PHINMA Education and Quest Aim to Inspire Filipino Youth to Fulfill Their Dreams

PHINMA Education, a network of schools fast emerging as a leader in providing accessible quality education, has partnered with musician Jose Villanueva III, also known as Quest, for a campaign to inspire young Filipinos to pursue their education and fulfill their dreams.

PHINMA Education has launched the campaign with Quest’s new song “Sasamahan Kita,” which talks about keeping dreams alive in the face of challenges and counting on a support system to achieve a brighter future. This supports the company’s longstanding mission of “making lives better through education.”

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In writing “Sasamahan Kita,” Quest took inspiration from his own childhood. Battling poverty, Quest found his first mentor in his grandmother, a teacher, who taught him the value of education and the importance of having a strong role model.

“My grandmother took care of us from the start. I placed myself in her—a teacher’s—shoes and wrote about the experience. I saw how much she dedicated her life to her profession. I saw her dedication and hard work,” shared Quest. “She inspired me to work hard and never give up.”

For Quest, his grandmother’s example led him to value education and seek people who would support him and his dreams.

“I’m a big advocate of getting an education and having the right mentors. I had to learn that I needed to surround myself with the right people,” he added. “The people in my life gave me the confidence I needed to dream and achieve, no matter how small.”

It was Quest’s passion for education and desire to pay it forward that inspired PHINMA Education to link up with the artist.

“When the opportunity to work with a passionate partner like PHINMA Education was presented, I gladly accepted. Through this anthem, we aim to raise the spirits of the Filipino youth, remind them of the value of education, and even pursue their educational opportunities with PHINMA Education,” said Quest.

“At PHINMA Education, we believe that education is key to creating a better, brighter future,” shared PHINMA Education President Chito Salazar. “We share Quest’s advocacy giving Filipino youth a strong support system. Working on ‘Sasamahan Kita’ has given us the chance to highlight how education has changed the lives of our own students and those of young Filipinos from households with limited income across the country.”

Quest’s music video for “Sasamahan Kita” features PHINMA Education institution Araullo University (Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija) and the stories of three of its students: Harry Bibat, a BS Criminology student who moonlights as a tricycle driver; Aldrin Aquino, a BS Civil Engineering student who works as a student assistant; and Erika Balaoing, a BS Civil Engineering student who makes a living as a farmer to help support her family and her studies.

With PHINMA Education, students like Harry, Aldrin, and Erika have access to an education that focuses on active learning; provides an industry-relevant, skills-oriented curriculum; and encourages them to develop their soft skills and leverage their motivations to create tangible results. They also have access to scholarship programs without a grade retention component, making it easier for students to stay in school and complete their degree programs.

To date, PHINMA Education’s network covers Araullo University (Nueva Ecija), Cagayan de Oro College (Cagayan de Oro), Southwestern University (Cebu), University of Iloilo (Iloilo), University of Pangasinan (Pangasinan), and Saint Jude College (Manila).

PHINMA Education’s structured, gritty approach to education has already started to bear fruit. More than 80% of its graduates find employment within a year of their graduation. In addition, the PHINMA Education schools have recorded a 100% passing rate for first-time examinees in 40 different board examinations, including nursing, civil engineering, accountancy, criminology, and education.

For more info on PHINMA Education, visit Stream “Sasamahan Kita” on Quest’s official Spotify channel and watch the official music video on PHINMA Education’s official Facebook page (@phinmaeducation) and YouTube channel (PHINMA Education).

Hone the next big startup with QBO’s Startup Roadshow


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The multi-city roadshow aims to level up tech startups, small businesses all over the country


The future of Philippine startups looks bright with the Philippines national ranking up by 16 positions, according to the recently released StartupBlink Ecosystem Ranking Report. To continue this momentum, QBO Innovation Hub, the Philippines’ first public-private sector initiative which aims to connect, transform, and empower Filipino startups, holds the Startup Roadshow starting this May.

The roadshow aims to inspire innovators and enable communities throughout the country through sessions on startup business concepts and tools, ideation, design thinking, business model canvas, and local ecosystem mapping. Facilitated by highly experienced QBO members and startup founders, the workshops are designed to be fun and engaging to spark the participants’ creativity as they kickoff their startup journey. The event also features panel discussions and networking opportunities for those wanting to connect with fellow tech leaders.

