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WarnerMedia and TotallyAwesome team up in the Philippines

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TotallyAwesome has announced a collaboration with WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks in the Philippines. This agreement gives advertisers, for the very first time, access to both companies’ advertising platforms through a unified kids-safe advertising proposition.

TotallyAwesome provides hundreds of kids’ brands with a safe avenue to interact with their audience. This includes its kids-safe marketplace AwesomeAds, which reaches 170 million kids across Asia Pacific every month.

WarnerMedia’s Boomerang and Cartoon Network are two of the most recognized kids’ entertainment brands in the world. And in the Philippines, WarnerMedia recognises the rising trend of children consuming content online, and is committed to providing kids-safe content through its own platforms, as well as through this collaboration.

TotallyAwesome’s CEO Quan Nguyen said:

“Both TotallyAwesome and WarnerMedia in Asia Pacific are committed to making the internet safer for kids. We’re pleased to work together to provide this unique digital advertising solution to advertisers in the Philippines.”

The emergence of stricter global standards and guidelines has made advertisers to completely rethink their digital marketing strategies to use zero-data collection platforms such as AwesomeAds offered by TotallyAwesome. TotallyAwesome´s relationship with WarnerMedia means advertisers in the Philippines can reach kids – in a safe way – on Cartoon Network and Boomerang platforms.

Awantika Sood, WarnerMedia’s Kids and Entertainment ad-sales lead in Southeast Asia, added:

“As children consume more and more digital content, the need to present an omni-channel, brand-safe solution to our advertising partners is very important to us. Adding to WarnerMedia’s own capabilities, our collaboration with TotallyAwesome platforms is a strategic move as it provides advertisers in the Philippines a one-stop shop to reach kids in quality and safe environments across linear, digital and social platforms. We look forward to a fantastic collaboration with TotallyAwesome.”

Panda Express reveals menu for first Manila branch

It’s a green light for the Orange Chicken—and more!

Panda Express, the largest American Chinese dining concept in the world, is giving Filipino foodies a first look at its celebrated menu items before it opens its first branch at SM Megamall in Ortigas, Pasig City.

Homegrown fast food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) revealed today that they are bringing the same Panda Express menu from abroad to the country.

Get ready for bold and savory flavors cooked fresh straight from the woks, with each dish thoughtfully prepared—from hand-cut vegetables to house-made sauces—making every dining experience even more satisfying.

Among the Panda Express staples that are coming to Manila is the best-seller signature dish Original Orange Chicken, a wok-tossed crispy chicken in a sweet and tangy sauce.

The classic favorite Broccoli Beef made of tender beef and fresh broccoli in ginger soy sauce is also expected to satisfy local foodies.

Other American Chinese favorites to be served are:

Kung Pao Chicken
A Szechwan-inspired dish with chicken, peanuts, and vegetables, finished with chili peppers

String Bean Chicken

Chicken breast, string beans, and onions wok-tossed in a mild ginger soy sauce

Asian Grilled Chicken
Grilled chicken thigh hand-sliced to order and served with teriyaki sauce

Mushroom Chicken
A delicate combination of chicken, mushrooms, and zucchini wok-tossed with a light ginger soy sauce

Beijing Beef
Crispy beef, bell peppers, and onions in a sweet-tangy sauce

And if you’re on a plant-based diet, the sweet and spicy Eggplant Tofu packs some bold flavors minus the meat.

Eggplant Tofu
Lightly browned tofu, eggplant, and red bell peppers tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce

As the world’s go-to for American Chinese food, Panda Express has been known for creating a wide variety of industry-first cuisines using authentic Chinese recipes adapted to global taste and—soon—targeting the Filipino palate.

So Manila, ready your appetite for a Panda Express gastronomic ride.

New Stores and Restaurants Alert: What’s New at Ortigas Malls

Are you on the lookout for something new? If so, you’ll be delighted to know that Ortigas Malls has just welcomed new tenants, each with exciting offerings that would definitely make your mall visits a lot more enjoyable.

The new entrants widen Ortigas Malls’ ever-growing selection of dining and shopping options, providing visitors with just about everything to match their every need and desire. Just look at what each of the malls has to offer:

Greenhills, the Philippines’ undisputed shopping destination with its endless offerings of gadgets, fashion finds, accessories, artisanal finds, and huge food selection, continues to widen its selection with the addition of four new dining outlets. Sure to send carnivores to a tizzy are  the newest Greenhills destinations: Vagabonds Artisanal, home of the signature 1,000 Gram Steak and Bleu Cheese Mac and Cheese, which has just opened its doors at O Square; Meat Depot, a wholesale and retail outlet that lets you select a prime cut of your choice, to be prepared to your liking by their seasoned chefs; Botejyu, an authentic traditional Japanese restaurant serving their famous Okosoba and bestselling Takoyaki; and Wing Zone, a US-based wings place that offers flavors you never knew existed.

