From Baking Cakes To Baking The Future: Conti’s Celebrates 22nd Anniversary With Punlaan School

Dec 15, 2019

Seated are Eight-8-Ate President & CEO, Joey Garcia (2nd from left), and founders Carole Sumulong, Cecille Maranon, and Angie Martinez. Standing behind them are Punlaan School Director, Anne Marie Jacinto (5th from left), and Punlaan School officers and students.

Unlimited servings of Mango Bravo. Baked Salmon at half the price. Buy 1 take 1 Chicken Pie. These to-die-for deals would surely have customers lining up outside Conti’s Bakeshop & Restaurants, an ideal thing to do to create buzz in celebration of its 22nd year. But instead of drawing crowds, Conti’s opted to do something different - give back to the community and reach more underprivileged women by committing to design and furnish the bakeshop training kitchen of Punlaan School in San Juan City. 

Since 1997, the well-loved bakeshop and restaurant has been delighting customers by offering culinary treasures that Filipinos have become accustomed to. On the first year that Conti’s celebrated its founding year under Udenna’s Eight-8-Ate, President and CEO Joey Garcia challenged the young leadership to continue the legacy of the founders who have been partnering with Punlaan since 2006.

Punlaan School was born in the 1970’s to help poor young women and give them the chance to study and earn for themselves and their family. The school is known for giving students free and holistic education that goes beyond skills training and general culture to values formation, an effective and sustainable tool for enabling upward social mobility.