“The local startup ecosystem continues to grow due to sustained confidence in the country’s economy, technological advancements, and newly-introduced regulations such as the ‘Innovative Startup Act’ which seeks to promote ease of doing business in the Philippines,” says Katrina Chan, Director of QBO Innovation Hub. “While it’s all helpful in creating a healthy business environment for Filipino entrepreneurs, there are more opportunities to bring cutting-edge ideas to life.”

This is the second time that QBO Innovation Hub is holding the roadshow across major cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. In 2018, 13 cities and over 1,300 participants joined the first run of the roadshow. Government organizations signed partnerships with QBO to contribute to countryside development efforts. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was among the first to get on board, sponsoring programs in 7 cities last year.

QBO hopes to make this year’s roadshow bigger through the support of more partners, communities, and business owners. Interested partners who want to bring the workshop to their respective communities, schools, or cities can host an introductory workshop using QBO’s set module. Partners wanting to learn specific skills or learn more about certain topics can have custom-made workshops as well.

“We saw the impact of last year’s roadshow in answering what most aspiring startup founders want to know: ‘Where do we start?’ We want to help them figure out the answer,” adds Chan. “We’d also like for more partners to come on board with us to help discover the next wave of homegrown startups that will put our country on the global innovation map. Who knows? The next big thing may be in your school, your community, or your city.”

To learn more about the Startup Roadshow, visit and or email




About QBO

QBO (‘ku-bo’) is an innovation hub or a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talent, and grow. It provides startups with support and resources through events and capacity building programs as well as focused interventions designed to improve access to markets, knowledge, capital, and talent. QBO is the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, created through a partnership between IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry.

Spurred on by the vision of Filipinos startups changing the world, QBO’s mission is to create a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines.





Hip-hop dancer, 3D artist, and music prodigyjoin Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp 7

It’s summertime! Some kids spent their vacations glued to their gadgets, but there are
other kids, like Rhian Udalve, Geof Liwanag, and Jade Lawrence Yusiong, who joined
Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp this summer, the breeding ground for talented
children in the arts, dance, and music.
Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp, now on its 7th season, continues to provide parents
withvenues for a much more productive summer break for their children. These three
kids, along with hundreds like them every year, look forward to the camp as a stepping
stone to reach their dreams of shining in their respective fields of interest.
Jade Lawrence Yusiong of Music Camp, Geof Liwanag of Art camp and Rhian Udalve of Dance camp
For Rhian, 10, this summer was all about honing her skills in dance. Promil Four’s i-
Shine 7 Dance Camp taught her hip-hop moves that she picked up from the talented G-
Force choreographers. She dreams of becoming an actress and professional dancer,
just like her idol Maja Salvador. Her aspirations are fully supported by both parents.
Para sa anak ko ito. Nakita namin na may potential siya at susuportahan namin ang
pangarap niya,” her dad Rolly said. He also said he is willing to work thrice as hard if
that’s what it takes to provide her with opportunities to learn.
Another kid who made the mostof summer vacation is Geof, 9, who spent his break
thinking outside the box at Promil Four’s i-Shine 7 Art Camp. His mom, KC Enerva, is
happy with the outcome. “I enrolled him in i-Shine because alam ko yung quality ng
camps based on previous i-Shiners. Perfectionist kasi si Geof, pero ngayon natuto siya
na it’s okay to make mistakes and ask for help from others,” she said Mentored by teachers Robert Alejandro and Kara Escay, Art Camp is a place where children have fun exploring, growing, and learning about themselves, the people, and the world around them.
Geof was three years old when his mom noticed that he was skilled in arts and
sciences. Admittedly a fast learner, Geof has not only improved on his art structures
and 3D paintings, but also his social skills. “I’m so happy that I have new friends and I
learned that it’s okay to make mistakes because that’s how I grow,” he said.
Indeed, growing is an integral lesson in the camps. This new environment gives them
the chance to try take on new challenges and pick up new skills, as Jade, 6, discovered
as he explored and honed his musical gift.
Mentored by none other than National Artist Ryan Cayabyab himself and teachers from
his Music School, Jade had the time of his life discovering and developing his craftc.
According to his mom Annie Yusiong, Jade taught himself to play the piano at age 2,
and has showed serious signs of interest since then.
Jade is one of the youngest in the camp. He is very obedient and keeps his mind open
to new musical possibilities. “My new friends and I always enjoy the activities in camp
because we learned that everyone is gifted in their own way,” he said.
As Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp stays true to its mission of nurturing the gift, the
next generation of awe-inspiring kids is guided by some of the country’s finest experts
andmentors to help them reach their full potential through mental, physical, and social
stimulation workshops.
After a summer of unique learning and growth opportunities, Promil Four i-Shiners will
graduate from the camps with more than just new relationships; they learned to
cooperate with and respect others, as well as take responsibility as young individuals.
Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp experience gave them an advantage to shine not
just on stage or in the studio, but also in life

