Martes, Marso 27, 2018

Don't Blink and Quantico Make an Awesome April on AXN

Don’t Blink premieres on April 2, and airs from Monday to Wednesday at 7.25pm

Don't Blink takes viewers inside the world of underground street magicians as they mesmerize onlookers, including stars from favorite films and television shows. This half-hour docuseries features some of the greatest masters of magic in the world - experts who have perfected the nuanced art of sleight of hand and understand what it takes to wow their fans. For the first time, these renowned magicians will stun and amaze without the veil of secrecy, uncut and unfiltered.

Quantico Season 3 premieres on April 27, and airs every Friday at 9:45pm, first and exclusively on AXN

Quantico Season 3. The world of secrets and spies continues in season three, as Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) is forced to leave behind a peaceful and anonymous life somewhere in Italy to join Ryan (Jake McLaughlin) in rescuing Shelby (Johanna Braddy) from a notorious international arms dealer known only as The Widow, who is holding her hostage.

To help them in their cause, they recruit their former colleagues in the CIA - Owen (Blair Underwood) and Harry (Russell Tovey) to rescue their friend and defeat their common enemy. Owen even brings in former FBI agent Jocelyn Turner (Marlee Matlin), who has her own dark past with The Widow, and CIA case officer Celine Fox (Amber Skye Noyes).

Faced with their most daunting challenge yet, Alex and her newly-formed elite black-ops task force work together as a team to uncover another conspiracy, while a whole new future lies ahead of them.

This April on AXN, magic hits the streets while thrilling adventures continue to unfold. Explore the world of underground street magicians in the magic show Don’t Blink; and America’s favorite hero embarks on her most dangerous mission in the new season of the drama thriller Quantico.

AXN is available on Cablelink Channel 38, Cignal Channel 121, Destiny Cable Channel 49, G Sat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

About AXN
AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and ground-breaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to U.S telecasts. From SEAL Team and MacGyver, to The Amazing Race Asia and Asia’s Got Talent, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.

Growth Potential of Microinsurance

“Financial inclusion is a subject which is very dear not only to the government in terms of wanting to enhance financial capability in the country but it’s one initiative that Citi too is highly committed to. Over the last 5 years, Citi Foundation has invested over $50 million in financial inclusion efforts across the Asia Pacific, wherein 2017 alone, we invested $6 million in 10 countries, which supported 65 financial inclusion programs and positively impacted close to half a million people. Last year, Citi committed around P25 million in the Philippines and we have been supporting RIMANSI’s capacity-building program for Mi-MBAs since 2016. Now in its second phase, Citi Foundation’s grant supports the growth strategy of Mi-MBAs with the aim of impacting 5,000 households through the development of new distribution channels.” ~Aftab Ahmed, Citi Philippines Chief Executive Officer
(L-R) Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed, Rimansi president Pelagia Mendiones, Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa, Canadian Ambassador John Holmes and CARD MRI founder and chairman Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip

Despite the lack of financial literacy and lack of insurance penetration in the Philippines, more and more low-income Filipinos are leveraging microinsurance thanks to the collaboration between government and the private sector.

The Microinsurance MBA Association of the Philippines (RIMANSI) recently held the 2018 National Microinsurance Forum, in observance of National Microinsurance Month, at the grand ballroom of the Century Park Hotel in Manila.  

The event, which was supported by Global Affairs Canada, was attended by more than 200 of the country’s microinsurance stakeholders from microinsurance mutual benefit associations (Mi-MBAs) and microfinance institutions (MFIs), regulators, promoters, and supporters of microinsurance.  This year, the gathering of key microinsurance players and stakeholders provided the venue for discussions on the gains, challenges, and prospects of expanding the reach of microinsurance, which included presentations on developments in regulations, outreach, market penetration, non-traditional products and distribution. 

Keynote speakers of the forum were Canadian Ambassador John Holmes and Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa. They talked about Canada’s support for the rehabilitation and recovery of supertyphoon Yolanda-hit provinces through microenterprise and risk protection development initiatives; and on the positive growth of the insurance industry based on all indicators, including microinsurance coverage of now 32 million Filipinos and the issuance of an enhanced framework for insurance providers to use mobile applications in the distribution of insurance products.

