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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Masubukan nga! OFWs buy their groceries in Davao

The head honchos at BeamAndGo have been hearing a lot of good things about your experiences sending good stuff to your loved ones. Since we also want to have some of that fun, CEO Jonathan E. Chua and SVP Albert Christian Go made their way to the Davao City Gaisano Mall (GMall), and tried to act like they were the recipients of an OFWs love and concern.

Bago pa namin ibahagi ang magandang kwento sa GMall, our question is, are you already a member of BeamAndGo? Wala pong bayad ang registration at lagpas 80,000 OFWs na ang binibigyan namin ng tulong at karagdagang alaman sa wastong paraan ng pagshopping sa grocery.

Ano pa ang hinihintay niyo? Halina at mag register sa BeamAndGo 

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Albert and Jon with our friends from GMall

Sabi nga ng mga signage sa pagdating pa lang nila, “Davao: Life is Here.” Oh, di ba? Mukhang fun nga talaga sa simula pa lang.

Pagdating nila ng GMall, kita kaagad nila ang dami ng mga pagpipilian. When we chose our partners, we made sure that you, our members would have the best choices available. That’s why we have GMall for all you guys.

Related: did you know that BeamAndGo has more to offer than just supermarkets? Click here to find out

Jon took the lead by going around the spacious and very

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Mukhang gustong gumawa ng banana que ni Jon.

clean shopping area. He took a basket and started getting the good stuff! Ano ang kinuha niya? Ano pa? Pilipino pa rin iyan kaya dapat may spaghetti at saging!

Si Albert naman, feeling healthy kaya mga gulay muna ang tinutukan. Siyempre pa, sariwa lahat ang hain ng GMall dito at sobrang matulungin pa ang mga tao.

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Gulay, gulay, gulay

Ewan lang pero may plano atang magluto itong dalawang lalaking ito. Biro lang yan! Ang binili nilang groceries ay para sa mga OFWs katulad niyo – ang OFW Watch.

Pagkatapos ni Jon mamili, eto na ang pinaka-test: Pumunta na siya sa kahera para tignan kung ano nga ba ang mga nararanasan ng mga mahal ninyo sa buhay pag namimili sila gamit ang tulong ng BeamAndGo. Siyempre pa, sobra nang dali nga, ang sarap pang malaman na talagang matulungin ang mga taga-GMall. Ipakita mo lang ang cell phone mo kung saan nandoon ang digital gift certificate na galing sa BeamAndGo, solb ka na!

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Ang mahiwagang BeamAndGo digital gift certificate

Tulad ng lahat ng tao, takot din si Jon at Albert na hindi magamit nang maayos ang pera nila kaya gusto talaga nilang subukan kung paano nga ba bumili ng mga pangangailangan gamit ang sistema namin.

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Ayan. Nakapamili na. Happy-happy na!

Kung dati, enjoy kaagad pag Davao ang pinag-uusapan, mas lalo pa ngayon! Sigurado ka nang mapagkakatiwalaan mo ang mga merchant ng BeamAndGo tulad ng GMall na may 5 branches sa Mindanao (General Santos, Digos, Toril, Tagum, and Davao) . Patuloy pa kaming nagdaragdag ng mga bago kaya sabihin na ninyo rin sa amin kung ano ang mga supermarket, department store, o mall diyan sa inyo. Kung wala pa sila sa BeamAndGo, makaaasa kayong hindi magtatagal, mga Beamer na rin sila.

O, kapwa Beamer, padala na sa Pilipinas! Punta na sa BeamAndGo at magsimula na sa pagshopping!

Dagdag Sahod Pang OFW: Sino ang dapat makinabang?

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We recently talked about domestic workers in Singapore now having a minimum salary of SGD 550. That’s a good thing, of course but too many of us don’t know what to do with even an extra SGD 50 or SGD 100. Meron pa nga diyang nakapulot lang ng Php 20, di na alam ang gagawin.

The main idea is this: Continue to live like you were still earning your old salary. Yes, treat yourself to something good or special. Movies are expensive in Singapore so you may want to choose that. Have a nice pepper or salted egg crab dinner with cereal prawn and some satay on the side. What about a day in Sentosa, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, or Universal Studios? You deserve that.

BAG-160124-001However, after the little treat to yourself, go back to living frugally. This is actually your best chance to save. You do this effectively by revising that budget you started making as suggested in a previous blog post. (Find it here.) Don’t think about this money as a bonus. Think of it as an opportunity.

An opportunity for what? Marami.

There are many choices but here are some:

1) Send at least 30% of that extra to your mother and father. If you are now getting SGD 100 more, 30% is SGD 30 or Php 1,000. That’s Php 12,000 for a whole year! Hindi na masama iyon. To make things more secure, go to BeamAndGo.com and send them a gift pack they didn’t expect. Next is to make this a regular thing they can count on month on month. Get started here.

2) Put at least 30% in the bank. If you don’t have a bank account yet, open one but take note of the minimum monthly balance. DBS, POSB and OCBC are excellent banks and though SGD 30 may not seem much now but when you have SGD 360 more in your account at the end of the year, that’s definitely something to smile about. Be careful with the minimum maintaining balance. For example, you may need to have at least SGD 1000 in your account every monthly. If you can’t maintain that amount, you may get hit with a penalty resulting in your losing money little by little.

