(SPOT.ph) Being a frontliner is no piece of cake: the work hours are long and you’re at direct risk of contracting the deadly virus yourself. They are our modern-day heroes, and the least we can do to express our gratitude is to give back what we can. Thankfully, there are a good number of establishments who recognize this, and have taken it upon themselves to provide our many brave doctors, nurses, staff, and even drivers with the treats that they need and deserve.
Give a round of applause for these establishments:
Homegrown brand Serenitea’s milk tea has become a comfort drink for many. They donated assorted snacks and drinks to hospitals such as St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, the Lung Center of the Philippines, De Los Santos Medical Center, and more.
RACKS + Tenya
Barbecue joint RACKS and sister brand-slash-tempura joint Tenya Tempura Tendon joined forces in helping out the frontliners. Together, they donated packed lunches to government agencies such as Department of Health, Manila Police District and hospitals like Pasig Doctors Medical Center and San Lazaro Hospital.
Elephant Grounds, Ippudo, and Yabu
The Standard Group brought brands like Elephant Grounds and Ippudo to our shores, and conceptualized homegrown katsu restaurant Yabu. In light of the quarantine, they initiated a small community-kitchen setup where they prepared meals for hospitals such as the East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Lung Center of the Philippines, The Medical City, Manila Doctors Hospital, and more. Frontliners were in for a treat as they received katsu sets from Yabu; pork buns from Ippudo; and coffee, rice bowls, and sandwiches from Elephant Grounds.
Hawker Chan and Tim Ho Wan
Hawker Chan and Tim Ho Wan—both brought to the Philippines by FOODee Global Concepts—offer affordable Michelin-starred eats. The two restaurants donated food packs to the Makati Medical Center, St. Luke's Medical Center (SLMC), Pasay City General Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, San Juan de Dios Hospital, among other hospitals in the Metro.
Taiwanese-food establishment Lugang Cafe cooked up specialties like their Pork with Egg, Shrimp Crullers, and Chicken Teriyaki. These dishes were given away to different hospitals including SLMC, The Medical City (TMC), Family Doctors, San Juan City Hall, Las Piñas General Hospital, and La Huerta Parañaque across different dates.
Overdoughs is known for their thick, chunky cookies, and they paid their graces forward by sending their OD Cookies, bread pudding (using Elait custard bases), and yogurt cakes to different hospitals such as TMC, Makati Medical Center (MMC), Philippine General Hospital, Ospital ng Makati, Santa Ana Hospital, and more.
Vikings may be known for their buffets, but they know how to give back, too. They provided 32,140 food packs to hospitals in and around the Metro, including the Fabella Hospital, Medical Center Manila, Binalbagan Infirmary, Chinese General Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, and more. They also provided food to PNP checkpoints and other private groups that support homeless families.
Green Bar is loved by vegans and meat-eaters alike for their savory vegan eats. Owner Jade Santos and her sister Sarada started their own “food for frontliners” program and prepared plant-based meals for the frontliners at the Pasig Doctors Medical Center and Pasay City General Hospital. They continue to do so for at least one hospital per week, and have plans to carry out a similar program for delivery riders as well.
Milk tea is a known stress-buster for many—something our hardworking frontliners could sure use. Moonleaf came to the rescue by giving away their signature drinks to hospitals such as the V. Luna Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute. A number of their provincial branches also gave away milk tea to frontliners in their area.
Dunkin’ Donuts is known as the pasalubong ng bayan, and they’re living up to their reputation of being a national favorite by giving back. The doughnut chain delivered boxes of their fried pastries to frontliners in hospitals like the Rizal Medical Center, Pasig City General Hospital, Pasig City Children’s Hospital, MMC, and more.
this strange new world.