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McDonald’s Philippines unveils new birthday packages for kids
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Ben10 Themed Party
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Everyone has a secret – this kid has 10.  When Ben Tennyson discovered a mysterious device called the Omnitrix, he received the ability to morph into 10 different aliens each with different super powers. At just 10 years,old, he realized the great responsibility he received and decided to use his powers to help those in need by stopping the bad guys, both criminal and extraterrestrial.

Ben10, the incredibly popular boy wonder who kids love, is now available at McDonald’s!  What more could kids ask for, than to have their own Ben10-themed birthday party? This 1-part kid, 10-parts hero shares the matchless power of the Omnitrix with favorite McDonald’s meals available in different and affordable party food packages.

Complete with invitations, balloons, party hats, traymats, name tags, game prizes, and other awesome Ben10 goodies, your kids and their friends will surely enjoy this superhero birthday party from start to finish. McDonald’s will even give the celebrant a special birthday gift!

A Disney Birthday

Hannah Montana, the popular television show seen in the Disney Channel, follows the zany adventures and misadventures of Miley Stewart - an average teenage schoolgirl by day and a secret pop star who goes by the name Hannah Montana by night. The hit show has taken the whole world by storm with girls wanting to have the best of both worlds just like Hannah Montana.

Now, the hippest and hottest Disney franchise is exclusively available at McDonald’s!  Girls can now fulfill their dreams of being a pop star with their very own Hannah Montana-themed birthday party. Along with their favorite McDonald’s meals, your kids and their friends will surely enjoy the cute and funky Hannah Montana merchandise - from invitations, balloons, party hats, tray mats, game prizes and many more!

Now every boy can be hero as he celebrates his special day, and every girl can experience the glam of being a pop star on her special day, with the McDonald’s Ben10 and Hannah Montana birthday bash.


ABOUT MCDONALDS: McDonald's, the leader in fast food innovation, is the world's number one quick-service restaurant, serving only quality food at affordable prices. To learn more about McDonald's Philippines, visit

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Two Filipinos land semifinalist slots at the global Voice of McDonald’s competition
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Shinning stars. Cheenee Capuyan and Radjie Zaragoza make it to the 2010 Voice of McDonald’s Semifinals

Voice of McDonald’s is a global singing contest exclusive to McDonald’s restaurant crew and managers as part of the company’s commitment in creating a fun and energetic workplace. With more than1.6 million employees in 118 countries working in McDonald’s restaurants, this competition has become the biggest stage to discover, recognize and reward talented singers in the McDonald’s family.

After a grueling local competition and besting hundreds of singing hopefuls all around the world, Radjie Zaragoza from McDonald’s Daraga, Albay and Chenee Capuyan from McDonald’s Damosa, Davao City are now in the running to represent not only their stores but the country in the 2010 Global Voice of McDonald’s in Orlando, Florida. Last year, the Philippines’ very own Mary Margaret Yu from McDonald’s Ilustre, Davao City won second place in this worldwide singing contest.

Both Zaragoza and Capuyan are winners of the local Voice of McDonald’s competition held last August at the Star Theatre, Pasay City. Zaragoza, won 2nd runner up while Capuyan took home top honors as the local Voice of McDonald’s champion. Now on its second leg of competition, the Voice of McDonald’s has selected 30 semi-finalists from Latin America, Europe, US/Canada, Asia Pacific and Middle East.

The semifinalists are slated to compete with each other via online poll voting. Each semifinalist will upload a performance song and video to showcase their vocal prowess and talent to a worldwide audience- the top 12 who garner the most number of online votes will battle it out in the McDonald’s 2010 Worldwide Convention in Florida for the $25,000 prize and become the global Voice of McDonald’s Grand Champion.

To vote for Radjie and Cheenee, visit Online poll voting will run for only 3 weeks starting November 11, 2009.


ABOUT: McDonald's, the leader in fast food innovation, is the world's number one quick-service restaurant, serving only quality food at affordable prices. The fastfood chain also offers food delivery service through 8McDo For more information, visit their Philippines website at

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Ronald McDonald House Charities surges towards eradicating non-readers in the Philippines
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Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with Bob Larson, Representative of McDonald’s Corporation Greater Asia, Chairman of RMHC George Yang, RMHC President Kenneth Yang, DepEd Undersecretary Vilma Labrador and the proud batch of valedictorians and salutatorians of RMHC’s Bright Minds Read program with each schools’ principals.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) with its banner program Bright Minds Read (BMR) celebrated a milestone with its first batch of grade school graduates. BMR, with its mission to eradicate illiteracy and champion beginning reading among public school children started in 2002 with 14 pilot schools with 4,200 Grade 1 pupils in NCR.

Together with the Department of Education (DepEd), RMHC developed toolkits which consisted of storybooks, lessons plans and training manuals for teachers. With the end of school year 2008-2009, the Grade 1 pupils that started the program have now graduated elementary.

