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February 2022



On February 26, CHRCTR Clothing, a premium clothing business originating in Laguna, will open its second store in Tondo, Manila, in honor of its first anniversary. The new entrant apparel business began operations in Bian, Laguna in February 2021, with the purpose of becoming known as a Philippine brand and making a mark in the international streetwear sector.

Strategically located in the most culturally diverse district in the city of Manila, the expansion and opening of CHRCTR Tondo Flagship Store echo the call of the brand to have a bold, compassionate, and distinctive personality for each individual.

“We are confident that in this rich-cultured streets of Tondo, CHRCTR Clothing will open the opportunity to our kababayan to be bold, be distinct, be the person they want to be,” said JB Gajita, Founder and Managing Director of CHRCTR Clothing. “We started with only 100 shirts on stock, now we are reaching thousands of brave souls nationwide.”

The new CHRCTR Tondo Flagship Store, which is located along Velasquez Street, will include the company’s whole product line, including shirts, pants, shoes, caps, socks, and its new HARI NG TONDO branded shirts. “We encourage everyone to wear the brand that best represents their personality since no one else is like you,” Gajita added.

Please see the following links for further information on CHRCTR Clothing: is the company’s website.



Greenwich invites the entire Barkada to taste their new seafood special

Greenwich unveils its seafood discoveries with its new Cajun Shrimp Overload Pizza and
Creamy Shrimp Spaghetti.

Find out who the SEAson’s biggest star is! Starting February 25 (in Luzon) and March 1 (in Visayas and Mindanao), Greenwich will introduce two new savory seafood items to its menu, but only for a short time! Greenwich is putting its own touch on pizza and pasta staples with fresh seafood tastes in its Cajun Shrimp Overload Pizza and Creamy Shrimp Spaghetti.

“Greenwich aims to continuously elevate the experience of every Filipino barkada and famkada, by introducing exciting offerings that respond to their meticulous cravings. We know that they will enjoy our new ultimate seafood discoveries that is shrimply overloaded in deliciousness and perfect for every bonding moment,” said Pam Reyes, Greenwich’s head of marketing.

One cannot go wrong with the Cajun Shrimp Overload Pizza which has an interestingly unique flavor. Its crust is topped with flavorful cajun sauce and is loaded with a generous sprinkle of seasoned shrimps, mushrooms, green bell peppers, sauteed onions, and three types of cheese. A 9-inch double-size pizza is priced at P319 only, whenever a pizza craving calls or when just spending quality time together.

Then there’s the Creamy Shrimp Spaghetti, which is a must-try. The fresh yet familiar taste comes from the variety of pasta and the creamy aligue-flavored sauce with shrimp and mushrooms. To add to the meaty flavors, it’s topped with grated parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. A single serving of this delectable dish is only P109, while a sharing pan ideal for three people, best enjoyed with family or friends, is only P240. Every seafood lover’s dream, these non-meat, seafood-based options provide comfort with every bite!

Greenwich’s newest pizza and pasta tastes will be available at, via the #5-55-55 hotline, Greenwich Barkada Messenger, GrabFood, Foodpanda, for take-out, or for dine-in at any of our stores, which can be located here:


About Greenwich 
Greenwich’s story began in 1971 as a small, family-owned store selling a selection of pizzas at the then Greenhills Commercial Center. As the brand’s pizzas grew in popularity, Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) took notice. In 1994, JFC acquired majority shares in Greenwich, infusing what was a family business with industry-leading competitiveness. New pizza variants and a variety of products were introduced through the years, creating a reputation for Greenwich as a maker of mouthwatering pizzas and pastas for the Filipino “barkada.” Today, Greenwich is the country’s biggest pizza and pasta chain with over 270 stores and counting, and home of the best-selling Hawaiian Overload®, All-in Overload®, and Lasagna Supreme®.
About Jollibee Group
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. It operates in 34 countries, with over 5,800 stores globally with branches in the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Panama, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, and India.
Jollibee Group has eight wholly-owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); six franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, PHO24, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines; Dunkin’ and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; and 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee and PHO24.
Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 90% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that ultimately owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. It also has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Jollibee Group also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States. Recently, the Jollibee Group announced that it will acquire 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand.
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. In 2020, Gallup awarded the Jollibee Group with the Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the first Philippine-based company to receive the distinction.
Jollibee Foods Corporation has grown brands that bring delightful dining experiences to its customers worldwide, thus spreading the joy of eating to everyone.
To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit



