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The world’s second-fastest-growing restaurant brand is Jollibee


Expertise in Building Brands. Jollibee’s 51% brand value growth is a testament to the Jollibee Group’s expertise in building brands that can be scaled across markets globally.

The world’s premier independent brand valuation firm, Brand Finance, has released its annual brand ranking study, which ranks Jollibee as the second fastest-growing restaurant brand globally. In the current year’s Global Restaurant Rankings, Jollibee jumped from position 20 to rank 17, demonstrating an incredible 51% increase in brand value to USD 2.3 billion.

By placing fifth in the strongest restaurant brand category, the brand significantly strengthened its position and increased its grade from AA- to AAA. Furthermore, Jollibee is the only Philippine brand that appears in the Top 10 Strongest Restaurant Brands and the Top 25 Most Valuable Restaurant Brands for 2024.

“We thank our loyal customers for their love for Jollibee, allowing us to grow the brand further and reach more people in various parts of the world,” said Jollibee Group President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong. “Being ranked as the second fastest growing brand in the world validates the effective work of all the leaders and teams of Jollibee—past and present—whose commitment to the brand and its customers has helped drive the brand’s sustained growth over the years.”

Confidence in Jollibee’s Strategic Direction

Jollibee, the flagship global brand within the Jollibee Group’s extensive portfolio of 18 brands, originated in the Philippines in 1978. The brand has since grown to encompass 1,668 locations across 17 countries as of January 2024.

Richard Shin, Chief Financial Officer of Jollibee Group, expressed confidence in the brand’s strategic direction, stating, “This valuation from Brand Finance gives us confidence that we are on the right track in our strategic goals for the brand. Jollibee’s ability to resonate with consumers across diverse markets and cultures opens opportunities for further expansion and growth, enhancing the potential for better shareholder value to investors and franchisees.”


Global Appeal.
Jollibee continues to captivate global audiences with its great-tasting products at affordable fare, supported by a cohesive restaurant system that positions the brand for success across markets.

Jollibee’s Growth Momentum

Brand Finance’s latest report attributes Jollibee’s remarkable financial performance and sustained momentum to its robust expansion initiatives, particularly in international markets. Emphasizing a diverse menu of exceptionally tasty, high-quality, and affordable fare, the brand continues to captivate global audiences.

The Chief Marketing Officer of Jollibee Group, David Beal, emphasized, “Jollibee’s impressive brand value growth is a testament to the Jollibee Group’s expertise in building brands that are craved globally. Our growth is underpinned by delicious offerings, a compelling brand proposition, and a cohesive restaurant system that positions us for success across markets.”

To sustain its growth momentum, Jollibee remains steadfast in expanding its store network in key markets such as the United States and the Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia (EMEAA) region, while sustaining market leadership in the Philippines.


Sustained Growth. Jollibee is now present in 17 countries with 1,668 store locations – and counting. The recent milestone opening in Canada is the brand’s 100th store in North America and is part of the Jollibee Group’s aggressive growth plans for 2024.
 

Strong Brand Love for Jollibee

The brand has recently marked a significant milestone by inaugurating its 100th store in North America, with the first customer lining up for 20 hours before the store opening.

Massive crowds have been waiting in line for extended periods of time—some camping out the night before or enduring freezing temperatures—to be the first to sample Jollibee’s famous crispy and juicy fried chicken, known as Jolly Crispy Chicken in North America and Chickenjoy in the Philippines and other markets. This fervent display of brand love has been consistent across store openings in new markets. In markets around Asia, Europe, and North America, this best-selling product has been chosen as a fan favorite.


Brand Love Across Geographies and Generations. The support of loyal customers across generations and locations has solidified Jollibee’s position as a well-loved global restaurant brand.
 

Other best-sellers that win over people to Jollibee’s faithful following are the Peach Mango Pie, which is constructed with peaches and Philippine mangoes nestled in a warm, crispy crust, and the Chicken Sandwich, which is a crispy, juicy chicken breast fillet with umami mayo in a toasted brioche bun.

