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10 Compelling Reasons Why Filipinos Trust Moneymax

“Helping Filipinos lead healthier financial lives.” For five years and counting, Moneymax stayed true to their slogan by expanding their services and advocating for financial literacy. And in return, they have earned the trust of over a million Filipinos by being more than just an online comparison platform. Why do Filipinos trust Moneymax? Explore the reasons below. Table of Contents1. Market Leader in Financial ProductsWe started our operations in 2013. Five years later, we have now provided financial products to over a million Filipinos.Moneymax forged partnerships with the top car insurance companies and financial institutions.In 2019, we helped over 11,000 Filipino car owners get their vehicles insured. We were also able to set a 99% approval rate for car insurance claims.In 2019, we helped over 1,000 Filipinos get their credit card and personal loan applications approved.2. Top-Rated FinTech StartupWe are rated the top startup company among other online platforms in the Philippines from the latest StartupRanking[1] list.We have been recognized as one of the rising stars of the FinTech sector[2] in the country back in 2016.Moneymax has been prominently featured in Bloomberg[3] as one of the top financial startups in the country.3. Part of Asia’s Leading Financial MarketplaceWe are part of CompareAsiaGroup (CAG)[4], Asia’s leading financial management platform, that operates in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines.CAG has over 70 renowned partners in the finance industry and provides over 1,000 financial products to more than 60 million customers in Asia.4. Partner Testimonials“Moneymax leverages technology to increase pricing transparency for financial products and improve financial literacy. Our support for innovative…

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New Year’s Eve Countdown Events 2020 for Families and Friends

The 2010s is almost over—how time flies! What are your New Year’s Eve plans? Just a few days left before 2019 draws to a close, but that won’t stop us from celebrating the start of the new decade. If you spent Christmas on a family trip or in the comfort of your home, you may want to enjoy the company of your friends this New Year’s Eve. If so, here are some events in the metro to welcome the new year with enthusiasm and cheer. Table of ContentsEastwood – Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2020GMA 7 New Year Countdown to 20202020 Rising: The ABS-CBN New Year CountdownToast to 2020 New Year Countdown PartyNew Year’s Eve 2020 Celebration at Manila Ocean ParkNew Year 2020 Countdown at The Garage20|20: Vu Sky Bar New Year’s Eve Countdown PartyFoam and Glow New Year CountdownThe Royal Affair at SolaireThe Grand Countdown to 202024-Karat NYE Countdown at Okada ManilaFinal Thoughts Eastwood – Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2020 Where: Eastwood Mall Open Park, Eastwood City, Quezon City When: December 31, 2019, 6 p.m. Spend the last few hours of 2019 enjoying music by today’s most popular artists, including Rico Blanco, Ebe Dancel, Ben&Ben, and James Reid’s Careless. At exactly 12 midnight, witness the Dazzling Star Drop, a grand fireworks display inspired by New York’s New Year’s Eve ball drop. Bringing your car to Eastwood for your New Year’s Eve celebration? You can avail of a PHP 50 flat-rate parking fee until 2 a.m. GMA 7 New Year Countdown to 2020 Where: Seaside Boulevard, SM Mall of…

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Vacation or Staycation: 11 Cool Airbnb Rooms in the Philippines

In every vacation brainstorming session, there are questions that need to be answered. Picking which city to go to is the easiest one, but the deeper the questioning goes, the harder the decisions will be. One question is constant: “Where are we going to stay?” And while hotels are a viable option, they also tend to charge more for less features. So why not try booking Airbnb rooms? Looking for places to book has never been this easy, thanks to millions of Airbnb hosts opening the doors to their lovely homes and properties nationwide for travelers and guests. Rest assured, there’s an Airbnb listing for every type of family size, budget, and desired experience. So if you’re currently stuck in this question, we suggest checking out the following Airbnb listings. Table of Contents11 Must-Book Airbnb RoomsChilluxe in The MetroVissers ClubAlto RetroDream Executive Vintage SuiteAmerican Heritage Baguio HomeCasa AngelinaCozy Studio in the TropicsYour Own Island in LakeDomescape – GlampingBarton Jungle CottagesMindoro Beach HouseFinal Thoughts 11 Must-Book Airbnb Rooms Chilluxe in The Metro Where to Book: Quezon City Price: PHP 1,550 per night Can a luxurious and affordable place in Metro Manila ever exist? When you book this Airbnb listing, it definitely can. Chilluxe in the Metro (1) will give you a glimpse of the lush lifestyle in the middle of the concrete jungle for less than PHP 2,000. And if you have an extra budget to spare, pay to gain access to the swimming pool and the gym for you health buffs out there. Vissers Club Where to Book: Parañaque City Price:…

