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OFW News: How to Send Money to the Philippines

We, Filipinos, are fun-loving people. We are known for hospitality and very close family ties. But because of financial problems within the family due to lack of employment options and/or family circumstances like being a single parent, people are driven overseas to find greener pastures. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) sacrifice being together with their family to work abroad, earn, and send a good sum of money to the Philippines to support their family’s needs.

Besides providing for their families back home, these remittances are a crucial component of the Philippines economy according to World Bank estimates. The Philippines is the world’s third-largest recipient of remittances. Remittances, which accounted for approximately 9.8% of GDP in 2015, are an important source of income for many Filipino families and thus a main driver of private consumption. Remittances came mainly from the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.

But despite the fact that there are already a lot of ways to send money to Philippines, some OFWs are still not aware of these options and choose to send money based on the recommendation of their friends or colleagues. It is already a pain to be away from the family, so risking their hard-earned money by sending it through another remittance center, which they haven’t tried or known before, is very much less of an option.

So to help you know them, here’s a list of the top remittance centers that OFWs can use to send money to the Philippines, proven to be secure and accessible for both them and their families:


  1. Moneygram

MoneyGram is located in more than 190 countries and can deliver both pesos and dollars through three ways. They can send the money directly to the receiver’s residence, make the money available for pick-up at their branches nationwide, or have it retrievable by the use of LBC ATM cards at over 6,800 ATMs in the country.



  1. Xoom Money Transfer

It is a tried and trusted option for many Filipinos and with more than 10,500 pick-up locations in the country. It definitely has a wide reach and a solid customer base and network partners like M Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier, as well as bank deposits thru BDO, BPI, and Metrobank among others. Plus, Xoom offers a money-back guarantee for your peace of mind.


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  1. M Lhuillier

Powered by M Lhuillier Financial’s expansive network of branches in the Philippines, an equally strong partner network abroad and an extremely reliable technology-based system, Kwarta Padala is delivered whenever and wherever it is needed. Money can be then received through any of the 1,850 branches of M Lhuillier all over the Philippines.  Pick-up your money anytime at any of the 150 branches operating 24/7 in the key cities of the country, or as late as 10:00 p.m. in most other branches.


  1. Cebuana Lhuillier

Cebuana Lhuillier’s Pera Padala service is an easy, quick, and safe way to send and receive money. With more than 1,800 branches nationwide and accredited international partners, this money transfer service is made available to clients within and outside the Philippines. All transactions are real time, which enables clients to claim the money as soon as the sender completes the sending process in the branch.


  1. SBI Remit

SBI Remit works with MoneyGram, who’s a global network of more than 350,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. The SBI Group has extensive knowledge and experience of the internet and the financial markets. This service can be accessed from both the website and mobile site. This is widely used by OFWs in Japan.


  1. Palawan Express

With over 1000 branches nationwide and growing numbers of remittance partners and agents, including LBC and SM Malls, Palawan Express Pera Padala is one of the country’s leading money remittance companies today. Being a local company, Palawan has partnered with international money transfer companies like Xoom and MoneyGram to serve OFWs around the world.


  1. LBC

With over 3,000 branches nationwide and partner agents nationwide, they also make money transfer easier. With partners internationally, like Xoom and Zenje, money remittance is much more possible and safe.


  1. Sigue Money Transfer

Internationally, Sigue’s global arm is headquartered in London and is a UK payment institution duly authorized to do business in 30 European Economic Area Member States, in order to provide money remittance services pursuant to Directive 2007/64/EC (PSD). Sigue agents, offices and support centers are available all around the globe in over one hundred countries and is partnered with local money remittance centers in the Philippines like M Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier.

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  1. Money Express

Money Express is a subsidiary of Groupe Chaka born in 2002 to meet a need for reliable electronic money transfer, fast and secure. Money Express has quickly established itself as a money transfer solution on the African space.

Doing research will help OFWs feel at peace when sending their hard-earned money. Hope this list helped! You can click on each Remittance Center in the list to know more about them. Take care!

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Credits: FocusEconomics and CNBC



Best Photo of Mom Competition: Submission of Photos Extended!





• Minimum purchase of $100 or Php 5000

1 Photo per account only

• Submit the best photo of the Mom with the BayanMall Products you ordered.

