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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Take on Education & Financial Planning with Philam Life "Live Ready" Campaign

Philam Life Certified Investment Solicitor Nilo B. Matunog talks about Philam Life's "Live Ready" campaign and Financial Literacy with emphasis on Savings and Education.
Financial stability is a critical factor that parents should take into serious consideration in planning for the education of their children. It is extremely important, therefore, for parents to start making plans for financing the schooling of their children as early as possible. One effective way to do this is to take out an education insurance policy that will greatly help in easing the worries, problems and the mental and emotional stress attendant to fulfilling this parental obligation.

Philam Life's Live Ready Campaign
With a goal to help fellow Filipinos to live longer, healthier, and better lives through better financial planning, Live Ready Financial Literacy Campaign is conceived to communicate to Filipinos the importance of proper financial planning. Live Ready campaign simply want to help create financially literate Filipino families, and build a financially stable nation.

Financial Literacy in the Philippines
Financial literacy in the Philippines is very low. According to a study:
  • 96% of Filipinos are concerned about their and their family’s health. However, only 16% are prepared to pay for medical costs in case they are diagnosed with a critical illness. 
  • Only 230 out of 1,000 Filipinos who started grade 1 will go to college. This is due to a number of factors, one of which is the lack of funds to support high school and college education. 
  • 80% of the workforce plan to retire by 50, but none can even afford to retire at 65.
Importance of Planning and Saving for future Needs
Mr. Nilo Matunog encourages people to start saving and planning as early as possible. Financial planning teaches us to be responsible when it comes to our finances. Aside from that, it builds the discipline one needs in order to stay on track of their goals. If done right, financial planning ensures financial security now and in the future, even if the unexpected happens.

Majority of us belong to what they call as "sandwich generation", where within the family that takes care of their children and support their parents at the same time. This can be a very difficult financial burden to overcome, especially if the children are in school and the costs to maintain the health of older family members are starting to increase. his also prevents current breadwinners to prepare for their own financial needs, especially when they retire. Eventually, they would have to depend on their children for their living and medical expenses. And the cycle continues.

With financial planning, the cycle can be stop and ensure that everyone achieves their goals and dreams.

Differentiate your Goals
Understand the difference among short-term, medium-term and long-term goals or dreams.
  • Short-term goals includes monthly living expenses such as food, rent or amortization, transportation, groceries, clothing, utility bills, school fees among others. Emergency fund should also be part of the short-term goals ideally, 3-6 months of living expenses should be set aside in case something unfortunate happens like loss of a job or disability.
  • Medium-term goals are those you want to achieve in 1-5 years. Buying a car, owning a house, going on a family vacation are examples of these goals. 
  • Long-term goals or dreams are those that can take more than 5 years to achieve like sending a child to college and retiring at age 60.
For every goal or dream, you have to put a monetary value. Then, you have to know your financial position. The ability to achieve your financial goals are defined by your financial position.

Secure a Good Financial Position
There are many ways to secure a good financial position.
  • Settle unpaid credit card bills and other loans. These liabilities can decrease one's financial worth. 
  • Staying out of unnecessary debts. There are two kinds of debt, the good debt and the unnecessary debt. Good debt helps you manage cash better, for example, run a business. Unnecessary debts are those that lets you buy things you don’t really need.
  • Saving before spending. The typical savings mentality is spending and then saving what’s left from their income. This jeopardizes the process because what if nothing was left? Then there will be nothing to save. Set an amount for regular savings and keep one’s expenses within what remains.
How much should we save, exactly?
The widely-accepted formula is 80-20 which  means you have to save 20% of your monthly income and spend the rest on your living and other expenses. But the reality is, more often than not, just saving a part of your income will not be enough. It can take you years and years and build the money you need and still end up not achieving your goals.

Match your goals to the right financial vehicle:
  • Short Term Goals - you need to have available cash that you can easily get such as Savings accounts in banks.
  • For medium-term and long-term goals however, you can opt for Investments which can give you higher returns. 
The challenge part is that the cost of your goals now will not be the same in 5 or 15 years. In planning you have to consider inflation over 15 years. Its an overwhelming amount and Savings accounts will not be enough to come up with the money you need. That’s where other financial vehicles like Investments come in. There are different types of investments that you can choose from based on your goals, how much time you have to achieve them, among others.

Financial planning is the key to achieve your goals and dreams, and it is important to do it as early as possible. It is also good advice to keep your eye on the goal. This way, you don’t get easily swayed to make unnecessary purchases and the money you have is used for the right purpose to help you achieve your goals.

Finally, talk to an expert. A Financial Advisor can help you help you plan for your future, guide through the process, and provide you with the right financial solutions for your financial goals. Financial planning takes a lot of hard work and a lot of discipline.

Philam Life empower Filipinos achieve financial security and prosperity. Ready to help you plan for and achieve your dreams. Visit Philam Life on the web at and know more about how you can Live Ready!

