Starbucks Card Celebrates 4th Anniversary with Bonus Stars and Free Drinks!

I love collecting Starbucks cards. I love its distinct designs, with themes reflecting the time it was released. I’m partial to the sleek and minimalist cards, but some of my favorites are the cards exclusive to Manila and the Philippines.

For its fourth anniversary, Starbucks released its 2017 Edition Pilipinas Starbucks Card, a striking design with elegant strokes of pink and yellow, representing the coffee aroma in the form of folk dances from Philippine culture.

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I Went to Coffee College and Got a “Diploma”!

A lot of us drink 3-in-1s in the morning that we forget that coffee has a lot of nuances and flavors. Like a person, each blend is different, shaped by different circumstances to bring a unique flavor. There are drinks that are strong, while there are drinks that are more subtle, the kind that you get to know after a second or third date. I was able to learn more about the intricacies of coffee through Starbucks Philippines’ Coffee College.

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Starbucks Launches the Banana Split Mocha and Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccinos

Summer is officially over, but it looks like it’s going to be extended. The days are still long, the sun shines brighter than ever, and the birds are creating a more cheerful symphony in the morning. And the thing is, I love it. I guess you see the good in everything when you’re happy with your current situation. It helps that I know the perfect ingredient to a refreshing summer: Starbucks’ Banana Split Mocha Frappuccino and Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino!

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Decoding the Starbucks Teavana Collection

Tea is one of my favorite beverages because of the variety and the different effects it has on the body. A strong black tea can perk you up in the morning, while a hot cup of green tea can calm you down and relax your nerves. There’s a specific type of tea I drink for every occasion or time of day.

One of my favorite tea brands is Teavana, an American line of premium teas that Starbucks acquired in 2012. Last year, Starbucks brought an exclusive line of teas to the Philippines, introducing Filipinos to this popular brand.

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Xia Vigor is the Latest Member of the Jollibee Family!

Growing up in the Philippines means one thing: frequent trips to Jollibee, where a kid can have Chickenjoy, Jolly Spaghetti, and whatever else it is the kid is craving. For me, the two constants of my childhood diet were the two-piece Burger Steak and the Jolly Spaghetti.

I love the Jolly Spaghetti because of its unique taste. I like my pasta sour, but there’s always a special place in my heart for Jollibee’s sweet-style spaghetti.

It turns out that British-Filipino child star Xia Vigor shares the same feeling. She said that even before entering showbiz, Jollibee is her favorite place and she goes there with her mom, her older brother, and her cousin.

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You Can Have Paella + Sangria at Rico Rico, SM Aura This Month!

I love rice. I call it the great equalizer because it balances the strong flavors of Filipino dishes. In fact, I wouldn’t call a meal complete if there was no rice. After all, I’m both Filipino and Japanese, two countries that revere the mighty grain. Naturally, I have a strong affinity for Spain’s paella, and I just discovered a place that serves some good stuff, with a sangria promo for the month!

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Everything You Need to Know About the Starbucks Summer Collection!

One of the best places to hang out in the city during the summer is your local Starbucks store. The place is airconditioned, there are cozy nooks where you can read, watch your favorite movies or TV shows, or just catch up with friends. And of course, there’s the extensive menu of Frappuccinos, which can cool even the warmest of days. This summer, Starbucks Philippines is making the summer more bearable with an exciting lineup of products, and I have all the information for you!

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Starbucks Celebrates 19 Years in the Philippines!

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I find it incredible that despite having 300 stores across 58 cities in the Philippines, the Starbucks experience is the same wherever you go. You are greeted warmly each time you enter the store, and all the baristas serve you with a smile. “Going beyond” means making meaningful small talk with the customers, and even developing friendships with them. I’ve said this so many times: Starbucks is not just selling coffee, they’re selling an experience.

This month, Starbucks celebrates its 19th anniversary of selling this experience in the Philippines.

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