This year, the Covid-19 pandemic could not stop BDO and SM Supermalls from holding a thanksgiving party for the OFWs and their families. The first-ever virtual Pamaskong Handog 2020 will be held this Sunday and will be spearheaded by Piolo Pascual. Save the date: December 13, 2020, 2PM.
Pamaskong Handog 2020 in the New Normal
Even amid the new normal, BDO and SM Supermalls are finding ways. They will continue their annual tradition of paying tribute to overseas Filipinos (OFs) and their families during the Christmas season.
The companies said that this year, the much anticipated “Pamaskong Handog 2020” will be held as a virtual event. And while it’s online, it is going to be a star-studded event. Guests performers and exciting activities that Pamaskong Handog has been known for all these years will still be present.
This announcement was made today at a media teleconference where Pamaskong Handog 2020 was officially launched.
The Sama-Sama Tayo sa Pasko was joined by the following BDO and SM executives:
- BDO Unibank Senior Vice President Genie T. Gloria
- BDO Unibank Senior Vice President Jamie Nasol
- Network Bank Senior Vice President Karen Cua
- SM Supermalls Senior Assistant Vice President for Marketing-South Luzon Ritchie Gonzales.
What Will Happen?
Ms. Gloria of BDO said that this year’s Pamaskong Handog will be streamed through Facebook live on the BDO Kabayan Facebook page. Moreover, it will be simulcast on the BDO Unibank YouTube channel on December 13.
The event will feature celebrities headed by Piolo Pascual, Christian Antolin, Marcelito Pomoy, Beks Batallion, and Donekla.
“Our overseas Filipinos have been through a lot this year. We hope that by keeping the tradition of Pamaskong Handog alive, even under the rules of safety, we can still give a sense of optimism. There is hope that we will get through this and we will all bounce back,” said Gloria.
Apart from the celebrities joining the event, viewers from all over the world will be treated to enjoy virtual games with many prizes.
Also participating as sponsors of the Pamaskong Handog event include World Remit, MoneyGram, Western Union, and Ria Money Transfer.
About the Annual Pamaskong Handog
The event is one of the many initiatives of BDO, which has been actively engaging with OFs and their families. Since many of them depend on the Bank for their financial-related transactions, BDO is supporting them in any way.
BDO Remit has become one of the nation’s lifeblood for years and during these trying times. It provides a safe, trusted, and reliable remittance channel for millions of Filipinos.
Another service, BDO Cash Agad, provides bank services in remote locations of the archipelago.
Meanwhile, BDO Network Bank, the rural bank subsidiary of BDO, takes care of the underserved and unserved customers. This including the remittance beneficiaries who live in far-flung areas.
The number of OFs is estimated to number 12.5 million across more than 150 countries and continents.
Safe Shopping at SM
As more OFs and their family members are expected to go Christmas shopping, SM Supermalls beefs up its safety protocols. It assures the public of its commitment through a safe malling experience amid the pandemic.
“Everyone was really concerned when the country went on quarantine. And since people still have to go out for their basic needs, SM Supermalls has prioritized customer safety and satisfaction with #SafetyMallingAtSM,” said Gonzales.
“We continue this practice with the utmost care given the increased operation of our malls with the lifting of the lockdowns. We make sure that each and every mall strictly follows safety and sanitation protocols that comply with government regulation to keep our malls as safe spaces,” he added.