3) What about the remaining 40%? Find an investment plan. The banks in Singapore or the local insurance companies in the Philippines offer various investment products. The younger you are, the better to start because the benefits are bigger for much less money.

That 40% not enough for an investment plan you want? You can also redirect a little from your present budget to get that investment plan. Don’t think about this will result in more money leaving your pocket now. It will be a better future for you if you invest while you can.

4) One other option is just splitting the extra funds into half or a 40%-60% split. One part for your parents and one part for your investment into the future.

5) Look into medical insurance for your parents or your kids. There are different options, of course, but consult with your family doctor to determine what is the minimum needed. Need some options? You have PhilCare and Standard Insurance to choose from. Try looking here.

Also, make sure they are already enrolled properly with PhilHealth.

 

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6) Send your parents or your spouse and kids a goody bag using BeamAndGo. Yes, you can’t go to the supermarket with them but with a BeamAndGo digital gift certificates (GC), it’s almost the same thing. Have you gone to Gaisano Mall or Iloilo Supermart with them? Get a GC at one of the participating supermarkets and make sure to have them send you photos. It’s not only for memories, it’s also a way to bond with them. Do that here.

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Mag-shopping na para kina Tatay at Nanay!

The bottom line here is that regardless of how much money you make, you really have to have a budget and you need to stick to that budget. Though you should be happy with this new reported increase, you should also realise that on the whole, it’s not a whole lot of money and you have to make the best use of it as possible.

Many times, helping your family with the everyday necessities is part of what you can do best. BeamAndGo makes that happen and you start doing that by clicking here.

Working overseas and missing your mom

Your first and truest ally

Face it: When things get really difficult at work or when the people you live with prove more challenging than usual, you will normally grab your phone to have even a short talk with your mother. It’s normally just an issue of how much money you have set aside for making calls. Thank goodness for things like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, and Viber.

When I was still an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Singapore, I was one of the musicians in my church. In one Mass for Filipinos, the priest focused on how each and every one of us there owed so much to our mothers. Hit with some inspiration, I began playing the notes of “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan” on the piano. When I glanced at the congregation, hardly any person there, male or female, had dry eyes.

Why does any discussion on mothers cause such a reaction? For starters, a mother is always a person’s first supporter, the first fan. If you think about it, the mother is also the first real friend and chat mate with some mothers talking to their children as early as the pregnancy stage. Many of us have the experience of our mothers knowing something was up even before we knew about it or had the gumption to talk about it.

For example, when I was seven years old, I came home and my mom just looked at me. “May lagnat ka.” I gave this quizzical look and said, “Ha?” True enough, I was running a fever even though I didn’t feel it yet.

That’s how moms are and this is one reason why we can’t hide much from them and why our mothers are normally our first and truest allies.

This is why each OFW will always have this nagging question: How is my my mom? Is she okay?

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Remember the times when you were too tired that she carried you?

This question is made stronger every time an OFW comes home only to leave for work again. You just can’t get rid of that feeling that maybe just so you don’t worry about her, your mother is not telling you everything she actually needs.

This is one of the reasons why BeamAndGo came to be. Each OFW wants a good measure of assurance that things are okay back home. You’re like that, aren’t you?

The surprise and the usual

Giving your mother chocolates is a good thing. So is giving her a bag of groceries. Mothers love that their little baby is able to earn a living, live a life independently, and send a goody or two back home one in a while. She won’t tell you though. You just see the twinkle in her eye and perhaps the hastily-brushed-off tear.

With BeamAndGo, you can actually do this much more easily and more frequently. For example, if you send her a BeamAndGo gift certificate of Php 1,000 (approximately SGD 30 or HKD 160), she can easily get perhaps the following items:

  1. Adult milk (600g): Php 270
  2. Sugar-free Coffee (20 packs): Php 106
  3. Crackers (850g): Php 147
  4. Dried Mangoes (100g): Php 50
  5. 5 cups of instant noodles (35g): Php 79
  6. Spaghetti (450g): Php 36
  7. Sweet Spaghetti Sauce (25kg): Php 22
  8. Cooking oil (1L): Php 170
  9. High Fiber bread loaf: Php 90
  10. Cheddar cheese: Php 45
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Halina. Bili na!

What’s even better is that BeamAndGo’s partner merchants offer better value than leading supermarkets. These merchants are your “neighborhood” groceries such as Gaisano Mall of Davao (Davao), Gaisano Capital (Cebu), or Iloilo Supermart (Iloilo). Knowing these guys are also on your side can truly give a whole new and meaningful importance to your hard-earned money.

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She was your first companion and lakwatsa buddy.

When you miss your mother, maybe, instead of going out with some friends to burn that SGD 30 or HKD 160, you can just go to the BeamAndGo website and send your mom something that she appreciate.

What we have above most likely won’t last a month but think of it as something like your way of giving back to mom for all the times she didn’t have a lot of money but spent it on one slice of 3M Pizza or a Burger Machine cheeseburger and a bottle of Coke just so her little baby could have something to eat after a tiring day in school.

Yes, that’s your mom, nanay, mama, nanang, inay, ima, mudra. Why don’t you give her a call now and tell her something is on the way to make her smile?