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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!

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!

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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
Mobile(GLOBE): +63 927-817-2855/+63995-321-7377 (new)

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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.

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The Best Kind of Summer Planning for OFWs!

Dahil summer na, happy-happy na ang lahat ng mga estudyante. Siyempre pahinga muna sila pero ang mga butihing magulang, hero mode pa rin. Such is life sa magulang, di ba? At happy naman tayo na ganoon nga. Wala na ring mas gaganda pa para sa atin kundi ang magandang buhay ng ating mga minamahal.

Panahon na para magpadala sa Pilipinas galing sa BeamAndGo! Siyempre pa, happy graduation at happy summer sa ating buong pamilya!

Sigurado tayong patuloy na magtatrabaho ang lahat pero dahil oras ng pahinga (nang kaunti lang!) pwede natin ngayong pag-isipan kung (*dandararan*) paano mas mapapabuti pa ang pagpapadala natin sa ating pamilya. We gotta have a plan.

Hindi naman ito iba sa ginagawa ng isang kumpanya pagkatapos ng isang taon. Tinitignan nila ang lahat ng ginawa nila sa buong taon tapos iniisa-isa nilang tignan kung alin ba doon ang mabuting nagawa (Good job!) at alin ang hindi na dapat maulit pa (Let’s try something else!). Kung ganoon sila at patuloy silang successful, siguro mabuting gayahin din natin.

Una: BUDGET!!!

Since sigurado ka naman sa tatanggapin mo

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Limitado ang pera. Kailangang magplano!

buwan-buwan, alam natin ang pera mo pagkatapos ng isang buwan. Susumahin din natin ang pera sa buong taon. Wag na muna nating isama diyan ang pera sa bangko. Kahit na ano pa iyon, savings for a rainy day na iyon. Sa madaling salita: Emergency money. Wag gagalawin.

Ilista na ang pangangailangan ng pamilya – tuition, pagkain, gamot, upa, insurance, property tax (wag kalilimutan!), rehistro ng sasakyan, atbp. Iba-iba iyan sa bawat tao kaya kailangang pag-isipan nang maayos. No copying ika nga.

Kung BeamAndGo member ka na, silip ka muna uli sa ating website para ma-review mo kung anu-ano nga ba ang mga pinadadala mo.

Ngayon, tignan natin kung gaano kalaki ang kukunin nito sa ating sweldo. Gaano pa ang natitira?

Tapos, kailangan na nating ilista ang mga maasahang gastusin – graduation season na ba para sa inyo? May JS prom ba? May bibinyagan ba? May panlalaking binyag na ba? May plano bang party for this year? Tulad sa unang bahagi ng ating budget, ikaw lang ang makapagsasabi kung ano dapat ang kasama dito. Kausapin ang lahat ng mga tao sa pamilya para mas maganda at kumpleto ang iyong listahan. Again, titignan natin kung magkano ang kakainin nito sa natitira nating pera.

May hindi ka ba maililista? Sigurado iyon. Kaya nga naririyan dapat, pagkatapos itabla sa ating dalawang nagawa nang listahan sa ating kabuunang salapi, ang isasantabi nating “contingency fund.” Ganda ng pangalan no? Parang emergency fund lang iyan pero for the year lang. Yung emergency fund na nasa bangko na, hindi pa kasama dito iyan.

Alam namin na medyo mahirap isipin lahat iyan. Tignan mo itong aming video.

Ikalawa: Ipasa natin ang plano sa ating pamilya

Sinadya talaga namin dito sa BeamAndGo na maging tulong sa inyong lahat kaya nga kami nandito. Dito, katulong din natin ang I-Remit.

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Baka naman ngayon mo lang narinig ito. Basa na!

Dapat nakabudget na ang isa sa pinakamahalagang item sa ating budget – food! Mas madali na ito ngayong gawin dahil hindi mo na nga kailangan pa ng computer! Punta ka lang sa branch ng I-Remit para mapakinabangan ang BeamAndGo Mobile Padala Groceries at, ito na, gagawin mo ang mga sumusunod:

1) Sisiguraduhin mong member ka na ng BeamAndGo.

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Pili, pili, pili.

Syempre naman, gusto namin na parte ka ng aming community. Pagkakataon mo rin ito para makita ang iba’t ibang pwede mapadala sa iyong pamilya. Sign up ka na. Name, email address at mobile number mo lang naman ang kailangan.

Kung miyembro ka na dati pa, good job! At least, updated ka sa mga balita namin.

2) Punta ka sa kahit alin na I-Remit branch sa mundo at mag-fill up ng Remittance Application Form o RAF.

Para maging secure ang gagawin na transaction, syempre kailangan ng I-Remit ang iyong mga detalye: pangalan mo, email address mo, mobile number mo, at tamang mobile number ng padadalhan mo sa Pilipinas.

3) Pipili ka ng supermarket merchant.

Bibigyan ka nila ng aming BeamAndGo “menu” o “clearbook” para makita mo kung anu-anong supermarket ang pwede pati ang mga lokasyon niyo. Sa kasalakuyan, ang merchants namin ay ang mga sumusunod: G Mall, Super 8, Iloilo Supermart, Gaisano Capital, Prince Hypermart, San Roque Supermarket, at malapit narin ang LCC Supermarket.

