 65th anniversary celebration of the corporation included the event, which was hosted by multi-hyphenate power mom Iya Villania Arellano. It highlighted how APC hopes to continue to be a vital ally of Filipinos for many more years to come by encouraging sustainable living and good nutrition. I really do like it because we learned from them. They teach us how to properly manage a healthy lifestyle without compromising our wants to eat delectable meals. It is also beneficial because they give us insight for those in a diet to know what to eat properly and to know the right seasoning for food.

With the host, Ms. Iya Villania Arellano

The Ajinomoto Group has expanded to become the world’s largest manufacturer of amino acids with operations situated in 36 countries and regions worldwide thanks to the discovery of umami, the fifth basic taste, which paved the way for the production of AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning in 1909.

Its first landing in the Philippines was in 1958 and since then, the company has become a staple in Filipino household kitchen making delicious meals with products such as such as Ajinomoto Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, Crispy Fry® breading mix, and Sarsaya® oyster sauce to name a few. Leveraging its amino science expertise, Ajinomoto has helped hundreds of thousands of Filipinos cook more flavorful—and more nutritious—meals.

“Since the discovery of umami, the journey of Ajinomoto Group to contribute to the well-being of society has begun.The original aspiration captured with our corporate slogan “Eat Well, Live Well” remains true to present times.”, shared by APC President Koichi Ozaki.

Mr. Koichi Ozaki, APC President

One highlight of the event was the “The Umami Experience” where media guests were treated to a sensorial sampling of umami-rich foods to appreciate its difference from the other basic tastes like sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.  

In line with Philippines nutrition challenges, which was the focal message of keynote speaker Miss Eloisa Villaraza, Nutritionist-Dieticians Association of the Philippines (NDAP) president, a fireside talk on power of nutrition followed suit.  This was participated by Dr. Jansen Calalan – lifestyle medical doctor, Debbie Fajarda RND – registered nutritionist-dietician and APC Nutrition Advancement Manager,  Roann Co – APC General Manager for Corporate Planning and Public Relations and Chef Sau del Rosario – renown chef.

Opening the segment on sustainability was a special message from Mr. Crispian Lao, President of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS).  This was followed by presentation from APC Chief Sustainability Officer Ernie Carlos detailing APC’s roadmap towards more environmentally responsible practices.

“As the global movement towards sustainable and equitable development accelerates, companies are faced with the challenge of adopting their own sustainable initiatives. At APC, guided by the Ajinomoto Group Creating Shared Values ASV) Principles, we see this as an opportunity to foster environmental stewardship among Filipinos in order to build sustainable communities.” – shared by E. Carlos.

The head of APC Research and Development Department Madelin Dofiles gave a presentation to wrap up the event on the special value of Ajinomoto’s technology in terms of food ingredients helping to enhance the food industry’s health and wellness and sustainable procurement.

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation has firmly established itself in Filipino culture by serving as a reliable kitchen companion for 65 years. APC is laying the groundwork for even more successful years to come with new initiatives planned to assist Filipinos in living in healthier environments and improving their nutritional well-being.

Food, Lifestyle


Four brands of Coca-Cola Philippines are now in packaging made from 100% recycled plastic: Coca-Cola 190ml, Coca-Cola 390ml, Wilkins 500ml, and Sprite 500ml that was introduced to the market in 2019

Coca-Cola Philippines is launching additional bottles made entirely of recycled PET plastic (rPET), omitting caps and labels, as another significant step toward a circular economy for plastic packaging. In addition to Sprite 500ml, which was released in 2019, the rPET container is now available for Coca-Cola Original in 190ml and 390ml as well as Wilkins Pure in 500ml.

More than 40 nations throughout the world, including Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam, have seen the introduction of at least one Coca-Cola brand in bottles manufactured entirely of rPET. Coca-Cola’s rPET bottles uphold the high standards that customers have come to expect from the brand and adhere to both local laws and The Coca-Cola Company’s stringent international standards for food-grade rPET packaging.