Lifestyle, News

Coco Martin is a supporter of a new political party that advocates for livelihood and transportation

On Friday, February 25, Coco Martin, better known on-screen as Cardo Dalisay, is making the rounds as he launches his endorsement of a new partylist – AP Partylist #AkoyPilipino – rather than the partylist with the same name as his program. “Anuman ang hirap na ating pinagdadaanan, may kakampi na tayo…” Martin announced his new party-list group in a video that is already circulating online, with first nominee Rep. Ronnie Ong in action in the backdrop. “Ang AP Partylist ang tutulong magbigay ng trabaho at kabuhayan sa mga manggagawang Pilipino,” he goes on to say.

Rep. Ronnie Ong is Coco Martin’s long-time friend and is nicknamed by PeopleAsia as the “frontliner Congressman.” Ong is known for his various out-of-the-box COVID-19 Bayanihan projects since the first lockdown, such as his #LibrengSakay program for healthworkers, #LibrengGulay program for community kitchens, #LibrengTablets and E-skwela Hub e-learning centers for students and teachers.

Before the pandemic, Ong also supported senior citizens looking for employment through his Tulong Pangkabuhayan program, deploying various able-bodied and willing-to-work seniors at airports, public universities and government agencies. During the pandemic, he also helped out-of-work transport workers such as UV Express or FX drivers by employing them as #LibrengSakay drivers, as well as some laid-off ABS-CBN employees who found alternative work as contact tracers.

More than just Coco Martin, the all-star cast of Ang Probinsyano forming the famed “Task Force Agila,” has also expressed their support for AP Partylist on their social media pages, sharing the various advocacies of AP Partylist closest to them. “Mula po noong umpisa nakasama na namin si Cong. Ronnie, at kita namin na nagtrabaho talaga siya, naglingkod talaga siya. Kaya ngayon, ang #164 AP Partylist na kasama siya ang sinusuportahan na namin. Sana po ay suportahan niyo rin,” Coco Martin said.

Aside from the endorsement video, AP Partylist also collaborated with OPM artists Bassilyo, Sisa and Smugglaz with their “Ako’y Pilipino,” anthem that sings of the pride, perseverance, and hardwork of Filipinos. They sing, “Ikaw ay magtiwala, magtiwalang may magagawa. Ito na ang panahon, ang tamang pagkakataon, sa bawat daing mo’y magtutugon. Ako’y Pilipinong lumalaban, tumatapang, lalo kung nasusugatan, anumang pagsubok ang daanan, haharapin nang may kagitingan. Itaas mo ang noo, isigaw mo sa buong mundo, ako’y Pilipino.” Both videos are available on Youtube and on AP Party-list’s official social media pages.

“Dito na tayo sa biyaheng aasenso ang lahat ng Pilipino… AP Partylist #AkoyPilipino, number 164 sa balota,” Coco Martin says, inviting the audience to join him on his new journey with his new partylist. For further information, go to  and


Scholastic Asia has named two Filipino children among the top ten young storytellers


2021 SAYSA Winners

Two Filipino children were among the ten winners of the Scholastic Asia Young Storytellers Award for 2021. (SAYSA). The virtual awarding ceremony took place on January 22, 2022.

Cassandra Ysabel Ignacio and Phoebe Niguidula were two of the ten finalists chosen by the SAYSA judges from among the 70 finalists chosen from over 1,700 applicants. From China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, Scholastic Asia received read aloud entries.

