In celebration of Philippine independence, Mega Magazine hosted anew the annual Pinoy Pride Ball, to honor homegrown talent—contemporaries whose crafts have defied the odds to succeed in the global stage, and to ultimately become Pinoy Icons.
Among the recipients of the Pinoy Pride Ball’s 2016 Global Pinoy Award was Jollibee—easily one of the country’s most-loved brands—for providing millions of Filipinos with langhap-sarap food across the nation, and a taste of home around the world.
The award was warmly received by Jollibee, who wore a barong tagalong to the Pinoy Pride ball, accompanied by Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer Francis Flores. Jollibee is the first brand to receive this recognition, and was awarded together with 15 other Filipino achievers during the 7th year of the Mega Pinoy Pride Ball.
Through a local network of over 900 stores and more than a hundred more around the world, Jollibee brings the joy of family in every moment through its unique brand of customer service, high standards of quality and food safety, and great-tasting food. Along with its pambansang fried chicken, Chickenjoy, all-time favorite Jolly Spaghetti, and langhap-sarap Yumburgers, Jollibee has truly become a source of Filipino pride.
Also honored during the event were Asia’s Got Talent Season 1 winner El Gamma Penumbra, Eat Bulaga! creative head Jenny Ferre, The X Factor UK Season 12 fifth placer 4th Impact, SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) CEO and co-founder Aisa Mijeno, Edukasyon.ph founder Henry Motte Muñoz, producer and promoter Glenn Llamas of Wilbros Live, and award-winning chef and restaurateur Margarita Fores.
Completing the 16 recipients of the Global Pinoy Award were Pinoy furniture designer Ito Kish, multi-awarded Filipino independent filmmaker Lav Diaz, world-famous singer Charice Pempengco, fashion accessory designer Ann Ong, 2016 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Jaclyn Jose, award-winning singer Rachelle Ann Go, Dubai-based fashion designer Ezra Santos, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.