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Red Ribbon, Apl.de.Ap Foundation turn over 2-storey building to a public school in Zamboanga City

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Red Ribbon—one of the leading bakeshop chains in the Philippines—together with Apl.De.Ap Foundation (ADAF) recently turned over a two-storey classroom building to Talon-Talon Elementary School in Zamboanga City to help bring the youth back to schools.

The ADAF is a non-government organization founded by Allan Pineda (aka Apl.de.Ap) of the Grammy Award-winning group Black Eyed Peas. Pineda attended the turnover ceremony along with a few representatives from Red Ribbon and Habitat for Humanity.

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A total of 14 classrooms were built inside the school’s premises; these classrooms are to be occupied by new elementary school pupils on top of its existing 64 students.

The first seven new classrooms are set for the use of SPED Gifted and Talented classes starting from kindergarten to grade six, with one advisory class per grade level. Twenty eight students that need SPED are expected to occupy each of these classrooms.

The eighth classroom will be used by the 41 students who fall under its SPED Non-Graded category, seated as one class and under the responsibility of three SPED teachers. The remaining six classrooms are intended for the use of third graders, each accommodating 53 students.

According to Zinnia Rivera, general manager of Red Ribbon, it was timely for Talon-Talon Elementary School to receive these new classrooms since the number of its students spiked from 6,169 in SY 2014-2015 to 6,412 this SY.

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“There was a need for a conducive place for learning in Talon-Talon Elementary School. Now, with the new classrooms in place, we will be able to provide better learning and teaching experiences to both students and teacher,” Rivera said. “On top of this, we will be more capable of addressing the need for an improved learning environment to children who need special education.”

She added, “Red Ribbon is one with other governing bodies in encouraging the youth to go back to school and mold their own future. By giving them more venues to acquire knowledge, we are also giving them more opportunities to discover their own strengths and learn from their experiences. Our partnership with different organizations made this possible. As we move forward, we will continue to engage in strategic partnerships that not only strengthen our vision but also help in nation-building.”

Habitat’s Chief Operating Officer for Disaster Response, Tots Escalada thanked Red Ribbon and ADAF for their efforts in helping the children of Zamboanga go back to school.

“Schools are children’s second homes. In Habitat, we want to help them have a more conducive place to learn, play and enjoy their childhood. We are very grateful to our partners for helping us give them that oppprtunity,” Escalada said.

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This is part of Red Ribbon’s Macaroons for a Cause initiative where the brand sold its best-selling macaroons nationwide for P50. For every pack of ‘Macaroons for a Cause,’ Filipino consumers were able to allocate 14 percent or P7 directly to the ADAF who will fund the project.

Aside from the combined efforts of Red Ribbon and ADAF, the program was also supported by Jollibee Group Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

To know more about Red Ribbon, visit www.redribbonbakeshop.com.

A sweeter way to spend your family meal time

Red Ribbon launches limited edition Rocky Road Cake

When guests are expected at home, serving a heavenly chocolate cake appears to be a sure crowd pleaser. Red Ribbon—one of the country’s biggest bakeshops—is bringing back one of its best-selling round chocolate cake that’s sure to delight your family and friends.

Red Ribbon’s Rocky Road Cake is now making a grand comeback, carrying with it more delicious toppings that will definitely add more texture and flavor to the family’s time.

The Rocky Road Cake is made of three layers of rich chocolate cake with choco-cream filling, topped with fluffy white cream rosettes, chocolate kisses, soft, white marshmallows and chocolate drizzles.

What makes the Rocky Road Cake even more special this year compared last year is the addition of Red Ribbon’s signature brownies. These chewy brownie bits are topped along with the cake’s other toppings, giving the cake a more moist and chewy texture. Additional sprinkles of cashews and marshmallows are sandwiched in between the cake’s layers, creating a perfect combination of sweetness, softness and crunchiness from the inside and out.

“Social media has made catching up with friends and families very different from before,” said Zinnia Rivera, general manager of Red Ribbon. “But we, at Red Ribbon, believe that nothing can replace person-to-person interaction between families and friends. We want them to share sweet moments like they never did before.”

The Rocky Road Cake is available in all its stores from October 1 to January 31, 2016 for only P585 for regular-sized round cake and P375 for junior-sized cakes. According to Rivera, the limited edition cake is a perfect sweet course for families who want to serve a delightful and hearty dessert.

