Diane Reyes had spent the last six years working in Japan as a teacher. This year, she looks forward to finally spending Christmas with her family. The holidays have become even more enjoyable for Reyes as SM Global Pinoy and BDO held “Pamaskong Handog para sa Global Pinoy”, a special Christmas treat for OFWs and beneficiaries held at SM Supermalls nationwide on December 10, 2016.
SM Global Pinoy and BDO worked hand in hand with SM Supermalls and The SM Store to give OFWs like Reyes and their families a special day to celebrate a uniquely Filipino Christmas celebration featuring a variety show and celebrity appearances exclusively for OFWs and their families in 10 SM Supermalls across the country.
“The Pamaskong Handog Para sa Global Pinoy is really for our modern heroes and their families because it’s not every year that they get to experience Christmas here and so we want to them to experience the unique Filipino Christmas to make their homecoming memorable and truly heartwarming,” said Glenn Ang, Senior Vice President for Operations of SM Supermalls and Program Director of SM Global Pinoy.
Aside from the variety show, OFWs were also treated to a Free Movie Day at select SM Cinemas nationwide, a 10% percent discount at all branches of The SM Store and a 5% discount at any branch of SM Appliance.
The OFW families also got a chance to win prizes and giveaways from Jollibee, SM Foodcourt, Watsons, Toy Kingdom, SM Markets, Taal Vista Hotel, SM Storyland, Sky Ranch, and SM by the Bay Amusement Park.
SM Global Pinoy has always recognized the valuable contributions of the country’s seafarers and other overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to the country and to their families, which is why the SM Global Pinoy Program was launched.
John Arnold Corcuera, a nurse who had worked in the Middle East, expressed his joy for being an SM Global Pinoy member saying the program has made it easier for them to spend some precious time with their family because of the perks and privileges. “My experience as member of Global Pinoy is the best. Wala nito sa ibang malls, kundi SM lang and we feel very special whenever we get into a Global Pinoy center,” he said.
Some OFW beneficiaries also share their experience when it comes to the remittance service of BDO. “Mabilis po ang padala. Patuloy po akong tatangkilik kasi maraming privileges na natatanggap” said Regina Montalbo of Tierracon Homes of Caloocan City who receives remittance through her BDO Kabayan Savings Account. Motalbo, one of the winners of SM Gift passes from BDO, also shared “Maraming salamat po sa BDO at masaya ako dahil nabunot ako at nanalo sa raffle.”
BDO has always been in the forefront in serving the OFWs and their families through BDO Kabayan Savings Account and various activities that cater to the needs of OFWs. BDO treated OFW families to a day of fun and entertainment by bringing their endorsers to the Pamaskong Handog event – Piolo Pascual at SM Consolacion Cebu, Xian Lim at SM City San Pablo and Maine Mendoza at SM Novaliches along with other stars Kim Chiu at SM City Cabanatuan and SM City Marilao, Enrique Gil at SM City Rosario, Angeline Quinto at SM City Batangas, Richard Poon at SM City Cagayan de Oro, JC Santos at SM City Sta. Rosa and Jona Viray at SM City Iloilo.
“It has always been BDO’s commitment to address the remittance needs of OFWs and we make this possible through BDO Kabayan Savings Account. We do our best to ensure their remittances arrive fast and safe, and at the same time help secure the OFW families’ future through the account’s free insurance. In line with this commitment is giving honor and gratitude to our kababayans by holding the annual “Pamaskong Handog para sa Global Pinoy ”, said Genie T. Gloria, Senior Vice President of BDO Remittance.
Glenn Ang, Senior Vice President for Operations of SM Supermalls and Program Director of SM Global Pinoy added “There is no Christmas celebration like what we have in the Philippines and so we gave our OFWs and their families an unforgettable one-day Filipino Christmas celebration that they have missed for many years filled with entertainment, fun, games and prizes”.
About SM Global Pinoy
The SM Global Pinoy program was created as a fitting tribute to OFWs by giving them the exclusivity to stay connected with their families and spend quality time together in SM malls. Part of the program is the establishment of SM Global Pinoy Centers in every SM Supermall. To date, there are 40 Global Pinoy centers in select SM malls all over the country. Aside from the Center, SM Global Pinoy also conduct free educational seminars and activities that are relevant to its OFW members. Members are also entitled to exclusive perks & privileges from SM’s partner establishments nationwide.
About BDO Kabayan Savings Account
BDO Kabayan Savings Account is the heart of BDO’s service to Filipinos overseas and their families in the Philippines. Through this service, customers receive remittances through their accounts in a fast, safe and convenient manner and at the same time, are entitled to long-term benefits that aim to protect their future. Going beyond just sending money, BDO nurtures a lasting relationship with Filipino migrants and their families through BDO Kabayan Savings Account, other products and services tailor fit to meet the OFW market’s needs, as well as events aimed at reaching out and giving honor to the OFWs.
For more details, please visit www.bdo.com.ph.