Ms. Selina Lee, Vice President of Scholastic Asia, Ms. Christabel Pinto, Senior Director of Room to Read’s Global Literacy Program, Ms. Catherine Wu, Scholastic Asia’s Reading Ambassador, and Mr. Peter H. Reynolds, Award-winning Author and Illustrator, were among the SAYSA judges.

Among the 70 SAYSA finalists were these 14 Filipino kids, selected through public voting and judging by Scholastic Asia:

Cassandra Ysabel Ignacio St. Scholastica’s Academy of Marikina
Eeva Cambria Bazar Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
Haquila Guevarra San Sebastian School, Inc.
Jairo Stian Reolizo School of Saint Anthony
Kayla Nevaeh Donnatessa Caparas Casa Del Niño Montessori & Science High
Keizha Christine Salvosa Good Shepherd Cathedral School
Lady Alyssa Kate Tan Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu
Luke Adrianne Amaro School of Saint Anthony
Phoebe Niguidula St. Scholastica’s Academy of Marikina
Vernice May Bautista Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College
Wyanett Doydoy New Era University (Pampanga Branch)
Yasmin Binte Mohamed Yasin Asia Academic Integrated School
Ysabel Tampus Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College
Zairich Althea Castillo Taps Achiever Private School


Scholastic launched the Scholastic Asia Young Storytellers Award (SAYSA) in October 2021, leveraging the use of the digital space to provide a platform for children to showcase their many talents.  SAYSA invited readers aged 4 to 10 years to express their creativity through storytelling.

Scholastic wants to encourage children in Asia to be confident as they narrate and read from their favorite Scholastic storybook while instilling a competitive spirit and a sense of camaraderie among peers.  Moreover, Scholastic wants children to be able to share with other kids their love for books and reading.

With the successful inauguration of the Scholastic Asia Young Storytellers Award, Scholastic Asia has announced that SAYSA 2022 will be in October.

For over 100 years now, Scholastic has been championing a love for reading and learning all over the world.  In the Philippines, Scholastic is partners with over 250 schools in its Reading and Math Programs – PR1ME English and PR1ME Mathematics.  In PR1ME English, reading aloud to students by their teachers, parents, and peers is integral in nurturing students’ comprehension and critical thinking skills, and instilling in them a love for reading.  Scholastic Philippines is happy and proud that 9 out of the 14 Filipino kids who made it to Asia’s Top 70, including Cassandra and Phoebe, are from among its current partner schools in PR1ME English.

Scholastic Philippines is sharing the 14 SAYSA read aloud videos from the Philippines to the public as part of the WORLD READ ALOUD DAY (WRAD) Celebration in February.  The videos may be viewed on YouTube:

Scholastic Philippines is also sponsoring the Scholastic Voice of the Youth Awards, an interschool competition that amplifies the voice of Filipino youth via reading, writing, and speaking, as part of the WRAD Campaign. The competitions are open to Scholastic’s PR1ME English partners.

Visit for more information about Scholastic’s offerings.





Health and Wellness

Santé Barley Max gives Dimples Romana the power of nature

Dimples Romana

As it enters the first quarter of 2022, SANTé International continues to promote the transforming power of all things natural in enhancing the lives of countless people, presenting Dimples Romana as the newest endorser of its flagship brand, Santé BarleyMax, in its Retail and Wholesale business. Everything around us is becoming more and more artificial as the world around us becomes more and more industrialized, especially in the food and beverage business. Fast food, instant coffee, instant noodles, and junk food brands are now sprouting one after the other. These goods will eventually harm our health and shorten our lives if we consume them on a regular basis. So now is the moment to harness the force of nature — to counteract the impacts of artificiality with the all-natural Santé Barley Max to safeguard our health and improve the quality of life for ourselves and our families. As Sante Barley gives us more insight in our zoom conference with Ms. Dimples Romana, I acquired more knowledge about the product and its good benefit to our body. It teaches us more about the goodness of organic and natural ingredients and more about how we can use it in our daily lives.