The forum featured panel sessions on the future directions of MFIs, pilot initiatives of Mi-MBAs in reaching hard-to-reach areas, non-life calamity microinsurance and the government’s subsidized agricultural insurance program.  

The discussions highlighted the growth potential of MFIs. The more than 5 million unserved households were potential sources of the growth of microinsurance providers, especially Mi-MBAs. Partnership with non-traditional channels of microinsurance distribution was also promising but could face the challenge of operational systems and efficiency.  However, while a wide range of life, non-life, pre-need and agricultural microinsurance and risk protection products were available in the market, consumer education and literacy, efficient distribution, and connectivity, among others, remained as key challenges to be overcome by the microinsurance sector.

MiMAP (RIMANSI), a microinsurance resource center, is an association of 19 Mi-MBAs regulated by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines. MiMAP members have a combined coverage of 5.34 million households nationwide, insuring 17.92 million people through its basic family life insurance program that covers at least four members of each family, which pays only a single premium. 

In 2017, Mi-MBAs’ contributions and premiums reached P3.68 billion; reserves, P1.52 billion in equity value, and paid claims benefits totaled P908 million.  The Mi-MBAs have a shared mission of reaching 12 million members and insuring 48 million people by 2024.

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Asian ice hockey tournament gets underway at SM Skating MOA, April 3-8

“We are very proud and excited to host, for the first time, the IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia which has been held in different countries since it was founded in 2008.” ~Chris Sy, Federation of Ice Hockey Philippines President

The Philippines will host the 2018 Challenge Cup of Asia from April 3-8, 2018 at the SM Skating Mall of Asia in Pasay City. This is the first time that the country will sponsor the annual international ice hockey tournament that is sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). 

The 2018 Challenge Cup also marks the first time that the Philippines will compete in the men’s top division of the annual tournament among some of the best ice hockey teams in the region.

Riding on the momentum of its gold medal victory in the first-ever ice hockey event of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine Ice Hockey Team, backed by the SM Group, hopes to make a podium finish in the 5-nation Challenge Cup of Asia as it plays against Thailand on April 3, Kuwait on April 5, Mongolia on April 6, and Singapore on April 8. All games of the Philippine team are scheduled at 7PM.
“We are honored to be a part of this wonderful opportunity to host the first official IIHF event in the country. This shows how the Philippines can truly be at par with its Asian neighbors not only in terms of the quality of its sports programs and athletes but also in the quality of its sports facilities.” ~Herman Medina-Cue, COO of SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.,
Other Challenge Cup of Asia games will feature:
  • Singapore vs Mongolia on April 3 (3:30PM)
  • Mongolia vs Kuwait on April 4 (7PM)
  • Thailand vs Singapore on April 5 (3:3PM)
  • Mongolia vs Thailand on April 7 (3:30PM)
  • Kuwait vs Singapore on April 7 (7PM)
  • Kuwait vs Thailand on Aril 8 (3:30PM)

During the Challenge Cup, the Olympic-size ice skating rink at the SM Skating Mall of Asia will be the battleground of the competing ice hockey teams. It is equipped with complete facilities such as a digital scoreboard, players’ boxes, scorekeeper and penalty boxes, locker rooms, and a 200-seater stands located around the rink.

Biyernes, Marso 23, 2018

Philippine Team finalists to join Youth Co:Lab Regional Summit in Bangkok

“We feel quite lucky to be a part of the Summit. Since we just got into the start-up scene less than 6 months ago, we're overwhelmed and grateful because we didn't even expect to end up here in the first place.” ~Alex Austria of LawKo
Alex Austria and Keisha Mayuga of LawKo

Launched in 2017 by UNDP with support from Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab is a regional program that aims to tackle social and unemployment challenges by harnessing youth leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Citi Foundation are staging the Youth Co:Lab Regional Summit in Bangkok from March 26 to 28, 2018.  Youth Co:Lab is Citi Foundation’s flagship Pathways to Progress program in the region.

