SM and BDO Make Christmas For OFWs Extra Special

Diane Reyes had spent the last six years working in Japan as a teacher. This year she looks forward to finally spending Christmas with her family.

SM Supermalls has made Christmas for Reyes even more special with its Pamaskong Handog para sa Global Pinoys celebration last December 10.

Spearheaded by SM Supermalls, BDO, SM Global Pinoy and SM Store, the Pamaskong Handog Para sa Global Pinoy gave Overseas Filipino Workers like Reyes and their families a special day to celebrate the uniquely Filipino Christmas celebration in participating SM malls nationwide.

“The Pamaskong Handog Para sa Global Pinoy is really for our modern heroes and their families because it’s not every year that they get to experience Christmas here and so we want to them to experience the unique Filipino Christmas to make them homecoming memorable and truly heartwarming,” said Mr. Glenn D. Ang, Senior Vice President for Operations and Program Director of SM Global Pinoy.

The event featured a variety show and celebrity appearances exclusively for OFWs and their families. “There is no Christmas celebration like what we have in the Philippines and so we gave our OFWs and their families an unforgettable one-day Filipino Christmas celebration that they have missed for many years filled with entertainment, fun, games and prizes,” Glenn D. Ang said.

The day’s activities included a variety show with appearances from Piolo Pascual at SM Consolacion, Maine Mendoza at SM Novaliches, Xian Lim at SM San Pablo, Kim Chiu at SM Cabanatuan and SM Marilao, Enrique Gil at SM Rosario, Angeline Quinto at SM Batangas, Richard Poon at SM Cagayan de Oro, JC Santos at SM Sta. Rosa and Jona Viray at SM Iloilo.

Aside from the variety show, OFWs were also treated to a Free Movie Day at select SM Cinemas nationwide, a 10% percent discount at the SM Store and a 5% discount from SM Appliance.

The OFW families also got a chance to win prizes and giveaways from Jollibee, SM Foodcourt, Watsons, Toy Kingdom, SM Markets, Taal Vista Hotel, SM Storyland, Sky Ranch, and SM by the Bay Amusement Park.

This year’s Pamaskong Handog celebration was also made possible through SM’s partnership with BDO. They have has always been in the forefront in serving the OFWs and their families through their BDO Kabayan Savings program and through their various activities that cater to the needs of their OFW clients.

As a way of giving back to our kababayans, BDO treated OFW families to a day of fun and entertainment, bringing in their endorsers Piolo Pascual, Xian Lim and Maine Mendoza at the Pamaskong Handog celebration last December 10.

“OFWs play a major role in the country’s economy because the sacrifices they make keep our economy strong through their remittances. It is but fitting that we give back to them through the Global Pinoy program and most especially during Christmas because it is not every year that get to spend the season here. They deserve the best when their home,” Geneva T. Glora, Senior Vice President of BDO Remittance.

John Arnold Corcuera, a nurse who had worked in the Middle East, said the Global Pinoy Program has made it easier for them to spend some precious time with their family because of the many perks and privileges given to them under the program.  “My experience as member of Global Pinoy is the best. Wala nito sa ibang malls, kundi SM lang and we feel very special whenever we get into a Global Pinoy center,” he said.

The SM Global Pinoy program was created as a fitting tribute to OFWs by giving them the exclusivity to stay connected with their families and spend quality time together in SM malls.

Part of the program is the establishment of SM Global Pinoy Centers in every SM Supermall.  To date, there are 40 Global Pinoy centers in select SM malls all over the country.

Aside from the Center, SM Global Pinoy also conduct free educational seminars and activities that are relevant to its OFW members. Members are also entitled to exclusive perks & privileges from SM’s partner establishments nationwide.

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