In an uncertain time when activities are still limited due to a global pandemic, many people question the need for planners and organizers. But the thing is, our lives keep going even if our world has drastically changed. We may have to cancel our travel plans, we may be forced to work from home or even lose our jobs, and we may need to overhaul our whole lives but beyond all that, life goes on. There is no pause button. We do the best that we can and move forward. If we are lucky, we get to throw in a semblance of normalcy by having that regular cup of Starbucks or celebrate the holidays the way we used to.
For my friends and I, collecting the Starbucks planners and organizers is part of the holiday tradition. They do end up more as notebooks nowadays but then the fun part is in collecting and getting them. We weren’t sure we were getting them this year but luckily, Starbucks just unveiled their best looking Philippine-exclusive designs yet.
Given any other global circumstance, people would be flocking by this time of the year to Japan in anticipation of spring. But since air travel may not be the best idea, at least not for the next few months, let’s go with the next best thing.
This February, Starbucks embraces the changing of the season with new favorites inspired by the sweet-smelling peach blossom – the Pink Peach Blossom Cream Frappuccino. This has a peach jelly infusion in the cream base and pink flower meringue topping that tastes as delightful as it looks. There’s also the Chocolate Black Tea Peach Blossom Cream Frappuccino that blends the aromatic black tea, creamy chocolate, and tart pink peach sauce to make an indulgent spring in a cup!
The Lunar Festival of 2020 ushers in the Year of the Rat. Believers of the Chinese Zodiac believe that it means a year of vitality and intelligence. I am not too sure about that, but what I am sure of is that the Lunar New Year goodies from Starbucks PH are super adorable and a must-have especially if you started collecting last year.
Maintaining the same style as 2019’s Year of the Pig merchandise, this year’s LNY collection features the cute and playful rat, amongst blossoming cherry and orange trees in bold red, gold, and Starbucks green pantones.
A LNY Card design is also available at an initial activation load of P300. All LNY items are available starting January 7, 2020.
It is that time of the year for Starbucks planners, travel organizers, Toffee Nut Crunch Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Starbucks Christmas Cards, and a partridge in a pear tree. And while other brands have the same products out, collecting Starbucks goodies during the holiday season has become a tradition among Filipinos. So without further adieu, let’s begin with our annual list of things to haul from our neighborhood Starbucks branches.
Starting June 4, Starbucks PH will release nautical-themed merchandise that are perfect not just for your collection but to carry around and use for those frappuccino orders to further eradicate our dependence on single-use plastic. The collection comes with a quirky card that features a whale diving into the ocean with its tail sticking out against the sailor stripe design, available for only a minimum P1,000 activation.
This year, summer was welcomed by Starbucks PH via an island carnival event dubbed as the Siren’s Island. New drinks, food items, merchandise, and card designs were unveiled along with the announcement of the rollout of reusable cups and straws (yey).
Starting April 9th, Starbucks is serving a new set of beverages that every dessert lover would love – the Triple Mocha Frappuccino, Dark Caramel Coffee Frappuccino, and the Red Velvet Cake Cream Frappuccino. And for those who want to feel the tropical vibes, Starbucks also offers a limited-time beverage that is perfect for the scorching PH summer – the Mixed Berry Frappuccino with Pomegranate Pearls. The smooth and fruity beverage is made with mixed berry sauce blended with velvety milk topped with cream.
Filipinos always say that we celebrate Christmas for four long months. As soon as September hits, you start hearing Christmas songs in malls and the Jose Mari Chan classic ‘Christmas in Our Hearts’ starts playing in the airwaves. Christmas decorations follow not long after. And then starting November 2nd, the Starbucks Sticker Collection Season begins, ingraining itself as a contemporary Filipino Holiday tradition!
Starbucks has tons of offerings during the holidays but what both young and old always watch out for are the annual planners. Good news, there are four choices this year: two (2) regular planners in Espresso and Milk colors that feature a canvas finish with metallic gold and copper stamping and a canvas pouch; two (2) travel organizers in Dark Teal and Sienna that have pockets for your valuables. All four come with their own unique Special Edition Starbucks Card that get you a chance to win in the Starbucks for a Year promo when activated with at least P500.