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OFW Shopping Advice: How to take care of your family’s needs in Bicol!

Mga kababayan nating Bicolano! Miss mo na ba ang pamilya mo dito sa Pinas? May good news kami sa inyo mga ka-Beamer! Hindi hadlang ang layo mo dahil swak na swak na magpadala ngayon para sa inyong loved ones. Here’s Liberty Commercial Center (LCC) to provide a  variety of good quality products with excellent service. You can send your love through our gift certificates from LCC Supermaket and Department Store. Bukod sa grocery items, pwede din makabili ng other items na pwede nila magamit every day.

Summer Shopping for your loved ones!

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Ang bilis ng panahon, summer is approaching! For sure na madami nang plano ang pamilya mo na mga outing. At siyempre, una sa listahan nila kung ano ang mga ihahanda. Para ‘di maging drawing ang swimming, bili na sa BeamAndGo ng LCC gift certificate dahil dito affordable na kalidad pa sa LCC Department Store!

  • Electronics,
  • School supplies,
  • Uniform,
  • Household needs

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Sikat na sikat naman ang Supermarkets ng LCC! Tiyak na makakatipid ang inyong pamilya! Alam niyo naman na ang groceries ang priority niyo sa kanila bilang isang OFW. Kumpleto po ang selection nila from snacks, milk, meats, and fresh vegetables.

RELATED STORY: Ang Magaling na OFW, marunong mag budget ng grocery!

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New branches!

Dahil sa galing ng serbisyo ng aming trusted supermarket merchant, nadagdagan na ang Redemption Centers na kung saan pwede i-redeem ang BeamAndGo gift certificates. Mas mapapadali na ang pagkuha ng ‘yong pamilya ng mga items para sa daily needs nila.

LCC is not new for our consumers in Bicol, it has been considered as one of trusted stores in their place. They serve really well, kaya naman pinagkakatiwalaan ng mga kaibigan nating Bicolano. Sa dami ng tumatangkilik ng kanilang mga produkto, nagawa nilang magkaroon ng department store at supermarket. They offer a lot of items kaya naman winner para sa mga tao.

Redeem at the following branches in Camarines Sur:

  • LCC Daraga – Cor. Rizal and Regidor St, Daraga, Albay
  • LCC Labo – Bry. Poblacio Labo Camarines Norte
  • LCC Legazpi- Peñaranda St,. Legazpi City
  • LCC Market Plus Daet- Barangay 6 Market Site, J. Lukban St., Daet Camarines Norte
  • LCC Masbate- Zurbito St., Brgy. Bapor, Port Area, Masbate City
  • LCC Naga – Felix Plazo St., Naga City
  • LCC Polangui – Ubaliw St, Polangui, Albay
  • LCC Sorsogon- Magsaysay St., Sorsogon City
  • LCC Tabaco- Ziga Avenue Tabaco City

Upon confirmation of digital gift certificate, beneficiary may now purchase at any of the LCC participating branches below. For the complete list of participating branches, visit niyo lang ang website nila sa http://lcc.com.ph/malls/

How to avail LCC gift certificates?

Para sa mga kababayan naming OFW na gustong magpadala sa pamilya nila sa Bicol, para sa inyo to! Madali lang ang pagsali sa BeamAndGo. First is you have to visit our website. Mag-sign up lang at ilagay ang lahat ng iyong details sa required fields. Para mapadali din kayo, pwede din ninyo panuoring ang instructional video ng BeamAndGo. Tandaan na free po ang membership at mahigit 100,000 members na ngayon ang BeamAndGo!

Once the registration is done, you can now log in and select LCC Supermarket or LCC Department Store as your chosen store. One gift certificate is worth Php500, ikaw ang bahala kung ilang GCs ang gusto mong ipadala sa family mo. To proceed, you need to put the full details of your recipient. If you’re already a member, just continue your order. Last step is the payment, you can choose whatever payment method you want.

If you are from another province and would like to know our other supermarket partners, you don’t have to worry because we have 12 supermarkets across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao! edm_beamandgo_supermarkets

Once na matanggap na ng iyong recipient ang transaction codes, pwede na niya ito i-redeem sa kahit saang LCC Redemption Centers na malapit sa kanila.

Madali lang diba? Visit na sa www.beamandgo.com at bumili na!

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Mga sikat na Festivals in Davao: Adto ta Didto! Celebrations that make OFWs miss home!

Davao is home to a lot of our hard-working kababayans. Aside from being hard-working, kilala ang mga Davaoeño at Davaoeña sa pagiging malinis, disiplinado, masayahin, at festive. From family gatherings, such as birthdays and weddings, to community gatherings like fiestas, celebrations in Davao are definitely something to look forward to. Kaya nga hindi natin masisisi ang ating mga kababayang OFW for missing their hometown while abroad. Sino ba ang hindi makaka-miss sa masarap na pagkain sa handaan, sa sayawan at kasiyahan, at syempre, ang pagiging malapit sa mga kapamilya at kaibigan?

Related: Balik-Pilipinas: What Makes You Miss Home?