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Chinese New Year 2024: Go Hotels Timog-Quezon City wraps up a Fabulous Celebration

Go Hotels Timog-Quezon City’s thrilling Chinese New Year event took place on February 9, 2024. Since then, the premier budget hotel chain has been releasing an enticing assortment of deals. We enjoyed the event as they performed the traditional lion dance in time for the Chinese New Year. It was full of fun as they unwrapped this year, with thrilling events and surprises along the way.

The event was full of exciting lion dances and colorful celebrations, but the real star of the show is the exclusive promos that are just getting started. Go Hotels promises much more excitement in the days to come, starting with Valentine’s Day and other alluring deals.

“As we bid farewell to the festivities, let us carry forward the spirit of renewal, prosperity, and unity that the Chinese New Year symbolizes,” expressed Ms. Roselle Reyes, Director of Sales & Marketing (DOSM) of Go Hotels-Roxaco Asia Hospitality Corp. during the event.

Reyes claims that the Lunar New Year provides the company with an opportunity to make a fresh start, welcome the Year of the Dragon with open arms, set ambitious objectives, and be ready for a year full of chances and experiences.

“May the Year of the Dragon bring abundant blessings, favorable fortune, and moments of joy to you and your esteemed families. Let us continue to cherish our traditions, uphold our core values, and strengthen the bonds within our communities,” she added.

Go Hotels Timog-Quezon City hosted a lively Chinese New Year party for its guests on February 9, 2024. Attendees at the event included VIPs, bloggers, media, top business executives, and hotel guests, as well as fascinating cultural displays like the traditional Lion Dance.

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Powering Up the Biggest Solar Panel Installation to Date is Jollibee Group


A Win for the Planet. Officials from the Jollibee Group and First Gen Corp. led the switch-on rites of Canlubang Baking Facility’s solar panels last January 9, 2024. In the photo are (from L-R): Ronaldo  Sales (Zenith Foods Corporation’s AVP-Canlubang Baking Facility & Plant Head), Carlos Lorenzo Vega (First Gen VP for Power Marketing, Trading, & Economics), Michael Ong (Zenith Foods Corporation’s VP  & Head Supply Chain Management), Honorable Rosseller Rizal (Mayor of the City of Calamba), Julius Leyba (Zenith Foods Corporation’s AVP & Head of Engineering Services), Mark Malabanan (First Gen’s AVP for Solar), and Manny Portugal (First Gen’s Head of Technology Solutions).

With 6,300 solar panels in operation at its Canlubang Baking Facility (CBF), the Jollibee Group     is fast-tracking its transition to sustainable energy. This is the company’s largest solar panel installation to date. The Jollibee Group’s worldwide sustainability agenda, Joy for Tomorrow, serves as a framework for the company’s commitment to more sustainable business practices, which includes this program.

The Jollibee Group has partnered with First Gen Corporation through Pi Energy Inc. to power one-third of its manufacturing facilities with solar energy through Zenith Foods Corporation (ZFC), a subsidiary of the Jollibee Group. On January 9, 2024, in Canlubang, Laguna, officials from the Jollibee Group and First Gen Corporation led the switch-on ceremonies alongside Calamba City Mayor Roseller Rizal.


Calamba Mayor Roseller “Ross” Rizal and Jollibee Group Supply Chain Head Michael Ong at the ribbon-cutting and switch-on ceremony. Aside from achieving energy independence, Rizal noted that the initiative to promote sustainability in CBF will save a considerable amount of cost and decrease carbon footprints, which is the cause of global warming. 

During the ceremony, Jollibee Group Supply Chain Head Michael Ong underscored the company’s drive to lessen the environmental impact of its supply chain operations. “In our quest to bring the joy of eating not only for today’s generation but that of tomorrow’s, we integrate solar energy into our state-of-the-art Canlubang Baking Facility. This is our largest installation to date, but this is also just the beginning. We have more locations planned in the months ahead, and we are determined to accelerate further our journey towards carbon neutrality,” he said.

