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Monday, August 27, 2018

Back to School Giveaway


Soon our kids are heading back to school (woohoo!!) but in the meanwhile, we need to spice up their education by engaging them in fun activities at home that will kick start them back into school mode. MamatheFox teamed up with some amazing brands who want to offer you the chance to win some of their products! Come back daily to increase your chances of winning this amazing giveaway.  

Open to US residents only - Over $145 in prizes

 Hosted by: MamatheFox

Co-Hosted by: Reviewz and Newz, Parenting Healthy, Miki's Hope, Tabby's Pantry & Sunshine and Roller Coasters 

One person will win:
  • Thames and Kosmos - I Dig It! Dinos - T. Rex Excavation Kit - RV $12.95
    • Play the role of a paleontologist and excavate a replica of a dinosaur fossil relief all by yourself. Use the hammer and chisel to go on a hunt for Tyrannosaurus rex, the dangerous prehistoric giant. Excavate the skeleton relief from the surrounding soft plaster block. The kit includes the skeleton relief buried in a plaster block, excavation tools, and a descriptive manual.

    • What if one little gnome and one tiny suitcase could change your family? My Gnome on the Roam ® is more than just a children’s book and adventure kit, it's a suitcase full of memories waiting to be unpacked. It’s an invitation to explore, create and connect with your family. It's a glitter and glue covered revolution and a toy and book with a mission…designed to help create stronger, happier kids, and more present and connected adults.
    • The Catch and Learn by PlaSmart is now available on Amazon. The educational game where you fish for answers. The learning possibilities are endless. Comes with retractable magnetic fish catcher, 10 dry-erase fish cards and marker. Teaches math, spelling, grammar, shapes, and colors. Learn by playing described games, or invent your own. Just press the button to retract the worm and reel in your answers. Helps develop fine motor skills. Promotes confidence and self-esteem. Two or more players; one can be a teacher or parent. Age 4+ years. Meets all ASTM, CPSC, and EN71 safety standards
    • Mr. Bucket is the original moving chasing racing action game.
    • Get ready for buckets of fun with Mr. Bucket by Pressman Toy! Scoop up the balls that match your colored shovel and drop the balls into Mr. Bucket as he whirls and spins around the floor. Watch out – Mr. Bucket will try to block your ball with his hands and will even spit the balls right back out of his mouth onto the floor, creating tons of laughter and fun! Get all three of your colored balls inside Mr. Bucket first to win! Made with high quality materials, Mr. Bucket is the original moving chasing racing action game and will have kids up and moving around. Can you scoop up all your color balls and place them back into Mr. Bucket before he pops them out again? For 2 to 4 players, ages 3 and up.
    • Pop the Pig was the top-selling preschool game in 2016 and 2017 according to retailer sales data collected by NPD!
    • Players take turns rolling the die, feeding the pig, and pushing down on his head. Each pump makes his belly grow bigger, bigger, and bigger until... POP!
  • Personalized Book from Snowflake Stories (choice of either The Big Soccer Game or Dance Recital . - RV$45
    • Not your average personalized children's book!
      * Select your entire cast of characters:
      1 special child + (up to) 5 loved ones
      * Customize the appearance of each character:
      Choose skin color, hairstyle, hair color and more
      * Add 1-2 of 5 languages:
      English, Spanish, Portuguese, French & Italian

Monday, August 13, 2018

Chicken Deli growth spurs partnership renewal with Pepsi Philippines

Val is a big chicken inasal fan. I remember when we were still in Manila, one of our go-to places was the newly opened Chicken Deli branch in Ayala Fairview Terraces. The food is delicious yet very affordable. Not to mention they also serve unlimited rice. 

During Val's 30th birthday, we celebrated it with family and friends by enjoying the authentic  Chicken Inasal plus other local favorites such as Kare-Kare and Pork Sisig. Thus, we consider Chicken Deli a significant part of the life of an ordinary Filipino like us.  

So, when we arrived in Bacolod in 2015 -- we were actually surprised that this humble family diner is big in the City of Smiles. We had no idea that the restaurant actually originated here in Bacolod and we are very happy and proud of the success of our favorite inasal restaurant. 