Kung kailangang mamili para sa mga handaan sa Davao, GMall ang dapat puntahan!

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Send GMall Supermarket GCs using BeamAndGo!

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Uuwi ka man sa Davao bilang balikbayan o bibisita bilang turista, heto ang mga celebration na hindi mo dapat palampasin:

Araw ng Dabaw

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Kung uuwi ka ngayong summer, isakto mo na sa week-long celebration ng Araw ng Dabaw! Sa linggong ito, the people of Davao celebrate their foundation as a city. From March 10 to 16, kaliwa’t kanan ang kantahan, sayawan, cultural performances at competitions. Magsusulputan ang mga vendor ng local food and delicacies na siguradong nakakatakam. Hindi mawawala dito ang paborito nating Durian at iba-ibang pagkaing gawa dito.

Sa huling araw, may masaya at makulay na paradang magiikot sa Davao City. Ito ang pinakamasaya at nakaka-enganyong bahagi ng celebration na ito.

Kadayawan Festival

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Sino pa ba sa atin ang hindi pa nakakarinig sa Kadayawan Festival? It’s one of the most popular festivals in the region and in the Philippines. Nagdadagsaan ang mga turista sa Davao para makisama sa kasiyahang ito!

Every third week of August, Davao celebrates its abundance of culture, harvest, life, and oneness of the people. Nakakatuwang masilayan ang mga tradisyon ng mga lumad, mga tribong muslim na binibigyan ng pagkakataong ipamahagi ang kanilang kultura sa Kadayawan. Makikita ang mga ito sa Tribuhaning Pasundayag Cultural Show at Tribuhanong Dula games. Sikat din ang sayawan sa street dance parade o Indak-indak sa Kadalanan. Dancer groups from all over Mindanao come to showcase their culture through music and dance. Another highlight of the festival is the pageant, Hiyas ng Kadayawan. This is where the smart and beautiful young women of Davao compete to become the representative of Davao’s colorful culture and tradition.

Like Araw ng Dabaw, Kadayawan also ends with a parade. Pamulak Kadayawan is a parade of flowers and fruits by communities, organizations, and businesses. The flowers and fruits symbolizes the abundance of bounty in Davao.

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The parties and festivities don’t just stay on the streets. Different establishments, like GMall, participate during these festivals by having sales and bazaars. Mas marami kang mabibili, kahit may budget ka, kapag may piyesta!

‘Wag mong kalimutang magpadala ng BeamAndGo Supermarket GCs para makapaghanda ang iyong pamilya ng inyong mga paborito!

Related: Balik-Pilipinas 2: Kain Tayo Dito!

Aside from these festivals, the different communities in Davao and its neighboring provinces celebrate their heritage during different fiestas. Pagpapakita ito ng pasasalamat para sa mga biyaya. This is why a lot of festivals celebrate bounty and agriculture: Palay Festival, Banana Festival, Durian Festival, etc. Marami din ang fiesta para sa mga santo at santa, o mga sinaunang diyos ng mga ninuno sa Davao. But one thing Davaoeños and Filipinos are most thankful for is being with loved ones to celebrate life. Wala talagang tatalo sa piyestang Pinoy dahil nandito ang lahat ng makakapagpasaya sa atin.

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The gifts that your Mahal won’t re-gift

Nakapag-regalo na tayo sa ating mga ate, kuya, nanay, at tatay, at nakapag-regalo na rin tayo sa ating mga anak. Ngayon, oras na para pasayahin naman si Mister o si Misis. Para sa lahat ng sakripisyo niya ngayong taon, oras na ito to shower them with love, para naman makabawi sa oras na hindi natin sila kapi.

Siguro nga ay ito na dapat ang pinaka-pinagisipan at pinaghirapang regalo. Paano ba naming sa isang taon na pag-aalaga, pagti-tiyaga, at pag-iintindi, na makakalimutan natin silang pasayahin ngayong Pasko? Kaya naman kami rito sa BeamAndGo ay naghandog ng iba’t ibang ideas na swak sa pangangailangan at panlasa ng iyong pinakamamahal sa buhay:

Para sa techie na Misis o Mister

Enjoy na enjoy ba sa pagse-selfie si Misis? O kaya naman ay nahuhumaling na sa app games si Mister?  Sorpresahin mo na siya with these functional but affordable phones from Kata Mobile! Ang magandang camera ng Kata i3L ay perfect pang-selfie ni Misis, habang ang Kata Tmini3 naman ay may screen na talagang masusulit ni Mister sa kanyang mga laro!

Click here to buy a Kata i3L or Tmini3 today!

At syempre, samahan mo na yan ng kaunting load para naman may data sa paglalaro, pagsesend ng selfie, at pang-Skype! Mapa-Globe, Sun, Smart man yan ay may load ang BeamAndGo para dyan!

Click here to buy load!

