OFW SHOPPING ADVICE: Bakit magandang puntahan ang supermarket na ito?

One of the goals of the Overseas Filipino Workers is to be able to provide the basic needs of their families back home. They don’t consider anymore the pain of being distant in order to give a better life for their loved ones.

As a part of the BeamAndGo’s promise to help you take care of your family’s needs, handog namin sa’yo ang one of our trusted merchant partners na may 35 branches in Visayas and Mindanao (as of December 2017). Alam namin na matagal mo nang hinihintay ang serbisyo na hatid ng Gaisano Grand Malls, kaya excited kami na ipakilala pa sila sa inyo!

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BEAMANDGO SALES/CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER, SHELLY, NAG-SHOPPING PARA SA KANYANG MGA KIDS.

 

Sa tulong ng partnership ng BeamAndGo at Gaisano Grand Malls, rest assured na ang budget mo for your family mapa-weekly man o monthly ay diretso na sa grocery shopping needs nila through our digital gift certificates.

 

 

 

 

Ano’ng mayroon sa Gaisano Grand Malls?

Gaisano Grand Malls are known for their affordable yet high-quality items offered to the people who are keen on choosing the right product. Karamihan ng mga taga-probinsya ay Gaisano talaga ang takbuhan kung kailangan nila mag-shopping mapa-supermarket man o department store.

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Sa araw-araw na gawain, hindi na nawawala ang paghahanda ng mga goods at stocks. Number 1 dapat ang grocery items pagdating sa pag-ba-budget ng bawat pamilya. Ito rin ang isa sa mga rason kung bakit nagsusumikap ang mga kapamilya natin abroad. Para ma-iprovide ang basic needs ng kanilang loved ones sa Pinas.

Katulad ng iba naming partners, 100% proven and tested na sobrang affordable ang mga bilihin dito. Mayroon silang wet goods (meat, fish) at mga prutas at gulay na talaga namang makikita mo na fresh na fresh pa! Bukod d’yan, kumpleto ang Gaisano Grand kung ang hanap mo naman ay pambaon ng mga chikiting. Basta’t huwag lang kakalimutan na ihanda ang listahan ng mga kailangan unahing bilhin bago pumunta ng mall!

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LAGING MAY SALE SA GAISANO GRAND, KAYA NAMAN PABORITO NI AW-AW NA MAGPUNTA DITO PARA BUMILI NG DAMIT NIYA NA MAGAGAMIT NIYA SA KANIYANG TRABAHO.

 

 

At s’yempre, kasama rin sa basic needs ang mga damit, sapatos, appliances, school supplies, kitchenware at kung anu-ano pang mga kagamitan na kailangan sa bahay. Maaasahan mo ang Gaisano Grand dahil reasonable ang price at talaga namang matibay ang mga ito!

 

 

Check the list below and pick the nearest branch for your family!

  • Gaisano Grand Fiestamall-Tabunok – South Road Tabunok, Talisay City, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan – 6015, Agus Road, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Carcar – Poblacion Awayan, Carcar City, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Minglanilla – Poblacion Ward III, Minglanilla, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Moalboal – Poblacion East, Moalboal, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Dumanjug – Gica Street Poblacion, Dumanjug, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Toledo – Sangi, Toledo City, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Talamban – Kalubihan Talamban, Cebu City, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Mandaue – A Del Rosario St. Mantuyong, Mandaue City, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Cordova – King Dagami St. Brgy. Bang-Bang, Cordova, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Liloan – Poblacion, Liloan, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Jai-alai – C.Padilla Jai-alai Mambaling, Cebu City, Cebu
  • Gaisano Grand Davao South Citimall – Illustre St., Davao City, Davao del Sur
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Tagum – Apokon, Tagum City, Davao del Norte
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Kidapawan – Purok 1, Brgy. Lanao, Kidapawan City, Cotabato
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Digos – Zone 1, Quezon Avenue, Digos City, Davao del Sur
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Toril – Saavedra St. Toril, Davao City, Davao del Sur
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Polomolok – Brgy. Magsaysay, Polomolok, South Cotabato
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Tibungco – KM. 18, National Tibungco, Davao City, Davao del Sur
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Nabunturan – Purok 20 Poblacion, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Panabo – Quezon St., Brgy Sto. Niño, Panabo City, Davao del Norte
  • Gaisano Grand Mall San Francisco – National Highway, Brgy. 05 Poblacion, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Koronadal – General Santos Drive, Koronadal City, South Cotabato
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Calinan – P-12 Bukidnon Road Highway Calinan, Davao City, Davao del Sur
  • Gaisano Grand Digos Marketplace – Rizal Avenue, Digos City, Davao del Sur
  • Gaisano Grand Bayugan Marketplace – Purok 12 Narra Ave. Poblacion, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Antique – Brgy. 8 Bagumbayan, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique
  • Gaisano Grand Roxas – Arnaldo Boulevard, Roxas City, Capiz
  • Gaisano Grand Roxas Marketplace – San Roque Extension, Roxas City, Capiz
  • Gaisano Grand Bacolod Mall – Araneta St., Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
  • Gaisano Grand Bacolod Main – Cor. Ballesteros, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
  • Gaisano Grand Kabankalan – Tan Lorenzo St., Brgy. 1, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental
  • Gaisano Grand Mall Catarman – Brgy. Macagtas, Catarman, Northern Samar
  • Gaisano Grand Calbayog – Brgy. Poblacion Navarro St., Calbayog City, Samar
  • Gaisano Grand Balamban – National Highway Pondol, Balamban, Cebu

How to avail gift certificates from Gaisano Grand Malls?

The first thing to do is create a BeamAndGo account at www.beamandgo.com. Registration is FREE! Just provide the required details (full name, location overseas, valid email address and mobile number).Welcome na welcome ang lahat ng OFWs sa BeamAndGo, kaya try na!

Log in your BeamAndGo account and go to our STORE page. Choose GAISANO GRAND as your selected product and it’s up to you kung ilang worth PHP 500 GC/s ang i-sesend mo sa ‘yong pamilya. The more, the merrier! Also, do not forget to check your recipient’s FULL NAME and MOBILE NUMBER. And finally, you can now proceed to checkout. You can pay via credit card, debit card (PayPal), online bank transfer, or pay over the counter at any remittance centers that accept BDO deposit and through our partners, Pacific Ace, iRemit, PayRemit, Speed Money Transfer or PNB!