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Hungry? Try These Convenient Food Delivery Apps Today!

This article was originally published on September 22, 2018 and was updated on December 20, 2019. Filipinos love food, that’s for sure. However, due to the soul-crushing traffic we encounter everyday and the highly unpredictable weather in the Philippines, we are often hesitant to go out and try new dining experiences. What makes it more tricky is that we can’t even decide where to eat the moment we go out for lunch or dinner. Tough, right? Fortunately, there are food delivery apps that will deliver meals and even grocery items right to your doorsteps. These apps are out to make our lives easier, our wallets happier, and our stomachs bigger. Save money on food by downloading the following food apps. Table of ContentsFood Delivery Apps to Check OutGrabFoodFoodPandaLalafoodBookyZomatoMangan.PHMetroMartFinal Thoughts Food Delivery Apps to Check Out GrabFood After dominating the ride-hailing market, Grab[1] is looking to conquer another essential of city life—food delivery. The good thing about GrabFood is that you don’t need to download an additional app. If you have the Grab app, just update it to the latest version and you can order food right from your couch. It’s as easy as booking a Grab ride, probably a lot easier. Just like the Grab app, GrabFood operates 24/7 in all serviceable areas (except for Laguna and Cavite). So rest assured, there’s always a solution for your late night cravings. Choose from over 7,000 restaurants and food places, ranging from fast food chains to fancy restaurants and cafes. Name a particular dish and you can probably order it from GrabFood….

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Ultimate Guide to Mall Hours December 2019

Quick links to Holiday Mall Hours in Metro Manila:  December 2019 Mall Hours in Quezon City December 2019 Mall Hours in Mandaluyong December 2019 Mall Hours in Pasig December 2019 Mall Hours in San Juan December 2019 Mall Hours in Manila December 2019 Mall Hours in BGC and Taguig December 2019 Mall Hours in Makati December 2019 Mall Hours in Pasay December 2019 Mall Hours in Muntinlupa December 2019 Mall Hours in Las Piñas December 2019 Mall Hours in Parañaque December 2019 Mall Hours in Marikina December 2019 Mall Hours in Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela The traffic situation in Metro Manila is already bad on a normal day. Now that the holiday season has begun, it will only get worse, what with the throng of mallgoers. In recent years, mall hours start at 11 a.m. (instead of the usual 10 a.m. opening time) on weekdays during the Christmas season to support the MMDA’s efforts to ease traffic congestion (1). Supermarkets open earlier than the usual mall hours, though. The new holiday schedule is implemented from November 11, 2019 to January 10, 2020. Most shopping malls extend their operating hours (especially on Fridays and weekends leading to Christmas and New Year) to accommodate last-minute shoppers who need to buy holiday gifts and Noche Buena items. If you want to minimize the stress that comes with holiday shopping, one of the most important things to do before you head to the malls is to plan your schedule ahead. For planning your holiday shopping and celebration schedules, you can refer to this list…

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9 Sulit Tiangges in the Philippines for Budget Shoppers