Para sa fashionistang Misis o mapormang Mister

OOTDs (Outfit Of The Day) ba ang palaging inaabangan ni Misis? O kaya naman ay alam na alam nang paparating na si Mister sa tuwing naaamoy na ang kanyang pabango? Tiyak na mag-eenjoy siya sa regalo mong Department Store GCs! Siguro ay iniisip nating bilhan sila ng bagong damit, sapatos, o kaya naman ay pabango o make-up. Pero hindi ba mas nakaka-enjoy rin kung sila ang makakapili ng kanilang gusto?

BeamAndGo has Department Store digital gift certificates for Johnson’s Supermart, LCC Department Store, Metro Gaisano Department Store, and Gaisano Capital.

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Click here to buy BeamAndGo Department Store GCs today!

Para sa Misis o Mister na mahilig magluto

Sabi nga nila, the best way through a man’s heart is through his stomach. Ang panahon ng Pasko ay panahon din ng handaan, kaya naman nag-ready na rin ang BeamAndGo para sa mga loved ones natin na bida sa kusina turing Noche Buena. Hindi nawawala dyan ang Fruit Salad, Macaroni Salad, Spaghetti, at marami pang iba.

Para naman sigurado tayong the best pa rin ang handa ngayong Pasko, sorpresahin mo na rin si Mahal ng mga Christmas Packages mula sa BeamAndGo na tamang panggawa sa mga pangkaraniwang hinahanda tuwing Pasko!

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Click here to send BeamAndGo Christmas Packages today!

Para sa Misis o Mister na health conscious

Isa ba si Mister o Misis na active sa joggers’ club or zumba club ng inyong barangay? O kaya naman ay talagang he/she maintains a fit and active lifestyle? Siguradong matutuwa siya kung makikita niya na very supportive ka rin sa lifestyle na ito!

Para sa rest and relaxation time after these activities, bagay na bagay sa kanya ang mga produkto mula sa Giga! Organic ito at parang dinala mo na rin ang spa directly sa inyong bahay dahil kasama na ang delivery if purchased through BeamAndGo!

Click here to buy Giga Products from BeamAndGo

Kung supplements naman ang hanap mo para kay Mister o Misis, may Ritemed din tayo para sa kanya! You might think na hindi ito masyadong angkop na pang-regalo sa Pasko, pero isa itong nice gesture para sa mga tunay na health conscious. Tamang Alaga ay siguradong maihahatid ng Ritemed!

Kung gustong alamin kung “May Ritemed ba nito?” ang mga supplements o gamot na ginagamit ni Misis o Mister, feel free to visit Ritemed’s website before placing an order at BeamAndGo!

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Click here to buy Ritemed GCs from BeamAndGo

Ito na, kabayan! Nakapag-isip ka na ba ng perfect na regalo para sa iyong pinakamamahal na asawa ngayong pasko? Kung hindi ka pa rin makapag-decide, magpunta ka lang sa BeamAndGo to check out our other items there!

Click here to find the perfect gift for your loved one!

Merry Christmas!

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6 Gift Ideas for Mom & Dad: Mga Santa Claus ng Buhay Natin

Lumalamig na ang simoy ng hangin dito sa Pinas. This means Christmas is just around the corner! Dadayo na ang mga carolers, mga inaanak, at mga kaibigan at kapamilya natin para makisama sa kasiyahan ngayong Pasko. Dahil malaking bahagi ang bigayan ng regalo sa panahong ito, we should spend time and thought on what to give our loved ones. By giving practical and affordable gifts, we can show them how special the are nang hindi nabubutas ang ating mga bulsa.

In our previous blog post, we’ve also shared holiday saving tips for you and your family.

Unahin na natin ang dalawa sa pinakamahalagang tao sa ating mga buhay: ang ating mga magulang, ang mga Santa Claus ng buhay natin. ‘Di na natin mabibilang kung ilan at anu-ano ang mga naibigay sa atin ni mommy at daddy. At kahit wala silang hinihinging kapalit sa pagpapalaki at pag-alaga nila sa atin, this Christmas is the perfect time to give back! Here are 6 practical and affordable gift ideas for mom and dad:

1. Christmas Cards

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Christmas is a great opportunity to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us — ‘wag nating palampasin ang pagkakataong ito! Buy a Christmas card from the nearest bookstore or make your own! Ang mahalaga naman ay masabi mo ang gusto mong sabihin. Hindi kailangang mamahalin ang iyong regalo. It’s the perfect time to thank our parents for all they have done for us. Siguradong marami na ang kanilang naisakripisyo para sa atin. No material gift can replace a simple “thank you” and “I love you” written on a card they can keep forever.

This might be the cheapest yet most meaningful gift you can give your parents. Uso na ngayon ang e-mail, texts, at Facebook wall posts, but nothing can compare to an old-fashioned handwritten letter.

2. Bagong Damit

As you grew up, your parents bought you countless clothes. Ngayong Pasko, bumawi naman tayo!

Maong jeans, belt, at shoes, ang ilan sa mga praktikal na regalo para kay daddy. Lagi niyang magagamit ang mga bagay na ito at pwedeng ulit-ulitin. Make sure to choose something with good quality pero affordable pa rin!

Para naman kay mommy, a classic blouse or dress, bag, at sandals. Syempre dapat favorite color niya ang piliin mo!