Calamba City Mayor Ross Rizal cited the project’s role in helping achieve the city’s goals on sustainability for the business community. “Your [ZFC] initiative to promote sustainability in your facilities will not only have positive results for your company, but it will also be in solidarity with the government’s call for a more orderly operation of companies that considers many factors, including those that concern our environment,” he said. 




The Canlubang Baking Facility is the manufacturing site of Red Ribbon products.
 

Ong and his team at ZFC started accelerating the integration of sustainable business practices into the Jollibee Group’s commissaries and logistics centers in 2020. The Canlubang Baking Facility is now the second out of the four target sites for solar panel installation. The first one was Zen3, also in Canlubang, which was installed with 3,000 solar panels last November 2023. The solar panel installation in the two other sites is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2024.

These commissaries and logistics centers support the Jollibee Group’s portfolio of brands in the Philippines, such as Jollibee, Greenwich, Burger King, Red Ribbon, Chowking, and Mang Inasal.

Solarizing for the future

First Gen constructed four rooftop solar power plants for ZFC’s commissaries, cold storage, and logistics facilities.

Carlo Vega, First Gen’s Vice President for Power Marketing, Trading, and Economics, said, “We are thankful to Jollibee Group’s ZFC for their trust in our company to be their reliable energy partner in our shared vision of a cleaner and greener future for this generation and the next.”

A journey towards more sustainability


The Jollibee Group continues to accelerate its shift to renewable energy by operating 6,300 solar panels in its Canlubang Baking Facility (CBF), the company’s most extensive solar panel installation to date.  

Based on the baseline data from 2020, Ong said that, with the exception of solar energy utilization, waste reduction at Jollibee Group manufacturing locations nationwide has decreased by 38% by 2022. Additionally, the manufacturing facilities have reduced their energy and water use ratios by 21.5% and 23%, respectively.

“We learned that our impact on the planet revolves around three critical areas: energy, water, and waste. With this newfound awareness, we embrace the challenge of ‘Joy for Tomorrow,’ and we set out to establish strategies, systems, and initiatives that will allow us to treat our planet more responsibly,” said Jose Miñana Jr., Jollibee Group’s Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer.

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Cookies and coffee? This is a tasty combination of two renowned brands


Here’s a brand collaboration that you wouldn’t want to miss: Great Taste Cream-O, a coffee mix that offers the signature “aromanamnam” goodness of Great Taste coffee and the yummy cookie crumbles of Cream-O
 

Excellent teamwork can result in wonderful things. This has been demonstrated by the collaborative efforts of gifted artists to produce beloved music and films. Within the fashion industry, brands also initiate unforeseen partnerships in an effort to offer consumers something fresh and engaging.

Collaboration is essential for both our work and academic pursuits. When we collaborate, we not only complete tasks more quickly but also inspire one another to think of original ideas. Naturally, you ought to pause between duties as well. Trying a different coffee blend like Great Taste Cream-O is one option to add some enjoyment to your free time during this period.

A delectable partnership between two beloved brands, Great Taste and Cream-O brings their trademark “aromanamnam” taste with actual cookie crumbles to add another dimension of delight. This is a novel blend of coffee and cookies that is perfect for people seeking a tasty beverage to sip on during their break.

For just P15.00 (SRP), you may purchase a small twin sachet pack of Great Taste Cream-O, which allows you to keep one pack on hand and easily prepare a delectable beverage to enjoy during breaks with coworkers or classmates.

University students enjoy breaks with Great Taste Cream-O


Guest social media content creators joined the fun during Great Taste Cream-O’s stop at Mapua University Manila

To give students an enjoyable experience at school, Great Taste shared its newest coffee blend to select universities in Manila. Its first stop was at the Mapua University Manila last January 23, 2024, where Great Taste Cream-O set up an exciting booth with a 360-degree photo and video booth they could visit in between classes, and make memories while enjoying Great Taste Cream-O with their blockmates. Making the moment even more enjoyable for the students, the brand collaborated with one of the University’s dance groups, and a guest influencer, to entertain guests with an energetic dance number.


