Araneta City remains open under MECQ

ARANETA CITY continues its business operations in accordance with the re-implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila from Aug. 4 to 18. Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to cater to the needs of customers. Food courts in all malls, Dampa in Farmers Market, as well as restaurants and fast-food chains, are still open and are limited to take-out and delivery transactions. Farmers Market and Farmers Garden will continue with their normal business operations. Due to the new MECQ status of Metro Manila, the operations of Beep Jeep, P2P Ube Express, and public utility jeepneys going to and from Araneta City are temporarily suspended and the MRT3 and LRT2 stations are also closed. Shoppers and patrons are still requested to follow the implemented social distancing measures in all Araneta City properties. For the list of open stores and services follow Araneta City’s official Facebook page @AranetaCity.

Granddaughter recreates Nora Daza’s recipes in new show

ACTRESS, television host, and model Isabelle Daza, who is the granddaughter of culinary legend Nora Daza, enlists Maya’s help to navigate the kitchen with ease and confidence, and inspire new home cooks like her through Cooking with my Lola, a four-part online video series that recreate recipes from her grandmother’s seminal cookbook, Let’s Cook with Nora. Maya and The Maya Kitchen had close ties with her grandmother, hosting the pioneering cooking competition, The Great Maya Cookfest, which ran from 1976 to 1990 and helped launch the careers of a new generation of chefs and cooks, together. Nora Daza also actively promoted The Maya Kitchen (formerly known as Maya Bakeshop) and Maya products by holding cooking demos all over the country. Some of the episodes of her show, Cooking It Up with Nora, were also shot at The Maya Kitchen. The first episode of Cooking with my Lola also features Isabelle Daza’s aunt, cook, writer and editor Nina Daza-Puyat who recently updated her mother’s cookbook Let’s Cook with Nora, re-testing recipes and offering ingredient alternatives and modern variations that fit today’s home cooks. The first episode of Cooking with my Lola focuses on beef stroganoff and is now available on Daza’s official Youtube channel. For more information on this, log on to or e-mail

Jolly Kiddie meal features The SpongeBob Movie toys

THIS AUGUST, Jollibee’s Jolly Kiddie Meal comes with toys of characters from the upcoming adventure comedy film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. Children can collect all the Bikini Bottom characters, and each toy also has features children can use for study time. The children can help SpongeBob SquarePants catch jellyfish by moving his hat up and down to move his net. They can also draw and measure lines with a handy rule by unfolding his hat. Kids can have creative playtime with the help of Patrick Star as they watch his hands flap every time they use the stamp to decorate paper or use Gary the Snail’s adhesive tape on his back. Mr. Krabs greet new Krusty Krab customers by rotating his left arm and the kids can use the eraser stored inside. Sandy Cheeks do a karate chop every time kids sharpen their pencils or they can use the pen attached to Squidward and use the circular base as their guide in drawing circular motions to form spirograph art. Collect all six Jolly Kiddie Meal toys featuring the characters from The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run with every purchase of a Yumburger (P80), Yumburger Meal with Drink (P100), Jolly Spaghetti (P95), Jolly Spaghetti Meal with Drink (P105), Burger Steak (P95), Burger Steak Meal with Drink (P105), Chickenjoy with Rice (P127), or Chickenjoy Meal with Drink (P142), each with its own Jolly Joy Box. Kids can also enjoy the entire set of toys with a six-piece Chickenjoy Bucket (P649). The toys are available in all Jollibee stores until Sept. 30 only. Order Jollibee via, #87000, GrabFood, foodpanda, and LalaFood from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also available via drive-through and take out.