Instant trip to the department store na yan if you send them BeamAndGo Department Store GCs. Click here.

3. Care Packages

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Minsan nakakalimutan ng ating magulang na alagaan ang sarili nila. They have always been putting us first. Giving them a care package containing different health and wellness products would remind them na hindi nila dapat kalimutan ang sarili nila. We want them to be happy and healthy, ‘di ba?

Some care products you can consider to include are bath essentials, vitamins and health supplements. Pwede kang mamili ng mga paborito nilang ginagamit sa katawan o kung ano sa tingin mo ang magugustuhan nila. There are ready-made packages you can find sa mall. Para mas mapadali ang pagpapadala sa iyo, meron din tayo niyan sa BeamAndGo!

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For more BeamAndGo Special Packages, click here.

4. Pang-exercise

Enough exercise is essential to stay healthy as we grow older. Kaya naman, magandang idea ang bigyan ang ating mga magulang ng regalong makakatulong sa kanilang pag-exercise.

Kay papa, bagong bola ng basketball o jersey. Ok ‘to para yayain niya ulit ang kanyang mga kaibigan para mag-basketball, just like the good old days! Matibay na running shoes o badminton racket naman for mama. Giving your parents these items will give them more reason to exercise and become healthier. Isama mo rin silang magjogging tuwing umaga ngayong Pasko! Presko naman ang hangin kaya maganda itong bonding experience para sa buong family this season.

5. BeamAndGo Supermarket GCs

Syempre hindi natin makakalimutan ang BeamAndGo Supermarket GCs! It’s a practical gift, not just for parents but for anyone. Sila na ang pipili ng kung ano man ang kakailanganin nila, not just for their household. Our BeamAndGo partner merchants have a wide variety of offerings, which range from household items, to food, clothing, at marami pang iba! Ang maganda pa dito, pwede mo siyang ipadala kahit nasaan ka man. Kaya kung hindi ka makakauwi ngayong Pasko, isa ito sa mga maaari mong ibigay sa iyong magulang na madali lang ipadala.

It takes less than 3 minutes to sign up!

Giving BeamAndGo Supermarket GCs is not just a personal gift, but a gift for the whole family. Marami kang pwedeng pagpilian sa ating merchant partners:

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6. Gadgets

Hindi kailangang magpapahuli ang ating mga magulang sa mga uso, kahit sa mga gadgets! Maraming practical and affordable gadgets ang pwede mong ibigay kay mama at papa, tulad ng earphones, powerbanks, gadget cases, tablets and phones. Kailangan nila ito, para mas madali ang pagtawag at pagtext sa kanila.  Your loved ones should always be just a call or text away, especially para sa mga kababayan nating OFW.

Using BeamAndGo, you can send your loved ones affordable gadgets in a few clicks! Pwedeng pagpilian ang Pyxis S1 Powerbank , Kata i3L Smartphone at Kata T Mini 3 Tablet.  Both these gadgets are inclusive of shipping fee at kami na ang bahala mag-deliver sa bahay ng iyong mga magulang.

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This Christmas, show your parents you love them in every way you can!

For more BeamAndGo Christmas Offers, click here.

 

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Christmas Tipid Tips!

Papalapit na ang Pasko, Beamer! For most of us, mapapadalas ang pagkikita natin with our friends, relatives, and family. Mas madalas ang tawagan, kwentuhan, at kainan! Pati ba gastusin madadagdagan? Para hindi naman maubos ang 13th month pay at Christmas bonus mo, here are some money saving tips for you and your family this coming holiday season:

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Spending more time with our families at home shouldn’t mean our expenses have to go up! Maraming paraan para makatipid para makatipid sa mga gastusing-bahay. Ang pinaka-importante, mag-set ng budget at sundin ito!

Sa susunod mong pamimili, magpadala ng Supermarket GCs using BeamAndGo!

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Sa ganitong paraan, mas mapipilitan kang mag-stick sa iyong budget. Find a supermarket near you! We’re working on adding more supermarkets to make BeamAndGo more convenient for you.

Related: OFW Shopping Advice: ‘Wag mong bilhin ‘yan! 

  • Magsama-sama sa isang kwarto. Christmas is all about spending quality time with your loved ones. Spend more time together in the same room to catch up and bond! Make sure that all lights, electronics and appliances in other rooms are turned off and unplugged kung hindi niyo naman ginagamit. Makakapag-bonding na kayo, makakatipid pa!
  • Hindi mo kailangan ng bagong damit. Mapapadalas ang mga gatherings ngayong holidays. Syempre kailangang maganda at presentable ang suot natin! ‘Di naman kailangang bago, basta malinis at mabango. Kung bibili ka man, buy one or two new items — hindi kailangang bago ang buong outfit! Dahil medyo malakas ang konsumo ng paglaba at pag-plantsa, make sure to wash and iron clothes in big batches. Maiging gumamit ng fabric conditioner, para mapadali ang pagplantsa at mabango ang inyong mga damit.
  • Mix your dishwashing liquid with water. Sakto lang ang gamitin mong dishwashing liquid para sa mga hugasin at laundry detergent para sa mga labada. You won’t need too much of these! Para mas makatipid, pwede mo pang ipang-dilig ang tubig na nagamit mo na.
  • Hinay-hinay lang sa Christmas lights. Syempre, gusto nating masaya ang mood tuwing Pasko. Pero hindi lahat, nadadaan sa Christmas lights. Decorate your home with simple and affordable ornaments that don’t need electricity. Kung may Christmas lights at mga parol ka, turn these off late at night to save electricity.

