Charity Heroes are people who work in the Hospitality Industry and volunteer for or run a Charity in the Philippines

Gian Sison MY RANGGO Hospitality Hero

Gian Sison MY RANGGO Hospitality Hero

Gian Paolo Sison

Head Chef/Owner: Carnivores Snack Shack, Alabang, Muntinlupa

Lead singer: Hey Moonshine

Three things you make sure you focus on in your work:

Sourcing Top quality ingredients. I believe that the ingredients are just as important as the recipe itself. Cutting corners may even cost you a lot.

Cleanliness comes next,  this is very crucial since I’m in the food business.  My work space needs to be clean always, to avoid cross contamination. The last thing that I would want is my clients paying me for my food and getting sick.

Experiment.  Don’t be afraid to experiment; if you think you can add something to make a traditional dish better,  do it!  Cooking is a never ending learning process,  this also helps keep the boredom away when doing the same thing over and over again.

 

Top tip for your Hospitality colleagues:

My tip to others is that you need to keep on trying other foods.  Go out and try to experience the food, consider how it’s different from the other foods; you’ll be amazed on how dishes vary in taste and texture.  Chefs often put their signature stamps on their dishes,  so try to discover what they are and see which inspires you more.

 

Your activities:

As a Chef,  I do Feeding Programs for street kids and the homeless. We have done small scale Feeding Programs for just five families right up to bigger ones for as many as one hundred (100) families.  We don’t always do this on our own; we partner up with other people who want to help out as well.

The band I’m in,  Hey Moonshine, proudly play and support fundraising gigs and events. There’s really no defined process on how we choose which fundraisers we support.  As long as we are invited to help out, it’s something that is close to our hearts,  then we do it.

Some of the benefit gigs Hey Moonshine has participated in were:

Hardbound’s Balik Eskuwela – where donations of school supplies were given to less fortunate students

Stellar Productions’ Rockin’ for a Cure – where proceeds went to two cancer patients

Project 4 and Twist’s Ayuda – a benefit gig for Taal volcano victims and evacuees

Jamming for Kayla – a benefit for a cancer patient named Kayla

Save our Furry Friends – which is an advocacy close to my heart. We were able to get a lot of donations for Save Our Furry Friends as well.

We don’t really select what gigs or fundraisers we’ll help or support; as long as our schedule permits,  we’d gladly do it.

 

Inspirations: I’m inspired by the idea of being able to help others, and by the people around me.  My clients who never fail to commend my work; the feedback that I get is just so overwhelming. So, as long as people like my food,  I will never stop cooking.

 

What’s in your Future?

I plan on having a restaurant of my own.  Something more accessible for people.  I think that I have enough experience to venture into it. By God’s grace, it will happen.  As for helping the community, we will continue to do what we are doing now.  A bigger production would mean we can do it more often.

Richard Jacinto MY RANGGO Hospitality Hero

Richard Jacinto MY RANGGO Hospitality Hero

Richard Joseph C. Jacinto (RJ)

Operations Manager, Red Swan Catering

Vice President, 8 Food Storeys (Chicken Storey)

President, JCR Group Food Manufacturing Inc. (Dynamita Hot Sauce)

Digital Marketing Head, Brave Warrior Kids Foundation

 

 

Three things you make sure you focus on in your work:

Starting the day with a positive and grateful attitude.

Finding the fun in work.

Prioritizing daily tasks.

 

Top tip for your Hospitality colleagues:

Communicate well with everyone. This, for me, is the most vital component in the Hospitality Industry. It’s having a clear understanding of what the clients need and delivering what is promised, which is the key in maintaining a good relationship with the people in business.

 

Your activities:

Aside from my work, I am also one of the Co-founders of the Brave Warrior Kids (BWK) Foundation. Our foundation helps under-privileged children with cancer and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Since BWK was established in 2016, we have supported more than 500 kids and we continue with our mission to this day.

As of last year, we are closely monitoring 8 kids and their treatments. We are proud and glad to say that 4 of the kids are now cancer free. This would have not been possible without the generous people who have spent time, money and effort to our cause.

Sports has always been a part of my life and I am particularly fond of playing basketball. I make sure I schedule games every week. It helps keep me active and sane.

 

Inspirations:

My Mom is my biggest influence in life. It remains a mystery to me how she was able to raise five children and establish a food business at the same time. She was born an only-child and growing up self-reliant was the key to her grit, determination and success.

 

What’s in your Future?

The food industry is at an exciting moment, where technology and fast service is at the forefront.

We are witnessing a shift in consumer behavior in food service, where more people are using mobile technology to order food. There is a growing market in this segment and we are investing in this idea. This creates convenient and personalized services for customers as well.

We are adapting to this service-oriented demand which opens a more challenging opportunity for product and service expansions.

As for the Brave Warrior Kids Foundation, we hope that the number of cases do not increase but we are trying our very best to keep up and continuously support our current and future beneficiaries. We look forward to collaborating with private companies and NGOs to further our cause.