By Nadine Rebekah Angelique Fandialan

Jollibee, a well-known fast-food chain from the Philippines, is now hitting Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the US after the opening of a new branch!

Photo Courtesy of Jollibee USA

In a Twitter post, Jollibee USA announced the branch's grand opening on September 2, 2022. That day, the store served the chickenjoy enthusiasts of Philadelphia—both Filipinos and locals—the Philippines' favorite fast food menu. A huge crowd of spectators gathered for the un-bee-lievable taste of Jollibee. 

With over 1,500 Jollibee stores in 17 countries, it is safe to say that the Bee is taking over the international fast food competition one branch at a time.  

Jollibee Chickenjoy was recently declared champion as the 'Best Fried Chicken in America' by Eater, a food website by Vox Media. Jollibee competed against America's top international fast food brands such as KFC, Popeyes, and McDonald's. The Fried Chicken of the Philippines became the winner after a heated crunch of pitting against fellow top-finalist Bonchon of South Korea.

With the expanding business of the Filipino company, it was said they are looking forward to opening up to 500 branches across North America in a period of 5 to 7 years. 

Eating fast food is not only a convenience that most can avail. To Filipinos, Jollibee Chickenjoy will forever be the pride that raises the flag of joy, and the memory of people beheld when biting a piece of chicken. 

Regardless of whether inside or outside the country, there is no place like home with Jollibee.

Edited by Quian Vencel Galut