Students enjoyed fun activities at the Great Taste Cream-O booth in Mapua University Manila

Great Taste Cream-O booth at Mapua University Manila

This is your opportunity to satisfy your craving for Great Taste Cream-O if you’re a student trying to spice up your coffee with flavor and have a more enjoyable break. In the upcoming weeks, keep an eye out for Great Taste’s possible stop at your campus. In order to receive updates and information, be sure to follow Great Taste Coffee on Facebook.

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Reimagine Recycling Year 5 Recipients from Coca-Cola PH and Save PH Seas present circular economy solutions


 
Organizers and participants of Reimagine Recycling Year 5

The Reimagine Recycling program, a joint venture between Save Philippine Seas and Coca-Cola Philippines, is pleased to announce the awarding of grants totaling PHP 500,000 to five community-based initiatives.

Reimagine Recycling is in its fifth year of supporting organizations that promote solutions for the circular economy, deal with solid waste management, and improve the welfare of the informal waste sector. This year, the campaign also included grassroots efforts and programs to stop waste from leaking into marine and riverine environments.

Through cash grants, mentorship, and capacity-building seminars on stakeholder management and communications, Reimagine Recycling offers crucial reinforcement.

“We have seen how transformative Reimagine Recycling has been for our past grantees. The funding helps them get to the next level in terms of scale and scope, and the networks of Save Philippine Seas and Coca-Cola Philippines also help create connections with other stakeholders in the waste value chain,” shared Anna Oposa, Executive Director of Save Philippine Seas.

Supporting sustainable initiatives

Following a competitive application process that opened in October 2023, the following projects were selected for grant funding from Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, which can help expand and build a stronger foundation for their respective initiatives:

  • RezBin is an initiative by siblings with backgrounds in the startup industry. Realizing that poor disposal habits, aside from the lack of recycling facilities, are also the main causes of plastic waste issues in the Philippines, the project aims to make plastic disposal easy and enjoyable, fostering positive and sustainable habits among Filipinos
  • THREADS by PAMMÉ is a training program for informal trash collectors focused on plastic waste recycling. PAMMÉ repurposes plastic waste into sustainable fashion products, contributes to recycling markets, and supports informal livelihoods.
  • Love for Green Universe addresses inadequate access to fresh food in urban areas worsened by environmental concerns faced by farmers. The project empowers farmers by repurposing PET bottles as durable UV sheets for crop protection, providing a sustainable alternative to commercially available sheets susceptible to adverse weather conditions.
  • After conducting surveys in the coastal barangays of Naawan, Misamis Oriental, COAST discovered community concerns such as beach plastic litter, household plastic management, and reliance on single-use plastics. COAST takes action through initiatives like regular coastal clean-ups, public forums, and strategic partnerships to raise awareness, empower communities, and lay the foundation for sustainable practices.
  • Upstyle was founded to transform waste into opportunities for environmental and societal betterment, driven by the escalating waste crisis and economic challenges in certain communities. Their goal is to teach upcycling as a livelihood project, working with dedicated volunteers to create products from waste materials and imparting this skill to communities, providing a sustainable means of earning a living.

Participants of Reimagine Recycling Year 5 discussing solutions to address issues on solid waste management and marine pollution
 

Coca-Cola Philippines President Tony Del Rosario expressed gratitude for the ongoing collaboration with Save Philippine Seas in promoting marine conservation. He commended all teams participating in Reimagine Recycling Year 5, saying “Each proposal is truly promising, with a significant impact on the environment and our communities. It was inspiring to connect with brilliant young minds driving change in nation-building through innovative circular economy initiatives.”

Cecile Alcantara, President of Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, also affirmed the foundation’s commitment to supporting innovations that empower communities and inspire Filipinos to initiate their waste solution programs. “As advocates for positive change, we firmly believe in the transformative power of collaboration and its ability to create a lasting impact in our communities,” Alcantara said.

The Foundation reports that past winners of Reimagine Recycling continue to scale up, expand, and benefit underprivileged communities.