Additionally, more than 2,800 recycling drop-off locations have been set up by Coca-Cola Philippines all around the nation to make it easier for customers to return their empty bottles. The program helps small-business owners expand their operations, recruits customers to join recycling campaigns, and keeps plastic garbage from winding up in unintended places.

Additionally, the company’s collaboration with Plastic Bank Philippines has led to the activation of 38 recyclable waste collection branches in Cavite and Laguna. Since 2021, the partnership resulted in the collection of 546,000 kilograms of post-consumer bottles for recycling while also enhancing the livelihood of informal waste sector workers. 

“Coca-Cola recognizes that the plastic waste problem in the Philippines is both urgent and complex. Therefore, it will take a collaborative effort to solve this issue. In line with our commitment to helping build a circular economy in the country, we are working to offer innovative packaging design, expand collection and recycling programs, and forge strategic alliances with stakeholders—including government agencies, industry partners, and local organizations,” Coca-Cola Philippines President Tony del Rosario said. 

“We will also use our brand power to engage consumers in collection and recycling initiatives and build awareness that used plastic bottles can have many lives,” he added. 

Coca-Cola Philippines is working to further increase the amount of recycled content used in its plastic packaging by building a sustainable pipeline of high-quality recycled material. Its bottling partner, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI), established PETValue Philippines through a joint venture with Indorama Ventures, a global leader in green technology and packaging solutions. This pioneering bottle-to-bottle recycling facility started operations in October last year and is expected to recycle 2 billion pieces of collected post-consumer PET plastic bottles per year. 

These initiatives are aligned with The Coca-Cola Company’s ambitious sustainable packaging strategy, where it aims to make 100% of its packaging recyclable globally by 2025, use at least 50% recycled plastic in its packaging by 2030, collect and recycle the equivalent of every can and bottle it sells by 2030, and bring people together to support a healthy, debris-free environment. 

CCBPI proudly shared its growing plastic bottle collection network through the strong support of its partners— “Tapon to Ipon: Basta Klaro, Panalo!” has already reached 170 cities and municipalities and is growing. CCBPI has inked partnerships with more local government units, including the Province of Iloilo, Davao del Sur, and Camiguin for large-scale collection.

“At CCBPI, we always say that we are only as strong as the communities we serve. Everything we do builds on our promise to create a more sustainable future for Filipinos,” shared Gareth McGeown, President and CEO of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. “We always strive to set higher standards for the industry, but more importantly for ourselves—because we know we need to do more, and you have our commitment that we will do more. We are thankful for the support of our partners in helping give our bottles many more lives.”


On top of the announcement of the new Coca-Cola Original and Wilkins Pure 100% rPET bottles, the company has launched “May Ikabobote Pa”, its new consumer engagement initiative to inform and engage consumers about the actions they can take to recycle their empty plastic bottles. 

May Ikabobote Pa will be brought to life through the following activities, which are also intended to inspire action from consumers and like-minded organizations: 

  • New rPET labels: Coca-Cola and Wilkins Pure bottles made from 100% food-grade rPET, excluding caps and labels, now have a call to action “Recycle Me Again” message on their labels. A QR code that will lead to information about the company’s recycling program is also included on each label. 
  • Enhanced consumer recycling experiences: Engaging activities on recycling will be featured at Coca-Cola’s on-ground events. 
  • Digital-led communications for consumers: Coca-Cola Philippines will partner with groups and community leaders to co-create educational content for a wider audience and advocate for sustainable practices. 
  • Partnership with 7-Eleven and Shell: The company is partnering with 7-Eleven stores and Shell stations to create programs that make recycling more convenient and rewarding for consumers. 

Coca-Cola Philippines President Tony del Rosario announces the launch of “May Ikabobote Pa”, the company’s newest consumer engagement initiative that aims to make recycling more convenient and engaging in the Philippines. Coca-Cola Philippines has more than 2,800 collection drop-off points across the country where consumers can return their empty bottles for recycling. An on-pack QR code that will lead to the Coca-Cola Sustainability Hub is also included on the labels of the new Coca-Cola bottles made from 100% recycled plastic. 