Handaan Tips

Paborito nating mga Pinoy ang kainan! If you’re going back to your hometown this Christmas, siguradong excited ka nang matikman ang mga paborito mo. Click here to find out some of our Beamers’ favorite dishes and delicacies from their hometowns.

  • Plan dishes and potluck with your relatives. Pag-usapan niyo ng mga kapamilya mo ang inyong mga gustong kainin ‘pag may reunion. Hati-hati kayo sa paghanda ng iba’t ibang ulam. Makakatipid na kayo sa pambili, makakatipid pa kayo sa oras sa paghahanda.
  • Make your own meals. Sa Noche Buena, Media Noche, at mga simpleng kainan, cook your own dishes. Ito ang panahon para matikmang muli ang mga favorite family recipes natin! There’s nothing like sharing a home-cooked meal with the people you love the most.
  • Isahan ang pagluto ng kanin. Naku, kulang ang handa kung walang kanin! Minsan, ito pa nga ang nakakalimutan natin. Most of our favorite Pinoy dishes are best served with warm rice. To save time and electricity, cook rice to the brim. Sa dami ng bisita at kainang sa panahong ito, hindi masasayang ang kanin mo. Before meals, reheat your rice for a short while using your electric cooker. Kapag sa tingin mo namang malapit na itong mapanis, cook it as fried rice para tumagal pa ang lifespan nito.
  • Make a grocery list. Sa pagbili ng mga kailangan mong ingredients sa handaan, gumawa ka ng listahan para wala kang makalimutan. This will also help you stick to your budget, especially if you’re using BeamAndGo Supermarket GCs.

Gift-giving Tips

  • Make a list. It’s also good to list down the people you’d like to give gifts to. Per person, mag-set ka din ng budget mo. Think about each person and kung ano ang mga bagay na gugustohin niyang matanggap this Christmas. Kung higit sa isang tao sa isang pamilya ang bibigyan mo, why not just give a gift for their whole family? Mas marami ka pang napasaya!
  • Look for items on sale. Hindi kailangang mamahalin ang ibibigay mong regalo. It’s the thought that counts naman! And cheap doesn’t mean low quality. Ngayong Pasko, maglalabasan ang mga sale at promo sa mall — look for these items and stick to your budget. Baka gusto mo rin subukang gumawa ng regalo from scratch! Pwede kang gumawa ng dessert, tulad ng leche flan, cheesecake, kakanin, at iba pa. Samahan mo na rin ito ng Christmas card with a heartfelt message!
  • Recycle gift wrappers. ‘Wag ka nang gumastos pa sa gift-wrapping. Sisirain din naman ‘yun, diba? Use old newspapers, magazine pages, or even manila paper to wrap your presents. To add extra flare, you can paint over your present or add a stylish ribbon.

Choosing a gift for your loved one can become a challenge. Abangan mo sa mga susunod na linggo ang mga tips namin to find the perfect gifts for your family members and friends!

Before we forget, may isa pa pala kaming extra holiday tip para sa’yo: subscribe to your mobile network’s unlimited promos. Siguradong marami kang tatawagan at itetext in the next weeks. Dahil marami kang babatiin ng “Merry Christmas!” at “Happy New Year!”, mag-unli ka na!

Still in the lookout for great Christmas gifts to send back home? All these available at BeamAndGo. Bili na! 

 

 

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Balik-Pilipinas 2: Kain Tayo Dito!

Tunay ngang malaking bahagi ang pagkain sa ating culture dito sa Pilipinas. A lot of our kababayans abroad, or even Filipinos simply away from their hometowns miss the food and the memories that come with it. Food is one of the things that brings us together. Dahil dito, tinanong namin kay Malou, Joelyn, Monica at Francis kung ano ang mga namimiss nilang mga ulam at delicacy sa kani-kanilang mga hometown.

Para sa mga ingredients ng mga paborito mong ulam (at iba pa), nandito ang ating mga partner supermarkets, Beamer!