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When everything is processed, makakatanggap ng transaction codes ang iyong beneficiary thru SMS. Pupunta lang sila sa branch ng Gaisano Grand Malls na pinakamalapit sa kanila at i-pe-present ang SMS codes at isang valid ID sa Customer Service Department. Since we have your recipient’s details, our Customer Service will call and assist them right away.

Simple lang dito sa BeamAndGo, kaya simulan na ang pagbili ng digital gift certificates para sa iyong loved ones. Bukod sa hassle-free, kontrolado mo pa ang iyong perang padala!

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Kaya ano pang hinihintay mo? Mag-BeamAndGo ka na!

Filipina in Japan gives her thumbs up: “BeamAndGo is here to help your families.”

No matter how modern and fast-paced our lifestyles may have become, ‘di mawawala sa ating mga Pilipino ang pagiging matulungin. Bayanihan is one of the most admirable attributes of Filipino culture. Galing ang salitang bayanihan sa bayan — meaning nation, municipality, and community. Kaya naman, we are always willing to lend a helping hand to the whole BeamAndGo community.

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A lovely family picture of Gina and her children

By sending Supermarket GCs to your family in the Philippines, mas madadalian ang pamilya mo sa pag-budget ng mga gastusin. Tulad ng pagpapadala,  isa sa mga bihasa sa pagpapadala ng Supermarket GC ay si Gina–isang loyal Beamer from Japan. Sanay na siya sa pagpapadala ng GMall Supermarket GCs sa kanyang pamilya. 

Sa BeamAndGo, we have a 24-hour promise: your family will receive the gift certificates in 24 hours or less. Sign up na para makapagpadala ka na!

In a change of events, Gina sent Supermarket GCs for Super 8 instead of GMall to her daughter, Arisa. Sinubukan nila ito dahil bumisita ang kanyang anak sa Manila. To make sure na makakarating sa kanyang anak ang kanyang ipinadala, Gina contacted Angela, our customer service representative. Nang malaman niyang nandito si Arisa, sinamahan niya ito at ang kanyang mga kaibigan sa kanyang pamimili sa Super 8 Libertad

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Arisa’s friends and our extra smiling Customer Service representative, Angela

Dito sa BeamAndGo, gusto naming convenient at smooth ang experience ng bawat Beamer. Kaya naman Angela is more than happy to help Arisa in her grocery shopping sa Super 8.

Isa ang Super 8 Grocery Warehouse sa mga supermarkets na pwede mong pagpilian! Super 8 branches are located in Metro Manila, Cavite, Antipolo and Northern Luzon. For the full list of branches, click here.

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Habang namimili si Arisa, kasama ang kanyang mga kaibigan, ibinahagi niya kay Angela ang kwento ng buhay nila. More than 30 years na pala ang kanyang ina abroad. She has been working more than 2 jobs, para masuportahan niya ang kanyang pamilya dito. Si Gina lang rin ang nagpapaaral sa kanyang anak and Arisa has always been thankful.

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Arisa, her brother and her tita – regular recipients of Gina’s gift certificates

Hindi man daw vocal si Arisa pagsabing mahal niya ang kanyang mama, she always makes sure she shows this in all other ways. She does this by being studious as a Tourism Major at Holy Angel University, Angeles, Pampanga. Pangarap niyang makapagtapos, makakuha ng magandang trabaho, at makapag-ipon ng malaki. She wants to be successful para makatulong sa kanyang mama at magkasama na sila.

Masaya kaming maging bahagi ng kwento ni Gina at Arisa. More than making it easier for Gina and Arisa to budget and to save on remittance costs, gusto naming mapanatiling close ang bawat pamilya ng ating mga kababayang OFW. Masaya din kaming makatulong sa bawat Beamer, kahit saan man pa kayo sa mundo!

We’re always ready to help you in any way we can! Just send us an email at customerservice@beamandgo.com, our customer service representatives here will gladly assist you. 

The favorite brands you love from Luzon to Mindanao are now available in BeamAndGo. Don’t forget to sign up now and start sharing to this your friends!

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You can pay via credit card, debit card (PayPal), online bank transfer, at any remittance centers that accepts BDO deposit and through our partners, Pacific Ace, Payremit and iRemit!

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Masubukan nga! OFWs buy their groceries in Pampanga!

Sa BeamAndGo, we make sure that our partner supermarkets provide a convenient and pleasurable experience for your loved ones wherever they are, here in the Philippines. Kaya naman binibisita namin ang mga supermarkets na ito, para ma-experience din ang grocery shopping ng iyong mga kapamilya dito.

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Kakadating palang. Nag selfie na agad si Albert sa BeamAndGo Jenra banner!

Before you can send Supermarket GCs to your loved ones, kailangan mo munang mag-register sa BeamAndGo! Libre lang ang pag-register para makapag-padala ka sa iyong mga mahal sa buhay sa Pilipinas kaya register na!.

Today, we will feature a supermarket in Dau, Mabalacat, ang Jumbo Jenra. Our SVP, Albert Christian Go, together with Aica, a BeamAndGo customer and volunteer, headed to Pampanga to check out what Jumbo Jenra has to offer! Tara, samahan kami sa pag-discover!

Albert was immediately greeted by our friends from Jumbo Jenra. Everyone in this store seems to be happy serving their customers kaya naman good vibes ang pamimili. Pag pasok palang, makikita na ito ay isang one-stop shop for everything you need!

Ang Pampanga ay tinaguriang “Culinary Capital of the Philippines,” dahil sa dami ng masasarap magluto sa lugar na ito. Ilan lang sa mga sikat na Kapampangan dishes ay Tocino, Sisig, Halo-Halo at Pancit Palabok. Kaya naman pag naisipang lutuin ng inyong pamilya ang ilan sa mga sikat pagkaing Kapampangan, kailangan lamang nila gamitin ang kanilang BeamAndGo gift certificates upang bilhin ang mga ingredients sa Jumbo Jenra. Makasisigurado ka pang fresh at kumpleto ang mga tinda!

