We are so happy to announce that Max’s Restaurant – the maker of the “sarap (delicious) to the bones” friend chicken we all can’t have enough – has done a book drive for distribution to 75 poor kids living in slum communities near the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (Kris) headquarters and activity center in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City.
Max’s – along with company-owned Krispy Kreme, Max’s Bakery Corner, Jamba Juice – will also hold video showing, book-reading, games and of course give poor kids here a taste of their world-famous and Filipino-pride brand of fried chicken.
Here’s how Wikipedia describes the origins of Max’s Restaurant:
“In 1945, after World War II, American troops stationed in Quezon City became friends with Maximo Gimenez, a teacher who had graduated from Stanford University. Some soldiers came to his nearby house for a drink or two, until they insisted that they pay for their drinks.
“Gimenez decided to open a café which served chicken, steak, and drinks. He was joined by his wife Mercedes, sister-in-law Felipa Serrano Sanvictores, his niece Ruby who managed the kitchen, and her husband Claro. Ruby's fried chicken proved popular with G.I.s. and locals also began patronising the establishment.
“Encouraged by her mother to expand the menu and serve more Filipino food, Ruby set up the Baclaran branch along Roxas Boulevard in Parañaque. They decided to name the restaurant "Max's" after Maximo.
“Max's Restaurant bills itself as "The house that fried chicken built". In 1998 it started franchising.”
Now, there are 130 Max’s branches spread across the country, the US, Canada, Australia and the Middle East.
Max’s is such a hit not only because of its delectable, famous chicken but because by the people behind it who never stop showing everyone who goes to any Max’s restaurant that they are very much welcome and that they are in to enjoy the best food and services Filipinos can give.
We at Kris Library – along with the lucky kids who are the real beneficiaries of Max – count ourselves to be so blessed to have a taste of this world-class food, service and community-building-and-sharing spirit that brought Max’s close to the heart of Filipinos and people of various races all over the world!
We thank Max's Edgardo S. Trota Foundation Inc. and the MEI Employee Council for sharing their blessings to us. So, next time you order any Max's products or go to its food outlets, remember that you are among people who have poor people in their hearts and who know who to share their blessings to others.