Rivera said, “Nothing can be better than good company and good food. With the Rocky Road Cake served on the table, there’s no better way to share special moments than a delightful treat that bursts with chocolatey goodness.”

Red Ribbon is one of the fastest growing bakeshop chains in the country that serves great-tasting cakes, breads and pastries, bringing back memories of joy and togetherness, family and home. In every Filipino celebration, whether it’s an every day family gathering or a grand feast, Red Ribbon will continue to make each moment sweeter to people of all ages.

She concluded, “Every moment spent with your loved ones is a moment worth celebrating. At Red Ribbon, we can give you, your family and your friends more reasons to celebrate everyday through sweet and delightful confections—and our Rocky Road Cake is the perfect decadent dessert that will make each moment even sweeter.”

Red Ribbon launches ‘mas creamy sarap’ Polvoron for every Filipino home

Everyone has that one special food item that brings memories of home. Arguably for Filipinos, this is the classic Polvoron.

Red Ribbon, one of the biggest bakeshops in the Philippines, introduces its Classic Polvoron—a delightful treat that bursts a melt-in-your-mouth sweetness and creaminess, leaving an aftertaste that’s sure to make Filipinos grab for more.

According to Zinnia Rivera, general manager of Red Ribbon, the Classic Polvoron offers just the right amount of sweetness, with more “creamy sarap” goodness.

“The creamy taste of Polvoron has an empowering taste that brings Filipinos back to their childhood years,” Rivera said. “Since adults enjoy the rich, creamy taste of Polvoron, they now share their all-time favorite treat to their children. With Red Ribbon’s Classic Polvoron in place, children and adults alike will find our creamy variant more irresistible.”

The Red Ribbon Classic Polvoron comes in singles, pack of eights (8s) and box of 16s. The price ranges for each pack is P10, P73 and P143, respectively.

Rivera added, “What’s best about our Classic Polvoron is its sweet, creamy taste that’s perfect for mothers who want the best sweet treat for their kids’ recess or for the ates and kuyas out there who are looking for that sweet ending after a scrumptious meal.”

Aside from the Classic Polvoron, Red Ribbon also boasts its other Polvoron flavors. This includes the Pinipig Polvoron, which bursts with the same creamy goodness complemented by crunchy pinipig bits; and the Peanut Polvoron, which contains flavorful real peanut bits mixed with powdered milk and lightly toasted flour and butter. For families who want to taste all three flavours, they can opt to purchase the Assorted Polvoron Pack.

Rivera said, “We’re making it easier for Filipino families to enjoy all our Polvoron flavors in one pack at an affordable price.”

“Red Ribbon’s Polvoron products are popular delicacies that never fail to delight Filipino families,” Rivera added. “For its part, Red Ribbon Bakeshop will continue to innovate its products by improving the taste and design. We will continue to make great-tasting confections that are guaranteed to delight families regardless of the occasion.”

Now on its 36th year, Red Ribbon continues to make each celebration—whether small or grand—even more special. To date, the popular bakeshop chain now has over 300 stores nationwide.

Double the surprise with Red Ribbon’s new Double Deck Dedication Cake

Cakes have been integral in every Filipino celebration, more particularly during birthdays. This time, Red Ribbon—one of the leading bakeshops in the country—is offering a double treat to your loved ones with its new Double Deck Dedication Cake.

This two-layer cake offers more layers of chocolate goodness to make your child’s party an even happier birthday. With its layers of bursting chocolatey flavor, your child’s guests will surely line up for more slices.

According to Zinnia Rivera, general manager of Red Ribbon, the new Double Deck Dedication Cake is a rich chocolate cake with fudgy chocolate icing topped with colorful sugar confetti, dots & stars. This can be personalized with one’s special message.

“Mothers always want the best for their children. They are constantly finding new ways to recreate how their child will cherish their special day,” Rivera said. “With the new two-layer Dedication Cake, mothers can now make their children’s party two times grander without going beyond their budget.”

Before, special two-layer cakes are only present during birthdays, debuts, weddings and graduation. Now, Red Ribbon makes it possible for families to make any day a bigger celebration while allowing more budget for other expenditures.

While saving on budget, you can also share the slices of the cake with 26 people because it has a base layer of 8×12 inches and a top layer of 6×8 inches. This cake is now available in all Red Ribbon stores nationwide.

