Their names may be rivals in the fast-food industry, but twins Jollibee and Mcdonald Pangindian don’t see each other as such.
The Pangindians, of Bacoor, Cavite, caught the internet’s attention lately because of their names and having graduated from senior high school at the same time.
Their family friend, Mark Lester Andrei Cruzet, congratulated the siblings on their milestone.
“Patuloy na lumaban para sa mga pangarap. Your Kuya Lester is so proud to the both of you,” Cruzet wrote.
“Love ko ’tong family na ito, dahil sa kanila, bida ang saya,” he added, a nod to the fast food chains’ respective taglines.
The twins’ older sibling, Christer Ann, said the family had other names in mind for Jollibee and Mcdonald.
“Noong una, ang naisip namin Jack and Jill o Hansel and Gretel nang malaman namin na lalaki at babae ’yung kambal,” Christer Ann told ABS-CBN News.
She said the family's decision to name the twins based on the fast food giants were influenced by her being a “kiddie crew” of McDonald's, another other sibling’s love for Jollibee’s chicken, and their father's fixation with “The Art of Remembering Names.”
"Noong nabasa ng dad namin ’yung ‘The Art of Remembering Names’, sabi niya bakit hindi natin pangalanan ’yung dalawang bata ng iconic na pangalan na madaling tandaan ng tao,” Christer Ann recalled.
Growing up, Jollibee said they never experienced being bullied for their names and that it even helped them make more friends.
“Para sa akin, happy ako kasi ito ’yung kinalabasan [ng pagkapangalan sa akin,]” Jollibee told ABS-CBN News.
“Nagbigay ito ng good vibes sa netizens despite na may pandemic tayo ngayon na nae-encounter. Kami ’yung naging way para mas ma-good vibes sila and nakapag-isip-isip din sila na ganu’n rin ’yung ipangalan sa mga magiging anak nila.”
Mcdonald added: “Sobrang saya kasi maraming nagcha-chat sa amin na sinasabi nagko-congrats sila and sinasabi nila na natutuwa sila kasi ang cool nga raw ng pangalan namin.”
The twins said they plan to study college at Cavite State University under a program connected to information and communication technology.
On Thursday, the siblings received a treat from Grab Philippines.
On Tuesday, June 2, McDonald’s reached out to the Pangindians and gave them a treat.
The siblings said Jollibee also reached out to them and will be giving them a cake.