Citi Philippines is helping restaurateurs bounce back from the impact of Covid-19, even as the multinational company hopes the easing of lockdown restrictions and the coming Christmas season will entice more Filipinos to gradually go back to their activities they used to enjoy before the pandemic.

“Since March, when the country faced the challenges of Covid-19, Citi Philippines has worked hard to support its clients, employees and the community. We want to assist Citi credit cardholders in every aspect of their lives, whether that’s dining in their favorite restaurants safely, or shopping online,” said Citi Philippines Consumer Business Head Manoj Varma at a recent virtual news briefing.

To help jump-start the recovery of restaurateurs, Citi formed partnerships with the biggest brands in dining and shopping to provide the best experience for customers.

For lovers of casual dining, Varna said, Citi Philippines offers great options for casual dining across the Metro’s customer hot spots in Makati, Taguig, Ortigas, Mandaluyong, San Juan, and Pasig, Quezon City, Pasay, and Alabang. With over 250 spots for dine-in and take-out at up to 30 off  such as Bo’s Coffee, Yellow Cab, Pancake House, Hap Chan, Tim Ho Wan to choose from, cardholders can keep on delighting in comfort.

Varna said finer dining experiences offer curated dining exclusives at up to 50-percent off in upscale establishments such as Makati Shangri-La’s Circles and Shang Palace, Edsa Shangri-La’s Heat, Sheraton’s Oori and S Kitchen, and Melo’s so cardholders can keep on experiencing finer dining.”

Finest Deal is Citi’s most popular fall-off-your-seat dining promotion that started in 2019 and is set to continue until March 27, 2021. Cardholders are invited to keep on enjoying this finest deal of 50-percent off every Saturday at any The Bistro Group restaurant for a minimum bill of P2,000 and a maximum bill of P5,000.

“We offer this commitment to help the restaurant business bounce back and our dine-in card holders as well,” he explained.

In case cardholders are looking for delivery on weekends, Varna said foodpanda can provide the service and get a 10-percent off once every Friday to Sunday for a minimum spend of P800 and a maximum discount of P250 until December 20, 2020.

“We have over 100 dining partners with over 500 outlets nationwide. We know that our customers will not always eat out, but many would still like to enjoy eating from the safety of their homes so these promotions are open for take-out on top of dine-in options. We also partnered with foodpanda,  which delivers from over 30,000 restaurants in the country. No other bank is able to provide the same exclusive and real-time access to so many merchants, with highly competitive promos and offers,” Citi Philippines Cards and Loans Director Mukul Sukhani pointed out.

Moreover, Sukhani said Citi’s Online Weekend Offers will boost e-commerce companies through its online deals offered across several categories like grocery and essential goods, household items, clothing, small appliances and gadgets.

The best thing about it? These are available weekly on Fridays and Saturdays:

Every Friday, cardholders can enjoy the following shopping and grocery deals:

  •    10-percent off from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Lazada for a minimum spend of P3,000 and a maximum discount of P400 until February 19,2021.
  •    P300 off at Metromart for a minimum purchase of P5,000 until December 18, 2020.

Every Saturday, cardholders can get 30-percent off at Zalora for a minimum spend of P2,500 and a maximum discount of P1,000 until March 13, 2021.

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Aquilino Managbanag EXPERIENCE: Four years at The Asian Pacific Post, a weekly Canadian newspaper founded in 1993 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The newspaper specialized in reporting Asian issues, and has a readership of 160,000. It has a sister publication in The South Asian Post. EDUCATION: University of Santo Tomas – Manila -- The private Roman Catholic research university is Asia’s oldest existing university. The university takes pride in keeping the Catholic faith and beliefs prominent while holding true to its centuries-old tradition of academic excellence.