• Give the Best Caption for the Photo (150 characters) stating why she is the best mom.

• Entries should be submitted on or before May 15, 2016 at sales@bayanmall.com.


Criteria for Judging

40%Best Looking Photo matching the Mother’s Day Theme (Judging will be done by the BayanMall Management)

60%People’s Choice (Most Likes in Facebook; Like and Share will start on May 16 and ends on May 30.)



The Mom in the photo will receive Mother’s Day Package (Bouquet of Roses and Cake) and will be featured in our website as BayanMall’s Best Mom 2016.


Winner of the contest will be announced on June 1, 2016.

Miss Universe 2015 pays courtesy call on Philippine Consulate General in New York

A few weeks after her Miss Universe 2015 coronation, Ms Pia Alozo Wurtzbach paid a courtesy call on the Philippine Consulate General in New York last January 13.


Philippine Consul General and Mrs. Mario De Leon welcomed Ms. Wurtzbach in the Boardroom and engaged her in a discussion on her advocacies, namely HIV awareness, disaster relief, and the fight against cyberbullying. Consul General De Leon opened the possibility of teaming up with the Consulate General to help her advance her causes, raising the profile of Filipinos in the US Northeast and the whole US.

In line with her HIV awareness campaign, Ms. Wurtzbach met with UNAIDS-NY, who gave her vital information on the state of HIV-AIDS globally and gave inputs on projects that she can collaborate with. She was accompanied by Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart. Ms. Wurtzbach sat down as well with the President of APICHA Community Health Center, an organization that provides medical and health assistance for underserved and vulnerable people, especially Asians, Pacific Islanders, the LGBT Community, and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Wurtzbach also met with the leaders of Friends Indeed, a Filipino community charity organization that sends medical, humanitarian, and relief missions to the Philippines especially in times of disasters, such as after typhoon Sendong in Cagayan De Oro.

Miss Universe Philippine Consulate New York

As a way to help elevate the presence of Filipinos in mainstream American society, Ms. Wurtzbach also met with the Executive Board of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI), to arrange for her participation in the Philippine Independence Parade later in June. PIDCI offered her a float at the Parade which she can use to project her advocacies and even speak before an audience.

A short press conference was held afterwards, with members of the Filipino-American media.

Credits : http://www.gov.ph

The Local Celebs Who Partied at the 2016 Sinulog Festival

The Queen City of the South was oozing with energy!

The Local Celebs Who Partied at the 2016 Sinulog Festival

The month of January doesn’t simply go by without the Sinulog Festival becoming the topic of conversation. With plane tickets to Cebu being sold like hotcakes months before the celebration in honor of the Sto. Niño, the chances of seeing a familiar face dancing to the beat of the drums are pretty huge. In fact, among these familiar faces may even be local celebrities.Below, check out the celebs we spotted partying at the Sinulog Festival this year.

Bea Soriano and her husband Eric Dee, Jr. wore matchy-matchy Sinulog tees!

We also spotted her fellow It girl Solenn Heussaff braving the scorching heat while “having a blast” at the festival.

And here’s Bea Alonzo giving the crowd some love during the parade.

Look! Maja Salvador was present at the event, too. Check out their festival-ready headdresses!

Of course, Cebuana blogger Kryz Uy wouldn’t miss the much-awaited Sinulog Festival for anything in the world.

Sinulog 2016 looked pretty awesome for Laureen Uy.

She was joined by her blogger bestie Nicole Andersson and the Gumabao sibilingsMichele, Marco, and Katrina.

Before the crazy festivities, blogging duo Vern and Verniece Enciso also shared a photo of their pre-Sinulog OOTDs in their twinning, clavicle-baring tops.

Credits: http://www.stylebible.ph/

Asia’s Best Beaches

Beautiful beach view in Perhentian Island, Malaysia (Shutterstock)

Asia’s best beaches – with extra thrills…

8th December 2015

There are loads of lovely places to just flop on the sand – but where’s the fun in that? Here are the South-East Asian beaches that offer a bucket load of adventure

Best for… Hiking

The beach: Telok Pandan Besar & Kecil
Where to find it: Bako National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia

Bako is Sarawak’s best bits in microcosm – all the state’s seven vegetation types are found here, on a chunk of land brimming with wildlife and frilled by mangroves, rocky headlands and pristine beaches. It’s also criss-crossed by 30km of walking trails, enabling exciting hikes between deserted sands.