“Now that there’s a double deck cake in place, there’s a bigger cake with a taste of premium for all the guests,” Rivera said. “Truly, Red Ribbon complements every Filipino table with its delightful treats, making every moment more worth-remembering.”

As the company explores new product offerings to make every day worth celebrating for, Red Ribbon now offers its gold standard for birthday cakes in the form of its new Double Deck Dedication Cake.

Rivera concluded, “Cakes are known staples for every Filipino table whenever there’s a celebration, may it be as grand as your son’s 7th birthday or as simple as your daughter’s achievement in class. Coupling the cake with a dedication as sweet as its taste is what makes the occasion more memorable.”

To know more about Red Ribbon and its many delights, visit the website at www.redribbonbakeshop.com.

Red Ribbon introduces the cheesier Ensaimada!

Perfectly balanced sweet-salty taste is ideal for any occasion.

Pasig City, March 13, 2015 – Red Ribbon Bakeshop, one of the country’s largest bakeshops, today re-introduced one of its most-loved and best-selling every day pastry snacks. The Red Ribbon Ensaimada is now cheesier than ever. This beloved every day treat now has that perfect combination of sweet and salty taste that Filipino families have come to love and enjoy.

“We believe that Filipino families deserve the best and this is evident in the quality of our products, be it our cakes, rolls, breads or pastries,” said Zinnia Rivera, Red Ribbon General Manager. “The new and improved Ensaimada is an example of how we make an already good product, great.”

The moist, soft, melt-in-your mouth bread comes overloaded with long, mouth-watering strands of cheddar cheese that is balanced with the right sprinkling of sugar for that sweet kick and topped off with a dab of creamy, delectable butter that you and your kids have loved all these years.

Red Ribbon’s much-loved Ensaimada has been a staple in homes for many years and has been a part of many personal and family moments whether these are big celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries to simple, everyday moments like snack recess time.

I invite everyone out there to try our cheesier Red Ribbon Ensaimada. This is guaranteed to make snack time so much more enjoyable,” added Rivera.

Red Ribbon’ cheesier Ensaimadas are available at all Red Ribbon branches nationwide. Or you may visit www.redribbonbakeshop.com to know more about our delicious cakes and pastries.

Red Ribbon reaches more families with Nasugbu branch

Manila, Philippines—Red Ribbon opened the doors to its first store in Nasugbu,Batangas—along JP Laurel Street, Barangay Poblacion III—last November 21, 2014 in time for the Christmas season.

The well-loved bakeshop’s branch in Nasugbu is the company’s 10th store in the whole of Batangas. The newly opened store is highly accessible to residents of Nasugbu as it is situated nearby the Town Hall, Town Plaza and the city’s Market. The branch is also close to one of the largest elementary schools in the city, Nasugbu West Central, and is also a 5-minute drive to Batangas State University—one of the most populated state universities in the province.

“Reaching more families is one of our main ambitions in Red Ribbon. By opening a branch in Nasugbu, we wish to make more Batangueño families’ celebrations special through our delectable cakes and pastries, especially in time for the holidays,” says Zinnia Rivera, General Manager of Red Ribbon.

The week before the opening of the new branch, Red Ribbon conducted a pre-opening event involving the Nasugbu West Central School and the Office of the Mayor. Red Ribbon organized games and introduced Buttermon, their first ever mascot, to over a thousand students and other Batangueños.

When Red Ribbon opened its doors in Nasugbu, guests were delighted to free slices of the bakeshop’s well-loved, cherry-chocolatiest Black Forest Cake. The bakeshop’s crewmembers surprised the guests during the opening as they performed a dance number.

“We are poised to continue bringing more sweet moments to families by opening more Red Ribbon stores”

The opening of Red Ribbon’s store in Nasugbu, Batangas signals the dedication of the local bakeshop in reaching more Filipinos, providing them the chance to treat their loved ones with delectable cakes and pastries. Residents of Nasugbu will now be able to make their celebrations extraordinary with well-loved products of the bakeshop such as the Black Forest Cake, Triple Chocolate Roll and Dedication cakes and pastries, such as the Butter Mamon, Ensaimada and Macaroons for a Cause.

Red Ribbon makes more sweet moments with 300th store

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QUEZON, Philippines – Red Ribbon continues its celebration of its 35th year with the opening of its 300th store in Barangay San Diego Poblacion, along National Highway Gumaca, Quezon last August 30, 2014.

