LuLu festival celebrates flavors of the Philippines

The festival was inaugurated at Lulu’s outlet in the Riyadh Avenue Mall, Murabba district, by Adnan V. Alonto, ambassador of the Philippines to Saudi Arabia, in the presence of LuLu officials.
Updated 24 October 2019

LuLu festival celebrates flavors of the Philippines

LuLu Hypermarket has launched its annual Filipino festival titled “Pinoy Fiesta 2019,” showcasing the country’s famous food products.

The week-long festival from Oct. 20 to 26th offers a wide variety of food products imported from the Philippines. 

The festival was inaugurated at Lulu’s outlet in the Riyadh Avenue Mall, Murabba district, by Adnan V. Alonto, ambassador of the Philippines to Saudi Arabia, in the presence of LuLu officials.

According to a press statement, the festival aims at celebrating Filipino culinary heritage, food and health hygiene, best-quality agriculture produce and food products.

Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarket Saudi Arabia, said: “We have always been dedicated to bringing high-quality products from the Philippines. This festival is one such proof that the Filipino community loves the authentic flavors and delicious food selection that LuLu offers. We are thankful to the massive efforts of our own food sourcing office in the Philippines, located at Calamba, Laguna, which made a big contribution to our success in ensuring uninterrupted supply at the most affordable prices throughout the year.” 

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Exclusive promotion campaigns and price-buster offers have been planned for a variety of imported brands, such as Mama Sita’s, Del Monte, Jack N Jill, Lemon Square, Ligo, CDO, Datu Puti, Lucky Me, UFC and Century.

Exclusive promotion campaigns and price-buster offers have been planned for a variety of imported brands, such as Mama Sita’s, Del Monte, Jack N Jill, Lemon Square, Ligo, CDO, Datu Puti, Lucky Me, UFC and Century. A wide range of agricultural produce from the Philippines is on offer, including langsat, curly parsley, white onion, garlic, Philippine mango, bean sprouts, saba, guyabano, calamansi, chayote, jicama, mangosteen, dragon fruit, pomelo, durian, papaya, kamote, rambutan, pineapple, banana, avocado and sweet corn.

Filipino favorites such as milk fish and dried fish are also available during the festival.

Chefs at the hypermarket will prepare throughout the period of the festival authentic Filipino dishes, including: Kare-kare, adobo, pinakbet, bulalo, sinigang and caldereta. Sweets such as pitchi pitchi, puto pao, majablanca, buko pie, cassava cakes, sapin-sapin, buchi and ginataang kamote are available at attractive prices.

LuLu Hypermarket, one of the largest retailers in the region, recently celebrated the group’s 10th anniversary in the Kingdom.

With 180 stores operating worldwide, LuLu aims to provide and sustain the supply of global products at the best rates. It is one of the favorite shopping destinations of both locals and expatriates in the Kingdom.

LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries that include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with a workforce numbering at more than 55,000.


Bupa Arabia supports the underprivileged & orphans

Updated 26 May 2020

Bupa Arabia supports the underprivileged & orphans

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance has partnered with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development to distribute 3,000 food baskets among underprivileged families, which are registered with the ministry’s Social Welfare and Family Welfare Agency. The initiative comes in line with the spirit of Ramadan, a month of giving, and in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This year, orphans who are covered under Bupa Arabia’s free health insurance program will help in preparing and distributing the baskets to inculcate a sense of giving among them.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Wahaibi, undersecretary at the Social Welfare and Family Welfare Agency, hailed Bupa Arabia’s move to involve orphans in preparing and distributing baskets under the supervision of the agency, saying: “This is a caring gesture from Bupa Arabia, and it promotes a sense of belonging among orphans while cultivating the principles of giving, communication and closeness between them and society.”

He added that the initiative supports what the company has been offering orphans for years. More than 2,600 orphans, living in more than 47 homes across the Kingdom, benefit from Bupa Arabia’s free health insurance program. The program includes divorced orphans and widows who live with their children in social care homes.

Loay Hisham Nazer, chairman of Bupa Arabia, said: “The orphans will be joining hands to assemble and distribute baskets to the families in an attempt to get a sense of the pride of giving during the holy month. We’ve also extended this to our employees, who collectively prepared 411 food baskets. We hope that we make a real and positive impact through this initiative.”

Bupa Arabia was the first company to offer free health insurance for residents of “Dar Al-Rafeef” in 2011. Three years later, in 2014, the program expanded to cover all orphans residing in shelters supervised by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.

“We believe that in order to play a proactive role in society, we need to provide more than just health insurance; we should aim to become the health care partner for every orphan in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, we would like them to know that we are always by their side,” Nazer said, adding that the orphans receive special treatment and the same services that are given to some VIP clients.

The free health insurance program offers a range of quality services, including a designated hotline to receive calls and provide immediate assistance. Bupa Arabia also developed an integrated program that enables doctors to visit beneficiaries periodically for checkups, and regularly organizes health education workshops to raise awareness. The program is approved by the Cooperative Health Insurance Council and covers all treatments, including plastic surgery, dermatology, and even cases that are not covered by regular health insurance.