Gifted kids shine bright in Promil Four’s i-Shine 7 Celebrate the Gift Recital

Over 270 Promil Four i-Shine 7 talent camp i-Shiner graduates took the stage to shine bright, wowing the audience with amazing creations and inspiring performances during Promil Four’s i-Shine 7 Celebrate the Gift Recital at SMX Aura.

Ever-supportive parents, relatives, mentors, and other kids filled the SMX Aura Convention Center with cheers and applause as they witnessed future artists, dancers, musicians, ballerinas, and actors conquer the stage. Seasoned actress Dimples Romana, who has been hosting Promil Four’s i-Shine ever since its beginning in 2009, once again  had the honor of hosting the recital.

To begin the celebration, members of the Art Camp, under the mentorship of Teacher Robert Alejandro of Papemelroti and Teacher Kara of Masterpiece Movement, cultivated the value of Imagination through creative exploration and self-expression as they showcased a lovely mural & tunnel that they worked on during their workshop.

Next, participants of the Dance Camp, mentored by G-Force choreographers and guided by Teacher Georcelle Dapat-Sy, brought the house down with both beginner and intermediate hip-hop moves. Through sequences of steps, rhythmic patterns, thumping beats, and awesome formations, each Promil Four i-Shiner explored and found a passion for dance. The value of Teamwork was incorporated as an important part of their learning during their workshops, allowing them to work together while also expressing individuality in their performance.

Meanwhile, the little ballerinas melted the audience’s hearts because of their frilly tutus and satin ballet shoes. Personally taught and led by Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde of Ballet Manila, the little ballerinas demonstrated poise and grace with their smooth and delicate movements. With the help of Promil Four i-Shine7 Ballet Camp, the little girls learned the value of discipline that they will take with them beyond the workshop.


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Next, the Theatre Camp i-Shiners showed off their confident, gregarious, and versatile selves on stage. One of the Promil Four Theater camp i-Shiners’ performances was the popular fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” directed by Coaches from Trumpets Playshop. Through imagination and creativity, as well as embracing the arts in all its forms, the Theatre Camp took a step closer towards creating well-rounded, confident, and versatile kids.


Members of the Music Camp showcased their gift through a lively performance of voices and instruments in perfect harmony, guided by National Artist, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. While the kids learned new musical lessons, they were also imparted with improved skills, confidence, and an increased awareness of the learning and leadership needed to thrive in life.


Promil Four’s i-Shine 7 Camps ran from April to May 2019.  This year’s camp locations expanded beyond Metro Manila with the addition of Batangas, Cebu, and Davao. Promil Four, as part of its commitment, continues to encourage parents to nurture their children’s gifts, not only with expert guidance, but also with proper nutrition. The New Promil Four’s Nutrissentials are now made even better with Oligofructose, to help support proper growth and mental development. For more information, visit

Promil Four is committed to its mission of nurturing the gift in every Filipino child. In partnership with experts, Promil Four’s i-Shine Talent Camp 7 helped instill in the participants values such as imagination, teamwork, versatility, discipline, and harmony –  to help them shine not just on stage, but in real life as well.