Gaya ng sabi namin sa aming OFW Shopping Advice, dapat unahin ang mga pangangailangan sa household. Albert and Aica roamed around the spacious aisles of Jumbo Jenra to shop for the necessities for their stay in Pampanga. Rice, water, snacks, fruits, and fresh meat — kumpleto sila! Siguradong hindi ka magugutom dito!

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Murang mura ang mga damit! Hindi kailangan ng branded at imported!

Sa Jumbo Jenra, pwede rin mag shopping ng mga damit. They make sure to stock up on variety kaya naman siguradong may makikita ang bawat miyembro ng iyong pamilya. Ang mga kapampangan rin ay kilala sa pagiging mahilig sa shopping. This is evident in the number of shopping malls and mall goers in the area. Pero hindi dapat mag alala dahil ang mga damit sa Jumbo Jenra ay siguradong swak pa rin sa budget niyo.  
Kung kailangan mo ng mga budgeting tips, click here.

Hindi natatapos sa necessities ang grocery shopping ni Albert at Aica. They also looked for different items your family may need. Kung kailangan nila ng brand-new appliances at iba pang mga kagamitan sa bahay, dito rin nila ito mahahanap. Hindi na mahihirapan ang inyong mga mahal sa buhay na maghanap ng kanilang mga pangangailangan. Madali na, enjoy pa! Nakapag-karaoke pa nga si Albert, while grocery shopping dito eh!

Nagtapos ang enjoyable shopping trip nila by using BeamAndGo’s supermarket GCs. It’s easy and hassle free! Tulad ng experience ni Albert at Aica, your family won’t have a difficult time grocery shopping in Jumbo Jenra. Para sa mga katanungan tungkol sa BeamAndGo digital gift certificates, you may contact us at customerservice@beamandgo.com.

Ano pang hinihintay mo? Tara na at mamili sa Jumbo Jenra! You can choose among the three branches in Pampanga: Dau, Angeles, and San Fernando (Sindalan.) Click here to see the full list of branches, their store hours, and full address. Kung walang Jumbo Jenra sa area niyo, ‘wag kang mag-alala! Sa BeamAndGo, we make sure that we cover all areas in the Philippines para sa inyong mga kapamilya. There are many supermarkets to choose from!

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You can pay via credit card, debit card (PayPal), online bank transfer, at any remittance centers that accepts BDO deposit and through our partners, Pacific Ace, Payremit and iRemit!

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7 Tips when living as an OFW in Singapore

Isa ang Singapore sa mga paboritong out-of-the-country destinations of our fellow Filipinos. This may be a reason why a lot of our OFW kababayans choose to work here. For OFWs in Singapore and all over the world, we at BeamAndGo would like to help you take care of your families.

Send Supermarket GCs to your family in the Philippines!

Tanggalin mo na ito sa list ng inyong proproblemahin while you’re in Singapore! Now, it’s good to learn din about the culture in Singapore, para prepared ka!

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Old habits die hard,” sabi nga nila, especially when these habits are a part of our everyday lives. Maraming pagkakaiba ang Singapore from our motherland, the Philippines. It’s no simple to task to adapt to a completely new environment. Ilan sa mga major differences ng Pilipinas at Singapore ay ang religion, language at culture na nagiging evident sa maliliit na bagay gaya ng habits at interaction ng mga tao. We’ve listed 7 attitudes that you need to adapt to when traveling to Singapore:


1. Be ready to walk, walk, walk.

Sa Singapore,Be ready to walk masipag maglakad ang mga tao! Maaaring ito ay dahil sa kanilang low crime rates at maliis na lugar. Their sidewalks are full of people heading to the nearest MRT station, malls, or establishments. Kung ikukumpara, mas mahal ang pamasahe sa Singapore para makarating sa iba’t ibang lugar kesa sa pamasahe natin dito. Kaya naman ihanda ang sarili sa long and far walks, para na rin maka-exercise ka!

2. Follow the rules.

Follow the rulesThis might seem obvious, but sadly, hindi natin sinusunod ang mga simpleng batas when it’s inconvenient for us. Kaya nga sa Pilipinas, napapansin natin na people skip lines, cut each other off in traffic, or bribe certain government officials. But this is not the case in Singapore. May kasabihan silang, “Singapore is a very fine city,” emphasis on fine. Indeed, Singapore is very strict with its rules and regulations, and even one misstep or mistake can set you back a couple thousand SGD in the form of fines. Kaya naman, whether we are abroad or not, we should always follow the rules and keep our impulses in check.

3. Respect Your Surroundings.

Respect your surroundingsSingapore prides itself as being a very clean city. Whatever you do, don’t just throw or leave your trash wherever, because not only does this earn you a heavy fine, it will also offend the people around you and cause you to be the object of not one too many glares and whispers. Meron pa nga silang CCTV cameras sa ibang public restrooms to check if you flushed the toilet or not!

4. Observe proper etiquette in public places

Check your mannersTulad ng pagbibigay nila ng importance sa kanilang environment, the good people of Singapore are also particular with how they treat each other. Things like not hogging the sidewalk, not blocking the escalator by staying to the right side, letting train passengers alight before boarding, giving your seat away to the disabled, pregnant, and elderly are just a few of the basic manners na kailangang i-practice sa Singapore.

5. No Filipino Time

Being on timeNaku! Isa raw sa mga weakness natin ay ang pagkakaroon ng “Filipino Time”. Do yourself a favor and start timing yourself right, because time really is gold! Everything and everyone in Singapore moves like a precisely timed machine; nothing and nobody will wait for you if you are late! Being late will just damage your reputation, your character, and your mindset.

Para makatulong sa pag-manage ng inyong oras, BeamAndGo is here to help! Send your family supermarket GCs and other care packages with just a few clicks!

Nag-sign up ka na ba?

6. Change How You Communicate

No Filipino TimeTayong mga Pilipino ay kilala sa ating malumanay na pananalita o pagiging soft-spoken. Pero ibang ang kanilang kinasanayan sa Singapore. Of course, it’s important to be polite, but not to the point that you can be pushed around. Importante ang pagiging confident sa pananalita. Assert yourself and show that you’re someone to be respected.

7. Be Self-Sufficient

Be self-sufficientWhether you are an OFW working and living there o turista na namamasyal, importante ang pagiging independent. Ang paglinis, pagluto, paglaba at paghuhas ng pinggan ay ilan lamang sa mga chores na magagamit sa iyong stay abroad. May mga pagkakataon na malayo ka sa iyong pamilya kaya naman importante ang na marunong kang alagaan ang iyong sarili.