This article was originally published on December 8, 2018 and was updated on November 26, 2019. The holiday season for the typical Pinoy isn’t complete without a trip to the tiangge or flea market that offers bagsak presyo items to shoppers . Even if online shopping sites provide an easy alternative to those who have no time to shop, nothing beats the experience of searching the best deals at every tiangge stall and haggling to get the lowest price possible. Looking for a new tiangge to visit for your holiday shopping? Consider these value-for-money tiangges in the Philippines. Table of ContentsTaytay TianggeTaytay Tiangge 2019 Schedule:How to commute to Taytay Tiangge:DivisoriaBest place to shop for: Clothes, accessories, footwear, gadgets, and novelty itemsHow to commute to Divisoria:Tutuban Night MarketBest place to shop for: Clothes, accessories, footwear, home decor, and novelty itemsHow to commute to Tutuban Night Market:Baclaran MarketBest place to shop for: Clothes, shoes, toys, fresh fruits, gadgets, and novelty itemsHow to commute to Baclaran Market:Quiapo MarketBest place to shop for: Religious items, handicrafts, cameras and photography suppliesHow to commute to Quiapo Market:Greenhills Shopping CenterBest place to shop for: Clothes, toys, gadgets, shoes, and bagsHow to commute to Greenhills Shopping Center:Market! Market!Best place to shop for: Accessories, clothes, gadgets, bags, delicaciesHow to commute to Market! Market!:Dapitan TianggeBest place to shop for: Christmas decors and other home decorsHow to commute to Dapitan Tiangge:Salcedo Saturday MarketBest place to shop for: Fresh produce, seafood, cooked meals, organic food products, plantsHow to commute to Salcedo Saturday Market:Final Thoughts Taytay Tiangge Taytay, the country’s garment capital,  is home to the…

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Halloween 2019: Affordable Activities to Enjoy With Family and Friends

There’s something about Halloween activities that gets everyone excited. Perhaps, it’s the joy of seeing kids in cute costumes collecting loads of sweets from a Trick or Treat. Or the once-in-a-year chance to wear your scary and fabulous #ootd in Halloween events. However, parting away with your money is the most horrific thing about Halloween. The problem for anyone with tight budgets is that many Halloween events, especially for kids, are expensive. Joining a one-day event in a hotel or high-end mall costs around PHP 2,000+, which can be a family’s budget for several days. Good thing, you can still enjoy Halloween activities with your kids or barkada without busting your budget. We’ve listed down some affordable Halloween 2019 events for children and adults. Table of ContentsKid-Friendly Halloween 2019 ActivitiesDress Up Kids in Creepy Yet Cute Costumes for Free Museum TicketsEnjoy Fun-Filled Halloween 2019 Activities for Kids and PetsExperience a Superhero vs. Villain-Themed AdventureJoin a Spooktacular Costume ContestHave Fun Wearing Matchy Halloween Outfits with Your KidsHalloween 2019 Activities for AdultsScream Your Heart Out at Haunted Manila FestivalTry an Immersive Horror House ExperienceHave a Hair-Raising Halloween Movie MarathonParty in Your Best Halloween CostumeFinal Thoughts Kid-Friendly Halloween 2019 Activities Dress Up Kids in Creepy Yet Cute Costumes for Free Museum Tickets Halloween event: Happy Halloween Costume Party Venue: Art In Island Museum, 175 15th Ave., Cubao, Quezon City Date: October 26 to 31, 2019 Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: Free admission for kids and students in full costumes + PHP 500 entrance fee per adult companion Activities: Costume contest, pumpkin painting contest, games, and candy…

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Top Holiday Destinations to Visit This Ber Month Season

