One of the most popular bakeshops in the country today, The French Baker is celebrating its 25th year as a business.
As a treat to its customers, The French Baker is giving a chance to one lucky winner plus three (3) of his or her companions a trip to Paris for free.
The “Visit Paris in Summer 2015” is an all-expense paid 10-day trip to Paris through luxury escorted tours provider Insight Vacations, together with Rajah Travel Corporation, and Etihad Airways as the official airline of this promo from The French Baker.
This was formally announced by its founder and CEO Johnlu G. Koa in line with the business anniversary celebration held at SM Megamall Fashion Hall recently.
Any customer who avails P 500 worth of dine-in or takeout single receipt from any The French Baker branches is entitled to one raffle entry for the “Visit Paris in Summer 2015” promo.
The promo will run from November 5, 2014 until March 15, 2015.
The raffle will be drawn on March 20, 2015.
Aside from the all-expense paid luxury tour in Paris, 25 pieces of The French Baker gift certificates worth P5,000 each will be given away as well.
The grand prize winner and his or her travel buddies will get to spend at least three days in each of France’ key cities, including Paris, the old Roman City of Nimes; and finally in Monte Carlo.
Koa said that after 25 years of delighting Filipinos of French-inspired breads, it is timely to bring a lucky customer to France, for real, particularly in Paris.
“People may ask why four tickets for one winner, and not four winners with one ticket each?” Koa furthers. “The reason is that we wanted the winner to see the charms of France and experience that magical feeling together with family and friends, and not just by themselves.”
“We are very excited for this promo,” said Sheryl Lim, Regional Director for Insight Vacations. “We see it as a perfect way for The French Baker to celebrate 25 years in the country, and for showing their gratitude to their loyal customers.”
Insight Vacations also launched its 2015 itinerary and magazine, which is available through Rajah Travel Corporation.
Bernie Arnaiz, Assistant Managing Director for Rajah Travel Corporation, together with Lim, shared with the night’s audience the kind of luxury the winner can expect with the launch of their Signature Events.
This marks signature experiences from handpicked Signature Hotels; specially-arranged Signature Evenings of Entertainment; and booked Signature Dining in authentic and local restaurants.
Meanwhile, Etihad Airways will fly the winner in utmost class. “Our winner will experience luxury on air, with the first-class amenities and features of our planes,” said Jackie Lim-Gonzaga of Etihad Airways.
25 Years of The French Baker in the Philippines
With the full attendance of The French Baker’s stakeholders, suppliers and friends, JohnLu recalled how his dream 25 years ago turned into a reality.
After its initial branch at SM North EDSA in 1989, The French Baker drew a crowd of its own, seeking a different blend of breads, during that time.
From then on, JohnLu grew the business to a now 52-strong stores in the country that is continually growing.
The professor-turned-entrepreneur added that The French Baker is also evolving from just a bread store, expanding its products to pastries and now even adding services for dine-in.
JohnLu is optimistic that in the coming years of the company, the possibilities are endless. He regarded that all the success of The French Baker in the industry wouldn’t have been possible if not for the people and institutions that helped and is continuously helping his endeavour.
Some of the distinguished guests during the celebration were Senator Bam Aquino, former senator Edgardo Angara, and Trade and Industry Undersecretary Atty. Victorio Dimagiba.
Also, the night was an opportunity for The French Baker to give back to the community, which what it has been doing all these time, thus, representatives from The French Baker’s partner foundations were also present during the event.T
hese include PGH Medical Foundation, represented by its president Dr. Gregorio Alvior Jr.; GoNegosyo’s Jack Umaga; SM Foundation Inc., represented by Executive Director Debbie Sy and SM Foundation Inc. Executive Director for Education Linda Atayde; and the EJ Litton Foundation, with its founder Johnny Litton.
The night was also highlighted with Koa’s award for the Outstanding Category of the Asia-Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) held just the night before. APEA is an awards ceremony organized by Enterprise Asia that honors entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific region who have shown outstanding leadership and innovation when it comes to managing their businesses.
Koa is one of the very first Filipino entrepreneur in the history of APEA to be given the coveted award.