These events are intended to promote community building and serve as a reminder to customers that #MayIkabobotePa (Bottles Can Have Many Lives) emphasizes the value of recycling their empty plastic bottles.

From left to right: Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Incorporated President and CEO Gareth McGeown,
Sustainability Champion Andi Eigenmann, Coca-Cola Philippines President Tony del Rosario, Ms. Universe Philippines 2018 and Environment Advocate Catriona Gray, and DENR Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna leading the launch of
 “May Ikabobote Pa” consumer engagement initiative


In line with Coca-Cola’s global commitment to sustainability, Coca-Cola Philippines has launched an employee engagement program, “Tapon to Reborn”, to encourage and enable its employees nationwide to become active participants in helping address the plastic waste problem in the country.  

“Tapon to Reborn” encourages employees to collect, segregate, and bring their empty PET bottles, cans, and beverage cartons to the office for recycling. The bottles are then sent to partner recycling facilities, including the CCBPI-supported PETValue PET bottle recycling plant, where they can become new bottles.  

The initiative aims to collect and sell 500 kilograms of PET bottles and cans. The proceeds of the collection will be used to support reforestation efforts in the Lagadlarin Mangrove Forest and Sierra Madre Forest. 

For more information on the sustainability initiatives of Coca-Cola Philippines, visit the Coca-Cola Sustainability Hub at or follow the company’s social media channels: @CocaColaPhilippines on Facebook and @cocacolaph on Twitter and Instagram


Great experience with delectable meals at AMAH

Ever since, I have been truly amazed at how AMAH sustains their scrumptious meals. As I visited, they never failed to amaze me with the food they served. What I also liked about AMAH is their place; it is so spacious and relaxing. The people are so kind and courteous, which is truly a plus and also added to my memorable experience at AMAH. About the food, it is highly recommended. I really did like their fruit pie, the guyabano pie in particular. You will really taste how good the guyabano really is, including its sourness. If you’re a fan of fruit pie, this place is for you.

What I liked about this restaurant is the variety of food that they have, and everything tastes so good. One of those is the Siu Mai, due to the freshly prepared ground pork and flavorful components like the fried garlic and chopped scallions, this siu mai is considerably different from the typical siomai. The pork tofu—I don’t eat tofu, but you’ll love this because it’s crunchy and has pork in it. It doesn’t taste like tofu, and I find it so delicious. Also, the kinilaw tastes so different from the usual kinilaw. It is made of fish from Sorsogon Amberjack, and you will surely love it while drinking your favorite beer. The Char Siu: with sweet and savory Char Siu pork, this is one of AMAH’s signature dishes. I enjoy the honey glaze seasoning, the nutty scallion peanut sauce, and how much better it tastes with the toasted handmade bao buns. I also find the soy chicken very scrumptious, especially with their special sauce. The palabok is not the usual one; they used sotanghon as the noodles with shrimp, and it was very tasty. Their roasted corn ice cream is a very unique dessert: corn-flavored ice cream topped with popcorn and salted caramel. Since I do like ice cream, this one is included in my favorites. The calamansi pie will make you taste the sourness, but it also tastes so good that you will enjoy every bite of it. They also have a lot of cocktails, fruit juice, and a lot more

Drinking some of the AMAH’s cocktail drinks

All in all, AMAH is such a great place to go. Aside from the delicious food they offer, they have a great place, and you will enjoy the company of the people there. I highly recommend it, and I really want to go back to the place. You must try it, and it is worth the penny.

To know more about AMAH, you can visit their social media accounts and go to their website: or call them through this number 09989721198. And be updated about their events and more.