         *Taken during the zoom meeting*

Santé Barley Max is a worry-free, all-natural, nutritional powerhouse superfood supplement trusted by millions of families and individuals. It is barley grass harvested at a young age and produced in powder and capsule forms. BioGro, New Zealand’s largest and best-known certifier for organic produce and goods that promote the highest levels of organic quality, uses barley grass powder that is certified organic. Santé Barley Max helps middle-aged, health-conscious persons have a decent quality of life by being rich in vitamins and minerals for the daily diet required by the human body. It helps to strengthen the immune system and protects against infections and diseases. Santé Barley Max also contains stevia, a natural plant-based sweetener that is low in calories and does not contain any artificial ingredients.

Like all Pinoy moms, Dimples Romana juggles her time as an actress and as a mother while ensuring the safety of her family in these trying times due to the pandemic.

An awarding-winning and internationally acclaimed dramatic actress who has starred in a steady string of blockbuster films and top-rating TV series such as One More ChanceThe Mall, The MerrierBlock ZBagani, and Kadenang Ginto as well as her current primetime hit Viral Scandal, Dimples is also a mother of two kids whom she considers as her top priorities despite her hectic schedule as one of today’s most in-demand and bankable dramatic actresses in the industry.

“I am so grateful for being able to work and have endorsement deals because these are really very uncertain times,” says Dimples. “I believe that everything could be balanced with the right blend of time management. Work is essential but my family is the most important in my life. We need to stay healthy and active not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. This is the reason why I am so ecstatic now that I am officially a part of the Santé Barley Max family because the brand is really effective in strengthening the immune system and providing the vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need every day. One sachet per day or a single capsule before a meal of Santé Barley Max really makes a world of difference.”

Santé International, on the other hand, is equally thrilled to have Dimples on board as the brand promotes the healing power of nature this 2022. “We know that Dimples Romana is the perfect artist to represent Santé Barley Max because her values and personality align well with the brand,” says Santé International CEO Joey Marcelo. “Looking at her, you know that she is someone who lives to serve. She’s also very nurturing not only to her family but also to her colleagues, friends, and followers. We also see her as a catalyst who could influence people to change for the better; and people admire her because of her genuine love, care, and sincerity. And that, exactly, is what Santé Barley Max is all about.”

Dimples reveals that through Santé Barley Max, she has discovered the amazing health benefits that nature could do for a person’s body, soul, and mind. “Nature has the ability to do wonders for one’s health and overall wellbeing. So, bring more nature into your home,” says Dimples. “We can now connect to the power of nature with Santé Barley Max which we should take every day for that added protection and vitality that we need.”

Santé Barley Max is available in all major drugstores, supermarkets, and convenience stores across the country, as well as on Shopee and Lazada under the @SanteOfficial brand. Like Barley Max Official on Facebook, follow @santebarleymax on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to Barley Max on YouTube for more information and interesting updates on Santé Barley Max and Dimples Romana.









Avis Philippines celebrates its 50th anniversary with much pride and delight! – as it ushers in a new era of creative leadership led by Celia G. Lazaro, the country’s most trusted transportation service provider’s second-generation franchisee. (The Guevaras first obtained the franchise in 1972, under Domingo M. Guevara.)

“For decades, Avis Philippines has been going the extra mile to deliver service that’s beyond expectation. And now, we’re so excited to develop new practices and systems in line with digitalization,” says Lazaro. “As we head into a more competitive digital future, we’re committed to innovating and creating new products and services that will make us more accessible to a younger generation!”

Because of its capacity to adapt to the ever-changing market and consumers, the company has lasted for decades. “Our services demonstrate our dedication to our clients.” “We will continue to evolve, adapt, and innovate to satisfy the needs of our selective customer,” says Tatyana Guevara-Hipolito, Marketing Director.

Now, as it celebrates it golden anniversary, Avis is taking the rider experience to newer heights with its latest  innovation – the Avis Mobile App – which brings premium chauffeur services to your fingertips. Be driven in style wherever you want to be!

Designed with improved user accessibility, the app allows you to conveniently pre-book your own premium ride – with choice of sedan, van, and premium vehicles. Ride in style point-to-point or on an hourly car rental basis to enjoy your own personal chauffeur services. Just book at least four hours before pick-up. With the latter option, your chauffeur can even help you with errands and shuttle you to and from all your destinations. This is service at its best!