Milk tea lovers will also rejoice as Greenhills recently welcomed Macao Imperial Tea, one of the newest global tea brands that is known for their Cream Cheese and Chestnut Cream Milk Tea; and Cha Tuk Chak, a Thai tea and dessert cafe that serves you signature drinks, food and desserts that are famous in Thailand. Titto’s Latin BBQ and Brew opened its doors to let you experience their fusion dishes such as the Kare Kare Burrito and their flavorful Gambas.

Cha Tuk Chak at Greenhills

Cha Tuk Chak at Greenhills

Soon to open restaurants are Ramen Nagi that satisfies your ramen cravings this rainy season; Dean and Deluca, the world’s leading purveyor of fine food and epicturean products; and Liloan’s Pride Liempo for juicy, mouthwatering pork belly. Pet Express will soon open to cater a huge selection of products for your pets.

It’s no less exciting at Tiendesitas, which has just welcomed the largest and most attractive K-Pub BBQ outlet to accommodate large groups out to enjoy Korean meat-all-you-can selections; and Oppa! Chicken that offers flavorful Korean chicken at its best. Cebu’s famous Rico’s Lechon is now open to delight you with its dizzying array of Filipino food choices that will no doubt add sizzle to the Tiendesitas food scene.  Even its retail scene is growing to meet the ever-expanding needs of shoppers. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts could head over to Decathlon, which offers a wide assortment of sportswear and accessories for various sports activities.

Ricos Lechon

Rico’s Lechon

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Decathlon at Tiendesitas

Further reasons to visit Tiendesitas for a wider selection of dining outlets. Wingz Unlmtd will soon open its doors to offer unlimited chicken wings, fries, and milk tea. For those who are into sweet and tangy flavors of smoked ribs, Racks will open at Tiendesitas to fulfill your appetite. For pizza and mojos lovers, Shakey’s will thrill you as they open their new branch. Also coming soon is Macao Imperial to get your favorite milk tea fix and Zullo Coffee Roasters for coffee fix.

Not to be outdone is Industria, with its promise of an active lifestyle for the urban dweller. Samgyupsalamat is now ready to accommodate huge appetites of hungry diners. For those who want to relax, Liam’s & Louis Gourmet Café and Celeste Café and Cycles offer a great selection of coffee, savory treats, and desserts. For milk tea addicts, Bon Appetea has exciting flavors to cool you down, and even has its own milk tea tower.

More restaurant options will be joining Industria’s booming dining scene: Giligan’s for an ultimate entertainment and booze experience; Yang Chow Dimsum & Teahouse for delectable dumplings; and Potato Corner for best flavored French fries.

Industria now includes fresh and active lifestyle concepts covering not just dining but also shopping, health and wellness, and office services. If you are a bike, furniture, and coffee enthusiast, head over to Industry Standard, a hybrid store that features the three combined concepts. You can also check out Ibarra’s Barbershop, the new grooming hub for men at Industria. Both are slated to open within the next few months.

For the ultimate in retail convenience, Estancia Expansion will soon be welcoming the SM Store, a one-stop shopping destination that complements Estancia’s dynamic retail mix in November this year. Also opening its doors in the same month are the Ortigas Cinemas, bringing great entertainment through the blockbusters and a high-tech cinematic experience to mall patrons.

Estancia gives excitement to everyone as it welcomes more shops and cafes. Canada’s favorite coffee Tim Hortons is now brewing in the north wing of the mall while Black Scoop also recently opened, serving its famous milk tea ice cream.

Tim Hortons Estancia

Tim Hortons at Estancia

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Black Scoop at Estancia

For those who are into high-intensity and low-impact exercise, the new fitness studio Ultra Lagree offers a 45-minute workout to help you improve endurance and flexibility. Pamper yourself with high quality Korean beauty products at The Face Shop, which is now open in the north wing of Estancia.

Indeed, you’ll never run out of things to do and new experiences to enjoy with family and friends at the Ortigas Malls, where shopping and dining options are unparalleled in excitement and fun. For more information, please visit www.ortigasmalls.com or check out each of these Ortigas Mall’s social media page:

Greenhills:  www.facebook.com/GreenhillsOfficial | www.instagram.com/greenhillsph

Tiendesitas:  www.facebook.com/Tiendesitas | www.instagram.com/tiendesitasph

Estancia:  www.facebook.com/EstanciaPH | www.instagram.com/estanciaph

Industria: https://www.facebook.com/IndustriaAtCirculoVerde/ | www.instagram.com/industriaph/

WeeXpress App is here to deliver your gifts this Christmas holiday

This holiday season, delivering gifts to your friends, colleagues and loved ones is now becoming more easier as WeeXpress App is set to be your friendly companion in gift-giving.