Food, Lifestyle

By signing agreements with BEST, Envirotech, Plastic Credit Exchange, and Republic Cement, Ajinomoto Philippines Corp strengthens its efforts in sustainability and environmental responsibility

Photo shows (left to right): Mr. Ernie Carlos, Chief Sustainability Officer for APC, Atty. Angela Edralin-Valencia, ecoloop Director of Republic Cement, Mr. Jan Vincent Mercado, Senior Vice President for Business Development of Basic Environment Systems and Technologies Inc., Mr. Marcelino Fronda, Manager for Envirotech Waste Recycling Inc., Mr. Rudi Ramin, Commercial Director for Plastic Credit Exchange, Mr. Koichi Ozaki, APC Group President, and Mr. Hironori Aoki, APC Group Director for Sales, Marketing, and Public Relations.

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) has forged new alliances with four leading Filipino waste management companies as part of its most recent effort to comply with the Extended Producer Responsibility Act of 2022 (EPR Law). At a Memorandum of Agreement signing ceremony with Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies (BEST), Envirotech, Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX), and Republic Cement last September 1, 2023, at APC Makati headquarters, the food industry giant formally reaffirmed its dedication to a more sustainable future.

The EPR Law requires businesses to assume greater responsibility for the post-consumer waste management component of product disposal and recycling throughout their life cycle. Obligated businesses like APC are required to make sure they contribute to the recovery, diversion, and recycling of plastic waste produced by the usage of their products. These regulations seek to reduce and control the overall consequences and environmental impact of post-consumer plastic trash.

APC saw the enactment of the EPR Law as an opportunity to supplement their current environmental stewardship projects. The company immediately sought partnerships with organizations that would not only help make their sustainability efforts more feasible, but also inspire new initiatives for a more environmentally sound future for the Philippines.

To aid with the collection of post-consumer packaging, APC tapped BEST, a waste management consulting company established in 1999. BEST founded the Trash-to-Cashback program operating in different parts of the Philippines and the MyBasurero App that encourages waste collection through an incentivized system.

Since 2010,  Envirotech has built multiple materials recovery and processing facilities nationwide, with facilities that turn low-quality soft/flexible plastic waste into construction and furniture grade materials.

PCX is widely known for pioneering the Plastic Pollution Reduction Standard, which allows for the management of pledges from companies and institutions to clean up their plastic footprints and be awarded Plastic Neutrality Certifications for their efforts. Their aim is to protect the ocean by collecting and processing solid waste found in our waters, while providing livelihood opportunities to women in vulnerable communities through their Aling Tindera Program.

Completing APC’s new set of collaborations is Republic Cement, who launched the Ecoloop program that encourages waste recovery and processing from collecting, segregating, and shredding of viable solid waste to be used as Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF).

(From left to right): Mr. Jan Vincent Mercado, Sensior Vice President for Business Development of Basic Environment Systems and Technologies Inc., Mr. Marcelino Fronda,Manager for Envirotech Waste Recycling Inc.,Mr. Koichi Ozaki, APC Group President,Mr. Rudi Ramin, Commercial Director for Plastic Credit Exchange,and Atty. Angela Edralin-Valencia, ecoloop Director of Republic Cement.

During the ceremony, Mr. Ernesto Carlos, APC’s Chief Sustainability Officer further assured that APC, alongside its partners who signed the Memorandum of Agreement, will put up unwavering efforts for future generations of Filipinos.

“We encourage all companies to embrace the EPR Act and take a proactive approach to managing their plastic footprint,” Carlos said. “By working together, we can make a positive impact on the environment and create a more sustainable future for all.”

APC has been actively looking for ways to reduce plastic waste in order to achieve its aim of minimizing environmental impact by 2030. The AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning 45g, which is created from natural and renewable paper that can be planted, grown, harvested, and replanted, is the first seasoning product ever to be sold in paper packaging. While the company has developed programs that were made easier by their production processes, it has also incorporated sustainability education through the #IlabasAngSustainAbilidad campaign, which makes use of the social media following of Ajinomoto Philippines.

