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!

Jonathan E. Chua and Mount Iriga

Hula Hoops, Ping Pong Balls and Tennis Balls

The City of Iriga is located at the heart of the Bicol Economic Growth Corridor and is one of the fastest growing cities in the region. It has evolved into an eco-tourism, agro-economic and educational hub with two big universities within the city. Surrounding the area are more than thirty natural springs giving the city the name “City of Crystal Clear Springs.” Iriga is also referred to as a “Character City” and its citizens have earned the reputation of being warm, friendly, and industrious.

But that’s not why I was there …

Recently at Singapore Management University, I gave a talk about Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), their families, remittance, and BeamAndGo. After the talk, I was introduced to the Honorable Ronald Felix Y. Alfelor, the Mayor of the City of Iriga.

Turns out the Mayor and I share the same advocacy – fiscal responsibility and financial literacy. As a result, he invited me and the BeamAndGo team to a visit and speak with the Iriga’s business, education, utilities and healthcare leaders.

With the wind at our backs, Albert Go (Marketing Director), Jasmin Co (Business Development Associate) and I packed our bags and headed to Iriga for a 3 day, 2 night adventure.

On our first day in Iriga, we spent the afternoon talking with a group of city leaders and business people, discussing the social issues that OFW families are experiencing. We presented the BeamAndGo platform as an agent of positive change and spent time fielding questions and exchanging ideas.

Everybody say

The gang is all here

The merchants, schools, hospitals and utility companies provided great feedback on implementation, concerns, and adoption. It was encouraging to see both the private and public sector acknowledging the plight of OFWs and the willingness to work together on a solution. Love it!

Gawad Kalinga Character Village

On our second day, we were given a tour of Iriga’s Gawad Kalinga Character Village. This village was, and continues to be, the pet project of former Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazman.

Situated along the hillside facing Mount Iriga, the Character Village was built by the poor and less fortunate. Those who participated in the building eventually became the residents. The village is clean and well-maintained. And over the years, through the hard word of the dwellers, this community has become self-sufficient. Power!!

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The Steps of Gawad Kalinga Character Village

At the top of these steps is a wonderful vista of Mount Iriga. I have a bunch of pictures of the view, but I think it’s better if you visit it yourself and enjoy the scenery with your own eyes.

A word about Madelaine Alfelor-Gazman: she is the former Mayor of Iriga and served that position for 9 years, ending in 2013. During those years, she was responsible for much of the city’s progress. She is also a member of Kaya Natin and an avid proponent of good governance.

When there was free time, there was good food …

C’mon, this is the Philippines, you know the food is going to be delicious! We were lucky enough to have the time to enjoy 3 meals a day and each meal was yummy: crispy pata, dinuguan, corned beef hash, pancit, manok inasal, kare kare, sisig, bulalo, inihaw na posit … these are a few of my favourite things!

masarap!

masarap!

In one of our meals, we had the pleasure of tasting the Bicol speciality pinangat. I was already full before I had my first bite, but the pinangat was soooo good, that the taste of all that coconutty goodness made me hungry again.

By the end of the trip, the Mayor noticed that I had gained weight. And he was right!

So what does all that have to do with Hula Hoops, Ping Pong Balls and Tennis Balls?

On our last night in Iriga, we were invited to the surprise birthday party for the President of the University of Saint Anthony. We arrived a little late and missed the surprise part, but we didn’t miss anything else …

Highlight #1. A group of very talented singers and dancers did an Iriga version of Your Face Sounds Familiar. One word: Bondying.

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Bondying relaxing! Couldn’t find a better pic, so this will have to do. I think this is from the movie The Little Big Boy (1989)

Highlight #2. Lechon and home-made ice cream.

Highlight #3. Well-sung, really fun karaoke lead by ma’am Madelaine and Romy. While they sang, we danced.

Highlight #4. Three parlour games: the first game involved passing a set of hula hoops through 10 of us, while we were holding hands; the second game was to shoot ping pong balls into a cup, which rested on top of a person’s head; and the last game was a relay race where the participants had to run around a chair while dribbling a tennis ball.

Our visit to Iriga was productive and the party was great way to end the trip. To paraphrase Arnold Schwarzenegger, “we’ll be back.”

Shout outs to Mayor Ronald Alfelor, former Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazman, Nenet Berina, Nona Santiago, Peter Lagyap, Lilo, and everyone we met at Iriga.