Beach at Bako National Park (Shutterstock)
Beach at Bako National Park 

A 2.5km route from park HQ at Telok Assam (telok meaning ‘bay’) passes a riot of fan palms and pitcher plants to reach the cliffs above inaccessible – but beautiful – Telok Pandan Besar, before continuing over an exposed sandstone rock and through shady forest to reach sandy Telok Pandan Kecil.

Best for…. Sea Kayaking

The beach: Hat Lo Paa Raet & Hat Tiikut
Where to find it: Koh Yao Yai island, Ao Phang Nga National Marine Park, Thailand

Think part-romantic Chinese landscape, a smidgen of Halong Bay and a bit of James Bond and you have the bay of Ao Phang Nga, which takes up most of the National Marine Park of the same name. Encompassing some 400 sq km of towering karst, gnarled caves, blue waters and maze-like mangroves, the bay is best explored by kayak: paddling is really the only way to wend between the sunken tree roots, find cliff-backed crescents of sand and duck into hongs, secretive lagoons reached via tunnels eroded in the rock.

Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park, Thailand (Shutterstock)
Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park, Thailand

One of Ao Phang Nga’s islands was home to Scaramanga’s lair in The Man with the Golden Gun; unsurprisingly, this is one of the most touristy spots. Instead, stay on the quiet island of Koh Yao Yai, accessible by boat from Phuket and Krabi. The finest beaches here are Hat Lo Paa Raet, where the sand sparkles and coconut palms sway, and Hat Tiikut, backed by casuarina trees.

Best for… Rocks

The beach: Hai Pai
Where to find it: Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

Want to see some famed Vietnamese coastal karst landscapes? Well, Lan Ha is as lovely as UNESCO-listed Halong, but with fewer people. Technically, this bay on the east side of Cat Ba Island is the southern adjunct of more famous Halong, but fewer boats make it here, leaving Lan Ha’s inlets, 300-odd limestone outcrops, fish-rich reefs and spectacular beaches all the quieter.

Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam (Shutterstock)
Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam

Hai Pai (also known as Tiger Beach) has the requisite good looks – blue sea, yellow sand, picturesque pinnacles – as well as developed climbing routes if you fancy trying to master the karst. It’s possible to camp right on the beach too.

Best for… Sand

The beach: Mui Ne
Where to find it: South-east Vietnam

Plenty of travellers have discovered Mui Ne. But that’s because the coast around this little fishing village in southern Vietnam, about 200km east of Ho Chi Minh City, is backed by some of the region’s most impressive, Sahara-style dunes. Mui Ne Beach curves for 12km around a bay on the South China Sea; largely low-rise resorts back much of the shore, but the area around the original village, at the eastern end, tends to be quietest.

White sand dune in Mui Ne, Vietnam (Shutterstock)
White sand dune in Mui Ne, Vietnam

The dunes themselves ripple and roll just behind – the White Dunes are bigger, but the Red are more photogenic and fun to sled down. Indeed, Mui Ne is a bit of an adrenaline hotspot, with the surf swelling from August to December and breezes attracting wind- and kitesurfers from October to April – fun to watch, even if you don’t fancy having a go.

Best for… Architecture

The beach: Balekambang
Where to find it: East Java, Indonesia

Balekambang isn’t necessarily the best beach for solitude – despite this long sandy stretch’s remote location on East Java’s south coast, it can be busy at weekends. But that’s because people come to see its unusual architecture: at one end of the beach, a bridge runs from land-side Wisanggeni Island to the tiny outcrop of Ismoyo Island, around 100m off shore.

Balekambang beach temple (Dreamstime)
Balekambang beach temple 
The rock is topped by a Hindu temple, where offerings are made to the sea – especially in the three days before Nyepi (Hindu Balinese New Year; usually in March). Visit the temple and laze on the tree-backed sand before heading inland: the steamy calderas of Mount Bromo National Park are just to the north.

Best for… Adventure

The beach: Secret Beach
Where to find it: Bacuit Bay, Palawan, Philippines

It’s tough to pick a best beach from the many on offer around sublime Bacuit Bay. Off the north-west coast of Palawan, this scatter of karst islets and outcrops, incised by jungly rivers and highlighted by luminous strips of sand, is one big sand-lover’s fantasy. But Secret Beach offers extra thrills.