Since 2009, Promil Four’s iShine Talent Camp has continued to evolve in helping mothers nurture the gift of their children by providing experts in various fields who personally design the summer talent camps for the children. Promil Four’s philosophy instills the importance of not only proper nutrition, but also proper parenting and continuous guidance to fully support a child’s proper growth and mental development to nurture the gift.

An Active, Energized Summer with MILO: Get Your Child into Sports!

Annual summer clinic strengthens commitment in nutrition and sports for child development


There’s still time to make the most out of your child’s summer break with the second wave of the MILO Summer Sports Clinics this May until June. With its unwavering commitment to provide the nutritious energy to get more children into sports, MILO’s yearly program continues to offer a wide array of exciting sports activities that kids can participate in throughout the summer.

As part of the longstanding “Get Your Child into Sports” advocacy, the MILO Summer Sports Clinics aims to reinforce the importance of sports in a child’s holistic development. Children today are faced with numerous barriers that hinder them from engaging into sports such as digital distractions, lack of safe play places, and fear of trying. MILO’s annual summer program seeks to address these challenges by highlighting sports as a means not only to get kids active, but also to teach valuable life lessons one can learn outside the classroom.

Energizing More Children

This year, MILO makes the Summer Sports Clinics accessible to more aspiring young athletes as they continue their expansion in the Visayas and Mindanao region. The clinics started nationwide last end-March and continues this May until June, in over 700 venues to more than 30,000 children nationwide.

Arnis, Ultimate Frisbee, and Wushu are this year’s newest additions to the program’s sports offerings. Apart from those sports, the MILO Summer Sports Clinics will continue to provide training to different sports disciplines, namely Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Fencing, Football, Futsal, Golf, Gymnastics, Karatedo, Lawn Tennis, Parkour, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Touch Rugby, and Volleyball.

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To further enhance the summer clinic experience of the participants, select clinic organizers will offer a MILO Welcome Kit that contains an exclusive Summer Sports Clinics drawstring bag and MILO to ensure the participants will get their Champion Energy Nutrients when they embark on their summer courses.

“MILO contains Champion Energy Nutrients such as milk, Protomalt, B-Vitamins, and Iron to help children get active especially in sports,” said Willy De Ocampo, Nestlé Philippines Vice President. “So, not only will the kids get the physical and social benefits at the Summer Sports Clinics, they will also be provided with the nutritious energy of MILO.”

Nourishing Champions Through the Years

For more than 35 years, MILO prides itself in partnering with a roster of esteemed organizations such as the BEST Center and Philippine Taekwondo Association among many others, that have been instrumental in maintaining the sports excellence that the Summer Sports Clinics is known for.

Expert coaches and instructors who have competed and won in local and international competitions such as the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and the Olympics will handle the programs. These mentors use modern and scientific approaches that will help participants gain appreciation for the different sports, live a healthy and active lifestyle, and embody the morals of discipline, confidence, teamwork, perseverance, and hard work.

By centering on values in sports, MILO’s Summer Sports Clinics along with its other sports programs, have created outstanding personas in the sporting scene. The roster of alumni includes BEST Center graduate Chris Tiu, Taekwondo clinic graduate and SEA Games medalist Japoy Lizardo, and Gymnastics clinic graduate and SEA Games gold medalist Kaitlyn De Guzman.

“We look forward to nurture more children to be champions not just as athletes but also as individuals,” said Luigi Pumaren, MILO Sports Executive. “We encourage parents to introduce their kids to a fun, active and healthy lifestyle and make their summer worthwhile with the MILO Summer Sports Clinics.”

Get your child into sports and enroll them in the MILO Summer Sports Clinics!

For more information on the MILO Summer Sports Clinics and MILO Philippines, log on to the official website ( or the MILO Philippines Facebook page ( Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

Freedom to Dream 2019 Summit: Inspiring the Filipino Youth to Dream

Viviamo! Inc., makers of the Belle de Jour Power Planner, spearheaded the first Freedom to Dream Summit last April 13, 2019 at the Red Carpet Cinema, Shangri-La Plaza. The event was meant to inspire and encourage the Filipino youth to discover their dreams, pursue their passions, and make a difference.

