Presenting The Finalists For The 6th Jollibee Family Values Awards

Jollibee has revealed the list of 15 families who will vie for top honors in the 6th Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA) to be conferred this October. JFVA is the company’s annual program that brings together the most exemplary Filipino families that made a difference in their communities through their chosen advocacies.

IMG_0913-smallThree families from Metro Manila, five from North Luzon, two from South Luzon, two from Visayas, one from Mindanao, and two families based overseas comprise this year’s finalists. They bested more than 300 entries received and evaluated by a screening committee and the 2016 JFVA board of judges led by its two-time chairman, Senator Bam Aquino.

“We like heroes. We like individual achievement, but looking at this award, you get to see that no one is raised in a vacuum. The values that one person has really comes from their family,” said Sen. Aquino. Ten other members join him in the distinguished panel in charge of identifying the most deserving families who will make it to top six and receive special citations recommended by JFVA partners.

Fellow veteran JFVA judge and Mowelfund Trustee and President, Boots Anson-Rodrigo, shared what she liked most about this year’s JFVA entries. “Their approaches to these advocacies were very creative. You have restaurants, music, and other activities. It’s a happy, warm feeling that the Filipinos are still a people to reckon with.”

Completing the JFVA panel of judges are columnist, TV host and first-time JFVA judge Suzi Entrata-Abrera, children’s advocate and columnist Audrey Tan-Zubiri, ANC news anchor Edric Mendoza, international speaker, columnist and author Francis Kong, Coca-Cola Philippines Public Affairs and Communications Director Atty. Adel Tamano, parenting and relationship consultant Ma. Isabel Dionisio, Jollibee Global Chief Marketing Officer Francis Flores, Jollibee Group Foundation Vice President Belen Rillo and Jollibee Philippines Human Resources Head George Wang III.

JFVA judge Suzi Entrata-Abrera, shared her first experience and why she found the JFVA to be a truly worthwhile exercise.  “This advocacy of Jollibee and these people who are awarded brings us to the basics: To help whenever we can, to be a good family member, to be a good member of the community. That’s what we’re made for.”

Among those vying for the JFVA are the Arquiza family (Camarines Norte), Basa family (Roxas City), Bumacas family (Nueva Ecija), Cabading family (Zamboanga City), Caballero family (Negros Oriental), Cabalza family (Tuguegarao City), Canoy family (Quezon City), Castañeda family (Quezon City), Enverga family (Lucena City), David family (Bataan), Sison family (Baguio City), Sola family (Quezon City), and Vizcocho family (Benguet).

The only two OFW finalists joining the slate are the San Gabriel-Eng family (San Francisco, California) and the Par family (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia).

The winning families will be recognized during the JFVA Gabi ng Parangal para sa Pamilyang Pilipino to be held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on October 7.

The top six, consisting of five model families and one OFW family, will all receive a cash prize of P300,000, a trophy designed by renowned sculptor Michael Cacnio, and P10,000 worth of Jollibee gift certificates. Special citations will also be bestowed to families who promote the following advocacies as endorsed by the citation partners: Education (co-presented with National Bookstore), Environment (Landbank), Children (Children’s Hour), PWDs (National Council for Disability Affairs), and Minority Groups (Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas – Katribu). This year, Jollibee will also award the very first Special Citation for Youth Empowerment.

The 6th Jollibee Family Values Awards is made possible with the support of co-presenter Coca-Cola Philippines, family activity partner RAVE (Rainforest Adventure Experience), and official hotel partners Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria.

6 Safety Tips For Storing And Handling LPG

The safety of using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at home begins with proper storage and handling. Even when a leak occurs in the LPG cylinder, valve and pipe connection, accidents like gas poisoning and explosion can be prevented or minimized if the LPG cylinder is securely stored and kept in good condition.

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Solane, the country’s leading LPG provider, provides the following safety tips for storing and handling LPG:

Place the LPG cylinder in a well-ventilated area. Ensure that the area is not susceptible to rises in temperature and is kept away from flammable materials, like curtains and solvents. Avoid storing LPG in the basement. LPG vapor is heavier than air and any leakage will sink to the ground, accumulate, and may be difficult to disperse.

Secure the LPG cylinder in place. Position the cylinder upright and make sure that it is not at risk of being tipped over or damaged by children, and that the area is not prone to flooding and other natural disasters. If it is on its side, the liquid may escape.

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Check the LPG cylinder for damaged or incorrect parts before using. Ensure that the cylinder has the correct valve, regulator and hose. Do not accept and operate the cylinder without the right and complete parts.