This article was originally published on September 7, 2018 and was updated on October 2, 2019. The ber months have finally arrived! That means malls will start playing Jose Mari Chan’s greatest hits, employees will start receiving their 13th month pay, and newscasts will start their holiday countdowns. Yes, the holiday cheers aren’t hard to miss. But along with the season comes a lot of stress, especially if you’re choosing among the top holiday destinations. Baguio is on top of every Filipino’s list of holiday destinations. But in the past few years, the City of Pines has become too overcrowded—not to mention the worsening traffic situation—with the tourist season peaking from October to December. So where should you go? Whether it’s for a family reunion, bonding with friends, or just a solo trip, here are the top local and international travel destinations to consider for your next holiday vacation. Table of ContentsDomestic Holiday DestinationsSagadaCebuCagayan de OroSiargaoBalerInternational Holiday DestinationsThailandTaiwanSouth KoreaFinal Thoughts Domestic Holiday Destinations Sagada Want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Baguio but still want to enjoy a chilly weather? Head over to its laid-back yet equally charming neighbor: Sagada. Sagada is the perfect holiday destination for the soul-searching solo traveler. It offers plenty of activities for anyone who wants to be one with nature. Explore the caves, rivers, and waterfalls. See the iconic hanging coffins. For thrill-seekers, go hiking in lush mountains and try rock climbing. And for coffee lovers, take a sip of Sagada’s homegrown organic coffee[1]. Of course, your Sagada trip won’t be complete without reveling in…

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Hungry? Take Note of These Buffet Promos in Metro Manila

Planning to celebrate your birthday with a feast? Or maybe you’re just hungry and craving for an eat all you can treat? You’re in luck because there are tons of buffet restaurants in Metro Manila to choose from. Whether you’re craving Korean, Italian, or Japanese cuisine, you’re sure to get your appetite satisfied with the multiple buffet choices near you. And what’s better than dining in a buffet? Paying for it at a lower price. We rounded up the top buffet restaurants in Metro Manila and the buffet promos they offer. Check them out below. Read More: Payday Promos: Early Holiday Deals for September 2019 Table of ContentsBuffet Promos in Metro Manila 2019Buffet 101Sambo KojinVikingsFinal Thoughts Buffet Promos in Metro Manila 2019 Buffet 101 Buffet 101 Buffet Bday Promo Eat for free on your birthday when you dine at any Buffet 101 branch with three (3) full paying adults. You can also avail of this promo any day of your birth month. Don’t forget to bring a government-issued ID to qualify. Buffet 101 Senior Citizen Promo Senior citizens aged 75 years old and above get to eat for free at Buffet 101. To enjoy this promo, the senior citizen must be accompanied by at least three (3) full paying adults. Promo mechanics: The senior citizen must present his/her Senior Citizen ID to avail the promo. In case that the senior citizen doesn’t have one, he/she may bring his/her birth certificate, Voter’s ID, Barangay Clearance, Police Clearance, Driver’s License, or Passport. Promo may not be used in conjunction with other in-house promotions…

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A Commuter’s Guide to LRT-1 Stations

The Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1 (LRT-1) is one of the major public transportation systems in the Philippines. Launched in December 1984, the line consists of 20 stations, linking the cities of Pasay, Manila, Caloocan, and Quezon City. Serving more than 800,000 passengers each day, the government is planning to extend the rail line and buy more train wagons to keep up with the growing number of commuters in Metro Manila. Discover and be familiar with LRT-1 stations to help you with your daily commute. Table of ContentsList of LRT-1 StationsBaclaranEDSALibertadGil PuyatVito CruzQuirinoPedro GilUnited Nations Central TerminalCarriedoDoroteo JoseBambangTayumanBlumentrittAbad Santos R. Papa5th AvenueMonumentoBalintawakRoosevelt Final Thoughts List of LRT-1 Stations Baclaran Baclaran is the first station of the LRT-1. Located in Pasay, the terminal sits at the center of Baclaran Market, making it one of the busiest LRT-1 stations in the metro. It is also a transportation hub serving buses from Las Pinas, Paranaque, and Muntinlupa. Nearby landmarks: Baclaran Flea Market Baclaran Redemptorist Church Coastal Mall Blue Bay Walk City of Dreams Solaire Resort and Casino EDSA Named after historian Epifanio de los Santos, EDSA is a known transfer point for commuters taking the MRT line. It is close to many provincial bus terminals such as Victory Liner and Philtranco, heading to Northern Luzon and Southern Luzon respectively. Nearby landmarks: Metropoint Mall Saver’s Square SM Mall of Asia Heritage Hotel San Juan de Dios Hospital Manila Tytana College  Read more: Are You a Commuter? Here’s Your Guide to Every MRT Station Being a Commuter or Moving Close to Work—Which One…

