When BeamAndGo first opened its social enterprise and financial technology services for Filipinos in 2014, we made it loud and clear that our mission is to empower OFWs by providing them an alternative means to ensure that their hard-earned savings are invested on their families basic needs: food, medicine, bills payments, and education.
Granted the fact that most money remittances by Filipinos are intended for their families’ supermarket shopping for their daily needs, BeamAndGo today offers digital gift certificates or vouchers at 9 supermarket chains spread throughout the entire archipelago.
Out of the 10.23 million overseas Filipinos (Commission on Filipinos Overseas, 2014), did you know that close to 50% are from Luzon, the largest and most populous island of the Philippines? Can you imagine the millions of overseas Filipinos from the north who provide for their families? In some cities in Ilocos, almost 60% of the population of families rely on OFW remittances.
In this blog post, we will give spotlight to overseas Filipinos from Ilocos, Calabarzon, National Capital Region, Central Luzon, and Bicol.
If you are one of them, here are our Top 5 Luzon Supermarket picks for you:
Branches: LCC branches are located in Daet, Iriga, Legazpi, Masbate, Naga, Sorsogon, and Tabaco. List of branches, store hours, and address can be accessed here.
Why we think it’s best for you: Almost every corner and every street in Bicol is filled with LCC supermarkets. From fresh seafood and vegetables to poultry and choice meats, you can count on LCC. It’s located almost everywhere in Bicol.
Branches: San Roque Supermarket has 10 branches in Luzon scattered in Manila, Novalichez, Cavite, Navotas, Antipolo, and Valenzuela. List of branches, store hours, and address can be accessed here.
Why we think it’s best for you: We know you are gonna love San Roque Supermarket because OFWs get the best deals for their Sari-Sari stores and household needs. No further explanations needed!
Branches: Super 8 Grocery Warehouse has branches in Laguna, Cavite, Metro Manila, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Pampanga, and Bulacan. List of branches, store hours, and address can be accessed here.
Why we think it’s best for you: This place really defines “Super!” The prices are affordable and they provide a variety of items. From groceries to school supplies, anything that your family would need can be bought here.
Branches: Jenra Supermarket has branches in Dau, Sindalan (San Fernando), and Angeles City. List of branches, store hours, and address can be accessed here.
Why we think it’s best for you: Jenra is popular among Kapampangans. Sari-sari store owners as well as Kapampangans in Japan and Hong Kong have taken advantage of their incredibly cheap prices and wide selection of items.
5. Johnson’s Supermart (new merchant!)
Branches: Johnson’s Supermart has two branches in Laoag City for your family to enjoy. It is also the trusted and friendly neighborhood supermarket in town.
Why we think it’s best for you: You wouldn’t know what no-frills means until you go to Johnson’s Supermart. Its compact space lets you find what you need in an instant. Fast and easy!
Here’s our remittance advice and more tips for your supermarket shopping!
Budgeting: Daily, weekly, or monthly shopping.
Shopping must be done weekly so that food at home is kept fresh. It’s also dangerous to bring a lot of cash inside the supermarket. Plan your weekly or monthly visit and have a grocery list prepared. When using BeamAndGo gift certificates, your sister, mother, or children only need to show the SMS at the customer service counter or cashier.
Pay close attention to the amount you are comfortable sending to your families using BeamAndGo. Purchase any Supermarket GC now and within 24 hours, your family member in the Philippines will receive an SMS with a serial code and confirmation number to present at your selected Supermarket.
You may use your credit card, debit card, PayPal, or even pay cash through a remittance center once you have selected a Supermarket. Check out the list below to see the best option for you:
Save up to Php 560, on us! Just enter the discount code BNG7 before checkout and we’ll give you a 7% off on your first purchase.
So what are you waiting for? If you want to ensure your remittances will be spent on supermarket needs and not on anything else, visit BeamAndGo and try out our digital gift certificates.