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The Inspiring History of Jollibee, A Filipino Fastfood Giant

The story of #jollibee, from humble beginnings to one of the world’s largest fast food restaurant chains.

Mark Andrew





Perhaps no other Philippine brand is as readily recognizable as Jollibee. Represented by a smiling bee chef mascot, the homegrown fast food chain has become dear to the hearts of Filipinos young and old.

The inspiring story began with Tony Tan Caktiong who, once in his life, belonged to a poor family. They migrated from China to the Philippines hoping that they can improve their life in the country.

While Caktiong was still a young boy, his dad opened a restaurant which became one of his earliest exposures to business. He then worked hard, studied, and obtained a degree in chemical engineering.

Humble Bee-ginnings


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The idea for establishing his own business hit him during a trip to an ice cream plant. Using his family’s savings, he signed up for a franchise with Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream and opened two ice cream parlor branches in 1975.

Customers flocked his business, mainly because of the good service and excessive servings. Later on, people started to look for hamburgers and other hot meals and so he added them on the menu as well.

Three years later, he decided to stop with the Magnolia franchise and transform his existing ice cream stores into fast food outlets – and thus was Jollibee born.

Competing With the Golden Arches


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Establishing Jollibee in 1978 proved to be beneficial for Caktiong as McDonald’s, a US-based fast food company, wasn’t in the country yet at that time.

1981 marked the year when McDonald’s set foot in the Philippine soils and started creating branches. Caktiong stayed determined to strengthen his brand regardless of lack of financial backing and experience in the industry.

The bold move later bore its rewards, especially since Jollibee has effectively captured the distinct taste of Filipinos better than its foreign counterpart.

Creating A Global Buzz


Photo credit: Jollibee

To this day, Caktiong continues to make daring decisions as he makes an effort to build Jollibee as a global brand. As of present time, Jollibee branches can also be found in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brunei, and Vietnam. The company also plans to establish stores in Canada, Indonesia, Japan, and other countries. With more than 3000 branches worldwide, it’s now the 24th largest fast food restaurant chains in the world according to Wikipedia.

Jollibee Foods Corporation has even expanded its reach, acquiring several other businesses such as Chowking, Greenwich Pizza, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, and Burger King Philippines.

That’s totally not bad for a business that started as a small ice cream store!


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5-year-old Girl Hailed as Hero After Saving The Lives of Her Mom And Baby Brother.

Little girl saved the lives of her mom and baby brother after a car crash by calling for help.

Jessa Ventures



Children are usually playful and carefree. Their young minds are mostly in search for one thing - fun. Apparently, kids have little surprises up their sleeves too and there is so much more to them than what we thought we know.

Five-year-old Lexi Shymanski just made herself a little hero and left everyone in awe after surprisingly saving the lives of her mother and 4-month-old baby brother. Angela Shymanski, her mother, was driving her kids home to Prince George, B.C. on June 8th after a vacation when she felt exhausted from driving. She thought of pulling over once she reached Jasper, Alberta but before Angela even got there, their SUV traveled down a 12-meter steep embankment and crashed into a tree.

Lexi is being hailed a hero after saving her mom and baby brother from a recent car crash.


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The Story Of A Wise Man And His Ring Teaches Us A Great Lesson About “Self-Worth”

When you feel like all traces of self-confidence within have gone, know that your worth cannot be measured by what other people think or say.

Inah Garcia



Have you ever had that feeling when all the world is against you and you see your self-esteem decline dramatically by the minute? You slowly drift away and become so lost that not even an ounce of confidence is left to push you further. Yes, all of us have had those times. But if we think about it, a chunk of those negative thoughts are brought about by what other people say and think about us, and the way we take them. You see, when we let other people dictate what is correct, appropriate, and beautiful, we cannot live our lives the way we want it because we are forced to pattern our goals based on their standards.

While it is important for us to listen and lend an ear for advice, we should still remember that at the end of the day, our belief in ourselves will be the major driving force for us to succeed in life. In the short parable below, a wise man wanted to teach a young lad the best way to identify self-worth. After reading this, you will surely have tons of self-confidence to start that thing you've been wanting to do! Don't forget to thank us!

The Parable of a Ring's True Worth


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Heartwarming Video Shows Guy Proposing To Two Girls At The Same Time

That, we think, is the most respectful thing a man can do for his love!

Inah Garcia



Romantically loving someone who already has a child requires one to have a huge heart space as it entails not only being there for the partner but for the children as well. But even with or without children, couples should also involve each other's family and loved ones as they grow in the relationship, specifically when talking about marriage.

Isn't sweet when a man proposes, not only to the love of his life but to her loved ones as well? In this video we found, Derrick wanted to ask for his girlfriend Jessica's hand in marriage so he set up a perfectly romantic date: a gondola ride with all the works. Here's the majorly touching part: during the ride, he plans to propose not only to Jessica, but also to Gianna, Jessica's daughter.

Here is Derrick, all excited and giddy as he waits for the two girls he is going to propose to.


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