Now on its 35th year, Chicken Inasal is celebrating a renewed partnership with bottling firm, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc., (PCPPI) the "Bidang Inasal ng Bacolod" restaurant will continue its aggressive expansion, serving their unique authentic chicken Inasal partnered with Pepsi products across their channel of almost 50 stores nationwide.

According to RC Ciocon Jr., Director for the LC Group of companies, "This is the collaboration of two very reliable brands with parallel missions and visions to reach. Chicken Deli and PCPPI have similar Corporate Social Responsibility platforms sharing the same dedication to service and love for the environment." The partnership came naturally as both companies shared common advocacies in excellent business practices and serving their communities. 

Chicken Deli plans to expand its business to 150 - 200 stores in the next five years through business evolution, franchising, and strategic corporate partnership--all while maintaining the original chicken Inasal recipe that made them famous.

"Back when Chicken Deli was set only in Bacolod, PCPPI's Bacolod plant was exclusively distributing our products to their restaurants," said PCPPI Senior General Manager Lyndon Cuadra. "Now with Chicken Deli's nationwide presence and today's partnership renewal, the company has become our modern trade partner and key account to be serviced by different plants across the country."

(L-R) PCPPI General Manager for Bacolod, Delfin Dizon; PCPPI Senior General Manager, Lyndon Cuadra; PCPPI Head of National Sales, Domingo Almazan; LC Group Director RC Ciocon Jr.; LC Group Chief Operations Officer, Danilo Pumarega; LC Group Director, Malou Granada

Spicing up the food industry

Chicken Deli opened franchising opportunities to local entrepreneurs in 2011 and has since appealed to businessmen that in the seven years that followed, the number of franchises across the country more than tripled against its 12 company-owned stores.

In the beginning, its founder and the Ciocon family matriarch, Mamang planned to settle Chicken Deli's lone store solely in Bacolod to keep the authenticity of her signature heirloom recipe. With locals and tourists making a visit to the restaurant a habit, it eventually sought to expand the business by opening more stores in the Visayas region and seeking franchise partners.

Mamang opted to cook Inasal through the long process of manually marinating the meat, then cooking it fresh as opposed to pre-cooking before storage followed by hasty preparation. Upholding integrity in their service as demonstrated by his grandmother, Ciocon underlined that it was this same quality they were looking for from franchisees.

"People often think as long as they have the money, they will be viable to franchise the business, but we are looking for partners who are deeply committed to and involved with their business on a daily or at least weekly basis," he said.

A third-generation owner of the restaurant, Ciocon highlighted evolving the business while staying true to its roots as a primary focus in appealing to the bigger market they now have. Apart from opening franchising opportunities, Chicken Deli has structured operations through the support of their commissaries in Bacolod and Manila.

"We also invest in our people," Ciocon said. "One of our challenges in the past was finding the right talent to employ, but we eventually built a system which preferred hiring fresh graduates and investing in their training through a comprehensive and continuous program throughout their employment."

Also in the business of caring for their surrounding community, Chicken Deli expressed their anticipation of partnering with PCPPI for Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in the region and nationwide. Noting the bottling firm's recent programs for environmental preservation like tree planting and estero clean-ups, as well as social drives such as feeding programs and gift giving for children during December, Ciocon is optimistic that the partnership will be able to achieve more than business prosperity.

"We officially welcome Pepsi as one of our valuable partners, and I am confident we will help each other thrive through a continued successful and mutually beneficial partnership."


Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) is the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages & snacks in the Philippines, with a relationship spanning 70 years. PCPPI is a listed company in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: PIP) with Lotte Chilsung, one of the biggest beverage companies in South Korea as the lead shareholder co-managing with PepsiCo. PCPPI manufactures and sells well-known food and beverage brands: Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier, Sips, Milkis, Let’s Be, Aquafina, and Cheetos. It has established 14 manufacturing facilities across the country, serving more than 700,000 outlets and providing employment through its extensive distribution network.

PCPPI is committed to creating a positive impact on society with programs focused on environmental sustainability, nutrition, education, and livelihood. For more information, visit