Para naman sa iyong pamilya sa Pilipinas, alagaan sila sa pamamagitan ng pag papadala ng BeamAndGo gift certificates na magagamit nila sa kanilang iba’t ibang pangangailangan!

See the list of our partner merchants here!

Culture, beliefs at way of life – hindi maikakaila na marami talagang tayong pinagkaiba hindi lamang sa Singapore ngunit pati narin sa ibang bansa. Pero ang mahalaga ay kaya natin mag adapt sa mga ito habang napapanatili ang Tatak Pilipino!

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Kassy, a Speech Communication graduate from UP Diliman, with her Mommy Ailen during her University Graduation last June 26, 2016.

From Dubai with Love: OFW Moms deserve only the best!

We all know it’s difficult growing up far from our parents, especially our mom. Our moms are one of the most influential and important people in our lives. Whenever we need someone to give us advice, someone to understand our shortcomings, someone to support our undertakings, or just someone to be with when life gets a little rough, it’s our moms we go to.

We spoke with Kassy, a recent graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman, who majored in BA Speech Communication. She grew up away from her mom since she was 13 years old. She admits it was difficult having a long-distance relationship with Mommy Ailen, but it was never a hindrance for them to constantly stay in touch. Even if mommy is away, she never forgets even the little things, like the basic needs of her family. Just like any other parent, Mommy Ailen makes sure that her family has their basic needs. To make this part of parenthood a lot easier and better, BeamAndGo is here to help!

Click here to send Supermarket GCs!

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Have you found a supermarket near your family? Buy now!

Kassy tells us that just like most OFWs, her mom decided to work abroad to improve their family’s financial stability. From being a housewife, her mom flew to Dubai, not knowing what job she would get into. She just took her shot. After just 5 days, her mom found a job as a secretary. After a year, she found her current job as an HR employee. She has been happily working for the same company after 10 years. Kassy says her mom is career-oriented. This motivates her to become successful in her future career too as a Speech Communication graduate.

Communication is Key!

Kassy considers herself very close to her mom. Early on, they have always been regularly speaking — talking about the little things, like how their days go, to major life decisions. Thanks to Facebook, they can now talk to each other everyday! Kassy’s mom has been very hands-on in taking part in her life. She makes sure that she’s always here for special occasions and major celebrations. Whenever she’s in the Philippines, they make the most out of their bonding time as a family.

13874954_10207989155501104_103121876_nKassy has three other siblings. Kat, 27, who works as a ground crew, Kyle, 26, a customer service agent and Kris, 18, who is still in school. All four siblings look out for each out other especially when their mom is not here. They’ve learned to count on each other and have formed a solid support group. Whenever Mommy Ailen goes home to Manila, they all go out together. On most days, they communicate through their Facebook chat group.

Related: For bonding ideas for you and your family, click here.

Like other children with OFW parents, Kassy imagines what it would be like if her mom just stays for good. Of course, she prefers to be with her mom more often. And although it’s difficult, she understands that the decision for her mom to work abroad is the more practical option.

To our OFW parents: You deserve only the best!

Bittersweet — this is how Kassy would describe how it is growing up with an OFW mom. Mommy Ailen’s sacrifice to not be with Kassy as she grows up is no joke. Open communication and understanding really is key to staying close with your family, whether together or away from each other.

What’s your family story? We’d love to hear from you as well!

Sign up at BeamAndGo and share us your story!

Kadto ta sa Iloilo Supermart! Bonding ideas para sa mga kapwa OFW

Marami rin ang lalaking OFW. Yun nga lang iba siyempre ang kadalasang trabaho nila. Sa maraming mga lalaking Ilonggo, isa na sa pinakamadalas na trabaho ang pagiging marino. Ibang klaseng pakikipagsapalaran sa malalayong lugar at wala kang ibang makita kundi barko ninyo at ang parang walang katapusang dagat. Tubig lang sa kaliwa, sa kanan, sa harapan, at sa likuran. Iyan ang buhay marino at sa araw-araw, alam mong miss na miss mo na ang asawa mo at ang mga anak mo.

Ang ilan sa kanila, nilalabas ang lungkot sa Dondi Acuesta.jpgpagpunta parati sa gym kung may gym ang barko. Kung wala, jogging na lang nang katakut-takot. Ganyan talaga habang nasa laot at habang malayo sa pamilya.

Kapag nakarating na sa Pilipinas uli, aba, gimik na! Shopping na! Ilabas na ang lahat ng frustration na hindi kasama ang pamilya.

Start Now: Provide for your family’s basic needs! Click here to choose from BeamAndGo’s wide range of supermarket partners.

Ganyan si Captain Dondi Acuesta. More than 29 years in service bilang isang marino na nagdadala ng tanker vessel sa iba’t-ibang lugar – Sweden, Germany, Norway, at sa iba pang lugar sa Europa. Galing no? Pero kung tatanungin ninyo siya, ano ang sasabihin niyang mas gusto niyang gawin?

Mas gugustuhin niyang pumunta ng Iloilo Supermart kasama ang asawang si Agnes na 26 years na in service sa government. Ngayon naman, siya ay isang School Registrar sa Iloilo State College of Fisheries.

Malalaki na ang mga anak nila. Si Tom ay isang Creative Professional sa BeamAndGo, si Pearl ay isang account manager ng isang fashion styling company, si Ereka ay nag-aaral ng Culinary Arts sa College of St. Benilde, at si Doneza, aba, first year proper na sa med school.

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Bili na! The family can’t wait!

Hindi biro ang makapagpalaki ng ganyan. Hindi rin biro ang buwan-buwan mo silang hindi kasama at hindi nakikitang lumaki. Kaya nga sobrang halaga ng mga bonding moment sa mga lugar na tulad ng Iloilo Supermart. Sa sandaling panahong iyon, bawing-bawi na ang mga panahon ng pangungulila.

Kuha na ng BeamAndGo GC para sa Iloilo Supermart!

Halimbawa, to celebrate, gawa na ng spaghetti! O kaya pangahasang gumawa ng La Paz batchoy sa bahay. At para maganda, kailangang bumili ng sariwang karne at iba pang mga sahog. Alam ninyo naman, kung hindi sariwa, iba ang lasa. Swerte lang at sigurado kang sariwa lahat sa Iloilo Supermart. Malapit na sa bahay, maaliwalas pa, masarap pa ang mga benta.