Bacuit Bay view from Taraw Cliff (Shutterstock)
Bacuit Bay view from Taraw Cliff 
Hidden away on Matinloc Island, enclosed in towering craggy cliffs, this scrap of white fringes an almost inaccessible sinkhole. Almost. You need to take a boat and drop anchor by a tiny crack in the rock, then swim underwater, avoiding the boulder almost blocking the other side, to emerge in a magical fish-filled bowl, where the waters lap rock walls as well as that tiny little beach. It’s best visited at noon, when sunlight streams in.

Best for… Birds

The beach: Koh Thmei
Where to find it: Ream National Park, Cambodia

Ream National Park, a wild expanse of mountains, mangrove swamps, coastal forest, coral reefs and clear rivers in southern Cambodia, also comprises two islands. And one of those, Koh Thmei, is the ideal escape for bird-loving beach-goers. There’s just one rustic, eco-minded accommodation option here: the cunningly named Koh Thmei Resort, an hour-long boat trip from the mainland fishing village of Koh Kchhang (a 45-minute drive from Sihanoukville).

Small beach at Ream National Park, Cambodia (Shutterstock)
Small beach at Ream National Park, Cambodia

Its simple cabins sit on a fluff of yellow, shell-scattered sand and make a good base for both snorkelling and staring at the skies: around 150 species of birds – including grey-headed fish eagle, white-bellied sea eagle and Brahminy kite – live in Ream. Dolphins are often spotted playing offshore too.

Best for… Snorkelling

The beach: Pink Beach
Where to find it: Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

The region just west of Flores is best known its oversize lizards: big, black Komodo dragons maraud on the dry, hilly islands of Komodo and Rinca. But this area, protected within a national park, is also an exceptional place to take to the seas. Pantai Merah (Pink Beach) is a pretty prospect – formed from fragments of red corals, it has an unusual rosy tinge.

Pink Beach in Komodo National Park (Shutterstock)
Pink Beach in Komodo National Park 
But offshore it’s even more colourful – there is world-class snorkelling directly from the beach, the sand sloping right into a pristine reef of vibrant corals and sponges, teeming with technicolour fishes. These waters also offer chances to see snappers, parrotfish, the occasional turtle, reef sharks, manta rays, dolphins and dugongs.

Best for… Local Culture

The beach: Ma kyone Galet
Where to find it: Bo Cho Island, Myeik Archipelago, Burma

There are more than 800 islands in the Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago, and goodness knows how many beaches. But the sand fronting the village of Ma Kyone Galet isn’t just forest-fringed and pretty, it’s a prime place for meeting Burma’s Moken – the so-called sea gypsies. The Moken traditionally live their whole lives on the ocean, coming ashore only in the roughest weather, but recent years have seen several hundred settled on Bo Cho.

Giant reclining Buddha at the harbor of Myeik (Shutterstock)
Giant reclining Buddha at the harbor of Myeik 

Dropping anchor here, you can stroll along the sandy main street, lined with shops and stilt houses; you can walk up to the small Buddhist temple; and you can watch the men bring the catch ashore in the morning before feasting on the freshest of fish for lunch. The best way to get there, and to the rest of the Myeik Archipelago, is on a multi-day cruise expedition from Kawthaung, southern Burma.

Best for… Location Kudos

The beach: White Sand Beach
Where to find it: Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia

This particular sliver of waterfront sits on an island within the world’s biggest crater lake, dimpling the island of Sumatra. As you laze on the pale grains, Lake Toba laps the shore, water buffalo work the surrounding pastures and the rugged edges of the vast caldera lie off in the distance – a compelling view.

Batak house on Samosir Island (Shutterstock)
Batak house on Samosir Island 

The beach hugs Tuk Tuk, Samosir’s main tourism hub, where boats zip across from Parapat. The village also offers an intro to the island’s Batak people and their culture – a mix of Christian and animist beliefs, puppet dances, stilted rumah bolon houses and cannibalism (phased out in the 19th century). Head south to the traditional settlement of Tomok to see the elaborately painted and gabled houses, neat rice barns and the impressive tomb of a key Batak chief.

