Ontario’s Premier Visits First Jollibee in Toronto

Jollibee’s first Toronto location continues to draw crowds out the door, with non-Filipinos joining the mix to see what the hype is all about.

Even Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne paid a visit, greeted by Filipino community leaders, Jollibee’s North America President Jose “Pepot” Minana, and none other than a jolly red bee.


Premier Wynne remarked: “The chicken was delicious, it was really tender. And there’s a sweet theme. That batter was a little bit sweeter, there’s sweet on the spaghetti, it’s delicious. I can see why everybody is lining up!”

It was a way for Wynne to connect with some of her constituents, with more than 330,000 Filipinos residing in Ontario, the fourth largest visible minority group in the province where Toronto is located.

“I think this must be a really strong reminder of home, and people’s connection to home because I have a feeling this is about the food, it’s about the emotional attachment, which is lovely to see,” said Premier Wynne.

On opening day, 40 lucky people won a year’s worth of jolly crispy chicken, some of whom waited in line for 17 hours.

Now, people still report lines of up to two to three hours.

By Rachelle Cruz, Balitang Amerika

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