Magpadala na sa iyong mga mahal sa buhay ng mga Supermarket GCs:

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Malou, Ilocos Sur

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 6.53.31 PM.png“Ang puso ko ay nasa Ilocos talaga kasi nandoon ang mga mahal ko sa buhay,” Malou tells us. Her mom is from Davao, where she spent 3 years to study. Lagi siyang nasa Manila, but her heart is in Vigan, where her papa is from. Kaya as soon as she had a chance, she bought a small property in Ilocos Sur. Sabi niya, isa sa mga paborito niyang memory ay ang pagluto ng kanyang papa para sa kanilang pamilya:

“Namimiss ko talaga yung sariling recipe ng father ko, ginisang tahong. Pwedeng ma-preserve ito, kaso matrabaho ang pagluluto. After he passed away, ‘yung brother-in-law ko na ang laging nagluluto. As in sobrang sarap niya magluto! Specialty niya ang sinigang na bagnet at lomo-lomo (soup made with pork and other internal organs). ‘Pag nauwi ako sa Vigan, gusto kong matikman agad yung Vigan longganisa. Halos araw-araw kong almusal yun!”

Aside from these, madami pang food and delicacies ang mahahanap mo sa Ilocos. Malou also loves to eat what they call jumping salad, fresh live shrimp with tomatoes and salt. “Bubuksan mo nang maigi, tapos kakainin mo ng buhay pa!” Naliligo pa nga sila Malou sa Carayan river, where you can catch the shrimp. Their other delicacies include sinigang na bagnet, puki-puki, and the famous Vigan empanada. You can find delicacies in public markets, roadside stores, and even supermarkets in Ilocos, like Johnson’s Supermart

Kung taga-Ilocos Sur ka, sign up na sa BeamAndGo! We’ll be offering Supermarket GCs for establishments near you soon.

Since Malou lives alone in Manila, what she misses the most is her family. “Mas masaya ang kainan, ‘pag kasama ko ang pamilya ko.” Whenever she misses Vigan, she can always cook Vigan longganisa to remind her of her hometown.

Related: Balik-Pilipinas: What Makes You Miss Home?

Joelyn, Pampanga

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Joelyn at Sandbox, Porac, Pampanga

Si Joelyn naman, taga-San Fernando, Pampanga. Tumira din ang kaniyang pamilya sa Middle East dahil doon nagtrabaho ang kanilang ama. Pero hindi nila matiis at bumalik din sila, lalong-lalo na when they remember her mother’s cooking. Joelyn’s mom usually cooks adobo or sinigang. “Sa amin, we add gabi (taro) and  tamarind seeds as part of the ingredients. The soup is more gooey and it tastes better. My mom is a Bisaya so she doesn’t really cook Kapampangan food that much. My dad is the real Kapampangan rockstar.” We asked Joelyn how it’s like to live in the culinary capital of the Philippines. Hinding-hindi ka raw magugutom doon! Madaming restaurants, turista ka man o local. Kahit nga sa kapit-bahay ka lang pumunta, siguradong masarap ang nakahain!

“Nothing beats the original sisig of Pampanga! This recipe is made from pig ears, cheeks, snout, and liver. Whenever we have guests to tour around, we bring them at Aling Lucing located in Angeles City. You can taste the best ever tasting sisig served in a sizzling plate. This delicious dish which was traced as early as 1732.

You can also try eating frogs here! It’s called Batute Tugak, and it tastes just like fried chicken. Another exotic dish, Camaru or cricket is also a must try! It’s a crunchy delicacy like chicharon. And who wouldn’t miss the chance to eat bringhe—a savory rice dish comparable to paella. Pampanga is also widely known for having the best tocino because of Pampanga’s best.”

Joelyn’s family loves to eat. Lagi itong kasama sa kanilang bonding experience. They visit restaurants that offer familiar dishes, like Susie’s palabok and kakanin. She tells us that most of her favorites are just simple, but it reminds them of a lot of memories they have together. The moments with family are what matters — whether at home, at a restaurant, or shopping for ingredients at Jumbo Jenra. Sabi pa nga niya, “what will always make me miss home is the peace of mind I get when I’m with my family in a place that binds us together. The delicious food is just a bonus.”

Monica, Metro Manila

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Monica having dinner with her family

Growing up in the capital of the Philippines gave Monica a chance to try out different food. Since Metro Manila is the hub of the country, lahat ata ng ulam at pagkain mahahanap mo dito! Pero syempre, wala talagang tatalo sa masarap na home-cooked meal. Her family’s specialty is a dish cooked with red beans and pork or beef. We asked if there’s a secret ingredient and she laughingly said, “yes, but that’s a secret!”

Ingredients for Filipino dishes are easy to find! Wherever you go, may wet market o bilihan ng mga ito. Kung gusto mo ng isahang bilihan, dumiretso ka na sa Super 8. All branches offer a wide variety of offerings, from household items, to clothing, and groceries. Pero bago ka mamili ng groceries, basahin mo muna ang aming tips para siguradong kasya ang budget mo. 

Manila offers a wide variety of delicacies, which are specialties of some provinces but can be widely found around the metro. Some of Malou’s favorites are suman, sapin-sapin, banana chips, and pancit malabon. Whenever she has relatives or friends who visit Manila, sinasamahan pa niya ang mga ito para bumili ng pasalubong.

Francis, Davao

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Sikat ang Durian na galing sa Davao. Isa ito sa mga hinahanap-hanap na prutas ng mga turistang bumibisita. Francis shares with us how easy it is to find it in Davao, especially during Durian season.