Gusto mo mas mag-manage ng iyong finances?

Tumingin lang dito.

Puro good time na lang ba?

Family bonding e pero paano ba maging good parent sa loob ng isang supermarket? Kasama sa mga pagsubok nina Dondi at Agnes ang maituro sa mga anak nila ang tamang paggamit ng pera. Sabi nga ng matatanda: Hindi iyan tumutubo sa puno.

Idea 1: Compare prices. With a place like Iloilo Supermart, you don’t just have one brand of spaghetti sauce. Look at all the varieties available. Tapos, isipin mo: Ako ba ay sobrang walang oras o tinatamad na hindi ko kayang maggisa at maghalo ng tomato sauce at giniling na karne at keso? Baka mas marami kang magawa at mapakain kung sa halip na ready-made ang bibilhin mo, ikaw mismo ang magluto.

Idea 2: Learn to window shop for future planning. Ano kamo? Walay ka pang kwarta kaya tingin lang muna. Tignan mo kung anu-ano kaya ang magandang ihanda. Halimbawa, para sa isang darating na birthday. Baka may gusto kang panregalo. May pera ka na ba? Baka kailangan mong mag-ipon. So, ipon muna! Ganyan din kasi ang turo nina Dondi at Agnes sa mga anak: Kung wala ka pang pera, wag manghingi. Pag-ipunan mo ang gusto mo. Kung birthday mo, puede ka sigurong manghingi pero kung hindi, sariling kayod, di ba, anak?

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Ito kaya? O ito? Ay magugustuhan nila ito!

Idea 3: Don’t give too much allowance. Kids, don’t ask for too much allowance. Yung tipong sakto lang. Ano ba ang kailangang pera sa school para makakain? Yun naman dapat ang allowance e. Kung may gusto ka, save 10% ng baon. So kung may PHP 1,000 per week, aba, dapat naman at least may matitirang PHP 100 sa dulo ng linggo. Isipin ninyo na lang, kung PHP 100 kada linggo, sa dulo ng isang taon, mayroong PHP 5,200 siguro ang isang bata. Hindi na biro iyon!

Idea 4: Andyan ang BeamAndGo. Gamit na ng mga digital gift certificate para siguradong mabantayan ang lahat ng gastos. Mas madaling mag-budget gamit ang mga GC ng BeamAndGo. Wala nang hassle, aalagaan ka pa nang todo sa Iloilo Supermart.

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Madaling mag-manage ng gastos basta gamit ang mga GC.

Ganyan dapat ang mga magulang: Kailangang magturo magtipid at pahalagahan ang pera pero, kapag puede naman din, salu-salo na. Habang wala pang bagong lakad si Daddy sa kanyang barko, game na game na. Kain na muna lahat!

Punta na sa BeamAndGo website at pumili na ng gusto mong GC!

 

 

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You can pay via credit card, debit card (PayPal), online bank transfer, at any remittance centers that accepts BDO deposit and through our partners, Pacific Ace, Payremit and iRemit!

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Ang magaling na OFW, marunong mag-budget ng grocery!

Masarap magtrabaho sa abroad dahil mas marami ka nang pera. Mabibili mo na ang mga hindi mo noon mabili para sa sarili mo at para sa asawa mo at mga anak mo. Ngayon, makakabili ka na ng gamot ni Nanay at ni Tatay at hindi na nila kailangang magbawas ng dosage o kaya lumiban sa pag-inom nito. Maganda na ang buhay.

Dahil naman sa BeamAndGo, mas makasisiguro kang may mga grocery na puede nang puntahan ng mga mahal mo sa buhay.

Puede ka rin namang pumunta sa aming partner na I-Remit para masilip mo ang aming menu at ang aming grocery partners. Dahil sa I-Remit, puede kang magbayad ng diretso sa kanila at kami na ang bahalang magpadala ng BeamAndGo gift certificate sa pamilya mo.

Pero meron bang malapit na grocery partner ng BeamAndGo sa inyo? Eto sila:

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Branches: Gaisano Capital has more than 27 branches in Visayas and Mindanao. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here

Review: Sikat na sikat na supermarket chain in Central Visayas, particularly Cebu.  It has a wide selection of grocery items. Our secret is use it for department store purchases!

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GMALL (Gaisano Mall of Davao)

Branches: GMall has branches in Davao, Tagum, Toril, Gensan, at Digos. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: Davao OFWs are one of the most resilient, honest, and respectful Filipinos. We asked our members in Davao which supermarket chain they prefer, and unanimously, they picked G Mall. There’s no need to wait because G Mall is now part of the Beamer family.

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Iloilo Supermart

Branches: Iloilo Supermart is a supermarket chain with 8 branches in Iloilo City. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: Did you know that Iloilo is a world’s recruitment haven for seamen? More than 180,000 Ilonggos are now working overseas! If you are one of them, this is your chance to try Iloilo Supermart!

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LCC Supermarket 

Branches: There are LCC  branches in Daet, Iriga, Legazpi, Masbate, Naga, Sorsogon, and Tabaco. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: Ang mga taga Bicol, kilalang kilala sa kanilang masasarap na pagkain gaya ng pinangat at laing. All the known ingredients can be bought at LCC. Best of all, it’s affordable.

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Prince Retail

Branches: Prince Retail is a Hypermart which has branches in Negros Occidental, Cebu, Silay, Leyte, and Zamboanga. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: If you want to start your own Sari-sari store, look no further. Prince Warehouse is located even in the outskirts “sulok sulokan.”

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San Roque Supermarket

Branches: San Roque Supermarket has 10 branches in Luzon. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: This Supermaket is BeamAndGo’s first merchant. We love it because OFWs get the best prices. No further explanation needed.

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Branches: Super 8 Supermarket has branches in Laguna, Cavite, Metro Manila, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Pampanga, and Bulacan. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: This place is “super!” The prices are affordable and what’s best is the variety of items. Everything you need in your household can be bought here.

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Branches: Johnson’s Supermart has 2 branches in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review:  Nothing can beat a neighborhood favorite and that is exactly what Johnson’s Supermart is. Trusted by most folks in Ilocos Norte, this place has gained both the popularity and hearts of many.

