Top of the morning: Maymay Entrata joined other celebrities in various McDonald's branches around the country to celebrate National Breakfast Day.

Meaningful mornings
Neal P. Corpus (The Philippine Star) - March 23, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — What’s the best way to start the day? I feel like this is a question we all know the answer to, but don’t really follow ourselves. (Yup, it’s breakfast). We’re always on the go, either rushing through the rush hour to work or zipping to school, and oftentimes forget about grabbing a bite to eat in the morning.

Which is why McDonald’s celebrates National Breakfast Day year after year. As they celebrate for a sixth year, they gave away free longgadesals in almost 500 branches nationwide last Monday, March 19. Surprising new breakfast converts and regulars alike were celebrities Atom Araullo, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Young STAR cover stars Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid, Maymay Entrata, Gabby Concepcion, Tony Labrusca, Donny and Hannah Pangilinan, Rocco Nacino, and Jason Abalos in different McDonald’s stores around the country.

Aside from just giving away free sandwiches for breakfast, McDonald’s wanted to serve their longgadesals where it really mattered, by extending National Breakfast Day to Albay and Marawi. Last March 5 and 6, McDonald’s went to five different evacuation centers in Albay, Legazpi, and on March 11 to Bakwit Village Transition Shelter in Marawi. “National Breakfast Day has always been about meaningful mornings and new beginnings, and this year we wanted to extend this to those who need it the most,” said Kenneth S. Yang, president and CEO of McDonald’s Philippines.

You can see more of McDonald’s’ visit online, where Atom Araullo sheds light on the moving stories of mothers who gave birth to their children in evacuation centers during the Marawi siege, endearingly calling them “Baby Bakwits.” It’s a heartwarming story of struggle, hope, and new beginnings, which is exactly what National Breakfast Day is about.

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