All Avis vehicles are fully equipped with COVID-19 amenities, and are disinfected for every ride. In addition, their roster of chauffeurs are all fully vaccinated and are well-trained on safety and security protocols.

What sets Avis apart is their premium service at reasonable rates and the unmatched expertise of their chauffeurs. “Proudly, we’ve been the longstanding partners of our clients for years, because they trust us with the big and small responsibilities. We take pride in the fact that for decades, we’ve been the one they can rely on and whom they call on to help make their daily lives better and easier – whether it’s picking up loved ones from the airport or hospital, ensuring the safety of their children with rides to and from school and other destinations, or even just making their daily commute a little more luxurious and hassle-free. We’re happy to be of service,” adds Guevara-Hipolito.

Avis expands its offers with the app and can now cater to a broader, more digitally informed audience. Loyal customers can still make reservations through Facebook and their hotlines.

“This year, we have so many initiatives lined up to mark our 50th milestone. We will continue to go above and beyond, so our customers can too. ‘We Try Harder’ is more than just a statement for us. It’s something we make real every single day. We look forward to seeing you on your next ride!” ends Lazaro.

On Google Play and the App Store, you can get the Avis Mobile app. Call 8462-2881 to 83 or email [email protected] for additional details.






UNIQLO Debuts Its Spring/Summer LifeWear Collection for 2022

UNIQLO, a Japanese worldwide clothing company, brings us the delights of clothes with its Spring/Summer 2022 collection. Whether in the city, nature, at home, or at the beach, the collection offers fresh, comfortable, functional, and attractive pieces that are ideal for the season. During the virtual conference Ms. Jami Barra & Ms. Bea Constantino introduced to us the new offering of UNIQLO, as they launched their 2022 Spring/Summer collection. I was thrilled since I’m a huge fan of this brand, the quality and designs suit my taste well. It’s so comfy to wear and so stylish. This brand is really for all ages. I’m so excited for their new collection since everything is so fascinating and will surely be loved by everyone, as they choose the perfect palette to cater everyone’s taste and styles.


This season, UNIQLO is focusing on the simple pleasures that arise when people and clothes meet. There’s a blazer or dress that portrays modern city life, a comfy pair of shorts for a journey to the great outdoors, and breezy linens and madras shirts in vibrant hues that can be worn at the beach in the latest collection. This season, UNIQLO introduces four sub-themes, all of which are designed to convey happiness and comfort to the wearer during these bright days.

The Pleasures of Skyline

City inhabitants appreciate the conveniences of a cosmopolitan lifestyle: a friendly neighborhood cafe, a shop selling artisanal cheeses, and restaurants serving farm-to-table cuisine. This metropolitan lifestyle necessitates current and modern clothing that may be worn both on and off the job.

The Joys of Landscape

Relish life off the grid, the rustling of the wind in the trees and the crunching of leaves under the shoes, with colors and textures that blend in with the scenery of nature.

The Joys of Imagination

Art and sophisticated designs stir the senses. Imaginations are supposed to wander and enter brilliant new worlds so UNIQLO found inspiration in vibrant and uplifting colors.

The Joys of Sun and Seaside

An afternoon by the beach while soaking in the sun and feeling the breeze calls for natural textures, linen fabric, and clothes that drape effortlessly over the body. These are comfortable to wear and more importantly, easy to shed off when it’s time for a dip.


The UNIQLO U line for this season is designed to support the everyday rhythms of a variety of lifestyles. For the utmost in comfort, artistic director Christophe Lemaire and the design team in Paris created relaxed, loose-fitting, and clean designs. The palette, which includes earth tones like brown, khaki, and olive, reflects this. Warm, neutral colors like faded tones of orange and green, as well as military blue, show. This season, a children’s collection will be available once more.



UT promises a varied variety of hobbies, including film, art, and photography, for this season’s UNIQLO fascinating collection of t-shirts inspired by art, music, movies, manga, and other forms of culture.