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8 Financial Mistakes Single People Make

Contrary to popular belief, marriage isn’t the be-all and end-all in life. Being single rocks! If you haven’t found “the one” just yet, don’t sweat it and just enjoy your freedom. Don’t enjoy it too much though, or you’ll end up making financial mistakes along the way. If you’ve been single for a long time, you’re probably guilty of these mistakes. Being single doesn’t equate to being irresponsible when it comes to money. In fact, you should take this opportunity to improve the way you handle your finances. Start by recognizing your financial mistakes from the list below. Table of ContentsFinancial Mistakes by Single PeopleMistake #1: Ordering Meals EverydayMistake #2: Having Night-Outs with FriendsMistake #3: Saving Your Card Details OnlineMistake #4: Shopping on a PaydayMistake #5: Keeping Everything to YourselfMistake #6: Having a YOLO Outlook in LifeMistake #7: Doing It For the MoneyMistake #8: Believing that Love Will Fix it AllFinal Thoughts Financial Mistakes by Single People Mistake #1: Ordering Meals Everyday Takeouts may have been the best invention since sliced bread, but did it occur to you that you’re bleeding money because of it? Think about it: if you spend at least PHP 100 per meal from restaurants and convenience stores and you eat at least twice a day, you’ll end up spending PHP 6,000 a month. That’s a lot of dough. Imagine turning that dough into a cookie by learning how to cook meals for yourself. It’s not rocket science anyway, all you need is a little practice and a good eye for grocery shopping. You’ll end up…

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What Type of Spender Are You? Discover Your Money Personality

Have you ever wondered what your money personality is? Have you ever wondered how your spending habits stack up to other people’s spending habits? It’s important to ask these questions once in a while as part of your self-reflection. You may not be aware of it, but you definitely belong under one of the money personality types. See where you fit among the common ones here in the Philippines. Table of Contents8 Money Personality Traits You Probably HaveThe MinimalistThe HivemindThe ShopaholicThe HulksterThe Open-MindedThe TreasurerThe CheapskateThe EscapistFinal Thoughts 8 Money Personality Traits You Probably Have The Minimalist Items They Usually Spend On: Maslow’s hierarchy of needs What They Usually Sound Like: “Do you really need three cars?” Let’s start with the most basic of the money personality types. You can’t get any more basic with minimalists who favor needs over wants. They are the epitome of the simple life with almost no vanity. You won’t see them with the latest gadgets or trendy clothes. They only spend on items like food, transportation, rent, and other necessities. Their financial decision-making always boils down to one question: Do I need it to live? If the answer is yes, then the item in question will be added to the shopping list. If the answer is no, minimalists will either not buy it or put its purchase on hold. Their one track minds benefit them financially, but sometimes it devoids them of excitement. While most of them developed this money personality out of the cards life had dealt them, some chose to live this way…

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Best Milk Tea in the Philippines: Where to Satisfy Your Bubble Tea Craving

