We were walking at the carpark going to the entrance of Festivall Mall when we saw the Binalot Mascot, Mang Bina together with the media men and other people. They stopped for a little while at the carpark to shoot a segment for Franchise TV so we had the chance to take photos before they entered the mall.
|Catherine's first time in Alabang|
|Binalot President, Franchisee, Binalot Mascot, Emcee at the carpark|
|Balloon releasing as part of the grand opening|
|Sophia with Binalot mascot|
|Cathy with Binalot mascot|
After our picture-taking, we went in the mall and headed into the Foodcourt of Festival Mall. The Binalot guys and staffs were just right behind us so we were in the right track.
|Binalot @Festival Mall Foodcourt|
Binalot opened its 40th branch, its one of the franchise branches.
Binalot has 5 company owned branches. The Binalot mascot is called as Mang Bina.
The Binalot President, Rommel Juan was also present at the opening. Binalot is a Filipino restaurant owned company.
|Binalot president and Binalot mascot|
The event started with the ribbon cutting together with the Binalot President, the Binalot Franchisee John and his wife, and the Festival Mall owner.
There was also a blessing during the grand opening event.
We also participated in the candle lighting at the blessing.
|Sophie during blessing|
|Cathy during blessing|
After the blessing, there was a pasabog of candies and coins as part of the blessing tradition.
I also joined the pasabog, I got candies and coins with me. It was a handful of candies.
|Blessing and "pasabog"|
Its like the counter part of the Panatang Makabayan. Joy Fabian (Marketing Manager of Binalot) recited the Panatang Makabinalot during the event.
|Joy reciting the Panatang Makabinalot|
There was also a toast of red wine. It was a toast for the success of the opening event.
|Let's toast for success!|
There were a lot of food for everyone. The Binalot favorites were served in bilao which were:
Bistik Walastik, Tapa Rap Sarap, Pork Bongga Longganisa, Is That You Pork BBQ,
No Bones Daing na Bangus, Itlog na Maalat at Kamatis, and Pancit Canton.
|Binalot favorites in bilao|
|Binalot President, Franchisee, Binalot Mascot with bloggers|
We had the chance to speak personally to the Binalot President, Rommel Juan.
He mentioned how Binalot created livelihood to the people in Nagcarlan, Laguna wherein they cut the banana leaves for Binalot. He also invited us to join him the next time he will be going there. He is a great guy with a good heart :)
|Everyone enjoying Binalot food|
The administration staffs of the Festivall Mall were also invited during the opening so there was a long queue yesterday for the food. It was a great food event!