Data released by the International Labor Organization states that the global youth unemployment rate is currently over 13 percent, translating to about 71 million young people, aged 15 to 24, worldwide. About half or 33 million of these people live in Asia Pacific. 

By engaging young people with policy makers and private sector partners, Youth Co:Lab serves as a platform for networking, idea-sharing, mentorship and collaboration through local National Dialogues and Social Innovation Challenges. 

The inaugural Summit in Bangkok will comprise a Regional Dialogue on March 26 and a Regional Social Innovation on March 28. A total of 21 teams, including three from the Philippines, will pitch their social enterprise models at the Challenge for a chance at additional capacity-building opportunities. 

Proudly representing the Philippines are Alex Austria of LawKo, a legal literacy initiative that aims to bridge the knowledge gap between a complicated legal system and the Filipino public; Pamela Nicole Mejia of Phinix, which upcycles old clothes and fabric scraps into footwear and accessories; and Samantha Sanchez of Arooga Health, which provides convenient access to emotional and wellness care providers.

From its initial incarnation as a chatbot, LawKo has evolved into a legal literacy initiative thanks to the guidance of mentors from Rappler, QBO Philippines, and UNDP. It harnesses the power of technology and social media to help educate the public about government and legal processes.
Pamela Nicole Mejia of Phinix
“We intend to employ economically vulnerable women such as out-of-school girls, single mothers, and unemployed women in our textile recycling facility. We have partnered as well with a community of PWD weavers for our textile upcycling and weaving production.” ~Pamela Nicole Mejia of Phinix
For her part, Mejia feels just as honored to represent the country in the Youth Co:Lab Summit and is pleased with what Phinix has achieved thus far. 

Phinix is a textile recycling center that collects textile wastes and transforms them into higher valued products such as footwear and accessories. It is packaged as a fashion social enterprise that aims for the triple bottom line – for the planet, for the people, and for profit. 
Samantha Sanchez of Arooga Health
“Is an inspiring validation that mental health matters and seeking help for mental wellness is not a sign of weakness.” ~Samantha Sanchez of Arooga Health
Arooga Health is a platform that provides employees and companies convenient access to trusted care providers for their emotional and mental wellness and needs. Arooga Health matches a user with trusted care providers based on their objectives, preferred schedule, and mode of interaction.

Live the GetGo lifestyle with exciting rewards

With GetGo you can live your life to the fullest, the lifestyle rewards program of Cebu Pacific, you can get the most out of everyday living and experience the best of what life can offer. It enables you to pursue your dreams and achieve your bucket list while unlocking wonderful surprises such as free flights.
With its members’ different interests and passions, GetGo makes daily spending more rewarding as it lets you earn rewards points that can be used to avail of free flights to Cebu Pacific’s local and international destinations. GetGo and its lifestyle partners are set to give everyone more exciting chances to start a life of wander and fly to new adventures. 

The Travel Junkie

Traveling is indeed one of life’s simple pleasures. It opens up a world of enormous possibilities, offering fresh experiences and electrifying expeditions. 

Now, free-spirited individuals and wide-eyed wanderers can discover more places with GetGo’s travel partners. Score great hotel accommodations at exciting deals when you book with Agoda, Kaligo, or Book amazing activities and see beautiful attractions with Klook. Climb the highest peak in the country and appreciate sights from above when you hike with Trail Adventours. You can also enjoy local road trips to surprise destinations with Experience Philippines. Each trip with these travel partners or every P88 spend with Cebu Pacific GetGo Debit Card by UnionBank earns you GetGo points that you can use for your next adventures. 

The Shopping Enthusiast

Keeping up with the latest trends by going on trips to malls or checking online stores have become more than just a hobby for shopping enthusiasts. It has become an outlet for expression, creativity, and individuality. 