“If its durian season, you don’t need to make an effort to find Durian. To be precise, you can smell it everywhere in Davao which actually what durian is famous for, aside from its heavenly taste. And even if it’s not Durian sason, you can still find a few at Magsaysay Park, one of the places in the city where it is always available.”

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Durian, a must-try in Davao

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Francis’ dad usually cooks for their family. Ang paborito niyang ulam ay ang kinapasayan (whole chicken soup). Para siyang tinola, but with a twist — the secret ingredient: slices of bananas! “It adds a little sweet taste to the usual tinola. It completely changes the general taste of the dish.” Another tip from Francis, when cooking kinapasayan, you should use organic chicken.

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Kinapasayan

“This is the core of the dish. If it’s not then, it will not taste as good as the organic chicken. I’m not sure if others will like it too, but what I’m sure of is that it’s worth trying!

I remember when I was young, my father and I went out of town just to get the organic chicken. By the time we got home, we prepared everything we needed for the dish. He asked me to slice the chicken’s neck but I said “I don’t want to do it because I pity the chicken” My father then said, “Son, this is the chicken’s purpose, to be eaten by mankind. If we eat it, it will achieve its purpose. Then the chicken will be happy, so I did it. As we ate our dinner, I surely knew that I liked the chicken alive but I realized I liked it even better on my plate.”

The food we have been accustomed to is a very significant part of our lives as Filipinos. Pero kung titignan mo, mahalaga ang pagkain natin because it brings us together. We love eating with the people close to our hearts. Kaya sa susunod mong kagat ng paborito mong ulam, remember the fond memories you have eating it with your loved ones. And remember how BeamAndGo is one of the ways you can show them how much you love them.

Hanggang sa uulitin, Beamers!

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Balik-Pilipinas: What Makes You Miss Home?

Missing home is a feeling we often experience, especially as an OFW living far away. Home is where the heart is, ‘ika nga nila. At para maiparamdam na mahal mo ang pamilya mo sa iyong hometown, subukan mong magpadala gamit ang BeamAndGo.

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Tinanong namin ang ilan sa mga Beamers what it’s like to live in each of their hometowns — from their simple experiences to the memories they cherish the most. Ito ang kwento ni Raizza, Tom, Angela, at Shelly.

Raizza, Bicol

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Raizza is from Albay, Bicol, home of the infamous Mayon Volcano. The last time she’s been there was a year ago, October 2016. Swerte raw kapag nakikita mo ang Mayon ng buo. Kadalasan kasi, natatakpan ito ng mga ulap. Fortunately, Raizza always gets to see Mayon’s true beauty every time she visits.

For someone who spends so much time in the city, Raizza enjoys the slow pace in Bicol — yung feeling na hindi nagmamadali o minamadali. She says it makes one appreciate the little things that go by your day even more. Here’s how she describes coming back to her hometown of Albay:

“As cliché as it sounds, maririnig mo sa umaga ang mga tumitilaok na manok. I’d still be half

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Raizza’s favorite: tablea chocolate & binugtong

asleep by then, but I’ll always remember that my provincial home would be alive and bustling as early as 4:30 am. Maghahanda si Lolo at Lola para sa 5 AM mass at para mamalengke. ‘Pag 7 AM na, halos lahat ng nasa bahay ay gising na upang magsalu-salo. Siguradong nakahanda ang paborito kong tablea tsokolate at binugtong, a Bicolano delicacy made of glutinous rice with coconut cream wrapped in a banana leaf. Very similar to suman, only creamier.

After breakfast, I’d usually have somewhere to be in the city. Either bibisita ako ng mga friends ko from childhood or iikot lang ako para magliwaliw. Ang masaya diyan is there’s barely any traffic. I prefer going around the area via tricycle or jeep.

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Raizza’s family at Biggs

‘Pag in the mood si Lolo at Lola, lalabas rin sila kasama ang rest of the family. Usually, in the afternoon mamamasyal kami sa LCC Mall in Legazpi. Sasamahan ko ang Mommy ko at Lola ko na mamili sa department store. Kapag dinner, walang tatalo sa iconic Biggs food chain. Meron nito sa LCC Mall kaya it’s good narin na nandun kami. Biggs is a famous diner (and the biggest fast food chain in Bicol) that serves western food with a Bicolano twist.

 

Maaga natatapos ang araw kapag nasa probinsiya. By 7 or 8 pm, handa na ang lahat na matulog at mapahinga para sa susunod na araw.  No pressure at all thoughout the day, kaya you always feel so relaxed.”

We also asked her what she misses the most. Sabi niya, it’s being around with her grandparents. Besides the satisfaction of having her favorite people around, the calmness and serenity of the environment. Fresh na fresh and hangin at hindi masyadong mainit dahil sagana ang mga pananim at puno sa paligid, as she would say.

Tom, Iloilo

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Tom is from Jaro, Iloilo City. Ang huli niyang punta doon ay noong May 2016. Iloilo is known for it’s virgin beaches, batchoy,  heritage sites, and modern jeepneys that roam around the city. Coming back to his hometown always excites him. And whenever he does, he makes sure to spend a lot of time with his family and friends.