The adoption of APC Group’s sustainable practices and the promotion of eco-friendly lifestyles are now being done on a broader scale toward creating sustainable communities thanks to the expertise of their four new partners.

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Snacktime Favorites let you enjoy your morning and afternoon meriendas

Every day, there are times when we suddenly want to snack. It is therefore important to have your favorites available when the impulse strikes.

Jack ‘n Jill has all the delectable snack choices you and your loved ones could ever want. Every member of the family can enjoy Jack ‘n Jill Snacktime Favorites, from cookies that make kuya and bunso morning breaks enjoyable to the crackers that mom and dad can eat during their afternoon merienda.

How to Enjoy Traditional (and NEW) Jack ‘n Jill Snacktime Favorites with Your Family:

Make morning and afternoon merienda more delightful with Jack ’n Jill Snacktime Favorites

Early morning class recitation and work presentation

Gearing up for a work presentation or class recitation? Snacking can sometimes give you that boost of energy that you need to help you think on your feet. For the little ones who usually have their recess as early as ten in the morning, a must-have is the crunchy bite-sized cookies, Presto Nutty Bites, in Peanut Butter and Choco Peanut flavors. While for the teens who usually take their merienda break at around three in the afternoon, there’s Presto Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich to munch on so they can recharge before their next class starts. Both snacks are made with real peanuts for that sweet and nutty flavor.

For mom and dad, a pack of Oat Krunch paired with their morning coffee might just be the combo they need to get them ready for their day. This fiber-rich cookie product is made by Munchy’s, one of Malaysia’s leading biscuit brands.

Have a sweet morning break with your delicious combo: the NEW Oat Krunch Cookies and your cup of joe

Doing chores at home

If you feel like your hours are repetitive when you’re doing your chores at home, a pick-me-up treat might just be what you need. Take a break and savor the linamyum palaman of Magic Creams Choco that can make your break time magical.

Have a magical quick break with Magic Creams

Staying in and streaming

With several online streaming sites becoming more accessible, families can now watch the shows they want anytime. If you’re setting up an afternoon of fun movie marathon with your loved ones, be sure to prepare Lexus Cheese for the kids, Magic Flakes Sweet Buttermilk for teens, and Dewberry Yogurt Cake in Blueberry and Strawberry variants for adults. These are new snack offerings from Jack ‘n Jill that will surely level up the fun as you binge-watch your favorite shows.

Complete your bonding moment with the family with the NEW Lexus cookies, Dewberry Yogurt Cake and Magic Flakes Sweet Buttermilk.

Sports days with the kids

For parents who take their children to sports workshops, it’s best to have snacks like Cheesy Knots and Magic Junior Cheese on hand, that the kids could eat in between lessons or matches. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to enjoy a pack or two of Magic Creams Cheese.

Don’t forget to bring delicious cheesy snacks, like Magic Junior Cheese and Cheesy Knots, that your kids can enjoy while you’re outdoors

Outdoor hangouts with the fam

While some families spend their weekends at home, others prefer to go out and enjoy outdoor activities such as visiting parks or strolling in malls. To make outdoor bonding moments even more delightful, you and your family can bring delicious snacks. The kiddos will surely love Lexus Choco Coated Cookies, which are crackers coated in sweet chocolate. Ate and kuya, on the other hand, can indulge on the choco-covered cake snack, Quake Overload. For the Cream-Oholics, there’s Cream-O Cake Bar, a cream-filled chocolate cake bar with chocolate chip toppings.

Switch things up by bringing your favorite chocolate-y snacks for a family merienda at the park

With the variety of choices offered by Jack ‘n Jill Snacktime Favorites, your days will be more enjoyable. You and your loved ones will undoubtedly savor its selection of cakes and biscuits at any time or place. So make sure to stock up on these must-have snacks in the grocery, sari-sari, or online retailers like Lazada (

Universal Robina Corporation (URC), a leader in the food and beverage industries, is the manufacturer of Jack ‘n Jill Snacktime Favorites. URC is also the company behind popular Filipino brands like Great Taste, C2, and other Jack ‘n Jill goodies including Piattos, Maxx, and Cloud 9. Visit the URC website at to learn more.


