The COVID-19 Pandemic intensifies the Philippine’s battle against Double Burden of Malnutrition. Double Burden of Malnutrition is defined by World Health Organization (WHO) as “the coexistence of undernutrition along with overweight and obesity, or diet-related noncommunicable diseases, within individuals, households and populations, and across the life course.”


The limited distribution and access to food supplies aggravate the plight of poor and low-income Filipino households to sustain each person’s required nutrients through healthy meals. On the other hand, home confinement due to the mandated community quarantine may cause more people to not only restrict their physical activities but also to overeat and/or consume more food with empty calories as part of coping with stress and/or boredom.

Given the importance of maintaining healthy diets to sustain our health and immunity against viruses and bacteria, we should turn to the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® as a viable safeguard to protect our family from diseases.

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) introduced “Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo 7-day Menu Challenge” as a way to encourage homemakers to serve variety of balanced meals to their families. Homemakers could access the Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo 7-day menu plan at www.ajinomoto.com.ph and facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH. This is part of the company’s “Eat Well, Live Well. Stay Well.” campaign to provide Filipino families with practical tips on proper nutrition, recipe, menu, and fitness activities to cope, stay well, and enjoy life despite the current COVID-19 situation.

Ajinomoto’s 7-day menu plan is composed of complete meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each meal provides recipe suggestions for Healthy & Delicious Pinggang Pinoy® Recipes that are easy-to-do and affordable. These recipes are simple, solutions to serve enjoyable Pinggang Pinoy® meals.  Homemakers could make use of their extra time to purchase widely available and inexpensive vegetables and fruits to complement the rice beyond the usual supply of canned goods. Ajinomoto’s recipes make common ingredients more palatable like tofu sisig, meaty pechay picadillo, pork tapa and tomatoes, ensaladang talbos ng kamote, sweet and sour galunggong and many more. Here are three (3) recipe samplers done in three (3) easy steps:

Meaty Pechay Picadillo: 

1) SAUTÉ onion, garlic and ground pork and mix in carrots, green peas and pechay. 
2) SEASON with pepper, soy sauce and AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix. 3) COOK for 1 minute more.

Tofu Sisig: 

1) FRY tofu until golden brown and set aside. 
2) SAUTÉ ginger, onion, and garlic, add the fried tofu and liver spread and mix well. 
3) SEASON with sugar and PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning mix and add chilli peppers.

Pork tapa with tomatoes: 

1) MARINATE pork in water, sugar, soy sauce, pepper, and SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce for an hour or overnight. 
2) SAUTÉ onion, garlic, and pork. 
3) BOIL. Pour the marinade mixture and boil until the mixture is thick.               

For full recipes and for more information about Ajinomoto and its products, visit www.ajinomoto.com.ph and facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH.

Every day for the past eighty-eight days, I have been cooking nonstop in the kitchen for the family. Their coping mechanism for being locked at home is composed of three major activities: eat, play, sleep, and repeat. We no longer have the liberty to enjoy dine outs, take out food and food delivery at home in a single snap. So I am left with the redundancy of everyday life in the kitchen, dining table, and/or buying food at the grocery or wet market. Doing the three can be pretty exhausting most especially if your kids are quite demanding with food and are always hungry. 



I was more excited than scared when I learned that Metro Manila will be under General Community Quarantine already. It means some of the business operations will already resume. My body is already craving for extra help, especially with cooked food! During the Enhanced Community Quarantine, a lot of businesses were affected most especially the restaurants. They, however, shifted into something more convenient for the consumers which is food delivery and it has already sprouted in the entire metro as the means of people to survive.  


Erin’s restaurant started as a small restaurant in Taguig that serves Filipino food whose recipes are passed down from generation to generation. Today, it serves more than 5,000 patrons monthly. It also expanded its operations to a Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay (Currently under renovation due to the Taal explosion) and a 10 Hectare Mountain Resort in Baras, Rizal. From humble beginnings, our core business of serving freshly cooked, high quality, Filipino food has given us more opportunities to serve more customers. We hope to continue the traditional recipes of our great grandmothers for the gastronomical enjoyment of this present and future generations.


Last weekend, we were privileged enough to be able to try their food delivered to our home and let me share with you our thoughts about it. 


Pork Liempo Kare Kare



The sauce is so rich with and the taste is so perfect, not too sweet nor salty. The pork liempo meat and vegetables have a very generous amount of servings and tender soft. Vegetables are perfectly cooked and not too soggy.


Pork Liempo Adobo


The meat is very soft and just the taste we like. The meat was a combination of equal parts of fat and meat that melts in your mouth.


Fried Bangus


The kids loved fried Bangus so much, so when they knew that they had fried Bangus, they were so happy! The bangus was very tasty and I am glad that they are offering deboned milkfish! Yay!


Sinigang Pork Liempo


If there is one dish that we never skip in restaurants is the Sinigang. Anything soup based is always a hit to the kids. So they are so happy that they have Sinigang too. The best thing? The generous amount of leaves and meat! The soup is made with real ingredients and the sourness is just the right taste. 


Buttered Shrimp


The kids are so excited to eat shrimps because it has been months since we skipped shrimps. They loved the shrimps and of course the generous amount of soup and garlic. 


The menu from Erin’s Restaurant is the perfect get together or once in a while take out meal you can enjoy at home. It has a generous amount and is available at an affordable price. The best thing about it? It is cooked by none other than their Chef Nanay that is why you know very well that it is prepared with so much care and love. Sulit Ulam is Chef Nanay’s answer to the “New Normal”. Instead of Moms going out to buy food or food ingredients, Chef Nanay will just cook the food and deliver it to them delicious and fresh. Chef Nanay knows that not all Moms have cars or can easily commute outside to buy food.


To know more about their menu, please go to their Facebook Page here:



Instagram account here:















How are you all in this pandemic? With everything that has been happening worldwide, we are not the only ones that are affected by this crisis. Almost all the countries are affected that is why there is a fear of a global economic crisis. If the first world countries are affected, it will be most likely a domino process. This is honestly my fear for the past few months. 

THE CURRENT SITUATION:



The offices have been closed and most of the operations are shut down temporarily making thousands of people without income for quite some time. Many are left jobless, and more businesses are already shutting down. For most stock market investors like me, I fear, from the more economic downward slope because of what is currently happening globally.


THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE:


If there is one consolation to this crisis is that the Bayanihan Act, last March 23, 2020, which was enacted which allowed the President of the Philippines to exercise his powers and carry out national policy and other purposes. It somehow controlled the chaos by not allowing people to hoard basic goods and necessities, allowing a grace period for our utility bills, and not withholding interest on our loans. It has put an order to the already paranoid Filipinos. 

PROJECTED RECOVERY:


This is what I am really concerned about. As someone who invested in stocks and mutual funds and planning to add more, I am quite iffy of my decisions. I do not want to come to a point where I have to regret my decisions on investing money in stocks and mutual funds. But with the most recent webinar that was held by Sun Life, it was explained that the recovery curve for the Philippines is projected to be at 1-2 years at the bottom peak. However, it will really depend on behavioral changes. 




SHOULD WE INVEST MORE?



This is a question that someone may ask just like me. But given with the Sunlife's dedication to being transparent with all its customers, we can definitely invest more. Given the current situation, they are offering online transactions that you can find on their website. As we are all adjusting to the new normal, they are also adjusting to their way of doing their business to reach more customers to become better at financial literacy. 



Follow by Email