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Branches: Jenra Supermarket and Jumbo Jenra has branches in San Fernando (Sindalan), Dau, and Angeles . List of branches, store hours, and addresses can be accessed here.

Review: This is a no frills supermarket!  That makes it the most affordable in Pampanga. It’s so popular among sari-sari store owners, they even have a special lane!

Let’s make a plan!

Ngayong alam na natin kung sino nga ba ang mga partner ng BeamAndGo, budget muna! Hindi naman puedeng gastos nang gastos. Plan muna tayo.

Ano-ano ba ang mga pangangailangan ng bawat isang anak? Ng asawa? Ng magulang? Sino pa ba ang ibang tao sa bahay ninyo? May kailangan ba para sa kanila?

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Magkano nga ba talaga?

Ngayon, gawa tayo ng plano. Dapat ba ang shopping every week, every two weeks, o every month? Kung hindi naman malaki ang refrigerator o bahay ninyo, sa weekly shopping na lang tayo. Mahirap na ang daming binibili kasi nakatutuksong ubusin lang ang lahat. Baka manakawan ka pa. Better siguro, para sa marami sa atin, weekly budget na lang.

Tignan mo naman kung magkakano ang mga puede mong ipadalang amount gamit ang BeamAndGo.

Hangga’t maaari, kailangan mong ilista ang lahat ng pangangailangan nila tapos, sa maaabot ng makakaya mo, subukan mong tandaan kung magkano ang bawat isa. Sa gayon, mas matatantsya mo kung magkano nga ba ang dapat mong ipadala.

Take note ha: Wag maging hero. Hindi ka si Santa Claus. Kung ano lang ang kailangan. May panahon para sa party. Everyday needs lang muna. O may rough estimate ka na?

Ready na? Let’s go to BeamAndGo!

Kung gusto mo rin naman, punta na sa I-Remit branch na malapit sa iyo at tignan ang aming menu doon.

Kapag may karagdagang katanungan, we’ll be happy to attend to your needs. You may email us at support@beamandgo.com or call the numbers below:

Mobile(SMART) / Whatsapp / Viber: +63 949-839-3322
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Opinion: The middle class OFWs and the cost of higher income

It was the year 2010.

Having been voted by more than 15 M Filipinos, President Noynoy Aquino delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). His electrifying speech against corruption and the culture of “Wang-wang” or special treatment to VIPs was a hit in local press and the business sector.

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A photo of President Noynoy Aquino. Credited for fixing the fiscal policy, reducing foreign debt, and tightening of spending. During his term, income taxes were unchanged. Good or bad for middle class?

Back then, I was working in one of the largest Universal Banks in the Philippines and was drawing a moderate salary but it was not enough for me to be financially free.

Related: Did you know that as OFWs, you can send remit smarter to your families’ household needs from groceries to medicine?  Register now for free and let BeamAndGo help support your family needs

Like many middle class college degree holder employees, my dream was to own my own house and be financially independent. I asked myself the question,” How long would it take for me to accomplish my noble aspirations? 20 years?”

So in January 2011, I finally boarded the cheapest flight to Singapore after months of deliberation with my family.

I armed myself with the very small stash of savings from the past 4.5 years. That’s it! #Bahalanasibatman ika nga but I was confident with my qualifications. So I bid goodbye to my parents, lola, and friends. It was painful, hard, and dramatic. A month after, I landed my first job to oversee the marketing and fundraising programs of a Singaporean NGO. I drew a salary more than 5 times my take home pay in the Philippines.

There were many things I learned while working overseas from cooking, washing of clothes, moving flats, and even dealing with abusive landlords (that’s a different story). But the most important is sending cash remittances back home and its enormous repercussions if not planned wisely. I could just imagine how much more I’d saved and invested if BeamAndGo was already available with its digital gift certificates on supermarkets, medicine, and other basic needs. If you don’t have an idea how it works, just watch this video below:

From my own personal experience and from the testimonies of dozens of OFWs whom I’ve personally met, many of us choose to work overseas because of better employment opportunities and lower taxes.

I will emphasize this because I want our next President to focus on the immediate welfare of middle class Filipinos. You can be assured, just like the millions of Filipinos who left their families, I will be watching your first State of the Nation Address! All of you promised to reduce taxes.  I will be taking down notes and I will hold you accountable. Tandaan niyo, sinabi ninyong lahat na babawasan niyo ang taxes. We are not endorsing any candidate but what we want is for the President to walk the talk, make the biggest sacrifices, and lead by example.  Don’t we all deserve this?

While OFW remittances has been widely acknowledged as the driver of the Philippine Economy (USD 29.7 Billion in 2015), the high costs of absentee parents, loneliness, and risks to life on both physical and mental are enormous. That subject cannot be brushed aside because their are serious concerns. Just read the story of a domestic helper who took her life a few days ago here.

We invite our fellow OFWs to become a member of the Beamer family. It’s a community for OFWs where we freely share stories and provide advice on a range of topics from saving, budgeting, and money allocation, to healthy nutrition.

Not long ago, my blood pressure went up to 160 / 100 in Singapore, when I gorged on chicken rice almost everyday. That was before I noticed that all of my Singaporean friends were eating vegetables and fish soup. Did you know that the mortality age in the  Philippines is 68.5 years as opposed to Singapore at 84.5 years? Stop the chicken rice,  friends!  If you want to learn practical tips on how to live longer, sign up at BeamAndGo now.

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I was in Laoag, Ilocos Norte last Saturday delivering a workshop with Vanessa Cartera, our director of sales, to retired OFWs on the keys to claiming victory in both health and finances. One of the highlights was the subject on 8 dimensions of Wellness. I will discuss more on our findings and also learnings from the participants in my next blog. We will give you tips from Dr. Raymond Escalona, a lifestyle nutrition specialist, on how you can reduce the risk of cancer and live a healthy lifestyle. We thank the Laoag City LGU and its Community Affairs Division for inviting their OFW associations to attend.

But right now, since we only have less than 30 days before we elect a new Chief Executive, let’s  watch the debates attentively and cast our vote according to our conscience, wisdom, and knowledge on what is best for our country. There are more issues from poverty alleviation, crime, drugs, women’s rights, contractualization, and K-12.