Outgoing trendsetters and individuals can purchase products from various brands at an affordable price at Lazada. You can also go on a retail therapy at Robinsons Department Stores and search through aisles of voguish clothes and shoes. Use Cebu Pacific GetGo Debit Card by UnionBank where every P88 spend is equal to 1 GetGo point or any partner credit card to get the newest fashion items and collect points which you can convert for complimentary flights to your dream destinations. 

The Working Mom

Valuing practicality, mothers are careful when it comes to daily expenditures but GetGo makes grocery shopping more rewarding with its retail partners. Purchase quality buys and enjoys fresh selections at reasonable prices at Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Selections, and Robinsons Easymart. Moms can also plan budget staycations at GetGo’s hotel partners. Summit Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Holiday Inn Manila Galleria, Taal Vista Hotel, Pico Sands Hotel, Radisson Blu Cebu, Park Inn by Radisson Clark, and Park Inn by Radisson Davao offer affordable accommodations where the whole family can unwind during the weekend.

The Outgoing Dad

Millennial fathers can take the family on spontaneous weekend road trips fueled by Petron. Technology has also given rise to an innovative payment alternative through Dragonpay which offers direct disbursement solutions to easily fulfill the growing interest in cars, health, technology, and sports. With GetGo and its lifestyle partners, fathers can receive points to fly for free with the whole family. Likewise, dads can sustain an active and affluent way of living with GetGo’s credit card partners like Cebu Pacific GetGo Platinum Credit Card by UnionBank where he can earn points for every P30 worth of transactions. 

So start enabling the life you want with GetGo. Not yet a member? Visit for more information on how to join and enjoy a life of infinite rewards that can fly you to places. 

Stay updated on the program and latest promos by visiting the website and by liking GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Huwebes, Marso 22, 2018

Top BOOGI picks that’s perfect for their lifestyle

“Lighting is so important to me, I feel that when I’m sad, I need a certain kind of lighting. When I’m happy, I need the lighting sort of facing me”
Kara Pangilinan Bisley Multidrawer

Family and friends shared their selections at the BIG BOOGI SALE – from the huge family of artists that are the Pangilinans and Valencianos, to designer Bambi Mañosa, chef and artist Claude Tayag, and respected journalist Ces Drilon.

Angeli Valenciano Qui Est Paul Altesse Chair

Anthony Pangilinan_Actiu Mobility Height Adjust Desk

Padre de pamilya Anthony Pangilinan shares his joy of finding a height adjustable desk that helps optimize his energy and encourages good posture and more dynamic movement as he does desk work.

Bambi Manosa Cacoon Hammock

Ces Drilon Bacsac Planters

Claude Tayag Compendium Suspension Lamp

Teen heartthrob Donny shows that despite his hectic schedule, family bonding is a priority.

Donny Pangilinan Sitting Bull Bean Bag

Ella Pangilinan Authentics Urban Garden Planters

Sisters Ella and Hannah show off the duo of talent they are, as they express diverse interests with their choices. Activewear designer, Ella, shows she has a green thumb and plans to start her own indoor herb garden.  Hannah shows that she got it from her momma as she exhibits her fancy for colorful multi-drawers from Bisley.

Hannah Pangilinan Bisley Cabinet

Enter the family schedule orchestrator - she keeps the family in rhythmic flow and makes sure things are organized. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan hams it up with her favorite – the classic Filing Cabinet from British brand Bisley.

Maricel Laxa Pangilinan Classic Filing Cabinet Bisley UK

Paolo Valenciano Compendium Suspension Lamp

Sam and Leia Valenciano Actiu Badminton Chair

Get on board in the movement to get purposeful design pieces that spark joy. The BIG BOOGI SALE is on!   Stocks are limited.  Visit BOOGI showrooms in Makati at 830 Arnaiz Avenue and at the3/F of LRI Design Plaza in Nicanor Garcia for these innovative designer items. To know more about the products, follow BOOGI on Instagram and Facebook at


Day-to-day, you rise up and there are tons of things to do like go to the office, finish paperwork, and go back home. This might be what you call your lonely and humdrum life. Every day is a struggle for you. Your only defense against pollution, sleep deprivation, and daily grind is to look best.