4) Sasabihin mo kung magkano ang gusto mong ipadala (mula Php 1,000, Php 2,000, o hanggang bahala ka na kung magkano. Basta’t ang denominasyon ay Php 1,000)

5) Bayad na!

Pag nakabayad ka na, may SMS na ipapadala sa iyong recipient. Yung SMS na iyon ang mismong gift certificate ng BeamAndGo na magagamit na nila sa pagbili ng groceries sa pinili mong supermarket. How easy, di ba?

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Oh, di ba? Happy na si Ate.

Ang maganda dito, dahil nga andiyan ang I-Remit hindi mo na kailangang bunuin ang pagpapadala mag-isa. May menu pa ng BeamAndGo. Saan ka pa?

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Aba’y saan nga ba sila? Eto, tignan mo ang website nila para makita mo ang iba’t ibang branches ng I-Remit na maaring puntahan.

http://www.myiremit.com/foreign_offices.php

Ano pa ang hinihintay mo? Punta na sa BeamAndGo website para tignan ang mga pwede  mong ipadala sa Pilipinas tapos diretso na rin sa I-Remit para sa walang kaabog-abog na pagbabayad.

Happy sending, Beamers!

 

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こんにちは! Fiestang Pilipino! The most awaited event in Japan

The Philippine Festival

Malapit na ang June! Malapit na naman ang araw ng kalayaan and it’s time to celebrate! Hindi basta-basta ang dinaanan ng bayan natin para maging malaya. Biro mo, dumaan tayo sa ilang daang taon sa ilalim ng Kastila, ilang dekada sa mga Amerikano, tapos nandiyan pa ang Martial Law.

Siyempre, dahil panahon ng celebration, dapat piyesta tayo!

Related: Dito sa BeamAndGo,sigurado na laging may pagpiyepiyestahan ang pamilya. Click here to sign up!

Para sa mga kasamahan natin sa Japan, nandiyan ang Philippine Festival! Gaganapin ito sa darating na June 18 at 19 sa pagtutulungan ng Philippine Festival Organizing Committee at ng Philippine embassy sa Tokyo. Doon tayo magkikita sa Hibiya Park!

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Noong nakaraang taon, humigit-kumulang sa 100,000 ang mga taong pumunta at hindi lahat doon ay Pilipino. Marami na rin mga kaibigan nating Hapon ang nakisalamuha at nakipagsaya. Siyempre naman masaya ata pag ang daming Pilipino sa paligid.

Related: Play the video for a recap of last year’s Philippine Festival with BeamAndGo

Pero higit pa sa lubos na kasayahan, ngayong 2016 din ipinagdiriwang ang ika-60 taong anibersaryo ng Philippine-Japan diplomatic relations.  Marami na tayong

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Miss mo na? Mangan tana!

pinagdaanan kasama ng mga tao sa bansang ito at dito sa Philippine Festival natin ipagdiriwang ang lahat na pinagsaluhang iyan.

May traditional parade, dalawang araw na programa ng kultura, katatawanan, at kasayahan. At dahil siguradong miss na ng lahat ang mga talipapa sa atin, marami ring mga booth na nagbebenta ng mga sari-saring produktong Pilipino. Mawawala ba ang mga pagkain ng mga probinsiya natin diyan? Naamoy na namin ang sisig, barbeque, Pinoy spaghetti, puto, lechon, at sobrang dami pang iba!

Dito sa Philippine Festival mas matutunghayan ng dangal, saya, at kagandahan ng kulturang Pilipino. Maaasahan ang maraming kantahan hindi lang ng mga awiting Pilipino kung pati na rin ang mga kantang Hapon na ibabahagi ng mga kababayan nating mahusay umawit.

At ano pa nga ba ang isang maaaring makapagpakita ng ganda, kulay, at diwa ng pagdiriwang ng mga Pilipino kundi ang Ati-Atihan ng Aklan? Sayaw kalye, baby!

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At dahil marami nga namang magaganda talaga sa ating mga kababayan, hindi nalalayong masiyahan tayo sa beauty pageant tulad ng sa nakaraang taon.

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Ang dami nga namang festivities! Tiyak na hindi kayo mauubusan ng matutunghayan.

Paano naman ang BeamAndGo?

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Kami ba sa BeamAndGo ay mawawala sa ganyan? Aba hindi! Nandoon kami at maghihintay doon nga sa Hibiya Park para makipagkwentuhan sa inyong lahat. Alam naming gusto sana ng marami na magpadala ng mga biyaya ng kanilang trabaho sa mga mahal nila sa buhay sa Pilipinas. Makikipagkwentuhan kami at tutulong muli para sigurado kayong maramdaman din ng pamilya ninyo ang ligayang taglay ninyo at ang biyayang nakamit sa pagtatrabaho sa Japan.