“Every time I visit Iloilo, I always make sure that I’m doing something each day. In the morning, Its either I try new restaurants, maybe visit the beaches or maybe just chill outside my home and enjoy the fresh air. At night, we go out and drink because the night life scene in Iloilo’s crazy.”

Tom remembers how delicious the food is in his hometown, especially the seafood. He even says, “you can never go wrong with the seafood in Iloilo. They’re huge and you can get them for a very cheap price.”

Angela, Negros Occidental

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Angela was born in Escalante City, Negros Occidental. The last time she visited was three years ago before she entered college. The province of Negros is quite known for their festivals: Pintaflores at San Carlos City, Panaad and Masskara at Bacolod, Manlambus Festival sa Escalante City, and a lot more.

Angela shares with us her favorite memories in Negros:

“I feel happy whenever I’m on a vacation in my hometown because I get to see my family and friends. Nakakapag-bonding kami. Catch up catch up, ganon. Andun ‘yung nostalgic feeling everytime uuwi ako. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam.

Simple lang ang buhay sa probinsya. Doon, kapag may vegetable garden ka, mabubuhay ka na! Ang hanapbuhay ng mga tao ay simple lang din, kumakasya lang ang kinikita nila sa pang araw-araw na pangangailangan. Laging kumakayod, bawal magpahinga. ‘Yung iba, umalis na papuntang ibang bansa para magtrabaho, tinitiis nilang malayo  sa kanilang pamilya para lang mabigyan sila ng magandang buhay. Kaya saludo ako sa mga mahal nating OFWs na kinkaya lahat matustusan lang ang pangangailangan ng kanilang pamilya. Mabuhay po kayong lahat!

Para makatulong sa mga OFWs with families in Western Visayas, may partner merchants ang BeamAndGo sa regions na ito. Kasama na dito ang Gaisano Capital, Iloilo Supermart, at Prince Retail.

Marami ka pang ibang puwedeng pagpipilian dito!

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Ang pagpapadala mo ng BeamAndGo Supermarket GC ay isa sa paraan ng pagpapakita ng pagmamahal sa pamilya mong, miss na miss mo na. Here’s what Angela misses most about her hometown:

“The spirit of Bayanihan. Sa probinsiya, madaling lapitan ang mga tao, lalo na sa panahon ng pangangailangan. Namimiss ko na din ang fiestas doon. May sayawan kasi doon sa ilalim ng buwan at mga niyog kapag fiesta, dito wala kasi di naman uso ang maingay na fiesta, at wala namang puno ng niyog dito sa Maynila, haha! One of the memories I cherish is nung nagpunta ako ng Panaad Festival sa Bacolod City, kasama ang kaibigan at pinsan ko. Pakiramdam ko halos nalibot ko na ang buong Negros Occidental!

Siguro kung may namimiss man ako ng sobra sa probinsya ay ang pamilya ko. Naalala ko, bago matulog ay ang pagdadasal namin ng sabay-sabay. Pag-gising naman sa umaga ang routine namin ng mama at mga kapatid ko is magwalis sa bakuran. Iba kasi talaga kapag kapiling ang pamilya, lahat gumagaan.”

Shelly, Davao

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Shelly at GMall, Davao City

Shelly is a proud Davaoeña. Her hometown is in Davao City, a coastal commercial center near Mt. Apo, the Philippine’s highest peak. It is also notably famous for Philippine Eagle and a place where you can get a lot of fruits and crops. Shelly tells us that aside from the numerous beaches and resorts, maraming mall sa Davao: Abreeza Ayala, SM, NCCC and the famous GMall. We also asked Shelly how it’s like in living in her hometown. Ito ang sinabi niya:

“Waking up in the Land of Promise is a great feeling. You are truly home safe with the people you spend everyday with. You can just go around and plan what you need to do for the day without worrying too much because the city has friendly beautiful men and women who love peace.

A typical day for me would be waking up with my coffee, doing routines at home, going to the mall. I actually like going to GMall, the place has variety of items from their supermarkets, food chains, to department stores. It’s a one-stop shop. And this mall really has a lot of affordable things to offer. Jeepneys pass by the mall making it convenient for commuters and shoppers. Taxis are everywhere too. It’s amazing to be here and every place is definitely accessible in the city.

Sleeping at night is one of my favorite things. Karaoke is limited to 10 PM so you can sleep soundly, hearing the chirping birds and animal friends in the background. And yes, I am living in an urban city but I can still feel like I’m in the countryside too. That is what most of us desire, I guess.”

Shelly misses the peaceful environment in Davao the most — how people treat you kindly, how they follow rules, and the lovely weather to match.

Ito ang mga namimiss nila sa mga lugar na kanilang kinalakihan. It’s such a good feeling to look back on those moments and places that have significant places in our hearts. And just because we don’t come back regularly, doesn’t mean we can’t show the people we miss how much we care for them. Sending Supermarket GCs using BeamAndGo is one of the ways to do so. Kahit saan pa man ang hometown mo, siguradong may option ka dito!

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