Best for… Turtles

The beach: Turtle Sanctuary Beach
Where to find it: Perhentian Besar, Malaysia

Sunshine, salt-white sand, crystal-clear seas… the Perhentian Islands, off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, tick the basic beachbeauty box. But on larger Perhentian Besar, a 30-minute speedboat ride from Kuala Besut, there is also the opportunity to join a local community-focused Ecoteer project to help protect the region’s endangered sea turtles.

Pulau Perhentian Kecil island, Malaysia (Shutterstock)
Pulau Perhentian Kecil island, Malaysia

Tasks include night patrols to safeguard females that come onto the beach to nest as well as active daytime research: the seas here offer high-visibility snorkelling, and volunteers collect data on the habits of individual turtles while swimming alongside them.



Binay returns from UAE with 5 OFWs

Vice President Jejomar Binay speaks to reporters after arriving at the airport from the United Arab Emirates. With him are running mate Senator Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan II and five overseas Filipino workers. ABS-CBN News

MANILA – Vice President Jejomar Binay has returned to the Philippines with five distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) after his three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Binay arrived past 9:45 p.m. Friday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with OFWs Rosminda Bauwi, Leowilyn Tan, Lucresia Insesto, Angelyn Tak and Belsie Espine.

The five women, who suffered from illegal recruitment and abuse by employers, earlier sought shelter at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai.

Binay, former presidential adviser on OFW concerns, vowed to assist in the investigation of their cases. He also called for clearer guidelines on the repatriation of undocumented workers.

Binay also promised workers that should he be elected president, he will prioritize the creation of jobs so that overseas employment “becomes a matter of choice and not necessity.”

The Vice President is unfazed by critics who will just dismiss his visit to UAE and dialogs with the Filipino community there as mere political tactic.

“Tingnan na lang natin iyung kabutihang ginagawa eh minamasama. Basta ako e natutuwa at nakatulong ako na maibalik itong mga ito na dapat maibalik,” he told reporters.


Binay held dialogs with OFWs and UAE officials when he visited the emirates, host to an estimated 900,000 Filipino expatriates.

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) said he met for 30 minutes with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces on Tuesday.

“Sheikh Mohammad said he would very much like to visit the Philippines in the future,” ?Binay said.

“He said the UAE was grateful to the Filipinos who live and work here,” the Vice President added.

They also discussed potential investment opportunities in power and infrastructure in the Philippines, the OVP said.

The Filipino official also met with UAE Labor Minister Shaqr Ghobash to discuss three new labor decrees and the status of ongoing negotiations on the Memorandum of Understanding on Labor and on Household Service Workers (HSWs) Unified Contract.


Binay also shared lunch with 39 wards at the Philippine Labor Office, among them victims of maltreatment and human trafficking.


In the afternoon, Binay visited Philippine Global School-Abu Dhabi, an all-Filipino primary and secondary academic institution of more than 2,000 students.

The Vice President was the guest of honor at a Filipino evening community event hosted by the Bayanihan Council.

Binay came home today to survey results showing that he now tops the current crop of presidential bets.

READ: Binay pulls away; Chiz, Bongbong statistically tied for VP: SWS

He thanked supporters for the survey lead.

“Uulit ulitin ko po, I’m humbled by the results of the survey. Nagpapasalamat ako sa ating mga kababayan na tuloy-tuloy pa ang kanilang suporta at dasal sa darating na halalan. Pero tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pag-iikot. Itutuloy ko pa rin ang pakikipagkita at pakikipag-usap sa ating mga kababayan,” he said. — With a report from Fred Cipres, radio dzMM


credit by: http://news.abs-cbn.com/

What To Put In Your Grab Bag For Emergencies

What To Put In Your Grab Bag For Emergencies | BayanMall

Emergency Preparedness "ready to go" kit.

Natural disasters happen and strike anywhere and anytime – earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, landslides, tsunamis, etc. We cannot prevent this from happening, but we can prepare ourselves and our families for these incidents when they do happen.

According to the Asian Disaster Reduction Center, the Philippines normally goes through an average of 20 storms per year, five of which are destructive. We also go through occasional earthquakes, landslides and volcanic eruptions. How do we mitigate the risks that we face when dealing with these natural disasters? We need to have the following items handy and readily available in our homes, office or cars in case of emergencies. We can prepare a “Grab Bag” which includes the following items:

Potable drinking water – This is a must. Prepare and store at least 1 liter of water per day for each family member for at least 4 days.