Philam Life's Live Ready Financial Literacy Campaign posted at Cebu Events Blog

Monday, March 13, 2017

Maybank Foundation goes to Cebu, Immersed PWDs with Training and Mentoring towards Financial Independence

Maybank Foundation is the implementing Group for Maybank Group's Corporate Sustainability Programme in Southeast Asia. Its flagship program, R.I.S.E. or Reach Independence & Sustainable Entrepreneurship is designed to create economic independence and financial inclusion. In the Philippines, R.I.S.E. is being implemented through Maybank Foundation’s partner organizations, People Systems Consultancy and the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Maybank Logo
In Metro Cebu, they are targeting to build capabilities of 200 people with disabilities (PWDs) via a structured training and mentoring program. 50 selected PWDs are immersed a 3-day Entrepreneurship and Financial Training session at Dohera Hotel in Mandaue City and attended by no other than Shahril Azuar Jimin, Maybank Foundation CEO and Pollie Sim, Maybank International CEO. The 3 day training will be followed by a six-month mentoring period where participants will be trained, coached and mentored to develop their entrepreneurial skills in order to help them achieve higher income levels and improve their overall standard of living. Earlier this year, 117 PWDs has gone through similar training in Metro Manila which form part as the first phase of the program.

Maybank Foundation Logo
This year marks Maybank’s 20th year of operations in the Philippines and timely enough to celebrate their significant milestone with the roll out R.I.S.E. in the Philippines. It presently has 80 branches nationwide where 4 branches are in Cebu.

RISE Programme Attendees at Dohera Hotel Mandaue City
Their commitment to support and empower the disadvantaged, especially PWDs, is very much in line with Maybank’s mission of humanizing financial services according to Mr. Shahril. They believe that in helping all segments of the community to gain financial independence can contribute to the overall prosperity and sustainability of the society at large. The encouraging outcome of the initial run inspired Maybank Foundation to scale up the R.I.S.E. program to benefit a bigger number of disadvantaged people.

At the RISE Media Briefing (L-R) Shahril Azuar, Jimin Pollie Sim, Hazli Abu Samah
Financial inclusion is still at a relatively low level in ASEAN, especially among the disabled and marginalized, and taking on this advocacy is Maybank’s way of supporting the bigger regional agenda of furthering financial inclusion across ASEAN according to Pollie.

Lunched in January 2017, R.I.S.E has now completed 3 batches of training  in Makati City, Las PiƱas and San Juan, after Mandaue City, 2 more training sessions will be conducted in the coming weeks in Cebu City and one in Talisay City. Maybank Foundation is pouring a significant investment in Corporate Social Responsibility, an initial 6 million pesos for the R.I.S.E. entrepreneurship-mentor-ship programme in the Philippines.

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On its second phase, R.I.S.E has already trained and impacted a total of 1,900 participants regionally in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. It's aim is to have at least 40 percent of its participants gain an income increase of 100% within three months. R.I.S.E. is presently being run in three countries: Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.

Maybank Foundation RISE Program for PWDs posted at Cebu Events Blog

Monday, February 27, 2017

NEW at Starbucks: Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato & Valencia Orange Cappuccino

Starbucks is delighted to introduce Starbucks NEW espresso beverages with unique and sophisticated treats for coffee lovers. The redefined beverages vary in flavor, texture and experience but espresso is always at the core. Starbucks Baristas craft carefully selected ingredients with espresso to produce stunning combinations of flavors and layers.

Craving for a unique floral aroma and mild sweetness on your Coffee? The Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato offers a twist on the classic pairing of vanilla and coffee. Tahitian Vanilla has a unique floral aroma and mild sweetness which pairs the roasty coffee, complemented by a layer of velvety steamed milk. This beverage is then topped with Starbucks signature espresso and finished with vanilla bean specks and vanilla drizzle in Starbucks classic double crosshatch pattern.

Need sweet flavory beverage? Starbucks Valencia Orange Cocoa Cappuccino suits the taste of those who need the reinvigorating sweet flavor, a combination of Valencia Orange Mocha Sauce with milk, topped with dense and creamy foam and then layered with affogato-style signature espresso shots. To append more flavor, sweet cocoa powder and tartly-sweet bits of orange peel is added.

Want to find out the goodness with Matcha & Espresso Fusion? A Starbucks Teavana handcrafted beverage where Starbucks Matcha powder layered with milk and Espresso Roast creates a beautiful layer of coffee and tea, best enjoyed hot or iced.

A good pairing to your favorite cup of coffee is Starbucks New Lunch Choices to satisfy your Lunch out either solo or with friends, especially on busy days. Starbucks Sandwiches such as the Clubhouse on Sourdough Bread, Salmon Dill on Multi-Grain Bread and Cheese Steak on Ciabatta Bread are perfect for quick lunch. New Starbucks Bistro Bowls will also add to your choices: The Cold Soba with Chicken and Sweet Potato Salad are best paired with Iced shaken Tea. These pairings are available from 10 am to 2 pm with special bundle price, a Starbucks Signature Lunch pairing menu which is also available with favorite Pasta dishes and Sandwiches.

Starbucks is also offering New guilt free snacks can be consumed in-store or on-the-go, the Harvest Box Snack Packs are available in three variants: Power Mix, We Love Nuts and Yo Cherry.

 The Starbucks Tribute Blend is also available for a limited time created in 2011 to celebrate the Stabucks’s 40th Anniversary. It combines the all-time favorite coffees: Ethiopian, Aged Sumatra, Papua New Guinea; and Colombia coffee. Even on the go, you can also enjoy this coffee with the Starbucks VIA Tribute Blend.

Another addition to your Starbucks My Rewards Card collection is the special Edition Siren Card, available for an initial consumable load amount of 300 pesos. A limit of two cards per day per customer.

Now also available in all Starbucks stores nationwide, the Starbucks Cold Brew, the slow-steeped and brewed without heat coffee which was previously available only to Starbucks Reserve stores.

Starbucks NEW Espresso Coffee Beverage & Signature Lunch Pairing posted at Cebu Events Blog