Edsa Shangri-La, Manila Bakes Banana Bread To Support Local Farmers And Children

As part of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ commitment to the environment and our communities, all properties incorporate Rooted in Nature to their menus. The Group-wide sustainable food and beverage initiative encourages locally- and ethically-sourced nutritious ingredients, among other environmentally-friendly practices.

In Manila, Edsa Shangri-La is committed to being Rooted in Nature through many of its dishes and treats, including its popular banana bread. Introduced in 2017, the banana bread is made with locally-sourced bananas from FARMCOOP, a non-governmental organization started by indigenous Filipino farmers in Davao. The farming coop helps uplift the local community with jobs and income.

Through the Rooted in Nature partnership, the hotel’s talented chefs are able to create delicious banana bread that is nutritious while simultaneously supporting the local agricultural community.

Further to the hotel’s commitment to supporting local Filipino farmers, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila launched Shanana Bread to support the Kythe Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports children diagnosed with cancer and other chronic illnesses. From June 5 to 26, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila organized Shanana for Kythe, in which the hotel introduced four new flavors under its Shanana Banana Bread line. All of the proceeds were donated to 18 beneficiaries of the Kythe Foundation, which the hotel has supported since 2017.

The new flavors include Shanana Cookie Monster (cookies and cream), Shanana Crazy Nut (hazelnut banana bread with almonds), Shanana My Cinnebun (cinnamon swirl) and Shanana Berry Madness (banana bread wrapped in strawberry jam and berries). The banana bread was sold at the hotel at PHP330 (about USD7) each, raising over USD400 for the Kythe Foundation.

Thank you to our talented kitchen team for introducing the banana bread flavors, the team who spearheaded the partnership with FARMCOOP, and for all of our Edsa Shangri-La, Manila colleagues who were involved with the meaningful project.