Pinay worker in HK wins car from Smart World

NEW CAR. PLDT Hong Kong and Toyota Quezon Avenue, Inc. (TQAI) turn over the brand new Toyota Vios car won by Jocelyn Castañares, an OFW in Hong Kong, at the recent Gifts of Christmas Promo of Smart World. In photo are, from left: Teddy dela Paz, Sales Manager of TQAI; Lincoln Lim, President of TQAI; Bertino de Castro, husband of Castañares, Pacita Castañares, mother; Cristine Castañares, daughter; Edith Gomez-Cudiamat, General Manager of PLDT HK; Franklin Lim, Executive Vice President, TQAI; and Alex Flores, Sales Manager of TQAI. (PLDT Photo)
NEW CAR. PLDT Hong Kong and Toyota Quezon Avenue, Inc. (TQAI) turn over the brand new Toyota Vios car won by Jocelyn Castañares, an OFW in Hong Kong, at the recent Gifts of Christmas Promo of Smart World. In photo are, from left: Teddy dela Paz, Sales Manager of TQAI; Lincoln Lim, President of TQAI; Bertino de Castro, husband of Castañares, Pacita Castañares, mother; Cristine Castañares, daughter; Edith Gomez-Cudiamat, General Manager of PLDT HK; Franklin Lim, Executive Vice President, TQAI; and Alex Flores, Sales Manager of TQAI. (PLDT Photo)

A domestic helper in Hong Kong is about to change her life, and that of her family’s.

Global pinoy Jocelyn Castañares won a new Toyota Vios, the grand prize for the Gifts of Christmas Promo of Smart World Hong Kong last December.

The 45-year-old mother of two has been working in Hong Kong for the past five years with hopes of securing a better future for her family. With this unexpected blessing, she is already planning on coming back home to the Philippines for good.

“Napag-usapan naming ipasok sa Uber ang napanalunang sasakyan para dagdag pangkabuhayan. Dahil dito, puwede na syang magpahinga at umuwi para makasama naman niya ang pamilya niya,” said Bertino de Casto, husband of Castañares, who claimed the new car with mother-in-law, Pacita, and daughter, Cristine, in Manila late in January.

Prior to winning, Castañares switched to Smart World to be able to keep connected to her family in the Philippines, not knowing it would also give her this big blessing. Smart World is a prepaid local SIM card designed to provide reliable and affordable communications services to Overseas Filipinos based in Hong Kong.

The Gifts of Christmas promo is part of Smart World Hong Kong’s goal to inspire Overseas Filipinos working in Hong Kong by providing them business opportunities that they can engage in when they finally decide to retire and return to the Philippines. This promo is in partnership with Toyota Quezon Avenue, which shares the same objective.

“Raffling off a car to OFWs in Hong Kong is our way of helping them achieve their dreams. With the new car, Jocelyn will be able to realize her dream of having her own business, and of a better future for her family without her having to leave the country,” said Edith Gomez-Cudiamat, General Manager of PLDT Hong Kong.

“Jocelyn has finally been rewarded for the difficulties she experienced. May her family enjoy the ride and pride of owning a Toyota vehicle. May she continue to be an inspiration to all Overseas Filipinos, not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world,” said Franklin Lim, executive vice president, Toyota Quezon Avenue, Inc. (TAQI).

Since 2004, Smart World is the leading communication service used by millions of Filipinos across the world to connect to their loved ones in the Philippines. It is now available in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Macau, Japan, US, and UK. (PR)

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