Judy Ann Santos struggles to maintain vlog due to rising prices of goods

Filipino actress and producer Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo. (Photo: Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo/Facebook)

Filipino actress and producer Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo. (Photo: Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo/Facebook)

Renowned actress Judy Ann Santos said that she was having a difficult time creating episodes for her food vlogging outlet Judy Ann’s Kitchen due to the increase of prices on ingredients.

Hindi naman sobrang busy. Ang hirap kasing mag-isip ng mga episodes especially kung ang pagtaas ng presyo ng bilihin ay napakalala,” she said on Monday (July 4) in Magandang Buhay.

(Not that I’m busy. It’s just hard to think of episodes especially when the prices of goods are dire.)

Santos apparently fears that some dishes would become “unrelatable” as a result of inflation. Inflation is the general rise of prices in the market.

Ayokong hindi maka-relate ‘yung viewers sa kung anumang lutuin ang gagawin ko kasi parang napaka-unfair naman,” Santos said. “Ayoko lang na parang masabihan ako na, ‘luto ka nang luto, ‘di naman namin magagawa ‘yan.’”

(I don’t want my viewers to not relate to the dishes since that seems unfair. I just don’t want to be told, ‘you keep on cooking, but it’s not like we can cook it as well.’)

Santos said this a day before the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) declared the headline inflation for June to be 6.1 percent – a figure that no less President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. disagreed with.

Marcos promised to increase grain production, rather than import food, to help stabilize the prices of food.

“Importation has been used as a price stabilization measure. I don’t think that this is the primary reason for the importation that we’ll do now. As a matter of fact, we are going to try … I think we will do it in the Department of Agriculture to boost production of rice and corn in the coming two quarters,” he said.

Meanwhile, reports say several fast food chains are unable to serve chicken in some of their branches to due to the crunch in the supply chain despite assurances that they don’t have a shortage in poultry.

McDonald’s said that the lack of chicken on their menu is due to a surge in demand, while other resources don’t meet standards.

Jollibee echoed it’s fast food rival’s statement but assured that while chicken was “out of stock” recently, supplies were slowly returning.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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