  • Alon and Araw, which started as a free surfboard borrowing program for local children in exchange for regular participation in weekly beach clean-ups, now work with over 40 underprivileged fisherfolk families vulnerable to threats of climate change. They organize sustainability-related activities for more than 70 children between 5 to 18 years old, whom they call ocean defenders.
  • According to the Philippine Textile Research Institute, the country generates the equivalent of 303 Olympic-size pools of textile waste annually. To help address this problem, Barrio Studios devised an idea to transform textile waste into higher-value goods. Through their efforts, they champion textile recycling in the country, help businesses become more sustainable, and create more green jobs for women.
  • Smart Recycle PH helps users connect with verified collection partners for their recyclable materials and get to know and shop for sustainable products and services. They assist consumers in earning Smart Recycle Points and converting them into trees with RAFI One to Tree. The initiative has recovered more than 350,000 kilograms of recyclables, received 1,000 tree pledges, and increased its partners to 60.

The Coca-Cola Company declared in 2018 that it will work toward a worldwide circular economy in order to help reduce waste by continuing to use packaging as a valuable resource.Coca-Cola Philippines is speeding up additional waste management solutions in addition to the Reimagine Recycling program by launching “May Ikabobote Pa,” a consumer engagement initiative that aims to educate and engage customers about the steps they can take to recycle their empty plastic bottles.

SavePhilippineseas.org has more information about Reimagine Recycling. Visit coca-cola.com/ph/en/sustainability to learn more about Coca-Cola Philippines’ sustainability-related projects.

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Through co-processing, Jollibee Foods Corporation and Republic Cement Work Together to Recover and Divert Plastic Packaging Wastes


Jollibee Foods Corporation representatives Assistant Vice President and Head of Global Procurement Services Bryan Marc Tividad and Vice President & Head for Network Development Philippines Gerard Paul Filart; together with Republic Cement CEO Roman Menz, Vice President for Manufacturing Lloyd Vicente, and Director of  ecoloop (the resource recovery arm of Republic Cement) Atty. Angela Edralin-Valencia, during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Agreement to support the EPR Law, which will help prevent plastic waste from landfills and from leaking into urban waterways and oceans. 

In order to promote the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Law, Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), one of the fastest growing restaurant companies in the world, recently signed an agreement with Republic Cement and Building Materials, Inc. (“Republic Cement”).

By adding value or purpose through upcycling or recycling, the EPR law seeks to prolong the life of plastics and decrease the amount of plastic waste generated.

JFC intends to recover post-consumer plastic packaging wastes, divert them from landfills and waterways, and transport them to Republic Cement for co-processing as part of its Joy for Tomorrow’s global sustainability goal.

Republic Cement, a leading local cement manufacturer and the pioneer of co-processing in the country, will use the collected post-consumer packaging wastes as alternative fuel in the cement manufacturing process.

During the MOA signing held at the Republic Cement head office in Taguig City, Republic Cement CEO Mr. Roman Menz emphasized the role of the company in supporting organizations like JFC.

“Republic Cement provides a very important solution to fight plastic pollution by diverting wastes away from landfills and waterways, away from areas where it can negatively affect communities. We are happy to see the commitment of the JFC towards doing their part in solving our current plastic pollution crisis. Republic Cement is with JFC in their journey for a greener, more sustainable world.”

Gerard Paul Filart, JFC Vice President for Network Development Group, said that Republic Cement just celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2023, making the relationship significant and appropriate. “We are dedicated to upholding the three primary pillars of our Global Sustainability Agenda: Food, People, and Planet. Through our collaboration with Republic Cement, we are reducing waste and offering a valuable service. We hope that by doing this, we are contributing to more happiness for tomorrow. 

The MOA encompasses Jollibee Foods Corporation’s fully owned brands in the Philippines, which include Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, and Red Ribbon; it also covers JFC’s franchised brands, which are Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya.

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

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Pasig LGU and Jollibee Group to Give Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities Jobs


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.