Joshua Vides’ monochromatic Mickey Mouse work is a highlight this season. The artist is known for his immersive installations and objects that encapsulate pop art’s essence. Following that is a collection created in partnership with Magnum Photos, a cooperative that has photographed most of the world’s important events and figures since the 1930s. Alec Soth, Eli Reed, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Elliott Erwitt, and Martin Parr shot memorable pictures for the collection.

A collection featuring Keith Haring’s inaugural exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York City in 1982 is also included. Collections of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work will join Haring’s.


Apart from the sub-themes, UNIQLO is offering collaborations that reflect different aesthetics, but are all grounded by joy:

Hana Tajima

Hana Tajima returns to create UNIQLO’s first collection dedicated to dresses. This season, the New York-based fashion designer created garments that are made to be lived in, with understated yet iconic styles.

The collection features deep greens and blues inspired by nature and flower patterns found in Tajima’s garden. These patterns can also be found on hand-drawn scarves.

Inès de la Fressange

Inès De la Fressange turns to the colorful Moroccan city of Marrakesh in creating this season’s collection. The designer crafted high-quality and elegant yet casual items that liberally use cotton, linen, and silk.

The womenswear lineup is infused with menswear elements in natural colors and warm accents in reds, oranges, and pinks. The collection stays true to de la Fressange’s DNA of effortless chic that is truly French, truly Inès.

JW Anderson

Jonathan Anderson, who is never far from the sea, was inspired by sailing and the culture of seaside towns and ports when developing this collection. The sapphire blues of the sea, the soft browns of seashores, and the calming beiges of chalk cliffs are combined with red, green, and blue elements, reminiscent of maritime signal flags.

The nautical narrative is expressed through rope details, performance fabrics, patchwork, and asymmetrical elements.

UNIQLO’s 2022 Spring/Summer collection will be available starting February in all stores nationwide.

LifeWear Magazine

At the event, UNIQLO announces the launch of the 2022 Spring/Summer issue of LifeWear magazine this month of February 2022. LifeWear magazine is a free publication that conveys the UNIQLO LifeWear philosophy of making the everyday lives of people richer and more comfortable. The theme of issue 06 for Spring/Summer is “The Joys of Clothing,” presenting reflections on the simple pleasures found in wearing clothes. Through such features as an interview with filmmaker Sofia Coppola, and the fashion story of UNIQLO and JW ANDERSON as photographed by the Australian periodical frankie magazine, this issue focuses on our positive relationship with clothing.

The opening pages are adorned with fashion designs showcasing the featured themes. New UNIQLO collections for the season are presented through 18 pop topics. This feature presents colorful and inspiring items perfect for spring and summer – including madras check patterns, chambray shirts and sheer cardigans.

The LifeWear magazine is distributed at UNIQLO Philippines stores nationwide or check out their latest issue at their Special website:

For more updates, please visit UNIQLO Philippines’ social media accounts, Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram ( and UNIQLO Philippines’ website at, and download the UNIQLO App.


About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, Theory, PLST (Plus T), Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam, J Brand and Helmut Lang. With global sales of approximately 2.13 trillion yen for the 2021 fiscal year ending August 31, 2021 (US $19.4 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2021 rate of $1 = 109.9 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.
UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has more than 2,300 stores in 25 markets including Japan. In alphabetical order, the other markets are Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. U.S. and Vietnam. In addition, UNIQLO established a social business in Bangladesh together with the Grameen Bank in 2010, and today there are more than 15 Grameen-UNIQLO stores, mostly located in Dhaka.
With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.  For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit and

In Downtown Manila, Panda Express® has opened a new branch

To respond to the growing demand for delicious American Chinese food in the country, Jollibee Group’s Panda Express® opens its sixth PH store in Metro Manila.