7 Out of 10 Filipinos Do Not Have a Dream: A Study

The Dream Project PH, a non-stock and non-profit organization, conducted a survey among teenagers across the country. According to the study, 7 out of 10 Filipinos do not have a dream in life. Reasons for this include discouraging words from others and lack of self-esteem, passion, and opportunities, and poverty.

Is it any wonder why many Filipinos don’t know who they are and what they should do next? Darlyn Ty-Nilo, president of Viviamo and creator of Belle de Jour Power Planner, hopes to change this. “We want to take action,” she shared, “by creating positive conversations on dreaming.” Through this initiative, Darlyn and her team hope to make a lasting change among the Filipino youth by giving them the freedom to dream.

Addressing the Needs of Filipino Youth

The Freedom to Dream summit has three plenary sessions which addressed the barriers that contribute to the lack of dreaming.

The first plenary, Raising Self-Worth, addressed the discouraging words spoken against the Filipino youth and the self-esteem issues that resulted from them. Raising self-worth means having faith in oneself and believing that they are worthy of living the life they want.

Participants heard from Dr. Gia Sison, a mental health advocate who hosts G Talks, a talk show in CNN Philippines, and Rezza Custodio-Soriano, a life coach and transformologist. Gretchen Ho, sports and lifestyle news anchor, joined them in sharing stories and advice on raising one’s self-worth.

The second plenary session, Igniting Your Passion, encouraged participants to find the purpose and passion that excites them and invited them to have the drive to stand up and persevere despite experiencing day-to-day challenges.

Prim Paypon, Filipino Dreamagineer and founder of The Dream Project PH, and Aimee Hashim, lifestyle consultant and founder of LoveLuxe Trading Inc., talked about their experiences which paved the way to achieving the life they aspire in Igniting Your Passion plenary.

Finally, attendees discovered how to put their dreams into reality with Making it Happen, the event’s third plenary session. Participants learned how to maximize their resources and act on their goals, despite the lack of opportunities and abject poverty. Sherill Quintana, the multi-awarded entrepreneur behind Oryspa Spa Solutions Inc., educator, and advocate of the Filipino Brands Can, and Jessica Lopez, Maningning Miclat Art 2018 awardee who created artworks out of milkfish bones, were the speakers for this plenary.

Multi-awarded singer-songwriter Jose Villanueva III, better known as Quest, summit’s closing keynote speaker shared how he wanted to create a culture of sharing positivity and harness his talents and influence to uplift the nation.

Apart from the plenaries, there were two fast talk sessions— social enterprises with successful women entrepreneurs: Mots Venturina, founder of Cancervants PH, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, co-founder and president of R2R – Rags2Riches Inc. & Things That Matter, and Tal De Guzman, founder of Risque Designs. The second Fast Talk session was on creatives, with Abby Asistio, singer, songwriter, and Alopecia Awareness Advocate; Kooky Tuason, Spoken Word Artist and Radio Host, and Wiji Lacsamana, Designer of Tattoos, Books, and Illustrations. These women shared personal stories on dreaming big and overcoming discouragements.

Advocacy Expo and Mini Concert

Participants were also given a chance to help, in cash and in kind, through the advocacy expo. 100% of the net proceeds will benefit chosen charity organizations of Viviamo! Inc. Apart from this, eventgoers were also treated to a fun mini concert after the plenaries. The concert was led by Quest, and joined by fellow OPM artists Krystle, SaBu and Abby Asistio.

Through this event, Viviamo! Inc. aimed to spark positive conversations on dreaming, breaking barriers, and empowering Filipinos to live their dreams.

The summit was co-presented by The After Six Club, ChinoyTV, and BraveWorks. Major sponsors were Manulife, MyTown, UNILAB, and Wacoal. Meanwhile, Ace Water Spa, Boocha Mama, Brownroots Creatives, BrowHaus, Celeteque, Curves, European Wellness, Fitness Gourmet, Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings, Jollibee, Qrated Crates, SM Parisian, Serenitea, Spaces, Strip Manila, StyleGenie, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The Farm at San Benito, The Red Crab Alimango House, Tokyo Finds, Witty Will Save the World, Co., and Zenutrients were the summit’s minor sponsors.

Media partners were Blogapalooza, PageOne Media,, MEG, and OneMegaGroup. Official Cable TV partner was DIVA channel.


