Hanabishi Donated Appliances To Tacloban Schools

In late 2013, the calamity ravaged not just thousands of homes but also hundreds of commercial establishments, infrastructure and institutions including local schools. This left many students, like those who used to go to some of the schools within or in nearby barangays which have not yet been rebuilt, to attend classes in makeshift rooms made from a patchwork of fragile wood and roof for almost three years. With their eagerness to continue studying despite the situation, KVIS proves to be heaven-sent, especially as it is within the village where most of the students’ families have also been relocated.

Hanabishi, the number one home-grown appliance brand in the country, donated appliances to furnish the new school built by the GMAKF in the GMA Kapuso Village in the barangay. The donations, which will benefit at least 400 students from Kindergarten to grade six, included ceiling fans, water dispensers, and stand fans, among others. This effort is a part of Hanabishi’s pledge to extend 1M worth of appliances for the communities in Tacloban affected by the Typhoon Yolanda.

KVIS students thanked Hanabishi and GMAKF with simple but
heart-warming cheering flags

Hanabishi President Jasper Ong shares, “Hanabishi has always believed in paying it forward and we are glad to be a part of our kababayans’ journey towards rehabilitation from Day 1. With a simple gesture like this on our part, we stay true to being a real Kapartner of the Filipino family.”

School Head Abeto, expressing gratitude to GMAKF and Hanabishi, says, “These donations from the GMA Kapuso Foundation and Hanabishi will truly make an impact to our students. Beyond the material contributions, I believe Hanabishi and GMAKF have given our children hope and the desire to dream once again after everything that our community has gone through.”

Hanabishi has been a partner of GMA Kapuso Foundation since 2012 and has already provided complete sets of home appliances for 200 houses in the Kapuso Village in Iligan and 600 houses in Leyte and Tacloban.


Nick Takes Over Your School 2016

Class bells ring for an incredibly fun break as Nick Takes Over Your School rolls out again for its 13th year in the Philippines. This time, kids and family entertainment brand Nickelodeon, is bringing a different learning experience to kids in schools, in the form of interactive activities and games and a boost to their self-esteem with the theme, “Shout It Out Proud.” Over 10,000 kids in 20 schools in the Metro and Greater Metro Manila areas are expected to participate in the initiative which runs throughout August and September.

“We, at Nickelodeon, believe in the importance of encouraging kids to develop a positive self-image and grow into loving and competent individuals. With this in mind, we carry out various initiatives such as Nick Takes Over Your School, in hopes of making a positive impact in their lives,” said Dinna Zaratan, Country Manager, Philippines, Viacom International Media Networks.

Nickelodeon holds the annual Nick Takes Over Your School program to inject play into learning through physical and mental challenges that promote sportsmanship and team spirit, along with a good dose of its signature green slime that is Nickelodeon’s badge of honor.

This year, Nick Takes Over Your School tackles the relevance of instilling self-confidence in kids with “Shout It Out Proud,” which inspires kids to embrace their individuality. It is on a mission to rouse kids to find their inner voice that’s raring to shout out some self-love!

Nick Takes Over Your School will be bringing a half-day packed with fun-tertainment activities to kids. There will be exciting booth activities from Nickelodeon’s partners, as well as visits from everyone’s favorite Nickelodeon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star.

At Nick Takes Over Your School’s first stop, kids didn’t hold back from shouting out what makes them unique individuals. Among all the kids having a well-deserved day of fun was Xavier Alejandrino, a 10-year-old Nickster who couldn’t help but express his excitement.

“I am weird and mysterious and I’m happy to share that I am like this, because I can comfortably do what I want to do,” said Alejandrino. He added that he finds inspiration to be comfortable with who he is by watching the aspirational and unique lead characters in Nickelodeon’s shows such as Henry Danger and The FairlyOdd Parents.

Kids can expect school to be more awesome when Nickelodeon takes over their school. They will get to play fun games, and develop vital skills and a love for life-long learning, as they vie for the ultimate reward, Nickelodeon’s iconic slime!

Nickelodeon fans around the country, get ready to “Shout It Out Proud” because you’ll never know when Nickelodeon will come to take over your school. Be on the lookout for the coming of the slime, oozing with positivity and a powerful message of self-love!

To find out where Nick Takes Over Your School took place, visit the Nickelodeon Asia Facebook Page.

Largest Serving of Sautéed Mushrooms Set By JOLLY At HistoryCon 2016

Throughout history, mushrooms have been part of the human diet and are renowned for their healing and nutritional attributes. Today, this versatile “vegetable” will aspire for a historic culinary feat for the Philippines. JOLLY, the country’s No. 1 mushroom brand, will attempt to make history for the largest serving of sautéed mushrooms at the biggest entertainment convention of the year, History Con, last August 27, 2016 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

In partnership with History Channel, the stage was all set for JOLLY’s first world-record bid to cook the largest serving of sautéed mushrooms.   The largest serving of the dish used more than 300kilos of Jolly Mushroom and fired up 10 cooking stations manned by 70 students chef from the Center for Culinary Arts Manila, Far Eastern University and La Consolacion Tanauan and Manila campuses. The tedious process took two hours of non-stop cooking; and after all the hard work of the young chefs, the cheering crowd went wild as the final mushroom dish output was poured into the weighing device and showed a total of 342 kilos, exceeding the minimum requirement of only 300 kilograms. The JOLLY team, led by Executive Chef Winston Luna of Chefwix Catering Services, was applauded for their hard-earned victory.

“We’ve been cooking a large number for banquets but for this endeavor it’s different. Using the recipe designed by Chef Mitchie Sison, we used mushroom as main ingredient, which is very versatile and is also a wonderful substitute to the usual meat that we usually have. We used sauté because it is the best-tasting way to present the mushroom. We really want the mushrooms to be the superstar for this particular dish,” said Chef Winston.  

As one of History Con’s headliner event, JOLLY’s record-setting attempt was just one of the reasons that emphasizes the brand’s mission to elevate and promote mushrooms’ versatility and nutritional benefits on a national and global scale. 

“History-making has never tasted this healthy and delicious. JOLLY and Fly Ace Corporation, together with our our event partners, are extremely honored to initiate this ground-breaking attempt. We are hoping to set a first world record, and of course to successfully spread the news of mushrooms’ health benefits all over the Philippines and the world,” said Fly Ace Corporation President, Jun Cochanco. 

The giant tub of sautéed mushrooms was later presented at the main stage and was served as a mushroom wrap, which is another way of presenting the mushroom, or served as rice to go with each mushroom serving to the delight of thousands of event participants who queued to taste.

Healthy advocacy

Recent studies by scientists around the globe underscored the importance of antioxidants as these protect the cells from within, thus boosting one’s immune system and helping prevent future diseases such as cancers. And per tests of SGS, a leading inspection, verification, testing and Certification Company, Jolly Mushrooms contain an impressive 14 mg of L-ergothioneine per 400g can.  

Mushrooms is known as the world’s “superfood”, we want more people to know about the many amazing health-boosting benefits of mushrooms. One such outstanding nutritional highlight is having the highest content of L-ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant,” commented Marilou Acuña, Fly Ace Corporation Senior Product Manager for Jolly Food line.

Apart from promoting mushroom’s health benefits, the history-making activity also puts into limelight fresh Filipino culinary talents and the virtue of bayanihan. “This event offers the challenge as well as opportunity for Filipinos, especially our youth, to show support and commitment in making history. To make this Guinness bid successful, everyone in the JOLLY team must work closely together to bring that goal into fruition,” Acuña added.