The irresistible P999 buffet deal at Café Rizal at the Rizal Park Hotel makes Sundays even tastier!

The buffet restaurant of the Rizal Park Hotel, Cafe Rizal, is excited to share details of a thrilling promotion for the month of September. Families are welcome to enjoy a lavish lunch buffet every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM for an unbelievable bargain of just P999.

With this amazing Sunday Savings deal, friends and families can get together, make lasting memories, and enjoy a variety of tasty delicacies that the restaurant’s culinary team has skillfully prepared. Enjoy a wide range of delectable foods that are suitable for all palates. A variety of appetizers, salads, entrées, and desserts are offered at the buffet. There is something to satisfy every discriminating palate, including exquisite roast meats, fresh fish, colorful salads, and sumptuous desserts.

And for the young guests, Cafe Rizal presents a delightful DIY Cupcake Station. Let your kids unleash their creativity as they decorate their own cupcakes with a variety of toppings, creating sweet treats that are as fun to make as they are to eat.

“We wanted to offer our guests an exceptional dining experience at an unbeatable value,” said Samantha Paz, Managing Director, Rizal Park Hotel. “Our Sunday Savings Buffet is the perfect way for families and friends to come together and enjoy a memorable meal in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.”

Cafe Rizal is renowned not only for its culinary excellence but also for its commitment to creating an inviting and comfortable environment for its patrons. The Sunday Savings Buffet is yet another example of Cafe Rizal’s dedication to providing outstanding hospitality.

Don’t pass up this chance because this Sunday promotion is only available on September 3, 10, and 24. To guarantee a table for this excellent family eating experience, reservations are strongly advised. Call 09177113926 to arrange a reservation or for additional details.

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Fresh from the Oven, a new video from Julie’s

Taken during the event (from left): Mr. Gretz Rivera, Julie’s Chief Operations Officer; Ms. Lia Sales, Julie’s Deputy Regional Director; and Mr. Marc San Juan, Julie’s Marketing Director

The biggest neighborhood bakery business in the nation, Julie’s, which was founded in Mandaue, Cebu, in 1981, has just posted a catchy new video to its YouTube page. Check out Kim Chiu’s Fresh Test! This short, catchy film demonstrates how fluffy and soft Julie’s bread is. You can rely on Julie’s bread to satisfy you with freshness in every mouthful. Julie’s bread has always been my top tier. I really do love its delicious bread and it is really perfect for my daily dose of coffee. I really appreciate how they preserve their legacy of serving fluffy sweet pastry throughout the years. As we attended the event, we were so touched by the video and how it is genuinely curated for every pinoy’s taste buds.

Since February 2023, Kim, a Cebuana herself, has served as a company representative. Kim contributes her distinct brand of wit and cheek to the performance, showcasing her effervescent demeanor and passion for Julie’s bread.

The video uses the gameshow gimmick of a person hanging in midair looking through the pan de bato for Julie’s bread. A few pieces make a loud noise when his pan hits them, indicating that they are too stale to be Julie’s pandesal. He then strikes a piece that bounces, and he immediately recognizes it as Julie’s! Customers are reminded in this lighthearted clip that Julie’s bread is consistently fluffy and soft. They can determine it’s the proper bread to purchase in this way.

Marc San Juan, Julie’s Marketing Director said “At Julie’s, we have always made sure to make customers satisfied and one of the things they look for is the freshness of breads they buy. Every day, our Julie’s bakers rise early to craft these delectable treats from scratch, ensuring that they reach customers’ hands at the peak of freshness. Anyone who shows up at Julie’s is treated to fluffy, freshly baked bread every time.”

