About Us

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Pandayan Bookshop is a chain of stores founded in 1993. It is now spread across northern Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Cagayan Valley. Its mission is “Maging kabalikat ng kabataan tungo sa kabutihan at karunungan.” Its vision is “Maging pambansang tatak para sa kapwa.”

The product categories of Pandayan include school and office supplies, books and magazines, posters and charts, arts and crafts, fashion accessories, gifts and décor, greeting cards, and party fun. For discounts, a Kaibigan Card is available for teachers (Guro Edition) and bulk buyers of office supplies (Opisina Edition). Pandayan also conducts creativity workshops under its Sining Pandayan program.

Pandayan adheres to the Kapwa Management Model wherein the primary processes are pakikipagkapwa-tao and pagkamakatao. Pandayan is designed to serve and help employees find meaning in life, mainly by living a virtuous life and making a difference in the lives of others. A meaningful life energizes employee creativity, a stimulus that leads to extraordinary customer service, innovation and greater profitability for the company.

Pandayan Bookshop pursues a Pangarap para sa Panday. Every regular employee should be able to save enough to own a house, send their children to good schools, eat nutritious food, wear decent clothes, and enjoy leisure time. The realization of this dream is made possible by incentive compensation and Sarilikha, a credit cooperative owned by employees. Another income-generating employee-own`ed cooperative, 10 daliri, makes products that are sold in Pandayan stores.

The performance guide of Pandayan is its Kultura ng Tagumpay. This set of beliefs focuses on the core values of the company, its major management methods, and its principles of leadership. Among the basic core values mentioned are honesty, industry, courtesy, caring, focus, engagement, dedication, and accountability.

In addition to the Kultura ng Tagumpay and management meetings, other integrative mechanisms help sustain the cohesion and direction. Among them are the balanced scorecard, called Timbangan ng Tagumpay which is monitored monthly; the E-MAP (Excellence in Management Assurance Plan) composed of monthly performance assessments; the quarterly Pangkat Plan for each group of stores; and Samalikha, Pandayan’s monthly newsletter.

The realization of Pandayan Bookshop’s dreams is made possible by a profitable customer-driven enterprise; a performance-based incentive compensation scheme consisting of monthly bonuses and annual profit sharing; and Sarilikha, the employee’s credit cooperative. Pandayan Bookshop expects 10 daliri, their multi-purpose cooperative, to add another income stream to fuel their aspirations for a life of quality.

An active pipeline of talent enables Pandayan to promote from within so that our managerial employees, except for two, rose from the ranks. This policy of promotion from within adds vitality and power to our Kultura ng Tagumpay. Meanwhile, decentralization, empowerment, and collaboration unleash individual creativity. The ideas which make up Pandayan spring from different members.

Human reciprocity is one of the greatest fruits of Pandayan. Management strives to help improve the lives of employees. In return, employees care for the stores and serve customers in ways that border on the heroic. This exercise of the ability to give freely of one’s resources and of oneself is a hallmark of human dignity. Its outcome is an expanding economic pie that benefits all stakeholders, including Pandayan’s chosen charities.

 

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Pandoy, the friendly dragon, made his first three-dimensional public appearance at the store opening of Pandayan Bookshop in Tanay, Rizal, last October 28, 2008. Pandoy became an instant star as children milled around him, touching and posing beside him while their companions took pictures. In the previous years Pandoy appeared only in tarpaulin signs and the popular Pandayan pad paper which comes in different sizes.Pandoy, the friendly dragon, made his first three-dimensional public appearance at the store opening of Pandayan Bookshop in Tanay, Rizal, last October 28, 2008. Pandoy became an instant star as children milled around him, touching and posing beside him while their companions took pictures.

Pandoy lives in a faraway cave, alone but not lonely. His cave is lined with books from the ancient times to the present. Pandoy belongs to the Earthstewards, the protectors of Gaia, our Mother Earth. The Earthstewards are led by Argon, the Enlightened.

When we see Pandoy, it is Argon who calls him. Argon also summons the other Earthstewards to celebrate Gaia’s festivals with Pandoy. The other Earthstewards are the Anito of Courage and the Anito of Change; Eles, the Wind Master; Dato, the Water Master; Lian, the Wood Master; Rusa, the Fire Master; Jovi, the Soil Master; Doro, the Metal Master; and Boma, the Lava Master.

Although dragons are traditional symbols of power, Pandoy’s visage does not convey a sense of tremendous physical power. He is not a frightening flame thrower. Instead, Pandoy looks friendly and delighted with the world. His dotted yellow coat carries a bright and happy tone. His eyeglasses indicate a love of reading and learning, and a vulnerability that is, shall we say, “oh so human.” Still, we do not know for certain if he does indeed possess the blazing power of dragons.

Pandoy enjoys playing and tinkering with his computer. One day, he hopes to become the first dragon blogger. He says he will begin his blog once the Earthstewards begin to push back the Dark Terrors – the dwende, multo, aswang, mananaggal, tyanak, capre, tikbalang, nuno sa punso, and mangkukulam.

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