Former Saudi Arabia–based chef thanks Mindanao lawmaker for endorsing his “tasty burger” in Koronadal City

[RASHID RH. BAJO/Photo: Ferdinand Ledesma Hernandez]

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines –– A lawmaker based here is helping small businessmen in South Cotabato province by endorsing what they are selling, an act that earned him praises from the netizens and the community of business starters.

Ronilo Blanca, a former OFW [Overseas Filipino Worker] who worked as “chef” in Saudi Arabia, thanked South Cotabato 2nd District Rep. Atty. Ferdinand “DINAND” Hernandez for personally visiting his “Chef Ronie’s Burgy” located in Posadas Street in Barangay Zone 111 in this city and for proudly endorsing his “tasty burger.”

Rep. Hernandez, who is also one of the Deputy Speakers of the House of the Representatives, said he received a message from his social media messenger from Chef Roni, inviting him to personally try his “specialty burgers.”

“Tayo ay nakatanggap ng mensahe sa Facebook Messenger mula kay Chef Ronilo Blanca na tikman ang kanyang specialty burgers, kung kaya’t kahapon ay nagtungo tayo sa Chef Ronie’s Burgy sa Posadas Street, Barangay Zone 3, Koronadal City,” Rep. Hernandez said in a statement posted in his Facebook account.

The South Cotabato–lawmaker said he positively responded to the invitation of Chef Roni. Rep. Hernandez went to the store of Chef Roni after personally visiting and inspecting his infrastructure projects in various parts of the province.  

“Doon ay hindi lamang tayo nabusog sa pagkain, tayo rin ay nabigyang inspirasyon ng kwento ng pagsusumikap ni Chef Ronie,” Rep. Hernandez said.

In his personal talk with him, Rep. Hernandez learned that Chef Roni worked for more than six years in Saudi Arabia and in 2019, he decided to go back in the  Philippines, where he built his “Chef Ronie’s Burgy” in Koronadal City.

“Ang bawat burger na kanyang itinitinda ay bunga ng kanyang sipag at talento sa pagluluto. Siya mismo ang nag-isip at gumawa ng original recipe ng kanyang burgers,” Rep. Hernandez.

Rep. Hernandez proudly endorsed the “tasty burgers” of Chef Ronie in his Facebook account that reportedly got praises from the netizens and his thousands of followers.

“Atin itong sinubukan at isa lang ang aking masasabi— Walay lami kay lami kaayo! Tunay na maipagmamalaki. Talaga namang karapat-dapat na bisitahin dahil hindi kayo magsisisi— masarap na, hindi pa masakit sa bulsa. Ating tangkilikin ang Chef Ronie’s Burgy!” Rep. Hernandez said. #DM

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