A Panda sighting to ring in the Tiger Year! Panda Express®, the world’s largest American Chinese dining concept, will celebrate the Lunar New Year with the opening of a new store on Level 1, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place in Ermita, Manila, on February 19.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the Lunar New Year with another milestone. Opening a new store in the country’s capital city Manila means giving us the opportunity for us to serve the local community with Panda’s freshly made and wok-tossed American Chinese dishes with our guests,” said Ned Bandojo, Business Development Head, Foreign Franchises Brands of the Jollibee Group.

Since opening its first site at SM Megamall in Ortigas, Pasig City in late 2019, the new restaurant will be the sixth Panda Express in the Metro Manila area. Panda Express’ continued growth is a response to Filipinos’ desire for delectable American Chinese cuisine, notably Panda’s world-famous entrée, The Original Orange Chicken®, a crispy chicken dish wok-tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce; or Panda’s award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, a mouth-watering entrée made with premium crispy shrimp wok-tossed in a honey sauce and topped with glazed walnuts.

Delightful Offerings

As part of celebrating Lunar New Year, Panda Express is offering its Family Feast in special carriers. Families can customize their entrees and sides with all their Panda favorites in a Family Feast.

For health-conscious foodies, Panda’s Wok Smart® entrees offer dishes with at least eight grams of protein and 300 or less calories, such as Panda’s Black Pepper Chicken, a flavorful stir-fry with marinated chicken, celery and onion, coated in a bold black pepper sauce; or Kung Pao Chicken, a Sichuan-inspired dish made with chicken, fresh vegetables, crunchy peanuts and dried chilis for a slight kick; and the classic Broccoli Beef, a tender beef entrée with fresh broccoli wok-tossed in a savory ginger soy sauce.

Panda Express also offers plant-based options on its menu. A fan-favorite entrée, Eggplant Tofu, is the ultimate comfort food made with lightly browned tender tofu that is crispy on the outside, simmered in a sweet and spicy sauce with eggplant and red bell peppers and pairs well with White Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables and some Veggie Spring Rolls.

“Panda Express invites Filipinos to enjoy authentic American Chinese cuisine, prepared fresh and made in small batches. We’re thrilled to bring our world-famous entrees made with quality ingredients to the community through our sustained expansion plans and store openings throughout the country,” said Bandojo.

Safety is always a priority. Panda Express® requires its customers to wear face masks and observe social distancing. All store team members are vaccinated., GrabFood, or foodpanda will be available for dine-in, take-out, and delivery at Panda Express Robinsons Place Manila. Select districts in Manila, Pasay, and Makati City are available for delivery. Visit and @PandaExpressPH for more information about Panda Express (Instagram).

GrabFood is a trademark owned by Grabtaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd.  foodpanda is a trademark owned by Emerging Markets Online Food Delivery Holding S.a.r.l.




Health and Wellness

Iba’t ibang sakit kayang lagpasan, Dahil babangon ka sa Flu


While the flu season has passed in the Country normally occurs during the coldest months of the year—it is never too safe to be content. With summer nearing, we must remain vigilant for flu-like symptoms such as sniffles, sneezes, headaches, and fevers, as well as a few body pains here and there. Because the flu shares many symptoms with COVID-19, catching the former also entails a little less peace of mind for the Pinoy.

In short, flu symptoms aren’t just more common these days—they’re also a lot heavier to deal with.

That’s why it’s generally a good idea to get tested for COVID-19 in case one experiences flu symptoms. In the event that it’s confirmed to be COVID-19, one can start practicing the necessary isolation and treatment protocols.

On the other hand, if that cough turns out to be a symptom of the flu, it isn’t enough to stop at the negative COVID-19 results. Flu symptoms still need to be treated ASAP, as they may lead to more serious health complications.

When a cold or flu creates a blockage in the sinuses, for example, this can trap bacteria and viruses inside through the mucus. A bad enough infection can lead to sinusitis, which in turn causes severe headaches, fever, facial pain.

The fluid build up from the flu can also cause bacteria or viruses to infect the space behind the eardrums, leading to a painful ear infection. In people with asthma, flu symptoms can trigger asthmatic attacks, or cause difficulty breathing among people without asthma.