Recently, the Jollibee Group and the city government of Pasig, represented by Mayor Vico Sotto, signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the company’s inclusive employment program, which offers gainful employment to qualified senior citizens and people with disabilities (PWD) in a few Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Burger King locations in Pasig.

Ruth Angeles, vice president of Jollibee Group, head of global organization leadership and culture, and head of human resources Philippines, claims that the company’s commitment to giving all members of society equal employment opportunities while fostering inclusivity and diversity in the workplace is congruent with the Pasig city government’s partnership.

“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,” Angeles added.

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.


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.

In the interim, the City Health Office will act as the authorized medical facility to perform health exams and provide certified “fit to work” certificates to eligible candidates. The chosen candidates will work in customer interactions and other “front of house” tasks.

In order to expand the program’s eligibility for older citizens and those with disabilities, Jollibee Group has partnered with the provincial governments of Rizal, Manila, Antipolo, and Muntinlupa in addition to Pasig City.


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.

“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,” Angeles said.

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

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Make zero excuses in visualizing your best 2024 with Coke Zero!

Win amazing prizes, witness epic performances, and enjoy fun activities with the #CokeZeroExcuses promo  

Now that 2024 has arrived, there’s never been a better moment to seize fresh chances and make resolutions or goals! With the #CokeZeroExcuses Promo, Coca-Cola Philippines is giving Filipinos the chance to participate and win exciting prizes, among other things.

There’s more to the #CokeZeroExcuses Promo than just a clever hashtag. This is your opportunity to stop dreaming and start acting by proving to both the outside world and to yourself that you are capable of standing up for what you believe in and achieving your goals. People “manifesting” their aspirations on social media are a buzz, bringing their wishes to life via positive thought and deeds. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar supports this movement and invites you to follow suit as we work to promote a sense of accomplishment, self-expression, and self-discovery in 2024.

Opening a bottle or can of Coke Zero Sugar is all it takes to take part in the #CokeZeroExcuses promotion! Just share a 15-second video or picture of your 2024 objectives along with a Coke Zero Sugar product. Using the official hashtag #CokeZeroExcuses, write your 2024 goals in the caption and tag @cocacolaph on Facebook or Instagram. Please remember to publish your post publicly. The best part is that you could win any of the thrilling prizes up for grabs:

Weekly Minor Prizes:

  • PHP 5,000 GCash Credits
  • Polaroid Camera (Fujifilm Instax Mini 12)
  • Fitness Watch (Oppo Band B1)

Major prizes:

  • PHP 100,000 Gcash Credits
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max (256GB)

The promo runs from January 8 to March 24, 2024, 11:59 P.M. Hurry and don’t miss out on the amazing prizes up for grabs with the #CokeZeroExcuses Promo! Check this link to see the full promo mechanics: https://cokeurl.com/CokeZeroExcusesPromo.

The excitement doesn’t stop online! Coke Zero Sugar is taking over 2024, starting with a bang at the Bonifacio High Street Activity Center. On select dates in January, people can enjoy epic performances, thrilling activities, and the chance to win epic prizes. And get ready, because Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and star Julie Anne San Jose are coming your way on January 27!

We kicked off this series of immersive experiences with Kyle Echarri and Darren Espanto last January 13-14. The two amazing artists serenaded fans with the hottest songs while bopping to the coolest dance moves! Kyle sang his song Dyosa, and Darren performed and invited fans to dance to the tune of his hit Bibitaw Na. The two artists also shared their manifestations for 2024 with Kyle saying that he is manifesting “for a good year this year and more music,” while Darren manifested “Zero Excuses to have a more positive mindset.”

Together with Mark Dee, Senior Marketing Director, Coca-Cola Philippines, Kyle and Darren led the #CokeZeroExcuses toast to manifest for the best 2024!

Don’t let the action pass you by. Follow along for all the surprises coming ahead in the #CokeZeroExcuses campaign.

Let’s tackle 2024 together, full of potential and no justifications! Follow Coca-Cola’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts to get updated on the #CokeZeroExcuses promotion.