Julie’s takes pride in keeping its loyal customers satisfied by consistently delivering top-notch quality in every bite. At the same time, Julie’s is eager to introduce its delicious offerings to new customers, aiming to share its commitment to excellence with a broader audience, highlighting Julie’s dedication to both its traditional patrons and those who are yet to experience its delightful treats.

With forty years of industry experience, Julie’s has a clear understanding of the critical importance of sustaining long-term success by continually providing fresh and delicious breads to its consumers. And just because it’s serious about quality doesn’t mean it can’t have a sense of humor about its products.

From the crackling crust of a pandesal to the fluffy goodness of an ensaymada, Julie’s Bakeshop prides itself on using the finest ingredients and traditional recipes to create a range of baked goods that cater to all tastes.

Julie’s is the country’s largest neighborhood bakeshop chain. It was the brainchild of then canteen operator Julie Gandionco because of her need to provide bread for her business. It has since expanded into an empire bringing bread to every corner of the Philippines.

“With “The Fresh Test” our team is spreading the word about Julie’s quality.” San Juan said. “We are reaching out to new customers to expand Julie’s reach.

Julie’s has established itself as a beloved brand for everyone looking for a taste of inexpensive and delectable breads thanks to its wide variety of fresh and flavorful delicacies. So always keep in mind: “Basta Julie’s, Fresh Yan!” the next time you’re looking for a delicious snack to finish your merienda or almusal.

Visit to learn more about Julie’s and join the community by like their Facebook page at Use the hashtag #BastaJuliesFreshYan whenever you can! in your postings on social media!

Food, Lifestyle

Hello Coffee Addicts! With this modern espresso maker, you can quickly make coffee of third-wave quality at home

If this explanation of the circumstance rings a bell, please let us know. You wake up to your alarm and realize that you have just enough time to prepare for the day’s activities. The only issue is that, despite being on time, you can’t really allow for a few more minutes to prepare your own coffee. What type of coffee enthusiast can survive without a cup (or two) of caffeine to keep them going for the rest of the day, am I right? So this is an extreme emergency. No, not you.

Pictures during the Breville Event

If you frequently find yourself in this situation, you undoubtedly belong to the group of people who always turn to their go-to commercial coffee shop chain for their daily fuel. It is, after all, simple and quick. But what about flavor and quality? That’s something that might be hit or miss, though. As a coffee lover, I was so excited to be there at their event. I was so thrilled to know how the machine works and what its great qualities are. I learned so much about the products and more about coffee. I also had the chance to taste the scrumptious coffee they made. Additionally, I also made my own coffee and designed it myself.

The Barista Express Impress is the newest model from premium home lifestyle brand Breville Philippines. From its design to its features, the espresso machine is created to fit the lifestyle of those who want to get the most out of their coffee experience but do not have the luxury of time to make one. The model’s product DNA speaks for itself. As Breville’s first assisted manual espresso machine, the Barista Express Impress is the definition of convenience, quality, and simplicity.

One of the star features of the model is its Impress Puck System which helps craft the best cup for you. The system involves intelligent dosing which automatically calculates the dosage you need. From there, the machine will precisely tamp with a 10kg impression and 7-degree barista twist for a polished puck. The system also gauges when the correct level is achieved and makes sure to use this for your next brewing.

Similar to the other impressive models of espresso machines of Breville Philippines, the Barista Express Impress also delivers Third Wave Specialty Coffee using the four keys formula which, other than providing the ideal dosage, also sets the right temperature, optimal pressure, and sufficient steam for your coffee.

Quality, practicality, and knowledge. The Breville Barista Pro, designed for the fuss-free coffee connoisseur, will provide you with these three things. This is the ideal product for you to get if you’re prepared to usher in a new age of coffee enjoyment—one that is based on your terms and time. If you already own other Breville espresso machine models, you can trade up to this model, which has a suggested retail price of P79,999.

You can click here to go to Breville’s website and learn more about the product. You may also follow their social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

Food, Health and Wellness


Throughout its 45 years in the country, Yakult Philippines, Inc., has exercised its muscles to reach as many customers as possible and promote good health through probiotic products built in 1978. Indeed, it has become entrenched as part of the Filipino consumers daily health regimen.