WeeXpress, a trusted, Filipino made service and mobile application aims to fulfill customers’ everyday delivery needs with their courier and delivery services all over Metro Manila. The company’s vision is to become the Philippines’ most efficient delivery app, leading in eco-friendliness through their efforts to promote environment-friendly services with couriers making use of bicycles and motorcycles on deliveries.

The app is proudly made by Filipino developers dedicated to giving the Philippines a more efficient way of transporting documents, parcels, and packed food. At the same time, it aims to solve a portion of the Philippines’ societal issues by providing jobs to the unemployed who are willing to make deliveries on bicycles and motors, given that they have the required government clearances.

You can download the WeeXpress App on Google Play (for Android users) or AppStore (for IOS users) and follow the four-step delivery procedure. With their guaranteed same day (eight-hour guaranteed delivery), it’s sure to make your parcels and documents just right in time of your need.

1. Book a Pick-Up point

2. Wait for your rider to pick-up your item

3. Track your parcel through our app. You’ll get notified once the receiver gets the item.

4. Delivery done!

The base rate is at (50) pesos for the roadside pick up and (60) pesos for the door to door deliveries within the first three kilometers. Succeeding distance would be charged (12) pesos per kilometer.

WeeXpress gives money back guarantee for all deliveries in Metro Manila, giving satisfaction to its clients. The said policy guarantees payment refund for all deliveries that exceeds more than 8 hours from the time of pick-up to delivery.

WeeXpress is created by a group of logistics minds with vast experience on shipping and transportation and knows deeply the complete cycle of end to end deliveries.

For every delivery, WeeXpress donates (2) pesos to the My Superhero Friends Foundation Inc.

Michael Maranan who is a biker himself founded the WeeXpress with the aim to make logistics services affordable and eco-friendly.

“We are the first logistic services courier to push bicycles as alternative mode of transporting parcels and deliveries in the Philippines. We want this to be the mainstream mode of transporting small goods here in our country due to its pro-environment advantages, Maranan claims.

Belgium’s top exporters brings the original Belgian fries to the Philippines

Flanders Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) will be bringing together five major Belgian fries exporters to exhibit as a group at WOFEX Manila 2018 slated from August 1 to 4.  The five companies, Agristo, Bart’s Potato Company, Clarebout Potatoes, Ecofrost and Mydibel, will be participating at this trade show under the “Belgian Fries” banner to widen their networks, increase their share in the Philippines’ growing market for processed potato products, and heighten awareness of Belgian fries in the Philippines and the region. This is the first time that the delicious Belgian fries are being presented in the Philippines at such a scale.

These five companies represent the five biggest family-owned businesses in the industry in Belgium offering a wide range of potato products and specialties that are exported to over 100 countries worldwide. The companies are all halal-certified. Their participation in WOFEX Manila is part of a five-nation promotion campaign in Southeast Asia, coordinated by VLAM and Belgapom, the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry.

“Hot on the heels of exhibiting in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam, we are pleased to bring Belgian fries to the Philippines this time around, as part of our plan to increase our presence in the Southeast Asian region. There is an existing market in this region for our products, but we see an even bigger opportunity to expand exports and heighten appreciation for our national delicacy. Southeast Asia is one of the largest fast-growing regions of the world, with a rising middle class, rapid urbanisation and an overall young population. These trends, together with Belgium’s high food standards and innovation, will continue to drive demand in the region and beyond, and our industry is ready to reply to this in an original way, since our Belgian fries are truly different from those from other countries,” said   Mr. Romain Cools from Belgapom.

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“The Philippines is well-known as a food-lover’s paradise, and Philippine consumers really know and love good food. Belgian fries are still relatively unknown in the Philippines, so we are excited about this opportunity to share one of Belgium’s most beloved national dishes with the Philippines. Golden yellow and crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, Belgian fries, or frites, as we call them, are a true Belgian delicacy that is delicious either as a side served with steak, or as an appetizing snack with a mayonnaise-based sauce!”

Belgium is the largest exporter of frozen fries in the world, with 90% of its production freighted to the global market. In 2016, Belgian fries exports rose 14.3% to 1.68 million tonnes in 2016 from a year earlier, with an increasing share going to countries outside EU.

Belgian fries have a long history and have become part of the country’s heritage, with many shops and stands in Belgium serving this delicious savory snack. In fact, the ubiquitous Belgian fry shops that can be found in every city or village have been recognised as part of the cultural landscape in Belgium, with UNESCO status being sought for the dish since 2014.