With this, you can’t go to the battleground unarmed. Tragically, your ammunition of beauty products is mostly made of hazardous chemicals; you win some, you lose some. Sooner or later, they shall take a toll on you.

Don’t just go with the flow. Change your direction. NOVUHAIR can show you the way, hence, it is dubbed as nature’s answer to hair loss. All its natural ingredients are scientifically proven to help promote hair growth. This way, you have no reason to go back to your old ways. Alter your regimen now if you can’t change the routine and finally admit that it’s time to part ways with chemically-laced products you keep in your vanity kit and say hello to NOVUHAIR.

You can never go wrong with nature. Choose natural! Now, you can optimize your NOVUHAIR experience with NOVUHAIR 3-in- 1 pack (topical scalp lotion, herbal shampoo, and conditioner) and enjoy an extra 200ml. bottle of NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo for a FREE exclusive at participating Watsons stores nationwide!

DOH-FDA CCRR No. 1040 s. 2017 Avail NOVUHAIR 3-IN- 1 NEW YEAR PROMO PACK exclusive at the following participating WATSONS stores nationwide:
  • SM Mall of Asia 1, SM Megamall A, SM Megamall A3 Daimaru
  • SM North Edsa Main 2, Fisher Mall, SM City Fairview Mall 1
  • SM Makati Mall 3, SM Makati Hypermarket, Oriental Gardens Makati, Market! Market!
  • Robinsons Place Manila, SM San Lazaro Supermarket, SM San Lazaro Mall 1, Savemore Laong
  • Laan 2, SM Sta. Mesa Mall 3, SM Sta. Mesa Centerpoint 3
  • SM Masinag, Savemore Rempson Marikina, SM Taytay Rizal
  • SM Marilao Hypermarket, SM Pampanga Annex, SM Pampanga Mall 1, SM Clark Mall, Savemore
  • Dinalupihan, Waltermart San Fernando Pampanga
  • SM Southmall 5, SM Bicutan Mall B-2 Hypermarket, Festival Mall, Orofino Bldg. Dona Soledad
  • SM Sta. Rosa Mall, SM Sta. Rosa Supermarket, Waltermart Sta. Rosa, SM Calamba, Waltermart
  • Cabuyao
  • SM Bacoor Mall 2, SM Dasmarinas Mall 3, Premier Plaza Mall Silang Cavite, Waltermart Trece
  • Martires, Kadiwa Cavite Hypermarket, Lumina Point Cavite
  • SM Lipa Mall, SM Lipa Supermarket, Waltermart Tanaunan, SM Batangas Mall 1, Waltermart
  • Nasugbu
  • SM Lucena, SM Naga Mall, J.S Arcilla Bldg. Tabaco
  • Ayala Center Cebu
  • SM Davao Mall 1

For inquiries, call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, visit NOVUHAIR Facebook Page ( or website at

Miyerkules, Marso 21, 2018

OPPO empowers the Youth through Unilab Foundation’s Ideas Positive

“We are grateful that OPPO partnered with Ideas Positive. For the past years, majority of our participants use their own mobile phones in documenting their projects. However, not all of them own good quality smartphones that can take quality photos and videos. OPPO’s support this year is a big help to the youth teams in documenting their project implementation.” ~Alfred Dicto, Project Lead for Ideas Positive

OPPO Philippines donated OPPO F5 Youth units to the youth teams during the boot camp of at Camp Allen, Santa Cruz, Laguna. OPPO phones will be used by the participants in sharing their journey and capturing the best moments and experiences with their communities. The goal is to help the youth spread the word about the innovative health solutions that Ideas Positive are implementing in their communities through social media. 

International smartphone brand OPPO believes in the power of the youth. With this in mind, the brand conducted its first CSR activity for 2018. OPPO Philippines teamed up with Ideas Positive, the country’s premier youth engagement program for healthier communities. Ideas Positive is a program of Unilab Foundation whose mission is to build a healthier Philippines.