The official summit video is uploaded here:

Do you fall into #MalnutritionTraps?

The country has been facing the rise on the number of underweight and overweight Filipinos for more than 20 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined this phenomenon as the “Double Burden of Malnutrition” or the “prevalence of both undernutrition and overweight in the same community, nation, or region.”

To address this problem, our government launched the Pinggang Pinoy® campaign in 2014. Pinggang Pinoy® is an easy-to-understand food guide showing proper food group portioning on a per-meal basis. This reflects the principles of MOderation, VAriety and BAlance (MOVABA) to promote healthier eating habits.


Solving the Philippines’ Double Burden of Malnutrition should be a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors as it is not an easy feat. With this, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with government agencies to conduct education programs to raise awareness and promote the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® in malnutrition hotspots, where incidences of Double Burden Malnutrition are high. This training was given to homemakers/mothers who have malnourished (underweight, stunting, wasting, overweight and obese) school-aged children.

The pilot run resulted to improvements of the knowledge & attitudes of households related to the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® within target areas. However, behavior changes towards healthier eating habits remains to be a challenge. The program uncovered a number #MalnutritionTraps that some Pinoy households easily fall into. The following #MalnutritionTraps provide a picture of how unhealthy eating habits may lead to Double Burden of Malnutrition:

  1. Overconsumption of carbohydrates: Voracious rice eaters can easily fill half of their plates with rice. Others have pandesal & noodles as regular meal deprived of other nutrients derived from a well-balanced meal.
  2. Under consumption of vegetables and/fruits: It is common for some to be content with rice & meat to satisfy their hunger and skip/take insufficient amount of vegetables/fruits. Fact is, the variety of colors found in Glow foods are important sources of vitamins & minerals to sustain our energy & keep us from getting sick.
  3. Overconsumption of protein: Typical Filipino “SILOG” meals include double serving of proteins (e.g. Tapa+Itlog, Tocino+Itlog, Longanisa+Itlog, Bangus+Itlog). Eating different kinds of protein is fine for as long as they are taken in moderation. We must also avoid protein dishes served high in fat, cholesterol and sodium.

More stories about #MalnutritionTraps can be referenced from these documentary videos:


Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! presents “Almusal (Puro Carbs)”

Baguhin ang nakasanayang “Rice-Noodle o all-carb diet”. Alamin kung paano natin lalabanan ang Double Burden of Malnutrition para maiwasan ang pagkakasakit.



Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! presents “Brunch (Breakfast Skipper)”

Mahilig ka bang mag-skip ng meals? Alamin kung paano ito nakaka-apekto sa iyong overall well-being. Sama-sama tayong labanan ang Double Burden of Malnutrition!



Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! presents “Tanghalian (Kulang sa Protina)”

Alam niyo ba na ang pagkabansot ay isang uri ng malnutrition na resulta ng maling diyeta? Panoorin nang malaman ang tungkol sa Double Burden of Malnutrition.



Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! presents “Hapunan (Pamilya Unli-Rice)”

Karaniwan sa mga Filipino ang kumain ng madaming rice kahit na konti lang ang ulam. Kaya naman napakarami sa mga Pinoy ang biktima ng tinatawag na Double Burden of Malnutrition.


To help Filipinos break free from #MalnutritionTraps, Ajinomoto’s Culinary Nutrition Team prepared Healthy & Delicious Pinggang Pinoy® Recipes, downloadable through Busy and budget-restricted homemakers will also find these Pinggang Pinoy® recipes useful because all are easy-to-do and affordable (P250/day for family of 5).

For updates about Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo!, visit and


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Since discovering “umami” (the fifth basic taste, created by glutamic acid, a type of amino acid) in 1908, we have been scientifically pursuing the possibilities of amino acids, and supporting the healthy lives of people all around the world. Based on our corporate message “Eat Well, Live Well” we aim for further growth and continuous contribution to greater wellness for people by creating value with communities and society.

The Ajinomoto Group has offices in 35 countries and regions, and sells products in more than 130 countries and regions. Its sales were 1.1502 trillion yen (10.3 billion U.S. dollars) in fiscal year 2017. To learn more, visit