MANILA, Philippines—Not all heroes wear capes. In the time of COVID-19, they come in pink long-sleeved shirts, bulky helmets, layers of facemasks, and a two-wheeled batmobile.
foodpanda, the leading food delivery service in the Philippines, doesn’t just deliver food, but also delivers life-changing experiences. Recognizing this, foodpanda launched an online series that highlights the daily lives of their different riders called the Ka-panda Adventures.
The episodes feature three riders: Jemar Villocillo, Stefhaniel David Ong, and Maria Nazareth Gepayo, who all share the exhilarating, exciting, but altogether worthwhile experience of being a foodpanda delivery partner.
The first episode “Rider Sweet Vlogger” spotlights Jemar Villocillo who became a vlogger while delivering food to his customers. Since then, he has had 8 thousand subscribers, who he calls ka-Waray, with whom he shares his misadventures, challenges, and accomplishments. He was surprised with a GoPro camera during the episode as a token from foodpanda for him to continue his vlogging endeavors!
Stefhaniel David Ong, a working student, talks about his first day blooper on the second episode “First Day Oops.” Out of excitement, he ran a red light and was reprimanded by a police officer, making it the most memorable first day ever. Despite the blunder, he was still so excited to work for foodpanda and learned from this experience. In the end, he was surprised with a laptop that he can use when he resumes his online studies.
Last, but certainly not least, foodpanda “Super Biker Mom” Maria Nazareth Gepayo, who is a mother of 2, shared her most unforgettable experience on riding despite heavy rains to deliver food to a family who had no means of getting dinner otherwise. To show foodpanda’s appreciation for her dedication, she was given a high chair for her kids and a laptop for personal use.
“For rider’s month this 2021, we wanted to celebrate foodpanda riders and give back for all the work they do, especially since they carry foodpanda’s name every day and everywhere they go,” expressed Daniel Marogy, foodpanda Philippines Managing Director. “We not only thank our loyal customers for trusting foodpanda, but we also want to show our unending gratitude to our riders for serving Filipinos.”
To extend its gratitude to other riders, foodpanda has also arranged to get Chowking meals for its riders nationwide. If there’s anything the pandemic has revealed, it’s that these people, who deliver our breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all cravings in between are essential workers too. They continue to provide exemplary service in order to deliver our needs despite the daily challenges and ongoing worries.
Watch the touching Ka-panda Adventures series on foodpanda’s Facebook page, and watch out for more exciting content and announcements to come!