Milk tea is a new frappe in the Philippines. We don’t just love milk tea—we’re addicted to it! Shops serving milk tea (also called bubble tea or boba tea) have been around in the country for quite some time. But lately, their popularity exploded as new milk tea trends and brands from Taiwan and other Asian countries arrive. Many bubble tea shops have also become more accessible to consumers through delivery services such as Foodpanda and GrabFood. If this beverage is your guilty pleasure, you’re probably looking for the best milk tea that’s worth your money. Let’s take a look at the top places to get your milk tea fix. Table of Contents12 Best Milk Tea Brands in the PhilippinesMacao Imperial TeaSereniteaHappy LemonGong ChaCoCo Fresh Tea & JuiceChatimeTiger SugarAlishan at The AlleyDakasiXing Fu TangYi Fang Taiwan Fruit TeaD’Cream Coffee & TeaBest Milk Tea in the Philippines [Infographic]How Much Milk Tea is Too Much?Final Thoughts 12 Best Milk Tea Brands in the Philippines Macao Imperial Tea Macao Imperial Tea best seller and price: Cream Cheese Milk Tea – 16oz: PHP 135 / 23oz: PHP 155 Most of the best milk tea shops in the Philippines come from Taiwan, but Macao Imperial Tea is an exception. Apparently, it’s from Macau, the Las Vegas of China, so it creates its milk tea differently. Macao Imperial Tea uses jasmine tea that adds a floral scent and sublime taste to its drinks. Generous swirls of cream cheese provide the richness that perfectly complements the tea. If creamy drinks are your cup of tea, the Cream…

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BGC Bus Route Guide: How to Commute to BGC Easily

Bonifacio Global City (BGC), one of Metro Manila’s major financial and lifestyle districts, has its own public transport system that enables commuters to navigate the area easily and systematically. It’s as organized (though not as extensive) as the bus systems in Singapore and Hong Kong—a far cry from the chaotic buses plying along EDSA. Traveling to BGC for the first time? You can’t depend on ride-hailing apps to book you a ride all the time, not to mention that they’re expensive. It’s more practical to commute via the BGC Bus, which is the main bus operator in the area. Here’s a BGC Bus route guide to help you easily navigate the central business district in Taguig City. Table of ContentsHow to Get to BGC Bus TerminalBGC Bus Routes1. East Express Route2. North Express Route3. Lower West Express Route4. Upper West Express Route5. Central Route6. Night Route7. Weekend Route8. Arca South Express Route9. Nuvali Express Route10. Ayala Express RouteHow to Pay for BGC Bus FareFinal Thoughts How to Get to BGC Bus Terminal The BGC Bus Terminal is the starting point of most bus routes to different parts of BGC. If you’re coming from outside BGC, you should know first how to go to the bus terminal before learning the right BGC Bus route to take. Easily accessible to commuters via MRT-3, the bus terminal is located on the corner of EDSA and McKinley Road in Makati City, though it’s commonly referred to as the EDSA Ayala bus stop. It’s on the ground floor outside the McKinley Exchange Corporate Center (the…

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Typhoon in the Philippines: Tips and Reminders to Keep Your Family Safe

Filipinos are known for being resilient in the face of storms. It comes with living in a natural disaster-prone country like the Philippines—we’re so used to dealing with it. Every time a typhoon hits your area, you’ve got no other choice but to remain strong no matter how badly you’re affected. Resilience is an admirable trait that helps us withstand tough situations. But have you ever considered being steps ahead of any disaster? Typhoon preparedness should be the Filipinos’ way of life to minimize the impact of disasters on lives and properties. The Philippine Red Cross encourages Pinoys to always keep in mind the four Ps of disaster management: predict, plan, prepare, and practice. Protect yourself, your family, and your home against the adverse impact of an impending typhoon in the Philippines. Keep in mind the following tips from the Red Cross, Office of Civil Defense, Department of Health, and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on what to do before, during, and after a typhoon. Table of ContentsWhat to Do Before a Typhoon in the PhilippinesWhat to Do During a TyphoonWhat to Do After a TyphoonFinal Thoughts What to Do Before a Typhoon in the Philippines Here’s a checklist of the things you need to do when there’s an upcoming typhoon in the Philippines: Monitor weather reports and don’t ignore rainfall warning alerts you receive through text. Make your own lifeline kit consisting of essential items like food, money, documents, and toiletries that should last for two to three days. Ensure you have enough food and water…

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#ThriveAtFive: Moneymax Kicks off 5th Anniversary Celebration

