February 23, 2022 1:57 p.m.
Leading online food delivery provider foodpanda announced the most-ordered food items from its app in 2021, with hamburgers and other fast-food staples coming out on top.
The results, taken from data on thousands of foodpanda partner vendors across 150 cities and municipalities in the country, reveal that the top three most ordered food items from foodpanda in 2021 were hamburgers, fried chicken and spaghetti, items found on the menus of many fast-food restaurants and mom-and-pop stores on foodpanda’s platform.
According to the company, the results serve as an indicator of Filipinos’ increasingly fast-paced and home-based lifestyles during the new normal.
Easy to order, quick to deliver
“Since 2020, as more people started working and attending school from home, we’ve seen how the demand for safe and quick food delivery has skyrocketed. And as Filipinos’ lifestyles and daily routines become more fast-paced than ever, they often rely on food that is easy to consume, even on the go,” said Daniel Marogy, managing director of foodpanda Philippines.
Marogy also explained that foodpanda customers’ most preferred time to order— lunch time, from 11AM up to 1PM— may be another indicator of Filipinos’ need for speed and convenience.
“I think all of us has experienced this, even before the pandemic—you’re swamped at work, or busy with schoolwork or with the kids, and before you know it, lunch time comes and there is no food on the table,” he said. “So I think even more so than dinner time, when people might have a bit more time to prepare and cook food after their workday, it is that lunch time window during midday that people tend to need our services more.”
Pinoys’ taste buds are expanding
Even as many foodpanda customers chose fast food dishes as their go-to meals in 2021, Marogy also noted how consumers’ palates have also widened as more food choices became available for delivery.
“We have really seen a remarkable increase in the number of restaurants, both big and small, that have joined us in the last two years, and it has resulted in a wide array of cuisines and dishes for customers to choose from,” Marogy remarked. “So we can say that Filipinos’ taste buds are expanding as well in terms of trying new things, whether it’s a new foreign dish, healthy meal alternatives, or simply a new restaurant that they haven’t tried.”
Quick commerce continues to be in demand
Marogy added that the company sees the demand for quick commerce—or the fast and convenient delivery of goods such as food and groceries— to remain, as many Filipinos continue to prioritize convenience as well as safety when it comes to necessities.
“Even as restrictions are now loosening as cases continue to thankfully go down, we anticipate that many people will continue to need fast and safe delivery of goods,” Marogy said.
“foodpanda, along with our hardworking fleet of thousands of Ka-panda riders across the country and our thousands of valued partner vendors, are ready to keep serving the needs of our customers, and in promoting their safety and welfare,” he added.
There’s a Nanyang near you for all your Singaporean food cravings
August 4, 2023 6:30 p.m.
Missing Singapore’s famous Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa fishball, Cheesy Chicken Chop Noodles and Kopi?
Visit your nearest Nanyang Philippines branch.
Globe powers up TOYCON 2023’s landmark 20th year
June 29, 2023 6:53 p.m.
As Toycon Philippines proudly commemorates its 20th year, the landmark celebration promises to be more electrifying than ever with the formidable support of leading digital lifestyle brand Globe.
Globe has always been at the forefront of supporting diverse subcultures and passions, and this partnership is a testament to its commitment. As part of the collaboration, Globe will bring to life the rich world of its cinematic and theatrical partners, further enriching the TOYCON 2023 experience for attendees.
“As the country’s most reliable network and top digital solutions platform with an ecosystem of various services, we’re uniquely positioned to foster the vibrancy of the toy collecting and creating community. This partnership underscores our commitment to nurturing a wide array of passions and interests while ensuring the best connectivity for all participants.”
Cholo Mallillin, Marketing Head at Toycon Philippines, said: “The collaboration with Globe will further elevate the Toycon experience. This partnership will bring more surprises and rewards to our community. We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate 20 years of Toycon in the most exciting way possible.”
TOYCON 2023 will be held at the SMX Convention Center in MOA from July 7 to 9, 2023. Attendees are in for a treat, as they have the chance to meet their beloved childhood characters, explore an expansive marketplace of unique toys and collectibles, and participate in exclusive Globe activities.
One of the highlights of the partnership is a series of exclusive perks for Globe customers. By using Globe Rewards points, customers will have the opportunity to win various ticket tiers ranging from Day Passes to VIP Passes. There will also be exclusive toy freebies for VIP pass holders, and unique Globe-only activities, such as paint-your-own Gudi.
At the event, Globe will also host an interactive booth featuring activities designed to reward and inspire. From earning freebies by donating Rewards points to a good cause, to free arcade plays and meet-ups with popular streamers, Globe customers are in for an exciting weekend of gaming and beyond.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/.
Love the long weekend break? Cybercriminals do, too
April 4, 2023 5:11 p.m.
There are 18 official public holidays in the Philippines. As we all know, when these dates fall close to a weekend or if the government pursues holiday economics, most Filipinos make plans in advance to take advantage of extended holiday breaks. This year, we can get to do that at least 12 times.
Unfortunately, cybercriminals get excited about holidays, too. To refresh everyone’s memory, the $81-million Bangladesh Bank heist back in 2016 is an example of a successful cyber attack, which happened on the first day of Lunar New Year, a national holiday in the Philippines and the rest of Asia.
“Now that the world has reopened, travel is back with a vengeance this year, hence the term ‘travel revenge’. Whether Filipinos are scheduling holiday trips or just staycation-ing during the long weekends, it’s important to observe simple digital security practices so you can get to sit back and relax as you take your well-deserved vacation. Security-first thinking opens doors for a more enjoyable holiday break, especially for Filipinos who are amongst the world’s most active online users,” comments Chris Connell, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.
Both individuals and companies are advised to be extra mindful of personal cybersecurity best practices and internet hygiene when on a holiday.
For companies, Kaspersky suggests to:
- Conduct drills
- Stress to vacationing employees why data encryption, two-factor authentication, strong passwords, and locking devices when not in use are important.
- Discuss the steps to take if their device ends up getting stolen.
- Advise staff about charging smartphones in a wall socket, not through USBs at airports and other public places (these can be used to steal data from a device and infect it with malicious software, such as spyware.
- Educate employees about the dangers of public WIFI (and even hotel WIFI unless it is encrypted and password-protected) and how to use a secure connection such as with a VPN.
- Log out
- Terminate unnecessary VPN connections to the corporate infrastructure.
- End unnecessary sessions that employees have left on any devices for an extended period of time. This also applies to corporate messengers, web apps and any other services.
- Check that the list of employees with access to the corporate network via VPN or RDP include only authorized users. Revoke access from those who don’t need it.
- Create special “emergency” admin accounts for potential incident response over the holidays. The rights granted to regular admin accounts can even be temporarily restricted so that attackers cannot exploit them.
- Install patches for all key applications. This process is far simpler if your company uses security solutions with a built-in patch management system.
Meanwhile, Kaspersky encourages individuals to:
- Only browse trusted apps and websites and be careful about personal information you input like credit card numbers or home address.
- Do not click on links or open email attachments from travel sites when receiving confirmations. Trusted companies include such letters in the bodies of their emails. Malware is often disguised as an attached confirmation letter.
- Bring two or three or more credit or debit cards to have a backup plan in case of loss or needing to cancel one.
- Never leave valuables unattended. Put large amounts of cash and mobile devices or laptops in the hotel safe.
- Use a credit card as most have built-in protections against fraud. There is no protection against a scammer if you send them cash or even check or debit card payment in some cases. A money transfer service is not advisable.
- Ensure their devices has security software installed, ideally with anti-theft technology.