Canned Goods – Store ready-to-eat and easy-open canned goods. Ready-to-eat is best because cooking may not be available when these disasters come and easy-open canned goods are also a must in case we forget to bring our can openers. Prepare for 3 meals a day for 4 days.

Biscuits and Crackers – These are essential to supply carbohydrates in our body. Affordable and very easy to store and buy. Just one pack can make you feel full.

Small radio

Small radio – Radios that do not need batteries are the best, but if you can’t find this then a battery operated one would be fine, just don’t forget the batteries. This will keep you updated on what’s happening in and outside your area.

Cell phones and Portable chargers – Cell phones are a must so you may be able to communicate with your loved ones or for rescue purposes. Electricity might not be available, then so portable chargers would be perfect for this. There are also available solar chargers in stores which can also do the job quite well.

Flashlight – Keep at least 2 flashlights, one for use and one for back up because electricity might not be readily available.

Clothes – 2 sets of clean clothes for changing in case you get wet or dirty.

Blankets – This can serve as a mat for sleeping or to keep you warm.


Toiletries – Items like toothpaste, toothbrush, soap and shampoo in case there are available shower or cleaning up areas for you. Napkins are also a must for women.

Medicine – Medicines for those who are sick or who need to drink maintenance needs. General medicine for headaches, diarrhea, flu, etc. are important as well. Also, don’t forget your first aid kit that should include bandages, band aids, gauze, cotton, and wound cleaning items.

Important documents & phone numbers and cash – Keep copies of your important documents in your grab bag such as birth and marriage certificates, medical and life plans, will, land titles, etc. Phone numbers of the police, red cross, emergency and rescue teams, and important relatives should also be included in your grab bag. It will also be good to keep some emergency cash there.

These are just some of the things that you can include in your grab bag. You can add more to your list depending on the needs of your family. Your grab bag must also be stored in a waterproof bag to refrain from getting your stuff wet.

But more than preparing your grab bag, you must also orient family members on what to do in case of emergencies like this. Let everyone know where the grab bag is kept, set a meet up area in case you are not all together during the time of the incident, know all the contact numbers of the police, emergency hotlines, and important relatives that need to be contacted during these times.

emergency grab bag

Basic and complete emergency kits are also available for sale in stores, including bayanmall.com We have an emergency grab bag to get you started in preparing your family’s own emergency kit because nothing beats being prepared for emergencies like this. Protect your family and send them their prepared emergency grab bags today.

What To Put In Your Grab Bag For Emergencies | BayanMall

How To Ease Homesickness This Christmas

How To Ease Homesickness This Christmas | BayanMall

We Filipinos are very connected to our families. In fact, the family is the reason why most Filipinos work abroad and become OFWs. We always want the best for our families and so we sacrifice ourselves and our happiness to provide for their needs.

filipino christmas

Christmas in the Philippines is one of the biggest celebrations, if not the biggest celebration, that we prepare for. Families gather together and prepare Noche Buena, exchange gifts, and spend time with each other. And this is probably the worst time for an OFW who cannot come home to celebrate with the family. These are the times when they get homesick because they miss the people, food, parties, reunions, and a whole lot more.

So how can we lessen our homesickness during this time? Here are 3 suggestions:

Keep yourself busy

Keep yourself busy so that you have less time to be depressed and homesick. Exercise regularly so your body can release endorphins to make you happy. Learn the language of the country you are in. Make new friends and go out with them. Do your hobbies. Attend classes you’re interested in. Enjoy, you deserve it.

Celebrate with friends

celebrate with friends

Since you are far away from family, you have to make friends where you are. Don’t celebrate Christmas alone. Spend it with close friends who live near your area. It also helps if you spend it with fellow Filipinos who celebrate the way we do in the Philippines. In a different country, these friends become your family.

Celebrate with the family

celebrate with family

Yes, you heard that right. Now how do you do this when you are miles away? Well, that’s why smartphones and laptops were created right? While they are celebrating Christmas in the Philippines, schedule a video call with them via Skype so you don’t miss the fun happenings during the celebration. You’ll feel like you are with them as well.