Since its humble beginnings as a hobby-induced business in 1979 in Timog, Quezon City, Red Ribbon has grown to be a proudly Filipino business network under the country’s chain of fast food restaurants, Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC).

“Opening our 300th store is a milestone for Red Ribbon. We have truly grown from a small local bakeshop to one of the most well-loved bakeshops in the country. We are poised to open more branches to bring more sweet moments to Filipinos,” says Zinnia Rivera, General Manager of Red Ribbon.

Since JFC’s acquisition of the well-loved bakeshop in 2005, Red Ribbon has continued to further its commitment in making celebrations and everyday moments sweeter among families and friends through their products.

“Reaching every corner of the Philippines is part of our long term strategy. Opening our 300th store in Gumaca allows us to reach more Filipinos in Southern Luzon,” added Rivera.

The newly opened store is the company’s third branch in the whole province of Quezon.

A Sweet Peek

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On August 24, 2014, a week before the actual opening of the new branch, Red Ribbon gave a sneak peek to the residents of Gumaca on the coming of a Red Ribbon closer to their homes.

Members of Red Ribbon surprised the residents by performing and teaching the Macaroon Dance, popularized by international Filipino artist Apl.De.Ap, to children. A cake competition titled “The Sweetest Dedication Cake” also took place where the mothers and their kids had a hand at placing their own personalized messages on chocolate dedication cakes.

The opening of the 300th store signifies Red Ribbon’s continuous expansion around the country to provide Filipinos a chance to treat the ones they love with well-loved Red Ribbon products. Residents of Gumaca will now be able to enjoy delicious cakes and rolls such as the Black Forest Cake, Triple Chocolate Roll and dedication cakes and pastries such as the Butter Mamon, Ensaimada, and Macaroons for a Cause.

“We continue to grow and identify communities we have not yet tapped to bring our products closer to the homes of Filipinos,” says Rivera.

To get more information about Red Ribbon’s products and to stay up-to-date on all things Red Ribbon, like their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/redribbonbakeshop or follow @IWantRedRibbon on Twitter.

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About Red Ribbon

Red Ribbon is a Filipino-owned bakeshop with over 310 outlets across the country. Since 1979, Red Ribbon has been bringing together families and friends through their high quality and delicious selection of cakes and pastries, perfect not only for celebrations, but also to make each day worth celebrating.

My Mom, My Idol

Growing up, children have always looked up to their very own mothers. Children have been amazed at how much their mothers could do so many tasks given so little time in a day. In between waking up early everyday to cook breakfast up until they kiss their children goodnight, mothers do so much more tasks. Moms set themselves as the best examples of what it means to love unconditionally as they always accept their sons and daughters despite the mistakes they have made. Through the dedication of mothers in ensuring the happiness of their families and by not showing signs of being tired, children have seen the strength of their moms.  Simply, for most of us, our mothers are one of our greatest idols.

This coming Mother’s Day, show your mom how grateful you are for having her in your life. Show off how much you have learned from her by surprising her with the first meal you have cooked with her. You could also write her a letter expressing how much you idolize her because of the many times that she has shown herself as the best role model in your life. Also, don’t forget to take a selfie with your mom, and post on your Instagram or Facebook, to show off how much you love her.

After a day full of wonderful surprises, the best way to put the cherry on top is by giving your idol the perfect treat she deserves—Red Ribbon’s limited edition Mother’s Day Black Forest Cake! Red Ribbon knows how special this day is for your mom so they made their classic Black Forest Cake even more special by making it chocolatier with a chocolate fence surrounding the cake!  The moist chocolate cake is filled with chocolate filling and cream with cherry bits, and topped with chocolate shavings & red cherries. You could treat your mother with the limited edition chocolatier Red Ribbon’s Black Forest cake, for only P560.00!

This Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show your mom that you have learned from the best by giving her only the best cake that she truly deserves!  Greet her lovingly this Mother’s Day with Red Ribbon’s Mother’s Day Black Forest Cake, available only for Mother’s Day weekend, May 9 to May 11, in all Red Ribbon stores nationwide. For more information, please like Red Ribbon Bakeshop on Facebook, follow @IWantRedRibbon on Twitter, or log on to http://redribbonbakeshop.com.ph/

Red Ribbon’s Newest Product is a Combination of Two Filipino Classics

Pandesal has always been a part of the lives of Filipinos. From morning breakfasts to afternoon snacks, the Filipino bread is enjoyed by children and adults alike. Though pandesal is delicious on its own, Filipinos have all found different ways to take delight on the classic bread. Children have seen their parents dip their pandesal in coffee every morning. Some Filipinos feast on their pandesals with the fresh kesong puti. There are also some who stuff their pandesal with slices of hotdogs, for a more filling snack.

