Woman First to Claim Starbucks 2013 Planner After Drinking 17 Cups of Coffee in Less Than a Day

MANILA, Philippines — Stop the race.

After less than a day, a woman from Marikina was the first person to claim the Limited Edition Starbucks 2013 Planner after consuming 17 cups of coffee, 9 of which she didn’t even like.

Rowena Garutayhon, a self-confessed coffee addict was the first Filipino to receive the much sought planner, on the day the promo started. She attributed her competitive nature and crazy addiction to coffee for achieving her feat.

“I wanted to be the first among my friends to have it,” said Rowena excitedly. “I never knew I would be the first in the Philippines!!!”

To redeem the planner, customers must accumulate a total of 17 stickers on their Starbucks Christmas Traditions Promo card. A customer can avail of the card with no purchase required. Out of the 17 stickers, 9 of the purchases must be a Holiday Feature Beverage whether it is the Toffee Nut Latte, Peppermint Mocha or the Dark Cherry Mocha. A sticker is awarded for each Starbucks handcrafted beverage purchase.

According to Rowena, she went to the nearest Starbucks branch near her house just as the security guard was about the open the store for the day. She then ordered her favorite drink, which was the Mocha Frappuccino. After finishing her first cup and getting a sticker, she then went on to the hardest part.

The 3 Holiday Feature Beverages

“The hardest part was ordering 9 Holiday Feature Beverages, which I really don’t like, but I was able to force them down,” she said.

“The trick was drinking them alternately,” explains Garutayhon. “First you order your favorite drink, then order 1 holiday drink. After that, order another favorite drink to drown out the yucky taste. Repeat until you have in your hand the planner.”

When asked what color of the planner she picked, she answered, “Green of course!”

Rowena didn’t bother to eat breakfast or lunch during her “race”, as it just “confuses the palate”.

Another reason was that purchasing pastries and other food items adds up to the total end value of the planner, which would make owning it less prestigious.

“A planner with a perfect leather coating and a corporate logo emblazoned on it is worth the almost two thousand pesos I spent on the drinks, but not another penny more from their pastries,” she said as tears started falling from her eyes.

When asked why, she revealed that the pleasure of her achievement was short-lived after she was diagnosed to having Type 1 Diabetes after she complained of unusual thirst,  frequent urination, extreme hunger and extreme fatigue and irritability.

Her doctor now advises her to use her newly acquired planner to schedule her daily insulin treatments and her weekly checkups.

At least magagamit ko na sya ngayon, di tulad nung mga nakaraang taon kung saan nagipon lang ng alikabok matapos kong makuha  (At least now I can use it, unlike previous years where it was left to gather dust after claiming it.”

Drinking 17 different mixes and variations of coffee was a tall order (no pun intended), but Rowena Garutayhon is now the first proud owner of the Limited Edition Starbucks 2013 Planner.

At the end of the promo, she would be joined by an estimated 367,000 Filipinos who would also have the said planner.

49 thoughts on “Woman First to Claim Starbucks 2013 Planner After Drinking 17 Cups of Coffee in Less Than a Day

  1. LOL.

    “A planner with a perfect leather coating and a corporate logo emblazoned on it is worth the almost two thousand pesos I spent on the drinks, but not another penny more from their pastries,” she said as tears started falling from her eyes.

    Just a straight through the hoop three-point shot from beyond the half-court line there.

    Aren’t the Starbucks addicts banging on your door, yet?

  2. I can relate. I was first to claim, in a Starbucks branch, last year. But not crazy enough to drink it all. I give it away to my employees, share the calories!🙂

    • The story is actually satirical/fictional and is only meant for laughs.🙂

      A great idea to share it to your employees. You might be one of the peeps who receives “The Best Boss Ever” greeting cards regularly. Kudos po!🙂

      And thanks for dropping by.

      • LOL. Um, basing on the conversation here…the story wasn’t loosely based on you?😀 kidding. Addition can be a strange thing for a bored person like me, you know.😛

        Kidding aside, are people still nuts over these planners? I don’t know if my friends got tired of collecting these.

      • I was kind enough to give out info and boom! Post published, with that SWN-exaggerated-twist of course. hahaha😀

        I know of some people who still collects these things because it’s been a tradition for them. But with the way SB planners have “evolved”, many lost interest already because more than the planner, the coupons inside makes it sulit. But considering na di na ganun kaganda un coupons, people still get their SB planners for their own reasons.😉

      • It’s actually “loosely” based on a true story. Parang sa pelikula.

        Imagine the upcoming bio-pic of Mayor Alfredo Lim starring Cesar Montano. Sa kalagitnaan, biglang may song and dance number.🙂

        I always have a hard time coming up with fictional names, but the fact that you’re actually a coffee addict made you the likely candidate.

        But to the new visitors to this blog, the above story is actually fictional/satirical. It’s meant for fun and laughs only.🙂

  3. That’s just so insane. Forcing yourself to down 17 cups of overpriced coffee in less than a day just to be first among your friends to own a damn overrated planner? Wow. Just wow. Is it really worth your money and risking your health? I mean, yeah, a lot of people like owning a Starbucks planner, but it was never a contest of who gets one first. That is really crazy.

    • Thanks for your comments Jen.🙂

      The story is actually satirical/fictional and is only meant for laughs.

      To some it may not be a contest on who gets one first, but trust me, to others, it is.😉

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you can visit again next time to check out other articles.

      • I wonder how tiring it is for you guys to remind each commenters(?) that this is a satirical blog.😛

      • Actually, not tiring at all.

        By not knowing that it is satirical, readers would be able to comment or express the real sentiment or essence of the article.

        Which is the whole point of this blog.🙂

        Thanks for dropping by Julie Tearjerky. Hope to see you more here.

  4. if she’s so desperate why not just give the other drinks to other people why the hell would you force yourself to drink all of it

    • As reader former planner suggested, you can share the drinks to your employees and to friends.🙂

      But the above post is meant for humor only and is satirical/fictional in nature.

      I sure hope you have a few laughs while reading it.🙂

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  6. Between some bad grammar on the part of both the writer and the interviewee (9 of which she didn’t even liked???) is a story of how capitalism fucks us all. She happily put herself through hell and got diabetes for a fucking planner. Ang saya pa niya after. Nakakaloka.

    • Thanks for pointing out the bad grammar on this post. I had made the necessary edits already but please do inform us again if I may have missed some.

      Oh and btw, the above story is actually fictional/satirical. It’s meant for fun and laughs only.

      Hope you enjoyed reading it MLP🙂

  7. Walang kupas.😀

    Dahil Starbucks Planner Season na naman, ilang toneladang kape at dairy products kaya ang makokonsumo ng isang Rowena “Atay na Bakal” Garutayhon?

  8. panalo!!! from popsicle culture to starbucks yahoos….🙂 galeng!!!!🙂😀

    and this one from the Net, may I share — coffee addicts’ – -not planners — prayer…

    Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze.
    It maketh me to wake in green pastures:
    It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
    It restoreth my buzz:
    It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name’s sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
    I will fear no Equal:
    For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks:
    Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.
    Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life:
    And I will dwell in the House of Mochas forever.
    ~Author Unknown

  9. It’s fictional guys. Haha. Bawas-bawasan ang kape para ndi masyadong nerbyoso. The moral of the story is dahan dahan lang sa coffee. Enjoy each cup, bonus na lang ung planner after. Nice story.

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