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RCBC Bankard and Gawad Kalinga strengthen ties through new KNK kitchen

February 13, 2017

Simon Calasanz, President and CEO of RCBC Bankard assists in the distribution of packed lunches from the Kusina ng Kalinga kitchen inside Marcelo L. Adriano Elementary School in Brgy. Encanto, Angat, Bulacan.

(L-R) Simon Calasanz, RCBC Bankard President and CEO; Jhem Cariño, KNK Angat Head Chef; Angela Mirasol, RCBC Bankard First Vice-President and Marketing Group Head; Euclid Estacion, RCBC Bankard Marketing Group Program Manager; and Marlyn Importante of Gawad Kalinga in front of the Kusina ng Kalinga Kitchen sponsored by RCBC Bankard

The new and fully operational Kusina ng Kalinga (KNK) Kitchen in Angat stands as a testament to the enduring partnership between Gawad Kalinga (GK) and RCBC Bankard, the credit card servicing entity of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC).

The alliance between RCBC Bankard and GK was highlighted during the relaunch of RCBC Bankard’s Diamond Platinum Mastercard. Through the Card’s Diamond Cares Program, for every PhP100 spent, PhP0.20 is donated to Kusina ng Kalinga.

In honor of that partnership, GK has established a new KnK kitchen inside Marcelo L. Adriano Elementary School in Angat, Bulacan, near the GK Enchanted Farm, and named it after RCBC Bankard.

Kusina ng Kalinga’s vision to end hunger and malnutrition among public school students has been realized through the 15 running KnK kitchens all over the country as well as the five kitchens currently under way in ARMM. The new kitchen in Angat is currently feeding over 300 children from Kinder to Grade 3, with plans to expand that number to 1,000 before the month ends.

The Angat Kitchen currently has a meal plan composed of over 20 dishes, each with malunggay as a core ingredient, so that every meal has the highest nutritional value possible.

“Our goal is anti-hunger, and whether a child is malnourished or not, we ensure that all 300 students are given a hot meal every day,” says Jhem Cariño, Head Chef at the Angat Kitchen.

At the recent 4th Global Business Summit of GK, representatives from RCBC Bankard, led by President and CEO, Simon Calasanz, as well as First Vice-President and Marketing Group Head, Angela Mirasol further demonstrated RCBC Bankard’s commitment to the partnership by volunteering in the distribution of packed lunches to the children of the school.

"We believe in Kusina ng Kalinga’s noble purpose. And we hope that through the program, our cardholders will be empowered to help support the fight against hunger, and consequently, to help the less fortunate children reach their full potential," says Simon Calasanz in his speech during the Summit's first afternoon plenary session.

RCBC Bankard Diamond Card, Platinum Mastercard supports KnK

January 17, 2017

With the RCBC Bankard Diamond Card, for every PhP100 spend, PhP0.20 goes to Gawad Kalinga's Kusina ng Kalinga (KnK).

More than just having a delightful shopping experience, the RCBC Bankard Diamond Card will enable you to actively fight against hunger.

Hunger ends where caring begins! Show you care.

Get yourself an RCBC Bankard Diamond Platinum card NOW!

November 24, 2016

The RCBC Bankard Diamond Card – Platinum Mastercard relaunch was held on November 24, 2016, Thursday at the RCBC Plaza, 47/F Executive Lounge, Yuchengco Tower 1, Makati from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

A luncheon event and hosted by television host and a Korean expatriate, Sam Oh. RCBC invited selected media/publication, Mastercard Philippines. Country Head Poch Villareal, Member Relations and Marketing Vice-President Judith Dayrit, Vice-President for Market Development Philippines Ailea Zialcita, Gawad Kalinga Founder Tony Meloto, GK friends and guest speakers, RCBC Bankard President and CEO Simon Calasanz, FVP & Marketing Head Angela Mirasol, RCBC & RCBC Bankard officers, selected VIP Diamond cardholders, Chairperson Helen Y. Dee and President and CEO Gil Buenaventura.

Some highlights of the event is the renewal agreement signing of RCBC Bankard and Gawad Kalinga the formal introduction of the new program beneficiary, Kusina ng Kalinga plus, turnover of RCBC Bankard donation of PhP1M to Kusina ng Kalinga.

RCBC Bankard Diamond Card – Platinum MasterCard, the only bona fide Platinum card for those who give importance to career, family, and community. An Affinity card that enables you to fulfill that caring part of your personality by allowing you to automatically donate money to a worthy cause. For every PhP100 charged to your Diamond Card, Php0.20 will be automatically donated to Kusina ng Kalinga.

Learn more about RCBC Bankard Diamond Card – Platinum MasterCard here.

Hunger ends where caring begins! Let’s extend a caring hand to the less fortunate kids, volunteer at Kusina ng Kalinga Kitchens. Visit

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