Another Filipino snack that has won the hearts and filled the street corners of Filipinos is the pork barbecue. Its savory, barbecue taste paired with your choice of either sweet or spicy sauce or just plain vinegar dip makes this mouth-watering street food another Filipino classic.

Realizing that Filipinos enjoy the classic soft bread paired with various fillings and spreads, well-loved, local bakeshop, Red Ribbon, introduces a new savory product which Filipinos will surely enjoy—Red Ribbon’s Pork Pandesal! The Pork Pandesal is Red Ribbon’s take on the classic pandesal, pairing it with pork barbecue. Combining Filipino favorite snacks, pandesal and pork barbecue, Red Ribbon offers a soft, moist bread, loaded with chunky bits of pork barbecue.

Stuffed with generous amount of pork filling, Red Ribbon’s Pork Pandesal is the perfect morning and afternoon snack for your children. The Pork Pandesal can be enjoyed as a snack by your children for an affordable price of P23.00 per piece. As the soft bread is packed with pork barbecue, it could be enjoyed as a savory meal on its own. The pandesal could also be easily stored in a lunchbox, making it convenient for children to bring the new snack anywhere they go. When your child is taking a break, he could simply take out the pandesal and consume it instantly as it is ready-to-eat on its own—no need for plates or utensils.

Starting April 28, 2014, Filipino families could have better mornings, and fun-filled afternoons with Red Ribbon’s tasty and filling, pork-stuffed pandesal, which will be available in select Red Ribbon stores in Metro Manila and Luzon. Enjoy Red Ribbon’s Pork Pandesal with a cup of coffee, or a glass of chilled juice every morning with the family. You can also have your children bring the Pork Pandesal as their baon for summer classes or family outings. With its great value for money and as a convenient, savory and hearty snack, Red Ribbon’s Pork Pandesal is another Filipino classic meant to be enjoyed by the whole family.

For more information, please like Red Ribbon Bakeshop on Facebook, follow @IWantRedRibbon on Twitter, or log on to http://redribbonbakeshop.com.ph/

Sweetest Graduation Gift

The priceless gift of education made sweeter with Red Ribbon

Do you remember your child’s first day at school? You walked to the classroom hand-in-hand, your child in uniform, and you, holding the handles of the bag and lunch box. At first you were nervous, but soon you saw your baby make a new best friend, read, color, count and sing, and had the best time in the world.

As time went by, each day became exciting because your child always came home with plenty of new things to report. One day, it was making it to the choir. At another, it was joining the science fair; then, a moving performance in the school play; soon, a high score in the finals. Who can forget such precious memories? Through the years, you saw how thrilling the gift of education was, as knowledge and experience opened your child’s eyes to life’s hopes and dreams.

Time flies. It’s Graduation Day! A day to celebrate the start of summer. A new grade.  Entering high school. Going away to college. Or starting a career in the real world.

And through it all, they made it with you patiently guiding them through the priceless moments of school life. You always woke up early to make baon, to put together outfits for the UN Celebration  or the school play, to sit with them for homework, or prepare ice cold drinks and sweet treats for the study group’s merienda. And always, you celebrated memorable achievements at the dining table with the whole family, finishing with the delicious celebration cake for dessert.

On Graduation Day, mark sweet endings and new beginnings with Red Ribbon’s Black Forest Cake, available in all Red Ribbon branches for only P550. Your family will surely love exchanging memories over a festive blowout topped with Red Ribbon’s chocolatiest Black Forest with a cherry twist, made with moist chocolate cake with cream and cherry filling, topped with shavings of chocolate and the reddest of cherries. Move your son or daughter to happy tears with this classic Red Ribbon offering.

Graduation day won’t be complete without this queen of celebration cakes. Remember the date with a Red Ribbon Graduation Day Black Forest Cake, and let your child feel the privilege of reaching for new achievements that will make you proud.

Congratulations to the best mom for a job well done!