We have less than 30 days before we elect a new President. Let’s move away from personality politics and focus on knowing how our presidential candidates will solve our nation’s issues.

I believe it’s time to lower income taxes. There are 1.3 M of us OFWs that can cast a vote and make a difference. We will never forget all the days when we thought about quitting, when we reluctantly left our families, and when we almost lost hope in life. But we can always choose to change the game. We may find the ideal president who can walk the talk.

If you are an OFW and you like what you read, join the Beamer Support Community now. We’re now helping 80,000 Filipinos and you could easily be one of them. Together, let’s cast our votes and be heard by our government.

Kwento natin bilang OFW: Hindi tayo nag-iisa Vol. 2

Handa na ba kayo sa isa pang set ng mga kwento ng mga kagila-gilalas na pakikipagsapalaran ng ating mga Beamer? Mga nanay silang lahat at hindi tayo sobrang naiiba sa kanila. Maririninig mo kaya ang sarili mo sa mga kwento nila?

Di mo pa nakikita yung ating Unang Yugto? Click ka lang dito.

Experiencing the most of life: Karen Jaque

Kilala natin ang kwento ni Karen ng Iloilo: Pumunta Karen Jaque.jpgsiya ng Hong Kong para sa pamilya. Ang hindi natin masyadong naririnig ay ito: Gusto rin niya ng bagong karanasan.

Para sa marami nating kababayan, halos buong buhay nila, doon lang sila sa lugar nila. Maaari itong sa probinsiya nila o, para sa iba, sa mismong barrio pa nga. Si Karen, ngayon ay gumagala na sa malilinis at malalawak ng kalye at building ng Hong Kong.

Matindi ang ligaya na nabibigyan mo ng mas magandang buhay ang pamilya mo pero may halong lungkot pa rin, siyempre.

“Sobrang nami-miss ko ang mga anak ko, si Brian at si Sandy. Sana ma-appreciate at maintindihan nila kung bakit wala ako sa tabi nila while they’re growing up. Nandito ako sa Hong Kong para sa edukasyon nila. Hindi lahat ng gusto nila ay maibibigay ko. Yung best na makakaya ko lang.”

Mula sa malayo, kayang-kayang ibigay ang best sa tulong ng BeamAndGo. Nasubukan mo na?

Halina at maging miyembro na ng BeamAndGo. Mag register na para masimulan na namin matulungan kayo sa pagbigay ng mga advice sa mga usual na isyu at problema.

Every centavo counts: Judie Anne Lauron

Wala nang asawa si Judie Anne at bagong salta lang Judie Lauron.jpgsa Hong Kong at ang layo na nga naman nitong buhay niya sa Hong Kong sa kanyang buhay sa Mindanao. Para sa kinabukasan ng mga anak ang kanyang paghihirap at pagtitiyaga.

Hindi biro sa bagong salta ang mawalay sa mga anak lalo pa’t sa kanila na lang umiinog ang buhay niya. Buti na lang at tunay na mabait ang amo niya at pinapauwi-uwi naman siya. Kaso nga lang, naisip ni Judie Anne na ipagpapaliban na lang ang pag-uwi dahil magastos nga naman. “Yung ipapauwi sa akin, I-pera ko na lang pag umuwi na talaga ako.”

Ganoon dapat mag-isip ang isang Beamer. Oo nga’t malungkot minsan pero para sa higit na ikabubuti ng mga anak natin, dapat kaunti pang tiis. Plus, andito naman nga ang BeamAndGo para tumulong na hindi mapunta sa mali ang perang ipinadadala mo.

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Parati siyang sinasabihan ng anim na anak na umuwi na sa Iloilo pero bilang nanay, alam niyang hindi pa siguro panahon. Mahirap ang buhay sa lugar nila sa Iloilo at malaking tulong ang pagpupursige niya sa Hong Kong para makapag-aral nang maayos ang mga anak niya.

Sila ang D-family. Si Dario ang asawa nitong si “Darna” at ang kanilang mga supling? Sina Darwin, Dariel, Dianne, DJ Diet, at Daylin.

Siyempre, hindi naman puro ligaya ang bunga ng kanyang pagpunta sa HK. Pag wala ang magulang, wala ang magulang. Sabi nga niya, “Mahirap ding wala ako doon sa amin kasi ang mga anak ko hindi makapag-aral nang maayos. Nagbabarkada, siyempre walang nagdi-disiplina nang maayos sa kanila.”

Ano ang gusto niyang ipaabot sa mga anak? “Mag-aral kayo nang mabuti dahil mahirap talaga maghanap ng pera. Ang pinaghirapan ko ay dapat ginagastos n’yo sa mabuting mga bagay.”

Kaya nga siguro Beamer na ngayon si Darna.

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Labintatlong-taon na sa Hong Kong si Genalyn. Beteranong-beterano na kung tutuusin.

Dating midwife si Genalyn pero hindi nga naman ganoon kalaki ang kinikita ng isang midwife sa Pilipinas at hindi talaga magkasya sa mga pangangailangan nila. Tubong Davao siya at naisipan niyang pumunta na lang ng Hong Kong.

“Umuuwi ako every two years pero mahirap. Nilalabanan ko na lang (ang lungkot) kasi pangarap ko talaga sana na gaganda ang buhay nila t sana matupad ang mga pangarap nila.”

Para sa mga tulad ni Genalyn at ng marami sa atin, ang pagkatupad ng pangarap ng mga anak ay siyang mismong pagkatupad ng sarili niyang pangarap.

Habang nasa malayo, alagaan natin sila sa tulong ng BeamAndGo. Sa pagtutulong-tulong natin, makakaya iyan.

Ano ang kwento mo?

Sigurado kaming may sarili ka ring kwento. Sa Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Middle East, o saan ka man, gusto naming marinig ang kwento mo. Share mo naman sa amin. Huwag ring magpahuli sa pagiging isang Beamer. Sign up ka na sa www.beamandgo.com!

The Power of Women

BeamAndGo believes profoundly in the power of women and how our sisters, mothers, and friends contribute concretely and positively to our combined future. This faith was shown to be nothing less than true when recently, two days before the world celebrated International Women’s Day last March 8, a march was held in Edmonton in Alberta, Canada with the support of no less than 40 Filipinos.

