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Free COVID-19 test and travel protection top incentives for international travel

As more overseas destinations ease travel restrictions, Filipinos are expected to visit neighboring countries for leisure with COVID-19 protection and incentives on top of their minds.

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As the pandemic situation evolves, Filipinos are keen to start travelling again with free COVID-19 tests (57%), hospital care (51%), and flexibility in changing travel plans (37%) as the key considerations driving travel decisions, according to Visa’s 2021 Global Travel Intentions Study. Earning rewards or enjoying last-minute offers are now secondary benefits behind measures thapt provide protection and reassurance.

As more overseas destinations ease travel restrictions, Filipinos are expected to visit neighboring countries for leisure with COVID-19 protection and incentives on top of their minds.

Dan Wolbert, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam, said: “These findings reflect the changing outlook Filipinos have on traveling as the COVID-19 situation evolves. We have seen a rebound to travel in many parts of the world as borders open, and Filipinos are optimistic about traveling again.  Similar to other markets, Filipino travelers are conscious about following safety protocols and also want to feel that they have a sufficient access to health protection in the event that risks happen to them while they are abroad.”

The study found that Filipinos want travel insurance that protects them from COVID-19 related risks including the cost of medication and treatment (59%), quarantine charges (52%) and hospitalization room charges (41%).

The study also found that 56 percent of Filipino travelers are keen on vacationing in another country as part of a travel bubble set-up. With travel bubbles, there are less chances of contact with individuals who may have come from areas with high infection rates.

The top five international destinations that Filipinos want to visit once it is safe to do so are the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, and Thailand. Meanwhile, Hawaii and South Korea are also generating interest, followed by Australia and Dubai.

The post-pandemic travel landscape will also involve an increased preference for cashless payments, with 63 percent of Filipino travelers expecting to go cashless because of the safety and comfort it brings. Among their top preferences include mobile payments (34%), as well as credit (24%), and debit card (31%) payments.

“As we see the number of COVID-19 cases trending downwards in the Philippines and the government’s decision to start opening our borders, we share the optimism of Filipinos that the road to recovery is beginning,” added Wolbert.

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Protect every journey with Pacific Cross Travelsafe Insurance Plan

Pacific Cross offers a variety of packages designed for worry-free travel.

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Pacific Cross Philippines is excited to share significant enhancements to their Travel Insurance business — not only are they offering improved plans and benefits with their new roster of products, but they are also introducing MyTravelsafe, their revamped digital platform, to ensure that comprehensive protection is within easy reach of travelers. 

Whether you are traveling abroad to beat the heat, or looking for a quick beach get-away, Pacific Cross offers a variety of packages designed for worry-free travel.  Whether you’re solo backpacking across Europe, enjoying a family trip at an Asian destination, or having a blast with friends on a weekend excursion, you can trust a Pacific Cross plan to protect you on every journey. Pacific Cross Travelsafe Plans offer a variety of benefits and options — local and international protection, Peso, Dollar and Euro Plans, benefits for single and multi-trips, as well as individual and family coverage, among others. 

The new Pacific Cross MyTravelsafe portal allows travelers to access Pacific Cross offerings online, anytime, anywhere. With the process made more accessible and convenient, clients can be assured they have high-value travel protection at affordable rates right at their fingertips.

This increased accessibility also makes it possible for travelers to access the other key features of their travel insurance like medical treatment benefits, coverage for usual travel inconveniences such as flight and baggage delays, travel insurance for Seniors aged 76 and above, more extensive coverage for loss of gadgets, loss or damage of sporting equipment, mobile phone charges, and trip cancellation, among others.   

Pacific Cross announces these improvements as they are awarded the 2024 Gold Award for the Travel Insurance Category in the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands.

“We are pleased and honored to be in this league of trusted brands. This award is a testament to our commitment to provide value-for-money travel protection to our clients. Our customers can be assured that we will keep working hard to be worthy of their trust, and that we will use this recognition as motivation to bring continuously improving travel products and services to the market,” says Pacific Cross President & CEO Victor Tanjuakio.

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Hearing from a policyowner who found a lifeline in insurance

For Cerila Espidillon, her insurance plan not only provided financial assistance but also served as a source of strength for her and her family, enabling them to confront the ordeal without worrying about the added burden of debt.

