I'm currently in my 20's, and one of my biggest concerns in life right now is how will I be able to be financially independent, saving up a specific amount of money in a specific amount of time is quite hard specially when you're a shopaholic like me.
Good thing I discovered that there are lots of ways to become financially independent at Sun Life's "Ri5e Towards Money 4 Life" event held last June 1, 2016 at Makati, Shangri-La Hotel.
Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc., the top-ranked and longest-standing life insurance company in the Philippines aims to serve five million clients by year 2020 under its new five-year growth plan dubbed "Rise PH"
"Rise PH" champions financial inclusion in the Philippines, where only a small percentage of the whole population utilizes financial products such as insurance and investments. "Despite the bright prospects that the country's economy has, prosperity still hasn't trickled down to the more disadvantaged sectors of society. We have to address this," Sun Life President and CEO Riza Mantaring said. "Sun Life would like to see more Filipinos looking forward to a brighter future and the whole country rising to greater heights. We would like to start by targeting five million clients in five years.
While it may seem like an ambitious goal, Mantaring belives that it's best to set the targets high. "At Sun Life, we always dare to dream big - more so if the stakes are high. This is the country's future we're talking about, after all," she explained. "Setting high targets will push us to do more, and will allow us to make a greater contribution to our country's future."
In order to reach the company's goals, several initiatives will be launched under "Rise PH". These initiatives will have Sun Life reaching out to a broader market, further boosting its financial literacy advocacy, and expanding its reach nationwide.
Financial Independence Month
The initial set of initiatives will be launched this June, which Sun Life has declared as "Financial Independence Month." This includes the cooperation with 8990 Holdings, Inc., one of the top mass housing developers in the country, for efforts to promote financial literacy.
Another initiative is Money for Life, a comprehensive, customizable financial planning program that will ensure that a client will have sufficient funds for every stage of his life.
To help inspire the public to create their own Money for Life plan with a financial advisor, Sun Life created a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) video, transporting them to different scenarios based on their chosen life stage. This will enable the viewer to live the dream for a minuite and be encouraged to start planning for their future through Money for Life and Sun Life's life insurance and investment products.
Viewable with a VR headset, the video can be experienced in a customized bus called "Bus to the Future," which will be makibg its way to different malls and campuses nationwide.
Among the stops are:
Bonifacio Global City High Street - June 11
Eastwood - June 19
SM City Cebu - June 25
and Solenad, Nuvali - July 2.
Meanwhile, to ensure that the youth will also be inspired early to save and invest, the "Bus to the Future" will also park at the ff schools:
Mapua Institute of Technology - June 2
Ateneo Graduate School of Business - June 12
De La Salle University - June 16
University of the Philippines Diliman - June 17
San Sebatian College - June 20
University of San Carlod Cebu - June 24
Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila - June 29
and UP Los Banos - June 30.
In all of these stops, Sun Life financial advisors will also be on hand to accomodate inquiries.
Of course I was able to experince viewing the VR Video at the Bus to the Future.
For those who will not be able to visit the "Bus to the Future" stops will still get a boost in theif financial journey with the Money for Life e-Planner. They simply have to go to moneyforlife.com.ph and they can immediately start their financial planning, get product recommendations, and even buy mutual funds from Sun Life Asset Management Co., Inc
"Financial Independence Month" is now on its third year of highlighting the national importance of financiak preparednesa among Filipinos. "This June marks a new beginning as Sun Life embraces its goal of serving five million clients in five years," Mantaring said. "We are very much excited about the possibilities, and we look forward to helping our country rise to reach its full potential."
And that's it for today!
If you want to know more about Sun Life Financial, you can visit their SNS accounts;
IG, FB, Twitter and YT: SunLifePH
'till next time!