Sen. Imee Marcos launches “World Pandesal Day” celebration Oct. 14 Free Pandesal, Free medical/dental/optical mission on Oct. 16 Sen. Imee urges tackling “Noche Buena challenge” of food inflation, she also cites “Himala” film 40th anniversary & 3 National Artists

Senator Imee Marcos on Oct. 14 distributed free Pandesal packs to principals and teachers of 4 public schools (Kamuning Elementary School, Quezon City High School, Tomas Morato Elementary School & Don Alejandro Roces Science High School) at a ceremony at Kamuning Bakery Cafe in Quezon City to kickstart the annual “World Pandesal Day” celebrated every year on October 16. She also answered socio-economic, geopolitics and other questions from media at “Pandesal Forum”. 70,000 Free Pandesal breads and other foods shall be given, and free medical/dental/optical mission shall be conducted on October 16 Sunday 8 am to 12 noon for “World Pandesal Day” at 83-year-old Kamuning Bakery Cafe at Judge Jimenez Street corner K-1st Street, Barangay Kamuning, Quezon City. This is also the first ever actual free medical/dental/optical mission by Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) ever since the global pandemic. The public is welcome.


On Oct. 14, Senator Imee Marcos also officiated the induction of newly-elected officers of the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEED) led by President Eugene Asis at Kamuning Bakery Cafe. Senator Imee Marcos said that she hopes for arts and culture to flourish, especially the Philippine film industry, because Filipinos are artistically talented. She also said that this December 2022 is the 40th anniversary of the critically-acclaimed movie “Himala”, which she produced under the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines (ECP). She added 3 artists involved in the “Himala” film have become National Artists, musician Fides Cuyugan-Asensio actress Nora Aunor and scriptwriter Ricky Lee.


The 4 public schools near Kamuning Bakery Cafe which joined the kick-off rites for “World Pandesal Day” are led by Kamuning Elementary School Principal Luisito O. Cleto, Tomas Morato Elementary School Principal Denish S. Sison, Quezon City High School 

Principal Angeline T. Torres and Don Alejandro Roces Sr. Science & Technolgy High School 

Principal Quirino P. Sapon Jr. Pandesal Forum moderator Wilson Lee Flores said that Senator Imee Marcos’ grandparents Mariano and Josefa Marcos were public school teachers, and Senator Imee Marcos added that her late father President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos studied all only in public schools.

Started on October 16, 2015 with special guests GMA Network, Inc. Chairman Atty. Felipe Gozon, Senator Sonny Angara and former National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner Dingdong Dantes, Kamuning Bakery Cafe owner Wilson Lee Flores said the goals of “World Pandesal Day” are to honor the humble yet great Pandesal as national bread of the Philippines and to highlight the need to solve the age-old problems of hunger and poverty. Other leaders who have expressed support for World Pandesal Day in the past included former President Rodrigo Duterte, former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, former Vice-President Leni Robredo, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, QC Mayor Joy Belmonte and others.  

Wilson Lee Flores said this philanthropic project of giving away 70,000 free breads and other foods to urban poor families every October 16 was inspired by the miracle in the Bible of a boy who donated five loaves of breads and two fishes, which Jesus Christ multiplied to feed thousands of people.


The World Pandesal Day has the support of FFCCCII, Philippine Foremost Milling, San Miguel Mills, Mondelez Philippines, Hobe Noodles, Mega Sardines, King Sue Ham, Yan Yan International Phils. Inc., Ever Bilena, Nash Coffee, Caltex in Iba Malhacan Road, Meycauayan Exit, Bulacan, Cathedral Cargo Movers Trucking and Pagcor.


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