Moneymax is five years old! To celebrate our 5th birthday, we threw a party and invited our financial partners who helped us along the way, along with other prominent personalities in the finance industry. It all went down on June 18, 2019 at Yes Please in BGC. And needless to say, everyone had a great time. Here are the highlights of #ThriveAtFive. Table of ContentsA Gathering of Financial Heavyweights and InfluencersCelebrating Five Years of Growth and ExcellenceFinancial Rapid Fire Featuring PH’s Finance PersonalitiesRaffle Prizes and Freebies Done Right#ThriveAtFive Event Highlights from Our GuestsWhat’s Next for Moneymax? A Gathering of Financial Heavyweights and Influencers Yes Please was packed with some of the most important people in the finance industry. Our partners from Eastwest Bank, RCBC, Citibank, Security Bank, MAPFRE Insular, New India Insurance, Mercantile Insurance Corporation, SGI Philippines, and Global Dominion Financing Incorporated dropped by to celebrate with us. We also welcomed our brand partners from BeepBeep.ph, Rapide, Autodeal, and Shop Back, along with other financial experts and various members of the media. We were also joined by well-known personalities from TV and social media. Host and award-winning automotive journalist, James Deakin, brought his usual warmth and wit to the party. ABS-CBN Sports and Action correspondent Angelique Manto also dropped by to have fun and share her financial wisdom. We also spotted actor Micah Muñoz, host-vlogger Mica Pineda, and Moneymax influencers Deegee Razon, Kerwin King, Joanna Co, and Sandy Riccio. What can we say, we throw one hell of a party. Celebrating Five Years of Growth and Excellence Hosted by Martin…

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Visa-Free Countries for Traveling Filipinos in 2020

What’s your dream destination? Raring to go to Japan, Korea, the US, or France? That dream can be really elusive for many Filipino travelers, what with these countries’ strict visa requirements. Applying for a visa is generally time-consuming, tedious, and costly. You won’t even get your money back when you’re denied for a visa. Even if visa policies of certain countries have become more relaxed in recent years, some travelers would rather not go through the trouble and postpone visiting their dream destination until they’ve collected enough stamps on their passport. The Pinoy traveler’s best bet? Traveling to visa-free countries! Filipinos can visit 67 countries without having to apply for a visa, according to the 2019 Henley Passport Index. Table of ContentsVisa-Free Countries Filipino Tourists Can Visit in 2020Visa-free Countries in AsiaVisa-free Countries in AfricaVisa-free Countries in AmericaVisa-free Countries in the CaribbeanVisa-free Countries in OceaniaCountries That Issue Visa on Arrival to FilipinosVisa on Arrival Countries in AsiaVisa on Arrival Countries in AfricaVisa on Arrival Countries in the AmericasVisa on Arrival Countries in the CaribbeanVisa on Arrival Countries in the OceaniaCountries with Conditional Visa ExemptionCountryVisa-Free RequirementMaximum Length of StayFinal Thoughts Visa-Free Countries Filipino Tourists Can Visit in 2020 If a country allows visa-free access for Filipinos, it means you don’t need a visa to enter it, as long as you meet these conditions: Passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry (Make sure to renew your passport if it’s about to expire or is still valid but no longer has blank visa pages.) Confirmed hotel reservation and a return flight…

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Airport Fees Every Traveler Should Remember

Travel has become a part of the Filipino lifestyle. In fact, in 2016, the Philippines amassed 5.1 million departures to 42 destinations worldwide. The number is expected to increase this year as plane tickets become cheaper and as more budget airlines operate in the Philippines. Whether you’re traveling abroad or domestic, you need to secure a budget to pay off plane tickets, accommodation, and airport fees. The latter may be heavy on the pocket, so don’t forget to keep a budget for that. Below are the airport fees you need to prepare for when traveling around or outside the Philippines. Table of ContentsAirport Fees on International TerminalsTravel Tax PhilippinesAirport Terminal FeeAirport Fees on Domestic Terminals Airport Fees on International Terminals Travel Tax Philippines The Philippine Travel Tax is a fee imposed by the government on individuals leaving the country. Passengers flying economy class are required to pay PHP 1,620 while passengers with first class tickets need to shell out PHP 2,700. Dependents of Overseas Filipino Workers, however, only need to pay PHP 300 to PHP 400. Learn more about these fees here. Airport Terminal Fee Also known as the Philippine Passenger Service Charge, the Airport Terminal Fee applies to international and domestic flights. Airport officers collect it in cash (Philippine Pesos only) after check-in or before boarding. Unlike the Philippine Travel Tax, Airport Terminal Fees differ. Below is a complete list. When booking a flight, always read (don’t skip!) your booking details to determine the fees included in your fare. Not all airlines include terminal fees like travel tax in their breakdown…

