MoneyGram enables a Filipina to reunite with her fiancé

This June, Emilia Moncada from Trece Martires, Cavite received one of twelve grand prizes at the second annual MoneyGram Idol Awards.  Winning the lucky draw entitled them to bring loved ones ,who make sacrifices for their welfare from abroad, for an all-expense paid holiday to Manila.

Unlike most winners who will be reuniting with OFW family members, Emilia is going to  have a long-awaited reunion with her fiancé, James Howard from the United Kingdom.
“The person who sends me money through MoneyGram is my fiancé. We haven’t seen each other for six years as the last time he was in the Philippines  in 2012,” Emilia explains.
But distance and long periods of not seeing each other have not posed as barriers to their romance, breaking the stereotype that long distance relationships do not work. Through these years, they have managed to keep the spark alive in their relationship through constant contact via videocalls, email and social media.
James has also offered her emotional and material support during difficult times. “He has helped me a lot. Thanks to his support, my children [from my first marriage] were able to finish their schooling,” Emilia shares.
Through these years, MoneyGram has served as a reliable money transfer provider enabling James to send funds to Emilia easily. “One can receive money through MoneyGram and in just a few minutes you can already pick-up  your money,” she said.
Emilia was overjoyed with her win, as it will make a long awaited happy reunion possible.
Aside from the roundtrip ticket for James from the UK, they will also receive a three day, two night accommodation at Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila and a tax free cash gift worth Php30,000.
The second annual Idol Award is MoneyGram’s way of honoring the heroism and sacrifice of OFWs  who help support their loved ones they left behind in the Philippines. #moneygramnews

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