Ayala Malls holds BuyANI Fresh Produce Market

THE AYALA Malls, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Ayala Foundation, and the Restaurant Owners Association of the Philippines, is launching the BuyANI Fresh Produce Market. With rigid safety protocols in place, customers can enjoy safe shopping for the freshest produce and regional food favorites. Local farmers will offer organic vegetables and fruits, fresh dairy products, herbs, wines, coffee, and other locally cultivated items in stalls at DA-controlled prices. The BuyANI Market will be held from Sept. 11 to 13 at Glorietta, Sept. 18 to 20 at the Alabang Town Center, Sept. 25 to 27 at UP Town Center, Oct. 2 to 4 at Ayala Malls The 30th, Oct. 9 to 11 at TriNoma, Oct. 16 to 18 at Market! Market!, and Oct. 23 to 25 at Bonifacio High Street. All shoppers should follow health protocols such as physical distancing and wearing of face masks and face shields, also, as purchases are plastic bag-free and shoppers must bring their own ecobags. For more information about the BuyANI Market, visit and follow @iloveayalamalls on Instagram and Ayala Malls on Facebook for more information.

Ayala Malls introduces personal shopping service

AYALA Malls introduces A.N.A. or the Ayala Malls Neighborhood Assistant. Customers can now access items from their favorite stores within the mall virtually, and the Ayala Malls’ pool of personal shoppers will do the rest. Whether it’s school or office supplies, hardware essentials, fashion desires, hobby tools, tech requirements, sporting needs, home improvement musts, food cravings, or grocery shopping, A.N.A. can assist. First, find A.N.A. through your preferred mall’s Facebook page or Viber (the full list and details can be found at www.ayalamalls.com/promos-and-events/whats-on/shop-your-Ayala-malls-neighborhood-assistant-100). Order your items through the mall ordering form, then A.N.A. will reach out to process your orders. Pay for your orders, including a minimal service fee, through the mall’s cashless payment channels. The service fee for retail/food stores is P50 for one store, P100for two to three stores, and P200 for four or more stores, plus a flat rate of P200 for supermarket and/or department store purchases. Orders can be delivered or can be picked up at the mall’s DriveBuy stations.  A.N.A.is currently available in 25 Ayala Malls and will roll out across more in the coming weeks. For details bit.ly/AyalaMallsANA and follow @iloveayalamalls on Instagram and Ayala Malls on Facebook.

Kuya J reopens three more restaurants

KNOWN for its Filipino comfort food, Kuya J has reopened three additional restaurants — SM Seaside Cebu, Robinsons Galleria South, and SM BF Paranaque — for dine-in, take-out, and delivery orders. With the lifting of  ECQ, Kuya J has reopened a total of 27 stores nationwide, so customers can enjoy its signature dishes such as Crispy Pata, Lechon Baka, Beef Kare-kare, and Caldereta. Kuya J also offers pickup and delivery via www.centraldelivery.ph. For the latest news and promos, like and follow @kuyajresto on Facebook and Instagram.

Oreo has just released its seasonal flavors

THROUGH the years, Oreo has come out with a  range of Oreo Seasonals, with flavors like Coconut, Dark and White, Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Golden Oreo, and many more. This year, it decided to release not one, but two flavors inspired by iconic desserts the whole world loves. Due to insistent public demand, it is bringing back Oreo Red Velvet, a red velvet-colored Oreo cookie encasing a cheesecake flavored crème center, and Oreo Salted Caramel, a sweet, creamy caramel punctuated by a hint of saltiness from sea salt. The two limited edition Oreo Seasonal variations are available at all leading stores and e-commerce platforms nationwide until December or while supplies last. Available for P76.50 for a nine-pack multi-pack and P41.50 for a 14-piece slug.

Tourism department cooks up online food fest

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism’s (DoT) food and travel festival, Kain Na!, is back — this time, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be held online from Sept. 15-18. After 12 successful legs in the past two years, Kain Na! 2020, The Blended Edition will continue to be a venue to create awareness and interest in food and farm tourism. The four-day virtual celebration will feature food tourism exchanges, an online selling platform, digital business training and e-learning modules. This year’s edition will feature a thematic approach highlighting the country’s distinct Filipino food culture. Philippine Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate will take the spotlight for the month of September and there are a variety of virtual talks and activities lined up. The Food Tourism Exchange will feature a webinar series and experiential sessions such as virtual tours and food demos by Malagos Chocolate, Auro Chocolates, The Chocolate Chamber, El Union Coffee, Henry & Sons, Bo’s Coffee, Gourmet Farms, Nurture Farmacy, Yamang Bukid, REFMAD Dragonfruit Farm, and the Oolong tea farmers of Gingoog City to showcase various destinations and products. The online learning modules will offer e-commerce training for food and farm tourism stakeholders and other MSMEs in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry’s CTRL+BIZ Reboot Now program. Food Tourism 101 will be top-billed by Margarita Fores, JJ Yulo, Ivan Man Dy, and Michelle Cruz of Klook who will present share-worthy food tourism experiences from food walks, market tours, bar crawls, and other inspiring food tourism experiences. The Kain Na! Trading Post, an online shop housing partner merchants, as well as the Ayala Malls foodie pop-ups will be launched on Sept. 15. Ayala Malls’ Pasyal TV will also unveil its Philippine Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate video produced in partnership with the DOT. The succeeding legs of Kain Na! will explore the different culinary treasures of the country. In October, Food Trips will be the highlight, followed by Slow Food, Slow Travel in November, and finally Christmas Cravings in December.