If the family doesn’t have a smartphone or laptop, you can always send them one as a surprise. The gadgets will be delivered door-to-door anywhere in the Philippines within 3-5 days. Check out Bayanmall’s awesome deals for the latest smartphones and laptops.


We salute you for the love and support you are giving your family, our dear OFWs. We know that you’ve sacrificed a lot just to provide for your family. So wherever you are Kabayan, we hope that you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

How To Ease Homesickness This Christmas | BayanMall

Lie And Lying, Why Shall Not Do?

Lie And Lying, Why Shall Not Do? | BayanMall

the boy who cried wolf-lie

One of the fable of Aesop is the story entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. It is a tale about a shepherd boy who make fun of the villagers. He tells them that there is a wolf who pursue the sheep. The third time he shouts, nobody believes in him. Because of what he did, an English idiom came out. Today, “to cry wolf” means “to give a false alarm”. Basically, from this story, we can get a moral not to lie. Why should we not lie? I’ll present my reasons by using the fable.


One and obviously, you can hurt others feelings. Like the villagers of the story, they went complaining and disciplining the boy to not frighten them by telling there is a wolf. We can imagine them that they are disappointed with the boy and, of course, angry with him. The boy just wasted the time and effort of the people to try to help him. Worst, it shows that the boy is disrespecting the villagers. Next time when you lie, think of what will happen to the people that surround you? By doing this, you can avoid lying and prevent the damage of your bad action.

addicted to lying or lie

Two, you will become addicted to lying. At first, you will feel good in doing so. Like the shepherd boy, he finds it very amusing in tricking the villagers. That is why he is tempted to do it again. In short, telling a lie will lead you to another lie. It becomes now a part of you just like an addictive substances influence us. As you do it often, it will be hard to break.

lie result to not trust anymore

Lastly, they will not trust you anymore. This is the hurtful part of the consequence of being a liar. Like the boy at the end of the story, nobody comes to rescue the sheep. Why? Because they don’t trust him anymore, even though he tells the truth. Do you want this to happen to you? Then, stop lying! This can break friendship and relationship with your loved ones. May we have the courage to tell the truth always.

Lie And Lying, Why Shall Not Do? | BayanMall

Forgiveness, Why Forgive?

Forgiveness, Why Forgive? | BayanMall

To forgive is a very hard thing to do. It cannot be done in just one night and when you wake up, it is all gone. Many people struggle to do this action. That’s why I came upon a realization the need to forgive. In other words, I’ll show to you the importance of forgiveness. I’ll do it by putting my top five quotes of forgiveness.

First, “to forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” This is from Lewis B. Smedes. Keeping our anger and hate towards others is like locking up ourself in a prison cell. At first, we don’t realize this, but hopefully at the end, we will come up to this point. But, what if not? Because you are just too hard headed and always pity yourself. Well, just picture out the condition of the prisoner. Isn’t good? Do you really want to stay in jail? Of course, you will not. So, better free yourself by forgiving and you will feel relief.


Two, “forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” This came from Indira Gandhi. We always think that when we forgive, we are weak and we lose the battle to our enemy. But let me tell you, the truth is you are not. You are strong, my dear, when you forgive someone. Why? Because it takes courage to do so. When we say courage, this belong to persons who are strong. Remember, the weak can never forgive. I know that you don’t want to be called as such. Next time, be the first to do it.


Three, “forgiveness is the final form of love.” This is said by Reinhold Niebuhr. When you don’t forgive, you are depriving yourself of loving that person. Bear in mind to always love your enemy. Instead of hating him, find reasons why you should love that person. Even though it seems that person is so wicked, there are still kindness and goodness in him. All you have to do is find and dig it. In the end, you’ll find that person lovable.


Fourth, “forgotten is forgiven.” This is stated by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s like another way of saying, “forgive and forget”. When you forgive, you are willing to forget the bad deed that he had done to you. Bring it up, will not do good for you. You’ll start again hurting yourself and hating that person. I know you are in the process to forget. To become better with this, all you have to do is make a memorable moment with him. Include him in your party and celebration.


Fifth, “inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.” This is expressed by Gerald Jampolsky. The main and important reason why we should forgive is for us to have peace. You’ll never get this if you will not forgive. Having peace is inviting happiness as well in your life. Don’t hold grudges anymore and you’ll find yourself being grateful at all times.

Forgiveness, Why Forgive? | BayanMall