Through the years, BMR has recorded a significant contribution in the decreased number of non-readers. Based on the 2002 Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (PHIL-IRI), 40% are non-readers after Grade 1 while at the end of this school year, PHIL-IRI Pre-Test and Post-Test results indicated that only 1.67% of the total NCR elementary population are non-readers.

In celebration of this remarkable development, Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was presented with the first BMR valedictorian and salutatorian graduates of the 14 pilot schools of the BMR Program in NCR.

The students were commended for their continuous venture in their achievements despite obstacles. Principals were also awarded plaques as recognition for their endless support in incessantly patronizing and implementing BMR in their schools.

Also present during the momentous event are Department of Education Undersecretary Vilma Labrador, RMHC’s President Kenneth Yang, RMHC Chairman George Yang, the international relationship partner of McDonalds Philippines Mr. Bob Larson, RMHC Board Members, and the district supervisors of the 14 cities in NCR.

Dr. Elvira Directo, Educational Supervisor II of DepEd-NCR stated that “BMR is under R.A. 8525 – Adopt-A-School Program. In this program, Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Bright Minds Read together with other corporations and interventions by NCR district supervisors, principals, and teachers contributed to the decrease of non- readers in NCR, BMR is the most documented research-based intervention.

Even if not all of the schools in NCR are using BMR’s big books as their teaching strategy, the four-pronged approach in learning was decentralized in NCR schools which helped tremendously in the decrease of non-readers.”

BMR, with its 7-year partnership with DepEd-NCR, seeks to continue the development of beginning reading materials and strategies for public school teachers and children. Currently in 2,000 public schools in 16 regions nationwide including ARMM, BMR has produced regional results- further strengthening its effectiveness in addressing our country’s reading deficiency problem.

  • Among 245 regional pilot schools, a significant increase of 14% more readers from 60% to 84% before and after application of the program;
  • The Bicol region excelled in the Regional Achievement Test revealing that Grade 1 and 2 BMR students outperformed Grades 3 to 6 pupils who were not under the program;
  • Students’ reading abilities from Regions 1, 6, 8 and 11 increased dramatically from 55% to 80% based on another regional school-based result in 2008-2009.

Kenneth S. Yang, President of RMHC declared, “We are confident that through a consistent and focused program like BMR, we can achieve zero non-readers in our country. We at the Ronald McDonald House Charities, together with the government will continue our commitment and further expand the reach of BMR. It is only through reading that a child can have a chance to build a successful and meaningful future.”

ABOUT: McDonald's, the leader in fast food innovation, is the world's number one quick-service and 8McDo fast delivery restaurant, serving only quality food at affordable prices. For more information, visit their Philippines website at

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Typhoon Relief Operations in the Philippines Ongoing
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Manila, Philippines, Oct. 12, 2009—In the wake of the devastation brought by successive typhoons to the Philippines, Filipinos face the greater task of rehabilitating the hardest-hit areas of the country.

“The country is at a state of emergency, it is imperative that Filipinos who are able to help out should help out,” said Senate president Manny Villar. “Victims of Typhoon Ondoy require every bit of aid and assistance they can get. We need to give our unified effort in saving our fellow countrymen, as well as our country,” he added.

Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, which made landfall a day apart from one another, flooded both the low lying areas and seaside locations of northern Philippines. Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Sur are some of the provinces still submerged in flood water, while Baguio City remains isolated from the rest of the country due to the massive landslide that has rendered a number of major roads impassable.

In the capital Manila, meanwhile, the flood has cleared one week after Typhoon Ondoy left the country. Thousands of families, however, are still in evacuation centers scattered across Metro Manila, relying on relief operations from local and international volunteers.

“Volunteers are welcome to help out in packing relief goods and loading them in transport trucks to be distributed to affected areas of Typhoon Ondoy.”  Villar continued.

Donations and supplies can be dropped off at the entrance of Star Mall EDSA. Donors can also get in touch with the Tulong Villar Relief Operations or go to Vista Land Office in Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.

Villar Wary about an Extended State of Emergency

Senator Villar, who is currently the president of the Philippine Senate, also aired his concern about the growing possibility of an extended state of emergency. He said typhoon rehabilitation does not merit too drastic actions and sweeping calls from the government.

“Regarding Malacañang’s plan to extend its declaration of a state of calamity for a year or longer, this has to be evaluated further. Some areas are also recovering faster than the others. There has to be a balance and a consensus. At this early, business groups are already wary about the idea, they should be consulted to see how it will affect them,” said Villar.

Business groups composed of the Makati Business Club, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines, and the Federation of Philippine Industries also expressed alarm about the abuse of the declaration of a state of calamity.

In a press briefing, the business group said that it may create more problems for the country such as job losses and supply shortage. Other business groups even fear that it may lead to a state of emergency and the exercise of police powers.

“It is understandable that we have to prioritize the needs of the flood victims but we have to take into account the repercussions of our actions to other sectors. In this case, if the business sector will be affected, it will have a chain reaction if our economy will slow down because of it,” added Villar.

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