After several decades, the Shirota-ism movement, which got its start in Japan, has spread throughout the world. As its flagship product, Yakult’s Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) has attracted a loyal following as a significant development in preventive medicine, promoting the significant health benefits of Probiotics globally. The foundation of this movement is the idea that “a healthy intestinal tract leads to a long life”. The intestines, where nutrients are absorbed into the body, are strengthened with Yakult Probiotics. The result is that Yakult’s devoted customers live long, healthy lives.

The Shirota-ism movement has become such a far reaching breakthrough. The father of Shirota-ism himself, Dr. Minoru Shirota of Japan, has long perfected the product that promotes disease prevention the “Probiotics way’, reach the intestine alive, safe, affordable price, produce a reliable effect and can be ingested as food. The probiotic product carrying the Yakult brand is made up to 8 billion beneficial bacteria of Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) alive and fresh in every bottle, ready to fight bacteria that trigger intestine-bred diseases. This health drink, taken in adequate amounts, maintains intestinal health and helps to prevent disease. The Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) suppresses harmful bacteria in the intestines and improves the immune system of the individual.  Affordably priced so every consumer whatever of age and income bracket can afford to partake at least a bottle a day.

Probiotics are live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer great health benefits to the consumers.  This is why, one bottle of Yakult taken every day at any given time will help improve one’s immunity and digestive system. They are safe at any age, preferably from the onset of the pre-school age.  They can actually be ingested as food or wholesome tasting drink with reliable effects on health.

A third party conducted and assessed several studies and research projects on Yakult and the theories that went into its development in Japan and other nations across the world. In reality, numerous research was carried out to demonstrate Yakult’s effectiveness as a probiotic and to confirm the soundness of the foundation upon which Yakult’s R&D endeavors were based. There have been over 1,005 research studies on Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS), in addition to 129 studies on Yakult’s “intestinal function,” 177 on “immunomodulation,” and 107 on “defense mechanism against infection.”

Products from Yakult are sold in 40 nations and areas, including Japan and 27 factories abroad. Each Yakult bottle sold in the Philippines contains exactly the same amount of probiotics as bottles packaged and sold in other nations.


Let your kids engage in these entertaining, bizarre activities

Make your family bonding moments more enjoyable with Lush candies.


Different strategies are used by parents to brighten their children’s days. Their little ones are typically released to take a break and engage in enjoyable activities once they have finished their classes and assignments.

Kids can engage in a variety of unique and imaginative activities at home with their parents or siblings. They can reward themselves to a pack of Lush candy while having fun or working on something fantastic. You might attempt the following fun and inventive after-school activities with your kids:

Create vibrant bracelets

Make beaded bracelets with your kids, or have them create other trendy accessories. To make unique bracelets with your children, all you need is a set of vibrant beads and strings.

Do energetic TikTok dances

Different TikTok dances are currently in demand. You can participate and even practice dance moves with your children if they wish to record a humorous TikTok video.

Make slime from scratch

Slime is essentially a squishy toy that you can make at home with kits from the shop or with supplies you already have while following an internet video tutorial. The end product is a soft toy that is pleasurable to the touch and has a flexible consistency. It also comes in a variety of colors.

Create a cozy pillow fort

Pillow forts are a wonderful way to encourage your children’s creativity and instill in them the importance of cooperation. These cozy hiding places can be used for playtime with parents and kids or as a place to unwind after a long day at school.

Similar to these enjoyable activities, the soft, chewy texture of Lush candy can make kids and even parents happy. It is available in two delectable tastes that will please everyone’s palates: strawberry milk and chocolate.

Children and parents alike will enjoy chewing on Lush wherever they go, whether they are at home or school. For only Php38.00 each pack of 50, Lush is offered at your neighborhood grocery, sari-sari, and URC’s Shopee and Lazada stores.