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5 franchise brands which you didn’t know are from Mindanao

Samie Lim, “the Father of Philippine franchising” believes that Duterte can unlock the franchise potential of Mindanao.  After President Duterte’s state visits to China and Japan, P2.31 billion worth of loans was obtained from Japan to aid in Mindanao’s agricultural development.

Here are franchise brands which started from Mindanao:

Blugré Coffee

Founded in 1998 in Davao, Blugré Coffee has brought the café lifestyle to Davao City.   Its signature drink, the Durian Coffeeccino, combines coffee and Davao’s iconic fruit, the Durian.  It sources all of its coffee beans from the Mountain Province.   True to its slogan of “Bringing Davao to the world,” Blugré Coffee is not only expanding in the country, but also all over the world.

Roy’s Bistro

Roy’s Bistro is a fast-casual restaurant from Valencia City, Bukidnon which specializes in innovative traditional Filipino dishes.  Even though Roy’s Bistro just started franchising more than a year ago, its roots can be traced to a humble turo-turo carinderia owned by the Yabut family.  After six years of operation, this carinderia was upgraded into a restaurant with a modern ambiance and an updated menu with a reimagined array of Filipino dishes.

Taco Boy

Taco Boy is a food cart which sells tacos and other Mexican snacks.

Husband and wife Rolando and Jocelyn Dizon decided to set up the business because tacos were their favorite snack. Taco Boy started out as a food cart for malls and schools, and its first branch opened at the Ateneo de Davao High School canteen in 2005. Since then, Taco Boy has expanded to nine other locations in Davao.  Its bestseller is the fried taco, made from home-made Mexican tortilla stuffed with fresh cabbage, cheese, honey, chili sauce, and ground beef.

Trendline Center

Founded by the Yap family in Iligan City in 1980, Trendline Center is a well-known department store and grocery chain with more than six branches in Mindanao.  Now, it has more than 42 product concessionaires in its 1,000-square-meter store area. It has a portfolio of product concessionaires.  It is now an authorized retailer of brands like Levi’s, Dockers, Penshoppe, Walker, Hanford, and Garfield Children’s Wear, among others.

Its grocery includes fast-moving consumer goods such as milk, juices, noodles, biscuits, canned goods, toiletries, and detergent, among others.  All of these product concessionaires are accessible to all Trendline Center franchisees nationwide.

Chicken Tsunami

This deep-fried chicken store named Chicken Tsunami started out as a family business in Davao City, but it easily became a hit.   Back in 2005, this store started with a capital of P7,500 only, but it was able to recoup its investment in its first month of operation.   For as low as P45, customers can enjoy a sumptuous deep-fried chicken meal served with unlimited rice.  It instantly became a huge hit among budget-conscious customers in Davao City.  Chicken Tsunami started franchising in 2012.  Now, it has more than 22 stores in Davao City and 12 stores in Metro Manila.