Flu symptoms could also make it more difficult to sleep. Studies have found that a lack of sleep can have a negative effect on the immune system, making someone more vulnerable to different illnesses.

Given how important it is to immediately treat flu symptoms, medication for these symptoms is a must- have during the country’s flu season. For many Filipinos, the ideal fix is to have a multi-benefit solution like Phenylephrine HCl Chlorphenamine Maleate Paracetamol (BIOFLU) at home.

Unlike other medications that address only one or two flu symptoms, Phenylephrine HCl Chlorphenamine Maleate Paracetamol (BIOFLU) is specially formulated to provide relief for all common flu symptoms. It helps relieve fever, colds, clogged noses, sneezing, headaches, body aches, joint pain, chills, sore throat, and cough due to post-nasal drip. It can also help reduce itching in the eyes and treat a runny nose.

Its formula was also created to treat the symptoms of other ailments like allergic rhinitis and sinusitis, making it a valuable multi-purpose medication for every household. At just PHP7.50 SRP per tablet, it’s also one of the most sulit solutions available to Pinoys. The medication provides relief for multiple illnesses and prevents complications from their symptoms at a cost cheaper than a cup of coffee.

Because many of the symptoms it addresses are also common adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, it’s also proved to be useful for people who need to return to work quickly after getting their doses. With flu season in full gear and a pandemic still wreaking havoc on Pinoys, it’s always a good idea to have medication on hand to assist people recover more quickly from the symptoms. It’s more than useful when a multi-benefit solution is available—It’s sulit.













A ‘Sting’ that gives you extra energy to reach your goals

Young Filipinos, without a question, are dreamers. Despite repeated setbacks, they remain committed to their objectives and life goals, remembering the word “hataw” (doing your best). Consider the instance of Raphael Santiago, a 19-year-old multimedia arts student. Together with his friends, they just created a clothing brand, ROLEMODEL.

It is the time of a pandemic; a phase in their lives when the world is almost discouraging for the younger generation. Yet, this “boredom” is what drove Santiago to persevere. “I think my boredom is slowly transforming into a career,” he said.

“I realized that life is short. I wanted to start living my life to the fullest by achieving my goals and making my dreams come true. Luckily, my friends also had the idea of starting a clothing brand,” he added.

They pursued their love for style and life through an online business. It does not only serve as a source of income but also a source of inspiration for young Filipinos. ROLEMODEL conveys messages of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement.

Energy for life

As they continue to face the challenges of the new normal and prepare for the future, young Filipinos are determined to be more energetic than ever. To keep them active and focused all throughout the day, they need a drink that is hataw sa energy and hataw sa sarap.

“We recognize the role of the youth in our society and we hope to help them succeed through the energy and delicious taste of Sting. Their determination is truly admirable. It inspires us to continue producing beverages that help Filipinos to be stronger and more energized,” said Frederick D. Ong, president and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI).

Sting, a product of PCPPI, the country’s exclusive PepsiCo beverage maker, is the ideal partner for any young Filipino’s mind and body. B vitamins, taurine, and ginseng extract are all included. Sting is available in PET bottles with a strawberry flavor in both 300ml and 330ml capacity.

Sting can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, and sari-sari stores all around the country. Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Mug, Premier, Milkis, and Aquafina are just a few of the well-known beverage brands that PCPPI manufactures exclusively in the Philippines.

PCPPI is committed to create a positive impact on society with programs focused on environmental sustainability, nutrition, education, and livelihood. For more information, visit


About Pepsi Philippines
Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) is the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages & snacks in the Philippines, with a relationship spanning 70 years. PCPPI is a listed company in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: PIP) with Lotte Corporation which is a holding company of Lotte Chilsung Beverage, one of the biggest beverage companies in South Korea as the lead shareholder co-managing with PepsiCo. PCPPI manufactures and sells well-known food and beverage brands: Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier, Sips, Milkis, Let’s Be and Aquafina. It has established 14 manufacturing facilities across the country, serving more than 700,000 outlets and providing employment through its extensive distribution network.