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10 Travelers Share Why They See the World

“Why do I travel? Why do I spend time and money to see the world?” You may ask yourself these questions one day.  Well, we all have different reasons on why we travel. Even well-traveled individuals have their own reasons, too.  So out of curiosity, we asked 10 travel influencers on why they see the world. Is it for fun? For food? Or maybe friendship? Let’s find out #WhyTravel below.  Table of ContentsPepe HerreraTV and Movie ActorIG: @pepe.herreraJelito de Leon Lifestyle PhotographerIG: @jelitodeleonKez Guerrero Blogger and AIDA Freediver IG: @thatislandgirl | Website: thatislandgirl.comWil DasovichTV Personality and VloggerIG: @wil_dasovich | YouTube: Wil DasovichExperience PhilippinesTravel CommunityIG: @experience.philippines | Website: experience.phJon EspinaTravel BloggerWebsite: jontotheworld.comPaula MendozaTravel BloggerIG: @balikbayangliwaliw | Website: balikbayangliwaliw.comJavy CangTravel PhotographerIG: @javycangFerdz DecenaTravel Photographer and WriterIG: @ironwulf | Website: ironwulf.netMervin (Pinoy Adventurista)Travel BloggerIG: @pinoyadventurista | Website: pinoyadventurista.com Pepe HerreraTV and Movie ActorIG: @pepe.herrera When he’s not busy filming a commercial or movie, Pepe Herrera takes the time to travel both in the Philippines and abroad. When asked why he does this, Pepe shares “Whenever I go to a new place, whether inside or outside the country, I notice that my mind and my heart are more open. I travel to experience life at its fullest. I travel to grow and learn more about everything around and within me.” Jelito de Leon Lifestyle PhotographerIG: @jelitodeleon As a Lifestyle Photographer, Jelito is able to combine work and travel, allowing him to capture the best sights in the world. This, and the lessons that come with it, are the reasons why this young artist travels. “Growing…

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The Ultimate Travel Checklist: What to Pack for Your Next Trip

All your bags are packed; you’re ready to go. You thought you’ve brought everything you need for your trip, only to find out later that you forgot to bring something really important. It could be your medicines, passport, or worse, your wallet! Don’t just toss stuff into your bag. You’ll tend to leave out stuff that way. Packing for a trip shouldn’t be just an after-thought—it’s a critical part of your travel planning. But what if you’re too busy to pack, let alone plan all your travel essentials? Keep this travel packing checklist handy for when you prepare for your next vacation. Table of ContentsBags for Holding Your Travel EssentialsTravel DocumentsTravel WardrobeTravel Clothing for WomenTravel Clothing for MenTravel Tech Must-HavesToiletriesMedical SuppliesTravel Essentials for ComfortPractical Travel EssentialsFinal Thoughts Bags for Holding Your Travel Essentials Start with making sure you have all the travel bags you’ll need for your trip. Whatever type of bags you’ll use, they should be lightweight so that they’re easy to carry yet durable so that they won’t get damaged easily. Your bags must also have enough space to contain all your travel essentials. Your travel bags may include all or some of the following, depending on where you’ll go: Luggage – Get one with four wheels that can be moved in all directions to lessen the pressure on your wrist and arms. Travel backpack – If carrying a suitcase isn’t your thing or you’ll go hiking or camping, then a backpack is the more practical bag to use. Duffel bag – It’s convenient to bring an extra…

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