For additional information about Coca-Cola Philippines, go to https://www.coca-cola.com/ph/en.

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The first Jollibee USA location opens in the US state of Michigan

Despite freezing weather, hundreds of Detroiters line up to try Jollibee’s signature Chickenjoy


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.

When they watched the eagerly awaited launch of Jollibee’s first location in Michigan state, in Sterling Heights, Michigan, residents of Detroit seemed unfazed by the snow and the bitter cold.

“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,” said Ernesto Tanmantiong, the president and chief executive officer of Jollibee Group. “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.”

The historic Jollibee store may be found downtown Detroit, Michigan’s first capital city, at 44935 Woodridge Drive, in front of the Lakeside Mall. Hundreds of hungry Detroiters who placed orders through the double-lane drive-thru at Jollibee Sterling Heights helped the restaurant surpass its opening-day sales target, even though it had to cancel dine-in service earlier than anticipated due to inclement weather.

“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,” said Maribeth Dela Cruz, the president of Jollibee North America. “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.”

Bestsellers on the first day of business at Jollibee-Sterling Heights include the restaurant’s famous crispy and juicy Chickenjoy fried chicken, regular and spicy chicken sandwiches, and peach mango pie.


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.

With its recent aggressive development efforts, Jollibee has officially expanded into 14 states in the United States, with the Great Lakes State being the latest state reached. The Jollibee Group’s overarching goal of ranking among the top 5 restaurant corporations in the world includes Jollibee’s market expansion. Go to www.jollibeegroup.com to learn more about the Jollibee Group.

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Ajinomoto encourages the development of food technology and nutrition education, Full scholarship grant for graduate study in Japan

Interested students may apply until March 1, 2024.

The Ajinomoto Postgraduate Scholarship Grant for 2025 is now available to Filipinos who wish to study abroad in Japan. The program’s goal is to assist worthy people who need financial aid in order to continue their postgraduate studies in human nutrition and food technology. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2024.

A complete scholarship to study for a master’s degree at any of the following esteemed Japanese universities: Waseda University, Ochanomizu University, Institute of Science Tokyo, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Nagoya University, and Kagawa Nutrition University.

“The annual scholarship program is Ajinomoto’s way of giving back to empower the future of food technology and nutrition in the Philippines,” says Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) General Manager of Corporate Planning and Public Relations Roann Co.

The candidate’s examination, admission and tuition costs, psychological and medical evaluations, Japanese language instruction, flights, and monthly stipend will all be covered by the scholarship award.

“I am very happy and thankful for this rare opportunity to study with a full scholarship in one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The Ajinomoto Foundation and Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation has always been consistent in providing me prompt support and guidance. This does not only provide me academic privileges but also allows me to learn new cultures, enjoy good food and make new friends,” shared 2023 awardee Johndel Obra who is currently taking Masters in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tokyo.

As screening process, the grant requires applicants to have excellent academic records – a graduate or expecting to graduate within the top 5% of their class or with a grade point (GPA) of 3.7 or higher. In return, the chosen scholar is sure to gain a lot from the program in terms of academics as well as life experiences.

“When I was awarded with the 2022 Ajinomoto scholarship, I was very excited because Japan was my dream country to visit. Aside from its advanced technology and innovative research, I found a very welcoming and warm country that felt like a second home to me. The scholarship enabled me to be fully equipped in pursuing my current doctoral research program,” shared Ann Elaine Wagan, a BS Nutrition graduate and the 2022 Ajinomoto Scholarship Awardee now taking up PhD on Applied Biosciences at Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University.

One of Ajinomoto’s main initiatives to improve food science education is the annual scholarship program. The company wants to help people all around the world become more healthy. According to Co., “APC hopes to use the grant to further address food and health issues in the Philippines through innovations led by its passionate scholars.”

Visit  https://www.ajinomoto.com.ph/whats-new-archive/2025-ajinomoto-foundation-postgraduate-scholarship-grant/ to learn more about the 2025 Ajinomoto Postgraduate Scholarship grant.