Already in its eighth year, Ideas Positive holds a nationwide competition where youth teams can develop innovative solutions that address health issues at the community level. Among hundreds of entries, seventeen teams were chosen this year to participate in a three-day boot camp, where they learned the basics of project management, leadership, and communication. Each team will receive up to Php100,000 in funding to implement their project with their chosen community. 

 “OPPO believes that the youth plays a huge role in nation-building. We are glad to partner with Ideas Positive in supporting and empowering the Filipino youth. We have seen how enthusiastic and passionate the participants are in helping the communities. We hope that with OPPO’s support, the teams will be able to capture their best moments and share their wonderful stories and experiences with their communities.” ~Eason De Guzman, OPPO Philippines’ PR Manager

The teams with the best health outcomes will be announced in August 2018 and will be awarded cash prizes and smartphones from OPPO Philippines.   

For more exciting updates, you may also visit the OPPO Philippines’ Facebook page at and follow Ideas Positive via

Playtime with Jollibee’s Pokémon Battle Squad

Jollibee’s Pokémon Battle Squad includes new additions, Rockruff, Alolan Vulpix, Togedemaru, Bounsweet and brings back Pikachu with some fun, new features. These toys are Poké-battle ready with lots of cool tricks that will surely thrill children to play with their fellow jolly kids.

Kids can have an action-packed playtime as they imagine training their very own Pokémon for exciting battles with Jollibee’s Pokémon Battle Squad that comes with every Jolly Kiddie Meal.   

With just the pull of a ripcord, Pikachu can spin ultrafast to deflect attacks. After designing Rockruff’s paws with stickers, simply push a button on its stomach to watch this cute rock-type canine get into battle position as it wiggles and wriggles its ears and tail. 

Kids can imagine the pretty, ice-type Alolan Vulpix, conjuring up some snow by moving its tail up and down while its head turns from side to side. The adorable Togedemaru lights up from a strong electric surge with just a press of its head.  While the darling grass Pokémon, Bounsweet’s leaves turn into razor weapons that move up and down with the press of its stem.     

Collect these awesome treats with every purchase of a Jolly Kiddie Meal: Jolly Spaghetti Meal at P99, Yum Burger Meal at P94 or Chickenjoy Meal at P125, each with its own Jolly Joy Box.  

Get started on completing your own Jollibee Pokémon Battle Squad, available from March 1 – March 31. Head over to your nearest Jollibee branch and be sure to catch ‘em all!

Martes, Marso 6, 2018

The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc., supports sustainable food sourcing

(L-R) Meliomar, Inc. CEO Christian Schmidradner, TDLCI Corporate Associate Director of Food & Beverage Ross McGregor, and TDCLI Corporate Director of Food & Beverage Anthony Raymond. 

The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc., the homegrown hospitality group behind luxury properties Discovery Primea, Discovery Suites, Discovery Shores Boracay, Club Paradise Palawan, and Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay joined the recent Sustainable Seafood Week held at the Marriot Manila Grand Ballroom. With the theme “Inspiring Solutions for Change,” the Sustainable Seafood Week aims to serve as an open and dynamic platform in discussing the challenges that the local seafood industry is facing to ensure a sustainable future.

#BEEattheSummit: Jollibee supports Ad Summit Pilipinas 2018

Themed "DIY Your ROI," Jollibee, the country’s leading fast-food chain and one of the nation’s biggest advertisers, is a major sponsor of Ad Summit Pilipinas (ASP) 2018. This year's gathering of 3,000 advertising and marketing practitioners will be held from March 7 to 10 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center. The Ad Summit takes a closer look at the various impacts of one's creative work and urges creatives to take a look at how advertising and marketing can be used to create not only financial but social impact as well.

(from left) 4As chairman Bong Pacia, Jollibee Philippines Assistant Vice President for Brand Communications, PR and Digital Marketing Arline Adeva, Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer and Jollibee Philippines Marketing Head Francis Flores, and ASP 2018 chairman Norman Agatep during the recently held MOA signing at the Jollibee headquarters.