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Unti nalang ang hihintayin at matutunghayan narin ng mga Beamer sa Japan ang bago nating payment partner – ang JCB! At dahil nga tiyak kaming marami sa inyong natulungan na at patuloy na nakikinabang sa JCB, sisiguraduhin namin na maaari na ninyong gamitin ang inyong credit card na ito kapag namili kayo sa BeamAndGo. Abangan na lamang ang mga karagdagang detalye tungkol dito sa www.beamandgo.com o kaya sa aming Facebook pageComing soon na, mga kababayan!

Okay, di ba?

O paano? Kita-kits tayong lahat sa Hibiya Park para magsaya, magtawanan, magpakabusog, magdiwang, at magpakita ng pagmamahal sa ating inang bayan at sa lahat nating mahal sa buhay.

Huwag rin kalimutang bisitahin ang www.beamandgo.com para alamin kung paano kami mas makatutulong sa iyo sa Japan at sa pamilya mo sa Pilipinas.

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Easter: Time again to Share God’s gifts

Filipinos are known for truly valuing their faith and living it in their daily lives. This is probably why one of the first orders of business when a Filipino goes abroad, or anywhere for that matter, is the search for a church.

It is also quite the order of business to find ways to help

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Kain po!

people in need. That seems part of being Filipino as well. Ondoy, Yolanda, at iba pa, parating nagkukumahog tumulong ang mga Pilipino sa ibang bansa kahit hindi nila kilala ang mga natamaan ng kalamidad. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. There’s no such thing as helping only people from your church or subgroup. When there’s a disaster, a true Filipino will help whoever needs it.

But what about those times when there is no disaster? Some people seem to forget that help is also needed and appreciated even if times are relatively safe and peaceful.

This is the case with Pastor Jun Sibuma’s church. Just like many churches, this one relies heavily on the support of the immediate community and those who go there to worship. As you can expect, there are times when things can get tough and celebrating God’s blessings can be in danger of being compromised.

Lahat naman tayo naranasan natin ito kahit papaano. Birthday na walang handa. Pista na walang lechon pero okay lang. At least may spaghetti o pansit. Wag na lang Pan de Amerikano. Pan de Sal na lang.

Familiar situation?

Fortunately for Jun Sibuma of the Glorious Church of the Nazarene in Dasmariñas, Cavite, he had a good classmate in his elementary years with whom he has kept in touch. Tonet Ramos is a Resolution Specialist based in Sacramento, California. Pastor Jun says of Tonet: “We chat often that’s why every time she has a plan to give anything, she always sends a message (first). Basta sinabi nya gagawin nya. Kilalang-kilala ko s’ya napakabait n’yan.”

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Church members getting the goodies using their BeamAndGo gift certificates

Tonet thought of looking for people who could give her some help in passing on some goodies to her friend and his church. It was in this way that she learned of BeamAndGo CEO, Jonathan Chua. She was impressed not only by what Jon was doing, she was also quite impressed with the platform to make things easier and safer for OFWs to send support back home – BeamAndGo. Tonet mentioned her concerns to Jon who helped her set up her account and making sure she didn’t have any problems. Later on though, browsing the site on her own, Tonet saw how easy it was to get things done with the BeamAndGo site.

This case was rather unique for BeamAndGo since this was not a case of an OFW sending support to a family member. It was someone who wanted to ensure that her help and expression of the Christian spirit of giving was sure to get through. Times of giving can both be a wonderful yet emotionally draining experience for an OFW who learns that the well-packed boxes of goodies for their loved ones can get to the family home opened and lacking contents.

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Siyempre hindi kumpleto ang party pag walang candy!

Buti na lang kay Pastor Jun, walang ganoon dahil sa BeamAndGo.

“Iyong transaction napakadali at walang kahirap-hirap. Basta sinabi mo gift check sa BeamAndGo, aasikasuhin agad.”

They got all the stuff conveniently in Super 8 in Dasmariñas, Cavite and when he was asked to describe how he and his church members reacted upon getting the gift certificates from BeamAndGo and when they finally were able to claim all the goods, his response was simply, “Happing-happy. Masayang-masaya.”

Jun adds that, “Mga ilang taon na rin s’yang nagbibigay sa amin. Basta mayroon si Tonet. Hindi madamot at sobrang bait ‘yan kaya maganda ang ugnayan ng church kay Tonet. Kumare ko, classmate ko, at friend kong super generous yan at marami syang tinulungan.”

Jun sent his classmate a message as soon as he received the GCs, which was a very short time after Tonet sent them, and also after his group was able to get the goods from their neighborhood Super 8. He also praised the excellent all-around service given to him from the beginning to the end of the transaction.

The spirit of sharing throughout the year

The Filipino is a person who shares and this is easily seen in this story. Tonet is a person who has been blessed and she shares these blessings with friends like Pastor Jun.

While many of us do send our loved ones back home material expressions of our love in every grocery bag, medicine, insurance plan, etc., perhaps it’s time that we go beyond the family. There are others who also need our help and BeamAndGo will make sure that your help gets to them in the best possible way.

Now that we’re in the Easter season, we commemorate  Christ’s suffering and celebrate His resurrection. With something this special, isn’t it time to send your loved ones and those who need it most something they can truly enjoy together?

Punta na sa BeamAndGo website and let the sharing begin!

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Kain na!

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Have a solemn Holy Week, Beamers!