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Litrato mula sa Inquirer.net

Ano ang sigaw nila? Bigyan ng mas mabuting serbisyo at pangangalaga ang mga Pilipinong nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa lalo pa ang mga kababaihan. Tulad ng marami dito sa Pilipinas, sawa na sila sa mga pangakong napapako. Sawa na rin sila sa mga artistang walang puhunan sa halalan kundi ang kanilang kasikatan sa pinilakang tabing.

“Voters really need to reflect and understand who they’re really voting for,” sabi ni Clarizze Truscott,pangulo ng Kabisig Society sa Fort Saskatchewan sa Canada sa isang panayam sa Inquirer.net.

Dagdag pa niya, “A huge source of income for the Philippines is OFW remittances. People should be reflective and vote for candidates who will serve OFW interests and who will provide them with protections (sic) and support…not just lip service as we’ve seen so many do.”

Maraming mga binubunong isyu ang mga kababayan natin sa Canada. Siyempre pa, nandiyan na ang katotohanang they had to leave their husbands and children behind to give them a better future. Hindi biro-biro iyon. Bukod pa doon, mas mahirap pang umuwi sa Pilipinas kung ikukumpara sa mga kapatid natin sa Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, atbp.

Related: Experiencing Filipino Warmth in Cold Canada ; Kwentong Beamer: Kanya-kanyang kwento ; 多謝: Salu-salo ng mga OFWs sa Hong Kong!

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Litrato ni Sidney Snoeck

Marami rin sa kanila ang hindi pa permanent resident sa Canada at alam na alam nila ang takot na baka mawalan ng trabaho at mapilitang pauwiin ng Canadian government. Sa ngayon, may mga hindi mabigyan ng PR status at di nila malaman ang dahilan. Dahil dito, no choice kundi uwi na lang. Wala tuloy ang planong pagtulong sa pamilya.

Halimbawa, may isa tayong kababayan na hindi naging PR doon dahil daw sa “medical inadmissibility”. Para sa kanya, ano raw ang ibig sabihin noon? Bakit may ganoon? Kasi autistic ang anak niya. Ang lungkot at nakababasag naman ng puso na iyon pa ang ginamit na dahilan sa kanya.

Kaya nga hinihimok nila ang lahat, lalo pa ang mga kapwa OFW at ang mga pamilya nito na maging totoong mapanuri sa kanilang pagpili ng kanilang mga iboboto. Hindi na puede ang bastang sikat lang o yung nagsasabi parati ng maglilingkod daw sa masa pero wala pa namang nagagawa.

Mahalaga naman talaga ang pagboto at ang pagboto nang tama at totoong napag-isipan. Panahon na talaga na hindi lang matuwa sa dating artista o boksingero. Kailangang tanungin ang sarili: Alam kaya nito ang trabaho ng isang Presidente? Ng Bise Presidente? Ng Senador? Kongresista? Mayor? Councilor?

Hindi basta-basta ang Pinoy

Sabi ng Merryn Edwards, isa sa mga nag-ayos ng 92876381_2331bd0104marcha sa Canada, na mismong mga Pilipina ang nagpamulat sa kanya sa kahalagahan ng kilos politika. Ipinaliwanag niya na ipinapasa lang sa balikat ng mga Pilipinang “live-in caregiver” ang responsibilidad ng pag-aalaga sa mga bata o matanda. Wala naman sanang problema iyon kung hindi nga lang ba dahil sa uri ng trabahong ito, para na rin silang second-class workers at hindi lahat ng karapatan na binibigay sa ibang nagtatrabaho ay ibinibigay rin sa kanila. Para kay Edwards, hindi ito nakabubuti sa kahit kanino – Pilipino man o Canadian.

Ikaw? Ano ang kilos na maaari mong gawin para sa higit na ikabubuti ng kapwa Pilipino? Hindi na panahon ng pagiging makasarili. Panahon na ngayon para isipin ang kapakanan ng bayan at ng kapwa tao.

Baka naman sinasabi ninyong busy kayo o ano ba ang magagawa ng isang katulad mo. Tandaan: Ang mga Pilipinang nagpamulat sa Canadian na si Merryn Edwards ay mga kapwa Pilipino, mga caregiver na tulad rin nating lahat.

Ano nga ba ang maaari mong magawa? Una, may ilang linggo pa bago maghalalan. Pag-usapan na kasama ng mga kaibigan kung anu-ano ba ang mahahalagang dapat sana’y pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng mga kandidato. Anu-anong isyu ba ang tinututukan ng mga kandidato mo? May tinututukan ba siya? Baka naman puro, “Gusto kong maglingkod sa masa!” o “Panalo ang masang Pilipino!” lang ang kayang sabihin.

Simple lang naman e: Sa bawat problema, may pagsubok ng lunas. Kahit magkamali sa solusyon (okay lang magkamali) at least dapat may plano ang kandidato mo. Marami diyang mahilig magsalita na gusto nilang tulungan ang mahihirap. Sinagot na ba niya kung paano?

Pagkatapos noon, subukan ninyong tignan kung totoo ba ang mga sinasabi nila. Halimbawa, sa Presidential Debates, may isang nagsabi na gusto niyang magkaroon ng mga agri-industrial zone para sa mga magsasaka. So, iisipin mong “Ay, oo. Tama nga naman.” Pero, hindi niya sinabing lampas na sa dalawampu ang mga agri-industrial zone ang meron ngayon sa buong bansa. Hindi naman yata fair.

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O, hindi naman puro Facebook na lang. Puede tayong mag-usap ng mahahalagang bagay.

Iba na ngayon

Dati, puro mga lalaki lang daw ang dapat nag-uusap tungkol sa politika. Tapos na ang panahon na iyon. Yesterday’s news na iyon. Sino ba ang malaki ang naitutulong ngayon sa pangangalaga ng pamilya? Di ba ikaw? Dahil doon, malaki ang karapatan mong pumili ng mga pinuno natin at magreklamo sa kanilang kakulangan.

Panahon na, babae. Makialam ka. Now na.

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For more Philippine politics and election-related discussions relevant to OFWs globally, these previous articles by BeamAndGo may interest you:

Lowering taxes and preventing another Balikbayan Box controversy

The Right to Suffrage or Suffer

Ayan. Nagsalita na sila. The Philippine Presidential Debates

Who can you trust? 6 things Filipinos want in our next President