Shawarma Shack as Franchise Company of the Year at The Manila Times “Global Excellence Awards”

The most dynamic franchise firm in the Philippines and soon will conquer also globally is Shawarma Shack for its best practices and nationwide success. 

The Founder and CEO

One of the young leaders of this generation with proven success. The person behind the success of Shawarma Shack is its Founder, President, and CEO, Walther Uzi Buenavista. In the seven years that Buenavista has been managing the business, his direction is always laser-focused on his three main motivations: Growth, Innovation, and Employment.

Thus, what started as a simple food stall in Divisoria in February 2015 has now become a leading innovator in the food cart business.


This growth was also fueled by his desire to bring their products closer to the customers. Shawarma Shack now has stores in key locations across the country with over 750 branches and still counting. "It presented a significant growth in terms of augmenting the demand from our customers and expanding enterprise sales," Buenavista pointed out. 

Because of the company's growth, Francorp Philippines gave Shawarma Shack a “One to Many The Millennial Club Award” in October 2017. This award is given to businesses that were able to reach double-digit number of branches in three years. In 2017, Shawarma Shack already had 28 outlets, the same year when Buenavista was just 28 years old while Shawarma Shack was only two years old. Today Shawarma Shack has more than 700 branches. 

The Manila Times

For this year, The Manila Times, the oldest extant English-language newspaper in the Philippines will launch “Global Excellence Awards” to highlight these leaders who are making a difference and inspires the country for their audacity, grit and success.  

Walther will receive an award for Shawarma Shack as the most franchised brand in the country and his corporate social responsibilities to help the indigents and marginalized. 


The success of Shawarma Shack lead the way to others to follow. A franchise (or franchising) is a method of distributing products or services involving a franchisor, who establishes the brand's trademark or trade name and a business system, and a franchisee, who pays a royalty and often an initial fee for the right to do business under the franchisor's name and system. As of the moment, Shawarma Shack is opening more branches in different parts of the country. 

The main objective of the Global Excellence  Awards is to celebrate these leaders to be emulated and to inspire others with their challenges and success. For more information, call 09778978877. Email at

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