Observe safety when cooking or replacing cylinders. When cooking, keep your kitchen well-ventilated so that any leaked gas particles will not get trapped and accumulate around the kitchen. Never leave your cooking unattended because your pot or pan could overflow and extinguish the burners, causing gas to leak. When changing the cylinder, do not do it near sources of ignition because the naked flame, including cigarette butts, could ignite any released gas. Never forget to turn off the gas appliance and regulator when not in use.

Always keep the LPG cylinder in good condition. Check for any leak from time to time by rubbing soapy water on the cylinder for even a tiny leak can make a soap bubble. Clean the valve outlet using plastic plugs. Make sure that no dirt and insects get inside the valve outlet. Also, it is recommended to replace the hose every two years and the regulator every five years.

Never tamper with your LPG cylinder. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the use and maintenance of your LPG cylinder. If you suspect or find anything wrong, call your gas provider immediately and ask for assistance.

LPG is a versatile yet highly flammable fuel. To keep it safe and useful, always take good care of it and observe proper handling and storage.

With the Hatid Bahay service, Solane LPG provides the exclusive and free 7-point Safety Check to all its home delivery customers nationwide. Performed by Hatid Bahay riders, it involves the inspection of the environment and proper installation of the Solane LPG cylinder after delivery to ensure the safety of customers. For more information or delivery request, visit www.solane.com.ph.or call the Hatid Bahay hotlines at +632 887-5555 or text 0918 887 5555.

Makansuntra – Taste Authentic Singaporean Street Food At SM Megamall

Here in the Philippines, we think of the sidewalk when we say “street food”. However, those who have been to Singapore know of this kind of food as “hawker food”. It is as flavorful as it is mysterious.

Now, you don’t have to go to Singapore to get a taste of this highly popular cooked food concept. Because just when you thought we already have the world’s cuisine within our midst, here comes SM with another first as it opened its doors to Filipino foodies and non-foodies alike – welcome Makansutra.

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Makan is the Bahasa word for “food”, and Sutra means “guide” according to Buddhist scriptures. Makansutra Chief Executive and Makan Guru KF Seetoh put the two words together to fittingly describe what the company aims to achieve: to serve as food and dining guide through recipes that have been inherited from the forefathers of the Asian region.

Makansutra in SM Megamall A is the company’s first fully-owned restaurant in the Philippines, and the first of its kind in the country. It showcases hawker restaurants that are popular in Singapore, offering various recipes with Asian origins such as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

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Gathering a total of 70 to 80 Filipino chefs, the owners of the restaurants themselves came all the way from Singapore to teach the art of cooking authentic heritage street food that customers will find unique and delectable.

“These foods became iconic and famous, became big business in many countries. The Philippines deserves this kind of food variety and I hope they enjoy this because Filipinos love and appreciate good, authentic food,” Seetoh observed. “In Singapore, we have difficulty getting people to learn how to cook as a profession. Here in the Philippines, it only took the Filipino chefs and cooks a week to learn the authentic heritage street food recipes that Makansutra offers.”

Asked why he chose to open first in SM, Seetoh remarked, “Why not SM? You can’t find any other better location, except maybe SM MOA. It took one breakfast with Hans Sy and I was fortunate enough for being given the opportunity to have a space here. No other mall in Singapore compares to the size and the kind of crowd that Megamall has.”

One of Seetoh’s Filipino partners, Chef JJ Yulo, believes that this innovative concept in dining will be warmly accepted by the Filipinos. “Street food in general is not hard to sell. To me, it means fast, casual, delicious, humble, affordable. We want to expand the vocabulary of Pinoys beyond tapsilog,” Yulo said.

Not only is it good for expanding the adventurous tastebuds of Pinoys, but it will also bode well for the food industry. “If we all succeed, then this is good for the industry and the country,” Yulo said. “It’s good to have it in a mall like SM because of its foot traffic, which is good for business. Turnout is great even if it’s a weekday. The best thing about this is that it’s convenient for you to keep coming back, and you will not run out of choices because there is something for everyone with different taste preferences. None of these foods are adopted for the Pinoy tastebud. These are all authentic heritage food from various regions. It’s our entry point to Singapore’s popular foods.”

Two of the restaurant owners, Ah You of Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee and Sam Hussin of Alhambra Padang Satay, are both positive about the reception of Filipinos to these unique Asian heritage cuisine. This being their first time to operate in the Philippines, they were amazed at the first-day turnout of customers considering it was a weekday. They expect that more customers will come in during weekends.

For us Pinoys, eating knows no time. With SM’s latest pioneering offer through Makansutra, dining will be more than just a habit and a necessity – it’s definitely going to be a relishing adventure.