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Life is full of uncertainties, and cancer is one of the toughest challenges families can face. Here, we share the story of one of our policyowners who found a lifeline in the form of insurance.

For Cerila Espidillon, her insurance plan not only provided financial assistance but also served as a source of strength for her and her family, enabling them to confront the ordeal without worrying about the added burden of debt.

Espidillon shares her story of resilience and PRU Love:

“I have been insured by Pru Life UK since 2013. I come from a poor family and saw people borrowing money when they got sick, and people who relied on their children to take care of them. I told my husband that I don’t want our kids to worry about us when we grow older. I knew I made the right decision when I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Valentine’s Day in 2022. Strangely, I didn’t worry and continued with my work here in Dubai. My biggest concern was my kids seeing me sick.

“My friend and agent, Peach, helped me process my claim. It was so fast. I didn’t need to follow up because not long after I gave all my documents, the claim was already in my account. The claim not only helped me pay my hospital bills without going into debt, but also made me feel at ease knowing I am financially covered. I felt the care that Pru Life UK has for its clients. Now I can focus on my recovery and my kids. Insurance policies offer peace of mind and financial protection, especially from unforeseen incidents. If we want a better life, we need to get insurance.”

Espidillon’s story is just one example of how crucial life insurance can be for families, offering peace of mind during difficult times. To keep families protected, Pru Life UK launched PRUHealth FamLove, a yearly-renewable protection plan that shares the critical illness coverage to up to four family members in one policy. 

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Beko introduces new cooking appliance series for Filipino homes

Beko is committed to protect the planet by focusing on healthy living for years, raising awareness and developing energy-efficient products that make healthy living possible and convenient. Like its new line of cooking appliance which was launched at Beko’s “Powering Your Home Back to Back” event held May 9 at Conrad Hotel.

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True to its mission of “healthy living is only possible on a healthy planet,” household appliance provider Beko is committed to protect the planet by focusing on healthy living for years, raising awareness and developing energy-efficient products that make healthy living possible and convenient. Like its new line of cooking appliance which was launched at Beko’s “Powering Your Home Back to Back” event held May 9 at Conrad Hotel.

In the event, Beko showcased its commitment to redefine the cooking experience for Filipino households through the introduction of its new range of cookers which offer style, performance, and functionality for users. These cooking appliances are meticulously crafted to enhance the culinary journey of Filipino families with precision and style.

“With our New Cooking Series, we aim to empower Filipino families to embrace their culinary passion, unleash their creativity, and savor every moment shared around the dining table,” remarked Arel Atakol, regional managing director at Beko Asia Pacific.

Beko is equipped with the latest technological innovation and safety features designed to simplify and enhance the cooking process, keep users safe and meet their needs. For example, Beko’s cookers are energy efficient that can help Filipino families save money on utility bills, and can help users save time and effort in preparing meals. These cookers also have gas safety feature that prevents gas leaks by shutting down the gas supply, assuring user’s home is safe.

Aside from being an energy efficient appliance, Beko cookers also offer features designed to promote health and wellness. Beko cooking appliances feature the SimplySteam technology where ovens do the hard work for users. Available in ovens and freestanding cookers, this self-cleaning technology is a hygienic way of cleaning ovens without the need to scrub the inside.. As part of Beko’s easy cleaning solution, this technology helps soften the burnt-on food and grease along the back and inner walls, making it easier to clean and takes less time than scrubbing the oven clean.

Beko appliances are available at 1st Megasaver, Abenson, AC Marketing, AllHome, Anson’s, Appliance Centrum, Asian Home, Automatic Centre, BHF, Echo Electrical, Fair N Square, Fiesta Appliance Center, Fonts Home appliances, Gloria Bazar, Great World, J Marketing, Jack Trading, JV Valeroso Marketing, K-Alwin’z, Lazada, Lucky 4 City Appliances, Magic Appliance, Manhattan Appliance, Mike’s Department Store, NB Marketing, Ocampo’s Megastore, Our Builders, Plusign Home, POS Marketing, Pricewise, RJ Homes, Robinsons Appliances, Royal Star, RS David Marketing, Savers Appliances, SaveYour Home, Shopee, Solidmark, SM Appliance, SVC, Tiongsan, United Motoaliance, VPR Marketing, and Western Appliance.

This year, Beko will be made available soon in other appliance stores nationwide as it continues to expand its distribution to other retail channels.

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